Fujitsu and SAGEM Collaborate To Develop Basic
-- Will jointly develop technologies for dual-mode
Technologies For 3G Wireless Communications
communications and smart phones --
Tokyo/Paris, February 20, 2002 -- Fujitsu Limited and SAGEM today
announced that they have reached and signed an agreement on February 19
to jointly develop basic technologies for third-generation (3G) mobile
The agreement between Fujitsu and SAGEM will allow the two companies
to share their know-how for the development of basic technologies that
will be the cornerstone of dual-mode (*1) smart phone (*2) development.
More specifically, joint development will focus on technologies for a
new communication platform that enables dual-mode capability and an
application platform necessary to run various multimedia functions.
Fujitsu will engage in application platform development in Japan, while
SAGEM will focus on the development of a communications platform in
France. The two partners will also share research resources, including
the exchange of research talent. This collaboration will enable the
firms to achieve results more quickly and efficiently. Fujitsu and
SAGEM plan to introduce new technologies for 3G handsets by the latter
half of 2003. Furthermore, both companies intend to jointly conduct
interoperability testing for international roaming, which is expected
to be necessary for 3G handsets in Europe and Japan.
Gregoire Olivier, SAGEM's CEO commented: "The mobile phone business is moving towards more services to the end user, with applications based on various platforms. Combining SAGEM's expertise in the field of mobile telecommunications with Fujitsu's expertise in applications will allow us to dramatically speed up the introduction of new and attractive products to our customers."
"Wireless handsets will become ubiquitous in the future, evolving from
phones to information appliances," said Akikazu Yajima, Group President
of Fujitsu's Mobile Phones Group. "I'm confident that bringing the R&D
resources of our two companies together for joint development will
result in synergies that facilitate the development of basic
technologies for new generation high-end handsets and the accumulation
of international roaming service know-how."
- *1: Dual-mode
- Capable of handling GSM, GPRS and UMTS communication standards.
- *2: Smart phone
- A handset with multimedia data processing power in addition to
regular voice telephony.
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trademarks of their respective holders and are used for identification
Groupe SAGEM is an internationally-based high-technology group. The
second largest French group in the field of telecommunications and the
third largest European company in electronics for defence and security,
SAGEM maintains a presence in more than 20 countries. For more
information on the company, please visit the SAGEM web site:www.sagem.com
Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information technology
solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies,
best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and worldwide
corps of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to
unleash the infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers
succeed. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported
consolidated revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2001. Internet:http://www.fujitsu.com/
Takehiro Hayashi, Scott Ikeda
Fujitsu Limited, Public Relations
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Fujitsu Limited, Mobile Phone Group
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