Actix, the specialist in Network Status Management solutions for mobile operators, today announced the introduction of the Actix Spotlight Workgroup Server solution, a centralized system designed to help engineers quickly and efficiently act on network status information, which has been collected, processed and managed automatically. 

Forming part of the Actix One framework, a set of architectural software capabilities and principles combined to increase efficiency in radio access Network Status Management,  Spotlight Workgroup Server compliments Actix' existing Spotlight product, a desktop solution which automatically detects and assesses potential network problems to deliver diagnosis and management reports. 

Automatic Server-based Processing
Spotlight Workgroup Server's Actix One compatibility enables the automatic processing of drive test data into a centrally shared Spotlight project on a 24/7 basis, whenever new data files are submitted to a central landing zone without the need to re-import files for each new users. This frees up engineer's time and computing resources that would normally be spent post-processing data locally, to focus on more useful engineering tasks.

Integration with Network Configuration Data Sources
o The Workgroup Server platform can be configured to integrate
with network configuration management systems and has the ability to track and store changes to network configuration over time. This enables Spotlight to analyze and present performance engineering information against the network configuration that was active at the time that information was collected.
* Survey Management Capabilities
o In addition to processing drive test data, the Workgroup Server
capability includes a number of features for efficiently archiving and managing drive test data that have been submitted to the system. Users can associate information such as 'why data was collected', 'who collected it' etc. with each submitted file and can then use that information along with other properties such as location, date and type to subsequently retrieve or drill-into selected data in more detail.
* Enterprise-wide Access to Shared Performance Engineering
Information
o The Workgroup Server platform allows Spotlight applications to
be deployed in a Citrix environment for the first time, allowing engineers to access a shared central Spotlight project from anywhere within the enterprise. This simplifies the deployment and maintenance of the Spotlight software and promotes better sharing of information between engineers.

"Designed to support small workgroups of concurrent Spotlight users and to be accessible from anywhere within the enterprise, Spotlight Workgroup Server enables engineers to drive even more value from Spotlight's troubleshooting and optimization features. And because it is based on  the Actix One principles, it provides a scalable, future-proof platform, which can be extended to serve other performance engineering needs such as automatic optimization, web-based audit and report, and engineering task prioritization and management," commented Keith Reed, Actix' Product Manager for Spotlight.

Spotlight Workgroup Server delivers a number of benefits to operators seeking engineering efficiency improvements and reduced operational expenditure; built-in automatic processing engines liberate engineers' time to focus on other tasks by presenting them with actionable information sooner, and promoting the use of standardized processes.

Meanwhile, access to a central shared database and archive improves visibility of information and means engineers can re-use available data immediately, without waiting for data to be reloaded to a desktop. Spotlight Workgroup Server also allows for several weeks of data to be stored and shared across multiple nodes.

Aeroflex has announced that it is enhancing its 6103 and 6401 A-GPS conformance test systems for location-based services with support for the Open Mobile Alliance Secure User Plane (OMA SUPL) 1.0.  The Aeroflex 6103 and 6401 provide A-GPS conformance test within GSM/E-GPRS and UMTS environments respectively.  The relevant test cases have completed development and are being progressively submitted for approval at both the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB), the globally recognised certification organisations whose aim is to ensure mobile equipment interoperability. 

"Support for OMA SUPL 1.0 is fundamentally important to the development dynamics of A-GPS applications," said Phil Medd, Aeroflex's Product Manager responsible for its A-GPS test systems.  "OMA SUPL 1.0 is a way of implementing location services over an IP link. Bearing in mind that most revenue sources for location services are typically coupled to the internet in some way or are about a server interacting visually with a mobile device using an IP link, it is quicker, easier and far more efficient for application developers to work within an IP environment (User Plane) than at the modem layer (Control Plane) of a cellular radio network."

The aim of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) is to facilitate global user adoption of mobile data services by specifying market driven mobile service enablers that ensure service interoperability across devices, geographies, service providers, operators and networks, while allowing businesses to compete through innovation and differentiation.  Like other applications that sit above the modem layer such as MMS, PoC, BROWSER and SyncML, SUPL is considered an application enabler and has consequently been developed by the OMA.  SUPL has been made a Work Item / RFT at both the GCF and PTCRB.

