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Sprint Extends Mobility Leadership With Aggressive Broadband Network Expansion

Sprint Extends Mobility Leadership With Aggressive Broadband Network Expansion Overland Park, KAN. — 03/30/2006 — Sprint today announced aggressive plans for the expansion and evolution of the Sprint Power Vision(SM) network which now covers over half of the U.S. population with mobile broadband data services. By year end 2006 the high-speed wireless network is expected to reach an estimated 190 million people nationwide and in Puerto Rico, making it the largest mobility network of its kind. Sprint will concurrently implement second-generation technology upgrades later this year known as EV-DO Revision A, to bring additional mobility benefits to users beginning in 1Q 2007. Sprint plans to reach about 220 million people in the U.S. with the advanced network by the end of 3Q '07.

Sprint today has the most wireless broadband coverage of any carrier. Sprint mobile broadband services, which run on the Sprint Power Vision network, cover over 150 million people and serve customers in 215 communities with at least 100,000 population, as well as 470 airports across the country. Users currently access various audio, video and data applications with handheld and connection-card devices at average download speeds equivalent to DSL (400-700 kbps and peak speeds up to 2 Mbps). With the evolution to EV-DO Revision A, users will experience downloads and uploads up to 10 times faster. "Sprint is a mobility services company and mobile broadband leader," remarked Kathy Walker, Chief Network Officer. "We plan to extend that lead through a complete overlay of our Sprint EV-DO network with Revision A technology by the end of 3Q 2007, to provide customers an enriched mobile multimedia experience."

Sprint will demonstrate EV-DO Revision A connection card technology at the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas (booth 1439) with industry partners Nortel, Novatel Wireless and Sierra Wireless. Sprint will market EV-DO Revision A compatible connection cards in the third quarter of 2006, which work on the current Revision O network until next-generation service is broadly available in the first quarter 2007 to about 214 million people.

"Sprint has an aggressive plan for mobile broadband service leadership, by broadening their footprint and deploying advanced technology that drives mobility," commented Gene Signorini, Director, Wireless/Mobile Enterprise Solutions at Yankee Group. "This announcement keeps Sprint in the forefront in meeting the demand for mobility services. Given the importance of high speed data services as a revenue source, this is a bold and rewarding move."

With Revision A technology, peak download data rates increase to 3.1 Mbps (from 2.0) and peak upload data rates increase to 1.8 Mbps (from 144 kbps). Average download speeds improve to 450-800 kbps (from 400 -700) and average uplink speeds become 300 - 400 kpbs (versus 70 - 144 kpbs). The faster data rates can enable richer applications and services such as high-speed video telephony, music on demand, video messaging, large file uploads and high performance push-to-talk capability.

"This aggressive move by Sprint should further accelerate the company's momentum in wireless broadband services," said Bob Egan, Director, Emerging Technologies, TowerGroup. "Enterprises and consumers alike have an insatiable appetite for network access availability, speed and quality. This is an important move by a company who is very serious about raising the industry bar and meeting the important and dynamic requirements of its business and consumer constituencies," Egan said.

The power of Sprint networks make it best positioned to deliver unmatched mobility products and services for customer solutions. Wireless broadband customers can currently access the mobility network with the Sprint PCS Vision Smart Device (PPC 6700) and Sprint PCS Connection Cards Novatel Wireless 620, Sierra Wireless 580 and PC 5740. Panasonic Toughbook PC models (18, 29 and 73) also have embedded EV DO Sprint Power Vision capability for Sprint network access. Consumer data devices include Sprint Power Vision phones from Samsung (A900 and A920) and the MM 7500 by Sanyo.

Additional information on Sprint's Mobile Broadband network and access devices can be found at

Media Contact:

John Polivka, 972 405-5139

Full Roster Of Baseball Content Brings The Thrill Of The Game To Verizon Wireless Phones

Full Roster Of Baseball Content Brings The Thrill Of The Game To Verizon Wireless Phones BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 30, 2006 — Attention all catchers, pitchers, players and fans - it’s time to gear up for big league play with content on Verizon Wireless phones. Whether heading for extra innings or cruising through the seventh inning stretch, Verizon Wireless offers a grand slam of Get It Now®, Mobile Web 2.0SM and V CAST applications that are sure to keep baseball fans in the game.


Baseball fans who want some game-time excitement before opening day can download their favorite baseball games from the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now Virtual Store. V CAST customers can get into the batter’s box with Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 3D from Gameloft. Step up to the plate for a quick exhibition match or watch a team evolve over the course of the season with stats that really affect the way the game plays. With Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 3D, fans can climb atop the pitcher’s mound, hear the roar of the crowd and intimidate the designated hitter in full 3D. Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 3D is available in the getGAMES shopping aisle for $2.99 monthly access or $8.49 unlimited use purchase.

Take The Show On The Road With Mobile Web 2.0

Mobile Web 2.0 subscribers can check scores and news from leading sports networks from their wireless phones, giving them access to their team any time, any place. In addition, fantasy baseball players can make roster changes, view live stats, get up-to-the-minute player news, information and more from their Mobile Web 2.0-equipped phone with Fantasy Baseball Companion by CBS SportsLine. Fantasy Baseball Companion is a full-featured companion version to the immensely popular CBS SportsLine Fantasy Baseball Commissioner Leagues, played by millions. Airtime usage is required. Fantasy Baseball Companion is available for $3.99 monthly access.

Get Updates with TXT Messaging

Baseball fans can also sign up for TXT Alerts from Customers simply text the name of their favorite team to “MLBGO” (65246) to get the latest news and information sent directly to their wireless phones. TXT Alerts will appear as a monthly charge of $3.99 on customers’ phone bills in addition to standard messaging charges.

Verizon Wireless customers can also receive every change in score and summary of game delivered directly to their mobile phone via TXT Messaging. Simply send a TXT Message with “MLB + team name” (e.x. MLB BRAVES) to “1400.” The alert set-up menu and confirmation will be sent to the customer’s wireless phone. Each time the desired team plays customers automatically receive TXT Alerts with score updates and game summaries. Standard TXT Messaging rates apply.

Music & Ring Tones

Baseball fans can get pumped up for the game by outfitting their Get It Now-enabled phones with sports themed wallpaper and ring tones that show their spirit. Customers can show off their favorite team with baseball-themed wallpapers and let the world know who they are rooting for with ring tones that feature baseball classics, including, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and sporting event favorites such as “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” V CAST Music customers can also download their favorite game-time music over the air directly to their wireless phones or straight to their Windows® XP PCs, so they can show their spirit whether watching the game at the ballpark or at home. V CAST Music songs cost $0.99 if purchased from the PC or $1.99 if purchased and downloaded over the air onto a V CAST Music-enabled phone.

V CAST Video

Verizon Wireless’ V CAST customers who can't be at the game can catch the day’s highlights right from their wireless phones. With V CAST, fans can view video clips from the hottest names in entertainment, news, sports and more in the palms of their hands. Verizon Wireless V CAST customers can equip their V CAST-enabled phones with a V CAST VPak subscription for $15.00 monthly access added to their Verizon Wireless calling plan. Unlimited basic video clips are included, but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

Media Contact Info

Jeffrey Nelson 908-306-4824

Coming Soon: Best Of Broadway Exclusively On Sprint TV

Coming Soon: Best Of Broadway Exclusively On Sprint TV OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — 03/30/2006 — Sprint users will be the first wireless customers in the U.S. to experience Broadway on demand via the most off-off-Broadway medium imaginable: the wireless phone. The Emmy-Award winning Sprint TVSM soon will feature The Broadway Channel®, showcasing Broadway's hottest shows, national tours, interviews with its brightest stars and exclusive red-carpet events including the upcoming 2006 Tony Awards. Theatre-lovers nationwide will be able to instantly access exclusive, customized video content previously available only on a dedicated channel in New York City hotel rooms, or online via

"The emergence of The Broadway Channel on Sprint TV will offer wireless phone users a truly captivating and entertaining wireless channel," said Matt Hege, vice president of The Broadway Channel. "Sprint customers will have a 'backstage pass' to the best of Broadway from wherever they are [on the Sprint PCS Nationwide Network], whenever it's convenient to them."

The Broadway Channel will be available to Sprint TV subscribers on Channel 57 in the entertainment category. Daily programming will include a "clip of the week" from one of Broadway's top shows; interviews with actors, directors and other theater insiders; special features from shows on tour; exclusive on-location segments from opening nights; star-studded red-carpet events and more. "Sprint has led the industry in offering content-rich information and entertainment applications that are changing the way consumers use their phones," said Alana Muller, director of product marketing for Sprint. "The addition of The Broadway Channel to Sprint TV demonstrates our leadership and commitment to bringing the best of entertainment to our customers."

The partnership with The Broadway Channel is an extension of Sprint's longstanding sponsorship of Live Broadway and The Tony Awards. Under the Live Broadway banner, the League of American Theatres and Producers brings to Broadway fans events such as The Tony Awards (with the American Theatre Wing), Broadway on Broadway (with the Times Square Alliance), Broadway's Stars in the Alley, Broadway Under the Stars(with NYC & Company) and many touring shows that travel across the U.S. and Canada.

Media Contacts:

Angie Read, Sprint 913-794-2963

Tanya Grubich, TMG – The Marketing Group For The Broadway Channel 323-549-0600

Verizon Wireless Network Ready To Hit One Out Of The Park This Baseball Season

Verizon Wireless Network Ready To Hit One Out Of The Park This Baseball Season BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 30, 2006 — With baseball’s opening day right around the corner, fans who are headed to baseball stadiums from coast-to-coast can rely on the Verizon Wireless network to talk and TXT to friends and family to share the excitement of game day.

Since its launch six years ago, Verizon Wireless has invested $30 billion - on average $5 billion a year - to increase the coverage and capacity of its national network and add new capabilities. Verizon Wireless also deploys a coast-to-coast fleet of test vehicles managed by Verizon Wireless engineers, which are driven more than 100,000 miles per month to continuously test the network and identify areas for improvement.

These ongoing network enhancements improve Verizon Wireless' digital capacity in and around professional baseball stadiums, enabling more customers heading to the games to use their wireless phones concurrently. The improvements also enable baseball fans to experience fewer dropped calls and clearer reception while talking on their wireless phones, send TXT and Picture Messages, view streaming video or download games and ring tones before, during and after the games.

For more information on Verizon Wireless, please visit To set up an interview or ride-along test drive with a Verizon Wireless test man or woman, please contact Tom Pica at 908-306-4385.

Media Contact Info

Tom Pica 908-306-4385

QUALCOMM’s BREW® Solution Helps KDDI Reach New Heights In The Japanese Mobile Content Market

QUALCOMM’s BREW® Solution Helps KDDI Reach New Heights In The Japanese Mobile Content Market SAN DIEGO — March 29, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and KDDI Corporation, today announced that KDDI's BREW-based service has achieved another significant milestone - more than 20 million handsets sold and more than 75 million BREW applications downloaded (as of December 2005). QUALCOMM's BREW solution powers KDDI's advanced wireless data services for all phones, including its CDMA2000® and EV-DO devices.

Since launching the BREW solution in February 2003, KDDI's wireless data services have increased significantly both in popularity and in the number of subscribers in the Japanese wireless market. Currently, KDDI offers more than 2,300 different BREW applications, including advanced, high-performance 3D gaming; a digital book viewer; location-based services with features such as in-car or pedestrian navigation; and productivity tools and enterprise applications for email and document viewing.

