Microtek extends Wavecom's distribution reach in Japan

Focus on the expanding Japanese market for Wireless M2M solutions
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France and Tokyo, Japan -June 14, 2007

Wavecom SA and Microtek today announced the expansion of their business relationship extending coverage in the Japanese market.

Microtek has been named Wavecom's primary distributor for its entire range of machine-to-machine (M2M) and automotive wireless communication solutions including GSM/GPRS and CDMA. Microtek is well-positioned to tap into the rapidly-expanding Japanese market. Microtek will now provide Wavecom's leading-edge wireless communications solutions to Japanese OEMs that make a wide range of products from wireless security and alarm systems to vehicle fleet management and automotive telematics applications.

Machine-to-Machine communications is a growing sector of the electronics industry. This technology allows systems to automatically exchange data (via wireless networks) then, interpret and react to status information via messages, sensors and alarms. This exchange of information can be done either automatically, without the need for human intervention, or it can be linked into a company's IT system which allows the creation of new business models, especially those focusing on services.

"Japan is a highly-developed market for cellular wireless communication whose growth has been led by leading-edge wireless operators for the telephone handset market," commented Mr. Sadao Honda, Director, Microtek. He added, "We are excited to have the opportunity to reinforce Wavecom's positon in Japan in the expanding area of M2M wireless communication."

"Japan has long been an innovative hub for all types of electronic products. So, naturally, we are anxious to extend our reach in this important market." said Didier Dutronc, General Manager of Wavecom Asia-Pacific. "By combining the wireless expertise of Wavecom with Microtek's strong technical skills in electronic components and its extensive distribution network make them a natural fit for Wavecom's expansion in Japan."

For more information, please contact:

Lisa Ann Sanders
Director of Communications
and Investor Relations
Tel. +33 1 46 29 41 81
[email protected]

Saki Shibata
Marketing Div1
Tel. +81 3 5300 5535
[email protected]

About Microtek:

Since Microtek's inception in 1972, a strong foundation of technical expertise has propelled its commercial expansion. Recently, however, application specificity and further technical sophistication have become IC industry necessities.

Microtek emphasizes the distribution via its Marketing Division, which puts forth product planning adapted to the market by communicating the customers' needs directly to the suppliers. In March 2003, the Division added new staff to its Technical Marketing Division in order to further provide thorough technical support, and in April 2004, it reinforced its structure by establishing a Marketing Office. Its Marketing Division provides support to customers for both hardware and software and appoints staff that could put forth precise suggestions to suppliers.