Mozilla Announces Global Expansion For Firefox OS

              Mozilla Announces Global Expansion For Firefox OS

  PR Newswire

  BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2013

- EIGHTEEN MAJOR OPERATORS WELCOMING OPEN WEB DEVICES INITIATIVE; FIRST LAUNCH
                              MARKETS ANNOUNCED

   - INITIAL DEVICES FROM ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, LG, AND ZTE; HUAWEI TO FOLLOW

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mobile World Congress --
Mozilla today previewed the first commercial build of its Firefox OS open
mobile ecosystem and announced new operator rollout plans at a press
conference before the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The first
wave of Firefox OS devices will be available to consumers in Brazil, Colombia,
Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. Additional
markets will be announced soon.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130224/NY62904 )

To date, 17 key operators spanning the globe have committed to the open web
device initiative: America Movil, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Etisalat,
Hutchison Three Group, KDDI, KT, MegaFon, Qtel, SingTel, Smart, Sprint,
Telecom Italia Group, Telefonica, Telenor, TMN and VimpelCom. Telstra is
welcoming the Mozilla initiative as an opportunity to deliver an innovative
mobile Web experience to their customers. The breadth of operators now backing
Mozilla's Firefox OS demonstrates significant industry support for a
fully-adaptable, unconstrained mobile platform.

Firefox OS smartphones are the first built entirely to open Web standards,
enabling every feature to be developed as an HTML5 application . Web apps
access every underlying capability of the device, bypassing the typical
hindrances of HTML5 on mobile to deliver substantial performance. The
platform's flexibility allows carriers to easily tailor the interface and
develop localized services that match the unique needs of their customer
base.

Mozilla is working with manufacturers Alcatel (TCL), LG and ZTE to build the
first Firefox OS devices, with Huawei to follow later in the year, all powered
by the Qualcomm Snapdragon™ mobile processors. In addition, Mozilla has signed
strategic relationships with key content and service partners (see separate
release). Consumers will get a dynamic, rich and open smartphone experience
that provides easy access to everything they love on the Web, including
Facebook and Twitter integration, with a simple, fast interface and built-in
cost controls.

"Firefox OS brings the freedom and unbounded innovation of the open Web to
mobile users everywhere," said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla. "With the support of
our vibrant community and dedicated partners, our goal is to level the playing
field and usher in an explosion of content and services that will meet the
diverse needs of the next two billion people online."

Initial, "first wave" launch plans were announced by America Movil, Deutsche
Telekom, Telefonica andTelenor, most seeing starts mid-year. More
information on the rollout plans for individual operators is included below.

America Movil "America Movil supports the launch of the new operating system
by Mozilla since it represents an excellent alternative to its customers,
especially in emerging markets. An open platform based on Web standards
provides a favorable ecosystem for the development of innumerable
applications," said Marco Quatorze, CMO of America Movil. "The company is
committed to launch Firefox OS phones in Mexico and all possible markets
during 2013."

Deutsche Telekom "Partnerships are an important method in paving the way for
innovations. We rely on open platforms because we want to create freedom of
choice on behalf of our customers," said Rene Obermann, Chairman of the Board
of Deutsche Telekom at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "That's why we
support Mozilla in developing an innovative and open standard for mobile
terminals. The launch of the first smartphone in Europe with the new Firefox
operating system is an important step on the way to more competition between
the different ecosystems."

Etisalat Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chief Executive Officer at the Etisalat
Group said: "We are happy to be part of this innovation and to support Mozilla
in the launch of this new operating system. Firefox OS smartphones will make a
valuable addition to our portfolio and grant our customers a rich and
personalized experience. We welcome this development and congratulate Mozilla
on their progress."

Hutchison Three Group "Hutchison Three Group is supportive of the Mozilla
initiative to provide an open approach to services for operators and to
provide devices for entry-level smartphone users at a more affordable price,"
said Christian Salbaing, Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Europe. "We
believe the introduction of Firefox to mobile devices will increase
competition in operating systems, improve consumer choice and hopefully lower
overall device costs, bringing smartphones and advanced services within the
reach of more of our customers."

