Truphone, the UK-based mobile Internet network operator, is broadening international public Wi-Fi access for its customers and automating the Wi-Fi login process at these global locations through a new agreement with Quiconnect. This will build on and augment existing public Wi-Fi access already established by Truphone while making it far simpler and faster for its customers to make mobile VoIP calls in public places, both in the UK or abroad. 

Truphone uses the Internet to deliver voice calls for customers without requiring a separate handset to be used,  as calls can be made on mass market Nokia mobile phones. Just like Skype did with PC-based VoIP calling, Truphone is making mobile VoIP a reality today worldwide. Using open source and standards-based software, Truphone calls are routed over Wi-Fi using SIP and RTP. 

According to analysts, ON World Inc, the mobile VoIP market will see staggering growth with 70.6 million consumer cell-VoIP users expected by 2011, up from 480,000 last year. 

Truphone will licence Quiconnect's Connector software, embedding it into its own solution, so that customers' handsets will automatically be authenticated at public Wi-Fi locations when in range. This means the cumbersome process of inputting login details prior to making calls is avoided as all the credentials and various scripts required for a customer to log onto a network are already preloaded.  Truphone customers can therefore be completely focused on what they really want to do and that is to make telephone calls rather than worrying about access and log in.  

As part of the agreement, Quiconnect will create a virtual Wi-Fi network for Truphone so that customers can access the Truphone service from public Wi-Fi hotspots across the world, including the most important, high traffic locations such as hotels, airports, conference centres, coffee shops and train stations. 

Since active interconnections commenced in 2001, Quiconnect has built extensive virtual public Wi-Fi networks for its customers establishing numerous agreements with the world's leading telecoms companies and network operators and connecting them to its platform.  This includes BT, Sprint Nextel, SFR, VSNL, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, various Chinese operators along with numerous network operators globally. 

Over the next 12 months, Quiconnect will be establishing multiple relationships for Truphone with a number of companies, focused on the USA and Europe initially, so that customers travelling abroad can avoid paying GSM roaming charges by making and receiving low cost VoIP calls (where legal) on their mobiles.  Quiconnect is also providing all the necessary financial and clearing house intermediary services to facilitate this. 

Luke Vinogradov, Quiconnect's senior marketing manager, new products, says, "For the first time, we will be adding presence capabilities and creating arrangements with local Wi-Fi operators whereby Truphone customers don't need to have local subscriptions with operators to access their networks.  Presence capabilities means customers will be automatically logged in at Wi-Fi locations but will only pay once a mobile VoIP call is made just like in the GSM world.  This is fundamentally different from current Wi-Fi pricing models, where you start paying when you connect to a hotspot. We expect this new approach to pricing to make mobile VoIP usage explode."

James Tagg, Truphone's founder and CEO, says "Quiconnect does two important things for Truphone: it makes thousands of public Wi-Fi locations worldwide accessible and makes it easy to connect to them. Our customers can now just take their phones out in these public locations and make Truphone calls without even thinking about it."

Truphone selected Quiconnect as its public Wi-Fi integration partner because of its extensive wireless broadband industry expertise, new approaches to support innovative Wi-Fi pricing models, the broad relationships established with service providers and network operators, as well as technologies developed like Connector software.

Ali Khan, Truphone's director of business development says, "Going to each and every network vendor or service provider to establish agreements would be hugely time consuming.  Working with Quiconnect centralises all this and capitalises on what they have already done. This means rapid network creation for us so that users can get pervasive access, plus clearly an opportunity for local Wi-Fi providers to increase revenue from their infrastructure by capitalising on the interest in mobile VoIP."

Truphone is the first company to take advantage of Quiconnect's new range of solutions for application providers to make its services available over wireless broadband.  This includes connectivity tools for automated login of mobile devices on commercial Wi-Fi hotspots (Connector software); network integration and management services to connect large networks spanning multiple operators and geographies; and data and financial clearing services which provide flexible charging models based on the device used and application.

Nokia Siemens Networks Italy has signed a contract for the transfer of the manufacturing functions of its Cassina de' Pecchi and Marcianise facilities to Jabil Circuit Italy, upon completion of the legal asset transfer procedure. Having received European Union (EU) antitrust authorities approval, the agreement will be effective presumably on November 1st; at the same time, the two companies also signed a long term manufacturing agreement.

