A Versatile Service Platform for Rich Internet Applications

BARCELONA, 3GSM World Congress – February 13, 2006 – ACCESS.CO., LTD. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813), a global provider of mobile content delivery and Internet access technologies, today announced the availability of NetFrontBrowser v3.4, the latest version of the company’s world-renowned mobile browser. NetFront Browser v3.4 is ACCESS’ latest browser technology that is not dependent on any specific technology platform and is compatible with a wide variety of rich-content Internet applications. NetFront Browser v3.4 has evolved from browser technology to a “Versatile Service Platform,” where multiple applications can seamlessly combine online and offline content, thus dramatically improving the user experience of consumer electronic products such as mobile devices.

Moving beyond Internet full browsing toward rich content rendering, NetFront Browser v3.4 is designed to support Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript + XML) which is the core technology of next generation Web application Web 2.0, the latest SMIL2.1 specification (W3C SMIL Mobile Profile and W3C SMIL extended Mobile Profile) which was released in December 2005 and SVG Tiny 1.2.

NetFront Browser v3.4 can be flexibly configured to support Adobe PDF, office documents, Flash and Video via Plug-ins. Extensions to the browser APIs simplify the creation of various applications, which take advantage of NetFront Browser’s advanced rendering capabilities for rich Internet content, such as browser application, messaging clients, RSS news reader and other Dynamic Menu applications.

NetFront Browser v3.4 application highlights include support for visual bookmarks, a stunning graphical experience to manage favorite Webpages and “PagePilot,” a pan and zoom navigation tool for a Desktop-like presentation of Web pages on mobile devices with limited screen size. The new active home page framework makes it possible to access browser functionality from a webpage.

ACCESS’ NetFront Browser is the browser of choice for the world’s leading mobile handset manufacturers and mobile operators. NetFront browser recently surpassed over 200 million deployments in consumer electronic products globally and has unique technologies that have greatly improved mobile Internet browsing. One such technology, Rapid-Render, is a sophisticated incremental rendering technology that dramatically accelerates the presentation of Web pages. Another, known as Smart-Fit Rendering, is a technology that intelligently renders Web pages to fit the screen width of mobile devices, thus eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling. In addition, ACCESS has established itself is a major contributor to Internet governing bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and CDMA Development Group (CDG). NetFront Browser supports the OMA Browsing 2.2 specification, WML, HTML 4.01, and cHTML standards.

“NetFront Browser v3.4′s unique technologies provides mobile device manufacturers and operators with a powerful market advantage that is simply unmatched by anyone,” said Toru Arakawa, president and CEO of ACCESS. “We are extremely pleased to be able to bring this advanced mobile browser solution to the millions of mobile Internet end-users throughout the world.”

NetFront Browser v3.4 will be available at the end of March 2006.

NetFront Browser
NetFront browser recently surpassed 200 million deployments globally representing 720 unique devices ranging from mobile phones and PDAs to digital televisions, gaming consoles, and automobile telematics systems from 90 major Internet device manufacturers. NetFront supports a wider range of operating systems than any competing browser including solutions for Palm® OS, Symbian OS, Linux OS, Microsoft® Windows® Mobile/PocketPC and mobile handset environments like BREW®. NetFront browser technology is used by the world’s leading mobile operators, software providers and electronics manufacturers including Adobe, Alpine, Amoi, AT&T Wireless, Casio, Epson, Hitachi, Hutchinson 3G Group, IBM, KDDI, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Mitsubishi, Palm, Samsung, SANYO, Sharp, Sony, Telcel Venezuela, TCL, Toshiba, UTStarcom and more.

About ACCESS
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.


ACCESS,  NetFront, Smart-Fit Rendering and Rapid-Render are trademarks or registered trademarks of ACCESS CO., LTD. in Japan and other countries. WALKMAN and its logo are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation in Japan and the United States, and are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Corporation in other countries or territories. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


Contacts

Asia Contact:
ACCESS Co., Ltd., Japan

Kyoko Obara
+81 (3) 5259-3685
prinfo@access.co.jpcom
China Contact:
Access China Inc.
Delia Liu
+86 (10) 6566-9636
delia.liu@accesschina.com.cn
Europe Contact:
ACCESS Systems Europe GmbH
Claudia Hoeck
+49 (208) 8290-6432
hoeck@access-sys-eu.com