SOURCE: Global IP Sound

August 08, 2005 09:00 ET

Global IP Sound to Bring Its Embedded Voice-Processing Solutions to Symbian OS Smartphones

GIPS Joins Symbian Platinum Partner Program

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 8, 2005 -- Global IP Sound (GIPS), a leading provider of embedded voice-processing solutions for the Voice-over-IP (VoIP) market, today announced that it has joined the Symbian Platinum Program to support the growing market for smartphones based on Symbian OS™.

As a Platinum Partner, GIPS is extending its VoiceEngine Mobile platform to the Symbian ecosystem. Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the operating system that powers today's most popular smartphones. Symbian OS is licensed by the world's leading mobile phone manufacturers. To date, more than 32 million Symbian OS phones have shipped to over 200 network operators worldwide.

"This partnership reflects our commitment to the Mobile Voice-over-IP market and our intent to build upon our mobile VoIP strategy," said Gary Hermansen, President and CEO of Global IP Sound. "By becoming a Symbian Platinum Partner, we can further expand our VoiceEngine Mobile platform and strengthen our relationships with users, application developers, smartphone manufacturers and network operators."

VoiceEngine Mobile for Symbian OS empowers OEMs to extend the mobility of VoIP to end users. The platform helps these companies create products that are easy to use and provide better-than PSTN voice quality even without in-house Voice-over-IP expertise. VoiceEngine Mobile allows manufacturers of mobile, IP-enabled products to capture all of the benefits of GIPS VoiceEngine technology -- superior voice quality, accelerated product development and technology specifically designed for packet networks.

"Embedded voice-processing solutions, such as Voice-over-IP, have become a fundamental requirement for today's smartphones," said Jerry Panagrossi, vice president, US operations, Symbian. "We are delighted to have Global IP Sound join the Symbian Platinum Program and bring its innovative voice-processing technology to the Symbian ecosystem."

The comprehensive, packaged solution handles all of the necessary voice components for VoIP to let OEMs achieve superior voice quality even under adverse conditions. VoiceEngine Mobile manages all of the most challenging problems encountered in mobile IP applications, including packet loss and low delay.

"As the number of smartphones based on Symbian OS is rapidly increasing, GIPS has great opportunities for VoiceEngine Mobile to contribute to the value of current models and those in the development pipeline," said Hermansen. "The open standards supported in Symbian OS enable us to deliver superior voice quality to released smartphones today, and can be just as easily incorporated in the smartphones of tomorrow -- from many different manufacturers and geographies."

About the Symbian Platinum Program

The Symbian Platinum Program includes companies that have a technology or strategic position that is key to the success of mobile computing technology surrounding Symbian OS. As part of the program, Platinum Partners benefit from a range of commercial services, including technical support and joint marketing opportunities as well as privileged access to Symbian OS source code and a dedicated Partner Support team. For more information please see www.symbian.com/partners/platinum.html.

About Global IP Sound

Global IP Sound develops embedded voice processing technologies for real-time communications over packet networks. GIPS SoundWare™ provides better than PSTN voice quality and fidelity in end-to-end IP communications with robustness against packet loss. Global IP Sound's world-renowned speech processing and IP telephony experts deliver these solutions to applications developers, gateway and chip manufacturers. Companies using GIPS SoundWare™ products include Nortel Networks, Skype, WebEx, Marratech, and other key players in the VoIP market. Global IP Sound is a member of the Intel® PCA Developer Network, the Motorola Design Alliance, and Texas Instruments' third-party developer network. Global IP Sound has headquarters in Stockholm and San Francisco. More information is available at www.globalipsound.com.

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 and has built close co-operative business relationships with leading companies across the mobile industry. In the first quarter of 2005, more than 6.75m Symbian OS-based mobile phones were sold worldwide to over 200 network operators, taking the installed base of Symbian OS phones to more than 32 million.

Symbian has its headquarters in London, United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Europe, Israel and Asia (Bangalore, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo).

For further information about Symbian please see www.symbian.com or email press@symbian.com.

Contact Information

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    Wendy Toth
    Global IP Sound
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    (415) 438-2613

    Donna Candelori
    Candelori Communications
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