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Volantis Announces GetBuzz Partner Program to Expand Availability of its Personalized News and Entertainment Application

Enables Unique Subscriber UI Solutions and Broader Systems Support for BuzzCast™ Carrier Deployments

November 29, 2006; 02:43 AM
Volantis, the world’s leading supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation™ solutions for the Mobile Information Age, today announced the launch of its GetBuzz™ Partner Program. The partner initiative follows the successful launch earlier this month of BuzzCast™, Volantis’ newest addition to its Suite of Mobile Content Applications™. The company also announced that Cibenix, based in Ireland, and MSX Inc., based in the US, have joined the partnership, providing client solutions to provide enhanced BuzzCast functionality on a broad selection of mobile devices.

BuzzCast provides consumers with dynamic mobile “home screens” for greater context, immediacy, and personalization. BuzzCast pushes compelling information, such as financial news, sports and entertainment headlines, to any device - regardless of network or device type - personalized according to the unique preferences of each subscriber. [For more information on BuzzCast, see www.volantis.com]

GetBuzz™ enables Volantis technology partners to offer carriers compelling presentation of subscriber-preference content directly on the mobile device, based on each partner’s unique user interface (UI) client solution. BuzzCast supports the creation of subscriber UIs in a range of technologies supported by Volantis’ partners to suit each carrier’s device strategy, including support for AJAX, RSS Client, Flash, J2ME, BREW, Microsoft Mobile and native Symbian.

Volantis solutions providers - including systems integrators and network infrastructure companies - will be able to apply the new application leveraging the Volantis Mobile Content Framework™, the mobile industry’s most broadly deployed mobile content delivery platform.

“We are delighted to be part of the GetBuzz Partner Program,” said Michael Brady, Chief Operating Officer of Cibenix. “The powerful combination of the Cibenix On-Device Portal (ODP) solution and Volantis’ BuzzCast enables carriers to create a very compelling subscriber experience on the mobile device, and in so doing dramatically improves the process of content discovery and consumption for wireless subscribers.”

“Mobile users are demanding more and more sophisticated rich-media content experiences, from personalized information services through to user-generated content,” said Peter Baldwin, Chief Executive Officer of MSX. “MSX with Volantis provides the mobile industry with a reliable, cost effective and compelling way to bring the latest technologies, including RSS and Blog Feeds, straight to the subscriber’s home screen.”

“We have a growing community of valued partners, both building value for and leveraging our core Framework and applications suite,” said Matthew Harris, Chief Executive Officer of Volantis. “New partners joining GetBuzz will benefit from the unique attributes of the BuzzCast application and a dynamic program that enables them to help address our growing carrier customer base.”

About Cibenix

Cibenix is a leading provider of On-Device Portal (ODP) solutions for wireless carriers, massively improving the usability of mobile content and services across Symbian, Microsoft and Java devices. The Cibenix ODP Solution brings the carrier’s shop window of content and services direct to the home screen of the subscriber’s device, making these services more visible to and more accessible by the subscriber. Cibenix customers include Vodafone, TeliaSonera, Hutchinson 3G, One, Elisa and Nokia, and their award-winning products have been installed on mobile devices across the globe in multiple languages.

About MSX Inc.

MSX (formerly MVoem) enables unique, rich and powerful end-to-end mobile subscriber experiences. The MSX Platform allows an MVNO, traditional mobile operator, or consumer brand to create mobile experiences and services on mass-market phones while leveraging open standards. The MSX Client works with various designer tools and rendering technologies from entry-level phones based on ARM7 through to high-end Smartphones. The MSX Server is a robust carrier-grade system for managing and optimizing these experiences.

About Volantis

Volantis (www.volantis.com) is the world's leading supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation™ solutions for the mobile Information Age, providing applications, tools and platforms that solve the complexity of delivering optimized services to any mobile device.

Volantis extensive experience of serving content providers, mobile network operators, and enterprises, along with its standards leadership, enable a unique position for Volantis to create innovative technology for the Mobile Information Age that is more useful and more useable than the PC Internet of today.

Volantis is used around the world by organizations such as 3, CBS, Channel 4, Cingular, CSC, Discovery, eBay.co.uk, FT.com, Hearst, HP, IBM, lastminute.com, MobileOne, Orange Poland, Reuters, Telefonica Moviles, Telecom Italia Mobile and Telenor Mobil and World Wrestling Entertainment. Volantis also Chairs the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Device Independence Working Group and is a Founding Member of the W3C Mobile Web Initiative.

Volantis global headquarters are in Seattle, USA, with international offices in Guildford, UK; Hong Kong, China; Madrid, Spain and Krakow, Poland. Volantis is privately held with investors Accel Partners, Kennet Partners, and SOFTBANK Europe Ventures.

Volantis (US):
John Beale, 206-375-0881
[email protected]
Volantis (UK):
Rachel West, +44 1483 739 700
[email protected]
For Volantis (US):
Calysto Communications
Kristine F. Bennett, 404-551-5157
[email protected]



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