|[April 27, 2005]
PCTEL Signs Contract with NTT DoCoMo for Roaming Client on Symbian-Based 3G Phones; PCTEL's Roaming Client to Work on Leading Wi-Fi-FOMA Handsets in Japan
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)-- April 27, 2005 -- PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCTI), a global leader in simplifying mobility, announced today that it had signed a contract to develop and customize client software for converged handsets that NTT DoCoMo obtains from Motorola. Under the agreement, PCTEL will port its industry leading connection manager to Symbian-enabled handsets capable of operating on both Wi-Fi and 3G cellular networks. The client will enable data connection over Wi-Fi networks in both DoCoMo's domestic service as well as its roaming partner networks all over the world. In addition, DoCoMo's users can enjoy an internet connection on NTT DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network and GPRS networks outside Japan. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"PCTEL signaled its intention to enter the handset market with its demonstrations at the 3GSM and CTIA Wireless 2005 conferences earlier this year," said Biju Nair, PCTEL's vice president and general manager for its Mobility Solutions Group. "Our Roaming Client already works with laptops and Smart Phones. We are targeting compatibility with the operating systems used by handset manufacturers and meeting the needs of industry-leading operators, such as NTT DoCoMo, to deliver services over different types of wireless networks," added Nair.
The handset-based connection manager will include PCTEL's complete security suite of 802.1x modules and will also be compatible with PCTEL's industry-leading Central Configuration Server software that enables carriers and enterprises to update each device with such vital information as new roaming partner authenticators and Wi-Fi location database.
In the near future, PCTEL's Roaming Client for converged handsets will also include additional capabilities such as the ability to make seamless voice calls over a VoIP or cellular network. As demonstrated at CTIA and the 3GSM exhibition, such functionality is already available from PCTEL on other platforms such as Windows Mobile and SmartPhone OS.
PCTEL currently supplies its Roaming Client products to T-Mobile (U.S.), Cingular, SBC, NTT DoCoMo, GoRemote and others. The product includes a powerful back-end server (Central Configuration Server) that enables complete carrier control over the network contents and use of the client.
PCTEL (Nasdaq:PCTI), founded in March 1994, is a global leader in simplifying mobility. PCTEL's Mobility Solutions' (http://mobilitysolutions.pctel.com) software tools provide secure, access independent, remote connectivity. PCTEL's RF Solutions' (http://rfsolutions.pctel.com) portfolio of OEM receivers, receiver based products and interference management solutions are used to measure, monitor and optimize cellular networks. PCTEL's Antenna Products Group (http://antenna.pctel.com) designs, distributes, and supports innovative antenna solutions that facilitate and simplify wireless communications. PCTEL protects its leadership position with a portfolio of more than 130 analog and broadband communications, wireless and antenna patents, issued or pending. The company's products are sold or licensed to wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, distributors, wireless test and measurement companies, system integrators, PC manufacturers and PC card and board manufacturers. PCTEL headquarters are located at 8725 West Higgins Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: 773-243-3000. For more information, please visit our web site at: http://www.pctel.com.
PCTEL SAFE HARBOR
This press release contains forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, these forward looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding NTT DoCoMo's and its end users benefits resulting from the distribution and use of PCTEL's connection manager to Symbian-enabled handsets used on Wi-Fi and 3G cellular networks, enabling data connection over Wi-Fi networks in both DoCoMo's domestic service as well as its roaming partner networks throughout the world. These statements are based on PCTEL's current expectations and anticipated customer benefits and product capabilities may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, PCTEL's success at marketing, selling and supporting these products and services; potential delays or errors in product and service development; whether such products and services achieve market acceptance; PCTEL's ability to forecast customer requirements; competition from other providers of wireless technology, and pricing uncertainties with respect to these products and services. The risks and uncertainties in PCTEL's business, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in PCTEL's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, can affect results. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and PCTEL disclaims any obligation to update or revise the information contained in any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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