Watchmark takes on software division

ADC has announced today it has entered into an agreement to sell its Metrica service assurance software group to WatchMark Corp. WatchMark provides wireless service providers with software tools necessary to deploy and monitor services at the network, application and customer levels.

After the transaction is completed, WatchMark will assume control of the Metrica service assurance software offerings including approximately 250 employees, relationships with existing software customers and related facility space. The purchase price for the transaction consists of $35 million in cash and 3.2 million shares of WatchMark common stock, which represents less than five percent ownership of WatchMark. The purchase price is subject to adjustments for closing date working capital items. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 60 days and is subject to customary closing conditions.

The new company

The combined company will have the largest worldwide installed base of wireless service assurance products and will be headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. The transaction is expected to close within the next 60 days.

John Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of WatchMark-Comnitel announced that David Heaps, SVP and General Manager of the Metrica business unit, will become President and Chief Operations Officer of the company.

"A key growth strategy of our company has been to expand WatchMark-Comnitel's product portfolio and services in order to become a leading supplier of service assurance solutions for the telecommunications market," said John Hansen, Chief Executive Officer of WatchMark-Comnitel. "Our customers will benefit from stronger product capability, technical support, sales and service provided by the world’s leading wireless service assurance vendor.

"The combination of our two companies will result in significantly enhanced value to our customers as we go forward," said David Heaps, SVP and General Manager, ADC Metrica. "Our combined global infrastructure, financial strength and technical expertise will enable us to further leverage our existing world-class products to address the advancing technical requirements in telecommunications service assurance."

ADC's business

"We are now 100% focused on ADC's core strengths as a global network infrastructure company," said Robert E. Switz, president and CEO for ADC. "Metrica, while a viable software offering, is not a strategic fit with our core strengths. Our strategic focus on the infrastructure layer of the network will enable ADC to serve our customers better and become the leader in this segment of the industry."

"As a result of excluding Metrica results from ADC's fourth fiscal quarter results from continuing operations, ADC's preliminary estimate for sales is $243 to $253 million from continuing operations for the quarter ended October 31, 2004," said Gokul Hemmady, chief financial officer for ADC. "The impact of the Metrica exclusion on earnings per share from continuing operations is estimated to be negligible in the fourth fiscal quarter."

ADC's network infrastructure products and professional services enable network operators to deliver high-speed broadband services to homes and businesses. The company's high-performing connectivity equipment, wireless coverage and capacity equipment, wireline access systems, and professional services are relied upon by wireline, wireless, cable, broadcast, and enterprise networks around the world.
Metrica network performance and service quality management software solutions are designed to help service providers improve service quality, lower operational costs and optimize network usage and capacity. The applications include Metrica Performance Manager, which provides a complete view of network quality and usage; Metrica Service Manager, which enables the delivery of new services to drive growth; Metrica Service Assurance Framework, a modular and open framework that ensures Metrica solutions support innovation and competitive differentiation; and Metrica/NPR, which allows users to manage data from multiple vendors and forecast performance trends.

In the first three quarters of ADC's fiscal year, Nov. 1, 2003 - July 31, 2004, Metrica sales were approximately $21 million with an operating loss of approximately $2 million, after direct expenses only. In ADC's fiscal year ended October 31, 2003, Metrica generated sales of approximately $30 million and an operating income of approximately $5 million, after direct expenses only.

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Pushes Symbian and Java applications

Nokia, the global leader in mobility, today launched the Preminet solution, a major worldwide initiative designed to streamline the distribution process for innovative and fully certified mobile content and applications.

