Tokyo, September 9, 2009 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced that worldwide deployments of its NetFront products, notably NetFront Browser for mobile handsets and Internet-enabled devices, surpassed 800 million at the end of July 2009. NetFront Browser is the flagship product in ACCESS’ series of NetFront technologies. Growth in deployments of NetFront Browser on mobile handsets shipped to global markets has been credited with driving NetFront product installations past the 800 million mark.

NetFront Browser is the most advanced, versatile and powerful full Internet browser for mobile and beyond-PC devices. Specifically designed and optimized to deliver high performance in resource-constrained environments, it has been deployed by major operators, handset manufacturers and consumer electronics manufacturers around the world. Recently, the latest version of NetFront Browser, NetFront Browser v3.5, has been deployed on the CoolPAD 3G handset from Yulong Telecommunication—China’s top 3G domestic brand. 3G services were launched in China earlier this year, and are expected to accelerate the number of mobile users. According to Thinkbank, a Beijing-based market research firm, the number of 3G phone shipments in China almost doubled in the June-July 2009 timeframe1. NetFront Browser v3.5 has been also deployed on Toshiba Corporation’s TG01 smartphone, a slim, high-performance multimedia handset targeted at global markets.

According to an analysis concluded in February 2009 of devices offered by top-tier operators and device ownership data from comScore’s MobiLens research2, NetFront Browser is the standard browser shipped on more handset models in the U.S. and through multi-country operators in the top five European markets (France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain) than any other mobile Internet browser.

“For over 20 years, ACCESS has helped operators, handset manufacturers and consumer electronics manufacturers implement groundbreaking services with its leading-edge mobile technologies and solutions for global markets,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president, Co-CEO and co-founder of ACCESS. “ACCESS will continue to lead the way to a ubiquitous Internet society where networked devices make possible more fulfilling digital lifestyles around the world.”

Figures for total NetFront product installations and device models are as follows:

DateTotal InstallationsModels
October 31, 2003108,380,000267
September 30, 2005214,030,000721
November 30, 2006316,000,0001,017
August 31, 2007440,240,0001,233
January 31, 2008544,500,0001,349
August 31, 2008639,150,0001,552
January 31, 2009732,080,0001,710
July 31, 2009807,980,0001,899
 
 
 

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 and ACCESS Linux Platform, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates 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 www.access-company.com

 

1./ Thinkbank & Company LLC (www.thinkbankchina.com) “China Mobile Phone Market Monthly Express Report Jul 09.”

2./ comScore | M:Metrics MobiLens (www.comscore.com)

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