TOKYO, September 20-- - Accelerates Worldwide Availability of Location-Based Services for GPRS/WCDMA (UMTS) Wireless Networks
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) and NEC Europe Ltd. today announced the
successful completion of assisted-GPS (A-GPS) interoperability testing (IOT)
on a commercial GPRS/WCDMA network in Japan and London. IOT was conducted
using QUALCOMM gpsOne®-enabled mobile phones and NEC's proven
location-information system built upon QUALCOMM's QPoint(TM) platform to
confirm the accuracy, protocol and end-to-end interoperability of Secure User
Plane for Location (SUPL) Version 1.0.
SUPL Version 1.0, adopted by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), is a
standards-based protocol that allows a mobile handset client to communicate
with a location server and realizes a cost-effective way to provide
higher-accuracy location-based services. NEC and QUALCOMM support the
standard to meet the rapidly accelerating demand for higher-accuracy
location-based services in Europe, North and South America and Asia.
"NEC is committed to the global success of location-based information
services. In 2001, our technology enabled the first commercial user-plane
location information system built in Japan," said Ruth Brannvall, Head of
Value Added Services, NEC Europe Ltd. "Today, the success of our IOT with
QUALCOMM ensures the user-plane A-GPS location-information system is no
longer dependent upon operators' control plane networks, providing continual
improvements to mobile operators' location-based information services."
NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701; NASDAQ: NIPNY) is one of the world's leading
providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions
dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of
customers. NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer,
networking and electron devices by integrating its technical strengths in IT
and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC
Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people
worldwide and had net sales of approximately 4,825 billion yen (approx.
US$41.2 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2006. For additional
information, please visit the NEC home page at: www.nec.com.
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