Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and Sky Link, a leading communications provider and the largest CDMA operator in Russia, today announced the commercial availability of BREW® wireless data services to Sky Link's wireless subscribers. The service was launched on November 29. Sky Link is now offering BREW applications and services using its CDMA450 network to provide subscribers with access to the latest in mobile content, including mobile games, ringtones, media player and mobile business services.
“With the launch of BREW services, Sky Link has further demonstrated its leadership within the Russian wireless community by providing its subscribers with mobile applications that truly add value to Sky Link's portfolio of services,” said Bob Briggs, senior vice president and general manager, BREW, Qualcomm Internet Services. “We are excited to support another important launch within the CDMA450 network, which speaks to BREW's flexibility in meeting the diverse needs of operators worldwide.”
“Sky Link has a unique opportunity to be the first operator in Russia to bring a new generation of mobile services to wireless consumers using the BREW platform,” said Alexander Nesterov, general director of ZAO Sky Link. “The power of the BREW solution, coupled with our high-speed network, allows our subscribers to quickly and easily download content such as games, ringtones and pictures. We have already received significant interest from the developer community and will continue to expand our catalogue with useful and engaging applications.”
The BREW solution drives the discovery and delivery of wireless data services. BREW operators and their subscribers can benefit from several offerings, which include: uiOne™ for rich, integrated and dynamic user experiences with fast access to high revenue services on wireless devices; deliveryOne™ for differentiated and tightly integrated, operator-managed support and delivery of advanced wireless data content and services; and marketOne™ for a quick-to-market, hosted, scalable content delivery service that includes media titles, flexible management and monetization, content provider settlement and business intelligence services. Qualcomm offers this comprehensive set of BREW offerings to meet the distinct needs of companies delivering mobile products and services around the world.
Sky Link is the largest Russian CDMA operator, whose licensed territory includes 65 regions with a population of 104 million people, which makes up 72 percent of the Russian Federation population. Sky Link Joint-Stock Company was founded in July 2003 to consolidate regional NMT-450 operators and realize the project of building a federal cellular network in IMT-MC-450 standard (CDMA450). The company successfully implements regional network construction on its whole licensed territory. Technological advantages of the new digital standard give Sky Link subscribers the highest mobile Internet speed and data transfer (up to 2.4 Mbs in the territory of SkyTurbo coverage), high-quality voice communications, and the ability to store and access any information and multimedia services, which are not accessible in the functioning 2G networks. As of June 11, 2006, Sky Link serves 360,000 subscribers (200,000 subscribers in May 2005). Sky Link Joint-Stock Company has been a member of the International Association IA-450 (International 450 Association) since 2003. The company was awarded by the information agency “Sotovik” as the most ambitious project of 2004; the Ros Business Consulting award as “The Company of the Year 2005;” and the first “EFFIE 2006” New Product or Service award for launching SkyTurbo (CDMA2000 1xEV-DO) service in RF. For further information on the company, please visit: www.skylink.ru.
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.