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Ztango Enables Iobox to Take Customers to Forefront of Wireless Technology

iobox Implements Ztango’s Wireless Gateway Technology to Provide Edge in Content Delivery

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RESTON, Va. September 27, 2000 Ztango, Inc., a Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) providing wireless extension and wireless application solutions to network operators, e-companies, and corporations, today announced that iobox, one of Europes leading wireless portals, is now being powered by Ztangos Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Gateway 1.2. Ztangos WAP Gateway enables portals like iobox to provide innovative WAP services to their customers. It also allows iobox to deliver content to extend their WAP services to their customer base of more than 1.6 million mobile phone users throughout Finland and the rest of Europe.

iobox has been relying on Ztangos highly secure and scalable short messaging service (SMS) and WAP gateways, offering value added services, such as email services, delivery of ring tones, icons, games and reminder services. By leveraging the Ztango WAP gateway 1.2, iobox will extend its widely popular SMS services to the WAP environment, allowing for the use of both media concurrently. By combining WAP and SMS, iobox will be able to leverage the market-proven value of SMS with the interactive nature of WAP in offering unique services to its customers.

Ztango is pleased to provide the wireless technology to help facilitate continued growth and success for iobox, said John Harris, chairman and CEO of Ztango. By using Ztangos leading-edge technology, ioboxs customers are provided a high grade of service and increased functionality, positioning them to benefit from the latest advancements in wireless technology offered by Ztango.

The Ztango WAP Gateway provides iobox with a robust solution upon which we can safely grow our customer base , said Kari Penttilä, Head of Technology of iobox.
With Ztangos WAP Gateway we are able to build our WAP subscriber base across multiple countries in Europe and provide them with fast and reliable access to our WAP services and applications.

The Ztango WAP Gateway provides a WAP compliant access solution that has been designed for high speed environments and the utmost in reliability and scalability. The Ztango WAP Gateway is fully compatible with the current WAP standards and provides Ztango customers with a complete security solution encompassing an end-to-end security solution, along with full interoperability with WAP compliant handsets from all major manufacturers. The Ztango solution further allows for the over-the-air (OTA) programming of end-user handsets allowing account set-up and handset configuration to occur with the click of a button.

By using Ztangos WAP Gateway as an early customer , iobox has been able to provide its customers with a best-of-breed technology, resulting in increased growth and success for the company. Recently acquired by Terra Mobile of Spain, a joint venture of Telefónica Móviles and Terra Networks, iobox continues to advance as a leading international wireless portal.

Ztangos WASP offerings are state-of the-art and represent the industrys most innovative wireless applications and services. Complementing the gateways, Ztango offers a suite of enabling technology for content management, service management, wireless technology products and services which empower providers and enterprises to deliver the industrys most progressive applications.

About Ztango
Ztango, a Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP), delivers wireless extension and wireless application solutions to network operators, e-companies, and corporations via an advanced, secure hosting facility and global network. The company recently received $37.8 million in equity capital from General Atlantic Partners, LLC, a leading global investor in Internet, Internet-enabled, and information technology businesses. Ztango was the 8th member to join the WAP Forum and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with offices in New York, California, London, Brussels, and Helsinki.

About iobox
iobox is a pioneering Pan-European wireless portal with over 1.6 million registered users. It was launched in Helsinki, Finland in January 1999, to capture the opportunity created by the convergence of the Internet with mobile communications. iobox was acquired on 25th July 2000 by Terra Mobile of Spain, the joint venture 51% owned by Telefónica Móviles and 49% by Terra Networks. Following rapid international growth, iobox now operates in several European countries, with a head office in London, and main technology hub in Helsinki, as well as offices in Madrid, Munich and Stockholm.