Ofcom has invited interested organisations to apply for access to the Airwave 'sharers' list'. 

Airwave is the national secure digital radio network dedicated for the exclusive use of the UK's emergency services and those organisations with a recognised public safety responsibility. Airwave is part of HMG Critical National Infrastructure and is designed to stay working even during major incidents. 

Airwave will offer comprehensive guaranteed levels of coverage across 98% of England, Wales and Scotland. This means that users can stay in instant communication even in remote areas and under the challenging conditions that any responder to an emergency will face and where radio coverage has often failed in the past.

Access to Airwave is via the Airwave sharers' list, which is administered by Ofcom and defines those emergency services and organisations with a public safety responsibility. Access to the Airwave Sharer List is subject to a successful application to Ofcom, demonstrating your organisation's public safety remit and emergency communication requirements. 

Already 100 public safety organisations are able to access the service.

O2 Airwave Managing Director, Pete Richardson said: 

"We welcome Ofcom's invitation to organisations to apply for access to Airwave.  O2 Airwave has a wealth of experience providing critical voice and data communications when and where responders need to it most. Over and above the core emergency services there is a growing recognition that an effective response to a civil emergency requires co-ordination and co-operation across a range of organisations. Indeed this need for interworking is reflected in the Civil Contingencies Bill currently before Parliament, which will bring together organisations across the emergency services and utilities to ensure robust resilience plans are in place. Airwave is ideally placed to support an effective operation within and between responders.

"With a range of bespoke communications services to meet specific and demanding operational needs, as well as fully interoperable communications services via a single network Airwave offers the opportunity for real and effective interworking within and between responders."

 

HM Prison Service is the latest user to adopt the Airwave service, joining an expanding user base that includes the Highways Agency, MoD Police and various local authority emergency planners as well as the emergency services.

Inclusion on the sharers list does not mean that an organisation has an automatic right to use the Airwave network, or that it is required to do so.The effect of inclusion only means that O2 Airwave may make the network service available. It is then up to the parties to develop the specific service required to meet the communication needs of each organisation and to agree contract terms.

Sierra Wireless and Onda team to provide solution

Sierra Wireless today announced it has signed an agreement with Onda Communication Spa to distribute a new EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) wireless wide area network PC Card for use on the Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) GSM, GPRS  and EDGE Network. This commercial launch of the ONDA EDGE/GPRS N775 PC Card marks the worldwide premiere of Sierra Wireless' EDGE product line.

The ONDA N775, manufactured by Sierra Wireless, is a third-generation (3G) quad-band wireless wide area network card operating on 850/900/1800/1900 MHz frequencies, which allows for worldwide roaming on GSM, GPRS, and EDGE networks. It offers typical data speeds of between 100 and 130 kbps, with bursts of up to 216 kbps when used on EDGE networks - up to three times the speed of a GPRS connection. The card is also compatible with existing GSM and GPRS networks, for widespread access in areas where an EDGE network is not available.

"We are committed to providing our customers with industry leading wireless products to improve efficiencies, and developing products for faster wireless wide area networking technologies like EDGE is a key part of that commitment," said Derek Evans, Vice President and Managing Director for Sierra Wireless, EMEA. "We are pleased to join forces with Onda Communication to deliver EDGE data services to mobile professionals in Italy."

"Sierra Wireless has established a reputation for developing products that offer best-in-class performance and reliability," said Michelangelo Agrusti Marketing and Sales Senior Vice President for Onda Communication. "The ONDA N775 card offers key performance features, such as quad-band operation for the widest possible global roaming capability and Multislot Class 12 for the fastest possible data transfer rates, that make it the best choice for more demanding wireless data users."

The ONDA EDGE/GPRS N775 PC Card can be seamlessly integrated into Microsoft Windows-based notebook computers or handheld devices with a Type II PC Card slot. Other features include:
    *    Quad-band operation for roaming worldwide
    *    Multislot Class 12 functionality for maximum possible data transfer rates
    *    Average connection speeds of 100 kbps to 130 kbps, with bursts up to 216 kbps
    *    True Network Interface Card (NIC) operation, plus Dial-Up Networking (DUN) modes
    *    Field firmware upgradeable.

