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2010.03.23

AT&T, Ericsson To Expand 3G Ecosystem With AT&T Connection Kit For Device Developers

Source: Ericsson

DALLAS, TX, March 23, 2010 - AT&T and Ericsson today announced the launch of the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers. Targeting a wide range of developers in the connected device and applications space, the kit contains everything needed to integrate the nation's fastest 3G network with emerging and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.

Combining AT&T's 3G network and service delivery platform with Ericsson's hardware technology and Software Developer Kit (SDK), the AT&T Connection Kit for Device Developers creates a rich environment which aids in streamlined device development and optimized device performance.  Leveraging Ericsson's next generation broadband modules in different categories, a complete test cradle solution and SDK, the Connection Kit also includes AT&T SIM cards, data capacity for testing, access to AT&T Control Center, powered by Jasper Wireless and best practice guidelines. To order an AT&T Connection Kit, developers can register at att.m2m.com/ericsson. Kits will be available in April.

The enhanced AT&T Connection Kit builds on the existing AT&T M2M Developer Kit available through a dedicated AT&T emerging devices web site, www.att.com/edo.  The basic kit is designed for developers who are already using a network ready module, and includes the same network connectivity and Control Center access, but does not include the modules or test cradle available in the enhanced kit.

 "Our single focus is to wirelessly enable everything," said Glenn Lurie, president of emerging devices, AT&T. "By teaming with Ericsson, we're able to provide developers with additional tools needed to explore new ways to make wireless a reality for just about any device that benefits from a 3G connection."

Ericsson's next generation mobile broadband modules include the wake-on-wireless feature, which allows a device to be remotely enabled by a user while it is in sleep mode. This feature, along with built-in GPS functionality, opens up the range of wirelessly-enabled devices and applications that can be created by developers.

Mats Norin, Head of Mobile Broadband Modules at Ericsson, said "Mobile broadband connectivity over HSPA opens up new opportunities in multiple device segments. The work of developers will play a critical role in making new and innovative devices a connected reality."

AT&T Control Center offers testing capabilities for immediate feedback on device performance, real-time network diagnostics to quickly troubleshoot connectivity issues, and a full standards-based API suite to automate operational controls into backend applications.

AT&T also has the broadest international coverage of any U.S. wireless provider, delivering voice service in more than 220 countries and data service in more than 190 countries. Already today, there are more than 1,900 HSPA enabled devices globally, according to GSMA.

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