|[February 24, 2014]
HARMAN Announces Strategic Collaboration with SoftBank, Sprint, Trikomsel and Brightstar
BARCELONA, Spain --(Business Wire)--
HARMAN International Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HAR), the premium global
audio and infotainment group, announced today that it has entered into a
strategic collaboration with Softbank (News - Alert) (Japan), Sprint (U.S.A), Trikomsel
(Indonesia), and Brightstar worldwide. Under the agreement, partners
will exclusively sell the newly designed Harman Kardon® Onyx Studio™
portable Bluetooth wireless speaker to their customers globally.
The Harman Kardon® Onyx Studio™ Bluetooth portable speaker delivers rich and realistic four-channel sound and includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery with up to five hours of playing time. (Photo: Business Wire)
"These select agreements with SoftBank, Sprint (News - Alert) Trikomsel and Brightstar
expands the reach of HARMAN products and the Harman Kardon brand in key
global markets and advances our mission to provide the best in sound
whenever, wherever people want to access their music," said Dinesh
Paliwal, Chairman, President, and CEO of HARMAN. "We are excited to grow
our relationship with these telecommunications leaders and proud that
the custom designed Harman Kardon® Onyx Studio™ will be among the core
products they offer their mobile customers around the world."
The Harman Kardon® Onyx Studio™ features include award-winning design
blended with best-in-class acoustics to deliver outstanding room-sized
sound from any compatible hand-held device. The compact, free-standing
speaker system incorporates four powered drivers and two passive
radiator cones for rich and realistic four-channel sound. The unit
connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth® enabled mobile phone or similar
hand-held device, and has a rechargeable lithium ion battery that allows
up to five hours of playing time without the need for external power.
For further information and specifications about the Harman Kardon® Onyx
Studio™ please visit www.harmankardon.com/onyxstudio.
The Harman Kardon® Onyx Studio™ Bluetooth portable speaker will be
available beginning February 25, 2014 through SoftBank, Sprint,
Trikomsel and Brightstar (News - Alert),via cross product promotional activities
through the Mobility channel or by purchasing the product as a
standalone from $399 MSRP.
designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment
solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets -
supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®,
Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by
audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading
professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than
25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio
and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across
the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for
the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013. The Company's shares are
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.
About The SoftBank Group
The SoftBank Group comprises of the pure holding company SoftBank Corp.
(TSE:9984) and its more than 1,300 subsidiaries and affiliates that
offer a comprehensive range of mobile communications, fixed-line
communications and Internet services. With Sprint joining in July 2013,
the SoftBank Group became a leading global carrier with close to 100
million subscribers. Maximizing synergies across its Group companies
worldwide, SoftBank aspires to realize lifestyle innovation through IT.
The SoftBank Group is also encouraging the adoption of clean and safe
energy through its business activities. To learn more, please visit http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/.
Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million
customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing,
engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first
wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States;
leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile (News - Alert) USA, Boost Mobile, and
Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk
capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American
Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in
customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five
years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
(DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and
visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
PT Trikomsel OkeTbk. ("Trikomsel") is the leading telecommunication
products distributor and retailer in Indonesia via its branded retail
chains "Okeshop" and "Global Teleshop." It has more than 1,000 owned
retail outlets spread in 175 cities across the 33 provinces in
Indonesia, and a network of more than 15,000 independent retailers.
Trikomsel's shares are traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange under the
Brightstar is the world's largest specialized wireless distributor and a
leading provider of diversified services focused on enhancing the
performance and results of the key participants in the wireless device
value chain: manufacturers, operators and retailers. For more
information, please visit http://www.brightstarcorp.com.
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