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Megapixel camera phone for Vodafone's 3G consumer services

Video telephony, enhanced imaging and superior entertainment in a sleek compact design

Sony Ericsson announces the launch of its 3G phone, the sleek V800, the first true convergence handset in the world. Designed to deliver a wide range of services over Vodafone's new high speed mobile network, the V800 offers an unparalleled combination of features in a stylish, compact phone. Everything about the V800 tells you that 3G has arrived. From the highly fashionable, simple design of the
delightfully small and light handset to the comprehensive set of
features and straightforward operation, it's clear that the promise of high speed mobile communication can now be realised.

The imaging capabilities of the V800 and its ease of use transform the experience of using a mobile phone. And video calls are easy with QuickShare(TM) - just one press of the dedicated video call button is all that's required to initiate a call. The 1.3 Megapixel camera provides high quality pictures through its ingenious Motion Eye(TM) rotating lens that lets the user point towards themself or, with a simple movement of the thumb, redirect it to share the view. Perfect for showing where you are during a video call. In low light, the inbuilt photo light provides illumination to capture video or still images.

With the phone flipped open the high resolution 2.2 inch colour TFT 262k screen displays the intuitive user interface and also the phone's images or those of incoming calls. When the phone is closed a smaller screen on the outside becomes the viewfinder and displays the caller ID and the picture associated with that person - in colour, naturally. The user can even put wallpaper separately on both screens: football strip front on the internal display with the back on the external display, for example. Video, still images and sound can be sent or received in MMS messages and the phone can also
receive streamed video.

The V800 gives great entertainment and is equipped to make the most of the 'Vodafone live!' services. Consumers can enjoy content streamed from the Vodafone live! portal, including video - live sports pictures are expected to be a big hit - and music. The V800's rapid browsing enables users to gain access to pages quickly, and when they want to download content, whether it's pictures, music, mail, news, ringtones or games, it's fast.  The phone features a superb 3D Java gaming engine and brings multiplayer gaming, either online or via Bluetooth, to a new level of interactivity. And games - there's a selection included and many more available for download from Vodafone live! - are more fun on the V800 high
resolution screen.

The V800 has an integral music player and can play previously stored tracks from Memory Stick or download tracks at high speed and set them as ringtones. The phone's mediaplayer makes it easy to manage tracks and its folder system enables the user to create playlists.

The V800 supports multi-tasking, allowing users to make the most of the phone's functionality by having more than one application open at a time. Users can, for example, call a travel agent to discuss holiday ideas and simultaneously download pictures of their holiday offers.

The V800 is also the first truly global phone and can access 3G
services all around the world - it will be sold in Europe (V800) and also in Japan (Vodafone 802SE). And with its triband and GPRS capabilities, it can stay connected just about anywhere. Weighing in at just 128g, and measuring no more than 102 x 49 x 24mm, the V800 cleverly combines a great feature set with well thought out ergonomics and a clean, elegnt design. The V800 is supplied with a 32MB Sony Memory Stick Duo, and supports Memory Stick PRO Duo up to 1GB, providing masses of storage for video, still images, music and games. Locally, customers can also connect by Bluetooth, Infra Red and microUSB, which used in conjunction with applications such as
Adobe's PhotoShop Album, provides a great route to mass storage.

Jan Wareby, Corporate Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing at Sony Ericsson sums up the V800's appeal, "The speed of 3G networks opens up a wealth or new opportunities for users, mobile phone operators and content providers. We feel that for many users, especially early adopters, spontaneity and fun are the keys to acceptance. The Sony Ericsson V800 has been designed to stimulate, surprise and satisfy young adults whose active lifestyle is demand
stylish and effective new technology."

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Volantis, the worlds leading supplier of Intelligent Content Adaptation solutions, announces the immediate availability of Message Preparation Server (MPS) version 3.

With MPS, mobile network operators and content providers can broadcast a single message from one platform in multiple message formats such as WAP push, MMS, SMS and HTML email.

MPS intelligently adapts the message to support the full capabilities of individual devices such as screen size, colour, multi-media and message type support.  Over 1000 individual devices are supported.

“Intelligent message fallback” can be used to adapt each message to a simpler message-type if an advanced type is not supported. For example, MPS will automatically deliver an SMS text message if a mobile device does not support MMS messages. MPS also has a call-out API providing the ability to reference customer management systems or unique device identification systems to discover user device type or preferences.