“KDDI has proven to be a world leader in offering advanced mobile content to its subscribers and we are proud that the BREW solution has been instrumental in the success of its wireless data business,” said Bob Briggs, vice president of global business relations and marketing for QUALCOMM Internet Services. “KDDI's latest achievements are exciting proof points of how their innovation and leadership, combined with the BREW solution, can drive data revenues.”

“The continuing growth of KDDI's advanced mobile content offerings is directly impacted by the technical capabilities that the BREW solution provides, which allows us to offer our subscribers the most compelling wireless data available in Japan today,” said Masahiro Inoue, associate senior vice president and general manager, “au” Service & Product Planning Division, “au” Business Sector, KDDI. “We view the BREW solution as the most robust application platform for the delivery of advanced wireless data services and we are very pleased that such a wide range of compelling applications are already available today, including 3D games, LBS navigation, and book and document viewers for consumer and enterprise applications.”

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Michele Guthrie, QUALCOMM Internet Services Phone: 1-858-651-4017 Email:

Jeremy James, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-651-1641 Email:

Bill Davidson, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 Email:

Business Travelers Can Stay Connected, One Session At A Time

Business Travelers Can Stay Connected, One Session At A Time BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 29, 2006 — Verizon Wireless today announced the availability of BroadbandAccess pay-as-you-go pricing on the recently announced Dell LatitudeTM D620 and Latitude D820 notebooks with embedded Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) capabilities. Customers sign up for the $15 per 24-hour session service directly from the notebook.

“Session pricing is a very easy way for customers to try Verizon Wireless’ BroadbandAccess before they sign up for monthly service,” said Claude Mitchell, Verizon Wireless director – enterprise marketing. “There is no need for customers to interrupt their work to visit a store or call customer service; they click on the icon, follow the prompts and they’re set up. This is especially convenient for the traveler who may be in New York in the morning and in Washington, D.C. in the evening. They can log on as much as they need to within that same 24-hour period.”

BroadbandAccess gives customers high-speed access to e-mail, corporate data and the Internet from their laptop anywhere within the BroadbandAccess coverage area. Customers who travel outside a BroadbandAccess coverage area will seamlessly switch to Verizon Wireless’ 1xRTT NationalAccess network to remain connected while on the road. There is never a need to seek out public Wi-Fi hotspots.

BroadbandAccess Session Pricing is available on the following mobile PCs:

• Dell Latitude D620 and Latitude D820, Dell Precision M65

• Lenovo Thinkpad Z60, T60 and X60 Notebooks

• HP Compaq nc6140 and nc6320 Notebook PCs

Existing Verizon Wireless customers who have a voice plan of $39.99 monthly access or higher may use the activation icon on the Notebook to sign up for monthly BroadbandAccess service for $59.99 monthly access. Customers who do not have a Verizon Wireless voice plan may also sign up for monthly BroadbandAccess service directly from the activation icon for $79.99 monthly access.

Verizon Wireless leads the wireless industry in next-generation network deployment and its EV-DO network, the most robust high-speed wireless broadband network in the country, is currently available to 150 million Americans coast to coast. The company was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch high-speed wireless broadband services in the United States.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

Media Contact Info

Brenda Raney 908-306-4834

Tata Teleservices To Shortly Launch International Roaming ‘One World One Number’

Tata Teleservices To Shortly Launch International Roaming ‘One World One Number’ March 28, 2006: In a major initiative, Tata Teleservices, India’s premier telecom service provider in India, today announced that the company would be soon launching International Roaming Services ‘One World One Number’ across 186 countries.

With the forthcoming launch of One World One Number International Roaming Service Tata Teleservices will become the first telecom service provider in the world to launch a single T-SIM product for International Roaming. Customers will be able to enjoy both CDMA & GSM services without having to change their number by switching between the two networks freely with only one dual mode T-SIM.

Besides, pan-India National Roaming in over 2500 towns Tata Teleservices customers will be able to roam internationally in 186 countries across GSM and CDMA networks.

Tata Teleservices One World One Number facility not only fills the gap where CDMA roaming is not available in Europe, Middle East, Africa and some parts of Asia but will also allow a post paid customer the benefit of receiving and sending SMS and voice mail service.

Mr. Darryl Green, CEO Tata Teleservices said, “We are proud to announce that we are pioneering yet another initiative in the telecom industry that will benefit all our customers who travel abroad. With the launch of One World One Number International Roaming Service we have tried to bring the world closer. We are confident and optimistic that this service will get a tremendous response. The One World One Number Service offers the customers a unique service which will connect them across the globe.”

The Tata Teleservices International Roaming Service allows friends, family members, business associates and clients to reach you at home and abroad using the same Tata Teleservices mobile number when in home network or when roaming abroad.

Tata Teleservices, has played a key role in the growth of CDMA space in India. The company believes that in coming years, the key growth driver will be data and value-added services. As the market is becoming mature and data focused, the CDMA mobile business, of which Tata Teleservices is a part, is going to grow rapidly. The CDMA operator has launched a host of innovative products and is in the process of developing a suite of business and youth-oriented applications for the corporate and youth wireless segments respectively. The exciting suite of products and services, modern telecom network, and nationwide reach has made the brand the most preferred alternative amongst consumers across the country.

India is one of the fastest growing wireless markets in the world and CDMA is rapidly expanding and is capturing significant market share. Since the full liberalization of the mobile market in 2003, which removed obstacles to the deployment of CDMA technologies, the CDMA operators in India, has captured 28 percent of the mobile market. More importantly, the introduction of CDMA services has created competition, lowered tariffs, and has offered mobile communication services for first time users.

For further information, please contact:

Suroor Hussain Tata Teleservices Ltd Mumbai 56671011 / 9223416018

Sprint And InfoSpace Introduce First Comprehensive Location-Based Search Product For Mobile Phones

Sprint And InfoSpace Introduce First Comprehensive Location-Based Search Product For Mobile Phones OVERLAND PARK, Kan., and BELLEVUE, Wash. — 03/28/2006 — Sprint and InfoSpace Inc., a mobile media leader, today announced the availability of InfoSpace Find It™, a comprehensive subscription-based location enabled search product that allows consumers to easily and quickly find everything from nearby restaurants and movie times to people, maps and driving directions all in one integrated application.

"Available today on over 20 select Sprint and Nextel phones, InfoSpace Find It! further addresses consumer demand for local information they can access on their wireless phone, whenever and wherever they want," said Alana Muller, director of product marketing for information and applications for Sprint. "This innovation provides on-the-move Sprint customers with one application to find relevant local information and is GPS-enabled to most efficiently answer the question, 'what's around me now?'"

InfoSpace Find It! answers a growing thirst for location based information anywhere anytime, as industry analysts project the U.S. market size for mobile directory assistance at more than $3 billion in 2006. Bringing together listings, locations and directions, InfoSpace Find It! combines InfoSpace's industry leadership in the online directory space with its expertise in designing location-based mobile products that eliminate the need for consumers to jump between multiple applications. As a result, with a few clicks from one application, a Sprint customer wanting to see the latest hit movie can automatically pinpoint their location, then look up nearby theaters, choose a film, pick a time, find a nearby ATM or restaurant and get directions.

"Location-based mobile local search has been a promise for many years, and InfoSpace Find It! robustly delivers on the possibilities. InfoSpace Find It! is like having a concierge in your pocket," said Stephen Davis, president of InfoSpace Mobile and Online Media. A premium J2ME application, InfoSpace Find It! is available on a range of Sprint Nextel phones, with users easily pinpointing their location through automated GPS or location systems, or preset entries such as zip code, address or intersection. The service includes:

• Local Quick Clicks™: Find local business listings and locations with maps and driving directions with minimal clicking.

• One-Stop Searching: A single search location for Yellow Pages, White Pages, Maps, Directions, Movie Listings and more.

• Find People by Name or Number: Search using only first and last name, or by entering a phone number to find out to whom it belongs.

• What's Nearby®: Access details on what's close with one click on the phone, even if the caller doesn't know exactly where they are.

• Click to Connect: Make phone calls with one click instead of dialing the entire number.


Emmy Anderson, Sprint 913-794-3467

Jeff Hasen, InfoSpace 425-201-8618

Amy Jorgenson Weber Shandwick for InfoSpace 425-452-5404

LGC Wireless Collaborates With Nortel To Deliver In-Building CDMA Wireless Solutions

LGC Wireless Collaborates With Nortel To Deliver In-Building CDMA Wireless Solutions San Jose, Calif., March 28, 2006—LGC Wireless, the leader in advanced in-building wireless systems, today announced an agreement with Nortel which will enable Nortel to distribute its in-building wireless products as part of Nortel’s CDMA portfolio of mobile wireless infrastructure solutions. Nortel is a leading vendor of cellular base stations and related equipment for CDMA, GSM and UMTS networks.

“In years past, wireless subscribers tolerated the lack of cellular coverage inside buildings, but today people expect their mobile devices to work from wherever they choose, whether it’s a local mall, convention center or sporting event," said Doug Wolff, general manger, CDMA, Nortel. "With this agreement we’ll be able to better equip CDMA operators to provide a stronger signal and high-quality communication experience to subscribers, regardless of their location.”

Under the agreement, Nortel will sell and distribute LGC’s InterReach Unison systems around the world, giving LGC a strong global distribution partner that is a leader in carrier wireless infrastructure. Nortel (booth 1835, Hall C3) and LGC Wireless (booth 2117) will be showcasing LGC’s products at the CTIA convention in Las Vegas on April 5-7, 2006.

“Nortel is a major global player in 3G cellular and wireless broadband, and this agreement better enables them to offer a high-quality in-building system directly to their CDMA customers,” said John Spindler, vice president of marketing at LGC Wireless. “We think the combination of Nortel’s market presence and LGC’s broad carrier acceptance will increase market opportunities for both companies.”

KDDI Announces ‘3D Navi’ - World's First Cellular Phone 3D Navigation Service

KDDI Announces ‘3D Navi’ - World''s First Cellular Phone 3D Navigation Service March 27, 2006 -- KDDI and Okinawa Cellular are pleased to announce the world's first [1] real cellular phone 3D navigation service. "3D Navi", the new service which displays intersections and landmarks in three-dimensional images, is produced by KDDI in association with NAVITIME JAPAN CO.,LTD. for the pedestrian "EZ Navi Walk", and will be available from later April this year.

Following the "EZ Navi Walk" voice guide on the way to one's destination, pedestrians will pass through various intersections or locations, and at each, "3D Navi" displays images of the surrounding scenery, such as buildings and landmarks. As real maps in three dimensions are displayed, users can enjoy a more comprehensible service, particularly at complex intersections or locations, which are not easily understood with a standard map alone.

ZENRIN CO., LTD. and GEO Technical Laboratory Co., Ltd. provide the data used in "3D Navi's" 3D map images.

[1] As of March 26, 2006, "3D Navi" is the first cellular phone navigation service using high resolution three-dimension digital mapping on a nationwide city scale, following KDDI and NAVITIME JAPAN research.

