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Arthur Andersen Joins Elite Group of Wireless Industry Leaders

ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 1999

Arthur Andersen becomes the first Big 5 member of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum

Arthur Andersen can now provide greater value to its wireless clients as an associate member of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. The firm recently joined this group of industry leaders who collectively support the protocol that empowers individuals with wireless devices to easily access and interact with information and services over existing wireless networks.

The creation of the WAP Forum in 1997 was a landmark event for the wireless industry. This forum was launched by Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia and Phone.com (formerly Unwired Planet) to develop worldwide standards for wireless Internet access.

"This is the first time in the history of wireless communications that all three of the world's major centers of technological innovation - Europe, the United States and Asia - have come together to form a standard in the very nascent stages of technological development," says Vivek Tulja, a director with Arthur Andersen specializing in wireless communications.

The WAP Forum has over 200 members consisting of network equipment providers, network operators and software vendors. As the only Big 5 firm currently a member of the forum, Arthur Andersen continues to demonstrate its commitment to the wireless industry and create partnerships with its clients.

"WAP represents a tremendous growth opportunity for carriers around the world. Membership allows us to gain insight into the industry issues and the challenges that our clients face every day in the new economy," says Tulja.

Arthur Andersen's vision is to be the partner for success in the new economy. The firm helps clients find new ways to create, manage and measure value in the rapidly changing global economy. With world-class skills in assurance, tax, consulting and corporate finance, Arthur Andersen has more than 72,000 people in over 80 countries who are united by a single worldwide operating structure that fosters inventiveness, knowledge sharing and a focus on client success. Since its beginning in 1913, Arthur Andersen has realized 86 years of uninterrupted growth, with 1999 revenues over $7 billion. Arthur Andersen is a business unit of Andersen Worldwide.


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