Uniquely, MPS can create a dynamic web page for every WAP push, which enables content providers and operators to create dynamic applications such as offering different content for different device types.

When combined with Volantis Multi-Channel Server (MCS), MPS seamlessly integrates messaging with web browsing to deliver powerful integrated “closed loop” mobile solutions from a single platform. Content providers can market their mobile services more effectively by sending compelling messages that seamlessly connect subscribers’ web browsers to their web sites.  For example, subscribers could receive a video clip trailer in an XHTML MMS that links directly to a dynamically generated, personalised web page where the full video clip can be securely downloaded. This could trigger an SMS or email to be sent with a loyalty points statement.

MPS integrates with Volantis Distributed Services Broker (DSB) and dynamic content integration capabilities within MCS to enable content to be automatically ingested in to MPS for delivery of messages. MPS can pass prepared messages back, or onward, to third party systems and interfaces to any proprietary message delivery mechanisms by using pluggable APIs.

"Having a single platform that delivers across the different mobile communications channels provides a tremendous opportunity for the marketing, discovery and monetization of valuable content,” says Mark Watson, CEO of Volantis. “To be able to intelligently adapt content to these channels and the full capabilities of devices provides a high quality user experience that will drive data service revenues. For content providers and operators, a single-platform, device-independent approach drives down cost and complexity whilst allowing innovative services to be built.”



MPS Feature Highlights:

1.    A cost-effective, unified messaging platform – providing integrated and targeted messaging across all messaging channels
2.    Comprehensive message-type support - including WAP push, MMS (SMIL and XHTML), SMS, HTML email
3.    Compelling message content – optimised for over 1000 devices from a single message definition, via the proven Intelligent Content Adaptation capabilities of Volantis Multi-Channel Server
4.    Flexible, open architecture – for easy, plug-in integration with all types of message delivery protocols and optional 3rd party message delivery channels
5.    Dynamic content and mobile data services integration  - using Volantis Distributed Service Broker and Multi-Channel Server

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On October 12, 2004, Sonera will launch the commercial use of its UMTS network in twenty locations in Finland.

Mobile working, which has been on the rise, and diversifying mobile services set higher requirements for the capacity and data transmission rate of the network. The data transmission rate of Sonera's UMTS network is 384 kbps at its best. High-speed data transmission is useful, for instance, when the user opens email attachment files, browses the Internet or sends video. Faster data transmission also makes it smoother to use video content, listen to music and play games.

"Our aim is to have the highest quality network in Finland, regardless of the technology, so that our customers can use the services they wish with the devices they choose. We believe that by opening our UMTS network in twenty locations, we offer the most extensive 3G service in Finland right from the start. Behind our services, there is always the most advanced and appropriate technological solution. It has been important for us to ensure that our services operate well in different mobile networks and that the changeovers from one network to another are seamless," says Anni Vepsäläinen, President of TeliaSonera Finland.

Network to be expanded according to demand
Sonera's customers will be able to use the faster data transmission offered by the UMTS network by acquiring a UMTS phone  and a Sonera 3G card from a Sonera dealer. Voice calls and text messages in the UMTS network will cost the same as in the GSM network. Likewise, data transmission will be priced according to the current pricing regimes as regards both consumer and corporate services.

The network will be expanded according to demand. In addition to building the UMTS network, Sonera also continues to introduce other high-speed data transmission methods, such as EDGE, into the GSM network.

The currently available terminal devices operate either with GPRS/EDGE or with GPRS/UMTS technology. The first tri-mode GPRS/EDGE/UMTS terminal is expected to be launched by the end of this year, and Sonera believes that tri-mode terminals will become common later on. Sonera expects mass markets for the third generation mobile communications to arise when there are a sufficient number of low-end terminals on the market.

The UMTS network has been in pre-commercial use since December 2003. Over 1,000 users at about 30 companies have participated in the pre-commercial use. These companies have utilized the network in their own service development. Sonera has received a great deal of valuable feedback on the pre-commercial use and has utilized the feedback in developing the network.

