Opera and Motorola Global Software Group Sign Joint Product Offering and Distribution Agreement
Oslo, Norway and Schaumburg, Ill. - 6 February 2004
Opera Software ASA and Motorola, Inc.'s (NYSE:MOT) Global Software Group (GSG) today announced that they have entered into an agreement to deliver a joint product offering consisting of Opera's "full" HTML browser software and the WAP stack from GSG's browser software, creating one-stop shopping for cellular phone browsers.
Opera's full HTML browser provides desktop functionality on a cellular phone. The combination with GSG's WAP stack allows the Opera browser to work in the WAP environment. This joint product offering gives operators the benefit of their existing investment in current WAP infrastructure, and at the same time the benefit of an HTML browser. The product offering is designed to work on operators' existing WAP infrastructure while enabling the revenue-driving HTML content that is now basic to the embedded devices marketplace. Opera and GSG will each license the combined product offering to operators. Opera will also license Motorola's WAP Browser and MMS device client to customers as individual products.
"We are set to propel mobile browsing into the full Internet," says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software ASA. "Today's agreement allows Opera to let operators and handset manufacturers gain revenue from past investments in WAP technology while embracing the numerous possibilities in what is new to mobile browsing."
"We are pleased that together we can bring to market a cellular phone browser product that provides full HTML Internet access in a WAP environment," says Amreesh Modi, vice president, systems solutions and products division, at Motorola GSG. "Now we can meet the needs of high-end, high-functionality, smartphone users, as well as voice-centric phones users."
About Motorola Global Software Group
The Motorola Global Software Group designs and delivers leading edge software products and services for wireless infrastructure, wireless subscriber, embedded solutions, private wireless networks, automotive and broadband communications industries. GSG has over 3,000 engineers in 15 countries worldwide. For more information about the Motorola Global Software Group device software products, visit www.motorola.com/microbrowser.
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in wireless, broadband and automotivecommunications technologies that help make life smarter, safer, simpler, synchronizedand fun. Sales in 2003 were U.S. $27.1 billion. Motorola creates innovativetechnological solutions that benefit people at home, at work and on the move. Thecompany also is a progressive corporate citizen dedicated to operating ethically,protecting the environment and supporting the communities in which it does business. For more information: www.motorola.com.
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