4/22/2004 - Birdstep Technology ASA (OSE: BIRD) has followed very closely the recent developments in the SmartPhone market. In recent months, Birdstep has registered an increased interest from a number of major players within the SmartPhone market in seamless mobility. The interest arises from the fact that new terminals hitting the market are equipped with multi-radio capabilities. To be able to deliver the technology required to these manufacturers Birdstep has decided to open an office in Cambridge, England focused on Symbian platform development. Cambridge represents an innovative environment and the location attracts the right type of profiles required for technology development on the Symbian platform.
“We have been informing the market of our intention to enter the SmartPhone segment for some time now. By opening an office in Cambridge, we will be able to focus on this market and establish an engineering team with 4 experts having Symbian platform expertise by July 1,2004,” says Jørgen Bredesen, CEO of Birdstep Technology ASA.
The SmartPhone market is forecasted to be 240 million devices in 2006 and manufacturers such as Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Samsung, Sendo and Sony Ericsson have already pre-announced handsets to come in 2005 with both cellular and WLAN capability, and some announcements indicate availability as early as the fourth quarter of 2004. When the terminal can use two wireless networks, client software such as Mobile IP is needed to select the most appropriate interface for wireless data traffic.
“Birdstep has a well proven track record within Mobile IP. Our current solution, based on Windows, is already appealing to relevant manufacturers of devices. In addition, it is built on a solid foundation that can run on other operating systems, such as Symbian,” says Stefano Holguin, VP Product Marketing Wireless. “We are acting now to take advantage of the interest shown in our technology from several handset vendors.”
Thomas Horstens has already accepted the challenge to lead the new technology center in Cambridge. Mr. Horstens comes from Symbian Software Ltd. where he was head of base porting. Horstens has worked in various projects with most major terminal manufacturers helping them to adapt the Symbian reference platform to their particular Symbian device.
“We are very excited to have Thomas leading this development team”, said Frode B. Nielsen, VP of Development for the wireless team. “His expertise in this field combined with our core development’s knowledge and experience with the Birdstep Mobile IP client will allow us to make the Mobile IP client available on the Symbian platform and provide the right solution to the handset market in time.”
About Birdstep Technology
Birdstep Technology is traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under ticker \'BIRD\'. The company has headquarters in Oslo and Seattle in addition to offices in London, Boston and San Francisco. Birdstep\'s small footprint, high performance database technologies combined with its wireless roaming and access software enables companies to build innovative solutions for embedded systems and the Mobile Internet. Birdstep makes your information accessible anytime, anywhere, on any device and on any infrastructure. Birdstep\'s global customers include 3Com (COMS), VERITAS (VRTS), Harman Becker Automotive Systems, HP (HPQ), Accenture (ACN), Telenor (TELN), PCTel (PCTI), Connect One and the National Stock Exchange of India. For more information, visit www.birdstep.com
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