Created to satisfy the needs of the entire mobile software value chain, Preminet sources premier Java and Symbian OS software from leading developers and content aggregators around the globe to give operators a master catalog of applications, games and other mobile content. It also offers operators a complete solution for delivery, billing and revenue distribution, providing an end-to-end, operator-brandable platform for launching new applications and services to consumers.
Consisting of a master catalog, a service delivery platform and an optional innovative client application, Preminet provides a turnkey solution that initially is available as a hosted offering by Nokia. Preminet is designed to integrate easily into existing systems, including content delivery gateways, authentication systems and billing platforms. To maximize consumer uptake of games, applications and other content, the flexible, operator-brandable client application works side-by-side with an operator's other discovery methods (WAP, SMS and Web) to let end users find, sample, download and securely pay for mobile software.
"Until now, each operator has been responsible for maintaining hundreds of relationships with individual Java and Symbian OS developers and sourcing, and testing each application before bringing them to the end-user," said Lee Epting, vice president, Forum Nokia. "With Preminet, we now provide a single source for operators to acquire a comprehensive range of industry certified content, applications and services, and a complete platform for managing distribution to their customers. Operators now have the ability to launch a differentiated service offering in a very simple manner without major investment."
Preminet helps content aggregators and developers, including the 1.6 million members of Forum Nokia - the world's largest wireless developer community - quickly and easily make more money from their Java and Symbian OS software by providing a single channel to access the wireless industry's largest addressable market. Java is the leading platform for mobile software worldwide, with over 350 million Java technology-enabled handsets in the marketplace as of June 2004, while Symbian OS is the most popular smartphone operating system in the world, running over two-thirds of the world's smartphones. Analyst firm Ovum further expects that within three years, annual shipments of Symbian OS smartphones will top 100 million per year, while the total number of Java-enabled phones in the market will be over 1.5 billion. Preminet is also air interface agnostic and works across GSM, CDMA and other types of cellular networks.
"The size of the potential market for Java and Symbian OS software makes this a very significant initiative," said David Kerr, Vice President, Strategy Analytics. "Cost, complexity and fragmentation are the critical barriers to content revenue. Nokia's global operator relationships, its leadership in rich media devices and its ability to cross the chasm to the content industry make it the natural choice to deliver this service."
All of the games and other applications in Preminet are tested under the industry-wide Java Verified Program(TM) and Symbian Signed testing and certification initiatives. Java Verified and Symbian Signed were launched earlier this year and are supported by a broad coalition of mobile operators, handset vendors and other companies, including Sun Microsystems and Symbian, respectively. Screenshots, icons, content guidelines and documentation for each application are pre-certified, as well, assuring operators that every application is completely market-ready.
"We strongly support Nokia in this endeavor," said Alan Brenner, vice president, Consumer and Mobile Systems Group of Sun Microsystems. "Thanks to Nokia's use of open standards and industry-wide initiatives, we believe Preminet will help drive interoperability and efficiency across the mobile software industry, bringing more leading mobile Java applications to market."
"Symbian OS smartphone applications have seen great success with almost double the global sales and number of new third party applications since last year," said Marit Doving, executive vice president, marketing, Symbian. "Nokia's Preminet provides an exciting way for operators to fully realize the value of open-standard-based phones on their networks through the deployment of rich applications and services in a way that strengthens their service proposition to the customer."
Applications and content which pass certification and are accepted into the Preminet Master Catalog will instantly be available to mobile operators around the world through a single channel. Operators may pick and choose the applications they want from the catalog, and present them in their branded portal together with applications they source elsewhere. The catalog will feature the best applications from the global community of developers supported by Forum Nokia, including members of Forum Nokia PRO, the service for advanced developer companies that delivers premium levels of technical, business development and marketing support. Preminet will also include premium branded content offerings.

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O2 Xda II and GPRS network provide platform of choice for wireless managed service provider

Today, O2 is announcing a strategic partnership with Cognito allowing UK business to benefit from a combined expertise in wireless data. As part of the agreement, Cognito offers its mobile data solutions on the O2 GPRS network using the Xda II as the device of choice for customers. In return, the Managed Mobile Data Service from Cognito has entered the O2 "Accelerator Programme” enabling the product to be marketed by O2 sales people and used in pilot sales activities.

