Deployment Promotes the Fusion of Mobile Terminal Communication and TV Broadcast Reception in Preparation for the Launch of One Seg Service in April 2006
TOKYO, Japan – November 14, 2005 – ACCESS Co., Ltd., (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced that its NetFront™DTV Profile Wireless Edition browser has been selected for deployment in Sanyo’s W33SA mobile handset which is compatible with the wireless mobile One Seg terrestrial digital TV broadcast service to be launched by au (KDDI) beginning in early December. One Seg is a special service developed in Japan that supports digital terrestrial television broadcasts in the six-megahertz band by dividing the signal into 13 segments and transmitting video and audio data through a single segment. This approach is ideal for television viewing on mobile phones and mobile terminals that demand simple information processing and low energy consumption.
NetFront DTV Profile supports BML (Broadcast Markup Language) a markup language developed for data broadcast use and which is compatible with BS, CS and terrestrial TV broadcasting formulated by the Association of Radio Industries and Businesses (ARIB). As of 2005, ACCESS has achieved deployments in more than one million digital TVs and other devices representing ten different brands and its use in the W33SA handset is au’s first deployment of the NetFront DTV Profile Wireless Edition compatible with One Seg for mobile terminal use. One feature of the NetFront DTV Profile Wireless Edition browser is a function that allows linked operation with existing applications already integrated in mobile handsets.
ACCESS’ NetFront DTV Profile Wireless Edition will be utilized in KDDI’s standard BML browser and loaded in mobile handsets compatible with One Seg to be released by au. Further, with ACCESS’ Media:™, technology, users can switch to digital broadcasts from phone or e-mail. Media: works seamlessly with KDDI’s EZ-service.
ACCESS also provides NetFront BML Viewer Wireless Edition, the industry’s first PC-based preview and test environment for BML content. With NetFront BML Viewer Wireless Edition, content developers will be able to accelerate the development of mobile BML-based content and services.
“ACCESS provides powerful support for digital broadcast TV reception on mobile handsets as part of our vision to realize the ubiquitous Internet society. ACCESS is also promoting the development of mobile TV solutions in Europe and other global regions,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS.
ACCESS has realized the fusion of TV broadcast reception and communication in mobile handsets based on its experience and success in the deployment of browser solutions for mobile handsets and services throughout the world.
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.
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