BEDMINSTER, NJ and SAN DIEGO, CA —
Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless service provider, and QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced that the companies have signed an agreement for Verizon Wireless to commercially launch applications based on QUALCOMM's Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless™ (BREW™) platform.
Verizon Wireless will begin rolling out BREW applications in a portion of its coast-to-coast footprint as early as this spring. Verizon Wireless will be the first carrier in North America to launch BREW-enabled applications, providing customers with the ability to download a variety of entertainment and productivity applications over the air.
John Stratton, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless, said the launch of BREW will further extend the company's leadership in wireless data services. "With our launch of advanced, high-speed wireless service in late January as the backdrop, we are pleased to be working with QUALCOMM to bring BREW-enabled applications to our customers. Working now with developers as they design fun games and entertainment applications, as well as information and productivity tools, means consumers will experience some very cool applications on their BREW-enabled devices."
"QUALCOMM developed the BREW platform to open the untapped possibilities of the wireless economy and to enable a genuinely useful mobile experience," said Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, group president, QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet Group. "The BREW platform puts the power to personalize with the consumer - to download applications over the air, virtually anytime and anywhere. It's like having a software store in your hand."
Details of the business agreement between Verizon Wireless and QUALCOMM were not disclosed.
QUALCOMM's BREW platform is a thin application execution environment that provides an open, standard platform for wireless devices. The BREW platform is part of a complete, end-to-end solution for wireless applications development and application distribution. The complete BREW solution includes the BREW Software Development Kit™ (SDK) for developers, the BREW applications platform and porting tools for device manufacturers, and the BREW Distribution System (BDS) that is controlled and managed by carriers enabling them to easily get applications from developers and take them to market. BREW is a product of the QUALCOMM Internet Services (QIS) division and QUALCOMM Wireless & Internet (QWI) group of QUALCOMM.
BREW for Developers
BREW applications are written in C/C++. While the BREW platform supports programming in other languages, such as Java™ and XML, C/C++ is used as the primary language by significantly more developers worldwide than any other language, according to International Data Corp. For more information about BREW for developers or the BREW Developer Alliance Program, go to http://www.qualcomm.com/brew/developer.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless is the leading wireless communications provider in the U.S., with the largest wireless network and more than 29.4 million customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.
QUALCOMM Incorporated (http://www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. The Company's business areas include CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; the BREW applications platform; QChat push-to-talk technology; Eudora® e-mail software; digital cinema systems; and satellite-based systems including portions of the Globalstar™ system and wireless fleet management systems, OmniTRACS® and OmniExpress®. QUALCOMM owns patents that are essential to all of the CDMA wireless telecommunications standards that have been adopted or proposed for adoption by standards-setting bodies worldwide. QUALCOMM has licensed its essential CDMA patent portfolio to more than 100 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2001 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including 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 and the BREW platform is adopted, 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 30, 2001, and most recent Form 10-Q.
QUALCOMM, OmniTRACS, OmniExpress and Eudora are registered trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. BREW and BREW SDK are trademarks of QUALCOMM Incorporated. Globalstar is a trademark of Loral QUALCOMM Satellite Services, Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.