KYOCERA Wireless Demonstrates Emerging Mobile Technologies at CTIA Wireless Trade Show
Collaborations with industry leaders including Visa International, Runcom and MobiTV showcase Near Field Communication, WiMAX and Wi-Fi developments
Orlando, FL -- (March 27, 2007) -- Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, today at the CTIA Wireless trade show demonstrated several solutions that deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless technologies to enable a variety of mobile consumer applications. Using its trade show booth as an experience center, Kyocera is demonstrating prototype handsets and devices to showcase the Visa mobile platform using Near Field Communication (NFC) technology; MobiTV® streaming television over a WiMAX high-speed connection with Runcom; Wi-Fi-powered music downloads; and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) mobile phone calls over dual-mode CDMA/Wi-Fi connections.
"Kyocera is seeing a tremendous expansion in the consumer applications for mobile devices, ranging from streaming music and television to on-the-go payment platforms," said Dave Carey, vice president of strategic planning at Kyocera Wireless. "As emerging wireless technologies become available to support these applications, Kyocera Wireless has positioned itself with globally-recognized companies to maintain its leadership role in driving the availability of these features on CDMA handsets and devices."
Kyocera Wireless and Visa International are demonstrating mobile payments utilizing NFC technology, essentially turning a mobile phone into a Visa payment solution using the Visa mobile platform. Designed to foster collaboration between the financial services and mobile telecommunications sectors for the delivery of mobile payment applications and payment-related services, the Visa mobile platform is a set of mobile services and enabling technologies that can allow banks and mobile operators to develop new mobile payment services for individual markets.
At Kyocera's booth, attendees can use a prototype NFC Visa-enabled phone to purchase a beverage from a vending machine, by simply presenting the payment-enabled handset to the vending machine contactless payment spot. The payment transaction is then executed and the amount is either debited from a pre-paid account or charged to a credit card, at the user choice, via the user's mobile phone.
"Through our mobile platform, Visa intends to harness the reach and 'always-in-hand' flexibility of mobile phones as a centerpiece device in consumers' lives," said Patrick Gauthier, senior vice president, innovation, at Visa International. "Kyocera Wireless provides a stylish, user-friendly CDMA device platform for these innovative payment applications that can help consumers realize the convenient purchasing power of mobile phones."
Kyocera will also be demonstrating a simulated purchase of movie tickets directly from a movie poster equipped with NFC technology. Eliminating the need for paper movie tickets, the movie poster transmits a code to the phone after wireless payment, which is then read by another NFC terminal at the entrance to the movie theater.
Following the announcement in February 2007 of their successful test of a co-developed MIMO-enabled WiMAX Matrix-B PC Card, Kyocera Wireless and Runcom are demonstrating the incredible speeds and performance of this next-generation wireless protocol in cooperation with MobiTV, a streaming television service for mobile devices. With peak data speeds up to 20Mbps*, mobile WiMAX can support high-bandwidth applications such streaming video and other data-intensive downloads.
MobiTV will be streaming its mobile television service to a tablet PC using Kyocera's MIMO-enabled WiMAX PC card and WiMAX infrastructure provided by Runcom. Kyocera Wireless will also be using its WiMAX card to show multiple on-demand videos on plasma displays in its booth.
With Wi-Fi now being widely deployed in hotspots and WANs (Wide Area Networks), VoIP becomes an obvious complement to cellular networks. Kyocera Wireless is in the advanced stages of developing dual-mode CDMA/Wi-Fi handsets and is a leading manufacturer in this convergence space.
At CTIA, Kyocera is demonstrating both voice and data applications using prototype handsets with Wi-Fi connectivity. Attendees can make calls anywhere within the United States using VoIP technology, with voice quality on par with virtually any cellular network. The prototype phones will also demonstrate Voice Call Continuity (VCC), the seamless handoff of active calls between CDMA and Wi-Fi networks. Kyocera is also demonstrating music downloads over Wi-Fi, including the ability to browse, download and stream digital music quickly and simply. Kyocera representatives are also on hand to discuss the cost benefits of dual-mode services and handsets to consumers, operators and content providers.
Demonstrations of these emerging technologies on Kyocera mobile phones and devices are available at Kyocera Wireless' booth (CTIA Hall A1/A2 - Booth #647) during the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando this week.
* Strategy Analytics, July 2006 (actual user speeds may vary)
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, 2006, Kyocera Corporation's consolidated net sales totaled approximately 10 billion US dollars (1,181,489 million yen) with net income of approximately 596 million US dollars (69,696 million yen).
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