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Ericsson and Unwired Planet announce interoperability testing of WAP products

24th March 1999 - Ericsson and Unwired Planet, Inc. (UP) today announced that the two companies have initiated interoperability testing between their WAP based products in order to make them compatible.

Ericsson and UP are both committed to Wireless Application Protocol interoperability, as co-founders of the WAP Forum (www.wapforum.org). This effort is an important step toward implementing the WAP interoperability and conformance requirements as they are formalised. Ericsson's handsets will be compatible with the Unwired Planet UP.Link Server, and handsets containing the UP.Browser software will be compatible with Ericsson's WAP Gateway.

The UP.Link Platform enables mass-market mobile phones running UP.Browser to access live Internet and intranet-based information, quickly and cost efficiently. UP.Link Server Suite is a proven and scaleable WAP-compatible gateway that enables interactive information services and value-added applications, including Email, Visual Voicemail , Personal Organizer and Electronic Customer Care.

Ericsson is committed to accelerate the availability of world-class WAP solutions for its customers. Ericsson so far offers two system products based on WAP: WAP Gateway, a network node for wireless operators, providing direct connection between the mobile network and Internet servers, and WAP-IDE (Integrated Developer's Environment), which allows the development of mass market access to Internet services from small-screen wireless phones. WAP-IDE can be downloaded free of charge from http://mobileinternet.ericsson.se.

"Achieving interoperability with Ericsson's WAP products is key to our open strategy," said Alain Rossmann, Chairman and CEO for Unwired Planet.

"Ericsson is a leader in wireless handsets and infrastructure. Achieving compatibility between Ericsson's and UP's servers and handsets will enable carriers to rapidly roll out WAP services."

Ericsson is the leading provider in the new telecoms world, with communications solutions that combine telecom and datacom technologies with freedom of mobility for the user. With more than 100,000 employees in 140 countries, Ericsson simplifies communications for its customers - network operators, service providers, enterprises and consumers - the world over.


Christer Erlandson, Director, Ericsson Wireless Internet
Ericsson Business Unit New and Special Business Operations
Phone: +46 8 404 24 10, +46 70 558 20 49
E-mail: [email protected]

Johan Wiklund, Ericsson Corporate Communications
Phone: +46 70 5600134; E-mail: [email protected]

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Company Information

Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Unwired Planet, Inc. (UP) is a growing pre- IPO company and leading supplier of open standards-based servers and microbrowsers for the international wireless Internet industry. UP products can operate over multiple airlink protocols, including GSM, CDMA, iDEN, TDMA, PDC, PHS and CDPD. The company has regional offices in London and Tokyo. Visit www.uplanet.comŽ or www.uplanet.co.uk for more information.

Additional Information

The Wireless Application Protocol is a de-facto standard for Internet content and advanced telephony services in digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals. The WAP Forum has published a global wireless protocol specification for all wireless networks that will be contributed to the appropriate standard bodies.

WAP enables manufacturers, network operators, content providers and application developers to offer compatible products and secure services on all digital devices and networks resulting in greater economies of scale and universal access to information. WAP Forum membership is open to all industry participants. A membership application form and the Version 1.0 specification are available for download at the WAP Forum Web site: www.wapforum.org.