Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced the program launch of the Qualcomm Wireless Reach™ initiative in Way Kanan, Lampung.
Qualcomm worked with Sampoerna Telekom (STI), Axesstel Inc., IndoNet, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the State Ministry for the Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions to introduce CDMA450 wireless technology into Way Kanan, giving the area access to broadband wireless voice and data services. The cornerstone of the program is the establishment of computer laboratories with Internet access in five high schools in Way Kanan: Buay Bahuga; Negeri Besar; Negara Batin; Rebang Tangkas; and Pakuan Ratu. In addition, cellular kiosks or “warsels” are being established in 59 villages and in the five high schools to provide increased access to telecommunications. In April, Qualcomm announced a similar initiative in Pacitan, East Java.
“Today's launch of the Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative in Lampung demonstrates the Company's continued commitment to providing greater access to wireless technology in underserved communities, and we are proud to work with the Indonesian government and leading companies to help connect the citizens of Lampung,” said Shawn A. Covell, senior director, International Government Affairs, Qualcomm. “We are confident that greater access to wireless technology will enable better communication in rural communities and ultimately improve the lives of its residents, both economically and socially.”
CDMA450 provides an efficient wireless telecommunications solution by offering wide coverage, superior voice quality and high-speed data services. According to the CDMA Development Group, CDMA450 networks are now deployed in 35 countries around the world and additional networks will soon be launched or are undergoing trials. In Southeast Asia, commercial CDMA450 networks have already been deployed in Indonesia (by STI), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
“This innovative project serves as a model for how the government can partner with the private sector to address Indonesia's challenges in providing telecommunications for rural and underserved communities. We appreciate companies like Qualcomm, Sampoerna Telekom, IndoNet and Axesstel for their initiative and support,” said Sofyan Djalil, Minister for Information and Communication Technology.
“Increasing rural teledensity in Indonesia, particularly in what we call underdeveloped regions, is one of the top priorities of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's administration. This project in Way Kanan is a creative effort on the part of the private sector to support the government's program to increase access to telecommunications and other services in these areas,” added Saifullah Jusuf, State Minister for the Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions.
“Sampoerna Telekom is pleased to be a part of this initiative. CDMA450 is an ideal telecommunications solution for Indonesia, especially given the country's uniquely challenging terrain in rural areas,” said Michael Sampoerna, president director, Sampoerna Telekom. “STI believes that CDMA450 is an excellent proposition for the provision of wireless voice and data services in this region.”
“Axesstel contributed our D450 broadband modems to the Way Kanan project to enable the high schools' computer laboratories to wirelessly connect to email and the Internet over STI's 450 MHz band CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps,” said Marv Tseu, chief executive officer for Axesstel. “The Way Kanan project is a great example of improving higher level education in rural communities, and we look forward to partnering with other organizations in underserved regions to further extend voice and broadband data access through Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative.”
Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative seeks to connect communities that have limited or no telecommunications access through the use of 3G technologies. The objective of this initiative is to strengthen economic and social development with a focus on education, government, healthcare and public safety. Wireless Reach creates sustainable 3G projects through partnerships with non-government organizations, universities, government institutions, development agencies and other private sector companies.
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.