Argogroup to Acquire AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd Labs

Strategic Acquisition Accelerates the Mobile Internet Industry



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Argogroup

    LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Argogroup, the leading supplier of device
 intelligence for the wireless Internet, has announced the acquisition of the
 Wireless Internet Lab of AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd for an undisclosed amount.
 Argogroup's technologies and products, combined with those of the Wireless
 Internet Lab, will now enable content providers, infrastructure providers and
 platform vendors the opportunity to test, measure and optimize wireless
 content and services in one place.
     The Lab, which will be integrated into Argogroup's business and will
 become the Argogroup Wireless Internet Lab, will expand its operations into
 the Argogroup offices located outside of London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and San
 Francisco in addition to keeping the existing locations in Central London and
 Stockholm.  The Lab will continue to offer its wireless Internet testing and
 consulting services to clients around the world. Clients of the Lab include
 well known companies such as Microsoft, Openwave, the Financial Times
 (FT.com), Telia (Speedy Tomato), DHL and Vindigo.
     The resulting expanded product and services suite will enable content
 providers, infrastructure providers and platform vendors the opportunity to
 test, measure and optimize wireless content and services. Using Internet
 technology combined with the multiple Argogroup locations, Argogroup will
 offer testing and analysis services on any of the different wireless Internet
 technologies and standards that have until now been restricted by geography.
 Using Argogroup products and services, customers will be able to develop
 content in one standard format yet deliver and test it in multiple formats
 such as I-Mode, WAP, HDML or MML.
     "We have always had the greatest respect and awe for the methods, tools
 and talent assembled in the Lab. We are thrilled that they are now a key and
 strategic part of Argogroup," said David Frodsham, CEO of Argogroup. "During
 our acquisition process, we talked to many of the Lab's customers and they
 consistently expressed both delight about the past experiences and are excited
 by the opportunity and synergy of this acquisition. This is a strategic
 acquisition that will further improve and augment the already high quality of
 products and services that we offer to our customers."
     Argogroup will use the Wireless Internet Lab to offer high-level
 consulting, training and testing services to network operators, software
 suppliers, handset manufactures and infrastructure suppliers worldwide.  The
 Lab will also assist Argogroup in performing testing to further advance its
 own products that serve the wireless Internet industry.
     "Argogroup has been a Lab client in the past and we have always admired
 their technology, vision and people," stated James Pearce, UK Director of
 AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd. "The entire Lab is looking forward to joining this
 winning team and continuing with the vision that we have always shared with
 Argogroup."
 
     NOTE: AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd was a subsidiary of AnywhereYouGo.com Inc, the
 Dallas based company that operated the AnywhereYouGo.com web site. The
 AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd Wireless Internet Lab was re-branded as Encerca just
 prior to this acquisition.
 
     About Argogroup
     Argogroup develops infrastructure software for the wireless Internet,
 delivering optimized content to wireless phones.  By adjusting Internet
 content in real-time to the capabilities of individual devices, Argogroup
 protects against multiple, constantly evolving standards and device diversity,
 broadening the range of sources and devices that can exchange content.  It
 enables network operators to offer higher quality data services over more
 handsets, content providers to write richer wireless applications once only,
 and end-users to access an enhanced collection of content and services.
 
     Founded in 1996, Argogroup is headquartered near Guildford, UK, has field
 offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and employs 80 people.
 Argogroup is a member of the WAP Forum, the W3C, GSA Global Mobile Suppliers
 Association, and part of the OpenGroup MMF, the Bluetooth(TM) Special Interest
 Group, Openwave Systems' (previously Phone.com) Alliance Program, the Nokia
 Artus, Ericsson, Motorola and Orange developer programs.
 
      Contact:  Dennis Empey
                Argogroup
                650-632-4442
                dempey@argogroup.com
 
 

SOURCE Argogroup
    LONDON, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Argogroup, the leading supplier of device
 intelligence for the wireless Internet, has announced the acquisition of the
 Wireless Internet Lab of AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd for an undisclosed amount.
 Argogroup's technologies and products, combined with those of the Wireless
 Internet Lab, will now enable content providers, infrastructure providers and
 platform vendors the opportunity to test, measure and optimize wireless
 content and services in one place.
     The Lab, which will be integrated into Argogroup's business and will
 become the Argogroup Wireless Internet Lab, will expand its operations into
 the Argogroup offices located outside of London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and San
 Francisco in addition to keeping the existing locations in Central London and
 Stockholm.  The Lab will continue to offer its wireless Internet testing and
 consulting services to clients around the world. Clients of the Lab include
 well known companies such as Microsoft, Openwave, the Financial Times
 (FT.com), Telia (Speedy Tomato), DHL and Vindigo.
     The resulting expanded product and services suite will enable content
 providers, infrastructure providers and platform vendors the opportunity to
 test, measure and optimize wireless content and services. Using Internet
 technology combined with the multiple Argogroup locations, Argogroup will
 offer testing and analysis services on any of the different wireless Internet
 technologies and standards that have until now been restricted by geography.
 Using Argogroup products and services, customers will be able to develop
 content in one standard format yet deliver and test it in multiple formats
 such as I-Mode, WAP, HDML or MML.
     "We have always had the greatest respect and awe for the methods, tools
 and talent assembled in the Lab. We are thrilled that they are now a key and
 strategic part of Argogroup," said David Frodsham, CEO of Argogroup. "During
 our acquisition process, we talked to many of the Lab's customers and they
 consistently expressed both delight about the past experiences and are excited
 by the opportunity and synergy of this acquisition. This is a strategic
 acquisition that will further improve and augment the already high quality of
 products and services that we offer to our customers."
     Argogroup will use the Wireless Internet Lab to offer high-level
 consulting, training and testing services to network operators, software
 suppliers, handset manufactures and infrastructure suppliers worldwide.  The
 Lab will also assist Argogroup in performing testing to further advance its
 own products that serve the wireless Internet industry.
     "Argogroup has been a Lab client in the past and we have always admired
 their technology, vision and people," stated James Pearce, UK Director of
 AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd. "The entire Lab is looking forward to joining this
 winning team and continuing with the vision that we have always shared with
 Argogroup."
 
     NOTE: AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd was a subsidiary of AnywhereYouGo.com Inc, the
 Dallas based company that operated the AnywhereYouGo.com web site. The
 AnywhereYouGo.com Ltd Wireless Internet Lab was re-branded as Encerca just
 prior to this acquisition.
 
     About Argogroup
     Argogroup develops infrastructure software for the wireless Internet,
 delivering optimized content to wireless phones.  By adjusting Internet
 content in real-time to the capabilities of individual devices, Argogroup
 protects against multiple, constantly evolving standards and device diversity,
 broadening the range of sources and devices that can exchange content.  It
 enables network operators to offer higher quality data services over more
 handsets, content providers to write richer wireless applications once only,
 and end-users to access an enhanced collection of content and services.
 
     Founded in 1996, Argogroup is headquartered near Guildford, UK, has field
 offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and employs 80 people.
 Argogroup is a member of the WAP Forum, the W3C, GSA Global Mobile Suppliers
 Association, and part of the OpenGroup MMF, the Bluetooth(TM) Special Interest
 Group, Openwave Systems' (previously Phone.com) Alliance Program, the Nokia
 Artus, Ericsson, Motorola and Orange developer programs.
 
      Contact:  Dennis Empey
                Argogroup
                650-632-4442
                dempey@argogroup.com
 
 SOURCE  Argogroup