Kodiak Networks Announces Availability of Kodiak SIMpower on Gemplus GemXplore 'Xpresso Java Card SIMs
3GSM World Congress 2005
SAN RAMON, Calif. & LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2005-- Innovative SIM Technology Enables Advanced Voice Services Functionality on Existing GSM Handsets Kodiak Networks, the leading provider of advanced wireless voice systems and Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext:LU0121706294-GEM) (Nasdaq:GEMP), the world's leading provider of smart card based solutions, today announced the availability of Kodiak SIMpower(TM) on the GemXplore 'Xpresso Java Card(TM) from Gemplus. This strategic partnership allows wireless operators around the world to deploy Gemplus Java Card SIMs integrating Kodiak SIMpower advanced voice services functionality, therefore increasing subscriber usage and boosting overall revenue per user.
Kodiak SIMpower is an innovative SIM technology, which enables existing GSM handsets with the following premium voice services applications and features:
-- Kodiak Voice Bridge
-- Instant Conferencing
-- Kodiak Voice Notes
-- Instant Voice Messaging
-- Kodiak Instant Availability
-- Real-time Availability
-- Kodiak Quick Groups
-- Ad-hoc Group Calling
-- Contact Management
-- Handset-Based Contact List Management
-- Kodiak Voice Call
-- Direct Cellular Calling from GSM Phonebook
"For wireless operators, the SIM represents a unique and direct link to mobile subscribers," commented Philippe Vallee, executive vice president, Telecom Business Unit for Gemplus. "We believe that by combining the advanced capabilities of the Gemplus SIM card with the premium services enabled by Kodiak SIMpower, subscribers will benefit from these enhanced voice services and carriers will generate more incremental revenue per user."
"Our strategic partnership with Gemplus, the global leader in providing SIM-based solutions to the market, enables the delivery of our Kodiak SIMpower technology to GSM operators worldwide," said Bruce Lawler, vice president of business strategy, Kodiak Networks. "Gemplus' leadership and expertise in the SIM industry make them an excellent partner to help deliver these premium voice services."
Kodiak Networks has recently joined the Gemplus SIM'Xplore Wireless Partner Program and will be demonstrating Kodiak SIMpower on the Gemplus booth in Hall 1 Stand B-19 at the upcoming 3GSM World Congress event in Cannes, France, 14-17 February 2005.
About Kodiak Networks
Kodiak Networks (www.kodiaknetworks.com) is the leading advanced wireless systems innovator for network operators worldwide. The Kodiak Real-Time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System enables operators to deliver premium, integrated wireless voice services to their customers with guaranteed Quality of Service (QoS). With the best overall performance, fastest speed and lowest latency in the industry, the Kodiak RTX enables a new category of Advanced Voice Services (AVS), including instant availability, instant voice calling, group conferencing and voice messaging. Kodiak Networks offers both GSM and CDMA instant voice systems that can be easily scaled from independent operators to multinational carriers utilizing 2G or 3G wireless networks. Kodiak handset software is available on handsets produced by leading manufacturers including Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, LG, Kyocera, TCL/Alcatel, PalmOne, SAGEM and others. Kodiak Networks actively supports industry standards from ANSI, ETSI, ITU, IETF, 3GPP (2) and OMA.
Gemplus International S.A. (Euronext: LU0121706294 -GEM) (Nasdaq:GEMP) is the world's leading player in the smart card industry in both revenue and total shipments (source: Gartner-Dataquest (2004), Frost & Sullivan, Datamonitor.). It has sold over 5 billion smart cards.
With security at its core, and 2400 patents produced by its innovative R&D team, Gemplus delivers a wide range of portable, personalized solutions in areas including Identity, Mobile Telecommunications, Public Telephony, Banking, Retail, Transport, Healthcare, WLAN, Pay-TV, e-government, and access control.
Gemplus' revenue in 2004 was 865 million Euros.
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