The Marcianise site employs 336 and its main manufacturing lines are GSM and Edge Radio Access, while the Cassina site employs 276 and manufactures microwave devices for wireline and wireless networks.

Jabil, a global electronic solutions company will take over the management of the two manufacturing units whose activity will continue on the same sites for which Jabil has signed a lease agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks. Jabil is currently a manufacturing partner of the parent companies of Nokia Siemens Networks and will utilize all its manufacturing sites for production of the telecommunication products.

"The signature of this agreement confirms a long-term partnership which will offer Nokia Siemens Networks the opportunity to compete in the highly complex and competitive telecommunication market and optimize overall manufacturing capabilities in a time when global competition results in intense cost pressure," said Herbert Merz, Head of Operations at Nokia Siemens Networks. "Moreover, we are also able to preserve the whole value chain in Italy, securing important high-tech manufacturing jobs while achieving flexibility for our future development."

"We are delighted to become a preferred supplier to Nokia Siemens Networks and hope to build on this relationship in the years to come," said Maurice Dunlop, Vice President, Global Business Units. "We have enjoyed a long and successful presence in Italy. We believe this agreement strengthens our position in Italy and enhances our global standing as a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure hardware."

21Net, a UK company specialising in broadband Internet access on board high speed trains, has been selected by the Trans European high-speed train operator Thalys to deliver the 'first ever' true broadband Internet access to passengers travelling between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne.

21Net has been selected by Thalys as part of a consortium lead by Nokia Siemens Networks. The consortium will combine satellite, mobile phone technologies (GPRS and UMTS) with wireless networks similar to Wi-Fi Hotspots to provide a continuous Internet connection on board trains travelling at the speed of 300 km/h. The service is expected to be in full operation by 2008.

Initially sponsored by the European Space Agency, Cambridge-based 21Net has worked with leading railway operators such as RENFE (Spain), SNCF (France) and Thalys to develop a "Broadband To Trains" system that is robust and technically mature and applies to all railway standards.

"Our successful trial in 2005 with Thalys put us on the road to where we are today, with our first commercial deployment on their trains," said Henry Hyde-Thomson, Chairman of 21Net."We are all the more pleased to have been selected by Thalys, as it represents an important step towards more high-speed trains benefiting from the opportunity to provide a quality Internet service to their customers".

The 21Net system combines low-profile tracking antennas on the train with two-way "Ku-band" satellite transmission to deliver high bandwidth (2Mbit/s by 512kbit/s) connectivity to a master server on the train.

This unique system puts 21Net in an entirely different class to existing competitor systems, which rely on narrowband (56kbit/s) GPRS connections which are then shared between the simultaneous users on the train.

This high bandwidth can be shared by simultaneous users. On the train, WiFi (wireless LAN) connections are used between the master server and customers with WiFi enabled laptops and PDAs.

Already, 21Net is preparing its next generation of lower profile antennas, using jet fighter technology for maximum strength and even lower profile. "This continuous technological leadership will ensure that our broadband-to-trains service can be implemented cost-effectively by all railway operators, including those travelling across difficult geographies or under low-gauge tunnels like the Channel tunnel", said Jean-François de Lantsheere, CEO of 21Net.

Fast Search & Transfer, the provider of search technologies, has announced that MTS, Russia's largest mobile operator, has launched the first and only operator-branded, Russian language mobile search solution using FAST Active Mobile. Based on the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP), FAST technologies has enabled MTS to create its own mobile search portal to meet the unique needs of the Russian market. The enhanced portal has resulted in a substantial boost in traffic and a 60 percent increase in queries (searches), leading to increased download of digital content in the first three months.

Designed with the unique needs of the mobile subscriber in mind, the MTS mobile search solution takes advantage of FAST Active Mobile's proven search capabilities to provide a superior user experience.  The solution delivers highly relevant results in a format appropriate for the user's device, improving ease of use and customer satisfaction. This not only helps to reduce churn and increase revenues, it gives MTS a distinct competitive advantage, as well as allowing them to explore the new business opportunities that the mobile web provides.

