First deployment will be in mobile phones manufactured by Matsushita for global markets

Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – December 16, 2002 – ACCESS (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of integrated, next-generation data platforms and Internet access technologies for the mobile communications market, announced the global launch of its proprietary MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) client software, ACCESS MMS Client. ACCESS’ MMS application has been partially embedded in Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd.’s mobile phones, GD87 and GD88 series, designed for global markets, like Europe and China.

Unlike SMS (Short Message Service) which allows only delivery of text, MMS allows delivery of still photography, video, voice, animation etc. between handsets with the same ease as the text delivery provided by SMS. Beyond a mere communication platform between mobile telephones, the features made possible by MMS client software are watched closely by content and application vendors as a next-generation B2C platform. The global mobile message service market comprised of SMS, EMS (Enhanced Messaging Service) and MMS, is expected to reach US$20 billion in size by 2004. Within that market, MMS is seen as representative of 2.5G and 3G killer applications.

ACCESS’ MMS Client is a low energy consuming, high performance MMS client software based on proven browser technologies that conforms to the standards promoted by 3GPP (3G Partnership Project – an institution promoting international standards in 3G mobile telecommunication systems) and Open Mobile Alliance (OMA, formerly the WAP Forum) in which ACCESS participates as a member and editor.

ACCESS MMS Client Features

  • Fully compliant with international standards including 3GPP and OMA
  • SMIL editor, SMIL player, SMIL parser
  • High performance, low energy consumption
  • Sample UI Attachment

About ACCESS Co. Ltd. and Overseas Subsidiaries
ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is a global provider of integrated, next-generation mobile data platforms and mobile Internet access technologies for the mobile communications market. ACCESS develops and markets PCSS, an integrated platform that enables wireless network operators to rapidly deploy value-added data services on 2.5G and 3G networks. With PCSS, operators can generate revenue from premium branded third-party content such as graphical web pages, Java applications, ring-tones, screen-savers, premium MMS messages, and other push services. ACCESS’ embedded NetFront and Compact NetFront browsers power 191 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, almost 80 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 40 major vendors. ACCESS Co. Ltd. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America, its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co.,Ltd, its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. More information is available at www.access.co.jp and www.access-us-inc.com.


ACCESS is a registered trademark in Japan. NetFront, Compact NetFront are registered trademarks 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. All other trademarks belong to their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Kazunori Takahashi
81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Antenna Group Public Relations Carrie Bonforte
(415) 977-1925
carrie@antennagroup.com