Access (company)

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Traded asTYO: 4813
IndustryMobile software
Smart TV software
Automotive software
Digital Publishing
Next Generation Networks
FounderToru Arakawa and Tomihisa Kamada
Area served
Key people
Kiyo Oishi (CEO)
Michi Uematsu (CTO)
Number of employees
SubsidiariesACCESS (Beijing) Co., Ltd.
ACCESS Seoul Co., Ltd.
ACCESS CO., LTD. Taiwan Office
ACCESS Europe GmbH
IP Infusion Inc.

ACCESS CO., LTD. (株式会社ACCESS, Kabushiki-gaisha Akusesu), founded in April 1979 and incorporated in February 1984 in Tokyo, Japan, by Arakawa Toru and Kamada Tomihisa,[1] is a company providing a variety of software for connected and mobile devices, such as mobile phones, PDAs, video game consoles and set top boxes.

The company makes the NetFront software series,[2] which has been deployed in over 1 billion devices, representing over 2,000 models, as of the end of January 2011,[3] and which has been used as a principal element of the widely successful i-mode data service of NTT DoCoMo in Japan. NetFront is also used by many consumer electronic devices beyond mobile phones, such as the Sony PSP and the Amazon Kindle, both of which have their web browsers powered by NetFront. In addition, the NetFront Browser and related products are used on a wide variety of mobile phones, including those from Nokia, Samsung, LG Corp., Motorola, Sony Ericsson and others.[3]

In September 2005, ACCESS acquired PalmSource,[4][5] the owner of the Palm OS and BeOS. The company has used these assets and expertise to create the Access Linux Platform, an open-source Linux-based platform[6] for smartphones and other mobile devices, with some proprietary parts including the user interface and some middleware.[6] The Access Linux Platform 3.0 was released to the market in October 2008.[7] Two of the world's largest operators, NTT DoCoMo[8] and Orange,[9] have announced support for Access Linux Platform-based handsets.

In March 2006, ACCESS acquired IP Infusion, Inc., a provider of intelligent networking software, providing Layer 2 and Layer 3 carrier-class switching and routing as well as a comprehensive forwarding plane implementation supporting L2, L3 (IPv4 & v6), multicast and MPLS/Traffic Engineering.[10]

ACCESS is active in open source-related efforts, including memberships in the Linux Foundation and the Linux Phone Standards Forum. In 2007, ACCESS employees presented at GUADEC (which the company also sponsored)[11] and the Ottawa Linux Symposium.[12]

As of January 2020, ACCESS employs approximately 657 people globally,[1] with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and facilities in the USA (Sunnyvale), Germany (Oberhausen), Korea (Seoul), the PRC (Beijing) and Taiwan (Taipei).[13]

The company reports consolidated revenues of ¥9.4 billion (for the fiscal year ending January 2020).[1]

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  1. ^ a b c ACCESS Company Profile, ACCESS. Archived July 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Eugenia Loli-Queru. Introduction to Phone Web Browsers in OSnews, January 26, 2006. Archived November 10, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Kamada, Tomihasa
  4. ^ Ryan Kairer, PalmSource Acquired By ACCESS, PalmInfocenter, September 8, 2005 Archived January 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ ACCESS Completes Acquisition of PalmSource ACCESS press release, November 14, 2005. Archived June 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "ACCESS & Open Source FAQs". Archived from the original on March 7, 2012.
  7. ^ Brad Linder. ACCESS Linux Platform 3.0 released: Yes it's another mobile phone OS, DownloadSquad, October 24, 2008. Archived August 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Japan’s DoCoMo Developing Mobile Linux Operator Pack in MobileLinuxInfo, April 21, 2008 Archived January 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Ed Hardy. Orange Releasing ALP-Powered Smartphone this Summer on, February 13, 2008. Archived January 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ ACCESS to Acquire IP Infusion Inc. in Wireless Watch Japan, March 3, 2006. Archived April 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Sponsors | Gran Canaria Desktop Summit Website Archived March 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Talks | Ottawa Linux Symposium Presentation Listings for 2007 Archived March 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ ACCESS: Global Offices Archived July 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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