Cognito delivers a managed service enabling organisations to enhance mobile worker productivity and control, through the exchange of time sensitive business critical information. The Cognito solution monitors and supports mobile data applications in the field providing 24-hour management of network communications and direct support for mobile workers.

Cognito migrated many of its customers from its own proprietary network to the next generation O2 GPRS network in order to access a comprehensive suite of fully managed mobile workflow services. Customers now benefiting from the reliability and resilience of the O2 GPRS network include Konica, PME, London Bus Services and Siemens. Cognito is also introducing the O2 Xda II to its customers as a cost effective, fully integrated and universally accepted platform through which to operate a mobile data solution.

Through this partnership, Cognito customers benefit from a host of wireless solutions including daily workflow programmes, parts inventory, customer history and diagnostic problem solving. Combined with barcode readers, voice functionality, high speed data cards and printers where necessary, the O2 Xda II can be adapted to suit the needs of each specific solution.

Together, the combined O2 / Cognito offering increases productivity, reduces repeat site visits for mobile workers in the field and empowers management control with real time business intelligence. Customers can also make use of a fully integrated wireless solution that is managed on an international scale.

Steve Alderson, Cognito Managing Director comments, “Originally a mobile data network operator, Cognito was the first company in the UK to be awarded a licence to operate a public radio network for data. With advances in GPRS technology offering significant potential benefits, Cognito partnered with O2 to transfer customers onto the new generation GPRS service. Combined with the Xda II devices and our managed service, the O2 GPRS network is cost effective, resilient and reliable which is exactly what our customers tell us they need from a mobile solution. The devices in particular provide the ideal platform for attaching additional functionality in response to individual customer requirements.”

Mark Nixon, Head of Strategic Partners O2 adds, “This strategic partnership is beneficial not only to Cognito and O2, but for our combined customers. Through mutual selling of each others services, businesses can benefit by talking to companies that not only understand their business needs, but also have access to the most suitable applications to satisfy all their requirements.”

The O2 Accelerator Programme allows application developers to become approved O2 partners. This low cost route to market offers developers the chance to run their business applications with O2 for a period of up to six months with the opportunity to extend this relationship to full roll out.

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New software analysis tool improves code quality, reduces time-to-market and shortens development and test cycles for Symbian OS developers

New software analysis tool improves code quality, reduces time-to-market and shortens development and test cycles for Symbian OS developer

Mobile Innovation, the leading user interface (UI) designer, developer and integrator for mobile devices, today announced the launch of CodeScanner, a new suite of software analysis tools for Symbian OS.  The launch of CodeScanner further strengthens Mobile Innovation's portfolio of productivity products for the Symbian development ecosystem.

CodeScanner is a revolutionary static analysis tool which delves deep into code, exploring line by line for defects so that engineers find tough problems more quickly than with traditional debug techniques.  Better still, CodeScanner allow engineers to fix defects during development, which is much more cost effective than later in the development lifecycle.  Virtually any text based files (including C++ source, MMP files, resources, and other documents) can be analysed.

"It's a huge benefit to find defects directly at the coding stage rather than involving testers, triage, developer investigation, and so on. With CodeScanner, simple but common code defects can be found automatically and removed, greatly increasing development efficiency," says Matt Millar, chief technology officer and co-founder, Mobile Innovation.  "Also, CodeScanner cleverly finds intermittent defects (i.e. defects that may only occur in low memory conditions), which would be extremely difficult to find via conventional testing methods."

CodeScanner checks every line of code for defects, glitches, and inconsistencies, and then pinpoints any offending lines of code. Since it finds hard-to-spot problems quickly, CodeScanner saves time and money, improves code quality, reduces time-to-market, and shortens development and test cycles.  It is easy to integrate, reliable, accurate and generates useful and intelligent results.

CodeScanner integrates simply into the development process.  It plugs directly into Developer Studio and can check individual files or all files within a specified component. CodeScanner is also usable from the command line, and can be used for overnight analysis on all code in a build, automatically outputting HTML that can be linked to a code cross-referencer. 

