Sybase Mobile Unit, Ericsson in Global Deal Monday

SAN FRANCISCO (07/06/2000) - Sybase Inc.'s mobile database unit is set to announce a worldwide tie-up Monday with Swedish telecommunications equipment supplier L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., the U.S. database and tools vendor announced Thursday.

The two companies plan to unveil their relationship Monday during a teleconference and Webcast. Company executives on hand will include Terry Stepien, president of Sybase's iAnywhere Solutions Inc. mobile database subsidiary, and Orjan Mattsson, Ericsson's director and general manager, communications and smartphones.

The teleconference and Webcast is due to kick off at 10 a.m. PDT. The teleconference dial-in number is 800-289-0436, while the audio Webcast can be reached via Sybase's Web page at http://www.sybase.com/. A telephone number for international callers wasn't provided.

Sybase has long said that it's keen to bolster its position in the telecommunications market, with company Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President John Chen repeatedly putting that task high on the vendor's agenda for this year. [See "Interview: GLOBAL FORUM: Sybase Chief Touts Mobile Push," Sept. 30, 1999.]The Emeryville, California-based company formed its wholly-owned iAnywhere Solutions subsidiary in May, subsuming Sybase's existing mobile and embedded computing division. At that time, the software vendor said one of iAnywhere Solutions' key remits was to go after strategic alliances and partnerships in the mobile commerce, or "m-commerce," market.

With the formation of the new subsidiary, Sybase also took the wraps off iAnywhere Wireless Server, a server-based software product for deploying wireless e-business applications. The subsidiary's other key product is SQL Anywhere Studio, a grouping of mobile and embedded database and synchronization software.

In other wireless moves, Sybase last month announced it will add mobile and wireless capabilities to its Enterprise Portal (EP) software in the third quarter of this year. The software vendor is a strong supporter of WAP (wireless application protocol) and has been a member of the WAP Forum since November.

Sybase can be reached at +1-510-922-3500 or via the Internet at http://www.sybase.com/. Ericsson, in Stockholm, can be reached at +46-8-719-0000 or via the Web at http://www.ericsson.com/.

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