Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and CETECOM Incorporated (USA), a leading independent wireless technology testing and certification organization, today announced that the companies have signed a Test Services Agreement which is a key milestone towards establishing CETECOM as the first independent FLO™ certification lab. Using approved testing and certification processes published by the FLO Forum, CETECOM will perform FLO Series I, II and III testing services on a variety of cellular and consumer electronics devices intended to support commercial MediaFLO™ services in order to ensure they meet rigorous performance criteria and gain market entry more quickly.
“The agreement between Qualcomm and CETECOM is a significant step towards achieving an independent, global certification program for MediaFLO-based technologies,” said Mike Coad, vice president of partner relations for Qualcomm MediaFLO Technologies. “Through this arrangement, the entire MediaFLO ecosystem will benefit from independent certification testing of MediaFLO devices, which will in turn accelerate product time to market and enable greater interoperability of services.”
“We believe the establishment of this transparent certification process for the open MediaFLO mobile broadcast standard is the key to establishing a global competitive marketplace for equipment providers and operators to bring tested and proven MediaFLO-based mobile broadcast devices and services to consumers worldwide,” said Maan Ghanma, director of Mobile Communications for CETECOM Inc.
CETECOM Inc. is ISO 17025 accredited and has a long history in the testing and certification of GSM / WCDMA devices. The company has acquired FLO device certification equipment from MediaFLO test equipment providers. Under the terms of the Test Services Agreement, Qualcomm also will make its own facilities and equipment available to CETECOM for FLO Series III testing of CDMA-based devices.
MediaFLO is a mobile broadcast platform for the delivery of high-quality entertainment and information, including streaming video and audio, Clipcasting™ media, IP datacasting and interactive services. FLO is an open, globally recognized air interface technology standardized by the Telecommunications Industry Association and recommended by ITU-R for the broadcasting of multimedia and data applications. Invented for mobility, MediaFLO is designed to increase capacity and coverage, as well as reduce costs for multimedia content delivery to mobile devices. More information about MediaFLO is available at www.mediaflo.com.
CETECOM is a worldwide leading provider in consulting, testing, certification and approval services for the wireless industry with several state-of-the-art testing laboratories in Europe, the U.S. and Asia. The CETECOM network provides a unique service portfolio covering the entire life cycle of mobile and wireless communication products. For more information, please visit www.cetecomusa.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 2008 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.