The Aeroflex A-GPS location-based test systems provide a fully integrated environment for repeatable R&D and conformance verification testing.  The systems combine a 12 channel GPS simulator with Aeroflex's proven conformance test platforms that are already extensively used in the cellular industry. The systems include test case packages for 3GPP and 3GPP2 wireless standards, Network Assistance Data elements for flexible control over assistance data messaging and support for Location Services (LCS) message exchange, along with support for MS-Based and MS-Assisted positioning methods.  The new test systems also support control and user plane techniques using LCS protocols, real time logging / decoding of protocol signalling messages between mobile and network, and automatic report generation and analysis of results for the device under test.

Aeroflex's GSM/E-GPRS A-GPS System is based on the Aeroflex 6103 AIME/CT GSM Conformance Test System and includes a Serving Mobile Location Center (SMLC) emulator for control over Assistance Data Messaging as well as all the GPS signalling test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 51.010.  The system has been designed to be upgradeable to support the Minimum Performance test cases specified in 3GPP TS 51.010 Section 70.11.

Aeroflex's UMTS A-GPS System is based on the Aeroflex 6401 AIME/CT UMTS Conformance Test System.  It includes the same SMLC emulator as the GSM system along with the protocol signalling test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 34.123 and the RF performance test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 34.171.

Comstar, the combined telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, has today announced that it has signed an agreement with Intel to jointly develop the first mobile WiMAX network in Russia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Comstar and Intel will initially focus on launching a WiMAX network in the Moscow region as it is the best suited area in Russia for adopting the new wireless communications technologies. The network is expected to be launched by the end of 2008, using the IEEE 802.16e standard (2.5-2.7 Ghz range). The network will cover the whole city. Intel will provide the client technical devices with embedded WiMAX solutions.

Sergey Pridantsev, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comstar UTS, commented: "We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with Intel. By combining our efforts we plan to substantially increase the availability of mobile wireless communications for our subscribers and provide the efficient Internet access for all clients at any place. The cooperation with Intel will strengthen our leading position in the broadband market."

Intel is currently developing embedded mobile WiMAX solutions for notebook PCs and ultra mobile and mobile Internet devices. In the middle of 2008, the company is expected to launch its first embedded mobile WiMAX/Wi-Fi module, codenamed "Echo Peak" with its next-generation Intel® Centrino® processor technology for notebooks and ultra-mobile devices. A solution optimized for mobile Internet devices with low power consumption, codenamed "Baxter Peak," is also expected to be available next year.

Sriram Viswanathan, Vice President of Intel Capital and General Manager of Intel WiMAX Program Office, added: "The effort between Comstar and Intel to bring mobile WiMAX to the people of Russia underscores the cost, performance and capability of this technology to give people a truly mobile Internet experience. The commitment to build mobile WiMAX networks continues to grow globally and we expect to see initial deployments in a number of markets starting in 2008 and growing throughout 2009 and beyond."

Dmitry Konash, Regional Manager of Intel in the CIS, commented: "The strategic collaboration with one of Russia's telecom leaders, Comstar UTS, ensures that WiMAX will be successfully developed in Russia. According to our agreement, our companies will work together to implement the joint marketing programmes to develop mobile WiMAX-based solutions not only in Moscow, but also in other cities and regions of Russia."

Following the recent appointment of Matthew Key as the new Chairman and Chief Executive of Telefónica O2 Europe, the company has now announced further changes to its Board of Directors. Ronan Dunne, who is currently Chief Financial Officer of O2 UK, will take over from Matthew Key as CEO of the UK business in 2008 and join the Board of Telefónica O2 Europe. 

In recent years, in addition to his finance and strategic responsibilities, Dunne has led the acquisition and integration of The Link chain from DSGi into the O2 retail network, and the subsequent disposal of stores surplus to O2's requirement to a number of other operators. Making the announcement, Matthew Key said: "I am delighted that we are able to promote one of our key executives to this important role.  Ronan has been an exceptional CFO, with an outstanding track record and business insight.  As the second largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Telefónica, O2 UK plays a vital role in the success of the group as a whole and I know that Ronan will continue to build on the momentum that has seen O2 become the UK's leading operator.