Detecting deviations from coding conventions leads to easier code maintenance and improves the overall quality of the code.  Cleaning up defects early allows developers to concentrate code reviews on vital design and architectural issues rather than wasting time on mundane "spot the badly-named variables" sessions.

CodeScanner has been written in a modular way and is therefore easy to extend by development teams to enforce local coding conventions and detect common project specific defects.  There is an educational element as well:  developers new to Symbian OS (or indeed to C++) programming gain instant feedback on their code, learning common pitfalls and idioms in the process.

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Public Safety Users Choose Motorola TETRA Radios

Motorola has today announced contracts for more than 20.000 TETRA radios for the public safety network in The Netherlands. The radios will be used on C2000, the Dutch countrywide encrypted Public Safety Network.

The main reason for this success is that Motorola offered its complete range of TETRA radios to the Dutch market through three key distributors. After the successful introduction and operational use of the MTP700 TETRA radio by different C2000 regions, Guido Dukker, Project leader C2000 of the Amsterdam Fire Brigade, stated." The MTP700 is a very reliable radio and can be seen as lifeline for their employees."

17 of the C2000 regions have made a decision and awarded contracts for their terminals and 17 regions have chosen Motorola. Motorola is currently the leading supplier of TETRA subscribers in The Netherlands.

Within the next month Motorola will introduce its latest TETRA radio, the MTH800 for use on C2000. The MTH800 radio is already a great success in the UK with contracts awarded by all the Police Forces in Scotland and the Metropolitan Police in London. The MTH800 is recognised for its brilliant colour display, in built GPS, and its user-friendly man machine interface. Motorola is working hard to duplicate this success in The Netherlands and is working closely with the Customers and Distributors in The Netherlands to ensure rapid mobile intelligence for mission critical and business customers.

Firms Combine Leading Software Distribution, Embedded Licensing and Payment Technologies

Handango, the leading provider of mobile downloads, and Openbit, a leader in embedded digital rights management (DRM)
and m-commerce, announced a far-reaching strategic partnership. The collaboration encompasses technology integration; support for mobile developers; and joint sales to mobile operators, phone manufacturers and retailers.

The two firms will integrate their product roadmaps and their billing systems, enabling on-device commerce worldwide and carrier-integrated billing in 20 countries through nearly 70 mobile network operators.

"License Manager from Openbit is great technology, but more importantly, it's easy to use for both developers and customers," said Randy Eisenman, president and chief executive officer of Handango. "We are excited to deliver
these benefits and additional revenue to our developer partners and licensees."

"Handango is the ideal partner for Openbit," said Arto  Lehtonen, chief executive officer of Openbit. "Their great team, impressive distribution technology, strong relationships with developers and extensive network of major partners throughout the wireless market mean that our technology will
receive massive exposure to the right people."

Benefits for Developers

Under terms of the partnership, Handango will work with Symbian OS software developers to integrate License Manager, Openbit's embedded DRM and commerce solution, into their applications. Handango will incorporate these
applications into its market-leading catalog of more than 50,000 mobile applications.

License Manager gives developers many compelling benefits including:
-  Super Distribution -- License Manager enables customers to send applications to others while maintaining source integrity in the  payment process.  This viral marketing provides a powerful way to  spread applications to new customers.

-  Security -- With License Manager, piracy is eradicated through dvanced forms of encryption and digital signing.  License Manager protects the integrity of applications even after the application is sent from another person. 

-  Payment Methods -- Customers can purchase using Premium SMS, debit  card and credit card, enabling commerce for all spectrums of the consumer market.

-  Multiple License Versions -- With License Manager, developers can create new types of licenses for their applications.  Licenses can be easily created for a specific time limit (e.g. 7, 30 or 90 days), usages or recurring subscription, capturing new sources of revenue and maximize recurring revenues.

-  Impulse Purchases -- License Manager makes it easy for customers to purchase from the device in one click.

