Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Lucent Technologies Announce Collaboration to Accelerate the Global Deployment of Next-Generation Wireless Systems
Wireless Technology Leaders Focus on Coordinated Development of 3G Services and FeaturesSAN DIEGO--Oct. 23, 2000--Kyocera Wireless Corp. and Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced they will work together to accelerate the global deployment of third-generation (3G) Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) wireless services by closely aligning development of Kyocera's wireless handsets and accessories with the latest capabilities of Lucent's wireless network equipment. The Kyocera-Lucent collaboration encompasses marketing activities, technical support of 3G lab and field tests of wireless devices, and interoperability testing to accelerate the commercial availability of Kyocera 3G digital handsets compatible with Lucent's wireless infrastructure equipment across multiple wireless technologies.
As a means to enable Lucent's mobile operator customers to rapidly launch high-speed data and mobile Internet services based on the newest technologies, the companies will collaborate on product development and testing of cdma2000 3G-1X next-generation systems. In addition, Kyocera and Lucent will pursue joint development efforts for the phased High Data Rate (HDR) solution for the cdma2000 1X-EVolution specification, Wideband-CDMA, and other emerging technologies such as position location.
"We're delighted to have Kyocera Wireless Corp. collaborate with us as part of our total commitment to helping network operators rapidly get to market with the latest revenue-generating 3G services," said Joe Daly, Lucent's managing director of wireless strategic relationships. "We have a common vision of the benefits of the next-generation mobile Internet and together we are dedicated to bringing them rapidly to mobile operators and consumers at the same time."
"This new strategic alliance with Lucent Technologies represents a key milestone in Kyocera's 3G handset development plan," said Masahiro Inoue, president and CEO for Kyocera Wireless Corp. "By working with Lucent, we seek to create opportunities to expand Kyocera's product portfolio, accelerate our product development timelines and ensure that 3G handsets are available in the quantities and timeframes requested by the carriers."
About Lucent Technologies
Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, designs and delivers the systems, software, silicon and services for next-generation communications networks for service providers and enterprises. Backed by the research and development of Bell Labs, Lucent focuses on high-growth areas such as broadband and mobile Internet infrastructure; communications software; communications semiconductors and optoelectronics; Web-based enterprise solutions that link private and public networks; and professional network design and consulting services. For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at http://www.lucent.com.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International, Inc. (KII), the North American headquarters and holding company of Kyocera Corporation. KII established Kyocera Wireless Corp. after acquiring QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. incorporates QUALCOMM's CDMA technology in the development and manufacture of wireless phones and accessories for customers worldwide. For more information on Kyocera Wireless Corp., please visit our website at http://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, 2000, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled 812 billion yen (US$7.9 billion) with net income of 50 billion yen (US$489 million). Kyocera Corporation has been recognized by IndustryWeek magazine as one of "The World's 100 Best-Managed Companies."
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