Nortel, Sierra Wireless Achieve Industry’s First EV-DO Revision A Mobile Calls

Nortel, Sierra Wireless Achieve Industry’s First EV-DO Revision A Mobile Calls VANCOUVER, BC - MARCH 24, 2006 - Nortel and Sierra Wireless have achieved a significant technology milestone needed to power wireless services such as push-to-talk, push-to-video, VoIP and interactive gaming at speeds much faster than available today.

The two companies achieved the industry's first over the air test calls using EV-DO Revision A wireless technology and pre-commercial wireless data devices. The successful tests confirm the commercial viability of EV-DO Revision A for powering next-generation broadband wireless services. "The ability for operators to deliver new, revenue-generating services with increased network intelligence enabled by EV-DO Revision A will provide a powerful competitive advantage," said Doug Wolff, vice president and general manager, CDMA, Nortel. "The successful tests are the latest step in Nortel's aggressive EV-DO strategy to deliver cost-effective, high-bandwidth capabilities for wireless operations."

"Joint interoperability testing, particularly with new network technologies like EV-DO Revision A, enables wireless operators to assess the quality and reliability of new technologies," said Jim Kirkpatrick, chief technology officer for Sierra Wireless. "We are pleased to collaborate with Nortel to lead the market in enabling advanced EV-DO Revision A wireless solutions for our customers."

The companies completed over the air tests using Sierra Wireless AirCard® 595 wide area wireless network cards, Sierra Wireless MC5725 PCI Express Mini Card embedded modules, and EV-DO Revision A equipment from Nortel. EV-DO Revision A technology will offer significant performance improvements to both the uplink and the downlink speeds compared to current EV-DO (Release 0) networks. EV-DO Revision A enables peak data rates of up to 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and 1.8 Mbps on the uplink.

Nortel has provided EV-DO equipment to 18 of the 29 operators worldwide including Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the United States, VIVO in Brazil, Pelephone in Israel and.Eurotel in the Czech Republic. Nortel's CDMA equipment is designed to support EV-DO through modular upgrades to existing hardware, re-using existing base station to help operators reduce or eliminate the need for costly hardware replacements.

The AirCard 595 wireless wide area network card and the MC5725 Mini Card embedded module are Sierra Wireless's first products for EV-DO Revision A networks and are scheduled for commercial release later this year, bringing the company's EV-DO product portfolio to five devices since launching the industry's first EV-DO PC cards in 2003. Both products are fully compatible with current EV-DO and CDMA 1X networks, for use in areas where an EV-DO Revision A network is not available.

For more information about Sierra Wireless products, please visit, or contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk by calling 604-232-1488 or e-mailing

Contacts for Press and Analysts:

Sharlene Myers Sierra Wireless 604-232-1445

Pat Cooper Nortel 425-450-7523

QUALCOMM And Inventec Appliances Sign 3G Subscriber Unit And Modem Card License Agreement

QUALCOMM And Inventec Appliances Sign 3G Subscriber Unit And Modem Card License Agreement SAN DIEGO — March 23, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Inventec Appliances Corporation (IAC), a global leader in smart handheld devices and Internet appliance solutions, specializing in multimedia, broadband and wireless technology convergence, today announced that the companies have signed a new, commercial 3G CDMA subscriber unit and modem card license agreement. Under the terms of the worldwide, royalty-bearing agreement, QUALCOMM has granted IAC a patent license to develop, manufacture and sell CDMA2000® and WCDMA subscriber units and modem card products. The royalties payable by IAC are at QUALCOMM’s standard rates and are the same irrespective of the CDMA standard implemented by the subscriber unit or modem card product.

“QUALCOMM is pleased to grant IAC a license to develop, manufacture and sell subscriber units and modem card products,” said Marvin Blecker, president of QUALCOMM Technology Licensing. “The license agreement will allow IAC to participate in the rapidly-growing 3G market and provide superior value-added and innovative wireless solutions to its customers worldwide.”

“The escalating growth of subscriber unit shipments out of Taiwan is a testament to the strength of the industry in this region,” said Michael Chen, senior vice president of IAC. “We believe this license agreement from QUALCOMM, the leader in CDMA technologies, will be a key factor in our continued success and will enable us to maintain our leadership in the wireless market.”

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Jeremy James, Corporate Communications Phone: 1-858-651-1641 Email:

Bill Davidson, Investor Relations Phone: 1-858-658-4813 Email:

IAC Contacts: Michael Chen, Senior Vice President Phone: 886-2-2299-9329, ext. 2275 Email:

Debbie Wu, Investor Relations Phone: 886-2-2299-9329, ext. 2555 Email:

Alltel Offers BlackBerry 7130e With Wireless Broadband Service

Alltel Offers BlackBerry 7130e With Wireless Broadband Service Little Rock, Ark. and Waterloo, ON – March 23, 2006 – Alltel, owner of America’s largest wireless network, and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced that Alltel is selling the BlackBerry® 7130e™, the first BlackBerry handheld designed to operate on the company’s high-speed Axcess Broadband network.

The Java-based BlackBerry 7130e combines phone, wireless e-mail, text messaging, organizer, Web and corporate data applications in a sleek handset that also features Bluetooth support for hands-free use with a headset or car kit.

The BlackBerry 7130e operates on Alltel’s Axcess Broadband EV-DO network which supports Internet access at speeds up to 2.4 Mbps, enabling users to quickly view large, graphic-rich content.

The BlackBerry 7130e is available in Alltel retail stores for $299.99 with a two-year service agreement. Customers who add a postpaid voice calling plan when purchasing the BlackBerry 7130e will receive unlimited data service for $44.99 per month. The unlimited data plan includes national data roaming at no extra charge when using this device.

“The BlackBerry 7130e operating on Alltel’s Axcess Broadband network gives users a superior wireless experience by enabling mobile professionals to remain connected and productive while benefiting from the industry-leading speeds of Alltel’s fast network,” said Frank O’Mara, executive vice president of marketing for Alltel. “BlackBerry is a powerful tool for customers who want access to email, phone and other applications from a single, wireless device.”

“The sophisticated design and enhanced features, combined with the power of the BlackBerry platform and Alltel’s fast EV-DO network, make the BlackBerry 7130e an excellent choice for mobile professionals,” said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. “We’re excited to be working with Alltel to bring this innovative device to its customers in the U.S.”

The BlackBerry 7130e handset offers top-of-the-line features such as a large, bright, high-resolution LCD screen and 64MB of flash memory. It also includes SureType™keyboard technology from RIM. SureType effectively converges a wireless device keypad and a QWERTY keyboard to fit elegantly within the size of a traditional wireless phone form factor. Through an integrated keyboard and software system, SureType provides users with an instinctively familiar look and feel and enables them to dial phone numbers and type messages quickly, accurately and comfortably.

For individuals and smaller businesses, BlackBerry Internet Service™ allows users to access up to 10 corporate and/or personal e-mail accounts (including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and most popular ISP e-mail accounts) from a single device. For corporate customers, BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ software tightly integrates with Microsoft® Exchange, IBM Lotus® Domino™and Novell GroupWise® and works with existing enterprise systems to enable secure, push-based wireless access to e-mail and other corporate data.

The Sims Go Mobile: Verizon Wireless Customers Can Take EA's The Sims 2 On-The-Go

The Sims Go Mobile: Verizon Wireless Customers Can Take EA''s The Sims 2 On-The-Go BEDMINSTER, NJ and REDWOOD SHORES — March 22, 2006 — Verizon Wireless Get It Now® customers can jump into the universe of the Sims with The Sims 2TM Connected Edition and The Sims 2TM from EA, the world’s leading interactive entertainment software company. Available now on select Get It Now-enabled phones, The Sims 2 Connected Edition and The Sims 2 let players enjoy the wildly popular Sims franchise on-the-go. With an intuitive ‘one thumb’ gameplay design and the immersive Sims world, players both old and new can enjoy the virtual-life game on their Verizon Wireless phones.

In the world of Sims, players can create people's lives and the world around them, managing the life, motives, and moods of their Sims. From determining their Sims' appearance, to choosing a zodiac sign and selecting their Sims' life aspirations, players keep their Sim happy as they furnish their homes, take jobs to keep the cash rolling in, and interact with their quirky, memorable neighbors to gain status.

The Sims 2 offers classic Sims gameplay that allows players to satisfy their Sims' daily wants, needs and demands by growing their Sims' career skills, buying their Sims special home furnishings and developing relationships with other Sims.

Verizon Wireless Sims fans can now download and play The Sims 2 Connected Edition for $4.99 monthly access or $9.99 for unlimited use purchase; or The Sims 2 for $3.99 monthly access or $7.99 unlimited use purchase from the getGAMES shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled handset and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to

Media Contact Info:

Jeffrey Nelson 908-306-4824

Tammy Schachter Electronic Arts (EA) 650-628-7223

Verizon Wireless' V CAST And QUALCOMM's BREW Solution Boost Premium Game Downloads Creating More Opportunity For Publishers And Developers

Verizon Wireless' V CAST And QUALCOMM's BREW Solution Boost Premium Game Downloads Creating More Opportunity For Publishers And Developers SAN DIEGO and BEDMINSTER, N.J. — March 22, 2006 — QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, today announced that Verizon Wireless' V CAST service and QUALCOMM's BREW® solution are helping meet the growing demand for high-quality mobile games. According to Verizon Wireless, the company saw a 36 percent growth in gaming downloads over the last year since launching premium 3D games as part of the V CAST service. Verizon Wireless' V CAST service, which leverages CDMA2000® 1xEV-DO technology and the BREW solution, provides a wide variety of compelling wireless data options for subscribers, moving beyond just traditional applications to include mobile video and music players, 3D games and other advanced applications. This new data indicates how Verizon Wireless' investment in its industry-leading wireless broadband network is leading to a significant uptake in high-quality mobile game downloads.

The combined capabilities of QUALCOMM's 3D graphics-enabled MSM™ chipsets, the BREW solution and support for industry-standard OpenGL® ES APIs offers game publishers and developers an efficient, flexible and high performance solution for creating the most advanced mobile games for mass market phones. Currently there are more than 40 3D games available on V CAST, retailing between $7.49 and $12.99 per title for unlimited gameplay or between $2.49 and $4.99 for a monthly subscription. When these games are delivered over a high-speed network, such as Verizon Wireless' CDMA2000 1xEV-DO-based national network, subscribers can rapidly access much larger and more compelling titles, generating excitement in the gaming community as well as significantly more revenue across the value chain.

“The availability of true 3G services through V CAST has proven to be a key differentiator for Verizon Wireless in continuing to offer the most compelling products to our loyal customers,” said Jim Straight, senior vice president of wireless Internet and multimedia for Verizon Wireless. “With so many active V CAST customers already enjoying high quality 3D games, music and video services over high-speed connections, we have no doubt that the service will continue to gain momentum as the technology curve accelerates and consumer demand for exciting mobile 3D titles increases.”

“We applaud Verizon Wireless' commitment to offering cutting-edge and in-demand mobile games to its subscribers,” said Mitch Lasky, senior vice president of EA Mobile. “At EA, we are committed to publishing the world's most exciting mobile titles including Need For Speed™ Most Wanted and Madden NFL 06 for V CAST. From a development standpoint, a high-speed data service like V CAST and the BREW solution make it possible for us to create and deliver feature-rich 3D games that boast dazzling graphics and multiplayer functionality.”