Pricing of data transmission for consumer customers:

Fun Data
Connection charge: EUR0
Monthly charge: EUR0
Data transmission: EUR5.99/MB

Active Data
Connection charge: EUR8.21
Monthly charge: EUR9.99
Data transmission included in the monthly charge: 20MB
Data transmission exceeding 20MB: EUR2.37/MB

Pro Data
Connection charge: EUR8.21
Monthly charge: EUR18.30
Data transmission included in the monthly charge: 100MB
Data transmission exceeding 100MB: EUR1.74/MB


Pricing of data transmission for corporate customers:

Sonera Company Data
Connection charge: EUR6.73
Monthly charge: EUR3.36
Data transmission: EUR1.9456/MB

Sonera Company Data + 100MB extension package
Connection charge: EUR6.73
Monthly charge: EUR15
Data transmission included in the monthly charge: 100MB
Data transmission exceeding 100MB: EUR1.4336/MB

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At today's Mobitex Association and Networking Conference, Mobitex Technology AB is announcing a significantly enhanced product portfolio and a new packaged offering for small private wireless data networks. Mobitex has long been established as a proven and extremely reliable technology for large public wireless data networks. Mobitex Technology AB is now enhancing its product portfolio to meet the increased demand for dedicated private or semi-private networks, covering industrial areas and serving a defined group of users in prioritized segments such as emergency services, transport and machine-to-machine communications (M2M).

"This is a new phase for Mobitex. Continuous improvements and new functionality will ensure that Mobitex will remain a leading-edge technology that is specifically designed to meet the requirements of business users," notes Andrew Fitton, CEO at Mobitex Technology AB.

"With the addition of the new compact BRU1 base station and the smaller MSN switch, we are further simplifying the network elements for use in small networks and optimizing them to interface seamlessly with standard IP components. Outstanding features, including the new radio priority function, will enable us to deliver wireless data network solutions highly suitable for mission-critical applications"
 
To ensure a competitive offering for small private networks, a new pricing structure is being introduced. Optimization of the key network elements allows hardware costs to be greatly reduced, while software licensing costs are being aligned to the number of users in a typical private network, resulting in a packaged offering that will make Mobitex even more attractive, not only in terms of low investment costs, but also for cost-efficient operation.

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Bouygues Telecom selects Nextreaming as 3GPP encoder of choice

Nextreaming Corporation, a leader in mobile multimedia solutions for mobile operators, handset manufacturers and content providers, announced today that Bouygues Telecom has selected Nextreaming as its preferred encoder for its i-mode partners. The agreement enables the French mobile operator’s content and application partners, including Europe's largest mobile content provider 123 Multimedia, to produce high quality encoded video content for its recently launched i-mode video service.

Europe's largest mobile content provider 123 Multimedia is the first i-mode partner to use the Nextreaming solution with Bouygues Telecom. Part of Index Corporation, a global provider of mobile and media services, 123 Multimedia has used the solution to encode its multimedia services for i-mode. The content is available now on Bouygues Telecom’s i-mode service and can be enjoyed by the operator’s 800,000 users.

“Using Nextreaming technology has allowed 123 Multimedia to quickly and easily encode our 123Funclips video clip content for Bouygues Telecom i-mode subscribers,” said Bertrand Perez, chief technology officer of 123 Multimedia. “123Funclips is one of Bouygues Telecom’s most popular i-mode services, featuring a variety of high quality downloadable video clips and animations from film and TV.”

"The high quality encoding platform represents another important step towards mass usage of our i-mode enabled mobile multimedia services," says Cedric Nicolas, i-mode expertise and roadmap manager from Bouygues Telecom. "We have adopted an approach that is particularly open to third-party content and applications; encouraging our partners to embrace our i-mode offering. Our decision to recommend the Nextreaming encoder will contribute to the successful launch of added-value video download services for our customers."

"Bouygues Telecom’s decision to recommend our encoding platform is testament to the effectiveness of Nextreaming solution," said Dr. IL-TAEK LIM, chief executive officer of Nextreaming. "We believe that to ensure mass usage of video on mobile devices, it is critical that 3G operators provide the highest quality video content possible for consumers. Ensuring video content is sufficiently protected is also essential in order to encourage media owners to release their most valuable and engaging video footage across mobile networks.”