-  Higher Try/Buy Conversion -- The billing methods, on-device
integration and viral distribution allow developers to maximize the conversion of trial downloads into purchases.  In past examples, developers have more than doubled their conversion ratios.

-  Simplified Build Process -- Without License Manager, developers may be required to build a unique version of their application for each sales channel, meaning developers can save time by creating a single  build of their applications.

To jumpstart the pool of License Manager-integrated applications, Handango is offering any developer who integrates License Manager by November 5, 2004 a US$1,500 marketing package.

Benefits for Mobile Operators, Phone Manufacturers and Retailers

License Manager enables new business models around the distribution of trial applications. Operators can focus their portals around downloads, improving data usage and encouraging active application use among the subscriber base.

Further, when License Manager-integrated applications are shared peer-to-peer, the origin of the application download is preserved; the portal responsible for the download receives full credit for their customer acquisition activities. Thus, mobile operators, phone manufacturers and retailers benefit from peer-to-peer distribution.

Mobile operators, in particular, benefit from License Manager-integrated applications because they drive Premium SMS traffic from the sale of periodic licenses.

Handango's licensees distributing Symbian OS content include Sony Ericsson, My-Symbian, Cingular Wireless, Yahoo! and AOL. These licensees will benefit immediately from super distribution, driving additional mobile data revenues for each.

Together, Handango and Openbit will also sell bundles of Handango AMPP, Handango's application management and provisioning platform, and License Manager-integrated applications to mobile operators, handset manufacturers
and retailers.

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First Mobile Music Deal of Its Kind, Covering T-Mobile Markets Across Europe; Extensive Marketing Campaign Starting in October 2004

Motorola, a global leader in wireless communications, and T-Mobile International, one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications, has today announced an alliance with global superstars and multi-platinum selling band The Black Eyed Peas.

The agreement with the Black Eyed Peas is the first of its kind and incorporates a series of new wireless, on-line, and radio promotional activities. These include competitions to win concert tickets when purchasing a Motorola E398, an exclusive opportunity to be among to first to listen to the Black Eyed Peas' new material, a chance to actually meet with the band, and even visit them during the shooting of their next music video. One fan will also get the opportunity of a lifetime to create the "official ringtone" for the band's new album, which will be available as a download from t-zones.

This unique marketing relationship will establish The Black Eyed Peas as the first group in Europe to take full advantage of the benefits of mobile music, including "mashing," video editing and live concert theme packs. In addition, exclusive Black Eyed Peas content, such as realtones, wallpapers, videos and Mobile Jukebox music tracks, will be available through T-Mobile's t-zones services which can be accessed via a dedicated t-zones button on the Motorola E398 handset.

Motorola and T-Mobile customers will have unique and exclusive access to newly released content from the Black Eyed Peas, as well as many first time services.

Sybase, a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and
wireless software, today announced two complementary new products to rapidly mobilize and extend enterprise applications for the burgeoning mobile workforce.

Sybase Unwired Accelerator empowers non-technical users to
quickly mobilize without programming Web applications, databases, Web services and other data sources for delivery to a wide spectrum of mobile devices for both connected and occasionally connected access. Sybase Unwired Orchestrator then links mobile users in real time to complex back-end
enterprise applications through easily constructed, automated business processes. Both products help meet the need for simplified, end-to-end mobile enterprise computing solutions, and leverage Sybase's information management expertise and its iAnywhere subsidiary's mobile leadership.

"The benefits of mobile enterprise computing are clear, but the hurdles to affordably mobilize and integrate content and applications across organizations can appear prohibitive," said Dr. Raj Nathan senior vice president, Information Technology and Solutions Group, Sybase. "Sybase Unwired Accelerator and Unwired Orchestrator give customers the ability to grow into this new business model, first mobilizing applications and then linking them for greatest business value to the information-rich enterprise applications at the back-end."

