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QUALCOMM and TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. Announce Agreement for BREW Locate Signature Solution

QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, and TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. a global leader in mission critical wireless data communications, today announced they have entered into a non-exclusive definitive agreement for QUALCOMM’s BREW® Locate Signature Solution. Under the agreement, QUALCOMM will have the ability to offer to WCDMA  (UMTS ) operators a location service solution that makes use of TCS’ hosted Xypoint® Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL) Server. The solution supports the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) SUPL 1.0 standard and serves as a position location server for assisted-GPS  (A-GPS ) devices. This will allow operators to quickly deploy new location-based services such as navigation, traffic, social networking applications and buddy-finder service applications, which can leverage the accuracy and time to fix advantages of A-GPS technology. First announced in December 2006, the BREW Locate Signature Solution will allow operators to realize the potential that location-based services can provide to their wireless end users around the world, while limiting the upfront capital expenditures normally associated with launching premium services.

QUALCOMM’s BREW Locate Signature Solution includes (i) a compelling catalog of location-based applications from leading global publishers and developers; (ii) a hosted content delivery service for such applications through the deliveryOne™ offering, which enables quick time to market on mass market devices; and (iii) access to TCS’ Xypoint Location Service, a hosted location service offering. The combination of QUALCOMM’s advanced location-based offerings and availability of TCS’ hosted location service offering presents operators with the opportunity to offer scaleable, accurate location services to their users.

“By working with TCS, a recognized industry leader in the location-based services field, QUALCOMM believes it can accelerate adoption of wireless location-based services, a technology with tremendous opportunity for mobile content,” said Mitch Oliver, vice president, solutions and marketing for QUALCOMM Internet Services. “QUALCOMM is constantly looking for ways to help empower the wireless community of operators, handset manufacturers, publishers and developers with technology solutions. The BREW Locate Signature Solution achieves this by enabling operators to make advanced location services available with the accuracy and reliability expected from wireless subscribers.

“By making the BREW Locate Signature Solution available to operators, QUALCOMM is providing a streamlined track for operators to launch and begin offering advanced location-based services to their users,” said Drew Morin, chief technology officer for TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. “The services TCS provides for the BREW Locate Signature Solution include access to a TCS-hosted, A-GPS location server platform, which incorporates QUALCOMM’s QPoint location server software into an OMA SUPL 1.0 compliant solution, thus making potential deployment of advanced location services easier for operators around the world.”

BREW® solutions change the way people relate to wireless data services. By enabling the discovery and delivery of high-value content, BREW creates opportunities for the wireless industry to enhance consumers’ mobile data experience. QUALCOMM’s comprehensive and targeted BREW Signature Solutions offer reduced time to market and lower capital investment for companies providing mobile products and services. Customers also can benefit from several modular BREW offerings, including uiOne™, deliveryOne™ and QPoint™, which provide the foundation for customer-differentiated wireless data capabilities. QPoint is QUALCOMM’s location-based services server software and set of accompanying tools and services to enable mobile network operators to deploy high performance, compelling location services on CDMA2000® and WCDMA (UMTS) networks. QUALCOMM works with system integrators to offer QPoint to operators and hosted providers.

The Xypoint Location Service provides a rapid time-to-market entry for operators interested in deploying location-based services with minimal capital investment. The hosted service can provide precise or coarse location fixes, appropriate to the need, and a broad range of location-based applications can be included. TCS’ proven, award-winning Xypoint Location Platform serves as the core of this hosted location service, and the environment interoperates with GSM  , UMTS, CDMA  and WCDMA protocols. Another component of the service, TCS’ Xypoint Reference Network, supplies assistance data used to rapidly secure precise location fixes.

QUALCOMM Incorporated (http://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 2007 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.