CO., LTD. (well known in the Windows Mobile space for its
NetFront web browser, beside Opera Mobile, one of the best Windows Mobile
web browsers) and Bytemobile, Inc. today announced a global partnership to
co-develop and market solutions, which will dramatically improve the web
browsing experience for mobile devices. Under the agreement, the two companies
will work together to integrate Bytemobile's embedded browser optimization (EBO)
technology with the award-winning Access NetFront Browser and NetFront Mobile
Client Suite (NMCS).
The combined solution will allow for faster full Internet page downloads on
smartphones and feature phones, and transparently improve download performance
by up to 4x over existing technologies on most wireless networks. The optimized
solution will benefit network operators, as well as their customers, by reducing
data volumes and improving bandwidth efficiencies, in addition to enhancing the
overall browsing experience for end users.
The two companies will also co-sell optimized Access browsers integrated with
Bytemobile's Unison Optimization Services Node (OSN) Monaco Edition to the
customers of each company. This combination will provide both client-server and
server-based optimization of web browsing on mobile handsets.
The Bytemobile customer base includes more than 75 carriers in over 45
countries. The Access NetFront Browser provides full Internet browsing from more
than 1,151 commercial devices, including PDAs and smartphones. There are
currently over 396 million NetFront Browser deployments around the world.
"Consumer demand for open Internet Access on handsets is emerging rapidly
around the world, following the lead set by Japan," said Adrian Hall, vice
president of Marketing and Business Development, Bytemobile. "We believe
that this trend - coupled with the increasing affordability of smartphones
and the proliferation of feature phones - will provide major opportunities
for Bytemobile and Access to deliver innovative customer solutions that take
the web to a new level of mobility."
"Access constantly strives to improve the full Internet browsing
experience for users of mobile devices," said Toru Arakawa, Access CEO,
president and co-founder. "Our agreement with Bytemobile leverages the
versatility and power of the NetFront Browser with the accelerated
performance of OSN to help mobile network operators deliver enhanced network
and content services to their customers."
On February 12, 2007, Access announced the launch of its Access Connect
Ecosystem (ACE) Global Partner Program and named Bytemobile as a charter member.
The ACE partner program is designed to create an ecosystem of world-class
partners that will unleash the potential of the digital life generation by
driving development and adoption of new mobile converged technologies and
A release date of the new NetFront Browser and NetFront Mobile Client Suite
with Bytemobile's embedded browser optimization (EBO) technology wasn't given
yet. Also it's not clear if the two companies will sell the product to consumers
as well or to ODMs and carriers only.
Cheers ~ Arne