NEC's Mobile Internet Platform and i-mode Mobile Handset To Operate at Italy's WIND "i-mode" Service
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NEC's Mobile Internet Platform and i-mode Mobile Handset To Operate at Italy's WIND
NEC's Mobile Internet Platform and i-mode Mobile Handset To Operate at Italy's WIND "i-mode" Service

 NEC Corporation's N341i
Tokyo, Nov 21, 2003 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) announced today that its mobile internet Platform and i-modeTM mobile handset commenced operation at WIND Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.(WIND)'s "i-mode" service started from November 19th 2003. WIND and NEC, via its subsidiary NEC Italia, have entered into an agreement for the supply of a mobile multimedia platform system and i-mode terminal. At the same time, NEC Italia will act also as Content Provider of ringtones to WIND i-mode. WIND is one of the leading fixed-line, mobile and Internet operators in Italy, with more than 9.2 million mobile customers.

The platform developed by NEC is composed of a set of gateway systems which enable WIND's customers to gain easy and quick access to i-mode services on the GPRS, and mail-servers which enables the customer to enjoy multimedia messaging service. To provide attractive mobile internet services for both 2.5G and 3G, NEC is to expand mobile multimedia platform business, targeting European and the other areas of mobile operators in the world who wish to gain stronger customers' satisfaction and to increase revenue. NEC plans to add mobile applications lineup and believes to acquire the leading position in the mobile internet market.

As a total solution provider for the mobile Internet, NEC has competence in the area with its mobile infrastructure system, mobile application platform and its impressive portfolio of contents. NEC's mobile internet platform is also operating at Telefonica Moviles Espana, Bouygues Telecom in France and Taiwan KG Telecom.

NEC's i-mode mobile handset "N341i" is compact and striking with a stylish fold-form design with 2.2 inch high color LCD (TFD) screen and built-in antenna, and the handset features an integrated camera. N341i also features the second screen on the handset's top fold and can be easily customized according the owners setting such as a clock, picture and displaying caller's identity. Developed based on expertise in mobile internet market in Japan and Europe, "N341i" is most suitable for using mobile internet applications and rich content. NEC also provides "N223i".

NEC is to sell the new N341i to other i-mode service providers in the world. NEC's total shipment of i-mode handsets outside Japan has reached 1 million since NEC began shipment in March 2002. NEC's i-mode handsets are available in Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Taiwan.

*Specifications of the Mobile handsets

Battery Life: Talk time-200minutes (network dependent)
St-by -200hours (network dependent)
GPRS class 8
Main LCD: 120(w)x160(h) pixels, 4K colours
2nd LCD: 120(w)x30(h) pixels, with 12 colours LED
i-mode (*)Browser: WML 1X
40-Polyphonic Ring Tune
Mail client supporting i-mode mail and MMS message exchange

i-mode and i-mode logo are trademarks of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan and other

Size / Weight : 101(h)x48(w)x24(d) mm, 110g
Battery Life (*) : Talk-time - 200 minutes (network dependent)
St-by - 200 hours (network dependent)
GPRS Class 8
Main LCD : 162(w) X 216(h) pixels, 65K colors
2nd LCD : 80(w) x 108(h) pixels, 4K colors
i-mode Browser: WML 1X
40-Polyphonic Ring Tune
Mail client supporting i-mode mail and MMS message exchange
110K Pixel Built-in Camera

<*> The photo data of N341i can be downloaded from the URL below ;

DoJa is a trademark of NTT DoCoMo, Inc. in Japan.

About NEC's mobile business

NEC is a total solution provider for 3G and the mobile Internet. NEC has been involved in every first-stage rollout of 3G systems worldwide. NEC is also responsible for developing the first 3G handsets for use on the world's first 3G
network. NEC has competence in the mobile Internet area with its mobile infrastructure system, mobile application platform and its impressive portfolio of contents. NEC's mobile handsets are known for their prominent technologies including large colour screens, built-in cameras and other functions that make them
ideal for use in mobile Internet.

For mobile internet application system, please visit the NEC globalnet at

About Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.

WIND Telecomunicazioni S.p.A.( has instigated radical changes in the services on offer Italy and in the way they are marketed, with the aim of establishing new market standards: the integration of telephone services, the development of the Internet, a global response to the communications needs of people and businesses. The Wind Group's brands focus on specific types of service: the "Wind"trademark is applied to mobile and convergent services, the "Infostrada" brand to fixed-line telephony, whilst "Libero" is the brand used for the Group's Internet services, and itNet supplies ad hoc Internet services and content for corporate customers. Wind was the first to launch MMS and the video over GPRS handets: one of the earliest services to be made available was the first ever pocket news broadcast via videostreaming.

WIND was the first in Italy to launch a trading on line service via WAP. New technologies such as WAP and GPRS, and the future i-mode(tm) and UMTS make a substantial contribution to the creation of new services and applications. Wind offers a particularly wide range of data transmission and Internet services, capable of satisfying the needs of all segments of the corporate market. In February 2001, WIND became the first alternative operator of fixed-line telephony in Italy to provide access to local loop unbundling, offering the possibility to make fixed-line calls without the need to pay any form of line rental. WIND was the first Italian operator, in May 2002, to launch Number Portability, enabling customers to switch operator whilst keeping their existing telephone number. The Wind Group has chalked up other firsts: from its over 18,000 km of optical fiber backbone and 2,300 km of metropolitan area networks in over 30 cities, to Italy's leading portal with 600 million page views a month. The Company also boasts a widespread and innovative mobile network with about 6,000 base transmission stations. Overseas coverage is provided by numerous roaming agreements. At June 30, 2003, Wind boasted a total of 30.6 million customers, including 7.5 million fixed-line customers, 9.2 million mobile users and 13,9 million Internet subscribers.

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at


Akiko Shikimori
NEC Corporation

Nov 21, 2003
Source: NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) (FTSE: NEC.IL) (U.S: NIPNY)

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