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
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