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Birdstep delivers upgraded client to T-Mobile to expand network coverage with HSDPA support


Oslo/Stockholm – March 16, 2006 –Birdstep Technology ASA, the leading provider of seamless mobility and connectivity client solutions, delivered the latest upgrade to the T-Mobile Communication Centre, TMCC release 2.5 offering to include HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) support, support for the HSDPA-capable AirCard Enabled™ LIFEBOOK notebooks and support for a data card bundle with Amilo Pro notebooks from Fujitsu Siemens Computers.
Existing TMCC customers need only to upgrade the existing software solution to start enjoying the new HSDPA functionality and the new features included in the TMCC 2.5 recently launched by T-Mobile. With this upgrade, Birdstep Technology provides the client software that covers T-Mobile’s GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA and WiFi hotspot networks covering Germany, Austria, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The TMCC client has the capability to recognize if the user has a data card that supports HSDPA, upgrade its firmware and enable it to allow the user enjoy this newly launched service provided by T-Mobile. This feature will provide significant benefits for users that have already invested in specific cards and would like to enjoy this new service without requiring technical assistance or new investment.

In time for CeBIT the TMCC software has been updated to support embedded HSDPA-capable card modules into Fujitsu Siemens LIFEBOOK notebooks as a showcase. TMCC is also bundled with a data card and Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo Pro notebooks. T-Mobile is the first to introduce a package comprising of a notebook with a bundled HSDPA data card and data tariff. The TMCC software will be preinstalled on the notebooks and the TMCC software will automatically select data transmission via HSDPA in UMTS areas and WiFi technology at Hotspots. This bundle provides the end users with an efficient way of accessing emails, corporate applications and the Internet while on the move that is not only extremely fast, but also very user-friendly and straight forward.

“Our relationship with T-Mobile has grown through these years to a solid partnership where we can assist T-Mobile in meeting their customer requirements. This upgrade of HSDPA to the TMCC confirms our commitment to deliver the client software solution required to meet current and coming market needs. Our solution offers the same branded solution for either PCMCIA cards or embedded cards, making it a solution that fits the vast majority of potential users,” said Petri Markkanen, CEO from Birdstep Technology.

About Birdstep Technology
Birdstep Technology ASA is a public company listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange (OSE) under ticker ’BIRD’ with head quarters in Oslo, Norway in addition to offices in Stockholm, Sweden and Seattle, USA, as well as offices in Frankfurt, Cambridge (UK), San Francisco, Sao Paolo and Shanghai. In December 2004 Birdstep acquired 100% of the shares in Alice Systems, now Birdstep AB in Sweden. The acquisition makes Birdstep a complete provider of connectivity and mobility solutions for PC, pocket-PC and Smartphone devices. that enable operators to improve their customer experience as they move between available networks, e.g. fixed, cellular and wireless connections. The company today employs around 70 people dedicated to development of advanced connectivity and seamless mobility solutions, as well as small footprint, high performance database technologies. Birdstep’s global customers and partners include Nokia, SonyEricsson, Cisco, 3Com, Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and more than 30 mobile network operators worldwide including T-Mobile Group, Vodafone Group, Orange, TIM, Sprint, Telenor and TeliaSonera. Birdstep offers “SmartRoaming”, a hosted roaming service to provide mobility across networks independent of the operator or subscription. For more information, visit


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