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