Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced the provision of next generation broadband services, notebook computers and mobile phones to Princess Mother's Medical Volunteer (PMMV) public health stations in the rural areas in nine provinces in Thailand. This latest initiative is the second phase of the Company's Wireless ReachTM program with PMMV, the Thailand Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies, which provides rural and remote underserved communities in Thailand with the latest state-of-the-art CDMA2000® EV-DO high-speed wireless networks that will improve the delivery of critical health and medical services.
Qualcomm, along with its project partners, will donate 49 sets of notebook computers, printers and adaptors to 49 operational public health stations within PMMV's network and Huawei Technologies Thailand will donate 49 CDMA-based EV-DO data cards and 49 C5320 mobile phones. CAT Telecom also will donate service for the aircards and SIM cards, including one-year of support for voice and unlimited data usage. In addition, a computer, printer and adaptor will be donated to the PMMV office to support the coordination effort.
“Improving universal healthcare through 3G and high-speed wireless broadband is a core focus of Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative,” said Kaneungjit Suriyathumrongkul, senior director of business development for Qualcomm Thailand. “Our commitment to bringing sustained social and economic opportunities to people in underserved communities lacking adequate medical and educational resources helps to meet Thailand's objective of providing easier and faster access to medical facilities and assistance. Today's announcement reinforces the industry's commitment to supporting the Thai government in providing world-class communications services to rural and remote areas in Thailand.”
PMMV regularly sponsors patients with serious illnesses to be treated in larger, provincial and metropolitan hospitals. The wireless broadband services enabled by the collaboration of Qualcomm and its project partners will result in more effective communications between smaller and more established clinics.
“PMMV is very glad to expand and continue our project with Qualcomm, CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies to provide much needed communications equipment and services to help achieve our nation's goals of delivering widespread medical access in rural and remote areas and improving teledensity through quality high-speed wireless data services,” said Mr. Yooth Bodharamik, M.D., deputy secretary general of The Princess Mother's Medical Volunteer Foundation (PMMV). “This latest initiative is a Qualcomm Wireless Reach pilot project with PMMV, MOPH, CAT Telecom and Huawei Technologies to improve the quality of critical health and medical services in rural and remote underserved communities in Thailand.”
“CAT Telecom believes that by providing enhanced communications and information access to remote villages, we can help create a better and more sustainable health care industry,” said Mr. Phisal Jorpochaudom, president of CAT Telecom. “We are determined to continue to support local communities across Thailand with new and innovative technologies, especially those that can improve rural health care solutions. With EV-DO technology, physicians around the country can stay connected and share their invaluable expertise for the greater benefit of their patients.”
“Huawei firmly believes in giving back to the local communities in which we operate. We are delighted to be part of the Wireless Reach initiative,” said Mr. Zhang Wei, managing director of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd. “The excellent features of Huawei's EV-DO data card together with our cutting-edge mobile phones and wide-coverage CDMA network will be extremely beneficial to improving communications in remote areas and the delivery of critical services such as health and education in the country.”
The first phase of the Wireless Reach initiative was launched in December 2007 and involved the provision of 3G mobile communications equipment.
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless voice and data services improves people's lives. The Company's Wireless Reach initiative supports programs and solutions that bring the benefits of connectivity to developing communities globally. By working with partners, Qualcomm's Wireless Reach projects create new ways for people to communicate, learn, access health care and reach global markets. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.
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.