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ACCESS NetFront™ Browser Now Powers Twelve Advanced SANYO Handset Models Worldwide

Deployments Demonstrate Continued Global Expansion of NetFront Browser Technology

TOKYO, Japan / FREMONT, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – August 18, 2004 – ACCESS Co., Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that its NetFront browser is now available in twelve advanced Sanyo Handset Models in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. These SANYO handsets are among the most technologically advanced in their respective regions with features such as sophisticated digital cameras and large, high-resolution color displays.

NetFront has been selected as the embedded browser technology in SANYO’s SCP-4900, SCP-6400, SCP-5300, SCP8100, SCP-7200, SCP-5400, SCP-5500, SCP-7300, SCP-8200, SCP-4920, SCP-8100CA, and SCP-8100NZ. These mobile handsets represent some of the best-selling handsets available through SANYO’s mobile operator partners in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. Several models include advanced digital cameras and displays, which in combination with cutting-edge NetFront browser technology, greatly facilitate and enrich the mobile Internet browsing experience.

“ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology is broadly recognized as among the best, and ACCESS’ extensive engineering experience in the most competitive and advanced mobile markets made our decision to select NetFront a simple one,” said Atsushi Kodera, group vice president and general manager of SANYO Fisher Company’s Wireless Communications Division. “NetFront supports next-generation browsing features that are in line with our own commitment to providing our customers with the best possible mobile Internet experience.”

With handset sales expected to accelerate worldwide at 8% year-over-year growth in 2004 alone according to IDC, NetFront and SANYO are well positioned to meet increased customer demand for feature-rich, innovative handsets and mobile Internet browsing capability.

“SANYO is one of the best known and respected brands in the mobile market, and we’re pleased that SANYO has consistently selected NetFront technology for its global handset deployments, said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “As a long time SANYO partner, we’re fully committed to providing them with the most advanced browser technology to meet the changing needs of the mobile market.”

About NetFront
NetFront recently surpassed over 126 million deployments globally that include 280 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Windows Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW˛. NetFront browser technology is used by the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, AT&T Wireless, China Mobile, China Unicom, Handspring, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, PalmSource, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony and more.

SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is one of the world’s major consumer electronics companies. Leading the way in innovations that expand the scope of multimedia product technology, SANYO continues to advance business enterprise development supplying world-class electronic products to satisfy rapidly evolving markets. SANYO’s businesses cover a broad range of multimedia and information systems, home appliances, commercial equipment, electronic devices, batteries and other products. SANYO’s net sales in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2003, amounted to 2,182.6 billion yen (US$18,188 million). The SANYO group is truly an international organization, comprising 84 manufacturing companies, 37 sales companies and 39 other companies worldwide. For further information, please visit SANYO’s web site at

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 Internet technologies and consultation services for the beyond-PC market. ACCESS’ NetFront browser technology powers 280 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 126 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. NetFront and Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. i-mode and the i-mode logo are trade marks or registered trade marks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and in other countries. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.