KDDI "We are pleased to announce the introduction of Firefox OS smartphones
into the Japan market in one or two years' time," said Takashi Tanaka, CEO of
KDDI. "It is expected to provide better experience and diverse choice to our
customers, since an open standard Web platform will bring sustainable
innovation and fair competition to its ecosystem. The idea totally fits to our
strategy. To support the achievement of it, KDDI group is working closely with
Mozilla for the sake of contribution to Firefox OS development, especially on
network and security parts."

KT Dr. Suk-Chae Lee, CEO of KT, stated that "with the transformation of
existing network to All-IP, all kinds of information and services such as
voice, data, and media will be provided through the All-IP network. Firefox OS
includes HTML5, which enables much easier and simpler support for All-IP based
services via multiple devices and platforms. KT fully supports the Firefox OS
initiative which will accelerate the distribution of virtual goods - the
future growth engine of our global economy."

MegaFon "We see a positive sign for the whole industry when it comes to a new
player guided by the principles of openness, cross-platform possibility and
supported by market players," said Vitaly Starodubov, COO of MegaLabs.

SingTel Paul O'Sullivan, CEO Group Consumer, SingTel, said: "SingTel is a firm
believer in giving our customers choice and encouraging innovation and so are
excited about the capabilities that can arise from an open mobile ecosystem
using HTML5."

Smart Orlando B. Vea, Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart said, "We're excited to
see Firefox OS in the market because this will help bridge the digital divide.
Its HTML5-based technology will make available affordable mobile devices with
an open mobile ecosystem. This is aligned with our inclusive vision of putting
mobile Internet in the hands of every customer."

Sprint "Sprint supports an open mobile ecosystem that enables freedom and
creativity for developers," said Fared Adib, senior vice president, product
development and operations for Sprint. "Firefox OS provides a new level of
flexibility for developers to create innovative apps our customers can enjoy."

Telefonica "2013 marks the start of a new phase in our industry, one that will
be characterized by open standards," said Cesar Alierta, Chairman & CEO of
Telefonica. "For Telefonica and the telco sector as a whole, Firefox OS is a
hugely important strategic initiative to change the prevailing value chain in
the digital world. It is a major step to bring balance back to the telco
sector, an initiative with strong cross-industry support. I am very pleased
that our customers in Brazil, Colombia, Spain and Venezuela will be amongst
the first in the world to experience Firefox OS and I look forward to making
it available to all Telefonica customers globally."

Telenor "Telenor is pleased to partner with Mozilla and other major players in
developing the Firefox mobile operating system. Through this initiative we aim
to provide an even larger part of our customers with more choice and a great
mobile Internet experience, as well as help connect the next billions of
customers to the Web," said Telenor CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas.

TMN "TMN is constantly searching for the best available options in the market,
continuously focusing on future proof bets, which can provide new ways to
achieve higher customer satisfaction and seamless integration of services.
TMN´s association with Mozilla to launch the new Firefox OS is of great
importance to the Portuguese telecom market, as it increases the number of
platforms, user interfaces and ecosystems available to mobile equipment
users," said Luis Avelar, CMO from Portugal Telecom Group.

VimpelCom "The majority of our customers live in emerging markets and their
demand for mobile Internet access and OTT applications is rapidly
accelerating," said Jo Lunder, CEO of Vimpelcom. "At VimpelCom we want to
drive seamless integration between OTT and our core mobile services. We
support the development of open standards and it is only natural that we
support the development of the Firefox OS - one of the most economical
alternative smartphone operating systems."

Qualcomm "Qualcomm has been working closely with Mozilla to optimize Firefox
OS to our Snapdragon processors," said Cristiano Amon, Executive Vice
President, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Co-President, Qualcomm Mobile and
Computing. "This tight integration of software and hardware has allowed us to
provide a rich HTML5 Web experience never seen before on a mobile device."

Research Analyst "The impressive lineup of operators who have now pledged to
distribute Firefox OS devices speaks clearly and powerfully to the platform's
potential and points to 2013 being a breakout year for Mozilla in the mobile
domain," said John Jackson, Research Vice President for IDC. "The diversity of
operator support, spanning both developed and emerging markets, is a powerful
endorsement of the platform's capabilities and to the third party innovation
the platform will attract and enable. With these operator commitments, as well
as clear progress with device manufacturers and content providers, Mozilla
also directly addresses the twin challenges of scaling distribution and
offering third parties a clear path to revenue. Both of which are critical to
attracting and sustaining developers' allegiance."

