Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and SOMA Networks, Inc., a leading provider of last-mile broadband wireless access technology, today announced that they have signed worldwide subscriber and infrastructure equipment license agreements. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreements, Qualcomm has granted SOMA Networks a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell OFDM/OFDMA subscriber units, modem cards and infrastructure equipment.
"Qualcomm is pleased to welcome SOMA Networks as the first licensee of our OFDM/OFDMA patent portfolio for use in non-CDMA subscriber and infrastructure equipment," said Marvin Blecker, president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. "The OFDM/OFDMA agreements demonstrate the acknowledged applicability and value of Qualcomm's patent portfolio and reinforce Qualcomm's position as a leader in consistently developing and licensing advanced wireless technologies that meet the needs of its partners and the industry."
"The market for broadband wireless is global and growing quickly, and SOMA Networks already has among the largest customer deployments of broadband wireless systems in the market," said Yatish Pathak, chief executive officer of SOMA Networks. "Future-proofing our solution has always been key to protecting our customers' investments, especially given evolving wireless standards. Therefore, as a principal member of the WiMAX Forum it is crucial that SOMA Networks guarantees our customers that we have rights to key patents essential for OFDMA standards. By expanding our agreement with Qualcomm, we ensure that we have clear rights to use Qualcomm's intellectual property within our recently announced SoftAir FlexMAX solution. SOMA Networks offers an end-to-end wireless solution that provides multi-megabit broadband, wireline reliability and VoIP flexibility, and native support for feature-rich applications. With the SOMA solution, service providers can quickly and profitably roll out extensive service offerings for the residential and small office markets."
SOMA Networks, a broadband wireless access market leader, enables communications providers to realize fast time to market, high average revenue per subscriber and a short path to return on investment with the SoftAirTM Wireless System; a converged all-IP Multi-media Applications Platform, base stations and non-line-of-sight subscriber gateways. The SoftAir Wireless System combines WiMAX standards with advanced antenna technologies, distributed computing, Internet protocols and revenue-quality VoIP delivery, thereby delivering wireline performance over a broadband wireless infrastructure. Service providers worldwide have deployed SOMA Networks' award winning base stations and subscriber gateways because of their deployability, support for 700 MHz to 3.5 GHz spectrum bands, multi-megabit data rates, voice quality, non-line-of-sight access and subscriber self-installation and service activation. A principal member of the WiMAX Forum™, SOMA Networks is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in Dallas, Delhi, Ottawa, Toronto and Singapore. For more information, please visit: www.somanetworks.com.
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 2006 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully design and have manufactured significant quantities of CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is deployed, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 25, 2005, and most recent Form 10-Q.