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ACCESS Co., Ltd., a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that its products will be available within the initial handsets selected by Telstra for the launch of i-mode. The profile deployment includes ACCESS’ NetFront browser, messaging client, JV-Lite(TM)2 Wireless Edition (a Sun-authorized Java client), SSL client and TCP/IP protocol stack. Handsets available for Telstra’s new i-mode service include NEC’s N410i and Panasonic’s P342i, with additional handsets to follow.
Telstra’s i-mode deployment represents the first i-mode deployment outside of Europe and Taiwan and validates the growing popularity and acceptance of the i-mode service based on NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode, a service that ACCESS helped to pioneer.
ACCESS’ extensive experience providing advanced Internet technology solutions for mobile operators throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, including the majority of i-mode Global deployments to date, ensures that Telstra subscribers will enjoy a rich, powerful, and fun mobile Internet experience.
NetFront i-mode Global Profile integrates ACCESS Internet software technologies previously deployed for NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode service into a comprehensive solution that offers operators and their handset partners seamless i-mode Global deployments while reducing overall cost and time-to-market. All technologies comprising NetFront i-mode Global Profile were developed by ACCESS ensuring tight interoperability optimized specifically for i-mode Global and proven in over 42 million deployments of i-mode handsets in Japan and over 3.5 million i-mode Global handset deployments throughout the world.
“Telstra’s i-mode deployment is yet another example of our commitment to help operators and handset manufacturers to successfully deploy i-mode Global services throughout the world,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “We are very pleased to work together with Telstra and Telstra’s handset partners to bring Telstra’s customers the advanced mobile data services and benefits that i-mode Global provides.”
i-mode Global deployments that feature ACCESS technology
Europe Handset: N223i, N331i, N341i, N400i, m341i, m342i, TS222i, P341i, S341i, TSM30, TSM7
Mobile operator: KPN (Holland), e-PLUS (Germany), BASE (Belgium), Bouygues (France), Telefonica (Spain), WIND (Italy), COSMOTE (Greece)
Mobile operator: FET
About NetFront i-mode Global Profile
NetFront i-mode Global Profile is one profile in ACCESS’ NetFront Mobile Client Suite, a comprehensive, flexible, modular, and extensible software suite solution that takes the evolving phoneware category to powerful new levels of efficiency and functionality. NetFront Mobile Client Suite offers mobile device manufacturers and mobile operators an integrated solution that includes a customizable UI, Browser, MMS Client, PIM Client, SyncML Client, Java VM and more. NetFront i-mode Global Profile was developed and is optimized for NTT DoCoMo’s i-mode Global service and provides handset manufacturers and mobile operators with seamless i-mode Global deployments while reducing costs and time-to-market.
ACCESS Co. Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond-PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 293 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, game consoles, PDAs, car navigation systems, web phones, kiosk terminals and intranet terminals. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode and FOMA(TM) services. To date, over 139 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at http://www.access.co.jp/english/ or http://www.access-us-inc.com.
About Telstra Corporation Limited
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications carrier and a world-class fully integrated, full service provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. Telstra has more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers. Telstra’s BigPond is Australia’s leading ISP. Telstra has the most highly accessed family of Internet portals and sites and provides entertainment and multimedia content over its broadband network and through its Pay-TV joint venture, FOXTEL.
Telstra owns and operates one of the most technologically advanced networks, offering end-to-end solutions ranging from broadband, IP, mobile and intelligent network services, to voice and data network hubs, call centres, and advanced multimedia and e-commerce applications. It has business operations in the Asia-Pacific region, North America, the U.S. and Europe.
NOTE: ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront and Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode is a trademark or registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
Contact: Asia, Risako Onoda of ACCESS Co., Ltd. Japan, +81-3-5259-3685,
or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Delia Liu of ACCESS China Inc., +86-10-6566-9636,
or email@example.com; or Europe, Claudia Hoeck of ACCESS Systems
Europe GmbH, +49-208-8290-6432, or firstname.lastname@example.org; or U.S., Manuel
Morales of ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch, +1-510-284-0708, or
email@example.com; or Anne-miek Hamelinck, +1-415-365-0395, or
firstname.lastname@example.org, for ACCESS.
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