PCTEL and KYOCERA Wireless Announce Plans to Develop Software for Future 3G Phones Enabling IMS Applications
Chicago, IL and San Diego, CA -- (July 12, 2005) -- PCTEL, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCTI), a global leader in simplifying broadband mobility, and Kyocera Wireless Corp, a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless phones and devices, jointly announced today their plans to cooperate in developing software for future 3G Kyocera handsets. The development will leverage PCTEL's industry leading Roaming Client software for secure and automatic connections to various wireless networks as well as enabling seamless phone calls over mobile and VoIP networks. Kyocera's 3G phones will also incorporate PCTEL's security and authentication modules for various service providers' networks.
"We demonstrated our Roaming Client and VoIP solutions earlier this year at 3GSM and CTIA. Now we are working directly with important handset vendors," said Biju Nair, PCTEL's vice president and general manager for its Mobility Solutions Group. "Kyocera is a proven and innovative leader in the CDMA handset space and it is a privilege to be working with them to serve the wireless operators," added Nair.
"Feature-rich, standards-compliant client software will enable service providers tackle one of the biggest challenges in upcoming converged networks - interoperability," said Savi Soin, senior director of business development at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Our relationship with PCTEL helps us ensure that our future 3G handsets offer service providers new avenues for revenue generation and competitive differentiation."
Convergence between wireless networks has proven to be the emerging area of focus for handset and infrastructure manufacturers. Co-mingling of such IP networks demonstrates the first applications of IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystems). Such applications include Single Identity Voice Roaming, Push To Talk, Push to View, Instant Messaging, and Conferencing.
PCTEL currently supplies its Roaming Client products to T-Mobile (U.S.), Cingular, SBC, NTT DoCoMo, GoRemote and others. The product includes a powerful back-end server (Central Configuration Server) that enables complete carrier control over the network contents and use of the client.
PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), is a global leader in simplifying broadband mobility. PCTEL's Antenna Products Group (antenna.pctel.com) designs, distributes, and supports innovative antenna solutions for public safety applications, unlicensed and licensed wireless broadband, fleet management, network timing, and other GPS applications. PCTEL's Mobility Solutions' (mobilitysolutions.pctel.com) software tools provide secure, access independent, remote connectivity to the Internet and VoIP capability for converged handsets. PCTEL's RF Solutions' (rfsolutions.pctel.com) portfolio of OEM receivers, receiver based products and interference management solutions are used to measure, monitor and optimize cellular networks.
PCTEL protects its leadership position with a portfolio of more than 130 analog and broadband communications, wireless and antenna patents, issued or pending. The company's products are sold or licensed to wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, distributors, system integrators, wireless test and measurement companies, wireless network equipment and handset manufacturers, PC card manufacturers and government agencies. PCTEL headquarters are located at 8725 West Higgins Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: 773-243-3000. For more information, please visit our web site at: www.pctel.com.
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 Corporation (NYSE: KYO), 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, 2005, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$11.15 billion (JP¥ 1,180,655 million) with net income of approximately US$433.5 million (JP¥ 45,908 million).
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This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, these forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the future of converged handsets and the benefits thereof. These statements are based on PCTEL's current expectations and anticipated marketing benefits and actual results may differ materially as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the success at marketing, selling and supporting converged handsets; whether such product achieves market acceptance; and the ability to forecast customer requirements. These risks and uncertainties and others that relate to PCTEL's business, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in PCTEL's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, can affect actual results. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and PCTEL disclaims any obligation to update or revise the information contained in any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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