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LAMPUNG, INDONESIA – Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, today announced the program launch of the Qualcomm Wireless Reach initiative in Way Kanan, Lampung.

Qualcomm worked with Sampoerna Telecom, Axesstel Inc., IndoNet, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and the State Ministry for the Accelerated Development of Disadvantaged Regions to introduce CDMA450 wireless technology into Way Kanan, giving the area access to broadband wireless voice and data services.

The cornerstone of the program is the establishment of computer laboratories with Internet access in five high schools in Way Kanan: Buay Bahuga; Negeri Besar; Negara Batin; Rebang Tangkas; and Pakuan Ratu.

In addition, cellular kiosks or “warsels” are being established in 59 villages and in the five high schools to provide increased access to telecommunications. In April, Qualcomm announced a similar initiative in Pacitan, East Java.

“Today’s launch of the QUALCOMM Wireless Reach initiative in Lampung demonstrates the Company’s continued commitment to providing greater access to wireless technology in underserved communities, and we are proud to work with the Indonesian government and leading companies to help connect the citizens of Lampung,” said Shawn A. Covell, senior director, International Government Affairs, Qualcomm.

Harry K. Nugraha, Senior Director/Country Manager Qualcomm Indonesia told me here recently, CDMA450 provides an efficient wireless telecommunications solution by offering wide coverage, superior voice quality and high-speed data services. “We will develop other projects to create 3G 1xEV-DO-based community telecenter like we did here,” he added.

CDMA Development Group stated that CDMA450 networks are now deployed in 35 countries around the world and additional networks will soon be launched or are undergoing trials. In Southeast Asia, commercial CDMA450 networks have already been deployed in Indonesia (by STI), Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. [3G]

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