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Aether Announces Its Open Wireless Communications Software Toolkit Is Now Available to Developers Providing Easy Wireless Support Over Multiple Platforms.

OWINGS MILLS, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 1999--

AIM licensing initiative complements Aether's enterprise data

management services, fuels company's leadership in wireless data

access market

Aether Technologies, the leading independent provider of wireless data computing services and solutions, today announced an initiative to help drive the growth of the enterprise wireless data access market, based on licensing of the company's proven Aether Intelligent Messaging (AIM) software development and transport environment. AIM is Aether's open, vendor-independent family of wireless development and connectivity tools and hosting software that seamlessly enables fast, easy deployment of enterprise data management solutions over multiple platforms and secure wireless networks.

Leading corporations and information providers such as Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Discover Brokerage, The Chicago Board of Trade, 3Com/Palm Computing, Open Sky and Reuters America, who outsource their wireless data networks to Aether's Enterprise Data Wireless Center, already have realized the potential of AIM to help manage the wireless component of their mission-critical information networks. By directly licensing the AIM software, Aether enables other companies and their systems integrator partners to quickly realize the benefits of wireless data access. AIM typically reduces the speed of deployment from well more than one year to a matter of a few months.

"Customized applications are the 'killer app' for the corporate wireless market. Our customers differentiate themselves from the competition by enabling access to the information systems used to run their business for greater efficiency and business productivity," said David Oros, president and CEO of Aether. "This insight has helped us to gain leadership in the financial services and online trading areas of the high-end wireless market. With AIM, we are expanding that leadership into many other vertical markets. Our AIM licensing initiative will fuel that expansion and also will complement Aether's move into the horizontal enterprise market through our investment in Open Sky."

Aether has named David Bressler, former director of enterprise network solutions at TIBCO Software, as vice president of business development to head its AIM licensing initiative, focusing initially on systems integrators and enterprise customers with mission-critical data and mobile work forces. These customers have the most to gain from the accelerated decision-making,improved customer relations and bottom-line improvements that wireless data access has to offer.

Pat McVeigh, president and CEO of OpenSky, said, "The market for wireless data is taking off, and demand for open, vendor-independent solutions is strong. The financial services companies were among the initial adopters of wireless data management technology because they recognized the tremendous ROI they could achieve. Now we're beginning to see other markets extend their business over the enterprise. The AIM environment is the right solution to broaden the market and its open architecture, multiple platform support and its developer friendly environment made it the right choice for OpenSky."

The wireless communications market is undergoing strong growth, driven by sales of mobile phones and by fast-growing categories of handheld computers, WAP-enabled smart phones, pagers and other mobile communications and Internet access appliances. Industry research firm The Yankee Group estimates that there will be nearly seven million wireless and mobile data subscribers by mid-1999, increasing to more than 21 million by 2002.

Aether is focused on the mid- and high-ends of the enterprise data access market in terms of application complexity, with particular expertise in extending mission-critical, typically customized corporate applications and information to the mobile work forces who need to access them. Aether will leverage its experience in serving the financial services and online trading industries to focus on other vertical markets in the areas of health care, sales force automation and trucking and transportation.

With a business model complementary to Aether's, Open Sky will focus on delivering broad horizontal wireless applications, specifically e-mail and smart Web access, to enterprises with lower-complexity applications as well as to individual mobile professionals and consumers. For more information on Open Sky, visit the Aether web site at www.aethertech.com.

About AIM

The AIM open development environment enables customers to build custom wireless systems that seamlessly access multiple protocols, carriers, and networks such as CDPD, Mobitex, CDMA and GSM. AIM-based systems also can access the widest range of mobile computing devices, such as Palm Computing platform-based products, Windows CE devices, laptops, two-way pagers and WAP-enabled smart phones. In achieving this integration, AIM insulates the developer from the complexities of the wireless data solutions by converging wireless and wireline technologies together. This open approach also protects customers against vendor dependence and obsolescence and ensures that Aether's solutions will evolve and scale with the customer as requirements change.

Once wireless applications are deployed, AIM allows for reliable, secure, optimized transport of data across the wireless network. Aether both develops applications with AIM and licenses the toolkit to customers and integrators for their own development purposes.

About Aether Technologies

Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland with offices in New York, New York and Boca Raton, Florida, Aether Technologies brings real-world real-time wireless data software and services to the enterprise. Aether offers secure and reliable high-end wireless solutions through proven expertise in wireless system engineering, software tools and services, wireless network operations, customer support and product fulfillment. Aether's broad mix of software, tools and services are ideal for organizations across a broad range of industries who want to expedite their entry into wireless information management to increase operational efficiency or market competitiveness at the most effective cost. For more information, visit the Aether Technologies Web site at http://www.aethertech.com..
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