Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and China Network Systems (CNS), together with Taiwan Television Enterprise Ltd. (TTV), today announced that the companies have signed an agreement to conduct a technical trial of Qualcomm's MediaFLO™ technology in Taipei. Expected to begin in March 2007, the technical trial will feature four live channels of CNS content and up to three live channels of TTV content. The technical trial is intended to allow CNS and TTV to closely evaluate the performance capabilities of MediaFLO technology - an open, cellular wireless, network-agnostic broadcasting technology - as they explore opportunities to deliver multimedia services to mobile devices in Taiwan. FLO™ technology, a broadcast innovation and key component of the MediaFLO System, is an air-interface technology designed to increase capacity and coverage, as well as reduce cost for multimedia content delivery to mobile handsets.
“Taiwan is at the forefront of new technology deployments, and mobile TV is no exception,” said Daniel Cheung, chief operating officer of CNS. “We are excited about MediaFLO and the opportunity for delivering advanced video services to our customers in Taiwan. We will use the trial to evaluate our business model for building a mobile broadcasting platform in Taiwan and to better understand how to migrate the platform to a commercial service.”
“Mobile is a dynamic new platform for television content, and we are keen to offer our customers the widest variety of choices to access TTV content,” said York Chiou, vice president of business development at TTV. “We are very excited to participate in the MediaFLO trial because the MediaFLO mobile TV standard provides consumers access to a wide selection of content and services. We feel MediaFLO is the most advanced and cost-effective method for mobile TV broadcasting.”
“We see the trial as an excellent opportunity to expand our MediaFLO business development efforts in Asia,” commented Peggy Johnson, president, Qualcomm Internet Services and MediaFLO Technologies. “Taiwan is one of the key markets in the region with 84 percent pay TV penetration. We expect this trial to provide a strong validation of the value that Qualcomm believes MediaFLO technology offers both in Asia and in other markets around the world.”
Engineered specifically for the mobile environment, MediaFLO technology is intended to offer several advantages over other mobile broadcast technologies, including higher-quality video and audio, faster channel switching time, superior mobile reception, optimized power consumption and greater channel capacity. Specific performance features of MediaFLO technology in a 6 MHz channel include:
- Support for transmitting more than 20 streaming channels of QVGA-quality (320x240 pixels) video at up to 30 frames per second, 10 stereo audio channels (HE AAC+ parametric stereo) and multiple Clipcasting™ downloads per day (short-format video clips) and always-on IP datacasting services
- An average channel switching time of approximately two seconds
In addition, mobile broadcasting based on MediaFLO technology will complement wireless operators' UMTS/WCDMA and CDMA2000® EV-DO cellular voice and data services, delivering content to the same cellular handsets used on these 3G networks.
The MediaFLO System is an end-to-end solution that enables broadcasting of high-quality video, audio streams, Clipcasting media and IP datacasting to mobile handsets. The MediaFLO System is a manageable, scalable, subscription-based distribution system and an efficient over-the-air network solution that provides wireless operators a way to cost-effectively deliver the high-quality audio and video content that their subscribers desire. More information about the MediaFLO System is available at www.mediaflo.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 components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA and FLO technology are 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 24, 2006, and most recent Form 10-Q.