Selection Affirms ACCESS’ Position as Leading Provider of Integrated Software Solutions for i-mode Operators and Handset Vendors Worldwide
TOKYO, Japan – November 11, 2005 - ACCESS Co., Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that StarHub, Singapore’s integrated info-communications provider and exclusive i-mode operator, has selected ACCESS’ i-mode solution, which includes NetFront™ browser, JV-Lite™2 Java™ solution, and MMS client, for deployment in the handsets to be offered for StarHub’s new i-mode service. StarHub’s i-mode service is scheduled to launch before the end of the year.
ACCESS’ integrated client software solution for i-mode is a comprehensive, solution that is specifically optimized for NTT DoCoMo’s popular i-mode service. It offers operators and their handset partners seamless i-mode deployments while minimizing overall costs and improving time-to-market. The solution includes ACCESS’ award-winning NetFront Browser, JV-Lite2 Wireless Edition Java™ solution and MMS client. ACCESS’ i-mode solution is a proven solution with millions of deployments outside of Japan.
“StarHub has always been known to provide the best value in our competitive mobile price plans and innovative offerings, and that our customers appreciate the benefits of having StarHub as their communications provider. With i-mode, mobile users in Singapore will be able to embrace a whole new world of mobility with quick and simple accessibility to information and entertainment content, useful directories, secure mobile banking as well as m-commerce services, wherever they are,” said Chan Kin Hung, Senior Vice President of Mobile Services, StarHub. “We’re pleased that through our i-mode partnership with various parties including ACCESS, we are set to change the way people will use their mobile phones in Singapore. With its engineering expertise and extensive i-mode experience, ACCESS’ solution has definitely allowed us to achieve a smooth deployment of our i-mode service.”
“ACCESS has established itself as the leading provider of advanced solutions for the i-mode service with mobile operators and handset manufacturers throughout the world,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “We’re excited to have worked with StarHub and its handset partners to help them deploy StarHub’s i-mode service in a timely and efficient manner.”
ACCESS is a global provider of Internet technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets. 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 enabling Internet access anywhere and on any device. NetFront technologies are delivering full Internet browsing and related services to next-generation mobile devices and consumer electronics ranging from digital TV to automobile telematics. For more information: www.access.co.jp or www.access-us-inc.com.
StarHub is Singapore’s second largest info-communication company and the sole operator delivering a full range of information, communications and entertainment services over fixed, cable, mobile and Internet platforms. StarHub operates a 3G mobile network in addition to its GSM network and plans to launch i-mode mobile data services by end 2005. StarHub also operates its own nation-wide HFC network that delivers multi-channel cable TV services (including Digital Cable), voice and Internet access for both consumer and corporate markets. StarHub is listed on the SGX-ST.
Driven by a passion for listening and providing what customers want, StarHub endeavours to bring affordable and premium quality services with innovative and useful features to all its customers. StarHub raises the level of competition in Singapore, challenging others as well as itself, to constantly introduce new world-class services at competitive prices. This unwavering commitment will further strengthen Singapore’s position as a leading info-communication hub in the region.
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Some of the statements in this news release constitute “forward-looking statements” that do not directly or exclusively relate to historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect StarHub Ltd’s current intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside StarHub Ltd’s control. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks. Because actual results could differ materially from StarHub Ltd’s current intentions, plans, expectations, assumptions and beliefs about the future, you are urged to view all forward-looking statements contained in this news release with caution.
ACCESS, NetFront, JV-Lite are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACCESS Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries. Sun, Sun Microsystems, Java and all Java-based trademarks and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. i-mode is a trademark or registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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