Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), a leading broadband access equipment provider, and Opera Software, an industry leading cross-platform Web browser company, announced the integration of the Opera browser for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE.net into Westell’s MediaTerminalT broadband smartphone. In addition to providing access to all Web pages and enabling advanced Web 2.0 applications, Opera will render parts of the device’s user interface, which is easily configured to deliver unique, customized service provider content.
Westell introduced the MediaTerminal in 2006 as a multi-service delivery platform for data, video and voice. It combines a state-of-the-art interactive color touch-screen and a traditional cordless digital telephone, connecting to any DSL, cable, fiber or wireless broadband network. With Opera, the MediaTerminal can now be re-formatted as quickly and conveniently as updating a Web page. The software includes Opera’s Widget implementation, allowing the MediaTerminal to deliver personalized content to users, including weather forecasts, news headlines and stock market updates.
“The MediaTerminal is designed for carriers who want to bundle information, communication, and entertainment to build subscriber usage and retention,” said Carl Steen, Westell product line director. “Opera not only gives the MediaTerminal an intuitive user interface and Widget functionality, but also an optimized Web browsing experience that easily adapts to touch-screen navigation. It’s a powerful solution for our customers,” Steen said.
The MediaTerminal is targeted to subscribers with an existing broadband connection. The device includes a built-in speakerphone and supports up to four DECT cordless handsets that are capable of simultaneously providing PSTN-POTS and VoIP telephony. A video camera option is available. By including Opera on the device, users can access any Web site from the
convenience of the intuitive LCD touch screen.
“We are excited to work with Westell because of their visionary approach to incorporating personalized Widgets on devices,” said Scott Hedrick, Opera Software executive vice president for devices. “Every service provider’s needs differ, and Opera provides a simple and easy-to-use solution based in Web standards that allows Westell to offer the flexibility their customers demand.”
Westell Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ: WSTL) headquartered in Aurora, Ill., has a 25-year history of broadband innovation, with more than 15 million devices shipped. Westell designs and builds carrier-class equipment that delivers high-speed communications for telecommunications operators and internet service providers throughout North America and Europe. These
innovative, highly engineered solutions make it easy for carriers and service providers to meet ever-increasing customer demand for reliable, effective delivery of content, services and capabilities.
About Opera Software ASA
Opera Software ASA has redefined Web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross- platform Web browser technology is renowned for its small size, performance and standards-compliance, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA.