Qualcomm Collaborates with América Móvil on Global Pass Program

― Collaboration provides opportunities for device makers to rapidly ship devices to value-conscious consumers in Latin America―


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM), today announced the inclusion of América Móvil in its Qualcomm® Global Pass program with the successful América Móvil global terminal homologation process. An offering of the Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) program, Global Pass reduces device manufacturers upfront development costs and accelerates device commercialization while maximizing the global potential of devices. Qualcomm Global Pass extends Qualcomm Technologies’ collaboration with América Móvil in modem technologies and certification to device commercialization. As América Móvil begins migrating many of its 2G and 3G customers to 4G, Global Pass ensures that device manufacturers can create differentiated LTE products that comply with América Móvil’s unique regional specifications in a quick, efficient and affordable manner. With the Global Pass platform for América Móvil, the operator will work closely with OEMs and ODMs in bringing a wide offering of high quality products to Latin America quickly.

Global Pass integrates device specifications, modem configurations and operator-specific requirements into a hardware and software Qualcomm Reference Design offering when coupled with a Snapdragon processor. The program includes extensive regional and carrier testing, which provides operators with a pretested and consistent implementation of their specifications, as well as offers OEM’s and ODM’s commercialization advantages as they launch their differentiated products based on the platform in new regions.

“Our collaboration with América Móvil represents the next step in the evolution of the QRD program and the Global Pass asset,” said Larry Paulson, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are able to better answer the needs of manufacturers and operators by making the process of device development and regional certification more affordable and significantly easier.”

“We’re excited to work with Qualcomm Technologies in implementing the Global Pass program. With Global Pass, we are able to certify products more quickly, with better quality and reduced resources,” said Ángel Alija, chief operations officer, América Móvil. “Global Pass ensures our device and network requirements are met, and this in turn helps create a consistent and exceptional user experience for our customers across a variety of device options at more affordable prices.”

With the completion of the Global Pass device platform homologation (certification) with América Móvil, device manufactures can adopt this platform starting September 2015 to offer products to América Móvil properties in select Latin America regions. To date, more than 1,080 QRD-based devices have shipped or are in the pipeline across 21 countries, with more than 420 QRD-based LTE devices shipped or in the pipeline. Qualcomm Technologies’ expanded QRD portfolio includes its Snapdragon 620, 618, 615, 617, 410, 400, 210 and 200 processors with support for its Qualcomm® RF360 Front End Solution, as well as for LTE tablet reference designs with Snapdragon 410 and 210 processors.

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