End-to-End Testing Solution Accelerates Delivery of GPRS Data Services
Orlando, FL – CTIA Wireless 2002 – March 18, 2002 – ACCESS Systems America, a leading global provider of software and services for IP-based consumer electronics devices, and Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a Channel Partner agreement to develop and deliver test solutions for next-generation mobile phones and wireless data services. The alliance integrates ACCESS’ IOT Suite™ [Inter-operability Testing Suite] and the Agilent 8960 (E5515C) wireless communications test set to deliver a comprehensive test strategy for wireless carriers and handset manufacturers. ACCESS Systems America will display the test solution in Booth 3327 at CTIA Wireless 2002, March 18-20.
The ACCESS and Agilent alliance provides wireless operators with an end-to-end test environment that validates network infrastructure, product functionality and service offerings prior to launch. Operators can test their entire system design from mobile handsets to application servers, gateways and other elements of the wireless data infrastructure, all without either a wireless LAN or a public network. Based on open IP standards, the test solution allows operators and other wireless vendors to significantly shorten the time-to-market for next-generation wireless products and services that will operate on high-speed GPRS networks.
“The roll-out of GPRS technology presents mobile manufacturers, operators, and application vendors with new and unique challenges for turning on a system and for maximizing network efficiency,” said George Sparks, vice president of Wireless Marketing Solutions for Agilent. “ACCESS’ advanced microbrowser and server technologies, combined with Agilent’s test and lab applications, set a new standard for testing GPRS mobiles, applications, and individual network components.”
“The IOT Suite integrated with Agilent’s RF [radio frequency] simulation technology, creates a level playing field for all client and server vendors developing next-generation technology for wireless carriers,” said Lars Stenstedt, vice president of Strategic Alliances, ACCESS Systems America. “Our alliance with Agilent again demonstrates our commitment to delivering open standards-based solutions for next-generation wireless services.”
This new agreement enables ACCESS and Agilent worldwide sales forces to work together to address the wireless testing needs of their customers. The companies will collaborate on joint marketing and sales programs to ensure the best testing solutions are provided.
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Agilent Technologies is a leading provider of components, test, measurement, monitoring and management solutions for the communications industry. Agilent enables designers, manufacturers and service providers to accelerate the delivery of next-generation devices, networks and services. Agilent’s broad set of solutions and service includes optical, wireless, Internet and broadband technologies that span the entire communications life cycle.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company’s 39,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
About ACCESS Systems America, Inc.
ACCESS Systems America, Inc., the U.S subsidiary of ACCESS Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), is a leading global provider of software and services for IP-based consumer electronics devices. The company’s NetFront® suite of browser software powers over 150 different commercial products worldwide including mobile phones, digital televisions, set-top boxes, PDAs and car navigation systems. ACCESS’ Compact NetFront® microbrowser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode service. ACCESS’ Premium Content Subscription Server™ [PCSS™] provides an i-mode-like business model for premium content subscriptions and downloads. PCSS is an optimal solution for wireless carriers and content providers, creating and facilitating revenue generation, high user satisfaction, and profitability. ACCESS Systems America is based in Fremont, CA. More information is available at www.access-us-inc.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements (including, without limitation, statements regarding the expectation that the test solution resulting from the agreement between ACCESS Systems American and Agilent will significantly shorten the time to market for next-generation wireless products and services that will operate on high-speed GPRS networks) that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause results of Agilent Technologies to differ materially from management’s current expectations. These risks are detailed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Agilent’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed Feb. 1, 2002, and Form 10-Q filed March 6, 2002.
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