Tokyo, Japan / Fremont, CA, USA / Oberhausen, Germany – February 13, 2003 – ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; president & CEO: Toru Arakawa; ACCESS below) announced that it has been nominated by the GSM Association as one of the five finalists in the Best Wireless Application Developer Category for the GSM Association Awards 2003, which is presented to honor outstanding hardware, software, infrastructure, service or unique PR activity in the field of wireless communication. A ceremony will be held on February 18th in Cannes, France as part of the 3GSM World Congress 2003, Europe’s largest world congress for wireless communication.

ACCESS was nominated for its browser, NetFrontv3.0 employed by a number of domestic and overseas manufactures and OS venders, incorporated into consumer information appliances such as mobile phones and PDAs. ACCESS’ candidacy is likewise nominated for its micro browser Compact NetFront Plus, embedded in overseas i-mode handsets.

ACCESS is the only Japanese company nominated as finalist in all categories of this year’s awards. At last year’s award ceremony, NTT DoCoMo was awarded the Chairman’s Award, as well as receiving Best Wireless Handset/Terminal or Handheld Device Award for its FOMA handset.

Throughout the event, ACCESS will occupy booth G39, Hall2, at the exposition, demonstrating its latest solutions.

About NetFront
The NetFront suite of browser technologies is embedded in almost 80 million devices spanning 191 different products including PDAs, game consoles, digital cameras, digital televisions, and mobile phones. ACCESS’ latest version of browser, NetFront v3.0 conforms to the latest W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) standards including CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and DHTML (Dynamic HTML) and to WAP 2.0 specification, which enables resource constrained, non-PC hardware to browse the Internet. PDAs, including Zaurus SL-A300 / B500 / C700 produced by Sharp, and CLIE PEG-NX70V / NX60 / NZ90 produced by Sony have ACCESS browsers pre-installed. ACCESS has also commenced online sales of Netfront v3.0 for PocketPC for Pocket PC individual users. Additionally, ACCESS provided its core browser technology based on NetFront v3.0 to Palm Source Inc. for their Palm OS® 5 native browser.

About ACCESS
ACCESS Co. Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with ACCESS Systems America, Inc., its US subsidiary, in Fremont, California, ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH, its German subsidiary, in Oberhausen, Germany, and with ACCESS (Beijing) Co., Ltd, its Chinese subsidiary, in Beijing, China. ACCESS is a leading global provider of software and services for IP-based consumer electronic devices. 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-modeTM service. To date, almost 80 million ACCESS software licenses have shipped from more than 40 major Internet device manufactures (As of November, 2002). ACCESS was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers market on February 26, 2001. More information is available at http://www.access.co.jp/english/


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 and FOMA are registered trademarks 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
China Contact:
ACCESS China Inc.
Delia Liu
86 (10) 6566-9636
delia_cn@access.co.jp
US Contacts:
ACCESS Systems America
Manuel Morales
(510) 284-0708
mmorales@access-us-inc.com
Bite Communications Anne-miek Hamelinck
(415) 614-3622
annemiek@bitepr.com