Unwired Planet Announces Wireless Internet and Email in Japan.
DDI Corp. Leads Japan as the First Wireless Network Operator to
Implement UP's Innovative WAP-Compatible Wireless Internet
Unwired Planet Inc. (UP) today announced that DDI Corp. of Japan will implement commercial service using Unwired Planet's wireless Internet technology on DDI's PDC and future cdmaOne(tm) networks, as well as DDI-Pocket's PHS (Personal Handy-Phone System).
The DDI service will implement the Unwired Planet(tm) UP.Link(tm) Server Suite open software platform that gives mobile phone users live access to Email, Internet and Intranet information, as well as Infranet(tm) applications such as Electronic Customer Care and Network Feature Control.
Users of compatible browser-enabled mobile phones will benefit from value-added services and wireless Internet connectivity, such as banking, stock quotes, retail purchases, travel reservations, news headlines and corporate database applications for finance, inventory, sales and group productivity.
Wireless network operators in Europe and Asia which have announced trials and plans for future deployments of UP's field-proven, robust and scalable server suite now include DDI Corp. in Japan, Telenor Mobil in Norway and SFR in France. UP.Link Server has been in production for over two years at AT&T Wireless and Bell Atlantic Mobile in North America.
DDI's service will use UP's field-proven, robust, and scalable server suite along with phones and devices running UP.Browser.(tm) As detailed in a separate announcement today from UP, the UP.Link Platform will support Japanese national language characters (Kanji), as well as multi-byte character sets for European languages. Multi-byte support will allow the display of many languages on phone screens, as well as the ability to view multiple languages on a single phone.
Japan represents one of the largest telecommunications markets in the world, with over 30 million subscribers. This diverse market is one of the fastest growing markets in deployments of wireless networks. DDI Corp. (http://www.ddi.co.jp) is the second largest telecommunications carrier in Japan, currently serving over 8 million subscribers with long-distance telephone, PHS and PDC cellular phone services.
"Strategic cooperation with Unwired Planet enables the integration of DDI-Group's Internet, Cellular and PHS services, which provides higher value and more advanced service to end users," said Tadashi Onodera, executive vice president and senior general manager, engineering group, DDI Corp. "Based on Unwired Planet products, DDI's total integrated solution will innovate Internet service in Japan.
"The close cooperation will enable us to lead the Japanese market with innovative Internet information services. This technology will greatly increase the value we deliver to our customers."
"The UP.Link Platform allows wireless telecommunications operators to quickly and easily deploy new and enhanced services that increase revenues through innovative features and superior customer care, at lower costs," said Alain Rossmann, chairman and chief executive officer of Unwired Planet.
"DDI has recognized the tremendous opportunity and is moving fast to lead their market in the area of mobile Internet access with UP's WAP-compatible solution. We expect other network operators in the Asia Pacific region will quickly follow."
UP is a founding member of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum and is committed to transitioning their licensees across to the evolving standards such as Wireless Markup Language (WML) as they emerge. DDI, also a member of the WAP Forum, joins a growing roster of carriers worldwide working with UP to implement WAP-compatible solutions.
About Unwired Planet
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA, with overseas operations in the United Kingdom and Japan, Unwired Planet Inc. (UP) is a leading international supplier of open standards-based servers and microbrowsers to the wireless industry. The UP.Link Platform, commercially available since 1996, offers interactive live access to a full WAP-compatible suite of value added telephony services and Web-based applications, including Email and Personal Organizer.
UP products support multiple airlink technologies, with initial implementations for CDMA, PDC, PHS, GSM, TDMA and CDPD networks. UP is a founding member of the WAP Forum, as well as a contributor to the emerging WAP worldwide standard, and will deliver WAP-based products in 1998. Visit the Unwired Planet Web Site at www.uplanet.com (R) or www.uplanet.co.uk. -0-
Infranet, UP.Browser, UP.Link and the Unwired Planet name and logo are trademarks and uplanet.com is a registered trademark of Unwired Planet Inc. All Rights Reserved. cdmaOne is a trademark of the CDMA Development Group. All other company, brand and product names may be trademarks that are the sole property of their respective owners.
CONTACT: Unwired Planet Inc. (United States)
Patricia Almon, 650/596-5251
Text 100 Ltd. (Europe)
Chris Wright, +44 181 242 4162
Nihon Unwired Planet K.K. (Asia Pacific)
Kazuhiko Ishii, +81 3 5322 2936
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|Date:||May 17, 1998|
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