New Firefox OS Branding Mozilla also unveiled its new Firefox OS consumer
identity and brand marketing campaign at the Mobile World Congress press
conference. The new branding "unleashes the Fox" to illustrate the qualities
of Firefox OS: fun and friendly; supportive and protective; fast and powerful.

More Information Please visit Mozilla and experience Firefox OS in Hall 8.1,
stand F20, at the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain from February 25-28, 2013.

For additional resources, such as high-resolution Firefox OS images, b-roll
video and links to stand-alone operator and OEM releases visit:
https://blog.mozilla.org/press .

About Mozilla Mozilla has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more
than a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and
advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people
worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web
on computers, tablets and mobile phones. For more information please visit
https://www.mozilla.org/mwc .

About America Movil America Movil is the leading provider of integrated
telecommunications services in Latin America. At the end of September 2012,
the company had 255.9 million wireless subscribers, 30.3 million landlines,
16.7 million broadband accesses and 15.8 million Pay TV clients.

About Deutsche Telekom Deutsche Telekom is one of the world's leading
integrated telecommunications companies with more than 131 million mobile
customers, 33 million fixed-network lines and over 17 million broadband lines
(as of September 30, 2012). The Group provides fixed-network, mobile
communications, Internet and IPTV products and services for consumers, and ICT
solutions for business and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in
some 50 countries and has over 230,000 employees worldwide. The Group
generated revenue of EUR 58.7 billion in the 2011 financial year - over half
of it outside Germany (as of December 31, 2011).

About Etisalat Strong commitment to excellence and innovation has seen
Etisalat become one of the world's fastest-growing telecom groups, rapidly
expanding across Asia and Africa. Its UAE operations, strategically located at
the crossroads of East and West, enables Etisalat to be the major hub in the
Middle East for Internet, voice, broadcast, roaming and corporate data
services. Etisalat has been recognised as 'Best Operator' 10 times since 2006
and 'Best Wholesale Provider' four times in the last three years. Servicing
over 139 million customers in 15 countries Etisalat continues to reach out to
new customers and markets.

Please visit Etisalat at Mobile World Congress in Hall 2, Stand #2B110.

About KDDI Corporation KDDI, as a comprehensive communications company
offering both fixed-line and mobile communications services, strives to be a
leading company during changing times.

For individual customers, KDDI offers its mobile communications (au mobile
phone) and fixed-line communications (broadband Internet/telephone) services
under the brand name ""au"", helping to realize FMBC (Fixed Mobile and
Broadcasting Convergence). And for business clients, KDDI provides all
services in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) realm, from FMC
(Fixed Mobile Convergence) networks to data centers, applications, and
security strategies, to help clients strengthen their businesses.

About KT Corporation KT Corporation (NYSE: KT) is Korea's top full-fledged
telecommunication operator providing wireless, fixed line, broadband and IPTV.
KT has been Korea's leader in the development of the information &
communications industry for the last 31 years and has helped turn Korea into
an IT powerhouse. KT was the world's first to commercially launch wireless
broadband service (WiBro), KT is paving the way for U (Ubiquitous)-Korea with
ubiquitous infrastructure through which people can share information wherever
they are. KT also launched "LTE WARP", based on the world-first CCC (cloud
communication center) virtualization and offers voice calls and data at a fast
speed with stable quality.

To learn more, please visit http://www.kt.com/eng/main.jsp

To see KT's future http://www.ollehfutureon.com/index-e.php

About MegaFon MegaFon is a Russian universal telecommunication service
provider. Established in May 2002, MegaFon became the first operator with a
network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have
licenses to operate in all of the Russian regions and in the Republics of
Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Tajikistan. With over 63 million active
subscribers, MegaFon manages the most sophisticated and technologically
advanced digital and fixed line network in the country.
http://www.megafon.com

About SingTel SingTel is Asia's leading communications group with operations
and investments around the world. Serving both the corporate and consumer
markets, it is committed to bringing the best global communications solutions
to customers in the Asia Pacific and beyond.

