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Kyocera Wireless Corp. Earns 2002 AeA High Tech Award for Growth, Innovation and Civic Contribution

Kyocera Wireless Corp. Honored for Excellence in Communications Products & Services

SAN DIEGO - Oct. 23, 2002 - Kyocera Wireless Corp. has been awarded the 2002 High Tech Award, in the Communications Products & Services category, from the San Diego chapter of AeA, the nation's largest high-tech industry association. Kyocera Wireless Corp. was recognized for excellence in a number of areas, including technological leadership among wireless handset makers and environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. This year's awards were held on Oct. 15 at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

"On behalf of all our employees, Kyocera Wireless Corp. proudly accepts this award for its contributions to the high-tech industry and to the San Diego community," said Skip Speaks, president and chief executive officer of Kyocera Wireless Corp. "We are gratified to be one of the world's leading wireless handset manufacturers, headquartered right here in San Diego."

Kyocera Wireless Corp. was selected for the award based on its heritage of innovation. In March 2001, Kyocera Wireless was one of the first to market with a converged PDA and cell phone device, the award winning QCP™ 6035 smartphone. Kyocera Wireless was again on the leading edge of technology in September 2001, with the introduction of CDMA2000 1X (or 3G) phones capable of data speeds up to ten times faster than previous phones on the market. This year the company continues to build on its success by introducing products with features such as assisted-GPS (e911) and announcing the widely anticipated Kyocera 7135, the successor to its critically acclaimed QCP 6035 smartphone.

"Kyocera Wireless Corp. is an organization that is known for its dedication to cutting edge technology and environmental responsibility," said Kevin Carroll, executive director of AeA San Diego Council. "In addition to providing global leadership in CDMA handsets, the company employs 3,000 people locally making them a strong contributor to the high-tech community in San Diego. We are proud to honor such an accomplished local company."


About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.

Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2002, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled US$7.78 billion (JP¥ 1,034,574 million) with net income of US$240.25 million (JP¥ 31,953 million).


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CONTACTS:
John Chier, Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone 1-(858) 882-3543
e-mail: jchier@kyocera-wireless.com

Kim Coutts, Fleishman-Hillard for Kyocera
phone: 1-(619) 235-9995
e-mail: couttsk@fleishman.com


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