Certicom to Integrate WTLS Plus into the WAP Browser for Sendo's Cutting-edge GSM Handsets
CTIA Wireless 2001, Las Vegas, NV, March 22, 2001 - Sendo, the new global mobile phone manufacturer, and Certicom (Nasdaq: CERT; TSE: CIC), a leading provider of mobile e-business security, today announced that Sendo is utilizing Certicom's leading security technology to secure their new lightweight, Internet-enabled Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) mobile phones for the European and Asian markets. Sendo has licensed Certicom's WTLS Plus(tm) to integrate into its WAP browser, ensuring that the delivery of critical, leading-edge content remains highly secure.
"Certicom's leadership in WAP and wireless security enables Sendo to provide our customers globally with strong security from a name that is recognized internationally," said Hugh Brogan, CEO of Sendo. "Certicom's experience in developing highly efficient products that fit within the constraints and complexities of mobile devices lead to a sure fit for our WAP phones."
Sendo's new line of Internet-enabled mobile phones includes the featherweight A820, the world's smallest and lightest WAP-enabled GSM phone. By using Certicom's security technology in its browser, Sendo will provide a more secure platform for protecting valuable electronic content from theft. Certicom's WTLS Plus provides the most advanced, standards-based, proven encryption available today.
Using WTLS Plus, Sendo's A820 will be among the first phones to offer WTLS Class 2, the next step in m-commerce security. As part of today's announced agreement, Sendo will also use Certicom's Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology and will include support for Certicom's MobileTrust(tm) digital certificates in Sendo's WAP mobile phone security architecture. Supporting Certicom's MobileTrust root key in the security architecture demonstrates a clear migration path towards wireless Public Key Infrastructure (w-PKI), and will enable Sendo to provide secure, authenticated WAP transactions such as stock trading, retail purchasing and personal banking.
"We believe Sendo is on the cutting-edge in providing today's consumer with innovative wireless products such as lightweight easy-to-use, Web-ready phones," said Prakash Panjwani, vice president of business development for Certicom. "We are pleased to provide a vital component to support Sendo's wireless products internationally, and in particular, the European and Asian markets."
About WTLS Plus
Certicom's industry-leading WTLS toolkit provides full strength, high-performance WTLS security, ideally suited for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) implementations in wireless environments and is used by 724 Solutions, Digital Mobility (formerly DSR), eXalink, Motorola, Neomar, Research In Motion, RTS Wireless and Sony. Certicom's WTLS Plus 1.1 is the industry's first WTLS product to support mutual authentication of wireless WAP transactions, providing the highest levels of security for e-commerce and stock trading, wireless communications, Internet access and on-line banking from mobile devices.
Sendo is a new mobile phone company headquartered in Birmingham, UK, with additional operations in the Netherlands, other European countries, Hong Kong, and China. The company, founded in August 1999 offers high performance, competitively priced, reliable products and services to the fast growing cellular market. For more information, visit http://www.sendo.com
Certicom is a leading provider of information security software and services, specializing in solutions for mobile e-business. The company's products and services are specifically designed to address the challenges imposed by a wireless data environment. Certicom's solutions incorporate its efficient encryption technology and are based on industry standards for information security that utilize public key cryptography. Certicom's products are currently licensed to more than 150 customers including ePocrates, Inc., Motorola, Inc., NeoPoint, Inc., Nortel Networks, Openwave Systems, Palm, Inc., Pixo, Inc., QUALCOMM, Inc., Research In Motion Ltd. and Sony International (Europe) GmbH. Certicom's headquarters and worldwide sales and marketing operations are based in the Silicon Valley in Hayward. For more information, visit Certicom's Web site at http://www.certicom.com.
Certicom , MobileTrust and WTLS Plus are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Certicom Corp. All other companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Except for historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially. Factors that might cause a difference include, but are not limited to, those relating to the acceptance of mobile and wireless devices and the continued growth of e-commerce and m-commerce (mobile e-commerce), the increase of the demand for mutual authentication in m-commerce transactions, the acceptance of Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) technology as an industry standard, the market acceptance of our principle products and sales of our customer's products, the impact of competitive products and technologies, the possibility of our products infringing patents and other intellectual property of third parties, and costs of product development. Certicom will not update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. More detailed information about potential factors that could affect Certicom's financial results is included in the documents Certicom files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian securities regulatory authorities including Certicom's current Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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|Lorraine Kauffman||Elizabeth Safran
|Certicom Corporation||Lutchansky Communications for Certicom
|(510) 780-5417||(408) 938-9050 x25
|Marijke Van Hooren||Barbara Kohn
|Sendo Holdings PLC||Sendo