TOKYO, Japan / Fremont, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – June 30, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances, today announced that its Compact NetFront® Plus micro-browser and JV-Lite™ 2 Wireless Edition, a Java-enabling module for mobile phones, have been deployed in NEC’s latest handset. The N341i is compatible with the GPRS-based Spanish i-mode service ‘MoviStar e-moción’ which Telefónica Móviles España, launched on June 26, 2003.
ACCESS’ Compact NetFront Plus has been integrated in all international i-mode handsets deployed to date. With Compact NetFront Plus, i-mode subscribers can seamlessly view content in formats like WML, HTML and cHTML. With JV-Lite2 Wireless Edition, a Sun-certified Java™ virtual machine, international i-mode subscribers can download applications such as ring tones and games. JV-Lite2 conforms to the J2ME™ specification as well as the Java specification for i-mode (Version 1.5 Overseas Edition) under license from NTT DoCoMo.
Luis Ezcurra, Telefónica Móviles España General Manager for Services Development said: “ACCESS has been an integral part of successful i-mode deployments throughout the world, so we are pleased to have its browser technology integrated in the first i-mode handsets rolled out in Spain. We believe that our new i-mode service ‘MoviStar e-moción’ will add great momentum to the spread of mobile Internet connectivity in Spain.”
Toru Arakawa, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS, said: “We are very pleased to have our Compact NetFront Plus browser and Java VM integrated in NEC’s N341i handset for use in Telefónica’s new i-mode service. To ensure the success of international i-mode in the Spanish market, we have contributed not only our technology but also the experience that we’ve gained introducing i-mode micro-browser technology all over the world.”
ACCESS will continue to work to expand the market for i-mode services worldwide in cooperation with operators and handset manufacturers by leveraging its wireless Internet technologies and the experience acquired in the Japanese i-mode market.
About Compact Net Front 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.
JV-Lite 2 is a Java virtual machine designed for embedded applications. It was developed from JV-Lite, a highly successful proprietary implementation of clean-room Java that has been licensed to over 14 OEMs and shipped over two million copies. JV-Lite 2 is a Sun-authorized Java module that guarantees 100% compatibility with Embedded Java, Personal Java and J2ME (Java 2 Micro Edition). It runs on real-time operating systems like Linux, VxWorks and ITRON, and has been optimized to realize the advantages that Java offers for application development, debugging and portability, even in systems with limited memory resources and CPU power. JV-Lite 2 also includes WAVE™(Windows-based Abstract Virtual Environment), ACCESS’ simple window manager, for easy porting to various types of hardware platforms.
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 global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies for information appliances.. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront® and Compact NetFront® browsers power 244different 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, over 92 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 80 major Internet device manufactures (As of May, 2003). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at www.access.co.jp/english/.
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 i-_ppli are a registered trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Inc. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
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