"The FAST-powered MTS mobile search solution enables us to deliver on our commitment to innovative the mobile experience," said Pavel Roytberg, director of products and services department, MTS. "We wanted to leverage FAST's expertise to build our own competitive advantage in mobile search that will be unmatched in the Russian market. MTS will continue to innovate on FAST's solution by introducing new search capabilities that will enable MTS to sit at the center of the user's digital lifestyle."

MTS will also be offering an entirely unique collection of WAP sites with its own search relevance and ranking rules.  This will allow for boosting of specific Russian content for certain searches and creation of unique drill-down capabilities that are missing from standard third-party search engines. The MTS strategy and FAST search technology is designed to facilitate rapid launch of new business models around social networks and user-generated content by creating a platform for the search, storage and retrieval of all forms of digital content (e.g. ringtones, games, pictures, videos, real music, blogs, etc).

"FAST's heritage is to work with industry visionaries to design the most innovative search solutions in specific markets, and it is particularly exciting to have such a central role in this new and booming trend of establishing best practices for digital content on the mobile device," said Bjørn Olstad, CTO of FAST. "MTS has shown a keen understanding of search's ability to deliver significant strategic and financial benefits, and we are looking forward to expanding the features of the existing the portal. We have worked with mobile search solutions for almost 10 years and are excited to see our customers now being able to fully leverage our capabilities."

With mobile adoption rates higher than PC rates in most markets, the mobile phone is well on its way to becoming the dominant global Internet platform. The race is on to deliver value-added services to the mobile subscriber that will attract and retain them. Leading mobile operators understand that by distributing and monetizing digital content, they can drive new advertising models and enhance customer interaction.

Wayfinder has announced that a pre-installed free map application and voice guiding Wayfinder Navigator upgrade will be available for the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet.

The pre-installed free map application means that N810 users get a quick and handy pocket map where one can position oneself on the map and see the direction and distance to any chosen location. Users can even browse detailed street maps and search for locations like addresses, Wi-Fi hot-spots and points of interests (POI's) and take advantage of associated web links and dynamic information. The map application includes access to free of charge world-wide maps - available and downloadable directly to the Nokia device.

User-friendly functionality is a feature of Wayfinder Navigator where on top of the map application, users also benefit from voice guided turn-by-turn navigation. Available in 15 languages, with two native speakers per language, Wayfinder Navigator has routing capabilities ensuring fast and reliable route calculation giving precise directions on the fastest or shortest way to travel. Users can also choose between car, pedestrian & bicycle routing modes and do route planning without GPS. Additional on-line services, subject to local availability, include real-time traffic information and safety camera updates.

Wayfinder also offers an extended 7 day trial period of the fully featured Wayfinder Navigator, allowing users to test the usability and benefit of the service over an extended weekend or business trip. The premium service is available for direct credit card purchase via the Internet, directly from the device.

"With its large widescreen touch display, full qwerty key board, integrated GPS and extremely fast Internet connectivity, the Nokia N810 is the top purchase for people seeking voice guided GPS navigation and versatile GPS maps. By combining our award-winning Wayfinder Navigator with this innovative device, we can offer a hard-to-match user experience that can compete with any navigation system on the market" says Magnus Nilsson, CEO, Wayfinder Systems.

"Customer feedback about navigation kits for the Nokia 770 and N800 devices has been very positive. Now we wanted to offer even more with the new Nokia N810 by introducing a map application available for our users and offer navigation as a hassle free premium service directly from the device" said Ari Virtanen, Vice President of Convergence Products, Multimedia, Nokia. "The N810 and the map application now take Internet enhanced mapping to the next level thanks to integrated GPS in the device and the Wayfinder solutions know-how, " he continues.

Currently available coverage for the map application and Wayfinder Navigator includes maps with street names and house numbers for North America, Europe, Russia, Australia, Singapore, South Africa and the Middle East.

Vyke Communications has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Vyke AS, has signed a global agreement with Nokia Corporation to distribute Vyke's mobile Voice over Internet Protocol service, Mobile IP.

