Qualcomm Leverages CDMA Position in China
Qualcomm is betting that adoption of its 3G technology in China will fuel future growth.BEIJINGQualcomm Inc. has wagered that licensing versions of its CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology in China will be a major source of its future growth. Qualcomm, which recently reported its quarterly financial results, said global growth of 3G CDMA is fueling demand for its chip sets. The company went on to say it is pushing aggressively new versions of its CDMA technology, with development in the CDMA2000 1X; CDMA2000 1XEV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized); WCDMA (Wideband CDMA), or UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System); and GSM1x markets. Jing Wang, senior vice president and chairman of Qualcomm China told eWEEK.com his company is focused on providing chip sets and software for wireless handset manufacturers, and expects all major interoperability and intellectual property obstacles to be overcome in the near future.
"Interoperability will be achieved through the use of multimode chip sets and multiband handsets in China, and for that matter, throughout the world," Wang said, adding that Qualcomm is working with China Unicom on blending network technology in order to ensure a seamless handover for customers between GSM and CDMA2000 networks.