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Access' Micro-browser to be Integrated in Toshiba Handsets
Posted: 25-Dec-2002 [Source: Access press release]

[Toshiba signs to embed Access' Compact NetFront Plus browser in all i-mode handsets operating on GPRS networks run by KPN Mobile in Europe and KG Telecom in Taiwan.]

Tokyo, Japan/Fremont,, Calif./Oberhausen, Germany -- ACCESS Co., Ltd., a global provider of integrated, next-generation data platforms and Internet access technologies for the mobile communications market, today announced that its Compact NetFront(tm) Plus micro-browser will be integrated in Toshiba Corporation's TS21i (Europe) and T535i (Taiwan) handsets deployed for the international i-mode services operating on the GPRS data networks run by KPN Mobile Group in Europe and KG Telecom in Taiwan. ACCESS also provided Toshiba Corporation with Compact NetFront for the T2101V handset deployed for the FOMA 3G network service operated by NTT DoCoMo. ACCESS is a leading promoter of global i-mode services based on its state-of-the-art wireless Internet technologies and extensive development and integration experience gained in the Japanese i-mode market.

"Based upon ACCESS' extensive experience and track record in the Japanese domestic market, we have chosen Compact NetFront Plus as the browser to be embedded in international i-mode handsets manufactured by Toshiba," said Mr. Shigekazu Hori, of 3G, 2.5G Mobile Terminal Business, Mobile Communications Company, Toshiba Corporation.

"We are very pleased to have our Compact NetFront Plus browser integrated in GPRS mobile phones developed by Toshiba Corporation for international i-mode services. And we are working hard to ensure the success of international i-mode services by sharing our business experience gained in the Japanese market as well as our wireless technologies. We expect the growth of the global mobile Internet market to be interrelated to the network functions embedded in all mobile phones," said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co., Ltd.

About Compact NetFront Plus Compact NetFront Plus is a microbrowser designed for 2.5G and 3G global wireless services. In addition to Compact HTML/iHTML, it supports WML1.3 and XHTML Basic Internet standards and displays HTML and WML-based Internet content seamlessly through a single browser.

Through its HTTP standard proxy server, Compact NetFront Plus enables operators to connect seamlessly to existing WML-based Internet content, portal sites or open CHTML/XHTML sites. As a result, operators are able to deploy Internet services with lower investment costs. Unlike a WAP gateway, which is only able to access WML content, the HTTP proxy server enables operators to directly access a wider range of Internet content through the standard TCP/IP Internet protocol.

Secure communication by SSL ensures end-to end security between mobile phones and content servers, making Compact NetFront Plus suitable for mobile commerce and banking services. Since the browser is based on the common HTML standard, users of mobile phones equipped with Compact NetFront Plus will be able to create their own personal homepage with a familiar interface.

Compact NetFront Plus enables mobile phone manufactures to support all Internet content through a single browser, while reducing memory requirements and shortening the software development time needed to introduce competitive devices into the global market.

ACCESS supports IPv6/IPv4v through its AVE-TCPTM for Wireless protocol and is a certified Sun Authorized Virtual Machine vendor, which guarantees 100% software compatibility with Java technology. ACCESS also provides OS middleware essential to the wireless Internet, like CLDC (Connected Limited Device Configuration) for J2ME by Sun Microsystems Inc.; JV-LiteTM2 Wireless Edition, a Java virtual machine for mobile phones that is completely compatible with MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile); and AVE-SSLTM, a secure communications protocol and encryption module.

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