Under the terms of the agreement, Vyke has licensed Nokia to distribute the mobile handset software component of the Vyke Mobile IP service. New users acquired via the Nokia on-device content portal 'Download!' will automatically be directed to Vyke's end user communications portal, and have accounts created simply within the Vyke system.

Nokia and Vyke have identified selected European markets for the initial launch of the distribution channel made available under this agreement.

New users signing up for Vyke's Mobile IP service via Nokia Download! will be awarded $1 of free Vyke calling credit. As calling North America and Western European fixed lines is only charged at ¢4 per call (~2p) with no per minute charges, Vyke's introductory offer potentially provides tens of hours of free international calling from the mobile phone.

Tommy Jensen, Executive Chairman of Vyke stated that: "This agreement is a fantastic step forward for Vyke and its shareholders as it provides a significant new distribution channel. Elements of Vyke's Mobile IP service were originally developed in co-operation with Forum Nokia PRO and we are very pleased to expand upon that relationship through this distribution agreement."

Handmark, a specialist in mobile media, announced today a new version of its Pocket Express mobile service. Pocket Express was developed by Handmark in native Symbian C++ specifically for S60 Third Edition on Symbian OS, and will be featured on Nokia E-series and N-series handsets.

Created in the UK, the all-new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS offers free mobile access to a powerful handset client, featuring essential BBC news, global weather and minute-by-minute score reports for UK and European footballer fans from STATS.

A suite of premium services is also provided in this new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS, including updates from global financial markets, flight status for more than 75,000 international destinations from over 3,500 airports, cinema show times throughout the UK, and fast access to the authoritative New Oxford Dictionary of English and companion Oxford Thesaurus. Pocket Express combines these services with the world's first mobile live personal assistant, MobileCierge. With one tap, customers can speak to a live assistant who can help solve almost any personal, travel, medical, or emergency-related request anywhere in the world.

"Pocket Express is an essential and trusted source of information and services for mobile professionals, and we're pleased to bring the service to an even larger audience of Symbian smartphone users," said Douglas Edwards, Handmark co-founder and chief marketing officer. "Pocket Express for Symbian OS represents the latest development in our strategy to bring Pocket Express to mobile professionals around the world."

"Symbian smartphones provide users with the most powerful applications and services that help them stay connected and manage their busy lives - all part of the emerging smartphone lifestyle," said Jerry Panagrossi, vice president, U.S. operations, Symbian.

"This new release of Pocket Express for Symbian OS delivers a wealth of benefits to harried business professionals who rely on Symbian smartphones for a growing list of everyday needs."

The complete Elite Edition of the service is available for a one-time annual payment of £70 GBP or for £7 per month. A free version of the new Symbian Pocket Express is also available.

There is significant enthusiasm for mobile banking services among consumers worldwide, according to research released by Sybase 365, a subsidiary of Sybase, the specialist in messaging interoperability and mobile content delivery.  Surveys conducted in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions are said to have shown a burgeoning demand for mobile banking among users, though this is tempered by concerns about security and lack of awareness.

Europe appears most eager to take advantage of mobile banking, with 61 percent of mobile users interested in mobile services if offered by their bank.  This compares to 40 percent in Asia-Pacific, and 37 percent of those surveyed in the Americas (including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the US), who would like to be able to interact with their bank via a mobile device.  In fact, in each of the regions surveyed, more than a quarter of respondents would consider switching banks if an alternative provider offered them free mobile banking.

While the study points to a strong interest in mobile banking, it also reveals that mobile banking is still in its infancy around the globe.  As would be expected, the service is almost twice as prevalent in Asia-Pacific, with 15.4 percent of those surveyed in the region reporting to have used a mobile phone to check their bank balance in the prior three months.  This compares to just 8.7 percent in the Americas and 7 percent in Europe, which shows there is a disparity between the demand for mobile banking services and the availability of services. 

Underlying the worldwide enthusiasm for mobile banking is a trend that has been coined by the survey as ‘nano-economics,' or a near obsession by consumers with managing their finances to the cent and by the minute.  In both the United States and Europe, 40 percent of those surveyed claim to know exactly how much money they have in their bank account at all times and 41 percent check bank balances on a daily basis.  Mobile banking services cater to this trend, offering the option to check account balances, transfer funds, and make payments or validate transactions, among other capabilities.