Nextreaming’s services are recommended for content providers and encoding service firms who need to quickly and effortlessly create large amounts of high quality 3GPP or MPEG multimedia content with forward lock content protection. With its advanced features such as pre-processing, double pass encoding and batch job functionality, Nextreaming’s solutions gives these partners the power to create videos and their multimedia content.

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Mobile Streams, the global mobile content company, announced today the launch of a range of innovative Pay-to-Play mobile betting games including a choice of three reel slots and scratchcards. 
 

The fully licensed gaming service will operate under the Go Gaming Go brand and will be offered to carriers and white label partners as well as Mobile Streams’ own extensive consumer base.  Players download the games for free by sending an SMS to 89944.  Slot players can purchase 15 credits for £1.50 and can choose to pay for each spin with upto 5 credits.  Scratchcards are also priced at £1.50. 
 
Simon Buckingham, CEO of Mobile Streams said: “We are excited to be the first company to offer a really compelling range of Pay-to-Play betting games.  By enabling players to pay through reverse SMS, we are opening up the services to the mass market.  The service is aimed at people seeking an occasional flutter rather than serious gamblers. To appreciate the scale of opportunity it is worth considering that 70% of the UK population purchase lottery tickets, 20% purchase scratchcards, and over 2 million people regularly play the land-based slots.”  He adds,  “Without doubt, a significant proportion of these people will be attracted to games that require no learning curve or experience and offer immediate gratification through winning real money.” 
 
“Our range of games are superior to anything that is available today, and allows players to enjoy a quick punt at the push of a button.” commented Jonathan Shoham, Head of Gaming at Mobile Streams.  “Whether in pub with a few minutes to kill, or in the comfort of an armchair at home, these games are bound to have a massive appeal to a large audience.”
 
The Go Gaming Go service is for adults over the age of 18, and will conform to the strict age verification processes currently being introduced by the mobile carriers.  Monitoring systems will flag patterns of activity, which may indicate problem gambling.

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Key distribution partners deliver the Voq phone to mobile professionals in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxemburg, the Nordics, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom

Sierra Wireless today announced that the Voq Professional Phone, a Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone developed by Sierra Wireless, is now commercially available across Europe through key distribution partners. The phone is now available to purchase from A & C Systems in Belgium, Luxemburg, and The Netherlands; from BagLAN in Turkey; from Cedros in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland; from Daimler in the Nordics; from Dangaard Telecom in Western Europe; from Hugh Symons Mobile Computing and from Yes Telecom in the United Kingdom; from Speeka in Italy; and from Xacom Comunicaciones in France and Spain.

"Today's announcement marks a milestone in the launch of the Voq Professional Phone - widespread availability throughout Europe," said Derek Evans, Vice President and Managing Director, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. "We are pleased to build upon our relationships with these partners and to deliver the phone to mobile professionals in Europe, who are looking for a simple solution to help them stay connected with clients and keep current corporate and personal information close at hand while out of the office."

The Voq Professional Phone is a new class of mobile phone that offers the best features of a mobile phone, a personal messaging device, and a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). The product offers a flip-open QWERTY thumbpad and easy-to-use software solutions, including VoqMail, a secure, "Always There" e-mail solution that requires no additional enterprise server or desktop redirector software to purchase, install, and maintain. The unique, easy and powerful myVoq software enables predictive search, storage, and sending of information.

"Sierra Wireless is an established leader in providing mobile professionals with tools to help them improve their productivity," said Bruno Lisen, Chief Executive Officer of A & C Systems. "The Voq Professional Phone demonstrates the evolution of that expertise, and we are pleased to offer it to our customers today."

"The combination of mobile phone, messaging device, and PDA functions available in the Voq Professional Phone make it an excellent value," said Necdet Kabil, Managing Director of BagLAN. "It allows our mobile customers to meet all their connectivity needs with one tool that is simple to carry and use."

"We have seen growing demand for Smartphones in Germany, and we are pleased to build upon our relationship with Sierra Wireless to deliver the Voq Professional Phone to the German market," said Markus Michels, Managing Director for Cedros. "With the phone's unique features and the strength of the Sierra Wireless name, we are confident that mobile professionals will consider it their first choice."

