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ACCESS’ NetFront™ Browser Now Powers 18 SANYO Handsets Worldwide

Milestone Demonstrates Continued Success of Advanced NetFront Browser Technology and Innovative SANYO Handsets

TOKYO, Japan / NEWARK, CA, USA / OBERHAUSEN, Germany – March 17, 2005 – Demonstrating increased penetration in the advanced mobile handset market, ACCESS Co., Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, announced that its NetFront® browser is now available in 18 advanced SANYO handset models in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand. SANYO handsets with NetFront browser represent some of the top-selling devices available through SANYO’s mobile operator partners.

NetFront has been selected as the browser technology for 18 SANYO handsets, which include the SCP-4900, SCP-6400, SCP-5300, SCP8100, SCP-7200, SCP-5400, SCP-5500, SCP-7300, SCP-8200, SCP-4920, SCP-7400, SCP-8100NZ, SCP-4920/NZ, SCP-7400/NZ, SCP-8100/CA, SCP-7300/CA, SCP-7300MX, and SCP-4920MX models. These SANYO handsets are among the most technologically advanced in their markets and showcase powerful features, such as digital cameras, speakerphones, exceptional battery performance, color LCD displays, digital voice memo recorders and walkie-talkie style communication capabilities. Combined with ACCESS’NetFront browser technology, SANYO handset users benefit from a fast and rich mobile Internet browsing experience.

“This new handset deployment milestone clearly demonstrates that our partnership with ACCESS has proven to be very successful,” said Atsushi Kodera, group vice president and general manager of Wireless Communications Division SANYO Fisher Company. “NetFront browser technology has provided us with a genuine competitive advantage, and we look forward to attaining additional deployment milestones with the support of leading mobile providers.”

“SANYO is one of the leading and most-respected brands in the mobile market, and we’re proud that the company has consistently selected our NetFront browser technology for its global handset deployments,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “Reaching deployment in 18 handsets is a clear indication of our focus and dedication to provide SANYO with superior technology and engineering services.”

About NetFront Browser
NetFront browser recently surpassed over 150 million deployments globally that include 342 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, Microsoft® Windows® Mobile/Pocket PC 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, Amoi, AT&T Wireless, Casio, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, palmOne, PalmSource, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, TCL, Toshiba, UTStarcom and more.

ACCESS is a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies to the beyond-PC market. Its NetFront browser, widely recognized as one of the most advanced Internet browsers in the world, is a cornerstone to the company’s vision of making the ubiquitous Internet a reality. NetFront technologies are delivering full Internet browsing and related services to next-generation mobile devices and consumer electronics ranging from digital TVs to automobile telematics. For more information: or

About Sanyo
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 is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront and Compact NetFront are registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan
Risako Onoda
+81 (3) 5259-3685
China Contact:
Access China Inc.
Delia Liu
+86 (10) 6566-9636
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
US Contacts:
ACCESS Co., Ltd. U.S. Branch
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
Bite Communications Anne-miek Hamelinck
(415) 365-0395