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  • Qualcomm Enters Indonesia's Telecom Market
  • December 2, 1998 (JAKARTA) -- Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, Calif. announced that it has been awarded type approval and quality certification for its cdmaOne technology in Indonesia.
    Qualcomm is the first vendor of code division multiple access (CDMA) technology to have its equipment certified for quality and type for commercial deployment by the Indonesian government.

    "We are extremely pleased that cdmaOne is the first CDMA standard to be approved and certified here," said Marshall Towe, Jr., vice president of Qualcomm's wireless infrastructure division.

    To obtain the approval of its cdmaOne technology, Qualcomm staged a pilot project for almost a year to support both fixed wireless and mobile services.

    The company conducted a joint research program with the Risti division for research and development of the state-owned PT. Telkom telecommunications company.

    After obtaining the approval, Qualcomm is prepared to enter the Indonesian telecom market both for cellular and fixed wireless equipment. Telkom is just one potential customer for Qualcomm's products.

    Bintang Juliarso, Indonesia country manager for Qualcomm's wireless infrastructure division, said that the company acknowledges the current challenges faced by Indonesia. He noted that Qualcomm is committed to participating in the long-term development of Indonesia's telecom industry.

    Qualcomm is not the only CDMA vendor in the country. For example, Lucent Technologies Inc. introduced the system last year. Lucent signed a US$105 million contract in February 1997 with PT. Komselindo to supply and install the country's first commercial CDMA wireless network.

    Other AMPS operators also plan to change their technology to digital CDMA technology. The number of users of analog systems has fallen drastically in the last year, as the GSM system has become popular.

    Ericsson of Sweden also introduced its new technology called Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) to the Indonesian telecom community, as part of its tour of Asia Pacific countries. In 1997, Ericsson's sales in the country reached around US$250 million.

    Indonesia utilizes three cellular telecom systems operated by seven operators. Three operators are using GSM technology, two companies are operating the AMPS analog system and one company is using NMT.

    In 1997, the government approved two cellular technologies to be implemented in Indonesia, personal communication services (PCS) technology and personal handy-phone services (PHS) technology. Six companies were licensed by the government to operate PCS technology based on the Digital Communication System (DCS) 1800 and three companies were licensed to operate PHS.

    (Alfia Rahmaniar, Asia BizTech Correspondent)

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    Updated: Tue Dec 1 16:38:29 1998 PDT