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Old 25-03-2004, 04:27 PM
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Fujitsu and Mitsubishi Electric Explore Collaboration on FOMA®

Symbian today announced that Fujitsu Limited and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation are exploring a joint collaboration to develop new FOMA mobile handsets running Symbian OS for NTT DoCoMo, Inc. Full press release in comments.

Symbian strengthens position in 3G market

Tokyo and London, 25 March, 2004 – Symbian Limited today announces that Fujitsu Limited and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation are exploring a joint collaboration to develop new FOMA mobile handsets running Symbian OS for NTT DoCoMo, Inc.

Based on Fujitsu and Mitsubishi’s announcement yesterday, the Companies aim to accelerate their development efforts for increasingly sophisticated FOMA handsets based on Symbian OS and quickly bring to market highly differentiated phones.

This announcement follows the Operator Technology Integrator agreement between Symbian and NTT DoCoMo signed in September 2003, which gave NTT DoCoMo access to Symbian OS source code and the right to deliver extended versions of this code to phone manufacturers that are Symbian OS licensees. For handset vendors such as Mitsubishi and Fujitsu, adopting the market-leading Symbian OS, combined with NTT DoCoMo’s FOMA technology based on W-CDMA, as well as technologies available from third party suppliers within the Symbian OS ecosystem, results in reduced phone development costs and accelerated time to market.

This announcement strengthens Symbian’s position in the 3G market. Six 3G phones based on Symbian OS were launched by its licensees in just over one year, three of which were FOMA phones built by Fujitsu exclusively for NTT DoCoMo.

Mitsubishi and Fujitsu are currently finalising details of the potential timing and scope of this collaboration.

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Related press releases:

http://www.symbian.com/press-office/2003/pr030926.html
http://www.symbian.com/press-office/2004/pr040205.html
http://www.symbian.com/press-office/2003/pr030317a.html
http://www.symbian.com/phones/index.html

About Symbian Limited

Symbian is a software licensing company that develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global open industry standard operating system for advanced, data-enabled mobile phones.

Symbian licenses Symbian OS to the world’s leading handset manufacturers. The following Symbian OS licensees have manufactured and announced Symbian OS-based mobile phones: Arima, BenQ, Fujitsu for NTT DoCoMo FOMA, Motorola, Nokia, Panasonic, Sendo, Siemens, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. In 2003, over 6.67 million Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide and ten million were sold overall to date.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the US, Europe and Asia.

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