LG Electronics Develops 2.5G and 3G Smartphones with Symbian OS

2/24/2004 - LG Electronics and Symbian Limited announce that LG Electronics, the world’s fifth largest mobile phone manufacturer, has signed an agreement to license Symbian OS as its platform for development of smartphones for 2.5G and 3G networks worldwide.

The world leader in CDMA mobile phones, LG Electronics is also a significant supplier of GSM mobile phones to major European network service providers including Vodafone, Orange and T-Mobile as well as the USA’s largest GSM operator, Cingular.

LG Electronics joins all other major mobile phone manufacturers in licensing Symbian OS for use as a platform for the development of data-enabled, advanced mobile phones. Symbian OS licensees now account for over 85% of worldwide mobile phone sales. In 2003, more than 6.67million phones based on Symbian OS were shipped worldwide.

Yong E. Shin, Vice President and Head of UMTS Handset Laboratory, LG Electronics, said: "We have chosen to license the market-leading Symbian OS smartphone platform to enable LG Electronics to develop exciting, highly differentiated smartphones for LG’s network operator customers worldwide. Symbian OS is a market-proven, leading-edge technology whose stability makes it a robust platform for the development of innovative products that provide a compelling experience for mobile users in worldwide markets."

David Levin, Chief Executive, Symbian, said: “We are delighted to welcome LG Electronics, one of the world’s largest handset manufacturers and a leader in CDMA technology markets, as a Symbian OS licensee. LG Electronics has a well-earned reputation for the excellence of its technology, particularly in UMTS and an impressive growth record in mobile technology markets around the world, particularly in the USA. We very much look forward to working with LG Electronics as Symbian continues to fulfil its commitment to serving markets across Asia.”

For more details visit Symbian at Stand E31, Hall 2 at the 3GSM World Congress 2004, or check www.symbian.com/3gsm

About LG Electronics
LG Electronics (Korea Stock Exchange: 6657.KS), established in 1958 as the pioneer in the Korean consumer electronics market, is a major global force in Electronics and Information & Communications products. More than 55,000 employees working in 76 overseas subsidiaries and marketing units around the world, strengthen LG Electronics’ core competencies in three main business companies: Digital Appliance, Digital Display and Media, Telecommunication Equipment & Handset. The Telecommunication Equipment & Handset Company provides total solutions ranging from wired and wireless handsets to telecommunication equipment. LG Electronics is steadily expanding its world market share in CDMA, GSM and W-CDMA(UMTS) through innovation and the development of leading-edge technologies in next- generation wireless telecommunications. www.lge.com

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 mobile phone manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sony Ericsson. Publicly announced products based on Symbian OS include the BenQ P30, Motorola A920 and A925 for 3, Sendo X, Siemens SX-1, NTT DoCoMo FOMA F900i, F2102V and F2051 built by Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 Smartphones, Nokia 9200 Communicator range as well as the 7700, 7650, 6600, 6620, 3650/3600, 3660/3620 and N-Gage. www.symbian.com

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