One 2 One Showcases Visual Communications Solution Over Existing Wireless
Network, Powered By LightSurf's MediaExchange Technology
MOBILEXPO - BIRMINGHAM, UK - 22nd May 2001 - LightSurf Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of technology, solutions and services for wireless digital media, today announced that it will be working with One 2 One, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom (NYSE: DT) and part of T-Mobile International, the European provider of mobile telecommunications services, to demonstrate Visual Messaging solutions over existing GPRS networks in the UK. One 2 One will deploy LightSurf's Visual Communications infrastructure and services to deliver instant wireless photography solutions and MMS-based visual messaging services.
LightSurf and One 2 One will be demonstrating instant visual messaging services powered by the LightSurf Technology Platform during the Mobilexpo conference at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on May 22-24 in Booth C-22. Using a Motorola wireless handset and a Motorola clip-on digital camera, the service will allow users to capture an image and instantly create and send a wireless electronic-postcard message. Users will be able to add text annotation and comments to the image before sharing these electronic postcards as instant visual messages with anyone in the world. Using LightSurf's powerful MediaExchange technology, users will be able to share their electronic postcards and visual messages with wireless devices and PDAs, regardless of the network or service the recipients may be using. At Mobilexpo, LightSurf and One 2 One will demonstrate these solutions working with devices from the industry's leading wireless handset and PDA manufacturers.
LightSurf and One 2 One Partner on Visual Messaging Solutions
Peter Trott, head of new product development at One 2 One, comments, "One 2 One is excited to be working with LightSurf to develop this innovative wireless imaging concept for demonstration at Mobilexpo. The ability to take a digital photo and send it over a mobile network for immediate viewing on both mobile and fixed devices could revolutionise the photography market as well as taking us another step forward towards a mobile multimedia world. We believe that there is enormous potential for combining technologies such as LightSurf's MediaExchange with One 2 One's network capabilities to offer consumers and business users intuitive and usable products."
"We are very pleased to be working with One 2 One to deliver Visual Messaging services in the United Kingdom," said Philippe Kahn, chairman and CEO, LightSurf Technologies. "LightSurf's MediaExchange Server and Visual Communications Infrastructure will enable One 2 One to rapidly deploy MMS-based solutions to its subscribers over its existing wireless networks, which will accelerate the adoption of visual messaging and thereby drive new revenue streams for One 2 One."
"LightSurf's intelligent MediaExchange technology allows wireless operators to add compelling visual communication and MMS services while also guaranteeing the smooth transition to 3G networks," said Barney Dewey, senior analyst, Andrew Seybold Group. "LightSurf's technology is proven and scalable. One 2 One has demonstrated its leadership position in the industry by implementing this powerful technology solution to deliver both increased revenues and increased customer satisfaction."
The LightSurf MediaExchange
The massively scalable LightSurf MediaExchange is at the core of LightSurf's end-to-end visual communications technology platform. The LightSurf MediaExchange powers the optimised exchange of visual messaging content between any type of wireless or wireline device, platform, or operating system, making instant visual communications possible, regardless of which device the consumer has. The MediaExchange intelligently transcodes, formats and delivers digital photographs and other rich digital media files to any target device in real-time, optimising performance for today's and tomorrow's wireless networks. The MediaExchange not only optimises the peer-to-peer exchange of digital media files, it also ensures delivery of those files through LightSurf's Smart Connection Recovery technology. Additionally, the integrated digital asset management and tracking component of the LightSurf MediaExchange enables rapid integration with existing billing systems for real-time tracking and reporting of all transfer and usage of these managed digital media files.
LightSurf and One 2 One Partner on Visual Messaging Solutions
About LightSurf Technologies, Inc.
LightSurf is the leading provider of technology, solutions and services for wireless digital media, e-commerce technology and intellectual property based on the company's patent-pending digital media platform. LightSurf is the first to develop and deliver Multimedia Messaging Service solutions (MMS) for today's networks. LightSurf's MMS solutions integrate with existing Short Message Services (SMS), WAP, and iMODE infrastructure to support Visual Communications over all 2G, GPRS and 3G wireless networks in addition to wireline and broadband networks. The LightSurf Technology Platform supports open standards including JPEG-2000 and TCP/IP. The company's business areas include integrated wireless digital media solutions and system software, as well as licensing of the LightSurf Technology Platform to its partners including Eastman Kodak (NYSE:EK), Motorola (NYSE:MOT) and others. Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif., LightSurf is privately held. The company was founded in 1998 by leading industry visionary Philippe Kahn. For additional information regarding LightSurf, please visit our Web site at http://www.lightsurf.com.
About One 2 One
The One 2 One service covers in excess of 98% of the UK's population and is available in 97 territories on five continents through roaming agreements with 221 operators. Current roaming destinations include all European Union member states, the United States and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. For a full list of current roaming partners visit the One 2 One website. Total customer base as at 31st March 2001 was 8,980,878, giving One 2 One a 20.7% share of the market. The One 2 One network currently handles over 285 million calls each week. One 2 One is a wholly owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), Germany. One 2 One has been fully consolidated in Deutsche Telekom's financial statements as of October 1 1999, the date on which the purchase of One 2 One was completed. Deutsche Telekom, with revenues of Euros 40.9billion in 2000, is the World's fourth largest telecommunications company.
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