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KYOCERA Wireless Partners with M2M Connectivity to Broaden Distribution of Kyocera 200 Module in Australia and New Zealand

Partnership to target M2M application developers looking to leverage enhanced coverage and higher data speeds of new CDMA/1x networks

SAN DIEGO -- (February 24, 2004) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp. today announced that it has selected M2M Connectivity Pty. Ltd, a specialized distributor of machine-to-machine (M2M) telemetry modules, as a distributor of the Kyocera 200 Module in Australia and New Zealand. The development of CDMA-based M2M applications is expected to experience huge growth as CDMA/1x networks deliver increased 2-way data speeds and packet data throughout the region. Kyocera and M2M Connectivity are poised to capitalize on the expansion of CDMA technology and the base of industries seeking to deploy M2M solutions.

"Our partnership with M2M Connectivity is a perfect fit for Kyocera's business objective to expand our CDMA machine-to-machine leadership in Australia and New Zealand," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of Kyocera Wireless Corp.'s M2M business group. "M2M's deep understanding of the region's wireless industry - coupled with its strong operator and developer relationships - will not only elevate awareness of the Kyocera 200 Module and its capabilities but will also drive demand as M2M applications take advantage of CDMA/1x networks."

The Kyocera 200 Module, introduced in August 2003, powers numerous CDMA-based M2M solutions worldwide, providing utility companies, automotive fleet managers and other industries with dynamic access to real-time information.

"Many of our customers are seeking to transmit essential data from remote facilities using M2M applications and they're specifically requesting CDMA-based solutions due to the enhanced coverage and higher data speeds that CDMA/1x networks provide," according to Daryl Chambers, director at M2M Connectivity. "I'm confident the Kyocera 200 module, which delivers the highest performance and reliability, will prove to be a great tool for operators and developers in this region as they begin deploying M2M applications over advanced CDMA networks."

Developers in Australia and New Zealand who are interested in developing wireless M2M applications for CDMA can obtain developer kits for the Kyocera 200 module directly from M2M Connectivity.

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, 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.

About Kyocera Wireless Corp.
Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kyocera International Inc., which acquired QUALCOMM Incorporated's CDMA consumer wireless phone business in February 2000. Kyocera Wireless Corp. is a leading supplier of innovative, feature-rich CDMA handsets and accessories for customers worldwide. Based in San Diego, California, 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, 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, 2003, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately US$9 billion (JP¥ 1,069,770 million) with net income of approximately US$348 million (JP¥ 41,165 million).

About M2M Connectivity
M2M Connectivity is a specialist wireless distributor focused on supporting the wireless developer community to develop CDMA, CDMA 1x, GPRS and GSM applications. The company does not compete with its developers but provides a range of services to support their wireless activities including co-operation with all cellular network operators, provision of high level technical support during development, and support of marketing, sales and export of products. M2M Connectivity has a broad customer base across a diverse range of industry sectors including security; POS; fleet and asset tracking; telematics; monitoring and control; and vending.

© 2004 Kyocera Wireless Corp. All rights reserved. Kyocera is a registered trademark of Kyocera Corporation. All other trademarks and product names are the property of their respective owner.


CONTACTS:

Mary Palmer
Kyocera Wireless Corp.
phone: +001-858-882-2479
e-mail: mpalmer@kyocera-wireless.com

Michelle Metter
Formula
phone: +001-619-234-0345
e-mail: metter@formulapr.com

M2M Connectivity Pty. Ltd
Daryl Chambers
phone: +61-3-96963011
e-mail: daryl.chambers@m2mconnectivity.com.au


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