Bitfone Corporation, the company that pioneered firmware over-the-air (FOTA) update technology for mobile phones, today announced it is expanding Asia Operations and has relocated the company’s China Development Center (CDC) to Beijing to support growing device management opportunities in the Asia Pacific market. This expansion includes the addition of Dr. De Ji, vice president of the CDC and Asia Pacific Professional Services, as well as increasing resources in Asia to 20 percent of Bitfone’s workforce.
“Frank Fu, who joined us as vice president of Asia Pacific in October 2004, developed a great business plan to capitalize on the increasing demand for device management solutions in Asia. This expansion allows Bitfone to work closely with the device innovators and wireless market leaders in Asia, and better service our growing list of customers in the region,” said Gene Wang, chairman and CEO, Bitfone. “De Ji and the CDC team will help Bitfone to expand our technology roadmap and accelerate the delivery of our standards-based solutions.”
Dr. Ji’s diverse technical background includes extensive knowledge of FOTA, AMPS/CDMA, WDCMA, GSM, WMAN, WPAN and WLAN standards. Previously, Ji was the director of research and development for Innopath, where he was responsible for designing and developing systems architecture and advanced technology for OTA products. Prior to Innopath, Ji was an engineering manager at Malibu Networks and held similar positions at Cadence Design System and Hyundai Electronics America. He holds a Ph.D., a MSEE, and a M.S. Physics degree from Oregon State University, as well as an additional a M.S. and a B.S. in Physics from Jilin University in China.
“I have been greatly impressed with Bitfone’s business strategy, product portfolio and OMA-DM leadership. The company’s comprehensive approach to interoperability and device management is exactly what the wireless market needs,” said Dr. De Ji, vice president, China Development Center and Asia Pacific Professional Services. “I’m excited to join Bitfone and guide the CDC to provide outstanding service and unmatched innovation to our customers.”
The CDC will provide professional services resources for deploying Bitfone’s solutions into operator networks and integrating FOTA and OMA-DM clients into devices for its manufacturing customers in China, Korea and Japan, including Motorola, LG and Sony Ericsson. The CDC engineers will also develop advanced features for Bitfone’s OMA-DM management server (MVP), test device interoperability, and customize Bitfone’s device management and customer care solutions to meet the unique needs of the Asia market.
About Bitfone Corporation
Bitfone Corporation provides unparalleled expertise and innovative software solutions for customer care automation and mobile device management to wireless operators and handset providers. Bitfone’s SmartCare, mProve and MVP products improve usability of mobile devices by diagnosing and repairing software problems and delivering software updates and configuration settings over the air. Bitfone’s solutions allow customers to analyze, fix and enhance mobile devices, safely and efficiently. Bitfone’s customers also benefit from significant cost savings in the areas of customer service and warranty, improved device quality and subscriber satisfaction, and broader adoption of advanced wireless services. Bitfone is a private company headquartered in Laguna Niguel, California, with offices in Canada, China, Japan, Korea, and the U.K. For more information, please visit www.bitfone.com
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