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NEC to Introduce Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) Solution in Global Market - World's First Commercial OMA SUPL-based System Deployment.

Tokyo, Japan, Oct 31, 2005 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY)(FTSE: NEC.IL)today announced that it will start delivery of its recently launched new Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) solution that boasts global roaming capability. The A-GPS solution is compliant with an early version of the Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL). SUPL, a standards-based interface that enables a mobile handset client to communicate with a location server where inter-connection is realized by a network independent U-Plane, is a standard promoted by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). NEC's new system realizes the world's first commercial deployment of an OMA SUPL-based system, and is already drawing significant attention in Europe and other continents worldwide.

NEC's A-GPS solution works on a network-assisted basis to combine location information of both GPS and base stations, realizing highly accurate positioning. This network assistance achieves a significant decrease in positioning time and mobile handset power consumption.

The advantages of the SUPL-based A-GPS solution toward deployment of location-based services include the following:

1) Employment has only a minimal effect on existing mobile infrastructure

2) Quick and easy deployment

3) Realization of global roaming of location services

In collaboration with other services, this A-GPS service platform solution enables creation of new value-added services for consumers, mobile operators and business users who utilize mobile GPS in daily business.

Vodafone K.K. in Japan is the first user of NEC's premium A-GPS solution, which complies with an early version of SUPL, and employs it as the core system of their newly launched GPS navigation service, "Vodafone live! NAVI." "We will continue to promote our OMA SUPL-based A-GPS solutions to the global market and develop new solutions that provide even greater added value to telecom carriers." said Yasushi Yoshikawa, General Manager of NEC's Mobile Business Development Division.

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