With Unwired Accelerator, a business analyst can mobilize existing applications - like sales productivity tools - in hours, for users that are both live or "occasionally connected." Key benefits include:
*    Rapid mobilization of Web applications, Web sites, intranets, portals, databases, XML sources, HTML documents and Web services using a point and click visual interface
*    Mobilized applications are up and running in days, with no programming and no changes to the source application or infrastructure
*    Write once, and deploy to multiple mobile device formats
*    Support for virtually any device, including Blackberrys, tablets, laptops, Pocket PCs, Palms, Symbians and Smart Phones Sybase Unwired Orchestrator complements Sybase Unwired Accelerator and other mobilization solutions by linking mobile users to enterprise applications in real time through automated business processes, services-oriented integration, process monitoring and alerting facilities, and B2B, ERP and
CRM adapters. Unwired Orchestrator enables multi-channel integration of mobile, Web, B2B and other new applications through a common layer of automated processes that move information between the data center to the
point of action.

Key benefits include:
*    Development cost savings, made possible through integration of existing custom, packaged and legacy applications with new mobile, Web andB2B applications
*    Business agility through rapid process improvement, made possible by user-friendly process design tools and dynamic performance measurement and monitoring facilities
*    Accelerated transition to Services-Oriented Architecture, including the ability to bridge Web services and legacy infrastructures -- a key tactic in holding the line on IT development and maintenance cost
*    Immediate developer productivity, through simplified installation, configuration and maintenance procedures
"Sybase knows the mobile applications development marketplace, and the company maintains a leadership position in the mobile database and application middleware markets," said Geoffrey Bock, senior vice president and senior consultant, Patricia Seybold Group. "Sybase has shown promising technologies and products such as Unwired Orchestrator and Unwired Accelerator, and to its credit, continues to provide innovative solutions for mobile enterprise applications."

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First Hop, the proven leader in mobile middleware, announces the closing of its second financing round with Partech International as lead investor, with existing investors DFJ ePlanet Ventures and Stratos Ventures, participating in a total round of 7.2M. First Hop Ltd (Finland) offers software products to mobile operators and mobile service providers for the delivery and business management of wireless content services.

First Hops international expansion was initially financed by a seed round (0.7M) in July 2000 by Stratos Ventures and the first round of financing (8.5M) in June 2001 lead by Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet Ventures. In the past three years, First Hop has successfully established itself as one of the leading vendors of mobile service delivery and business management software products across Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific. The second round of financing will further speed up the companys product development, customer service ramp-up and market expansion, and help take the business to the next level of growth.

Helmut Schön, General Partner at Partech International, will join the First Hop Board. Our work in the mobile space highlighted that continuous growth in value added services, e.g. messaging, browsing and download services, is increasingly leading to issues with mobile operators existing software platforms. These issues are particularly related to managing content provisioning and service management in a fully automated and standardized way. First Hop addresses exactly these needs. The company is well on its way to becoming the recognized market leader in providing end-to-end solutions for wireless content delivery through any channel (SMS, MMS, WAP Push, WAP, and TCP/IP) and thus form the core of a mobile operators service delivery platform. I was particularly impressed by the management team's vision and drive in building a global business".

The companys product suite, First Hop® Wireless Broker, enables mobile operators and service providers to develop their role as a strategic point of control in wireless content business. The product suite allows managing the end-to-end process of wireless content delivery through all the relevant channels. The key products, Message Router, Wireless Internet Router, Service Manager, and Wireless Accelerator have been deployed in over 40 mobile networks worldwide, such as Vodafone, T-Mobile, and Orange, serving over 200 million mobile users accessing value added services.

Timo Laaksonen, Chief Executive Officer of First Hop comments: We aim to provide mobile operators and mobile service providers with the markets most complete, integrated suite of wireless content delivery and business management products. Our focus areas of service provisioning & management, content provider management, multi-channel content delivery, and charging and business management are core requirements in every operators service delivery platform. The unique competitive edge of First Hop® Wireless Broker stems from combining the service and business innovations of our global lead customers with our own skills in developing carrier-grade software products." Timo Laaksonen continues on the financing round: The 7.2M injection of new capital into First Hop, and the entry of Partech International, a seasoned, mobile-savvy VC into our team, provides us with the ideal framework for not only developing our current products further and launching new ones, but also for expanding our business reach into new geographies".

