TCL and Wavecom sign License Agreement

TCL to Build 2.5 Million Multimedia Mobile Telephones Based on Wavecom’s Technology Platform.
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Hong Kong, PRC -March 08, 2004
Wavecom SA (NASDAQ: WVCM; Euronext: AVM; ISIN: FR0000073066) announced today the signature of a software tools Licence Agreement with TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. The agreement gives TCL the right to use Wavecom’s Advanced Open MMI and Open Stack software tools for the development of a series of high-end multimedia telephones based on Wavecom’s Flex platform.

Advanced Open MMI allows access to source codes above and below the existing application programming interface, enabling greater customization and sophistication. Advanced Open MMI provides engineers with access to all key system software ingredients and interfaces as well as the tools to interconnect almost anything. These include not only application programming interfaces (APIs), but also voice, SMS and MMS, communications management, graphical engine, device drivers, mass storage and SIM tool kit as well as display, video and audio drivers.

Open Stack gives access to the Wavecom-designed layers 2 and 3 of the GSM/GPRS protocol stack. Intended for clients with significant wireless development and engineering resources, Open Stack can help handset manufacturers simplify and streamline the validation and field testing of their new products.

The license agreement follows the signature in October 2003 of a Master Agreement concerning the supply of Wavecom’s Flex platform to TCL, and calls for the delivery of 2.5 million hardware units (WISMO Quik, Pac or Flex) within 18 months from the first CTA (China Type Approval) of a TCL device developed under the Master Agreement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Dr. Wan Mingjian, Managing Director of TCL Mobile Communication, said: “As one of the world’s fastest-growing players in a very competitive and dynamic industry, it is essential for us to team up with technology suppliers who are able to respond to our constantly evolving needs. The Flex platform is an excellent base for our R&D teams to work from, and Advanced Open MMI and Open Stack will help us get maximum benefit from the design flexibility it offers.”

Mr. Didier Dutronc, Vice President of Wavecom’s PCD business unit, stated: “This agreement confirms our Flex platform as one of TCL’s key technology platforms for its next generation of mobile phones. TCL has been a very exciting company to work with over the last five years, and we are delighted to continue to support them in their ambition to become one of the world’s top five handset makers within the next three years.”

The Flex platform is a complete hardware platform for handset applications in four parts: an RF module, a baseband chip, a power management chip and an audio filters chip. Each component can be placed separately, anywhere within the handset, which gives the handset manufacturer’s R&D teams greater control over the form factor of the handset. Developers can add features through external memory and companion chips, and choose their own peripherals and memory chips.

About TCL Mobile Communication
TCL Mobile Communication Co., Ltd. is a member of TCL Communication industrial group which belongs to one of the largest producers of electronic devices in China TCL Holdings Co., Ltd. TCL Mobile is a hi-tech joint venture committed to R&D, manufacturing and sales of mobile terminal products, and, along with other Chinese mobile phone manufacturers, is greatly supported by the State Development Planning Commission and the Ministry of Information Industry (MII). In 2002, TCL Mobile reported cell phone sales of 6.3 million units, with $1 billion in revenue. More information on TCL Mobile is located on the World Wide Web