SAN DIEGO — October 07, 2004 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that QUALCOMM will work with NTT DoCoMo, Inc. to promote the global deployment of WCDMA.
QUALCOMM and DoCoMo began interoperability testing in June 2004 using QUALCOMM’s TM6250 test mobile, a complete test solution based on QUALCOMM’s MSM6250 chipset that enables network operators and infrastructure manufacturers to deploy and optimize global WCDMA networks quickly. Based on the successful results of the interoperability tests, field trials will begin immediately on DoCoMo’s live FOMA network. The series of field tests are scheduled to be completed at the end of 2004.
QUALCOMM’s TM6250 test mobile has already been proven to work on numerous WCDMA/GSM/GPRS networks deployed by leading carrier groups around the world. It is expected that a wide range of handsets with QUALCOMM chipsets supporting many foreign carriers will be able to roam into DoCoMo’s FOMA network in Japan.
Several handset manufacturers are currently in discussion with QUALCOMM to develop FOMA i-mode™ handsets using the Company’s MSM6250 single-chip solution and the BREW® client software. Such handsets are targeted to launch in the second half of 2005.
“It’s very important for us to cooperate with QUALCOMM for the common goal of accelerating the global adoption of WCDMA,” said Takanori Utano, executive vice president and chief technical officer of DoCoMo. “We expect that WCDMA handsets with QUALCOMM’s chipsets will be adopted by many carriers throughout the world and will soon roam in DoCoMo’s network. We also recognize the value of QUALCOMM’s single-chip solution, and expect the launch of a series of low-cost, high-feature FOMA handsets equipped with this solution in the near future.”
“WCDMA and CDMA2000 are driving the global development of 3G mobile communication service,” said Tetsuzo Matsumoto, president, Japan, South East Asia and Pacific of QUALCOMM. “QUALCOMM has always had the highest respect for DoCoMo’s leadership in enhancing 3G technologies, and we are very pleased that they recognize the value of our solutions. We are confident that we will fulfill their requirements, now and in the future. We also believe that we can contribute greatly to the expansion of WCDMA international roaming.”