Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies and MediaFLOTM USA Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, today announced their support for a unanimous Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling released in response to a Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by Qualcomm in January 2005. The ruling specifies both the permitted level of minimal interference and the methodology to calculate the presence of interference from MediaFLO USA to TV or DTV stations on Channels 54, 55 or 56 until the DTV transition ends on February 17, 2009, when the stations must move off those channels. As a result, the ruling greatly expands the number of markets in which MediaFLO USA can operate prior to the DTV transition date.
The FCC ruling allows the use of the methodology contained in the Office of Engineering and Technology Bulletin No. 69 (OET-69) to calculate interference. OET-69 has long been used in the TV industry to predict interference to and from TV and DTV stations, and it can now be used to establish that MediaFLO USA complies with the permitted level of minimal interference. The ruling will have no effect on viewers who watch an affected station via cable or satellite and who therefore would not suffer any interference. According to a recent study by JD Power and Associates, 88 percent of households subscribe to satellite and/or cable services.
“Qualcomm and MediaFLO USA are very pleased with the FCC ruling,” said Paul Jacobs, chief executive officer, Qualcomm. “We'd like to express our appreciation to Chairman Martin, the other Commissioners and the FCC staff for their commitment to the industry and their vision in enabling the development and delivery of new technology and services for consumers.”
“Today's ruling is a big win for consumers, who will soon be able to enjoy new and exciting mobile TV experiences from MediaFLO USA,” said Gina Lombardi, president of MediaFLO USA. “This ruling enables MediaFLO USA to launch its services to millions of customers across the nation.”
MediaFLO USA aggregates and delivers premium, TV-quality mobile entertainment and information services over its nationwide wireless network. The Company offers an unprecedented combination of live network programming, short-form clips and realtime information and entertainment feeds. MediaFLO USA provides the rich mobile viewing experience that today's consumers expect. Based in San Diego, Calif., MediaFLO USA is a subsidiary of Qualcomm.
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.