GREGORY WILLIAMS, CHAIRMAN OF WAP FORUM, JOINS BOARD OF WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPER ALTAWAVE INC.
FREMONT, CA (October 26, 2000) -- Wireless infrastructure builder Altawave Inc. (www.altawave.com) today announced that wireless industry veteran Gregory G. Williams has accepted an appointment to its board of directors.
Williams currently is chief operating officer of Prodigy Communications Corp., a unit of SBC Communications, Inc. Previously, Williams led a team at SBC that was responsible for providing wireless systems expertise for the companys domestic and international subsidiaries.
Williams, a respected and well-known leader in the wireless industry, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Forum. The WAP Forum is the industry association comprising nearly 600 members that has developed the de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals.
Williams served as chairman of the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) in 1998 and 1999. The UWCC represents more than 130 telecommunications carriers and vendors of wireless products and services. Williams currently is chairman emeritus of the international organization.
Altawave offers tools and consulting services to build application management platforms that will help make the wireless Web a reality for consumers and business users alike. Customers are wireless carriers, device manufacturers. enterprise IT staffs and others in the mobile communications arena.
The companys initial focus is on helping wireless carriers add value to their relationships with their premium enterprise accounts. Altawave next week is set to preview its soon-to-be available HOTSWAP TM Web server that enables carriers and enterprise I.T. administrators to collaboratively offer more powerful and personalized services than are possible with todays application management systems. Altawave expects to make HOTSWAP TM and the related AltaLinks TM personalization middleware commercially available in the first quarter of 2001.
We are delighted to have Greg Williams join our board at this exciting stage in our growth, said Altawave CEO and Chief Technology Officer Tom Green. His wisdom and experience will be important strategic resources for us. And his stature in the wireless industry will help open the right doors.
Altawave Inc. was founded in March 1999 by the management team of the California-based IBM/Lotus Mobile Communications Group.
The Fremont-based company currently is pursuing a second round of financing. Its first round of financing was managed by Pequot Capital with New Millennium Partners and Clarity Capital.
Note to editor: a release will be issued on Monday, October 30th highlighting Altawaves HOTSWAP TM and AltaLinks TM services.