- John Carrington, former managing director of Cellnet and One 2 One,
appointed as non-executive chairman
- Charles Davies, Psion PLC's group chief technology officer, appointed
as non-executive director
- Continued development of executive management team with appointment
of Ali Formstone as vice president product strategy
Cambridge, England - October 16, 2001 - Commtag (www.commtag.com) has appointed two wireless industry heavyweights to its board. John Carrington, the former managing director of Cellnet and Mercury One 2 One, joins Commtag as non-executive chairman; and Dr Charles Davies, group chief technology officer of mobile computing pioneer Psion PLC, has been appointed as a non-executive director.
Commtag provides a complete wireless peer-to-peer application platform exploiting the current global rollout of 2.5G networks, and future 3G networks, to provide rapid commercial deployment of innovative wireless services.
John Carrington brings to Commtag over 25 years of business and management experience at the leading edge of telecommunications. As well as his roles at Cellnet and Mercury One 2 One, he was chief executive of BT's mobile division and Cable & Wireless's regional business, and is deeply involved in both fixed and mobile telecoms through a number of other non-executive positions.
"Social interaction has been the driver for the explosive growth in voice and SMS revenues," said John Carrington, "Commtag's products are today enabling new forms of social interaction, which I believe will be central to continued industry growth."
Charles Davies has been a member of Psion's executive team for 20 years, including a period as managing director of Psion Computers. Currently Psion's group chief technology officer, he has responsibility for new business development, technology foresight, and new product development at the convergence of mobile computing and wireless telephony.
Ran Mokady, Commtag's chief executive officer, said, "We are delighted with these appointments. John and Charles will play an important part in broadening our links with network operator and device OEM (original equipment manufacturer) partners, and building on our achievements so far to establish Commtag's technology as the industry standard for wireless peer-to-peer communications."
Commtag has also strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Ali Formstone, formerly a manager in ARM's intellectual property licensing team, to the role of vice president product strategy. Ali replaces Guy Larri who leaves the company to pursue other interests.
High resolution photographs (jpeg files) of the new appointees are available on request or downloadable from Commtag's website - http://www.commtag.com
About Commtag (www.commtag.com)
Commtag, based in Cambridge, England, is a wireless technology company specialising in enabling-technology for peer-to-peer wireless applications and services. Commtag was founded in June 2000 and is funded by Amadeus Capital Partners and private investors. Commtag is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG.
Commtag's unplug+play(tm) wireless peer-to-peer platform enables the rapid development and deployment of applications that enhance interaction between people by sharing data between mobile devices. unplug+play is the first in a series of Commtag products that will enhance interpersonal communication by allowing data to be exchanged as easily as voice, while at all times allowing the user total control over who can access their devices and data.
The 2.5G (GPRS) networks recently launched by leading network operators provide wireless packet data, a fundamental enabler for a wide range of new wireless applications. Bluetooth, which is currently being designed into a wide range of mobile devices such as phones, PDAs, cameras, and laptops, will allow these devices to work together with short distance radio links, improving convenience for their users.
Research-led investment group, Durlacher, forecasts an explosion of wireless applications and services, with over 3,000 running over mobile networks within the next five years. This explosion will be driven by operators looking to recoup their investments in UMTS networks and license costs by pushing more advanced revenue-generating mobile data services to its customers.
The European market for mobile Internet services (including mobile data traffic) will be worth Euro 76 billion (£48 billion) by 2005, assuming UMTS networks, handsets and services are available on time by early 2003 (source: Durlacher 2001 'UMTS Report - an Investment Perspective' - free to download from http://www.durlacher.com).
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