Verizon Wireless and Summus Inc., a developer of information processing solutions for mobile and wireless devices, say that ZIO Interactive’s Nineball, a fast-paced billiard game, is now available to more than one million customers who currently use downloadable applications.

ZIO Interactive’s Nineball is powered by Summus’ BlueFuel architecture and distributed in North America by Summus, which is headquartered in Raleigh. Nineball, a game that can be downloaded over the air onto select wireless phones, lets players go against a friend or challenge a virtual opponent. Players can strategize their aim and also select the strength of the shot from very soft to very hard and everything in between.

BlueFuel is a fast architecture developed by Summus to optimize the efficient processing of multimedia and data over wireless networks and provide a better end-user experience. Application developers and content providers, such as ZIO Interactive, partner with Summus to build BlueFuel-powered applications.

“With Summus’ agreement with Verizon Wireless, we have taken another giant step toward meeting our business goals of offering high performance wireless applications on a major carrier network,” Bjorn Jawerth, chief executive officer of Summus, said in a statement.

ZIO Interactive’s Nineball for Verizon Wireless runs on Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW), an advanced platform that allows users to download the applications over the air. Verizon Wireless subscribers using a BREW-enabled wireless phone, which is compatible with the application, can select, purchase and download games, ringtones, productivity applications and more onto their phones.

Summus solutions are designed to enable faster and more efficient delivery of rich media and more efficient access to information using wireless and mobile devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistant devices.

Summus Inc.: www.summus.com

Verizon Wireless: www.verizonwireless.com