Symbian Reveals Two New Symbian Signed Test Certification Houses

10/8/2004 - Symbian Limited announced at Symbian Expo – the smartphone show, two additional Symbian Signed test certification houses. MphasiS and NSTL are now offering certification packages at reduced prices of up to 75% and wider geographical program support in North America and parts of Asia. Symbian Signed is the industry-endorsed application signing program that promotes best practise in Symbian OSTM content and application development.

Symbian Signed offers flexible signing options to support the different needs of the Symbian OS ecosystem. One of these options is to become a certification test house which is suitable for ISVs with a small number of applications for certification. Applications are submitted to the Symbian Signed portal and tested by an independent third party test house such as MphasiS and NTSL. With two new test houses, Symbian OS developers will benefit from significantly reduced rates. MphasiS will offer testing for €195 and NSTL for €250, providing cost reductions of up to 75 % compared to when Symbian Signed was first launched in May.

“MphasiS is excited about extending its certification service to the mobile industry through Symbian Signed”, said Jeroen Tas, Vice Chairman, MphasiS. “Our expertise in operating systems and validation services will add value for developers launching best-in-class Symbian OS mobile applications. As a company addressing both enterprise and engineering markets, MphasiS is in a unique position to bring a broad spectrum of knowledge to Symbian Signed.” MphasiS will operate its global services based out of its subsidiary in China.

“As a leader in testing and certification, NSTL’s experience has shown that programs such as Symbian Signed add tremendous value to mobile developers and operators,” said Lloyd Holder, CEO, NSTL. “As a Symbian Signed test house, NSTL will assist mobile application developers and publishers to get their applications to market in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.” NSTL will operate its global services from their headquarters in the US.

“We are very pleased to welcome both MphasiS and NSTL as recognised Symbian Signed test houses, providing ever greater geographic support and extended pricing options to our developer community”, said Geoff Preston, technology operations director, Symbian. “This announcement not only demonstrates our continued commitment to provide accessible certification options for the Symbian developer community worldwide, but also the rapid growth and market acceptance of the program”.

Symbian Signed approved test houses follow the same application testing criteria defined in cooperation with network operator and mobile manufacturer. Symbian Signed is designed to satisfy mobile developers’ needs and ensure a thriving, open market for trusted mobile applications by providing a single, cost effective, accessible, unified certification program. The program also delivers developer authentication and anti-tamper security for Symbian OS applications.

About Symbian Expo
Symbian Expo - the smartphone show, Symbian’s sixth annual Expo is the only event dedicated entirely to the global smartphone industry. It covers every aspect of the smartphone market, from building mobile phones themselves to developing and deploying applications to mobile phone users and takes place at the ExCel Centre in London, UK, on 5th and 6th October 2004.

About Symbian Ltd
Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have Symbian OS-based mobile phones in production and development: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and more than 15 million have been sold to date.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

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