In this deployment, the Segue™ Roaming Client will feature full Kanji capabilities, a Wi-Fi service area database for Japan.
Chicago, IL - October 28, 2003 - PCTEL, Inc. (Nasdaq: PCTI), a leading provider of wireless solutions and access technology, today announced that its Segue™ Roaming Client software was adopted by NTT DoCoMo, Inc. to improve its Wi -Fi access service, named Mzone™, in Japan. PCTEL will add several features to Mzone to enhance its usability.
In this deployment, the Segue™ Roaming Client will feature full Kanji capabilities, a Wi -Fi service area database for Japan and the capability of automatically switching between NTT DoCoMo's Wi -Fi access service and other roaming or customer -registered Wi -Fi networks. The Segue™ Roaming Client will also provide secure connections for Mzone users by incorporating the IEEE 802.1X (TTLS) authentication mechanism and supports most major Wi -Fi cards distributed in Japan. All Mzone subscribers in Japan will be able to download the Segue™ Roaming Client customized for Mzone from NTT DoCoMo's Japanese website for its Wi -Fi customers.
"We are honored that NTT DoCoMo has chosen to work with us in this important and strategic service area," said Marty Singer, Chairman and CEO of PCTEL. "This development has tremendous implications for PCTEL in Asia, given the proportionately large numbers of mobile data users in that region."
In a future release of the Segue™ Roaming Client, PCTEL will incorporate a roaming capability with wide area networks such as PHS and W -CDMA in addition to Wi -Fi networks.
For a case study on Segue™ Roaming Client usage in NTT DoCoMo's Wi -Fi service, please visit the PCTEL website at www.pctel.com/nttdocomo.
The Segue™ Roaming Client provides an intuitive mechanism for giving laptop and handheld computing device users secure and seamless access and roaming capability to Wi -Fi networks in public areas, at the office and in the home. The Segue™ Client benefits both service providers and their subscribers by providing:
• Consistent look and feel regardless of operating system platform
• Automatic presentation of user credentials dependent on the network being accessed
• User prioritization of network connection choices (between multiple available WLANs or WWAN)
• Network specific user profiles for automatically launching VPN clients, modifying proxy settings, or automatically launching other applications, and
• Easy location of WLAN networks utilizing an integrated database
The Segue™ Roaming Client is compatible with Microsoft Windows® 98 Second Edition, Microsoft Windows Me, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP, PocketPC 2002 and PocketPC 2003. In addition, more than 80 Wi -Fi adapters have been currently tested with and are supported by the Roaming Client software.
PCTEL, founded in March 1994, is a leading provider of Wi -Fi and cellular mobility software, software -defined radio products and access technology. PCTEL`s products include WLAN software products (Segue™ Roaming Product Line) that simplify installation, roaming, Internet access and billing. Through its subsidiary, DTI, the company designs, develops and distributes OEM receivers and receiver -based products that measure and monitor cellular networks. The company maintains a portfolio of more than 115 analog and broadband communications and wireless patents, issued or pending, including key and essential patents for modem technology. The company`s products are sold or licensed to PC manufacturers, PC card and board manufacturers, wireless carriers, wireless ISPs, software distributors, wireless test and measurement companies, and system integrators. PCTEL headquarters are located at 8725 West Higgins Road, Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60631. Telephone: 773 -243 -3000. For more information, please visit our web site at: http://www.pctel.com.