CAMBRIDGE, England, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Commtag ( www.commtag.com ) has strengthened its board with the appointment of Malcolm Bird, former managing director of phone.com (Europe) Limited, as a non-executive director. Mr. Bird's appointment brings added wireless industry experience to Commtag as it prepares for its first commercial deployment of its unplug+play(TM) wireless peer-to-peer platform in early 2002. Mr. Bird established the European operations of phone.com in 1997 and grew it to over 300 staff over a period of three years. Under his leadership, phone.com completed high value sales to wireless network operators and mobile phone vendors across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Malcolm Bird offers Commtag a breadth of experience covering fund raising, acquisitions, mergers and IPOs gained in executive and non-executive directorships within a range of private and public technology companies. Ran Mokady, Commtag CEO said, "Malcolm Bird built the European business of the mobile Internet's star performer (phone.com) through a series of multi-million dollar deals with network operators. His contribution to Commtag will accelerate the realisation of our goal to establish unplug+play as the industry standard peer-to-peer wireless platform." Malcolm Bird said, "Having experience of a range of start-up companies, I believe Commtag has a compelling combination of a strong vision, and the team to deliver it. Utilising data to enhance person to person communication is one of the great untapped opportunities in the wireless industry today." Commtag's unplug+play(TM) wireless peer-to-peer platform enables the rapid development and deployment of applications that enhance interaction between people by sharing data between mobile devices. unplug+play is the first in a series of Commtag products that will enhance interpersonal communication by allowing data to be exchanged as easily as voice, while at all times allowing the user total control over who can access their devices and data. The 2.5G (GPRS) networks recently launched by leading network operators provide wireless packet data, a fundamental enabler for a wide range of new wireless applications. Bluetooth, which is currently being designed into a wide range of mobile devices such as phones, PDAs, cameras, and laptops, will allow these devices to work together with short distance radio links, improving convenience for their users. Research-led investment group, Durlacher, forecasts an explosion of wireless applications and services, with over 3,000 running over mobile networks within the next five years. This explosion will be driven by operators looking to recoup their investments in UMTS networks and license costs by pushing more advanced revenue-generating mobile data services to its customers. The European market for mobile Internet services (including mobile data traffic) will be worth Euro 76 billion (48 billion pounds sterling) by 2005, assuming UMTS networks, handsets and services are available on time by early 2003 (source: Durlacher 2001 "UMTS Report -- an Investment Perspective" -- free to download from www.durlacher.com ). About Commtag ( www.commtag.com ) Commtag, based in Cambridge, England, is a wireless technology company specialising in enabling-technology for peer-to-peer wireless applications and services. Commtag was founded in June 2000 and is funded by Amadeus Capital Partners and private investors. Commtag is an associate member of the Bluetooth SIG.