“Verizon Wireless' success with its V CAST service further validates the benefits of launching rich and robust value-added services enabled by the BREW solution,” said Peggy Johnson, president of QUALCOMM Internet Services. “The demand for high-quality applications and content by wireless subscribers, and the efforts Verizon Wireless has taken to deliver these services, has proven beneficial to the other key members of the wireless value chain, including publishers, developers and device manufacturers.”

QUALCOMM Contacts:

Michele Guthrie, QUALCOMM Internet ServicesPhone: 1-858-651-4017Email:

Jeremy James, Corporate CommunicationsPhone: 1-858-651-1641Email:

Bill Davidson, Investor RelationsPhone: 1-858-658-4813Email:

Verizon Wireless Contact:Jeffrey Nelson, Corporate CommunicationsPhone: 1-908-306-4824Email:

Airvana Launches Carrier-Grade Platform For Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Airvana Launches Carrier-Grade Platform For Fixed-Mobile Convergence Chelmsford, MA, March 21, 2006 — Airvana, Inc. (, an innovator and leader in mobile broadband infrastructure based on 3G 1x EV-DO air interface technology, today announced the launch of its Universal Access Gateway (UAG), which allows operators to extend their subscriber services across other access technologies. More specifically, carriers can maintain a branded presence and continue offering services through any IP-based network, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and WiMax. The UAG is a highly reliable, standards-based network element that provides carrier-class security, IP mobility, and quality of service.

“The UAG demonstrates Airvana’s vision of mobile broadband everywhere – the true coexistence of cell and IP-based access technologies,” said Randy Battat, CEO of Airvana. “Whereas operators have been apprehensive about losing traffic and subscriber revenue to converged networks, the UAG bridges the gap between Access Networks and Service Networks, allowing them to offer services wherever subscribers initiate a connection.”

As a platform for Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), the UAG allows 3G network operators to monetize and coexist with the proliferation of new access networks and convergence devices. The UAG resides inside a carrier’s infrastructure and manages the delivery of voice, data and multimedia offerings over alternatively available IP networks.

UAG benefits at a glance:


• Protects user privacy and data integrity with the industry’s most advanced encryption and authentication protocols

• Defends the operator’s network against Denial of Service and other malicious attacks

• Provides industry-leading secure session capacity IP Mobility

* Solves the wireless LAN subnet-roaming problem with leading-edge IETF mobility protocols

* Enables fast handoff across IP networks via Mobile IP

* Interoperates with any circuit-to-packet handover solution

Quality of Service

• Allows operators to provide differentiated services via per-flow packet filtering, packet marking, and traffic management at both the ingress and egress ports

• Provides detailed accounting and call records

“Service providers who wish to build a business based on FMC will require network elements that can protect and manage the parent network interface,” said Iain Gillott, president and founder of iGR, a market research consultancy focused on the wireless and mobile industry. “Obviously, these border gateway solutions must be highly reliable and scalable.”

Airvana has already established itself as a market and technology leader in EV-DO RAN infrastructure. The company’s technology powers 16 of the world’s most dynamic 1xEV-DO networks, on six continents. Airvana’s 1xEV-DO infrastructure is based on its unique IP-RAN architecture that delivers carrier-grade mobility, scalability and reliability, and is optimized for mobile broadband multimedia.

Airvana has also applied its 1xEV-DO technology to develop an Air-to-ground (ATG) communications system in partnership with industry leaders such as Verizon Airfone. The Airvana EV-DO ATG system delivers an in-flight broadband connection that can be shared using Wi-Fi, allowing passengers broadband access to the Internet, corporate intranets and voice calls using Voice over IP (VoIP).

For more information, please visit the company's Web site at

Airvana Contact

Ty Sheppard, Bock Communications, Inc. (617) 412-5175

Telecom 027 Network Out-Performing Expectations

Telecom 027 Network Out-Performing Expectations 21 March 2006 -- Telecom’s CDMA-based mobile network will continue to ensure the company’s customers have the country’s best Mobile Broadband services for a long time to come, Telecom told analysts yesterday.

Last year’s successful rollout of the high speed Mobile Broadband network to main towns and cities throughout New Zealand, and the forthcoming upgrade to the faster Revision A EV-DO network put Telecom on a strong path for the future, analysts heard at a Telecom briefing day in Sydney.

“Worldwide, CDMA has outstripped expectations as a platform to deliver Mobile Broadband with a fast-developing evolution path for the future,” Chief Operating Officer Simon Moutter said.

“As a result we have no plans for an alternative UMTS network for the foreseeable future.

“Our commitment is to ensure that Telecom Mobile customers continue to have access to world class technology and services, and our technology path is committed to delivering that.

“We are confident we will deliver an Australian roaming solution to our customers if and when Telstra goes ahead with its signalled shut-down of its CDMA network. We have a number of options on that front,” Mr Moutter said.

Telecom executives said the company’s commitment to the CDMA technology path reflected its global scale, the growing range of handsets in the market and the future evolution path of the technology.

Telecom confirmed it was on track to shut down its TDMA-based 025 network in 2007.

For further information please contact

John Goulter Public Affairs & Government Relations Manager 04 498 9369 027 232 4303

Huawei Launches An Array Of New CDMA Handsets At Convergence India 2006

Huawei Launches An Array Of New CDMA Handsets At Convergence India 2006 New Delhi, INDIA -- 21 March 2006 - Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), the leading telecommunications vendor providing customized products & solutions, today introduced the launch of its latest range of CDMA mobile phone handsets at Convergence India 2006 in New Delhi of India. This marks the first time that Huawei has showcased its brand-new mobile handsets in India, which is one of Huawei's key markets for CDMA.

Catering for entry to mid-high level, each of Huawei's CDMA handsets comes with a slim and stylish look and feel, featuring a user-friendly interface for everyday use. Huawei handset models C2201 and C2205 support BREWlite providing many exciting value-added downloads such as ring tones and wallpapers; while models C506, C2280, C2281 and C3300 are equipped with 65K CSTN LCD screens and a large-capacity phone book, enhancing consumers' user experience.

Huawei is emerging as a strong mobile handset manufacturer in the global 3G and CDMA handset markets, while having formed strategic partnership with Vodafone regarding 3G handsets last month. Huawei is one of the main CDMA terminal vendors in the Indian market and has established positive relationships with major operators such as TATA, Reliance, BSNL and MNTL.

"Huawei sees India as one of the most important markets in the Asia Pacific region," said Mr. Li Chengjun, Director of the Marketing Department, Wireless Terminal Division of Huawei. "The introduction of our new CDMA handsets marks the next phase of Huawei's expansion and development in this ever-growing wireless market. We plan to launch more CDMA mobile handsets in India later this year"

Huawei provides customers with wireless terminal products of high performance value that provides quick response to their requirements with customized products. Huawei is also devoted to quality management and investment in R&D, which enables Huawei to provide excellent and customized wireless terminal products for customers.

According to the data released by the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers (AUSPI) in January 2006, the number of CDMA mobile subscribers in India has grown to 18.1 million and the Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority has set an objective to increase the overall number of mobile subscribers in India to 200 million by 2007.

Up to December 2005, Huawei has sold more than 10 million pieces of wireless terminal products globally including CDMA handsets, 3G handsets, 3G data cards etc, an increase of more than 100% compared to that for 2004.

Sierra Wireless Introduces Product Line For Next Generation EV-DO Networks

Sierra Wireless Introduces Product Line For Next Generation EV-DO Networks Vancouver, British Columbia – March 20, 2006 - Sierra Wireless today announced the introduction of the company’s product line for EV-DO Revision A networks. The AirCard® 595 wireless wide area network card and the MC5725 PCI Express Mini Card embedded module are designed to take advantage of the increased speed and functionality offered on the next-generation EV-DO networks, providing mobile professionals with faster file uploads and the capacity to support multimedia applications such as video streaming or Web conferencing.

“We believe that the benefits Revision A network technology will provide to our customers are a significant step toward the widespread adoption of wireless wide area network connectivity by mobile professionals,” said Trent Punnett, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. “For that reason, Sierra Wireless is committed to leading the way in bringing EV-DO Revision A devices to market.”

EV-DO Revision A is an upgrade to current EV-DO networks that supports faster data rates and increased system capacity, offering peak data rates of 3.1 Mbps on the downlink and up to 1.8 Mbps on the uplink. The faster data rates, particularly on the uplink, will improve the user experience for those who need to send large files such as photos or graphics to colleagues or clients over their wireless data connection.

The AirCard 595, a Type II PC card, is the latest addition to Sierra Wireless’s award winning AirCard line of wireless wide area network cards for mobile computing. Scheduled for commercial shipment in the third quarter of 2006, the AirCard 595 will also be fully compatible with current EV-DO networks, as well as CDMA 1X networks, for use in areas where an EV-DO Rev. A network is not available.

Designed to provide an integrated EV-DO Revision A connection for AirCard Enabled™ notebook computers and other mobile computing devices, the MC5725 is the newest embedded module from Sierra Wireless, which has more than 10 years’ experience in working with original equipment manufacturers to provide built-in wireless wide area network connectivity for a variety of devices and applications. Like the AirCard 595, the MC5725 will be backward compatible to provide seamless connections to current EV-DO and CDMA 1X networks.

Early models of the AirCard 595 and the MC5725 are available to infrastructure vendors, OEM customers, and network operators for testing and integration purposes.

For more information about Sierra Wireless products, please visit To contact the Sierra Wireless Sales Desk, please call 604-232-1488 or e-mail

Media Contacts

Kathleen Landry Director, Corporate Marketing and Communications Sierra Wireless Phone: 604.231.1100 Email:

Sharlene Myers Media Communications Specialist Sierra Wireless Tel: 604.232.1445 Email:

Jo-Anne Stayner Senior Consultant High Road Communications Phone: 604.630.1039 Email:

The Official Site Of The Ministry Of Communication Of The Republic Of Belarus Is Announcing On 17.03.2006

The Official Site Of The Ministry Of Communication Of The Republic Of Belarus Is Announcing On 17.03.2006 BelCel JV Ltd. (trade mark DIALLOG) has just finished all the works related with transferring the subscribers of the cellular mobile network of NMT – 450 standard to the cellular mobile network of IMT – MC – 450 standard (CDMA technology). Collegium of the Ministry of Communication of the Republic of Belarus on March 9, 2006 took a decision allowing to BelCel JV Ltd. to stop providing communication services of the cellular mobile network of NMT – 450 standard. Now all the subscribers of the DIALLOG network can get a high quality voice communication and all the spectrum of services of the modern cellular mobile network of IMT-ÌÑ-450 standard including high speed data transfer (up to 153 kbps) and EV-DO (high speed data transfer up to 2Mbps).

Sprint Mobile Broadband And AP's SNAPfeed Technology Enable Broadcasters To Transmit Video Of Breaking News

Sprint Mobile Broadband And AP''s SNAPfeed Technology Enable Broadcasters To Transmit Video Of Breaking News RESTON, Va. — 03/16/2006 — Covering breaking news stories is now a snap more than ever for journalists. The Associated Press news service has teamed with Sprint to help reporters file broadcast-quality breaking news video over the nationwide Sprint Power Vision(SM) (EV-DO) Network using SNAPfeed, a store and forward video application developed by the AP.

