BlueKite Platform To Enhance Speed of GTRAN's DotSurfer™ 1XRTT PC Modem Card
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA (June 19, 2001) - GTRAN Wireless, Inc., a designer and developer of
wireless transmission products, today announced a strategic alliance with BlueKite.com, a
leading mobile Internet software provider, to enhance data rates using GTRAN's DotSurfer™
wireless PC modem card. BlueKite's technology will further increase the current high-speed
data rates DotSurfer™ provides to laptops and PDAs, while enabling efficient use of
constrained wireless spectrum.
GTRAN Wireless also announced the launch of its DotSurfer™ 153K family of PCMCIA Type II data
cards earlier this year. Three versions of the card (800MHz, 1700MHz, 1900MHz) are available
to address the different operating bands in the Americas and Asia. "We have achieved raw data
speeds in the 80Kb/s-120Kb/s range in a mobile environment," said Deepak Mehrotra, president
and CEO of GTRAN Wireless. "With BlueKite's optimisation software we expect to exceed
effective speeds of 250Kb/s. This provides our customers an untethered multimedia experience
on a laptop or a PDA. We are running trials with a number of CDMA carriers and expect
production deployment to start in Q3, 2001."
The BlueKite client software will be bundled with the GTRAN solution providing faster, more
efficient mobile Internet access to users in several Asian markets. Major U.S. and European
mobile operators have already deployed BlueKite's optimisation software, which allows users
to access the rich content of the full Internet at speeds equivalent to or better than 56kbps
fixed-line modems. This enhanced speed enables a mobile Internet experience similar to what
users enjoy in their homes or offices. Beyond providing higher access speeds, BlueKite's
technology also enhances the efficiency of packet-switched networks by an average of eight
times, helping service providers more efficiently utilise highly valuable and limited
spectrum in delivering mobile Internet services.
"The GTRAN Wireless partnership will enable BlueKite to help deliver affordable,
high-performance, and easy-to-use Internet services to end users in virtually every world
market," said Robin Abrams, president and CEO of BlueKite. "Furthermore, the seamless
integration of the software makes having a mobile device enabled for fast and reliable
wireless Internet access extremely easy for any type of user."
Last August, GTRAN Wireless was the world's first company to launch a true PCMCIA Type II
data card solution for Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) IS-95 systems. Deployed on Korea
Telecom Freetel's network, DotSurfer™ has been very successful in providing wireless Internet
access at 64Kb/s (IS-95B).
About GTRAN Wireless, Inc.
Founded in 1999, GTRAN Wireless, Inc. is a global leader in deploying
CDMA and GSM based data card and module products for multimedia Internet access applications.
Its products provide wireless access to laptops, PDAs and other telemetric applications based
on IS-95B, 1xEV, GPRS, CDMA2000, and WCDMA air access protocols. GTRAN's DotSurfer™ wireless
PC modem card family has been first to enable the world's fastest wireless data technologies
based on IS-95B, 1XRTT, and GPRS. GTRAN has product design centers in Westlake Village and
San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Calgary, AB, Canada; Seoul, Korea; and Hsin-Chu, Taiwan. For further information visit http://www.gtranwireless.com
Established in 1997, BlueKite is a leading Internet software company that provides a platform
enabling the efficient delivery of rich content to mobile computing devices. Service
providers around the globe such as BT Cellnet, Connect Austria, Sprint PCS, Swisscom, and
Telfort have built mobile Internet services upon BlueKite's technology. BlueKite also
partners with device manufacturers, including Mitsubishi Electric Telecom and Sierra
Wireless, to offer enhanced wireless data services.
Headquartered in San Francisco, BlueKite has an engineering and design center in southern
California and European operations in the UK, France, Denmark, and the Netherlands. For more
information, please visit http://www.bluekite.com or call +1 415 369-3700 in the U.S. or +44 207
9079790 in the UK.
DotSurfer is a trademark of GTRAN Wireless, Inc
BlueKite is a registered trademark of BlueKite.com. All other trademarks or service marks in
this news release are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
For more information contact:
BlueKite.com, +44 (0)20 7907 9793
Brodeur Worldwide, +44 (0)1 7534 48883
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