Dr Paul E Jacobs, Chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, has been named the recipient of the 2014 GSMA Chairman’s Award. Established in 1995, the award recognises outstanding personal contribution to the growth and development of mobile communications around the world.
“This award recognises Paul’s long-term contribution, as well as that of Qualcomm, in delivering sustained innovation, ecosystem investment and a commitment to the convergence of technology standards for next-generation interoperability. The mobile industry has been a major beneficiary of his commitment to innovation and leadership, as have the billions of men and women around the world whose lives have been changed by mobile,” said Jon Fredrik, Chairman of GSMA.
Founded in 1985, Qualcomm has become one of the telecommunications industry’s greatest start-up success stories, pioneering some of the most significant innovations and technical developments and through its unique business model, heavily investing in R&D and broadly licensing its intellectual property to more than 250 companies across the industry.
Under Jacobs’ leadership, Qualcomm embraced the evolution of 3G mobile broadband standards to become the leading way people access the Internet globally and contributed substantially to the technology development and commercialisation of LTE, the single, global standard for 4G. Underscoring this commitment to innovation and a horizontal ecosystem approach, Qualcomm has invested a cumulative total of more than US$28.6 billion in R&D into advanced mobile technologies.
As a world leader in mobile technologies and the leading supplier of chipsets to the wireless industry, it has long been a leading player at the forefront of the development of a range of technologies and solutions, from 3G and 4G technologies, mobile computing, multimedia and device capabilities and IP, to machine-to-machine communications, location-based services, operating systems, application platforms and many other vital aspects of mobile communications.
Jacobs has been granted more than 45 patents for his inventions in wireless technology and applications such as the inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones.
The Chairman’s Award is part of the annual Global Mobile Awards, which will be presented February 25. The ceremony will be held in Auditorium 1, Hall 4, Fira Gran Via.