Journalists equipped with SNAPfeed, a laptop, compatible camera and a Sprint Mobile Broadband Connection Card can send 60 seconds of breaking news quality video back to their broadcast newsroom in less than ten minutes on the Sprint Power Vision Network. Photographs and audio clips can be transferred even faster. The solution is a cost-effective alternative or adjunct to other transport options like satellite phones or trucks, allowing journalists to cover breaking news in environments where a truck is not practical or available. By greatly reducing the potential costs involved in transferring video remotely/wirelessly and freeing up the journalist to focus on editorial responsibilities, broadcasters become more competitive.

"With AP's SNAPfeed software, video at a breaking news site is only four clicks away from transmission," says Mike Palmer, Director of Broadcast Digital Distribution Systems and Strategy for AP. "Sprint's PCS Connection Card and Mobile Broadband service provide a transparent and automatic connection over which SNAPfeed transmits the video. Journalists don't have to worry about a separate login to the Sprint network -- it's simply there and ready to use. Because Sprint has a robust EV-DO network in many markets and continues to grow, the Sprint Power Vision network complements this application," Palmer says.

Sprint Mobile Broadband service is available nationwide in over 215 major metropolitan markets (populations over 100k) and in over 466 airports. AP tested the Sprint service in a number of markets and found that Sprint Mobile Broadband works well with SNAPfeed, transmitting video from both stationary locations and moving vehicles. Error correcting and recovery mechanisms in both SNAPfeed and the Sprint service complement each other, ensuring video and other media make it back to the newsroom even if the signal is lost by a moving vehicle traveling through a tunnel or a non-service area.

"SNAPfeed is a perfect example of how customers can use Sprint Mobile Broadband to gain competitive advantages for their business," said Barry Tishgart, Director of Marketing at Sprint. "With Sprint's extensive Mobile Broadband coverage and AP Broadcast's expertise in developing solutions, journalists can be productive anywhere they chose to work."

SNAPfeed can be used and licensed to government agencies and emergency services as well as broadcasters for mobile video transfer to a central location. SNAPfeed allows journalists to transmit video files over multiple transmission mechanisms like broadband, wireless or satellite phone. A limited number of SNAPfeed licenses are available free of charge to existing AP ENPS customers.

The Sprint Power Vision Network is based on state-of-the-art EV-DO CDMA technology. Users with EV-DO capable devices will be able to access wireless data at average download speeds of 400-700 kbps and a peak rate of up to 2 Mbps. Sprint Mobile Broadband download speeds are roughly equivalent to DSL. Sprint Mobile Broadband and connection card information can be found at 1-866-782-6789 or and Information about the SNAPfeed product is available at

Media Contacts:

John Polivka, 972 405-5139

Roger Lockhart, 202 736-1145

SkyTurbo in Yekaterinburg: Every Handset Dreams of Such Speed

SkyTurbo in Yekaterinburg: Every Handset Dreams of Such Speed Yekaterinburg, March 15, 2006 --SkyTurbo, a service unveiled about two weeks ago by SKYLINK-Yekaterinburg on the basis of EV-DO technology, has given the new generation operator an uncontestable competitive advantage. Now mobile data transmission speeds on the SKYLINK network are 15 times higher than they used to be, reaching 2.4 Mbit/sec.

The first sign-ups to the SkyTurbo service are happy about the unprecedented mobile data transmission speeds. While the maximum speed is 2.4 Mbit/sec, the average speeds of downloading files in the SkyTurbo mode, given standard network load, range between 700 and 800 Kbit/sec, thereby ensuring convenient work with big data volumes and multimedia services.

Sergei Gershtein, sales director at SKYLINK-Yekaterinburg, says: “2.4 Mbit/sec, far from being just an attractive figure, gives subscribers real advantages, which are unique for the mobile telecoms market. It is for the first time that mobile Internet access has become comparable, in terms of speed, with access along dedicated lines. SkyTurbo gives its subscribers the benefit of instantaneous high-speed data transmission of applications used by various businesses – from setting up mobile offices to putting on track systems for collection of telemetric indicators. The high-speed exchange of big data volumes implemented on the basis of mobile devices offers numerous opportunities for application.”

SkyTurbo service was launched only in three regions in Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. SkyTurbo service is available to the SKYLINK-Yekaterinburg subscribers not only in the capital of the Ural area but in its satellite cities – Revda and Pervouralsk - as well.

SKYLINK-Yekaterinburg is the first CDMA network in Russia whose SkyTurbo project has been implemented in conjunction with Nortel, a Canadian equipment vendor, which has accumulated vast experience of deploying new generation mobile networks across the globe.

Diana Korolkova, PR manager, Uralwestcom

Tels: (343) 376-77-76, 8-901-201-1290 (mobile)

Axesstel To Supply Worldcall With Public Call Office Phones For Nationwide Expansion Of Fixed Wireless Network In Pakistan

Axesstel To Supply Worldcall With Public Call Office Phones For Nationwide Expansion Of Fixed Wireless Network In Pakistan SAN DIEGO & LAHORE, Pakistan, Mar 15, 2006 -- Axesstel, Inc., a leader in the design and development of fixed wireless voice and broadband data products, today announced it will supply Worldcall Telecom Limited with its new L1900 Public Call Office (PCO) Fixed Wireless Desktop Phone to support Worldcall's nationwide fixed wireless network expansion in Pakistan. Axesstel is scheduled to begin shipments of the L1900 PCO phones this month.

Worldcall strives to increase the currently low telecom penetration rate in Pakistan by expanding its fixed wireless network nationwide. Worldcall has wireless local loop (WLL) licenses in all 14 telecom regions in Pakistan and plans to launch the Axesstel L1900 PCO Fixed Wireless Phone in conjunction with its nationwide fixed wireless network expansion to provide cost-effective voice services to consumers and businesses in urban, semi-urban and rural areas. The L1900 and monthly service will be offered to merchants on a pre-paid basis.

"We continue to expand our fixed wireless network nationwide to meet the needs of a largely untapped market of consumers and businesses without access to quality, affordable voice services," said Babar Ali Syed, executive director for Worldcall Telecom. "Axesstel's innovative L1900 PCO phone provides us with a low-risk, low-cost solution for providing public phone services to customers in areas not serviced by landline networks and enables us to reach the most in-need communities with a low capital investment."

The Axesstel L1900 PCO allows merchants to provide customers with basic voice calling services. Integrated with a propriety payphone application, the L1900 PCO displays the number of calling units used during a call. The caller then pays the merchant for the cost of the call.

"We look forward to supporting Worldcall with its nationwide fixed wireless network expansion and are pleased that our L1900 PCO provides a solution to broaden its product offerings and grow market share," said Mike Kwon, chairman and chief executive officer for Axesstel. "Our global customer base continues to grow and adding Worldcall allows us to increase our market penetration in Pakistan."

The Axesstel L1900 PCO provides plug and play voice calling with enhanced features including short messaging service (SMS), call waiting, call forwarding, caller id, and three-way calling.


Axesstel, Inc. Kim K. Haneke, 858-875-7291 or Worldcall Telecom Limited Babar Ali Syed, +92 (42) 111 947 947

Musicwave Powers Telus Mobile Music Full Track

Musicwave Powers Telus Mobile Music Full Track REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - March 15, 2006 -- Musiwave, an Openwave company, and a leading provider of mobile music entertainment services to operators and media companies worldwide, today announced the launch of its first North American customer, TELUS, a leading Canadian telecommunications company, to deploy Musiwave's full-track music download service for its mobile phone subscribers.

"Our goal is to offer a uniquely personalized entertainment experience to our clients across Canada and deliver services that are both compelling and easy-to-use," said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS' Senior Vice President of Products and Services. "With TELUS mobile music, our subscribers can now benefit from a highly innovative new service - making full length music downloads accessible from their mobile phone or desktop computer."

"The handset is evolving into an extension of a subscriber's personality, and the ability to program it with personalized music and entertainment brings the user experience to a whole new level," said Nicolas Pelletier, Vice President of Musiwave. "Musiwave has long been a key player in the European and Asian mobile music markets; with TELUS, we are entering the North American market with strong proof of our capabilities. Coupled with their new high speed network, TELUS is poised to deliver an optimal music and entertainment experience for their customers."

Musiwave's full track download service is delivered with Secure Digital Container AG (SDC) which delivers a complete DRM server and music client solution for CDMA and GSM carriers and Digital World Services (DWS) which provides the DRM content delivery platform ADORA. Musiwave's mobile music platform currently powers 20 operators' full track music mobile services globally.

For further information: Contact Openwave Worldwide Public Relations

SPARK A Rhythm With TELUS Mobile Music And The LG 8100 Mobile Entertainment Device

SPARK A Rhythm With TELUS Mobile Music And The LG 8100 Mobile Entertainment Device Vancouver, BC – March 13, 2006 – TELUS today announced TELUS Mobile Music, offering clients across the country access to Canada's largest mobile music catalogue and the only one offering selections from all the world's biggest record labels – EMI Music, SonyBMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group. TELUS also announced the exclusive availability of the LG 8100, a mobile entertainment and communications device packing an MP3 player, stereo speakers, Bluetooth functionality and much more.

“TELUS Mobile Music provides the instant gratification of getting the songs you want anywhere, anytime from Canada's largest mobile music library,” said Robert Blumenthal, TELUS' Senior Vice President of Products and Services. “The newest addition to SPARK, TELUS' set of consumer-oriented mobile entertainment, information and messaging services, TELUS Mobile Music makes downloading music fast and easy.”

High Speed Downloads

Operating on TELUS' Wireless High Speed network, TELUS Mobile Music lets clients download full-track songs in seconds, thanks to typical broadband download speeds of 400 to 700 kilobits per second (kbps). Based on the CDMA 1xEVDO standard, Wireless High Speed is available in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, and is expected to roll out to more urban centres in 2006. Where Wireless High Speed is not yet available, clients can access TELUS Mobile Music on the TELUS 1X digital data network at speeds up to 144 kbps.

With the unique and easy-to-navigate TELUS Mobile Music Storefront, clients can browse, preview and purchase music for both their wireless phones and their desktop computers. The TELUS Mobile Music Storefront is powered by Musiwave using the ADORA content delivery platform from Digital World Service (DWS). As part of TELUS' ongoing commitment to protect artists' rights, the company has selected SDC to provide full Digital Rights Management protection and the SDC DRM Music player client application on copyrighted music content.

TELUS Mobile Music tracks cost $1.99 each, plus a 50 cent download fee – no additional data package is required. Clients get two copies of each song, one for their wireless phone and one for their desktop computer. With Tune Tracker software, clients can quickly identify their favourite songs by holding their wireless phone close to a stereo speaker. If the song is part of the TELUS Mobile Music catalogue, they can immediately download the song via a link on the phone's display. Tune Tracker identification costs an additional 50 cents per song. More information about TELUS Mobile Music is available at

SPARK - Mobile Entertainment and Information in the palm of your hand

The introduction of TELUS Mobile Music is part of the new TELUS SPARK lineup of mobile entertainment, information and messaging services for consumers, which also includes TELUS mobile TV, multimedia messaging, downloadable images, ringtones, videos and games, and new Web browser features, including search tools and a broad range of new online content.

