The World’s Most Fully Featured Web Browser for Cellular Phones of All Types
JAKARTA, Indonesia and MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – MobilityWire® – January 26, 2011
Bakrie Telecom (BTEL) today announced an agreement with Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ:BITS), developer of acclaimed mobile browsing technologies. Through this agreement, all Esia phones will feature Bitstream’s BOLT™ mobile browser, enabling customers to easily browse the Web and enjoy features typically associated with advanced browsers on personal computers. Bitstream’s BOLT mobile browser is the most fully-featured Web browser designed for all categories of mobile phones.
“This agreement is another phenomenal step for Bakrie Telecom to expand the public’s access to the Internet,” said Erik Meijer, PT Bakrie Telecom deputy president director. “For the first time, Internet access can be done not only through smartphones but can also be enjoyed by phones in the mid-low end category.”
According to Meijer, the needs and interest of the community to enjoy Internet access is rising. Results of the TNS Global Market Research in eight cities in Indonesia indicated a surge of Internet users via cell phones from 22 percent in 2009 to 48 percent in 2010. By partnering with Bitstream, Bakrie Telecom stands a great chance to capture the potential of this growing market.
“Bakrie Telecom, through its product Esia, not only consistently proves its efforts to expand access for the public to telecommunications services, but also opens access for the public to the Internet and knowledge,” added Meijer.
In addition to deploying Internet access for every type of Esia phone, another advantage created by this agreement is flexibility in bill payment service. Subscriber based charging by Bitstream enables Esia customers to select various unlimited service packages depending on their needs: daily, weekly or monthly.
“This disruptive innovation further strengthens our position as an operator that always follows the growth of new technology and is in line with the interests of our customers,” added Meijer.
Meijer added that BOLT is known as an excellent mobile Web browser. BOLT is fast, reliable and provides good support for many of the latest Web technologies such as HTML 5 video and flash. This capability enables users to enjoy streaming video on sites such as You Tube, MTV and others.
“It should be noted that Bakrie Telecom not only has Esia as its product, but also AHA, a high-speed Internet access service. With EVDO phones such as the Nokia 6316 and Samsung Corby, which we recently introduced, AHA customers will enjoy a much more fun and exciting experience when surfing in cyberspace ,” Meijer explained.
The BOLT cloud computing architecture delivers significant benefits to Bakrie subscribers, even those using entry level phones. The data compression employed by BOLT loads Web pages significantly faster than traditional mobile browsers, and BOLT’s WebKit based rendering displays Web pages on a mobile phone just as they would appear on a personal computer (PC).
“Bakrie Telecom has an international reputation of taking great care to ensure their subscribers have access to the very best mobile technologies available, and it is extremely gratifying that after an extensive evaluation, the company selected BOLT to be the default browser for all their phones,” said Anna Magliocco-Chagnon, CEO of Bitstream. “Mobile phones are replacing the personal computer that people use most often to access the Internet and view the Web. It is great that as our first wireless operator partner for BOLT, we are working with a company that shares our vision and commitment to making the Internet more convenient and useful by extending all the features of PC style browsing to mobile phones using high quality mobile data service.”
Bitstream will be showcasing its mobile browsing technologies, including the BOLT mobile browser and the BOLT SDK in booth 2D23 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2011 global conference and exposition held in Barcelona from February 14 to 17. To arrange a meeting with Bitstream at the show contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Licensed by handset manufacturers and wireless operators around the world, the BOLT mobile browser delivers PC-style browsing with advanced features such as tabbed browsing, streaming audio and video, and integrated social networking in a relatively small application that is also the industry’s most feature rich mobile browser. BOLT is available for Java ME, BREW and BlackBerry devices and has already been installed on thousands of different handset models. BOLT’s WebKit based cloud computing infrastructure integrates easily with carriers’ billing and OSS systems, and significantly reduces infrastructure costs with its best-in-class data compression. The BOLT SDK allows any service provider the ability to create custom Web-enabled applications that run on the widest possible number of mobile phones. Wireless operators, handset OEMs and service providers should contact email@example.com to learn more about BOLT.
Bitstream Inc. develops software technologies and applications for the graphic art and mobile communications industries. Bitstream’s award-winning fonts and font technologies enable device manufacturers and application developers to render the highest quality text in any language, on any device, at any resolution. The company’s MyFonts brand is the world’s leading provider of fonts to consumers. Bitstream’s Pageflex brand enables marketers to easily produce customized communications in print, email, and online. The company’s latest offering is the BOLT mobile browser, which has been installed by millions of users worldwide since its release in February 2009. For more information visit www.bitstream.com.
About Bakrie Telecom
Bakrie Telecom is a fixed wireless access (FWA) with limited mobility service provider that uses both the CDMA 2000 1x and EVDO technologies. BTEL is known for its innovative and exciting products, and services that always lead the market through its Esia, Wifone, Wimode, and SLI Hemat 009 brands. Moreover, through its subsidiary, Bakrie Connectivity, BTEL has broadband wireless services under the AHA product name. In the first quarter of 2010, BTEL subscribers had reached 11 million, spread across 82 cities in Indonesia. Service to customers is provided through two call centers, 90 Gerai Esia and more than 98,000 sales outlets throughout Indonesia. For further information visit www.bakrietelecom.com.
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