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ACCESS’ NetFront™ v3.0 Web Browser Available for Nokia’s Smart Phones

Free evaluation Versions available for Nokia’s Series 60 based smart phones and Nokia 9210/9210i Communicator

Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – February 17, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a leading supplier of embedded software for mobile telephones, PDAs, internet appliances, car navigation systems and other non-PC devices, today released NetFront® v3.0, ACCESS’ latest version of its NetFront web browser, for Nokia smart phones aimed toward operators, enterprise users and end users.

The evaluation version for Nokia smart phones based on the Series 60 Platform and the Nokia 9210/9210i Communicator will be available for free download at the following web site ( beginning of February 18, 2003. This web site is operated by ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, the German subsidiary of ACCESS Co., Ltd.

NetFront v3.0 for Nokia’s Series 60 phones and communicators features numerous functions of convenience to handset users, including “Multi-window” functions, “Page Store”, “Just Fit Rendering”, as well as “Zoom” allowing multiple zoom levels. Additionally, NetFront v3.0 for Symbian based smart phone supports SVG, SMIL, and MP3 as options. Furthermore, ACCESS has participated in the Symbian Platinum Program since April 2002.

“The Series 60 Platform and Symbian OS utilize open standards and technologies, thus they provide an excellent base for companies, such as ACCESS, to develop and offer advanced applications,” said Jukka Riivari, Director, Nokia Mobile Software

“ACCESS supports handset vendors, operators and enterprise customers to exploit the great opportunities of an advanced browser on a flexible open platform like Symbian OS and Series 60 Platform,” said Toru Arakawa, President and CEO, ACCESS Co., Ltd, “With our easy to customize client software and our open standards based Web services system, we are ready to provide a total solution for the efficient deployment of Mobile Internet services.”

The NetFront suite of browser technologies is embedded in almost 80 million devices spanning 191 different product lines including PDAs, game consoles, digital cameras, digital televisions, and mobile phones, including NTT DoCoMo’s handsets for i-mode world-wide as well as FOMA, NTTDoCoMo’s 3G service. ACCESS’ NetFront v3.0 browser conforms to the latest W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards including CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), DHTML (Dynamic HTML) and also to the WAP 2.0 specification, which enables resource constrained, non-PC hardware to browse the Internet. PDAs, including Zaurus SL-A300 / B500 / C700 produced by Sharp and CLIE PEG-NX70V / NX60 / NZ90 produced by Sony also have ACCESS browsers pre-installed. ACCESS has also commenced online sales of Netfront v3.0 for PocketPC Japanese language version for Pocket PC individual users on November 25, 2002. (The English language version of NetFront v3.0 for PocketPC has been available from “Handango” since December, 2002) Additionally, ACCESS provided its core browser technology based on NetFront v3.0 to Palm Source Inc. for their Palm OS® 5 browser.

Functions and features of NetFront v3.0 for the Series 60 Platform and the Nokia 9210 / Nokia 9210i Communicator Evaluation Version (with a 45-day limited demo license agreement)

Conformance to all important W3C standards and WAP 2 standards

  • HTML4.01, XHTML1.0, cHTML (Compact HTML), XHTML Basic 1.0
  • CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) 1, 2
  • ECMA Script 3rd Edition (JavaScript 1.5)
  • DOM (Document Object Model) 1, 2
  • Various image formats:
    GIF/animated GIF, PNG, JPEG, BMP
  • HTTP 1.0/1.1
  • SSL2.0/3.0, TLS1.0
  • Cookie support

Special convenient functions available with Series 60 and the Nokia 9210 / 9210i Communicator

    Multi-window(Nokia 9210 / Nokia 9210i Communicator only)
  • switching between multiple windows
    Just Fit Rendering
  • Display setting enables pages to fit a handset’s screen size horizontally
  • Enables site display in multiple zoom levels
    Page Store
  • Saves page in local storage
    Image save
  • Saves selected images to local storage
    Character copy/paste(Nokia 9210 / Nokia 9210i Communicator only) Advanced settings
  • On/off control of various settings (Image display, animated GIF, table display, JavaScript, CSS, etc.) as well as Proxy setting

For more information about these browsers, exhibitors and attendees can visit ACCESS’ booth (Hall 2, G39) at the 3GSM World Congress 2003, February 17-21 2003, Cannes, France.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America, Inc., its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany, and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co., Ltd, its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of software and services for IP-based consumer electronic devices. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront® and Compact NetFront® browsers power 191 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’ Compact NetFront microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-modeTM service. To date, almost 80 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 40 major Internet device manufactures (As of November, 2002). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront, Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. NetFront is a registered trademark of NetFront Communications, Inc. in the United States and is used under license. i-mode and FOMA are registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan
Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
China Contact:
ACCESS China Inc.
Delia Liu
86 (10) 6566-9636
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
Bite Communications Anne-miek Hamelinck
(415) 614-3622