The SPARK advertising campaign, set to begin formally on March 20, stars TELUS' newest “spokescritters” – a Moluccan cockatoo, a Palm cockatoo and colourful lovebirds. TELUS chose the birds for the SPARK campaign thanks to their stunning visual appearance and unique personalities, making them a perfect fit for the future friendly TELUS brand. To learn more about SPARK, please visit

LG 8100: The Ultimate Entertainment Phone

For the ultimate music downloading experience, clients can access TELUS Mobile Music with the exclusive LG 8100, a powerful multimedia device from LG Electronics that operates on TELUS' Wireless High Speed network.

The LG 8100 also features a built-in MP3 player with external controls, stereo speakers for superior sound quality, TELUS Mobile TV access, video recorder functionality, a 1.3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth wireless technology for use with hands-free headsets, car kits and modems and an optional 1GB mini SD memory card for storing a wide range of music, video, photo and other files.

The LG 8100 is available at TELUS retail locations across Canada in a choice of black and, coming soon, white exteriors for as low as $99.99 on a three-year contract or $349.99 without a contract.

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For more information, interview or product demonstrations, media may contact:

Julie Smithers TELUS External Communications (416) 684-6817

Kyocera Wireless Corp. And Brightstar Corp. Announce New Sales And Distribution Agreement In India

Kyocera Wireless Corp. And Brightstar Corp. Announce New Sales And Distribution Agreement In India MUMBAI — March 13, 2006 — Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, and Brightstar Corp., the world’s largest wireless distribution and supply chain solutions company, announce plans to increase access to Kyocera handsets through a new sales and distribution agreement in the high growth India market.

Under the agreement, Kyocera mobiles will be sold, marketed and distributed to retailers of Reliance, the largest wireless service provider in India, by Brightstar Telecom India Pvt. Ltd. Brightstar will represent Kyocera in the North and Eastern Regions of India according to the terms of the agreement.

The expansion into India extends Kyocera’s ability to provide innovative, cutting-edge CDMA products globally. Brightstar’s knowledgeable product sales team enables the company to work closely with Kyocera and Reliance to import product to best meet the needs of the India market. The initial product offering represents a strong and diverse portfolio of mid-to-high tier devices for Reliance customers under the Slider, SoHo, KZ and Koi series. The line-up is packed with features including 65,000-colour displays, a unique swiveling phone with a 1.2 megapixel digital camera, a flip phone with user-changeable faceplates and a slim camera flip phone. Prices range from Rs. 3,999/- to Rs. 14,599/-.

"India is a critical growth market for Kyocera, as well as an important center of research and development for us at the global level," said Patrick Costello, International Sales Manager for Asia-Pacific at Kyocera Wireless. "With the support of our partners, along with our own in-country end-to-end research, design, engineering, marketing, sales and service capabilities, we aim to become one of the top three CDMA brands within the next year. Our distribution partnership with Brightstar, and their support of the Reliance network, will enable Indian consumers to get fast, reliable access to our fully-featured, easy-to-use products in crucial growth markets and greatly contribute towards our success in the market."

Reliance Infocomm is India’s largest wireless service provider with nearly 18 million customers. The partnership between Brightstar and Kyocera will provide Reliance with increased access and speed to market, as well as further support Kyocera’s product line in rural areas, allowing Reliance to better support their customers and expand the market.

“Brightstar is uniquely positioned to serve markets like India through our global partnerships, nationwide sales force and nimbleness to react to the ever-changing and fast growing market. We look forward to furthering our partnership with Kyocera, offering Reliance customers the most innovative wireless devices on the market,” said Mr. Arun Batra, Country Head of Brightstar Telecom India.

Brightstar has significantly grown its presence to support its global customer base, now operating 30 facilities in 25 countries worldwide. With revenues in 2005 exceeding $2.25 Billion, the company has averaged a 64 % growth year-over-year. The company attributes several factors to its success, including: expansion of service offerings, product portfolio line additions, significant strategic relationships and geographic expansion to High Growth Markets. Founded in 1997, the company serves more than 160 network operators and 25,000 resellers, retailers and agents.

With this agreement, Brightstar has extended its support of the Kyocera brand to include all of North America, South America, the Caribbean as well as India and Australia.

Contacts:Glen D’Souza/Ashwini GondeHanmer & Partners98214 14845 / 98204 43120

orAlison Klapper Leon+1 305 351

Huawei Enables Starcomms To Deploy 1st CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Network In Nigeria

Huawei Enables Starcomms To Deploy 1st CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Network In Nigeria Shenzhen, CHINA -- 10 March 2006 -- Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ("Huawei"), a leader in providing next generation networks for telecommunications operators around the world, today announced that Starcomms Nigeria Limited ("Starcomms"), Nigeria's largest private telecom operator, is to deploy Nigeria's first 1xEV-DO-based mobile broadband network. The new network will be one of Western Africa's first CDMA2000 1xEV-DO networks leveraging Huawei's latest third generation CDMA2000 1xEV-DO platform.

The network provides 3G-broadband high-speed wireless internet services capable of achieving peak data rates with a download speed of up to 2.4 Mbps and an average speed of 300 Kbps to 500 Kbps and will also enable subscribers to watch streaming video, movies and sort broadcast over their 3G mobile handsets. Mr. Maher Qubain, CEO of Starcomms, said, "Riding on a CDMA platform, Huawei's 1xEV-DO network will enhance the speed of accessing to the Internet for Starcomms' subscribers. With Huawei's leading CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology and professional services, Starcomms is poised to be at the forefront of Nigeria's mobile market going forward."

Mr. Angelo Marciano, Deputy Managing Director of Huawei's Nigerian representative office, commented, "We are very proud to enable the pioneering Starcomms to deploy the first CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network in Nigeria as well as one of the first of such networks in Western Africa. Huawei's leading CDMA2000 1xEV-DO technology is receiving increasing recognition from the world's leading CDMA operators. We are committed to providing Starcomms with our customer-oriented solutions and professional services. The launch of Starcomms' first 3G network has strengthened our partnership with Starcomms. "

Huawei's customized and innovative CDMA solutions now serve more than 30 million CDMA subscribers in the world.

Motorola Expands VIVO’s Delivery Of CDMA 3G EV-DO High Speed Mobile Services

Motorola Expands VIVO’s Delivery Of CDMA 3G EV-DO High Speed Mobile Services SÃO PAULO, Brazil – 9 MARCH 2006 –Motorola, Inc today announced the CDMA 3G EV-DO network expansion for VIVO, This development enables VIVO to effectively manage large increases in high speed mobile data network traffic for Brasilia and Curitiba, two Brazilian’s cities where VIVO brings its third generation services. As well as supporting increased traffic and enabling deployment of new applications and services, the network expansion is designed to provide mobile data subscribers with faster access to Internet, m-commerce and company Intranets.

"Motorola delivered the industry's first commercial CDMA network in 1995, and continues to promote the evolution of this technology, which at one time provided only basic voice, to today's networks that give subscribers access to high-speed mobile broadband," Mauricio Gomes – General Director of Motorola comments. "This expansion for VIVO is a continuation of a more than ten year relationship and supports their subscribers' demands for more and more advanced mobile services enabling seamless communication, regardless of application."

"To meet the increased demand of high-speed services from our existing network, allowing our clients to use third generation services in high speed, we are pioneering and offering next generation applications. We are making history on mobile telephony in Brazil, as for example, the TV transmission on cell phones, launched in 7th July, 2005”, said Javier Rodriquez, technology vice-president, VIVO.

According to the latest budget figures examined by leading technology market analyst ABI Research, many mobile operators worldwide will commit increased capital expenditure to network expansion this year. The CAPEX data, collected for the company's new "Mobile Operator Performance Benchmarks Database", reflects increased mobile telephone usage and growing saturation in mature markets.

Media Contact:

Motorola Brazil Luciana Vedovato Communication and Corporate Affairs +55-11-3030-5045 (office) +55-11-9643-0001 (mobile)

Sprint Furnishes Fix to College Hoops Fans

Sprint Furnishes Fix to College Hoops Fans RESTON, Va. — 03/09/2006 — Today, Sprint marked an industry first and announced it will deliver exclusive, made-for-mobile collegiate hoops programming to its customers. Beginning March 13, Sprint customers' third screens will provide a wide variety of original news and analysis beginning with tournament bracket pairings all the way through the final buzzer.

Renowned sports anchor and reporter Bonnie Bernstein serves as host in the Sprint Tournament Center - the cornerstone of Sprint's exclusive college hoops content. Bernstein - along with current and former college basketball coaches - will provide in-depth tournament analysis only to Sprint customers.

Sprint's college basketball wireless content also features breaking news and analysis from the tournament, immediate and complete game scores, game reminders and nail-biter alerts for close games with less than six minutes remaining.

"Sprint continues to provide innovative, meaningful mobile content to its customers," said Jeff Hallock, vice president of marketing for Sprint. "Mobile phones offer so much more than just voice applications today - and we're literally 'changing the game' for the better with this original content. Sports fans are active, engaged and invested in these games - they want instant and up-to-the-minute access to their teams."

Sprint Original Programming

Bernstein anchors the Sprint Tournament Center, debuting March 16. These studio-based video segments - produced by Intersport, an award-winning sports programming producer based in Chicago - provide game predictions, in-game updates, post-game analyses and breakdowns of key games and players each day of tournament play. In addition, Sprint will offer news and analysis from other major college basketball events.

The Sprint Tournament Center will originate from Chicago for the first two weeks of the tournament; during week three, the Sprint Tournament Center moves to Indianapolis.

In Sprint Insider's Bracket, coaches will break down all first-round 32 tournament pairings; each game will be previewed in separate, one-minute segments. These exclusive vignettes, grouped by region, will be available March 13 to help Sprint customers make better-informed tournament bracket predictions.

Other Mobile-Exclusive College Hoops Content

In addition to its own programming, Sprint will also provide other college hoops-themed shows to its customers, providing them a chance to enjoy on demand when they want.

Installments of March Madness Coaches Preview, airing weekly from March 13 through March 31, will feature elite hoops coaches offering insightful analysis before each round of tournament play.

Sprint will also offer College Basketball's 10 Greatest Games, which features interviews with key game participants. These on-demand video segments, available early April, will rank the greatest college basketball games of all time.

Personalized Content

Sprint customers can also prove their undying collegiate loyalties via Sprint's recently expanded multimedia content catalog, featuring a variety of college-specific screensavers, fight songs and more.

Sprint wireless customers can also "retire the ring" with exclusive Dick Vitale content. Vitale, synonymous with college basketball, offers up his marquee catchphrases only to Sprint customers. For example, Call Tones from Sprint allow songs, sounds or voices to replace the traditional "ring" people hear when calling. These can be assigned to all incoming callers, groups, individual numbers and even by time of day. Throughout the month of March, Vitale's distinctive voice can greet friends, family and work associates.

Cost and device compatibility

A majority of this mobile-exclusive content is free to Sprint VisionSM and Power VisionSM subscribers, or Nextel Data Access subscribers using Java-capable wireless phones. For other Sprint customers, "a la carte" pricing applies. All content is accessible in one convenient application, which is also free for wireless download. Available March 13, the application download is initiated through a simple process: customers simply text the word "HOOPS" to the shortcode 7777. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Media contact:

Dave DeVries, Sprint 312-551-1740

Sprint Easy Office Delivers Wireless Productivity Tool While Controlling IT Costs

Sprint Easy Office Delivers Wireless Productivity Tool While Controlling IT Costs Reston, Va. — 03/08/2006 — Sprint today announces the launch of Sprint Easy Office which offers small businesses the capabilities of a full-featured wireless messaging service without the installation, maintenance or large expense of on-site hardware and software. Bringing together the strength of Sprint and IBM, small and medium-sized business employees now have a new tool to use wireless devices to be more responsive to co-workers, customers and vendors because they enjoy real-time access to their calendar, email, contact and task lists whether they are in the office or on the road. Sprint is the only wireless provider today to deliver a managed wireless solution to small and medium-sized businesses that includes all services on one bill and 24X7 customer service.

