15 July 2004, The Star

AKN Messaging Technologies Bhd (AKN MTECH) has signed a service agreement with Deliberate Technologies Sdn Bhd, the provider and sole operator of the i-Dus terminal system.

Deliberate Techonologies will be officially appointed the distributor for AKN MTECH's whole range of SMS (short message service) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) prepaid services, AKN MTECH said in a statement.

These services include WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and GPRS downloads, stock exchange and real-time sporting results, and free mobile e-mail.

AKN MTECH, a member of the AKN Group of Companies, is a Multimedia Super Corridor status company.

Deliberate Techonologies' i-Dus system is an integrated distribution and management solution for the distribution of digital merchandise such as mobile reloads, IDD call cards, concert tickets and various other electronic coupons.

It has over 900 dealers throughout Malaysia, AKN MTECH said in its statement.

"i-Dus provides the ideal means of eliminating payment, logistics and inventory management problems," said Deliberate Techonologies chief executive officer Desmond Low.

"Retailers can use various distribution channels and devices - including Electronic Fund Transfer Point of Sales ( EFT POS) terminals - as a means of selling merchandise," he said, adding that purchases can be settled via cash, credit cards, or stored-value cards.

The agreement also extends AKN MTECH's services to a wider market of SMS/GPRS users, the company said.