BlueKite and Sierra Wireless expand relationship to enhance Internet browsing on mobile devices
London, February 13, 2002 - BlueKite, a leading mobile Internet software provider, and Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR - TSE: SW) announced today an agreement that will allow the companies to offer a bundled wireless solution to enhance Internet browsing on wireless devices. The joint solution will involve BlueKite compression technology and Sierra Wireless products, which will enhance the wireless Internet browsing experience while using laptops, PDAs and other mobile devices. The wireless solution will enable fast and reliable access to the Internet at speeds equivalent to a 56 kbps fixed-line connection, which is similar to the user experience when dialing up Internet services at home.
Currently, BlueKite's bandwidth optimisation software is bundled with the Sierra Wireless AirCard. 510 wireless network card for use on the Sprint PCS CDMA network. Under the terms of the new agreement, BlueKite's technology will be offered to users of the Sierra Wireless AirCard 300, the first wireless wide area (WAN) network card for the CDPD network. The agreement is not exclusive to the AirCard 300, as it also includes the option of bundling BlueKite software with other devices in Sierra Wireless's diverse product line.
Both BlueKite and Sierra Wireless are members of the WirelessReady Alliance (WRA). The Alliance is comprised of wireless device manufacturers, software application vendors and value added enterprise service providers, who provide products or services that assist in the delivery of wireless solutions. Alliance members work together to create compelling end to end wireless data solutions with the overall goal of increasing the rate of mobile computing adoption by enriching the experience of the end user.
"Sierra Wireless is one of the world leaders in wireless data modems and enabling software and we are delighted to expand our partnership with them through the initiatives of the WirelessReady Alliance," said Eric Colard, Vice President of Business Development, BlueKite. "It is through partnerships with device manufacturers such as Sierra Wireless that BlueKite aims to expand the use of its client software to the mass market."
"Sierra Wireless is committed to the goals of the WirelessReady Alliance and creating innovative wireless solutions with partners like BlueKite," said Mark McMillan, Vice President of Marketing, Sierra Wireless. "BlueKite's software has already proved popular on the Sierra Wireless AirCard 510 for Sprint and we are looking forward to working with them to implement more solutions with our wide range of wireless products. As mobile users demand improved mobile Internet performance we will continue to work with our partners to deliver complete wireless solutions."
Mobile users may also visit the BlueKite website ( http://www.bluekite.com) where the client solution is available for download. Since September 2001, BlueKite has made it possible to download its client software from the website and run it from BlueKite servers located in Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific for a small annual fee.
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 and Swisscom have built mobile Internet services upon BlueKite's technology. BlueKite also partners with device manufacturers, including HP, Mitsubishi Trium and Sierra Wireless, to offer enhanced wireless data services.
Headquartered in San Francisco, BlueKite has an engineering and design centre in southern California and European operations in the UK and France. For more information, please visit www.bluekite.com or call +1 415 369-3700 in the U.S. or +44 207 9079790 in the UK.
BlueKite and Data Reduxion are trademarks of BlueKite.com, Inc. All other company and product names are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.
About Sierra Wireless
Sierra Wireless, Inc. is a leading provider of wireless data communications products. Sierra Wireless delivers wireless PC Cards for portable computers, wireless adapters for PDA's, OEM modules for embedded applications and rugged vehicle-mounted wireless systems. Sierra Wireless is the founding member of the WirelessReady(TM) Alliance, an alliance of industry-leading hardware, software and service companies committed to the delivery of complete and compelling wireless data solutions.
For more information on Sierra Wireless, visit its web site at http://www.sierrawireless.com
Sierra Wireless founded the WirelessReady(tm) Alliance in December 1998 with a mission to accelerate the rate of mobile computing adoption through the delivery of complete and compelling wireless data solutions. Each member of the WirelessReady(tm) Alliance brings unique knowledge of their markets as well as a credible and established reputation for delivery of best-in-class products. WirelessReady Alliance members also receive wireless-related marketing, sales, technology and product support from the Alliance's knowledge base. WirelessReady(tm) Alliance administration is the responsibility of Sierra Wireless. The WRA has its own Website that includes comprehensive wireless data information and complete solutions offered by some of its members. The site also features, among other things, 10 steps to making your Website wireless ready, and links to wireless news.
Visit the site at http://www.wirelessready.org
For more information on the WirelessReady(tm) Alliance, please contact the program manager, Leslie Cannon, at (604) 233-6302 or via email at email@example.com
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