"Alongside this, I am today appointing our Director of Strategy, Vivek Dev, into the post of Chief Operating Officer for Telefónica O2 Europe.  The mobile industry is undergoing a sea change as we are, at last, truly moving into a world beyond voice and text.  If we are to succeed in this new world, we need to be single-mindedly focused on understanding and delivering what our customers want.  Whilst driving financial performance, each of our CEOs must have the flexibility to manage their business to meet local market conditions and customer requirements.  At the same time, I am determined that we will capture the maximum synergies possible from all of our operations and do things once across the group where it makes sense.  Dev will be integral to ensuring this happens."

In his new position, Vivek Dev will take group-wide responsibility for networks and IT. In addition, he will continue to lead the group's future strategic development including new device platforms, roaming and interconnect, procurement and security.Telefónica O2 Europe also announced that Chief Technology Officer, Dave Williams, will be leaving the business at the end of April 2008 to take up a senior executive position in the USA.  Matthew Key stated:  "On behalf of the whole company, I should like to extend our thanks to Dave.  He has been instrumental in developing and implementing a highly innovative technology vision for the group.  During his time with us, he has overseen the launch of Europe's first commercial HSDPA network, led the industry's push into mobile TV and pioneered the next generation 'femtocell' initiative.  We wish him every success in the future."

Nokia has today announced that the City of Maastricht, Netherlands has selected Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite as their standard platform for mobile applications. The solution enables the administrative officers of the City of Maastricht to integrate 900 Nokia Eseries devices into the Cisco corporate IP telephony system and synchronize contact and calendar details. Furthermore, the city will offer wireless email to some of the employees. To ensure an easy roll out and management of all services, the City of Maastricht is using Nokia Intellisync Device Management. The deployment of the service has started and is estimated to be completed in the beginning of next year.

"Mobile working is increasingly important wherever business is conducted. The efficiencies and the cost-savings it delivers are important criteria for a city such as ours," said Marc Lustermans, project manager, City of Maastricht. "We have selected Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite as our standard mobility platform given the modular structure of the mobileware which means that it can grow and be customized according to our evolving mobility needs today and tomorrow."

In order to ensure an easy and cost-effective deployment of the different mobile services, to simplify administration and configuration of the mobile phones in use, device management is an integrated part of the total solution.

"It was important that the City of Maastricht integrated its mobile infrastructure plans into the overall IT strategy for the organization," says Scott Cooper, senior vice president, Mobility Solutions Unit, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. "We recommend that all businesses take a similar, more strategic approach towards mobility. Done right, an organization can gain advantage by improving speed and quality of service, while encouraging collaboration and communication between employees, customers and partners."

"We were looking for innovative yet secure mobility solutions, as a high level of security and data protection is imperative for us as a municipal organization," said Lustermans. "One decision criterion for the Nokia solution resulted from the fact that we can fully integrate the wireless email solution behind the firewall and hence keep full control of the solution within our own IT department."

Comverse, the supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, has announced live commercial implementation of the Fun Broker off- deck ringback tone platform at T-Mobile Germany with Jamba, a provider of digital entertainment services through a joint venture between News Corporation and VeriSign. Now available globally, Fun Broker allows content providers to sell ringback tones directly from their portals. Integrating ringback tones into the dynamic off-deck content retail market helps subscribers to personalise ringback tones easily from multiple media sources, which can increase penetration of the service.

Fun Dial, Comverse's ringback tone service, allows users to personalise network tones (ringing, busy signals) with music and content to entertain callers waiting for the phone call to be answered. The entry of leading content players like Jamba into the ringback tone service arena increases user awareness, convenience and choice, which can generate substantial new traffic and revenue in ringback tone content.

Lee Fenton, COO at Jamba said, "Operators have too much to do already to successfully take on the entire burden of constant promotion of ringback tones.By turning to Jamba and services leader Comverse, T-Mobile gains energetic and motivated market-savvy content and service delivery partners, and benefits from our highly popular portal for digital entertainment. It is no surprise that ringback tone sales and usage figures quickly shot up. We believe that their long-term gains will be equally impressive."

