Bytemobile and Opera Software partner to deliver open Internet access on mass-market mobile devices
Mountain View, Calif. and Oslo, Norway, February 6, 2007
Bytemobile, Inc. and Opera Software ASA today announced a joint development and marketing agreement for dynamic content adaptation solutions that will provide fast, full Internet access on mobile phones and other mass-market devices. Under the agreement, the two companies will integrate Opera Miniâ„¢ browser transcoding technology with Bytemobile's Unisonâ„¢multi-service optimization platform. This will provide mobile network operators with the first carrier-grade, commercial infrastructure solution offering full-HTML web browsing to their handset subscribers.
Since its launch in January 2006, the Opera Mini browser has been deployed on the mobile phones of more than 10 million users worldwide. Within the Unison architecture, Opera Mini content adaptation technology will enable network operators to enhance the mobile user experience with fast web access on any device, anywhere, via server-based and client-server browsing. The agreement announced today continues a partnership between Bytemobile and Opera that began with embedded browser optimization (EBO) for the Opera Mobile browser in January 2006.
"This is a strategic partnership of two industry leaders, leveraging the technological innovation and global market footprint of Opera in web browsing and Bytemobile in Internet services optimization," said Timo Bruns, executive vice president, Business Development, at Opera. "Together, we have the opportunity to quickly reach the subscribers of Bytemobile's global customer base of more than 70 top-tier operators with superior handset browsing solutions."
"The Opera partnership is a key element of our strategy for delivering the Internet to any mobile device," said Adrian Hall, vice president of Marketing and Business Development at Bytemobile. "This is an important breakthrough for mobile consumers who want to expand their daily web experience from the laptop to the 'any time, anywhere' mobility of the handset".
Bytemobile's Unison multi-service optimization platform is installed in the core of the operator's network. It monitors all network traffic and transparently applies services such as performance acceleration, content filtering for parental controls, WAP 2 gateway, and now, intelligent adaptation of all Internet content for handsets.
In a separate news release today - "Bytemobile Launches Unison Web Fidelity Service to Provide Open Internet Access on Mass-Market Wireless Devices" - Bytemobile announced the new intelligent content adaptation service to be developed with Opera and marketed by both companies. The Unison Web Fidelity Service is currently scheduled for general availability to mobile network operators worldwide in June 2007.
Bytemobile's exhibit at 3GSM World Congress 2007 - February 12-15 in Barcelona, Spain - will be located in the Fira de Barcelona, Hall 2, Booth 2B80. Opera Software's exhibit will be located across the aisle in Booth 2B77.
About Bytemobile, Inc.
Bytemobile is the global leader in optimization solutions which simplify, unify and accelerate the delivery of advanced wireless data services to mobile handsets, laptops and PDAs. Today, Bytemobile solutions are installed in the wireless networks of more than 70 carriers, which serve nearly one billion mobile subscribers in over 40 countries across Asia, North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company's customers include leading network operators such as Astelit, China Mobile, Cingular, KPN, NTT DoCoMo, O2, Orange, PTC, PTK Centertel, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Telecom Italia Mobile, Telefonica Moviles, Vodafone, and Willcom. With corporate offices in Mountain View, California, the company has regional sales and support facilities in Bracknell, England; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; and Singapore; and research and development centers in Patras, Greece; Marlborough, Massachusetts; and Champaign, Illinois. To learn more about Bytemobile, visit www.bytemobile.com.
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