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KDDI Upgrades to Openwave V6.2 Browser for EZweb Megapixel Handsets
Posted: 23-Aug-2003 [Source: Openwave]

[Openwave's V6.2 with built-in MMS capability, WAP pictograms and streaming media to be available on KDDI's first set of EZweb megapixel camera phones.]

Tokyo, Redwood City -- Openwave Systems Inc., the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced that KDDI, Japan's major total communications operator and ubiquitous solution company, has upgraded to Openwave Mobile Browser Version 6.2 for its first set of EZweb megapixel camera phones. Openwave's client and server WAP 2.0 technology allows KDDI and operators worldwide to support color handsets, innovative applications, and easy access to compelling content - -providing a richer, more appealing end-user experience that has drawn millions of new customers.

Since launching its WAP 2.0 data services in December 2001, KDDI has added more than 7 million new subscribers all utilizing Openwave client and server technology to power today's popular EZweb services such as photo messaging, movie messaging, global positioning and gaming. "With Openwave's support, we were able to get to market in time to release the first volume shipped camera phone with over 1 megapixel camera in a very competitive market," said Mr. Toshio Maki, general manager, Product Management Department, Strategic "au" Business Development Division, "au" Business Sector at KDDI. "The new browser's fast performance and superior usability make this product more attractive to consumers. Openwave's continued innovations make them a great strategic partner for us."

"Our long relationship with KDDI has resulted in four versions of our browser in their phones over the past four years. Our technology and product leadership, coupled with local delivery capability, has kept KDDI satisfied and ensured our expanding presence in this important market," said Francis H. Yu, vice president, Device Product Group at Openwave. "Together with KDDI, we are again setting the standard in mobile browsers."

Openwave's WAP 2.0 technology deployed at KDDI includes Openwave WAP 2.0 Gateway, Openwave Provisioning Manager and Openwave Mobile Browser Versions 6.0 and 6.2. Together, these technologies help to power KDDI's 3G CDMA 2000 1x mobile Internet service called EZweb.


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