"Comverse creates great customer experiences and Fun Dial has become the best-in- class ringback tone experience. Now with Fun Broker, we can bring content from the best worldwide sources like Jamba. Jamba plus Comverse is a world's best customer experience," said Andre Dahan, President and CEO of Comverse.

Anritsu has announced a series of new software packages supporting the measurement of 3GPP LTE mobile terminals, demonstrating its continued commitment to the effective deployment of next-generation mobile phone systems.

The three new packages, the MX269020A LTE Downlink Measurement Software, the MX269021A LTE Uplink Measurement Software, and the MX269908A LTE IQproducerTM are easily installed on Anritsu's MS269XA series Signal Analyzers and combine to provide an extremely powerful tool to support fast and easy evaluation of the Rx and Tx characteristics of 3GPP LTE RF uplink and downlink signals.

The MX269020A and MX269021A software measures the Tx characteristics of 3GPP LTE FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) compliant signals and when installed in either the MS2690A/2691A models or in the new MS2692A, supports quick and easy measurement of both downlink (base station to mobile) and uplink (mobile to base station) signals.

The MX269908A software generates 3GPP LTE compliant waveform patterns which can then be output as an RF signal from the optional signal generator installed in the MS269xA. The signal can then be used to test RF Rx characteristics, as well as to perform Tx/Rx evaluations. This greatly increases the efficiency of research and development of 3GPP LTE base stations, mobile terminals, and components.

This world-first 3GPP LTE analysis software is installed directly into the measuring instrument itself, eliminating any requirement for an external PC in the test setup, thereby reducing cost and time  and increasing measurement efficiency.

The 3GPP LTE FDD specification is rapidly becoming the de-facto standard for next-generation mobile devices supporting high-speed, large-capacity, wide-area communications. While the 3GPP Working Group is discussing various standardization subjects, leading-edge makers are already moving forward with development of 3GPP-compliant modules, amplifiers, and components, and urgently require measuring instruments supporting 3GPP LTE standards.

MS269XA Signal Analyzer Series
These high-performance signal analyzers have excellent total level and modulation accuracy over a wide band from 50 Hz to 6 GHz. They have a built-in vector signal analyzer function for performing wideband FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis, as well as a digitize function for capturing signal waveforms as digital data. This provides efficient support for performance tests of base stations, both in R&D and manufacturing of advanced, next-generation wireless communications systems.

Three models cover frequency ranges of 50 Hz to 6 GHz (MS2690A), 50 Hz to
13.5 GHz (MS2691A), and 50 Hz to 26.5 GHz (MS2692A). This allows users to match performance with measurement requirements. In addition, all three models have a vector signal generator option (MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A-020) covering a frequency range of 6 GHz and an RF modulation band of 120 MHz, so supporting Tx and Rx tests with a single instrument.

Zong, the open mobile platform provider, has today announced the launch of Spaces, said to be the first service allowing anyone to create a mobile website, including the necessary handset rendering for free. With minimal technical knowledge, users can create mobile sites from existing web content such as RSS feeds.

Spaces has been developed to help media companies and other publishers create their own mobile sites, rendering and transcoding all the content for thousands of mass-market handsets.  In addition to this, the platform will soon include integrated WAP billing functionality, allowing companies to monetise services through their mobile websites.
 
Spaces, which is a platform of mobile media company Echovox, will give content owners a low barrier-to-entry route into the mobile web era. It will create new revenue-generating opportunities such as premium content, voting and tailoring of users' web presence. Mobile micro-payments are growing as a new revenue stream for web content owners.
 
David Marcus, CEO of Echovox, comments: "Launching a mobile website can be a much more complex process than launching a traditional website, where there are only a couple of browsers.  Companies looking to launch a mobile site have had to contend with issues with the different form factors, screen sizes, capabilities and uncertain and varying mobile bandwidth.  Zong brings, for the first time, a one size fits all concept to the mobile web by circumventing the traditional complexity of the mobile sector."
 
