BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - June 22, 2010) -  3G Americas, a wireless industry trade association representing the GSM family of technologies and LTE, today announced the election of Qualcomm Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, to its Board of Governors. Qualcomm joins the board -- currently comprised of 16 leading operators and manufacturers -- to work together to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas.

Neville Ray, Chairperson of 3G Americas' Board of Governors and Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations at T-Mobile USA, emphasized the impact of 3G Americas' influence in the Americas and the importance of Qualcomm becoming one of its board members. "We are excited to have Qualcomm join the 3G Americas Board of Governors. Their strength and leadership in the development of advanced wireless technology will notably enhance the work of the 3G Americas organization in advancing the deployment of mobile broadband networks based on the 3GPP family of technologies throughout the Americas region."

Chris Pearson, President of 3G Americas, added, "Qualcomm's market success coupled with its expertise in 3GPP technologies including HSPA and LTE will fill an essential role in adding to the ecosystem of companies currently serving our board. With the support of Qualcomm, an inventive leader in wireless, 3G Americas will continue to foster tremendous wireless technology advances throughout North, Central and South America."

HSPA is the leading mobile broadband technology worldwide and offers operators the ability to meet the increasingly advanced wireless needs of customers while maximizing their existing network assets. There are currently 322 commercial HSPA deployments in 137 countries worldwide with 62 HSPA commercial networks in 26 countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The flexibility in the advancements within the 3GPP family of technologies offers operators continued technology evolutions to HSPA+ and LTE for higher-speed mobile broadband performance and capacity improvements. Currently, there are 56 HSPA+ networks in 34 countries throughout the world including Rogers in Canada and T-Mobile USA in the United States. Additionally, LTE continues to progress as the de facto next-generation wireless technology of choice with an expected 23 commercial deployments by year-end 2010 and more than 100 operators across the globe expressing intentions to someday deploy LTE mobile broadband networks. 

"Qualcomm is pleased to join 3G Americas' Board of Governors and looks forward to using its podium to provide integral support to HSPA operators and vendors to ensure an elegant transition to HSPA+, MC HSPA and LTE," said Howard Wright, Vice President of Global Business Development at Qualcomm. "Qualcomm continues to be a pioneer of both chips and services that power the HSPA ecosystem and our successes are a result of both our innovations and partnerships. We are thrilled to have a seat at the table of 3G Americas as this prestigious organization will continue to advance future wireless strategies and direction."

About 3G Americas: Unifying the Americas through Wireless Technology

3G Americas is an industry trade organization composed of telecommunications service providers and manufacturers. The organization's mission is to promote, facilitate and advocate for the deployment and adoption of the GSM family of technologies including LTE throughout the Americas. 3G Americas has contributed to the successful commercial rollout of GSM across the Americas and its place as the No. 1 technology in the region, as well as the global adoption of EDGE. The organization aims to develop the expansive wireless ecosystem of networks, devices, and applications enabled by GSM and its evolution to LTE. 3G Americas is headquartered in Bellevue, Wash., with an office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Dallas. More information is available at

3G Americas' Board of Governors members include: Alcatel-Lucent, América Móvil, Andrew Solutions, AT&T, Cable & Wireless, Ericsson, Gemalto, Huawei, HP, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Openwave, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Rogers, T-Mobile USA and Telefónica.

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Contact Information:

3G Americas
Vicki Livingston
+1 262 242 3458