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ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser Integrated in NEC Handsets offered by AT&T Wireless

Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA – August 12, 2003 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, announced today that its NetFront® v3.0 browser has been integrated in NEC America’s 515 High Definition Mobile+ (HDM) handset. AT&T Wireless will be the excusive U.S. carrier of this NEC handset.

NetFront v3.0 is the latest version of the most widely deployed and actively used embedded Web browser in the world. NetFront is a modular, scalable, feature-rich, WAP 2.0-compliant embedded browser that supports a wide variety of non-PC Internet devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to automobile navigation systems.

“NEC and ACCESS have a long history of collaboration in the mobile marketplace and we consider NetFront browser technology one of the best available, so it was not difficult to decide to work with them for this deployment,” said Noboru Sakata, general manager of the Wireless Engineering Division at NEC America. “We look forward to additional mobile deployments with ACCESS in the United States.”

“I am very pleased that our browser has been embedded in the NEC 515 mobile phone for AT&T Wireless’ service,” stated Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “Internet access from mobile phones is practically ubiquitous in Japan and is getting close in Europe and the rest of Asia, and we expect the United States to experience significant growth in that direction as well. This deployment is proof of ACCESS’ commitment to help build a fully networked and mobile society.”

About NetFront
NetFront v3.0 supports the WAP 2.0 specification as well as the latest W3C specifications, including support for HTML 4.01, XHTML (XHTML Mobile Profile), CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and SSL v3.0 (Secure Socket Layer). NetFront v3.0 also provides unique features such as Smart-Fit rendering, a display technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the narrow screen widths of mobile devices, eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling while enabling an uncompromised mobile browsing experience.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has subsidiaries in Fremont, California, Oberhausen, Germany, and 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 244 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-mode® 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 or

ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront is registered trademark 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 is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

+HDM (High Definition Mobile) is not meant to imply compliance with any HDTV (High Definition Television) or similar high definition standards.


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