Dennis Atkinson, Senior Vice President at DFJ ePlanet adds: We are delighted with First Hops progress, especially with the rapid pace of customer acquisition in all corners of the world, and the increasing size and importance of each opportunity won. This round of expansion capital will allow the company to build on its leading position and deliver what we believe is the clearest articulation of the future of mobile infrastructure software."

Summa Corporate Finance (Helsinki) acted as First Hops advisor in the financing round.

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AvantGo, the world's leading mobile Internet service, and Sony Ericsson today announced that they are working together to provide mobile content to users of the new Symbian OS-based Sony Ericsson P910 smartphone.

Sony Ericsson smartphone users can now quickly and easily synchronize hundreds of mobile websites containing news, weather, sports, and entertainment, including content from many of the world's top media brands, using either their desktop computer or a wireless internet connection.  The service is being demonstrated at the Symbian Expo
2004 - the Smartphone Show - in London on October 5-6, where iAnywhere Solutions exhibits as a partner in Sony Ericsson's stand
number 39.

"AvantGo has been one of the top requests among our smartphone customers and we are thrilled to work with AvantGo to bring this solution to market," said Ulf Wretling, director and head of Content Development for Sony Ericsson's GSM/UMTS products. "With AvantGo's unique 'sync and go' model, consumers can access news and contentanywhere, anytime - even offline. This is especially appealing to air
travelers who can now access content when Internet  connectivity is temporarily suspended when using the P910's  'flight mode' setting."

"We're excited to work with Sony Ericsson to provide AvantGo for the P910 series," said Neil Versen, senior director of AvantGo at iAnywhere Solutions. "AvantGo enhances Sony Ericsson's smartphone features with a proven content delivery solution that's available anytime.  In turn, all Sony Ericsson smartphone users will have access to AvantGo, creating an important opportunity to grow our subscriber base."

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Sasken Communication Technologies today announced plans to expand its Symbian Partnership Programme, adding to its already extensive eco-system of partners.  Partners currently include application developers, chipset manufacturers, test and measurement equipment suppliers, handset developers and device manufacturers.

This programme expansion is part of a broader initiative announced today to invest more than €17 million to strengthen Sasken’s position in the Symbian and mobile platforms arena.

“We have developed a strong eco-system of partners, which helps us deliver a comprehensive range of support and consultancy services to our device manufacturer customers.  At this moment in time, there is enormous interest for integration customisation services on the Symbian platform which encourages us to extend our capabilities in this space,” explains Colin Aitken, Vice President and General Manager Europe at Sasken.

“The timing of the Symbian Expo provides an excellent opportunity to launch the next stage of our own partner programme.  During this event, we hope to engage with developers, application and framework providers as well as potential handset suppliers to discuss how we can work together.”

The Symbian Partnership Programme has already seen Sasken work with key partners to deliver solutions to device manufacturers including Panasonic, NEC and other leading phone manufacturers in Europe, US, Asia and the Far East.

The programme will also accelerate Sasken’s ability to offer full phone integration services based on the Symbian platform – enabling device developers and manufacturers to source the full range of integration and testing services from a single supplier.

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Sony Ericsson P910 smartphone powered by Symbian OS among first devices with support

At Symbian Expo today, breakthrough mobile email company, Visto, announced that the Sony Ericsson P910 is among the first mobile phones to support Visto Mobile 5.0, Visto’s next generation platform for push-based real-time over-the-air email, coupled with constantly updated calendar and contact information. Symbian OS is the global market leading open operating system for smartphones.