"Sprint Easy Office levels the playing field for small and medium-sized businesses by allowing them to enjoy the benefits of a robust mobile messaging tool without having to make a significant investment in IT support and equipment," said Tim Donahue, vice president of general business marketing, Sprint Business Solutions. "As a part of our alliance relationship, Sprint and IBM have partnered to help businesses extend their workplace with a collaborative tool that is easy to use."

Primarily geared for businesses with three to 100 employees, Sprint Easy Office is supported on the Nextel i930 by Motorola, any Nextel J2ME handsets with Nextel Mobile Email capabilities and BlackBerry devices that operate on the Sprint Nationwide PCS Network or Nextel National Network. Sprint Easy Office includes components such as Microsoft Exchange, 200MB mailboxes, wireless sync ability, anti-spam and anti-virus software, and the ability to select a domain name. The set-up is easy and support is ongoing as the service is continuously monitored and upgraded so a business does not purchase service packs and upgrades. Sprint Easy Office costs $20 per month per user and is available for both in-office and mobile employees.

"Sprint Easy Office is an excellent example of how two leaders in the wireless provider and information technology industries can combine strengths for the benefit of customers of all sizes," said Sharon Gallagher, director, Sprint Alliance, IBM. "This offering is the result of a long-standing alliance between IBM and Sprint and is an excellent blend of both companies' strengths."

Sprint offers an unmatched suite of wireless messaging services to meet the needs of business customers regardless of customer size, security needs or management control and compatibility issues. These solutions operate on a variety of innovative devices to provide quick access to email, documents, contacts, calendar, tasks and other critical business resources. Sprint is also leveraging its Mobile Broadband service which improves performance when retrieving emails including large attachments and for bandwidth intensive applications.

Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for its state-of-the-art network technologies, including two robust wireless networks offering reliable, seamless and superior service to its customers and the United States' first nationwide-all-digital, fiber-optic network and an award-winning Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint was the first to offer generally available performance commitments for its business customers through nationwide wireless voice and data Service Level Agreements (SLAs), a standard term in our business agreements. The voice SLAs provide commitments for voice service reliability based on measuring dropped calls, blocked calls and network voice availability. The data SLAs provide performance metrics based on dropped data sessions, blocked data sessions and data network availability.

Media Contact:

Stephanie Taliaferro, Sprint 913-794-3658

Jan Walbridge, IBM 914-766-4647

MTS Prepares To Launch Next Generation Of Wireless Technology

MTS Prepares To Launch Next Generation Of Wireless Technology Winnipeg, MB., March 8, 2006 – Committed to offering its customers the most advanced wireless services, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) is getting ready to launch its new Wireless High Speed 1xEV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) 3G wireless network in Winnipeg and Brandon. The new service will be launched this spring.

By making MTS’s mobile data network the fastest in the province, the 1xEV-DO upgrade is an outstanding example of MTS’s leadership when it comes to providing Manitobans with access to the most advanced technology available. MTS customers will experience data download rates of up to 2.4 Mbps – with average speeds up to five times faster than currently available. The quicker, more reliable Internet connections will revolutionize the way Manitobans communicate using their wireless devices.

“In business today, it’s important to spend more time with customers and less time at your desk,” said Kelvin Shepherd, President of Consumer Markets for MTS Allstream Inc. “MTS’s 1xEV-DO technology will give you quicker access to better graphics, e-mail, corporate databases and other important features that will let you not only take your home or office with you, but ensure it keeps up with you.”

Customers will be able to experience constant real-time access to new and advanced applications such as streaming video, video messaging, web browsing, interactive gaming, remote access to office mail and other data using wireless devices.

“This is great news for people who need to be connected while on the move,” said Shepherd. “Customers today are looking for faster access to more advanced wireless applications, and MTS will be there to meet that demand with the 1xEV-DO network.”

In anticipation of the spring launch of this new service, MTS has introduced the first of many new 1xEV-DO capable hardware devices, such as the Kyocera Passport KPC650. A wireless PC Card compatible with MTS’s current digital wireless network, the KPC650 is available now at MTS Connect Stores and dealer locations.

Nortel™ is providing 1xEV-DO radio base stations, base station controllers and professional services to MTS. In addition, Nortel’s technology will support delivery of advanced services to MTS subscribers.

MTS has also selected the Hatteras Networks HN400 customer premise platform, which will enhance the HN4000 Ethernet platforms already in use in MTS’s central offices. This equipment will provide the necessary connections between key components of MTS’s 1xEV-DO network.


Greg Burch Public Affairs Coordinator (204) 941-8576


Brad Woods Vice-President Investor Relations (204) 941-8283

Land-Cellular And Kyocera Wireless Team To Deliver Advanced M2M Wireless Modems

Land-Cellular And Kyocera Wireless Team To Deliver Advanced M2M Wireless Modems SAN DIEGO and PEMBROKE PINES, FL - (March 8, 2006) - Kyocera Wireless Corp., a leading global manufacturer of CDMA wireless handsets and devices, and Land-Cellular, a leading provider of M2M CDMA cellular modems, cellular routers and cellular wire-line backup devices, today announced the CDM-819s - Serial Data Modem and the CDM-822 - Serial, Ethernet Full Routing Data Modem. Designed to combine industrial durability and full-featured sophistication, the new modems utilize CDMA technology and the award-winning Kyocera 200 Module to enable reliable, real-time M2M/telemetry data, Internet and virtual private network (VPN) communication while bringing router capability to Land-Cellular's products. The modems have been approved for use with the largest CDMA carriers in North America as well as multiple regional carriers across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Design optimized for high performance as well as to withstand rugged industrial conditions, the Kyocera 200 Module powered CDM-819s and CDM-822 modems provide extensive feature sets along with improved performance over the 1xRTT wireless network. For the first time, the CDM-822 brings reliable routing capabilities to a variety of wireless applications such as disaster relief communications, information kiosks, ATM machines, oil/gas wellheads and pipe lines, high-end electric meters and intelligent traffic system signs and traffic counters, among others. These sophisticated modems provide cost-effective, real-time data communication and Internet access for enterprises that need to monitor and track remote locations and equipment or communicate with satellite offices or home offices.

"Land-Cellular is able to easily customize products with features and functions built to meet the individual needs and value proposition of each customer because of the powerful and flexible nature of the Kyocera 200 Module," said Dean Fledderjohn, general manager of the M2M division at Kyocera Wireless Corp. "Land-Cellular provides many cost-effective solutions to the marketplace in a wide range of deployed applications and industries, helping to drive overall adoption in the M2M space."

The new Land-Cellular CDM-819s and CDM-822 modems have been designed for use in a variety of wireless applications including: automated vehicle tracking, automated meter reading, telematics, kiosks, ATMs, disaster relief modems and wireless routers, remote equipment monitoring, environmental monitoring applications, resource management, asset tracking, SCADA, intelligent traffic systems, security alarm panels, oil pipeline, wellhead monitoring and more.

"In addition to the superior functionality of the Kyocera 200 Module for CDMA, we chose to work with Kyocera Wireless because of its unprecedented level of business- and end-user support," said Robert Moses, president, Land-Cellular. "From developer integration tools to strong carrier relationships, Kyocera's commitment to high-quality products and a great customer experience matches Land-Cellular's reputation for offering high-performance, high-value products. Land-Cellular and our customers benefit from more than just the hardware but the entire Kyocera business relationship."

For information on where to purchase Land-Cellular CDMA products and software solutions, please call (954) 430-5811 or visit the Land-Cellular web site,


Kyocera Wireless Corp. John Chier phone: 1-858-882-3543 e-mail:

LPI Communications for Kyocera Wireless Ellen Lynch/Leasa Ireland phone: 1-415-225-2240 e-mail:

Land-Cellular Corporation Robert Moses phone: 1-954-430-5811 e-mail:

Sky Link And Lucent Technologies Announce Plans To Expand Mobile Voice And Data Network To Offer Advanced Services In New Regional Markets

Sky Link And Lucent Technologies Announce Plans To Expand Mobile Voice And Data Network To Offer Advanced Services In New Regional Markets HANNOVER, Germany / MOSCOW, RUSSIA — March 8, 2006 — Sky Link, a telecommunications holding company established to develop a nationwide CDMA450 network in Russia, and Lucent Technologies today announced that Lucent was selected as a supplier for 10 new regions in Russia in the project to expand and upgrade Sky Link's network to support additional services. By summer 2006, Sky Link plans to expand the coverage of its Lucent-supplied CDMA2000 1xEV-DO network — which supports mobile high-speed data services at speeds of up to 2.4 Megabits per second (Mbps) — to the Belgorod, Volgograd, Vologda, Vladimir, Kursk, Lipetsk, and Tver regions, Krasnodar and Altai territories, and in the North Ossetia-Alania Republic.

This project continues the establishment of the unified federal CDMA450 network under the Sky Link brand, and includes both the regional expansion and technical upgrade of the network. Following the deployment, both local and roaming subscribers in these regions will be able to access reliable, high-quality, secure voice and data services including mobile video, mobile office solutions, and other broadband applications.

"In 2005 we successfully deployed EV-DO technology in Moscow and St. Petersburg thus strengthening our technological leadership in the Russian mobile communications market," said Raisa Rozinova, general director, Sky Link. "We've provided Sky Link network subscribers with the fastest mobile data speeds and mobile Internet experience. We will work in cooperation with our partners to leverage our technological advantages to offer the same capabilities to Sky Link customers in the other regions of Russia."

"The experience of our customers in other countries that have deployed 1xEV-DO networks demonstrates the demand for mobile high-speed data services," said Dmitry Kamensky, managing director, Lucent Technologies in Russia and CIS. "Today, Lucent's solutions are supporting commercial EV-DO services in North and South America, the Asia Pacific region and Eastern Europe, providing subscribers with some of the most advanced mobile services available worldwide. Sky Link was a pioneer in deploying this technology in Russia, which has offered a variety of compelling competitive advantages. We look forward to helping Sky Link further enhance its network and offer a powerful and attractive service to customers throughout the region."

For the project, Lucent is supplying its CDMA2000 solution for the 450 ÌHz frequency band, including its Mobile Switching Center (MSC) and new Modular Cell 4.0 Compact base stations, which offer a smaller footprint and cost-efficient power consumption. The Lucent CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Radio Network Controller (RNC) will ensure the flexibility and scalability of network radio resources management. Lucent Worldwide Services will provide network deployment, training and support services.

In the near future, Sky Link is planning a migration to an enhanced version of CDMA2000 1xEV-DO called Revision A, which increases the efficiency, data speeds and capacity of existing EV-DO networks. CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Revision A enables users to receive data (forward link) at speeds of theoretically up to 3.1 Mbps and send data (reverse link) at speeds of theoretically up to 1.8 Mbps. These increased reverse link data speeds reduce data latency and will enable mobile operators to deliver VoIP and other multimedia services on CDMA2000 networks in the future.

