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ITU and Qualcomm enhance mobile telecommunication capacity for emergencies

Geneva, 9 July 2009 — ITU and Qualcomm Incorporated have reached an agreement to improve emergency communications for disaster preparedness and to coordinate relief activities in the aftermath of a disaster.

Qualcomm has agreed to donate to ITU a Qualcomm Deployable Base Station (QDBS) with a total estimated value of nearly USD 500,000. The base station will enhance ITU’s capacity in deploying mobile telecommunications to assist countries in preparing for disaster and in strengthening response and recovery mechanisms.

Based on 3G CDMA technology, QDBS is a compact, quickly deployable and easy to operate mobile solution for providing first-responder communications. This reliable, responsive and complete cellular system can be forward-deployed to supply vital wireless communications.

"We are delighted by this alliance with one of our development Sector Members," said Mr Sami Al Basheer, Director of ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau. "QDBS brings with it the wireless technology that is so essential in bridging the telecommunication gap when terrestrial networks are knocked out by natural disasters."

Qualcomm provides wireless solutions that are relevant and critical in responding to disasters. Through its Wireless Reach™ initiative, Qualcomm works with organizations such as ITU to bring wireless technology to those who need it most.

"We are proud to work with ITU and provide a useful system to enhance their emergency communications programme," said Shawn A. Covell, Senior Director of International Government Affairs for Qualcomm. "Wireless Reach is fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with ITU in order to help make a difference when a disaster strikes."


For more information, please contact:

Sanjay Acharya
Chief, Media Relations and Public Information
ITU
Tel: +41 22 730 5046
Mobile: +41 79 249 4861

Fax: +41 22 730 5939
E-mail:
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Cosmas Zavazava
Chief of Division
Emergency Telecommunications
ITU
Tel: + 41 22 730 5447
E-mail:
cosmas.zavazavaitu.int 

Tina Asmar
Qualcomm Corporate Communications
Tel: +1 858 845 5959
E-mail:
corpcomm
qualcomm.com

John Gilbert

Qualcomm Investor Relations
Tel: +1 858 658 4813
E-mail: irqualcomm.com


About ITU

About Wireless Reach

Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless voice and data services improves people’s lives. Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach™ initiative supports programs and solutions that bring the benefits of connectivity to developing communities globally. By working with partners, Wireless Reach projects create new ways for people to communicate, learn, access health care and reach global markets.

About Qualcomm

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 2009 FORTUNE 500 company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.

 

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