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ACCESS’ NetFront™ Micro-browser and TCP/IP Stack Selected for New Toshiba European i-mode Handset

TOKYO, Japan / FREMONT, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – March 10, 2004 – ACCESS Co., Ltd., a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that its Compact NetFront Plus micro-browser and its Ipv6/Ipv4 compatible TCP/IP protocol stack, AVE– TCP for Wireless will be integrated in Toshiba Corporation’s TS222i handset to be deployed for NTT DoCoMo’s European i-mode® services.

The deployment of Compact NetFront Plus on Toshiba handsets adds to the millions of i-mode devices that already rely on ACCESS browser technology to power their Internet functionality. This new European deployment further affirms NetFront as a premier browser used by the 42+ million i-mode subscribers throughout the world.

“ACCESS has leveraged its state-of-the-art mobile technologies and extensive development and integration experience gained in the Japanese market to help drive deployments of advanced i-mode services around the globe,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO, ACCESS Co. Ltd. “This deployment with Toshiba is another milestone in our efforts to bring the best possible mobile Internet experience to end-users in overseas markets.”

Compact NetFront Plus seamlessly supports numerous formats like WML, HTML, and cHTML (Compact HTML). It also provides secure communication through SSL to ensure end-to-end security between mobile phones and content servers, making Compact NetFront Plus suitable for mobile commerce and banking services. Compact NetFront Plus enables mobile phone manufactures to support all Internet content through a single browser, while reducing memory requirements and shortening the development time needed to introduce competitive mobile handsets into the global 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.

ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with offices throughout the world including major centers in the U.S., Germany, and China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies and consultation services for the beyond PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 267 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’ NetFront browser technology is most widely deployed in mobile phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode® and FOMA services. To date, over 100 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 90 major Internet device manufactures. 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. i-mode is 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 Bill Danon
(415) 365-0369