SOURCE: Red Bed Software

August 24, 2006 12:00 ET

Red Bend Software and Opera Software Form Partnership to Upgrade Mobile Handset Web Browsers Over-the-Air

Co-Marketing and Technology Partnership to Enable Efficient and Reliable Mobile Browser Upgrades to Phones Already in Customers' Hands

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2006 -- Red Bend Software, the leading provider of firmware over-the-air (FOTA) update technology for mobile phones, and Opera Software ASA, a world leader in Web browser technologies, today announced a joint marketing and business development agreement. Using Red Bend's new Embedded Feature Delivery (EFD) technology, Opera will be able to bring new browser features to market faster, as well as update the browsers regularly with the latest feature packs, optimizing the consumer's mobile Internet experience.

While delivery of new software components has traditionally been a lengthy process determined by handset release schedules, Red Bend's EFD technology removes the timetable bottlenecks by allowing phones, already in the hands of users, to be quickly and easily enhanced with new or upgraded core functions. New embedded functions are delivered to phones over-the-air and provide a mechanism for more frequent software updates.

Under this agreement, the two companies will work together so that Opera can effectively use Red Bend's EFD technology to shorten lead times for handset enhancement integration and bolster customer and end-user service.

"EFD technology will provide new capabilities to Opera and other leading mobile application providers to quickly deliver enhanced features to their users," said Yoram Salinger, president and CEO of Red Bend. "By using EFD, Opera will be able to allow its users to enjoy the latest and best Web browsing tools on their mobile phones."

"While the Opera Mobile browser is already well-known for delivering a better and faster Internet experience, this partnership with Red Bend will allow us to leverage the next generation in over-the-air firmware updating and further enhance our market-leading product," said Timo Bruns, executive vice president of Business Development at Opera. "By reducing our time to market for new and updated browser software, EFD is not only making the end-user experience more seamless, but is opening new revenue streams for the company as we can focus our development efforts in other strategic areas."

About Red Bend Software

Red Bend Software helps mobile phone manufacturers and network operators accelerate the adoption of new services and features, respond rapidly to customer problems and reduce support costs through mobile software management solutions. BenQ Mobile, LG Electronics, Sharp, Sony Ericsson, and other large handset manufacturers use Red Bend's firmware over-the-air (FOTA) technology to quickly and reliably deliver compact firmware updates to mobile phones already in the hands of users. Founded in 1999, Red Bend Software is a privately held, venture capital-financed company with offices in China, Israel, Japan, Korea, the U.K. and the U.S. More information about Red Bend Software is available at www.redbend.com.

About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera's cross-platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

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