With significant operations in Singapore and Australia (through wholly-owned
subsidiary SingTel Optus), the Group provides a comprehensive portfolio of
services that includes voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and
Internet platforms, as well as infocomm technology and pay TV.

The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 473 million mobile customers in
26 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the
Philippines and Thailand.

To serve the needs of multi-national corporations, SingTel also has a vast
network of offices throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
These offices enable SingTel to deliver reliable and quality network solutions
to its customers, either on its own or jointly with local partners.

SingTel employs more than 23,000 people worldwide and had a turnover of
S$18.83 billion (US$14.97 billion) and net profit after tax of S$3.99 billion
(US$3.17 billion) for the year ended 31 March 2012. More information can be
found at www.singtel.com and www.optus.com.au .

About Smart Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the Philippines' leading
wireless services provider with 52.1 million subscribers on its GSM network as
of end-September 2012. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having
introduced world-first wireless offerings such as Smart Money, Smart Load,
Smart Padala, the Netphone, and Smart LTE—the world's first multi-band LTE
service. Smart also offers 3G and HSPA+ services, while its satellite service,
Smart Link, provides communications to the global maritime industry. Smart
Broadband, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, offers a wireless broadband
service, Smart Broadband, with 1.69 million subscribers as of end-September
2012. Smart is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Philippines' leading
telecommunications carrier, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.
For more information, visit smart.com.ph.

About Telefonica Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies
in the world in terms of market capitalization and number of customers. From
this outstanding position in the industry, and with its mobile, fixed and
broadband businesses as the key drivers of its growth, Telefonica has focused
its strategy on becoming a leading company in the digital world.

The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base
that amounts close to 314 million accesses around the world. Telefonica has a
strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses
an important part of its growth strategy.

Telefonica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct
shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4.563.996.485 ordinary
shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and
Valencia) and on those in London, New York, Lima, and Buenos Aires.

About Telenor Group Telenor Group is an international provider of tele, data
and media communication services. Telenor Group has mobile operations in 11
markets in the Nordic region, Central and Eastern Europe and in Asia, as well
as a voting stake of 42.95 per cent (economic stake 35.7 per cent) in
VimpelCom Ltd., operating in 18 markets. Headquartered in Norway, Telenor
Group is one of the world's major mobile operators with 148 million mobile
subscriptions in its consolidated operations per Q4 2012, revenues in 2012 of
NOK 102 billion, and a workforce of approximately 30,000. For more information
about Telenor Group, please visit www.telenor.com .

About TMN TMN is a subsidiary of the Portugal Telecom Group and the leading
mobile telecommunications provider in Portugal, with more than 7.3 million
customers. Investing in the ongoing diversification of solutions tailored to
individual and professional needs, TMN makes technological innovation and
orientation towards the client drive its overall activity, supported by
constant investments to strengthen the network coverage and the quality of
service. TMN has a history of leading the mobile market in Portugal with
attractive, advanced services. In 1995, TMN was the first company in the world
to introduce a pre-paid service with top-up facilities, using a model that was
later adopted by operators around the globe. Always focused on customer
satisfaction, TMN and Portugal Telecom aim excellence by continuous
introduction of state-of-the-art technologies and services, such as LTE (4G
networks) and real Quad-Play propositions.

For more information, please visit www.telecom.pt .

About VimpelCom VimpelCom is one of the world's largest integrated
telecommunications services operators providing voice and data services
through a range of traditional and broadband mobile and fixed technologies in
Russia, Italy, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia,
Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Laos, Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burundi, Zimbabwe,
Central African Republic and Canada. VimpelCom's operations around the globe
cover territory with a total population of approximately 780 million people.
VimpelCom provides services under the "Beeline", "Kyivstar", "djuice", "Wind",
"Infostrada" "Mobilink", "Leo", "banglalink", "Telecel", and "Djezzy" brands.
As of September 30, 2012 VimpelCom had 212 million mobile subscribers on a
combined basis. VimpelCom is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
symbol (VIP). For more information visit: http://www.vimpelcom.com .

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