Comverse Announces Strategic Partnerships with Sun and ACCESS Wednesday 20 June 2001 PDF Print …Alliance with Sun marks first implementation of picture messaging solution for Java-based handset; Alliance with ACCESS to provide a single device multi-protocol mobile Internet solution… Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, has announced strategic alliances with Sun and ACCESS to enhance its innovations in mobile services. Comverse has joined forces with Sun to demonstrate the first implementation of its picture messaging solution using mobile Java. Picture messaging is one of the most advanced applications of its kind to run on the mobile Java platform, enabling true multimedia on 2G networks. It is also a key function of Comverse's industry-leading multimedia messaging solution, allowing mobile subscribers to create, send, and full-colour visual messages, from mobile device, such as a handset or a PDA, to another mobile device or via the web. Picture messaging extends Comverse's already rich messaging capabilities, which include voice, fax, email, short and instant messaging and streaming video. The joint project with Sun launches Comverse's membership in Sun's Java Communities Program (JCP), a cross-industry, standards-setting body for the Java environment. All major handset manufacturers have announced support for Java, and Sun anticipates that 60 per cent of handsets will be Java-enabled by 2003. "We are very excited to be working with Comverse, the messaging market leader," Nancy Yavne, General Manager of Sun's Mobile Java Development Center. "They bring an in-depth knowledge of the telecommunications industry, along with a dynamic portfolio of cutting-edge mobile applications which can significantly leverage the handset enhancements we are building through Mobile Java." Comverse has also partnered with ACCESS, a leading provider of embedded Internet software, to enable carriers to deliver mobile Internet on a single device that supports the three most popular mobile Internet standards - Compact HTML (CHTML), wireless application protocol (WAP), and XHTML-Basic. Comverse will deliver its router-based wireless Internet gateway Mega.flow to enable a wide range of wireless Internet services via the ACCESS "Compact Net-Front plus" microbrowser. The joint solution will support multi-protocol handsets using colour screens, graphics and Java, with the gateway supporting load balancing, real-time content billing, mobile usage value-added services, and a class of service. Comverse's mobile portal will also be integrated, offering carriers a personalised interface for their corporate and consumer users. "The collaboration between Comverse and ACCESS enables mobile operators around the world to provide innovative wireless Internet services like Japan's i-mode," said Toru Arakawa, President and Chief Executive Officer of ACCESS. "We are excited about the opportunity to work closely with Comverse in exploring the full potential of the mobile Internet." Zeev Bregman, Chief Executive Officer of Comverse, stated, "These alliances further validate our commitment to cultivate strategic partnerships with market leaders and hence help operators to deliver exciting new solutions to their customers. Sun's mobile Java solution and ACCESS' multi-protocol browser are on the forefront of cutting-edge technology and by combining these solutions with Comverse's, we are bringing tomorrow's wireless experience today, thus enabling carriers to generate new revenue streams." -ends- About Comverse Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMVT) is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services with over 360 customers, in more than 100 countries. Comverse provides a wide range of solutions enabling multimedia messaging, multi-protocol mobile Internet platforms, wireless data and short messaging services, speech-controlled portal, wireless prepaid services, interactive voice response and other personal communications services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Comverse Infosys which provides multiple channel, multimedia digital recording, logging, and quality monitoring systems marketed to contact centers, and law enforcement agencies; and Ulticom, a leading provider of network signaling software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications services. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer[tm]" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to the nth. With $19.2 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com. About ACCESS ACCESS Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange: 4813) is a leading provider of innovative embedded software solutions for Internet appliances. The embedded browser software of ACCESS powers over 100 different commercial products including i-mode phones for NTT DoCoMo, Sega's Dreamcast™ and Nintendo 64 video game consoles, Mobile Home TV from SONY, the Mulco™ set top box from NEC, personal digital assistants from Casio, Fujitsu, NEC and Sharp, and car navigation systems from Alpine. Over 24 million commercial software licenses have been shipped from more than 40 major consumer appliance manufacturers. 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