Intertek Acquires National Software Testing Labs

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Bolsters Capacity and Creates Industry's Only Full-Service Mobile Device and Applications Testing Lab for Manufacturers, Developers, Platform Sponsors and Wireless Service Providers

By coupling these service lines with those brought to us with the purchase of Quality Partners we have created an unmatched, single-point solution for device manufacturers, developers, and mobile service providers. For these segments, product releases to global markets and mobile networks will be faster and more efficient than ever before.

Intertek Group plc (LSE: ITRK), the leading international provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of industries, today announced its acquisition of National Software Testing Labs (NSTL). NSTL is the leading test lab for mobile applications used for entertainment, gaming, banking and, among others, business purposes. The company provides functionality, usability, quality assurance, and compliance testing to requirements set forth by Application Developers, Platform Sponsors (such as QUALCOMM TRUE BREW and Microsoft Mobile) and Wireless Service Providers.

The NSTL acquisition is the second in as many months for Intertek in the mobile device and applications testing space. This bolsters Intertek's wireless testing scope and capacity, and creates the industry's only full service testing lab for mobile devices and the applications that run on them and Wireless Service Provider networks.

"Testing of mobile applications is a perfect complement to our burgeoning wireless business," said Gregg Tiemann, President, Intertek Commercial & Electrical Products group. "By coupling these service lines with those brought to us with the purchase of Quality Partners we have created an unmatched, single-point solution for device manufacturers, developers, and mobile service providers. For these segments, product releases to global markets and mobile networks will be faster and more efficient than ever before."

Intertek's mobile device and applications services now provide key market segments with the testing and certification services required for market release.

  • Mobile Device Manufacturers: CTIA testing (cdmaOne, TDMA, AMPs, cdma2000, and Over- the-Air performance), SAR and EMC testing, handset compatibility, usability evaluations, and, among others, FCC certification.
  • Application Developers: Quality assurance evaluations, application usability and functionality testing across devices and networks, pre-testing and platform certification, and compliance evaluations to Wireless Service Provider requirements.
  • Platform Sponsors: Certification program development and program administration.
  • Wireless Service Providers: Field testing, program and protocol development, device and application interoperability.

Established in 1983, NSTL was the first organization of its kind dedicated to testing the functionality, usability and performance of personal computer hardware and software to vendor and industry standards. As the mobile industry grew, NSTL became the leading organization for mobile applications testing to Developer and Wireless Service Provider requirements, and certification to Platform Sponsor criteria. Currently, NSTL manages nearly 30 of these certification programs for mobile applications intended to run on such platforms as Microsoft Mobile, QUALCOMM TRUE BREW, Symbian Signed, and Java Verified. What's more, NSTL provides Web and E-commerce testing, and information technology procurement support services.

Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, PA, NSTL has additional offices and laboratories in San Diego, CA; Redmond, WA; Quebec City and Ottawa, Canada; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangalore, India; and Taipei, Taiwan. These facilities augment Intertek's mobile device and applications testing labs in Pleasanton, CA; Somerset, NJ; and Lexington, KY.

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For further information, please contact
Nicole Kimmick, Field Marketing Manager
Telephone: 978-635-8550

About Intertek's testing and certification services
Intertek provides testing and certification services for a variety of commercial and electrical products, including product safety testing and certification, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, performance testing, and management systems certification. These services provide global market access to customers in industries such as automotive, building products, cabling/wiring products, consumer products, food service, furniture, household appliances, HVAC, industrial machinery, IT, lighting, life safety/security, medical devices, power systems, retail, semiconductors, telecom/radio, wireless equipment. Visit http://www.intertek-etlsemko.com for further information or to contact your local Intertek office.

Visit http://www.intertek-etlsemko.com for further information or to contact your local Intertek office.

About Intertek Group, plc
Intertek is the leading international provider of quality and safety services to a wide range of global and local industries. Partnership with Intertek brings increased value to customers' products and processes, ultimately supporting their success in the global market place. Intertek has the experience, expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its extensive network of laboratories and offices, with over 20,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.

For more information, visit http://www.intertek.com

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