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QUALCOMM's GSM1x Technology Powers Kyocera's KZ850 Handset
Posted: 13-Aug-2003 [Source: Qualcomm]

[Kyocera's new KZ850 handset supports GSM1x technology and is slated for Chinese market trial.]

San Diego, Calif. -- QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, today announced the introduction of Kyocera's first handset supporting GSM1x technology. Based on Kyocera's KZ850 model, which includes an integrated camera and offers high-resolution color graphics and multimedia features, the new GSM1x handset will be available immediately to participants in China Unicom's GSM1x trial in Suzhou, China. This marks the first GSM1x handset for a market trial.

Kyocera's single mode, BREW-enabled GSM1x handset combines a GSM service interface with CDMA2000 premium next-generation services using a GSM SIM card. Because GSM1x is able to leverage existing CDMA2000 1X handset designs, Kyocera and other phone manufacturers can readily integrate the technology into their existing single or multimode handsets.

"Our KZ850 phones will play an integral part in China Unicom's GSM1x phase one trial, and we look forward to continuing our support of GSM1x by incorporating the technology on Kyocera's other commercial handsets to meet the demand of GSM carriers," said Kazuhiro Iwabuchi, general manager of mobile communication equipment engineering division, Kyocera Corporation. "From creating the world's first commercial BREW-enabled wireless phone to GSM1x, we're pleased to collaborate with QUALCOMM in continuing to advance the wireless communications market."

"Kyocera's decision to integrate QUALCOMM's GSM1x technology into its handsets further demonstrates the validity of this solution and will allow Kyocera to deliver a new option for GSM operators worldwide," said George Mansho, senior vice president of corporate global development for QUALCOMM. "Kyocera's GSM1x handset helps fulfill GSM operators' need to provide differentiated services, offering CDMA2000 value-added services to their subscribers while maintaining compatibility with GSM-MAP networks and SIM cards."

GSM1x is a CDMA2000 solution for GSM operators in any band that combines the benefits of CDMA2000 1X and GSM-MAP. GSM1x takes full advantage of an operator's investment in its existing GSM-MAP network, maintaining all key features and services inherent in the system. The GSM1x handset accepts a GSM SIM card and communicates with the GSM-MAP core network. GSM1x will increase an operator's voice and data capacity while enabling a cost effective overlay of CDMA2000 on a GSM network. The GSM1x solution facilitates both GSM and CDMA global roaming. For additional information about GSM1x, please visit www.gsm1x.com.

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