Picsel Technologies today announced a partnership with Leadtone Wireless to pursue joint wireless email business opportunities in China.
The collaboration will see the companies combining forces to develop a range of server-based solutions based on their respective wireless email offerings, including Picsel's File Viewer application that enables business users to access email attachments whilst on the move. Picsel File Viewer can faithfully reproduce common PC documents on smart mobile terminals, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe PDF, plain text and images.
Leadtone Wireless specialises in 'push email' technology which enables enterprise, ISP and web-based emails to be sent wirelessly to mobile devices. In addition to notifying a subscriber whenever a new email arrives, Leadtone's 'push' system can also provide end-to-end security to protect information to be transmitted over the internet and wireless networks.
Leadtone's 'push' email system is under pre-commercial trial with China's leading mobile carrier, China Mobile. The system is currently being tested in several key provinces in the country utilising GSM/GPRS networks.
Jack Chiang, CEO of Leadtone Wireless, said: "We have found that the way Picsel handles email attachments is superior. No-one else has managed to overcome the bandwidth, hardware and operating system limitations with such an elegant and powerful solution. Picsel's solution is the perfect complement to our 'push' email technology."
Under the partnership, Leadtone will integrate Picsel's ePAGE(TM) technology at both the server and client sides. On the client, Picsel will provide support to Symbian OS, Microsoft Mobile and Linux mobile operating systems.
According to China's Ministry of Information Industry, China has close to 100 million internet users and over 300 million cellular subscribers. More than 85% of China's internet users access emails, according to CCID. The combined solution of push email with advanced attachment handling capabilities derived from this partnership will uniquely meet the demand of wireless email access in China.