Zong Spaces is available globally and offers transactional capabilities in Europe.

In a new report, Juniper Research is forecasting that Mobile WiMAX 802.16e will begin to take off over the 2010 to 2013 period, exceeding 80 million mobile subscribers globally by 2013.
 
According to report author Howard Wilcox: "We are seeing more and more Mobile WiMAX 802.16e trials and network contracts -- over 50 have been announced so far in 2007 alone: the market is very active in all regions of the world. We anticipate that mobile usage will develop after initial demand for fixed and portable services -- WiMAX 802.16e is a flexible platform that can operate in all three modes of usage. Mobile WiMAX will represent a single digit proportion of the global mobile broadband base by 2013. This will be a tremendous achievement for this new technology platform which has recently been boosted by the ITU's endorsement of it as an IMT2000 specification."

The report´s key findings include:

--  The value of Mobile WiMAX service revenues globally will grow to over $23bn per annum by 2013.
--  The top Mobile WiMAX markets will be the USA, Japan and S. Korea.
--  Over 10 countries will have Mobile WiMAX device markets in excess of $100m per annum.
--  There are several wildcard factors could significantly increase the size of the market including the emergence of very low cost laptops, and adding broadband capability to a range of devices including portable music/MP3 players, and games consoles.

However, two gating issues that will dictate take-up for this technology will be the availability of suitable devices, and service differentiation.

Wilcox continued: "Mobile WiMAX will be a device-based technology, whether handsets, laptops, datacards, or other types of consumer device such as media players. The twin challenges are for vendors to produce the right devices at the right time and price, and for Mobile WiMAX service providers to differentiate their offerings from existing mobile operators. Success in these challenges will accelerate market development."

 Juniper Research assesses the current and future status of Mobile WiMAX based on interviews with senior executives of some of the leading vendors and operators in the growing Mobile WiMAX market. The report includes country-level forecasts for over 30 countries worldwide, and case studies describing how a number of operators are deploying 802.16e Mobile WiMAX in their networks, and their development plans for the future.

Sarian Systems has announced that it has partnered with telecommunications OSS network specialist Horsebridge Networks to provide T-Mobile with a bespoke element management system (EMS) to monitor and control its UK mobile microwave backhaul radio network.  Following a successful trial monitoring 100 radio links, T-Mobile will now be rolling out the Sarian and Horsebridge solution across a further 1000 base station sites, encompassing a total of 4,500 radio connections.

Horsebridge's Espy EMS monitors T-Mobile radio links on a 24x7 basis, recording radio alarms and performance data.  The Sarian DR6460 router connects all radios on site and transmits information back to a central monitoring location via GPRS and high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) mobile technology.  This means that T-Mobile can use its existing GPRS and HSDPA networks - the latter rivalling fixed broadband for speed and latency - to transmit the data collected in real-time, rather than having to deploy additional fixed-line connections purely for the purposes of monitoring.

The initial deployment has already led to significant reductions in T-Mobile's site visit costs and a reduction in unnecessary equipment replacements.  Previously, engineers had no visibility of the status of equipment prior to a site visit.  Now, using the combined Espy and DR6460 solution, any fault can be remotely identified and fixed first time, saving time and resources.

These cost savings have enabled T-Mobile to achieve return on investment for the initial deployment.  In addition, service quality for customers has been improved during this time, thanks to the solution's ability to identify any losses in radio transmission power - and thus predict when radios are about to fail.

"Our major challenge was to improve network management while keeping costs down, and we have been impressed by Sarian and Horsebridge's ability to tailor the management solution to take advantage of our existing network resources," said Alan Sullivan, transmission manager at T-Mobile.  "Since initial implementation we've been able to reduce costs and improve the quality of service to our customers.  On the back of these deliverables, we're looking forward to rolling out the management solution across an additional 1,000 sites, in order to achieve further efficiency gains and cost savings."

Given the success of the T-Mobile solution to date, Sarian and Horsebridge have now entered into partnership to provide other organisations with customised network management solutions and point-to-point radio solutions.  Amongst other applications, this can enable the provision of internet services on mobile vehicles, using HSDPA to transmit data back and forth.