"The Voq Professional Phone is an innovative solution for mobile professionals looking for a single tool to meet their need for reliable voice and data connectivity," said Ib Bronnum, Chairman of Daimler Mobile Partner. "We are pleased to work with Sierra Wireless to deliver the phone to our customers today."

"Timely access to email and critical corporate information can make a significant difference in both the business and personal lives of mobile professionals," said Alfred Blank, Managing Director of Dangaard Telecom, "The Voq Professional Phone allows them to access up to date company information and stay in touch with both colleagues and family from anywhere."

"There has been tremendous interest in the Voq Professional Phone since it was first announced," said Andrew Baxendine, Commercial Director for Hugh Symons Mobile Computing. "The reputation Sierra Wireless has developed for producing high-performing, reliable wireless network products, and backing them up with industry leading technical support, makes the Voq Professional Phone an attractive choice for our customers." 

 "Our customers are looking for simple, efficient ways to improve their productivity in today's competitive business environment, and the Voq Professional Phone is well-positioned to fill this need," said Ppaolo Poli, Chief Executive Officer of Speeka. "Its unique features make it easy to set up and efficient to use, and we expect it to fill an important niche for mobile professionals in the Italian market."

"We are pleased to expand our Sierra Wireless product line to offer the Voq Professional Phone to the French and Spanish market," said Luis Santos, Managing Director for Xacom Comunicaciones. "Our business customers have come to trust Sierra Wireless to deliver high-quality, reliable data connectivity through their AirCard wireless PC cards, and the Voq phone combines that data expertise with superior voice functionality in a package we think customers will find appealing."

"With the flip-open QWERTY thumbpad and unique software solutions like VoqMail and myVoq, the Voq Professional Phone offers a compelling solution for our business customers," said Keith Curran, Managing Director for Yes Telecom. "It offers mobile professionals a simple, efficient, and intuitive way to allow them to complete tasks on the move, all while staying connected to their head office."

Powered by an Intel Xscale processor, the Voq Professional Phone is based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software and offers a rich telephony experience with the addition of a unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad. The Voq Professional Phone provides:
    *    Phone-first capabilities with the power of a PDA and ability to synchronize contacts, calendars, and tasks to a Windows-based computer;
    *    The best features of mobile phone, messaging device, and PDA in a single phone - resulting in lower cost, ease-of-use, and need for fewer devices;
    *    Out-of-the-box personal and corporate e-mail solutions, including POP3, IMAP4, and Microsoft ActiveSync for wireless synchronization to Microsoft Exchange 2003; 
    *    Powerful search, send and storage capabilities with myVoq, which also offers the ability to enhance business applications and mobile web services;
    *    The ultimate e-mail experience with VoqMail Professional Edition, which offers secure, "Always There" e-mail and alerts, supporting standard, broadly deployed VPN and business e-mail systems including Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, and Novell GroupWise software.

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Telcordia Technologies, a global provider of telecommunications software and services, today announced that Greece’s National Telecommunications and Post Commission, also known as EETT, has successfully launched the Telcordia Number Portability Clearinghouse solution, which has now been in operation for six months, enabling fixed line and mobile number portability for all service providers in Greece. 

The solution, which went fully operational for mobile customers in April 2004 and for fixed line customers in June 2004, puts Greece in compliance with the European Union number portability mandate and, ultimately, provides all Greek residents with more choice.

“Telcordia’s clearinghouse solution enables EETT to effectively manage the complexity and the speed at which number porting transactions must be processed,” said Emmanuel Giakoumakis, President of the EETT. “Now, Greek consumers have unprecedented competitive choice for fixed line and mobile service and service providers can embrace new market opportunities and new revenue streams.”

Part of a five-year exclusive contract, the Telcordia solution enables fixed line and mobile number portability to Greece’s 14 million phone lines, including 5.5 million fixed line and 10 million mobile lines.  Telcordia and its in-country regional subcontractor, Spirit S.A., have worked closely with EETT and Greek carriers to get relevant business processes agreed upon, integrated and fully implemented.

“We are pleased to be part of this successful implementation for EETT that will have lasting impact on customer service and competition in Greece’s telecommunications market,” said Nikos Skarpetis, General Manager, Spirit S.A.

