Contract will Enable Thuraya Customers Worldwide to Gain Internet Access, Fax Capability on Mobile PCs Via Satellite Phone; Smith Micro to Supply Software and Cables
ALISO VIEJO, CA -- Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of a wide range of software and service solutions for the wireless and broadband market, today announced a deal to provide Smith Micro's QuickLink® Mobile and QuickLink® Fax software and data cable kits to Hughes Network Systems (HNS), a leading supplier of broadband satellite systems, services and user terminal equipment. The data connectivity kits are compatible with the Hughes Network Systems HNS-7100 and the Ascom Systems AG ASCOM 21 dual mode satellite phones used on the Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company system. As a result of the deal, Thuraya will be able to offer customers in 100 countries the opportunity to link their mobile PCs to the Internet via satellite phone.
Thuraya provides mobile voice and data services utilizing a dynamic, dual mode architecture that combines satellite connectivity, including GPS location, and cellular access via existing GSM (Global System for Mobile communications) networks. The company's satellite footprint covers a vast region of the world including the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East, Central Asia, North and Central Africa, and most of Europe. Maritime coverage is provided to the eastern Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and other bodies of water adjacent to areas of land listed above. With 2.3 billion people inhabiting this coverage area, it means Thuraya's potential market opportunity is among the world's largest wireless providers.
"This data kit and software agreement broadens the market opportunities for Smith Micro and we are pleased and excited to be working alongside Hughes Network Systems in fulfilling Thuraya's growing needs," said William W. Smith, Jr., president and CEO of Smith Micro. "Our QuickLink Mobile and QuickLink Fax connectivity kits will help enable Thuraya customers to expand the power of their satellite and Internet communications over a vast region of the world, thus create a competitive and user advantage for Thuraya."
QuickLink Mobile is a powerful Internet connectivity product that maximizes Web efficiency for mobile users. Its installation wizard makes the setup easy and offers users various performance-enhancing options, such as eliminating unnecessary graphic downloads. What's more, QuickLink Mobile enables valuable e-mail management, by allowing users to view the size and quantity of incoming messages on their PC or laptop displays. QuickLink Mobile's companion product, QuickLink Fax, gives users complete inbound and outbound fax capability for the ultimate in mobile worker productivity.
"After looking at other alternatives, we chose to enter into this relationship with HNS and Smith Micro based on their reputation for quality, assured supply, and ability to bundle multiple hardware and software elements into a convenient user package," said Yousuf Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya. "The addition of truly portable data, fax and GPS services to our offerings will offer significant added value for our customers."
Thuraya data connectivity kits will be available shortly for HNS-7100 and ASCOM 21 dual mode phone customers in all areas, and can be obtained at any Thuraya retail location. For more information about QuickLink Mobile connectivity software, visit www.smithmicro.com.
About Smith Micro Software:
of wireless communication and utility software products. The company designs integrated, cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless, and Broadband technologies, the company's products enable eCommerce, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony. Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VARs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800 or visit the company's web site at: www.smithmicro.com.
About Hughes Network Systems:
Hughes Network Systems, a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation, is the world's largest provider of broadband satellite network solutions for businesses and consumers, with over 400,000 systems installed in more than 85 countries. HNS pioneered the development of high-speed satellite Internet access services, which it markets globally under the DirecPC® and DIRECWAYTM brands and is a major supplier of mobile satellite networks and user terminals. For terrestrial access, it offers the comprehensive AIReach® family of broadband wireless, point-to-multipoint products. In addition, HNS is a leading manufacturer of DIRECTV® satellite television receivers, having shipped its 7 millionth system by mid-2001. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA, HNS maintains sales and support offices worldwide. The earnings of HUGHES, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH). To learn more about HNS, please visit www.hns.com.
About Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company:
Located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thuraya is the operator of a regional mobile satellite system and will provide personal communications services based on a geostationary satellite system. This system is intended to cover an area of more than 100 countries in Europe, North and Central Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. Thuraya services will include voice, fax, and data services, and will be offered via handheld, vehicular, and fixed terminals to users throughout the coverage area. For more information on Thuraya, please visit their Web site at www.thuraya.com.
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