PicoPoint signs agreement with KPN to provide hotspot access to its users in the Netherlands and Germany

December 23, 2003

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AMSTERDAM -- Through the agreement with PicoPoint, KPN can offer its 13 million mobile subscribers of KPN (the Netherlands) and E-Plus (Germany) wireless broadband internet access at more than 1.900 Hotspot locations worldwide.

Wi-Fi represents Wireless Fidelity (also known as Wireless LAN), a technology that makes wireless access to the internet at broadband speeds a reality. The market for services based on this technology is growing rapidly. According to market watcher In-Stat/MDR, in 2005 about 95 per cent of notebooks will feature Wi-Fi support as standard. This is expected to lead to a fast adoption of users of wireless internet. People will use wireless internet in the office, at home, and on the road. Worldwide this causes an explosion of so called Hotspots where Wi-Fi services are provided. The number of Hotspots is predicted to grow steadily from about 20.000 Hotspots in 2003 to over 120.000 Hotspots in 2006.

Users can have wireless broadband internet access at various types of Hotspot locations, such as Airports, Convention Centers, Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Train Stations and Marinas. Through roaming, users can get connected at these Hotspots, using account information provided by their service provider as the basis for authentication. Charging for the service can be integrated into their regular bill, simplifying administration and delivering an experience equal to using the mobile phone on a different network: it just works.

PicoPoint provides coverage through roaming agreements with the following leading Public WLAN network providers: Amsterdam RAI (Netherlands), Flex-Pro (Netherlands), Happy-Connect Nederland (Netherlands), Mobilander (Netherlands), SkyPoint (Netherlands), ViaWia (Netherlands), WinQ (Netherlands), Airnyx (Germany), BerlinNet (Germany), GANAG (Germany), Monzoon Networks (Switzerland), AIR-Wireless (UK), The Cloud (UK), WiFiPod (UK), InternetSansFil™ (France), Big-Wireless (Spain), SmartLink (Kuwait), Ericonet (Tanzania), Wireless G (South Africa), GoMobile (Aruba) and Surf and Sip (USA, Bahamas, UK & Poland).

The international roaming network of independent Public WLAN providers is represented under the service mark Global Broadband Internet Access (GBIA™). The GBIA mark will help users to identify where they can connect wirelessly using their preferred service provider. One can compare the GBIA sign to the 'Maestro®' sign on a bank card, whereby users know they will be able to collect money from an ATM once they see the sign. Once people see the GBIA sign, they know there existing user account will work at these Hotspots.

Today, there are 1.900 active Hotspots in the GBIA network. Another 600 Hotspot locations will be live per January 2004, bringing the total global coverage to 2.500 Hotspots. PicoPoint will continuously seek partnership with network providers to expand the available footprint for users to experience access anyplace, anytime, anywhere.

PicoPoint B.V.

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