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SEVEN to Join Forces with Microsoft to Make Wireless Data Access Easy for Carrier Deployments to Enterprises

The SEVEN Global Network Will Integrate Seamlessly with Microsoft Mobile Information Server and Other Microsoft.NET Enterprise Server Products

Cannes, France, February 19, 2001 SEVEN announced today at the 3GSM World Congress that it will collaborate with Microsoft Corp. to create mobile solutions for wireless-data access. SEVEN and Microsoft will work together to implement and integrate network solutions that enable wireless carriers across the world to take advantage of the growing enterprise demand for wireless data services. Microsoft Mobile Information Server will be integrated into the SEVEN global network and available in the first half of 2001.

SEVEN provides a global infrastructure of products and services that enable wireless telecommunications carriers to deliver comprehensive and turnkey wireless data services to their enterprise customers. SEVEN will support Microsofts Mobile Information Server as well as services developed across Microsoft devices and .NET Enterprise Server products, managed through SEVENs global infrastructure.

SEVENs mission is to make it possible for carriers to eliminate the complexity that enterprises now face when setting up wireless data access, said Bill Nguyen, founder and president of SEVEN. Integration of the Microsoft Mobile Information Server is important not only because Microsoft is an important enterprise software provider but also because its .NET initiative addresses the new needs of the marketplace.

"SEVENs global infrastructure will help carriers effectively service the enterprise wireless data market," said Paul Gross, senior vice president of the Mobility Group at Microsoft. "Our work together will make wireless data access cost-effective for the enterprise and create a
new business opportunity for the wireless network operators by delivering value-added services and products."

SEVENs carrier-focused global network solution offers the most efficient way for enterprises to enable wireless data access. Key benefits include:

* Consistent and reliable wireless access across all networks and devices.
* Integration of emerging and established standards and platforms on 2.5 and 3G.
* Rapid adoption and deployment of mobile solutions.
* Value-added services such as carrier-class security, Quality of Service (QoS) and network manageability.
* Leverage of existing investments in applications and network infrastructure.

Mobile Information 2001 Server is a core component of Microsofts overall mobility strategy. In addition to providing mobile users with real-time access to their inbox, calendar, contacts and tasks via Outlook Mobile Access, Mobile Information Server will enable knowledge workers to wirelessly access and interact with enterprise applications as well as other corporate intranet resources such as Windows 2000 Server Web-based applications or solutions built with Microsoft SQL Server. In addition, Mobile Information Server will provide a platform for future mobile applications such as speech access or wireless instant messaging and can be extended to support new types of devices. It is currently in beta version and will be available in the first half of 2001.
Microsoft Outlook Mobile Access, which is integrated with the new Microsoft Mobile Information 2001 Server, is the initial application available for Mobile Information 2001 Server and enables real-time access to Microsoft Exchange Server-based personal information management applications such as e-mail, calendaring, contacts and tasks all from a mobile phone.

SEVEN provides the only global infrastructure that allows telecommunications carriers to deliver wireless data services to enterprises as turnkey solutions. SEVENs international network of data centers, professional services, and software solutions manages every aspect of wireless data services between carriers, enterprises and enterprise applications. Further information is available at http://www.seven.com.

Kate OSullivan
Vice President, Corporate Communications, SEVEN
+1 650 381 2517
(during 3GSM World Congress) +44 7759 627896
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Douglas Long
Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (for SEVEN)
+44 20 7345 3325
(during 3GSM World Congress) +44 7970 756810
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John Kuch
Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide (for SEVEN)
desk: +1 415 644 3064
mobile: +1 415 516 4196
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