"Our partnership with Sarian has allowed our Espy generic EMS platform to take advantage of the huge opportunities offered by using HSDPA as a network control medium," said David O'Connor, managing director at Horsebridge.  "We are able to offer remote management for a raft of applications in a significantly more cost effective and flexible manner, without incurring the prohibitive cost of fixed-line connections.  Our initial concerns were HSDPA network security and reliability, but the features of the Sarian product are impressive, ensuring the data transfers between Espy EMS platform and the managed equipment are never compromised."

"The development of HSDPA has revolutionised what enterprises are able to do with their business-critical communications - whether it's for the purposes of telemetry, surveillance and monitoring, or as an alternative to using broadband," said Duncan Ellison, sales and marketing director at Sarian.  "By partnering with leading software providers such as Horsebridge, we're able to help organisations like T-Mobile to fully harness HSDPA's potential and deliver internal benefits as well as helping improve service quality."

Nokia Siemens Networks has won a contract with Conad of Italy to manage its system and provide hosting services as the supermarket chain enters the mobile virtual network operator market at the beginning of 2008.

The contract will see Nokia Siemens Networks supply Conad with convergent charging solutions and hosting services from one of its hosting centers. Using an intelligent network server, the solution will be capable of communicating flawlessly with the host network of Vodafone Italy.

Conad and Vodafone signed an agreement last August enabling the supermarket chain to enter the MVNO market within the first months of coming year. Conad will have its own brand, be the sole manager of its relationship with customers, have its own prefix number, and manage all commercial offers and customer care activities directly.

Nokia Siemens Networks will create and manage a complete Customer Relationship Management (CRM) service for tariff application and traffic management, and set up the necessary infrastructure to meet Conad’s requirements for innovative voice and data offerings.

Conad is among the top distribution cooperatives both by sales points (a total of 3,037 in Italy under the Conad, Margherita and Leclerc Conad brands) and by market share (12%). The chain has attracted around 4 million loyalty card holders, who make a potential target group for Conad’s MVNO services in Italy, where MVNO activity is now picking up.

“We are confident that the hosted online charging by Nokia Siemens Networks will enable us to offer high-quality services to our mobile customers once we start our service early next year,” says Mauro Bosio, President of Conad Insim, the company group managing the MVNO activity. “We are convinced that our footprint will allow us to create a strong customer base. Our customers will have the possibility to activate and top-up their accounts at our 3,000 sales points all over Italy.”

“The mobile virtual network operator sector is becoming increasingly interesting in Italy. The business is appealing to all involved parties: from network and service providers to MVNOs and host operators to consumers,” says Roberto Loiola, the head of South East Europe Sub region at Nokia Siemens Networks. ”By selecting our hosting service, Conad will be able to offer the new services quickly and cost-efficiently, while our charging solution will allow targeted tariff and calling plans that contribute to quality customer experience and thus increase average revenue per user.”

In a new report on tracking and navigation LBS (Location Based Services), Juniper Research has estimated that revenues from wireless tracking services in Western Europe are expected to reach nearly 3.3 billion euros by 2012. The study explains how this will driven by two key factors: the need to improve business efficiency and concerns over personal safety.

According to Juniper, the business sector provides the largest opportunity for tracking applications, but applications also exist in the consumer sector, e.g. for child tracking, pet tracking, "granny tracking," etc. The new report looks at two key areas within the location based services market; vehicle tracking and people tracking.

The report predicts that wireless connected vehicle tracking solutions will be regularly tracking over 15 million vehicles in Western Europe by 2012 and generating annual revenues approaching EUR 2.8 billion as a wide range of businesses adopt tracking solutions to monitor, schedule and route their vehicle fleets more effectively.

Report author, Bruce Gibson, commented, "Vehicle tracking solutions have been around for many years providing real business benefits in the transport and distribution industries. This is now set to spread to other industries as solution costs decrease and the awareness of the capabilities and potential business benefits of wireless tracking solutions grows -- driven in no small part by the high profile of consumer navigation solutions and the integration of navigation functionality in commercial tracking solutions."

