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Bytemobile Marks First Deployment in CIS With Launch of Innovative Data Services on life:) GSM Network in Ukraine.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, and KIEV, Ukraine, July 11 /PRNewswire/ --

- EDGE+/GPRS+ Accelerates Data Speeds by Up to 3X

Bytemobile, Inc., a global provider of optimized Internet protocol (IP) services for mobile data networks, and Astelit LLC, operator of the life:) network, today announced innovative data services for mobile Internet access called EDGE+/GPRS+. Powered by the Bytemobile(R) Optimization Services Node (OSN) product for dynamic network optimization, EDGE+/GPRS+ accelerates typical EDGE and GPRS data transfer rates by up to three times, offering what Astelit/life:) believes to be the fastest web browsing available without 3G network technology.

According to Bryan Visser, Bytemobile vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa, the successful launch in Ukraine represents Bytemobile's first network deployment in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). life:) launched the new EDGE+/GPRS+ services for availability to subscribers on May 17, 2006.

"Our partnership with life:) marks Bytemobile's entry in a large and promising new market," said Visser. "We expect to leverage our experience with a global customer base of nearly 70 mobile network operators in pursuing additional opportunities in the CIS. We look forward to helping operators in this vast region to offer richer and faster mobile applications to their subscribers."

"As the most innovative operator in the market, we are committed to delivering new technologies that enrich the lives of mobile communication users," said Tolga Gedikoglu, marketing director of life:). "With Bytemobile's optimization solution, we have increased data speeds to provide life:) subscribers with many new data services, including the mobile Internet. EDGE+/GPRS+ will be our next-level platform for evolving to the world of 3G."

Bytemobile's OSN is embedded in the core of the life:) network infrastructure. As a result, the EDGE+/GPRS+ service compresses and optimizes data transmitted over EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) or GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks, thereby increasing web page download speed by an average of 30% while maintaining a high-quality connection. The selection of EDGE or GPRS technology is automatic, based on the subscriber's mobile handset capabilities, as well as coverage availability. The EDGE+/GPRS+ service accelerates web browsing via a special access point called SPEED.

In March 2005, life:) launched the first EDGE network in Ukraine and remains the market leader in EDGE coverage, with 37 cities, and in EDGE services for subscribers.

Bytemobile's market-leading optimization solutions are deployed by nearly 70 mobile network operators around the world. These operators support nearly one billion wireless subscribers in 30 countries across Asia, North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Customers include Centertel, China Mobile, Cingular, Connex, NTT DoCoMo, Nextel, O2, Orange, Proximus, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone, and Willcom.

About Bytemobile, Inc.

Bytemobile network services and optimization solutions unify, simplify and accelerate the deployment of advanced wireless data services to mobile handsets, laptops and PDAs. Mobile network operators around the world have chosen Bytemobile products to maximize the profitability and efficiency of their networks, while providing IP services such as content filtering for parental controls and content charging for diversified service billing. The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California, with sales and support offices in Uckfield, England; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; and Singapore; and technology development centers in Patras, Greece; Marlborough, Massachusetts; and Champaign, Illinois. To learn more about Bytemobile, visit

About Astelit/life:)

Astelit LLC is a company that has operated a GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) business under the brand life:) since the end of January 2005. life:) values are: innovation, dynamics, and a new quality standard of mobile services provisioning targeted at the individual needs of the customer. The life:) network is growing at an unprecedented pace and today covers all cities with over 50,000 inhabitants and more than 18,000 settlements in Ukraine, as well as all of the country's major highways. life:) provides roaming opportunities in 190 countries via 492 roaming partners. The operator was the first in the market to introduce EDGE technology, which provides data transfer five times faster than GPRS. Today, life:) offers the widest EDGE coverage on the market -- in 37 cities in Ukraine, including all oblast centers. life:) operates 199 customer care centers and exclusive sales points in 68 cities in Ukraine. In addition, life:) subscribers can order life:) services through 16,500 non-exclusive shops.

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