Telcordia’s Number Portability Clearinghouse is a highly scalable software system that addresses the inherent challenges in number porting. Implemented to support all service providers in Greece, Telcordia’s solution enables flow-through automation for the porting of numbers in and out of wireline and wireless carriers’ networks with trouble-free efficiency. The Telcordia solution offers multiple standard interfaces for service providers to automate their flow through for the porting process as well as direct access to the clearinghouse. Telcordia’s regional subcontractor, Spirit S.A., operates the data center that serves as the in-country clearinghouse and provides first-level support, help desk support, training and other support services to Greek service providers.

“Number portability provides telecommunications service providers worldwide with opportunities to capture greater market share and increase customer loyalty and satisfaction,” said Mary Turney, President, Operations and Network Solutions, Telcordia. “The Telcordia solution seamlessly handles the complex technological process of porting numbers and ensures that it is handled quickly, efficiently and accurately, allowing telecommunications service providers to focus on their core business – their customers.”

This implementation reflects the significant momentum Telcordia has achieved in global markets as well as its leadership in number portability.  Through its innovative Elementive‰ approach, Telcordia provides fixed line and mobile Service Providers with flexible, standards-based, robust software that helps them deliver high-quality, reliable voice and data services across multiple networks and technologies.

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According to a new IDC study, the number of PC data combo cards in Europe is expected to grow from 1.2 million in 2004  to more than 5.7 million in 2008, with a CAGR of 47.8%. In 1Q04, major mobile operators such as Vodafone and T-Mobile started with a "business only" UMTS/GPRS mobile data card service. Now, there are more than 10 mobile operators that offer mobile data services across Western Europe.

In 2003, most PC data card sales were GPRS/GSM combo and some UMTS/GPRS/GSM combo cards. As the market is still in the introductory phase, prices are  expected to be adjusted as competition increases. However, the price model that  operators are currently using is based largely on the mobile worker (mainly business users) paying per data byte used. Prices of operators in different countries range from $90 to $160 per month for "unlimited" use (mostly with a maximum of
1GB per month), with an additional charge for the PC data card of around $160-$220, excluding VAT. Most operators do offer cheaper package options depending on  the number of bytes included in the package, and the price of card also varies, depending on the package. Data consumed above the package is priced per additional MB.

According to Romolo Pusceddu, research manager for IDC's European Mobile and WiFi Infrastructure service, operators are starting to realize the need to focus all their efforts on marketing and selling data services as the way to go in the future. It is all about integration - users are not concerned about the technology behind it, as long as it is available, low priced, fast, secure, and easy to use.

The study, Western European Mobile Access PC Data Card 2004-2008 Forecast and Analysis, IDC #31860, September 2004), focuses on wireless combo PC data cards, including technologies such as HSDPA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, and WLAN. 1H04 vendor share figures are presented for the Western European market.

Vendors' market shares are calculated according to wireless PC data card units shipped. The study also provides a PC data card market forecast for 2004 to 2008 for the number of PC data cards by country, technology, and installed base.

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Digital Airways introduces Wapaka MIDlet, the version of its Wapaka micro-browser that exists in the form of a component
to be integrated to a MIDlet. A MIDlet is a small Java application conform to the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) and MIDP (Mobile Information Device Profile) specification.

Wapaka MIDlet is designed to help content providers offer customized access to their content from J2ME-equipped mobile phones.

Many content-based MIDlets require browsing capabilities, but content providers rarely have the time and resources to develop their own browsing technology, which needs to be optimized on resource-constrained devices such as mobile phones.

“Until Wapaka MIDlet, content providers had to choose to develop their applications either in a pure browser environment, which limits the features and hence the quality of the customer experience, or in a pure native, procedural Java code, which can be complex to develop” says the company.
“With Wapaka MIDlet, they can now easily add browsing capabilities to their own MIDlet, reducing time to market and development costs, while focusing on their own area of expertise.”

Wapaka MIDlet is based on the Wapaka micro-browsing technology, which has been developed since 2000 and is deployed worldwide. Wapaka complies with J2ME, MIDP 1.0 and MIDP 2.0, it supports WML1, WML2, XHTML Basic MP with
CSS, and cHTML, and provides advanced features such as online and off-line management (upload and download) allowing download of files to be browsed offline. In addition, Wapaka has a very small footprint (60 to 180Kb depending on options).

