GSM World Congress, Cannes - February 18, 2002 - BlueKite, a leading mobile internet software provider, today announced that it has been selected by Compaq to facilitate high speed mobile Web browsing on Compaq wireless devices, such as the iPAQ Pocket PC. As an initial part of the agreement, Compaq customers can now sign up for a free trial of the BlueKite solution at http://compaq.bluekite.com .
Using a combination of wireless caching and compression techniques, BlueKite's software can improve mobile Web browsing speeds by three to five times, allowing consumers and mobile professionals to experience speeds equivalent to or better than a 56 kbps fixed-line modem connection.
BlueKite's software is currently the only client/server optimisation solution for Pocket PC devices and users can benefit from optimised wireless Web access regardless which mobile operator they subscribe to. Once the software is installed on the Compaq device, using a simple 'one click' installation process, the software will automatically configure with BlueKite servers located in the USA, Europe, and Asia.
"We are delighted that Compaq has chosen to promote the use of BlueKite's software to its new and existing customers," said Robin Abrams, president & CEO, BlueKite. "It is with devices such as Compaq's wirelessly enabled iPAQ and laptop computers - which combine a graphically rich mobile Web browsing experience with full mobility - that widespread adoption of the mobile internet will become a reality."
"We chose to offer the BlueKite solution to our customers because we feel it adds significant value to our mobile internet offering," said Oscar de Beer, director wireless internet solutions, Compaq Computer EMEA. "It meets a crucial need for improved mobile internet speeds and produces consistently impressive results."
In addition to device manufacturers such as Compaq, BlueKite's software is also available from mobile operators, including O2 (formerly BT Cellnet), Sprint PCS, Swisscom and Connect Austria. Furthermore, end users can download the BlueKite client directly from BlueKite's web site at http://compaq.bluekite.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 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 http://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.
Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) is a leading global provider of information technology products, services and solutions for enterprise customers. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets information technology equipment, software, services and solutions, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, personal desktop and notebook computers, and personal entertainment and Internet access devices that are sold in more than 200 countries directly and through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners.
Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com .
Compaq and the Compaq logo are trademarks of Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. This document contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger does not close or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the transaction to achieve regulatory approval or that prior to the closing of the proposed merger, the businesses of the companies suffer due to uncertainty; the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; that Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are unable to transition customers, successfully execute their integration strategies, or achieve planned synergies; other risks that are described from time to time in Compaq and Hewlett-Packard's Securities and Exchange Commission reports (including but not limited to Compaq's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2001, HP's annual report on Form 10-K, as amended on January 30, 2002, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2001, and subsequently filed reports). If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, Compaq's results could differ materially from Compaq's expectations in these statements. Compaq assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.
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+44 (0)1753 448883
Compaq Computer International GmbH
+41 58 444 5526
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