TOKYO, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba Corporation today announced the
Toshiba Mobile Office solution, a complete Wireless Network Internet solution
for business travelers and Small office/Home office (SoHo) customers. The
Toshiba Mobile Office solution will be demonstrated during CeBIT 2001 in
Hanover, Germany, from March 22-28, 2001 in the main Toshiba booth in Hall 1
and the Toshiba PC industry display and Toshiba CyberCafe in Hall 13.
The Toshiba Mobile Office solution is a broadband-backed Wireless Network
for seamless public access in traveler hotspots, such as airports, cafes,
hotels, and other high-traffic public areas. Furthermore, the Toshiba Mobile
Office is suitable for use in SoHo environments, both as a solution for
mobility needs and as a basic network technology. Based on the IEEE's 802.11b
global wireless 11Mbps standard (Wi-Fi(TM)), it offers travelers and residents
alike easy access to high-speed wireless networks. Using the Toshiba Mobile
Office enables easy deployment of a seamless Wi-Fi network.
Toshiba is currently offering notebooks with built-in Wi-Fi networking,
including the Satellite Pro 4600 and Tecra 8200. For owners of devices
without built-in Wi-Fi networking, Toshiba offers (in most regions) PC card
and PCI-based Wi-Fi solutions. Owners of either of these classes of devices
are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the Toshiba Mobile Office and
the freedom that it offers. The Toshiba Wireless Broadband Gateway enables
easy deployment of Wi-Fi networks, providing high-speed wireless access to
Wi-Fi-enabled devices. In addition, Toshiba offers a Wireless Network Pack,
bundling a Wireless Broadband Gateway with either Wi-Fi access cards or
Wi-Fi-enabled notebooks. This bundle makes it easy for the owner of a SoHo to
set up a Toshiba Mobile Office network.
Traditionally, client configuration of a Wi-Fi network has been a
difficult manual process. Customers have been forced to make changes to their
notebook or PDA networking configuration by hand, often resulting in an
inoperable network connection. To ease the burden of customer network
configuration, the Toshiba Mobile Office includes Configuration Free
technology, which manages all necessary network information automatically.
Mobility is a key feature of the Toshiba Mobile Office, facilitated by the
ability of users to move from one portion of a network to another without
having to power down or even reconfigure their devices. Furthermore, the
Toshiba Mobile Office offers roaming between distinct Wi-Fi networks. Through
partnerships with a number of other technology and solution providers, Toshiba
offers a complete solution that delivers seamless connectivity between mobile
professionals and their enterprise network. Using more than 1000 hotspot
public access locations, these business professionals can seamlessly access
their corporate Intranet across the globe.
"The future is wireless and mobile," Hisatsugu Nonaka, Vice President of
Toshiba's Digital Media Network Company, said "and Toshiba is in the vanguard
of making wireless technology easy to use and useful to customers. We are
developing a range of wireless products and services and merging wired and
wireless broadband technology, all to construct a new mobile environment that
truly supports our goal of "anybody, anywhere, anytime" network access.
In developing Toshiba Mobile Office, Toshiba established a strategic
partnership with hereUare Communications, Inc. of San Jose, CA, USA,
integrating hereUare's eCoinBox(TM) technology into the Toshiba Wireless
Broadband Gateway. The inclusion of eCoinBox allows networks deployed using
Toshiba's Wireless Broadband Gateway to become part of the hereUare global
"Toshiba is a natural partner for hereUare. They have exceptional
products that provide tremendous functionality without sacrificing ease of
use. Toshiba has a strategy for next generation public networking, and that
Wi-Fi," says Dr. Butch Anton, Vice President of Advanced Technology, hereUare
Toshiba also announced strategic technical relationship with Virata and
Agere Systems, former Lucent Technology. Virata supplies Toshiba with ADSL
technology while Lucent technology supplies Wireless LAN technology.
"With its new Toshiba Mobile Office Solutions, Toshiba once again leads
the mobile computing world with the most innovative PC technology available on
the market, " said Charles Cotton, CEO of Virata. "We are extremely pleased
to have Virata's Beryllium processor and software powering the DSL
capabilities in the new Toshiba Wireless Broadband Router-and we look forward
to growing our partnership with Toshiba in the future."
"Agere is excited to be helping Toshiba in providing this complete mobile
office solution," said Frans Frielink, who manages OEM business development
for Agere Systems' wireless networking business. "All of these companies have
come together to give SoHo customers and business travelers the same rich
networking experience found in traditional wired office environments."
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems,
electronic components, consumer products, and power systems. The company's
integration of these wide-ranging capabilities assures its position as an
innovator in advanced components, products, and systems. Toshiba has 190,000
employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$54 billion. Visit Toshiba's
website at http://www.toshiba.co.jp
About hereUare Communications, Inc.
hereUare Communications, Inc. is a provider of enabling technology and the
leading operator of for-pay public Wi-Fi network access services in the world.
Based in San Jose, California, hereUare develops and licenses the
eCoinBox(TM), which provides access control, accounting, and auditing
functions for their global public for-pay Wi-Fi network. This technology
makes it easy for others to deploy for-pay networks. Backed by well-respected
venture capital firms ComVentures, Raza Foundries, and Lucent Venture
Partners, hereUare is changing the way mobile professionals access the
SOURCE Toshiba Corporation