Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, and Beijing Tianyu Communications Equipment Co., Ltd. (Tianyu), a professional hi-tech company specializing in the R&D, manufacturing and marketing of mobile phones, today announced that they have entered into a subscriber unit and modem card/module license agreement (including PCB assemblies). Under the terms of the royalty bearing agreement, Qualcomm has granted Tianyu a worldwide patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000® and WCDMA subscriber units and modem cards/modules. The royalties payable by Tianyu are at Qualcomm's standard worldwide rates.
“The worldwide demand for 3G products continues to grow rapidly, driven by increasing demand for mobile broadband services,” said Derek Aberle, executive vice president and president of Qualcomm Technology Licensing. “With its K-Touch brand, Tianyu will now be well-positioned to provide CDMA and WCDMA 3G devices and continue its growth in Mainland China and internationally.”
“Tianyu has a reputation for high-quality, low-cost and stylish products,” said Ms. Xiuli Rong, general manager of Tianyu. “This license agreement with Qualcomm will enable us to develop, manufacture and sell our popular K-Touch devices with the speed and capabilities of 3G. We look forward to deploying Qualcomm's technology to expand our position in the market with new products.”
Beijing Tianyu Communications Equipment Co., Ltd, founded in April 2002, is a professional high-tech company specializing in the R&D, manufacturing and marketing of mobile phones. It is one of the manufacturing companies that have obtained licenses issued by the National Development and Reform Commission of P.R.C. to produce GSM/GPRS and CDMA handsets. There are about 600 people in its Beijing R&D center, including Ph.D. and Masters Degree holders capable of conducting R&D throughout the development process starting from mobile chipsets. Tianyu has a strong sales network with 57 subsidiary offices and 653 authorized service centers and sales outlets across China. Tianyu sold 17 million handsets in 2007 and has total sales of 30 million handsets as of September 2008.
Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM) 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 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.
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 CDMA components on a timely and profitable basis, the extent and speed to which CDMA is 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 28, 2008, and most recent Form 10-Q.