Sky Link, a leading communications provider and the largest CDMA operator in the Russian Federation, and Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, have signed an agreement to commercially launch BREW® wireless data services in 31 regions of the Russian Federation, as well as in countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe, including Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Under the terms of the agreement, Sky Link will not only deliver BREW services to subscribers within its vast network of licensed territories, but also host BREW services on behalf of regional operators to deliver advanced mobile content to millions of people.
Sky Link launched BREW services to its subscribers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg in November 2006. In 2007, Sky Link recognized the growth in popularity of non-voice data services in other regions of Russia and saw profits from all of its high-speed mobile data services grow to 35 percent of its annual revenue. With this latest agreement, BREW data services will be launched within Sky Link's network and partner operator networks by Q3 2008 on a number of BREW devices. Leveraging its CDMA450® network and advanced BREW applications and services, Sky Link will provide its subscribers with access to the latest in mobile content, including mobile games, ringtones, media players and mobile business services.
“Since launching BREW in Russia in late 2006, we've had very successful results in offering data services to subscribers in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, with the popularity of non-voice data services greatly increasing in other regions of Russia,” said Gulnarah Hasianova, CEO of Sky Link. “This new agreement greatly expands BREW data services, enabling us to provide content to our subscribers in Russia as well as to the operators we provide voice and data roaming to in Eastern Europe and other regions of the Russian Federation. In addition, with our planned future launch of CDMA2000® EV-DO Rev. A technology, we will be able to offer video services to our subscribers.”
“Sky Link demonstrated true leadership in delivering advanced wireless content to Russia with the original agreement to offer BREW services in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, and we were extremely pleased with the enthusiastic response they received from their subscribers,” said Luciano Splendorini, senior director of business development for Qualcomm Internet Services, Europe. “This latest agreement further validates Sky Link's commitment to offering the latest in data services to its subscribers, with an expansion of coverage that will see mobile content available to millions of new addressable subscribers.”
Qualcomm Internet Services enables mobile retailing solutions and Internet services that accelerate consumer adoption and usage of mobile data worldwide for its operator, brand & affinity and content provider customers. BREW and BrandXtend™ are comprehensive solutions for customers seeking to bring high-value wireless services to market and enhance the mobile experience for consumers. Customers also can benefit from a portfolio of adaptable, modular products that can be used to address specific mobile retail challenges from general merchandizing to personalized recommendations.
Sky Link is the largest Russian CDMA operator which provides mobile data and voice services to the subscribers in 31 regions of Russian Federation. Sky Link network is based on the CDMA2000 EV-DO technology. Sky Link Joint-Stock Company was founded in July 2003 to consolidate regional NMT-450 operators and fulfill 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), high-quality voice communications and the ability to store and access any information and multimedia services that are not accessible in the functioning 2G networks. As of November 2007, Sky Link serves 580,000 subscribers. 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 EV-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 2007 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.