Kineto Wireless announces 3GPP has approved UMA Technology for use in 3GPP Release 6

February 14, 2005

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CANNES, France -- Kineto Wireless is pleased to report that the UMA Technology (Unlicensed Mobile Access) specification has been formally approved by the 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Program) and will be included into 3GPP Release 6.

The UMA Technology specification was submitted by the UMA participating companies to the 3GPP for ratification by the worldwide standards body. Within 3GPP, the UMA Technology specification is known as GAN (Generic Access Network) or Technical Specification 43.318 within the GERAN (GSM/EDGE Radio Access Network) TSG (Technical Specifications Group).

"Convergence is a major issue and priority for our members. Defining a standard for accessing GERAN/UMTS cellular services with IP technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is a major step forwards," said Chris Jackson, Senior Director with the GSM Association. "It is a tribute to the UMA participating companies to have worked so quickly to define this effective standard and to ensure its ratification by 3GPP. We look forward to UMA technologies being available to our members and UMA services in use by customers."

3GPP Release 6 is the next major update of the standards for GERAN/UMTS systems around the world. Major releases from the 3GPP are approved and published approximately 18 months apart, with work items for Release 6 scheduled to be frozen by March, 2005. The inclusion of UMA Technology into Release 6 ensures that a formal, global standard for fixed-mobile convergence will be published by mid-2005. For more information, visit http://www.3gpp.org.

"As a key contributor to the UMA specification, Kineto Wireless is delighted to see this work now adopted as a standard within 3GPP", said Mark Powell, Vice-President and Founder of Kineto Wireless. "We feel privileged to have been part of such an important industry milestone!"

Kineto Wireless Inc.

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