For more information, reporters may contact:

Elena ShugaleyLucent Technologies - Russia+7 812 629 8502 (office)

Kurt SteinertLucent Technologies+1 973 386-8438 (office)+1 908 285-1641 (mobile)

Olga PesterevaCJSC Sky Link+7 901 407 7277 (office)+7 495 746 2846 (fax)

Axesstel And Tata Indicom Introduce Two New Fixed Wireless Phones; Axesstel's L800 And P830 Target First Time Phone Users And Subscribers Demanding Feature Rich Functionality

Axesstel And Tata Indicom Introduce Two New Fixed Wireless Phones; Axesstel''s L800 And P830 Target First Time Phone Users And Subscribers Demanding Feature Rich Functionality SAN DIEGO & MUMBAI, India, Mar 08, 2006 -- Axesstel, Inc., a leader in the design and development of fixed wireless voice and broadband data products, and Tata Teleservices Limited, India's premier telecom service provider, today announced the launch of the L800 and P830 CDMA2000 1X Desktop Fixed Wireless Phones, targeting first time users and subscribers demanding greater functionality. Tata Indicom will retail these phones in all circles where it offers services.

The L800 is targeted at first time users in rural environments and features voice calling, short messaging and a dust-resistant keypad. The P830 is designed to appeal to current and more experienced users in urban areas demanding feature rich functionality including an FM radio for news and music, large four-line liquid crystal display enabling quick and easy text messaging, and high-speed data for Internet and email access.

Axesstel's L800 and P830 instruments combined with Tata Indicom's consumer friendly tariff plans will provide customers quick, easy and affordable access to quality voice and high-speed data services with customized design and enhanced functionality.

"Tata Indicom is the dominant and consistent leader in the desktop phone category," remarked Vinayak Deshpande, president enterprise business unit, Tata Teleservices. "Tata Indicom is committed to continuously innovate and offer a host of novel services to its customers. Axesstel has proven to be an invaluable partner by designing these new innovative products quickly to meet our unique market needs. With the launch of L800 and P830, we plan to address a much wider market and consolidate our leadership position in this category."

"The launch of our new L800 and P830 Fixed Wireless Phones demonstrates our commitment to work closely with our customers to connect people and businesses by leveraging our technology to meet the consumer's needs and deliver that technology to the market in a short time frame," commented Mike Kwon, chairman and chief executive officer of Axesstel. "We expect these product lines to successfully enable Tata Indicom and other operators worldwide to deliver affordable nationwide voice and data services to people in emerging countries and allow us to expand our addressable market to serve these important regions."

About Axesstel's L800, L1900 and L450 Durable Fixed Wireless Phones

For first time users, Axesstel designed the L800, L1900 and L450 Durable Fixed Wireless Phones for 800, 1900 and 450 MHz band CDMA2000 1X networks. All models are currently available for network testing. The durable fixed wireless phones feature a unique dust-resistant keypad and built-in lithium-ion battery to ensure reliable communication in virtually any environment. A multitude of enhanced features such as two-way SMS, caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, three-way calling and hands-free dialing offer greater convenience and flexibility.

About Axesstel's P830, P1930 and P480 Enhanced Fixed Wireless Phones

For returning customers and users demanding feature rich functionality, Axesstel offers the P830, P1930 and P480 Enhanced Fixed Wireless Phones for 800, 1900 and 450 MHz band CDMA2000 1X networks. All models are offered in multiple languages and all are available for network testing. The P830 and P1930 innovatively combine feature-rich voice and high-speed data communications with quality FM radio entertainment. The built-in FM radio with automatic station search and 10-station memory allows users to stay up to date on news, world events and the hottest new music sounds. Users can wake to their favorite radio station with the integrated alarm function. A speaker phone and a large back-lit, liquid crystal display and keypad make calling and information viewing easy and convenient day or night. When connected to a desktop PC or laptop, the phones provide high-speed data access at speeds up to 153.6 kbps. The P480 (450 MHz) comes with all the enhanced features except the FM tuner. For more information on Axesstel's new Durable and Enhanced Fixed Wireless Desktop Phones visit

Axesstel, Inc. Kim K. Haneke, 858-875-7291 or Vaishnavi Corporate Communications Pvt Ltd Mrinal Sapre, +1 9223302176 / 56568749 / 56568747

20 Million KDDI EZweb Subscribers Access Mobile Content With Openwave

20 Million KDDI EZweb Subscribers Access Mobile Content With Openwave REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - March 7, 2006 -- Openwave Systems Inc., independent provider of open software products and services for the communications and media industry, today announced that over 20 million EZweb subscribers are now using Openwave products and solutions to power KDDI mobile phone services using the WAP2.0 and TCP/HTTP standard protocols. This achievement highlights the strong momentum for rich, personalized wireless content and services in one of the world's most advanced wireless communications markets.

The full suite of Openwave products deployed at KDDI includes Openwave® WAP 2.0 Gateway (Enhanced Service Framework: ESF) and Openwave® Mobile Device Manager. These solutions combine to form part of the core infrastructure for KDDI's mobile services offering.

"Openwave Systems' open and scalable technologies are a key element of our KDDI server platform and they promise to help us fulfill our mission of accurately identifying what customers want and quickly providing the right services despite the rapid pace at which their needs are diversifying," said Masafumi Yoshimitsu, General Manager, Platform Development Division, KDDI. "We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with Openwave as part of our efforts to enhance customer satisfaction."

Openwave WAP 2.0 Gateway ESF optimizes content rendering between different markup and image formats and enables KDDI to scale to increasing subscriber demands for new types of rich content. Openwave's WAP 2 compliant gateway is an established, interoperable and standards-compliant gateway supporting all new WAP handsets entering the market.

"Openwave is proud to partner with KDDI to give its growing number of customers more personalized, enhanced mobile services," said Yosuke Morioka, General Manager, Nihon Openwave Systems KK. "We look forward to strengthening our collaboration by continuing to contribute to KDDI's ability to provide innovative solutions and services that satisfy its customers."

InfoSpace And Skee-Ball Roll Out A New Twist On The Classic Arcade Game For Verizon Wireless Get It Now Customers

InfoSpace And Skee-Ball Roll Out A New Twist On The Classic Arcade Game For Verizon Wireless Get It Now Customers BELLEVUE, Wash. and BEDMINSTER, NJ — March 6, 2006 — InfoSpace Inc., a leading provider of mobile entertainment, Skee-Ball® Inc. and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, today announced that Skee-Ball For Prizes, a dynamic twist on the classic Skee-Ball arcade game, is available to Verizon Wireless Get It Now® customers. Designed with stunning graphics, Skee-Ball For Prizes represents the first ever mobile version of the classic Skee-Ball game.

“Skee-Ball For Prizes brings a touch of nostalgia to Verizon Wireless customers' phones, allowing fans of all ages a chance to experience the classic thrill of Skee-Ball," said Andy Riedel, Vice President of Social Networking and Communities, InfoSpace. "Skee-Ball is a classic game of skill, and this updated version adds innovative level designs and graphics to make it an engaging and entertaining game for Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers.”

“Skee-Ball lovers won't have to go all the way to the arcade and can now play Skee-Ball wherever they are directly in the palm of their hands,” said Joe Sladek, CEO of Skee-Ball Inc. “The game combines the best of traditional Skee-Ball with the latest in mobile technologies, delivering a timeless game everyone can enjoy.”

With more than a dozen single player levels, innovative game boards, challenging level objectives and tournaments for prizes, Skee-Ball For Prizes takes the arcade classic to a new level. The concept of the game remains true to classic Skee-Ball, as gamers try to score by rolling 3D balls down an alley into pockets on unique game boards. Extreme level designs such as Money Ball and Invaders will put players’ skills to the test, with the competition intensifying with every throw. Players can also challenge up to four friends using one phone with the Pass N’ Play mode and compete against other gamers in tournaments for exciting prizes. For more information about tournaments for prizes please visit, Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers can purchase and download Skee-Ball For Prizes from the getGAMES shopping aisle in the Get It Now virtual store for $2.99 monthly access or $6.49 for unlimited use purchase. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled phone and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to Media Contact Info

Jeffrey Nelson 908-306-4824

Heather Nevesky InfoSpace 310-481-6934

Bell Canada Brings Its Fastest Mobile Data Network To Quebec City

Bell Canada Brings Its Fastest Mobile Data Network To Quebec City QUEBEC CITY, Quebec, March 2, 2006 -- Bell Canada, Canada's national leader in communications, today launched Bell Mobility's new mobile broadband network, EV-DO (Evolution Data Optimized) in Quebec City's downtown core. EV-DO, the fastest mobile data network ever commercialized by Bell is the third generation (3G) of wireless networks and delivers data at unprecedented download rates of up to 2.4Mbps, up to more than ten timesfaster than anything else previously available in Quebec City.

"Our EV-DO coverage in Quebec City is just beginning with our rollout in the downtown core. This is great news for both our customers who live in or visit Quebec City as it provides the power and capability of broadband to the wireless user," said Jim Jaques, Senior Vice President, Bell Mobility. "Bell Mobility customers now have more EV-DO connectivity than ever before: QuebecCity, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, and select cities in the United States. With EVDO-enabled devices, users who live in or visit these locations can get their work done up to ten times faster than before."

EV-DO offers end-users unprecedented wireless data transmission speeds. Business users can experience faster downloading when accessing the Internet and retrieving e-mails, including large attachments and other bandwidth-intensive applications. A further expansion of the Quebec City EV-DO rollout is expected this fall.

“EV-DO is a huge competitive advantage for businesses. It is similar to the experience that PC users went through when the switch was made from dial up to broadband. Now, with EV-DO, Bell Mobility's wireless customers have the same opportunity."

The EV-DO service also offers consumers an enhanced mobile multi-media experience. EV-DO enables improved audio and video capabilities for entertainment services like streaming TV and music, gaming, video conferencing, and enhanced messaging.

Bell has multiple EV-DO devices available including the Kyocera Passport, the BlackBerry 7130e (TM) and Samsung a920 and coming soon, the BlackBerry 7250.

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SaskTel 10-4™ Service Now Available

SaskTel 10-4™ Service Now Available March 1, 2006 -- SaskTel has launched its new SaskTel 10-4 Service to give customers greater calling flexibility than ever before. With this Push-To-Talk service, SaskTel cellular customers using a Sanyo 2300 cellular phone can use their phone much like a walkie-talkie. SaskTel 10-4 Service allows customers to save money with unlimited 10-4 local and long distance talking across Canada for only $15 per month.

“SaskTel 10-4 Service will save SaskTel cellular customers money while offering a flexible, convenient new calling option,” Diana Milenkovic, SaskTel's Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Mobility said. “SaskTel 10-4 Service is another example of SaskTel's commitment to delivering innovative new services to our customers throughout Saskatchewan.”

SaskTel 10-4 Service is available across Canada wherever the digital 1x network is available. SaskTel 10-4 customers can talk with up to 5 others at a time and only require one device for cellular service and walkie-talkie style talking. SaskTel 10-4 Service is ideal for situations that require short conversations or for sending brief messages to a group of people.


Michelle Englot , SaskTel Corporate Affairs Phone: (306) 777-4476 E-mail: