Ztango and Gemplus Announce Wireless Media Services’ Distribution Agreement
Companies to Leverage SIM-Based Solution for the Delivery of Wireless Media
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/–Ztango, Inc., a leading wireless media and entertainment downloadables’ provider, today announced a sales distribution agreement with Gemplus (Nasdaq: GEMP), the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions, to provide innovative media download services that are empowered by SIM technology.
Under the agreement, the Gemplus Operation Center will facilitate distribution of Ztango’s one-of-a-kind ring tones, screen savers and graphics to carriers utilizing Gemplus’ OTA (over the air) initialization services. The ring tones, which include a variety of pop, rock, dance, classical, television and movie melodies, can be both ordered and delivered directly to the subscribers’ wireless device via the secure SIM card. As part of the new Gemplus/Ztango SIM-based media offering, consumers will have access to more than 3,000 ring tone and graphic media elements directly from their wireless devices.
“By integrating rich media elements into our service offering, Gemplus will be able to continue to help operators reduce churn and increase ARPU by offering increased value to their customers,” said Philippe Vallee, president of telecommunications business unit, Gemplus. “As the Number One provider of smart cards worldwide, Gemplus looks forward to exciting opportunities with an established wireless media player like Ztango.”
“Ztango is always on the lookout for innovative technical solutions that simplify the wireless users’ ability to access and download rich and varied content,” said Vern Poyner, chief executive officer, Ztango, Inc. “This agreement allows both companies to leverage respective technology strengths and will enable us to dominate the wireless media marketplace.”
Ztango is a leading provider of wireless media and entertainment services. By leveraging its integrated Mobile Image software solution, network operations and customer care center; Ztango manages the complexities of wireless media service implementation and support. Ztango customers include: AT&T Wireless, Motorola, Triton PCS, TeleCorp PCS, West Virginia Wireless and Telecom Italia Mobile. Ztango’s end-to-end solution approach delivers today’s wireless media solutions while helping customers chart a roadmap for new wireless media offerings that incorporate new technologies and standards. Ztango is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.ztango.com or call +1-703-437-4422.
GEMPLUS: the world’s leading provider of smart card solutions.
Gemplus helps its clients offer an exceptional range of portable, personalized solutions that bring security and convenience to people’s lives. These include mobile internet access, inter-operable banking facilities, e- commerce and a wealth of other applications. Gemplus is the only completely dedicated, truly global player in the Smart Card industry, with the largest R&D team, unrivalled experience, and an outstanding track record of technological innovation. In 2001, Gemplus was the worldwide smart card leader in both revenues and total smart card shipments (source: Gartner- Dataquest, Frost & Sullivan, BNP Paribas). Gemplus was also awarded 2002 Frost & Sullivan Market Value Award for its exceptional performance.
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