Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced its support for the United States Congress' approval of a statutory definitive end-date for the nation's television broadcasters to transition to digital television spectrum. Qualcomm has eagerly anticipated this Congressional action, which mandates that television broadcasters transition their broadcast operations from the 700 MHz analog band to new digital spectrum by February 17, 2009.
The transition will clear the 700 MHz spectrum which will then be used to support public safety communications, provide additional broadband wireless access to urban and rural areas and enable new broadcast multimedia services like those offered by Qualcomm's MediaFLOTM USA Inc. subsidiary. MediaFLO USA is deploying a nationwide media delivery network that will use the Channel 55 spectrum.
"Congress' action today sets forth a clear and certain end to the digital television migration process and we welcome this decision. This will certainly accelerate the deployment of exciting new services like those offered by MediaFLO USA," said Gina Lombardi, president of MediaFLO USA Inc. "The MediaFLO USA network is capable of delivering an unprecedented set of wireless multimedia services, such as live streaming video, audio and short format content, to mobile devices. This dramatic increase in new services is illustrative of the advancements we can achieve with this spectrum post-transition and we look forward to the opportunities this will present for the future of the wireless space."
MediaFLO USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, offering interactive wireless multimedia services to consumers in cooperation with U.S. wireless operators. The nationwide network, based on Qualcomm's FLO™ Technology and using 700 MHz spectrum, can support up to 800 minutes of Clipcasting™ per day, up to 20 streaming channels, up to 10 audio channels and numerous IP datacasting channels. MediaFLO USA creates market opportunities for the entire wireless value chain and delivers on the promise of wireless multimedia to subscribers.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2005 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.