• NetFrontBrowser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition addresses growing demand for integrated multimedia mobile phones
  • Complies with major mobile TV standards, ready for mass DVB-H deployment

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Tokyo, Japan, and Paris, France, November 13, 2007 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, and EXPWAY, a leading provider of electronic service guide (ESG) solutions delivered over cellular, broadband and broadcast networks, today announced that the two companies have signed a license agreement enabling ACCESS to integrate its NetFront Browser DTV Profile with EXPWAY’s FastESG service guide. ACCESS will market NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition, the first complete and standard-compliant mobile TV solution for mass digital video broadcasting-handheld (DVB-H) deployments, to a broad range of handset and Internet-enabled appliance manufacturers.

NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition, combining ACCESS’ market-tested NetFront Browser DTV Profile with EXPWAY’s first-to-market FastESG solution for mobile DVB-H and 3G networks, addresses the growing demand for integrated multimedia mobile phones. DVB-H is fast gaining momentum as a global standard for bringing broadcast services to handheld devices.

Available for two major mobile TV broadcast standards (DVB-IPDC and OMA-BCAST), NetFront Browser DTV Profile DVB-H Edition offers unique features to operators as well as end-users. Operators will be able to optimize content distribution over the various transportation networks available to them; end-users, meanwhile, will be able to access content easily, whether through broadcast, unicast or local services. Moreover, thanks to ACCESS’ unique embedded browser approach, users will benefit from a consistent experience across unicast (VOD, streaming) and broadcast audio/video services.

The combined solution also provides a number of advanced features, such as interactivity (voting, betting, advertising and the like) and distribution of packaged multimedia files, such as ContentCast, a podcasting solution extended to video.

“ACCESS has an excellent track record in Japan’s advanced mobile market, where mobile TV has gained enormous popularity since its introduction in 2006,” said Toru Arakawa, ACCESS CEO, president and co-founder. “We are ready to introduce our mobile TV browser to the world. By integrating EXPWAY’s FastESG with our NetFront Browser DTV Profile, we can bring to market a solution that adds intelligence to the way content is distributed, promoted and searched.”

“EXPWAY, a specialist in metadata management, is focused on remaining the leading provider of multimedia search engines,” said Antoine Weil, EXPWAY CEO. “We are delighted to be working with a partner like ACCESS. With ACCESS’ strong product portfolio and its ability to deploy solutions over a large number of devices, we are ready to accommodate the mass deployment of mobile TV services with a solution offering unmatched quality, simplicity and features.”

About ACCESS
ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds, and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront Browser, Garnet OS (formerly Palm OS®) and ACCESS Linux Platform, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 29 subsidiaries and affiliates within Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit http://gl.access-company.com/

About EXPWAY
EXPWAY is a leading provider of end-to-end content & service management solutions over mobile broadcast, mobile telecom and Broadband IP networks. EXPWAY standard-based software solutions include FastESG, the ESG solution dedicated to Mobile TV and based on DVB IPDC specifications for DVB-H, FastEPG, EPG solution dedicated to IPTV and based on DVB-IPTV and TV- Anytime specifications, and interactive Services such as betting, voting and advertising. FastESG was the first DVB IPDC compliant solution ever deployed commercially. EXPWAY solutions interface with multiple CAS and DRM systems and are already deployed or market-tested by Telecom and Broadcast Operators in Italy, France, Germany, Sweden, Japan, as well as integrated by handset, STB and TV set manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 2000, the privately-held company is headquartered in Paris, France. For more information, go to: http://www.expway.com

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