Program attracts leading mobile entertainment companies Handango, NuvoSudios, TKO Software, Faith West and Net-People

CTIA Wireless 2003, New Orleans – March 17, 2003 – ACCESS Systems America, the U.S. subsidiary of ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies, today launched a comprehensive alliance program for wireless content developers to facilitate the distribution and sale of mobile content in cooperation with network operators around the world.

The alliance program provides wireless content partners with the services, technology and tools to quickly market compelling and revenue-generating applications and content, such as games, ringtones and personalized information services.

ACCESS alliance partners will benefit from:

  • Worldwide distribution – easily reach ACCESS’ network operator customers around the globe
  • Content monetization – turn invention into profit by offering content following a fee-based revenue model
  • Device roadmaps – access to the latest developments in mobile devices
  • Editorial control – retain ownership and control over content presentation to end-users
  • Marketing support – maximize exposure through ACCESS’ sales and marketing initiatives

Featured Alliance Partners
The premier partners to join ACCESS in bringing revenue generating mobile content to wireless network operators include:

Handango
Handango is the leading publisher and platform for mobile software, bringing over 25,000 applications to market through an extensive global distribution network of online, retail and enterprise channels reaching more than five million mobile users each month. Handango’s application management and provisioning platform, Handango AMPP, has been chosen as the mobile software delivery platform for Palm, Handspring, Sony, Nokia, Motorola, Sprint, Orange SA, Microsoft, HP, Sharp Electronics and more than one hundred others. For more information, visit www.handango.com

NuvoStudios, Inc.
NuvoStudios, Inc. is a leading developer of entertainment applications for wireless devices. NuvoStudios has relationships worldwide with operators, handset manufacturers and content partners such as Disney, Mattel and FOXSports to activate brands in the mobile marketplace. NuvoStudios has released cutting-edge games for all major platforms and has offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. For more information, visit www.nuvostudios.com

“ACCESS’ operator relationships help Nuvo to distribute our content more widely,” said Dale Crowley, CEO at NuvoStudios. “ACCESS helps to add value at all points in the value chain from the content providers like Nuvo to the carriers who distribute the content to the end-user.”

TKO Software, Inc.
TKO Software is a videogame media and technology company focused on delivering groundbreaking titles and brands. The company works with its partners to develop games for major hardware platforms, including consoles, PCs, and mobile phones. TKO Software has distribution agreements in place that make its wireless games available around the world. Founded by industry veterans with a record of success, TKO Software is creating the next generation of interactive entertainment that plays on any device, anytime, anywhere. For more information, visit www.tko-software.com

“ACCESS’ partner program gives TKO Software a new, broad distribution channel for our products. We now have greater exposure to the global audience that is demanding our games,” said Jacob Hawley, CEO and President of TKO Software. “ACCESS was the obvious partner to help simplify the process of tracking and billing, as well as reduce the ‘time-to-revenue’ for our new titles.”

Faith West, Inc.
Faith West delivers high-impact mobile content to consumers, media partners and wireless carriers, and provides support to licensees of the Faith Group’s software based mobile sound solutions worldwide. Faith West’s first consumer product, Modtones, delivers bass-thumping polyphonic ringtones in dozens of genres.
For more information, visit www.modtones.com

NetPeople
NetPeople, through its Mobile Factory Division, focuses on local and customized wireless content for Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets. We work with local carriers and address specific market needs to provide appealing games, polyphonic ringtones, animated screensavers, city guides, and lottery and business applications. Every market has a place for specific content that’s deeply related to its culture and people, and that’s were our focus is. We have offices in Miami, Venezuela and Dominican Republic. For more information visit www.net-people.com.

“We understand the importance of offering compelling content on a broad array of next-generation devices that include support for J2ME, BREW and advanced micro browsers,” said Kiyo Oishi, president and COO, ACCESS Systems America. “This program allows wireless developers to immediately generate revenues for their premium content while also significantly impacting a carrier’s ability to attract and retain subscribers. When you have these two elements in place you begin to create a successful and mutually beneficial business cycle.”

About ACCESS Systems America, Inc.
Based in Fremont, CA, ACCESS Systems America is the U.S. subsidiary of ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and access technologies. 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 and generate revenue from premium branded third-party content. ACCESS’ embedded NetFrontand Compact NetFront browsers power approximately 200 different commercial products worldwide. The NetFront micro browser is most widely deployed in phones for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode service. More information is available at 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 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