3/25/2004 - Fujitsu Limited and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced that they are exploring a collaboration to jointly develop new FOMA mobile handsets running the Symbian OS operating system for NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
In recent years, handset manufacturers have been steadily moving toward the implementation of two main OS standards as the advanced mobile operating system for FOMA handsets: Symbian OS, which has a strong track record overseas as an operating system for mobile phones, and Linux, which is well-known as an open standard operating system. Manufacturers that are licensees of the Symbian OS (as well as other OS's) account for 85%* of total worldwide mobile handset sales.
To accelerate their development efforts for increasingly sophisticated FOMA handsets and quickly bring to market highly differentiated products, Fujitsu and Mitsubishi Electric are exploring the possibility of collaborating on FOMA handset development.
The companies are currently working out the details regarding the potential timing and scope of this collaboration.
* Source: Gartner, December 2003: Mobile Terminal Market Shares: Worldwide 3Q03
FOMA is a registered trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting technologies, highly reliable computing and telecommunications platforms, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$38 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. For more information, please see : http://www.fujitsu.com/.
About Mitsubishi Electric
With over 80 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers all over the world, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TSE: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. The company has operations in 35 countries and recorded consolidated group sales of 3,639 billion yen (US$30.3 billion**) in the year ended March 31, 2003. For more information visit : http://global.mitsubishielectric.com/.
** At an exchange rate of 120 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2003.
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