Commtag Strengthens Board With Appointment of Malcolm Bird As Non-Executive Director

* Former managing director of's European operation

* Brings a wealth of wireless industry experience and contacts to Commtag

* Commtag prepares for first commercial deployment of wireless

peer-to-peer platform in early 2002

May 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Commtag

    CAMBRIDGE, England, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Commtag ( ) has
 strengthened its board with the appointment of Malcolm Bird, former managing
 director of (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 in 1997 and grew
 it to over 300 staff over a period of three years.  Under his leadership, 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 ( 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 ).
     About Commtag ( )
     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.

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