Delivered as a component, Wapaka MIDlet allows content providers to customize its features for specific use and maximum performance.

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Integrated Wi-Fi solution

Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has introduced a new
business model for the Wi-Fi market. Enterprises that are building integrated Wi-Fi service platforms can reap the benefits of cost-saving enterprise mobility solutions and branded revenue-generating public Wi-Fi services, significantly enhancing their profitability.

@Anyplace Access is a fully secure, end-to-end, integrated Wi-Fi platform solution based upon open standards technology from Cisco and Intel, combined with a portfolio of innovative value-added solutions from four European partners - Appear Networks, Aptilo Networks, Birdstep and The Cloud.

With @Anyplace Access, enterprises can use a single Wi-Fi infrastructure to deploy services for their guests and their employees. For example, a train operating company can offer public WLAN access inside its stations, to generate new revenues and enhance the quality of its service. Using the same WLAN infrastructure, the company can deliver wireless applications to its frontline personnel, turning the network into a productivity tool.

Pieter Zylstra, Head of Capgemini's global Wi-Fi initiatives, stated "In the coming years the Wi-Fi market will be dominated by services, and access will become nothing more than a commodity. Profitable Wi-Fi operations will require technologies that companies like Appear Networks, Aptilo, Birdstep and The Cloud are offering. In order to sustain our position as a global mobility leader, we clearly view the construction of such an ecosystem as a key component of mobility transformation programs for our customers."

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moodmessaging Pty, an Australian-based multimedia content development company, today announced that it will be launching their IamEmo mobile content at Mobile Content World 2004, being held over two days later this month in the United Kingdom. The IamEmo( mobile content has been uniquely designed to enhance Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

moodmessaging are launching their IamEmo mobile content in the UK market on the back of securing a global content distribution deal with Nokia earlier this year. Nokia have partnered with IamEmo for the global launch of their new 3220 handset. An introductory selection of IamEmo content
has been preloaded onto all 3220 handsets, and is being distributed throughout Europe by 123 Multimedia. In the United States, the IamEmo content is being distributed by AT&T Wireless via moodmessaging's distributor Ztango and in the Asia-Pacific Region, the IamEmo content is being
distributed by SAM CLICK and by Nokia Tones, Graphics and Games.

moodmessaging has developed, under their IamEmo brand, colour animations featuring Emo, the Chameleon, that consumers can download onto their mobile phones and send as part of an MMS message to their friends, families and colleagues. The animations featuring Emo use colour, facial
expressions and body language to illustrate one of eight human emotions in a number of different guises. Emo adds emotional context to ordinary text messages, transforming messaging from plain black-and-white text to a colourful, engaging and meaningful exchange.


"Communication is not just about what you say, but how you say it. Using Emo, users can create emotionally-rich messages that immediately engage with whoever you send them to. With Emo, you know that whoever receives your text message will know exactly how you feel," said Kevin Brough, CEO of
moodmessaging.

IamEmo is a breakthrough proposition for MMS as it meets the genuine consumer need for expressive, rich messaging. The content is being offered to handset manufacturers and network carriers for preloading into MMS capable handsets.


"This not only creates massive differentiation for the handset itself, but also encourages daily MMS usage and the ongoing downloading of new IamEmo content," added Brough.

moodmessaging launched their IamEmo mobile content in Australia and New Zealand in mid 2003, and had extended distribution to more than seven Asia-Pacific markets by February 2004. There are currently over 40 Emo animations available for download to consumers with MMS capable mobile
phones, with new Emo animations being released globally each month.


Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications carrier has also
partnered with moodmessaging to provide Telstra customers with access to unique IamEmo characters including some that have been specifically designed to align with Telstra's  sponsorship and marketing efforts such as Australian Idol.


moodmessaging will initially provide Telstra with exclusive customised content preloaded onto Sony Ericsson handsets, with further plans to preload content onto a range of other handsets, including those manufactured by both Motorola and Nokia.

moodmessaging plans to launch their IamEmo(TM) mobile content in other markets throughout Asia before the end of the year and is currently reviewing commercial agreements in other overseas markets.

IamEmo will enable users to finally let people know how they really feel using multimedia messages," commented Brough.

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