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July 11, 2005
eAccess Ltd.
(Code Number: 9427)

eAccess commences preparations for Mobile WiMAX trial

eAccess Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director, Chairman & CEO Sachio Semmoto) announced today that it has commenced preparations for a Mobile WiMAX trial (IEEE802.16e)*. The Mobile WiMAX technology is expected to be used as a support system for the 3G W-CDMA (HSDPA) system, which the Company hopes to enter into the mobile market in the near future. eAccess plans to submit an application for a field trial license to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), as soon as preparations for the trial are completed.

eAccess obtained a license for Wi-Fi outdoor radio transmission in the bandwidth of 5GHz in June 2005, and has since been conducting metropolitan radio wave propagation tests in Toranomon and Yotsuya areas. After collecting basic data and accumulating the know-how needed to verify WiMAX technology, the Company decided to prepare for the Mobile WiMAX trial.

In order to achieve an FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence: Combining fixed and mobile communications) environment, eAccess has been conducting trials on the combined use of W-CDMA and Wi-Fi, and decided to pursue further technical examinations on Mobile WiMAX. Wi-Fi / Mobile WiMAX, combined with W-CDMA, is expected to enable the efficient use of frequencies and to meet user needs for high speed and high throughput in case of wireless traffic congestion. Mobile WiMAX exceeds Wi-Fi system in mobility; and if it is put to practical use, it could possibly replace Wi-Fi.

In May 2005, eAccess submitted a proposal to the Study Group for Wireless Broadband Promotion, sponsored by the MIC, regarding the future allocation of frequencies for Mobile WiMAX.

* Mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e)
IEEE802.16 is a radio communication standard of the IEEE (Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers). IEEE 802.16a (WiMAX), which was standardized in January 2003 for fixed communications, covers a 50 km (30 miles) radius and enables communications at a maximum of 70Mbps. IEEE 802.16e (WiMAX) is a standard which supports further mobility and is in the process of being approved at the present time.

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