Visto Mobile 5.0 on Symbian OS means that a wide range of mobile devices will be able to instantly synchronise email, calendar, and contacts with individual PCs or corporate messaging servers. The breakthrough is delivered by Visto’s unique “ConstantSync” technology, which allows the Visto Mobile 5.0 solution to push email, calendar, and contact updates to mobile devices instantly, securely, and with minimum over-the-air data consumption.

Visto’s ConstantSync technology also ensures that new messages, message replies, and calendar or contact updates made on mobile phones are updated on the PC or corporate messaging server automatically and instantly with absolute synchronicity between the user’s Inbox, Sent Items, and Deleted Items folders.

Sony Ericsson’s new P910 smartphone, which has started shipping in selected markets this month, will be the first Symbian OS smartphone supported by Visto Mobile 5.0 and its ConstantSync technology.

Brian Bogosian, Chairman and CEO of Visto said: “We are seeing strong interest from European and global operators, partners and users for push-based mobile email/PIM solutions on devices that mirror phone and PDA functions, in a familiar format, and from the recognised leaders in the market.   The push capabilities of Visto Mobile 5.0, running on the Symbian OS and on a device like the Sony Ericsson P910 meets all these criteria. With this combination we will accelerate market demand for smartphones amongst business users and consumers exponentially.”

 “We’re pleased that Visto is launching and demonstrating Mobile 5.0 on the Sony Ericsson P910 at Symbian Expo today, our annual trade show which is completely dedicated to the entire smartphone industry, said Marit Doving, executive vice president, marketing, Symbian. “Visto 5.0 on Symbian OS phones enables users to enjoy convenient, easy-to-use communications through email, calendar and contact information synchronized automatically over-the-air with Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes servers.”

Henrik Voigt, Senior Manager Enterprise Alliances at Sony Ericsson said: “Our customers want secure and instant access to their email, calendar, and contacts and they want a device that combines the best elements of a phone and a PDA without compromising usability or size. The Sony Ericsson P910 with its unique flip-down QWERTY keypad and Visto’s ConstantSync technology does exactly that and allows users to have a complete messaging experience where they are able to easily compose or reply to messages or open, view and edit message attachments.”

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Opens further European offices

Trigenix, the mobile interface company, today announced the latest enhancements to the Trigenix T4 technology. Trigenix 4.1.0 is now available for shipping and offers greater optimisation with enhancements such as improved over-the-air error handling, conditional update fetch, optimised GPRS access and SMS-based subscription management.

The award-winning Trigenix software is also now available for more MIDP 1.0 and MIDP 2.0 devices including Samsung E800, Nokia 6230, RIM Blackberry 77-series, Alcatel OneTouch 756, and Sagem MyX5-2, offering greater handset coverage.

The company also announced its wider expansion into the European market with local representation in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain to assist with operator relationships in those countries.

Steve Ives, Trigenix CEO commented, "Trigenix offers both native and complementary UIs enabling operators and handset manufacturers to customise the UI and scale-up data revenues. As an example, it allows operators to provide promotions and drive revenue from themes, or create an on-handset 'portal' for easy access and promotions, revenue from data feeds, ringtones downloads and games. The latest enhancements enable operators to manage subscription services using premium SMS, and our extended sales team gives Trigenix greater presence throughout Europe. We are truly excited by the prospects that lie ahead."

Based on the highly successful Trigenix User-Interface solution already in use with operators such as T-Mobile and TMN, T4 supports Windows Mobile, Java MIDP 1.0 & 2.0 devices and Symbian OS phones. With T4, service providers will be able to deploy revenue-generating own-brand user interfaces and rich content-based themes across 50% of handsets shipping by the end of 2004.

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Intel Corporation, Nokia Corporation and Symbian announced today a collaboration to bring smartphones based on the Nokia Series 60 Platform to market using Intel technology, as part of Intel's recent membership in the Nokia Series 60 Product Creation Community. Also, Intel and Symbian have agreed to invest in the joint development of a reference platform to enable a new class of 3G devices based on Symbian OSand Intel XScale Technology.

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