KYOCERA Wireless Corp. Enlist Galander, SA to Expand M2M Presence in Latin America
Exceptional Performance of Fixed Wireless Solution Powered by KYOCERA 200 Module Leads to Distribution Agreement for Argentina, Uruguay and ChileNew Orleans -- (March 14, 2005) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global supplier of CDMA handsets and telemetry modules, today announced plans to expand its M2M presence in Latin America. In order to address the growing demand for advanced data services over CDMA, the company has forged a distribution agreement with Galander SA, for the Kyocera 200 Module in Latin America.
Argentina-based Galander, a leading provider and integrator of advanced telecommunications solutions, recently introduced a fixed wireless solution powered by Kyocera's industry-leading telemetry module, offering CDMA 1xRTT tri-mode support for voice, data and high-speed Internet connections. The turnkey solution presents a compelling option for Latin American operators seeking cost-effective ways to expand voice and data services into less populated rural areas. In addition to network operators, businesses throughout Latin America are now deploying M2M solutions, with CDMA emerging as the preferred technology for delivering advanced data applications and services.
The growing demand for CDMA-based M2M solutions across the region, coupled with the exceptional performance of Kyocera's CDMA module prompted Galander to join the company's M2M distribution network, specifically targeting customers in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. The distribution agreement enhances Galander's ability to support a broad mix of M2M initiatives being implemented by businesses and operators in the region.
"Over the past year we've experienced remarkable growth in our M2M business in Latin America," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of Kyocera's M2M business group. "With the addition of Galander, SA to our M2M distribution network, we expect to continue building on this momentum." Since its introduction in August 2003, the Kyocera 200 module has powered an impressive range of M2M applications. As a result of Kyocera's strong ties with CDMA operators globally and throughout Latin America, the device has been certified by multiple network operators. In addition, more than 25 developers in the region are deploying new M2M applications and solutions powered by the Kyocera 200 Module.
"The emergence of compelling new applications and services demonstrating return on investment has increased demand for CDMA-based solutions," said Carlos Galander, president of Galander, SA. "Our distribution agreement with Kyocera improves our ability to support a greater range of M2M solutions, and to address new business opportunities across the region."
About the Kyocera 200 Module
The Kyocera 200 Module is designed to enable M2M and telemetry applications such as vehicle location, SCADA, asset tracking, remote metering or security, wireless vending, exception reporting and wireless point-of-sale terminals. The module is equipped with tri-mode capability (including AMPS), A-GPS position location capability and support for IS-2000 data rates. Other features and functions include two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS) capabilities; simple and mobile IP; AT command interface; dual UARTs; analog audio; two RF connectors; high-speed packet- and circuit-switched data; and support for both 13k QCELP and EVRC vocoders.
The developer's kit and programming tools to support integration of wireless capability into OEM products and systems are available for purchase by module customers. For additional information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com/m2m-business.
About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA wireless devices and accessories for customers worldwide. Kyocera Wireless maintains an operating belief in the genius of simplicity and strives to make the wireless experience as simple and intuitive as humanly possible. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Based in San Diego, the company is ISO-14001 and ISO-9001 certified and has won city, state and federal awards for its environmentally friendly manufacturing and recycling practices. For more information, please visit www.kyocera-wireless.com.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. launched in Latin America in 2001, and today serves 31 operators in 19 countries with 17+ models. Representing approximately 20% of worldwide company sales, the region saw growth double consecutively over the last two fiscal years, with an increase of sales of 131% for the year ending March 31, 2004, following an increase of 135% for the year ending March 31, 2003. For more information, please visit www.kwclatin.com.
Kyocera Corporation, the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, cameras, laser printers, copiers, solar energy systems and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2004, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11 billion (JP¥ 1,140,814 million) with net income of approximately US$655 million (JP¥ 68,086 million).
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