Qualcomm and SOMA have signed worldwide subscriber and infrastructure equipment license agreements

April 27, 2006

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SAN DIEGO -- QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM - News ), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and SOMA Networks, Inc., a leading provider of last-mile broadband wireless access technology, today announced that they have signed worldwide subscriber and infrastructure equipment license agreements. Under the terms of the royalty-bearing agreements, QUALCOMM has granted SOMA Networks a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell OFDM/OFDMA subscriber units, modem cards and infrastructure equipment.

"QUALCOMM is pleased to welcome SOMA Networks as the first licensee of our OFDM/OFDMA patent portfolio for use in non-CDMA subscriber and infrastructure equipment," said Marvin Blecker, president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing. "The OFDM/OFDMA agreements demonstrate the acknowledged applicability and value of QUALCOMM's patent portfolio and reinforce QUALCOMM's position as a leader in consistently developing and licensing advanced wireless technologies that meet the needs of its partners and the industry."

"The market for broadband wireless is global and growing quickly, and SOMA Networks already has among the largest customer deployments of broadband wireless systems in the market," said Yatish Pathak, chief executive officer of SOMA Networks. "Future-proofing our solution has always been key to protecting our customers' investments, especially given evolving wireless standards. Therefore, as a principal member of the WiMAX Forum it is crucial that SOMA Networks guarantees our customers that we have rights to key patents essential for OFDMA standards. By expanding our agreement with QUALCOMM, we ensure that we have clear rights to use QUALCOMM's intellectual property within our recently announced SoftAir FlexMAX solution. SOMA Networks offers an end-to-end wireless solution that provides multi-megabit broadband, wireline reliability and VoIP flexibility, and native support for feature-rich applications. With the SOMA solution, service providers can quickly and profitably roll out extensive service offerings for the residential and small office markets."

SOMA Networks Inc.

Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)

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