The tracking of people through their mobile phones is also set to increase as concerns over personal security outweigh reservations over privacy and as the controlled use of personal location information becomes more accepted. The tracking of staff, particularly vulnerable workers, will be a strong initial driver in the business sector, but personal security applications in the private sector, such as child tracking are also gaining acceptance.

By 2012, Juniper Research estimates that there will be more phones being tracked on a regular basis in Western Europe than vehicles, with nearly 21 million phones being tracked. However the frequency of tracking will be far lower than in the vehicle sector, with many implementations only reporting when the subject strays from a geofenced area. This means that annual service revenues generated will be much lower than in the active vehicle tracking sector at just under EUR 500 million by 2012.

Juniper Research assessed the current and future status of the tracking and navigation market based on interviews, case studies and analysis from representatives of some of the leading organisations in the growing tracking and navigation industry.

Tjat, a specialist in seamless mobile messaging solutions, has today announced the launch on Vodafone Live! and a deal with Vodafone in the Czech Republic, to provide a hosted messaging portal that will enable mobile users with access to popular internet-based instant messaging, and in the future email, picture and video downloading, uploading and sharing on any device in real-time. After rigorous testing, Vodafone approved and endorsed Tjat's solution, enabling Tjat to approach any of the Vodafone group operators and partner companies within the Live Portal. 

Vodafone Czech began testing Tjat's solutions in April 2007, implementing Tjat's services into their internal portal ‘Yourmode'. This was such a huge success that Vodafone Czech integrated Tjat into the Global Vodafone portal - Vodafone Live! And at the end of November 2007 offered the service to Czech subscribers.

"The partnership with Tjat has shown immediate benefits with 0 - 7,500 unique users (hits) within the first week with over 7.2 giga bites of data traffic, said David Duron, Consumer Marketing Director at Vodafone Czech Republic. The usage stats are phenomenal and far exceed Vodafone's expectations. Tjat and Vodafone are working together to give users connection to any Mobile messaging service, ultimately delivering a richer experience to customers. By enabling our customers to access IM and other messaging services we are expanding our customers' ability to take advantage of communication choices without the need to download software or upgrade handsets."

Vodafone is set to see a vast increase in mobile data usage as Tjat's browser-based service bridges the gap between the mobile and PC based Internet world by offering access to online Instant Messaging accounts like Yahoo, ICQ and MSN - with communities in excess of 300 million users. As a secure ‘client-less' solution it is easy to implement. The benefits include the unique ability to set the service up in the users' native language and the service supports all handsets on any network.

"Mobile Operators will see a dramatic increase in data traffic. Users gain instant access in their native language, on their existing handset and network," said Mr. Gideon Drori, CEO of Tjat.

Accuris Networks, a specialist in fixed-mobile convergence and telecoms software, has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with HelloSoft, the provider of VoIP technologies for wireline and wireless devices. The agreement enables Accuris Networks to support the use of consumer and enterprise smartphone handsets on its AccuROAM FMC platform.

Accuris Networks' approach to Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) - GSM to WiFi roaming is based on proven roaming principles.  AccuROAM preserves the user identity and experience including voice, data, SMS and all supplementary services, while roaming seamlessly between GSM and WiFi.

Commenting on the partnership, Aidan Dillon CEO of Accuris Networks stated: "I believe 2008 to be a defining year for Mobile Operators as it marks the much-anticipated arrival of dual mode Cellular / WiFi handsets. These handsets will play a significant part in making FMC a reality and will enable mobile operators to offer their business and consumer subscribers an all service proposition accessible over IP and cellular networks. It is critical for operators that at the heart of their FMC offering they use a reliable and intuitive handset client, and they deploy a proven, robust platform that supports true roaming between GSM and WiFi.  With Accuris Networks and HelloSoft the operator will be choosing the optimum FMC solution available on the market today." 

According to Ron Victor, HelloSoft's General Manager of Marketing and Business Development: "At HelloSoft, we look to work with best-of-breed partners, to deliver complete, compelling solutions to the converged market.  We are delighted with the successful interoperability testing with Accuris Networks AccuROAM platform and we look forward to working with them and their operator customers to provide new revenue generating FMC propositions to the market."