Mobile banking is an opportunity for banks to offer a value-added service as an incentive for new customer acquisition and customer retention, and promotion of mobile banking services will have a direct impact on consumer adoption of the technology.  Of concern, nearly half (49 percent) of European respondents did not know if their bank offered mobile banking services, and that figure grew to more than half in Asia-Pacific (51 percent) and the Americas (56 percent).  It seems as if financial organizations are missing an opportunity by not promoting mobile banking services in an effective manner, which - given the high levels of interest among non-users - could become a lost opportunity.

Security is often seen as another barrier to the adoption of mobile banking, with 47 percent of respondents in Asia-Pacific and 44 percent in the Americas citing security as a concern.  European consumers show the least concern over the security of mobile banking, with only 25 percent of respondents citing it as a reason for not using mobile banking services.

"Consumer adoption of mobile services is positioned for rapid growth once financial institutions realize the perceived value and hidden demand for these services," said Raj Nathan, CMO, Sybase.  "Banks need to more actively promote mobile banking services by highlighting the benefits to their customers.  As demonstrated in this survey, there are a number of consumers likely to welcome another tool to support their financial fastidiousness in a more immediate and flexible manner than the Internet can afford."

InnoPath Software, the specialist in Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions, has entered into an OEM agreement with O3SIS of Cologne, Germany, to bring to market a complete Integrated Mobile Device Management (iMDM) based Backup & Restore solution. 

As operators migrate from early MDM deployments focused on firmware-over-the-air (FOTA) and configuration management, to a focus on enabling new revenue generating applications, the ability to provide end-to-end lifecycle security management through the iMDM platform is a key requirement for services that include Lock & Wipe, Backup & Restore, and Anti-Virus/Firewall. 

"The MDM platform plays a critical role in lifecycle customer management," said David Ginsburg, VP of Marketing and Product Management at InnoPath.  "The Backup & Restore solution rounds out a comprehensive security solution based on our industry-leading iMDM Server Suite."

A leader in the Backup & Restore space, O3SIS serves more than twenty implementations in production with leading operators including Vodafone, T-Mobile, O2 and many others. By partnering with O3SIS, InnoPath is able to offer consumer and enterprise customers of operators the Backup & Restore capability as another advantage of its iMDM suite.  This results in security of data storage, reduced churn and minimized revenue loss when devices are lost, stolen, or upgraded, and convenience through a remote over-the-air approach.

"Mobile Backup & Restore provides peace of mind for the end-customers of mobile operators and builds on the importance to drive additional revenue-generating voice, messaging and data applications" said Bernd Rützel, Chief Sales Officer at O3SIS.

By enhancing InnoPath's iMDM Lock & Wipe capabilities with Backup & Restore, a lost or stolen device can be locked and secured in an instant, or wiped clean altogether with the ability to restore and retrieve data at another point in time if the phone is found or the subscriber buys a replacement.  This ability also ensures that if the device falls into the wrong hands, it's nothing more than a brick.

PixSense, a specialist in mobile multimedia management, has announced Version 2.0 of its PSP Platform for Symbian smartphones. PSP Platform 2.0 enhances usability for mobile users to easily create and build media communities on the go. New features for Symbian smartphone users also include an updated interface, new organizational capabilities such as direct web publishing to third-party sites, synchronization between web and mobile, mobile-to-mobile share and a new service tab for media shared by friends and family.

PSP Platform 2.0 direct web publishing allows user-generated content to be posted straight to the web, extending online social networking from the PC to the handset.  Streamlining media management across the phone and computer, the same easy-to-use experience is now seamless between the mobile handset and the website. PSP 2.0 also includes updated gallery functions on the phone for photo editing - such as rotating, zooming and including tags, comments or captions - before posting to a social network or saving to a

Symbian smartphone users now benefit from mobile-to-mobile share, which allows for media sharing with other mobile subscribers regardless of network or location.  Between two PixSense platform users, shared collections automatically upload into a gallery tab labeled "friends," where media is auto-organized with smart categorizing according to event. For example, all photos taken October 16 in London will remain grouped in the same collection. For non-PSP Platform users, collections will arrive on the phone through a link to the online gallery.

"The 2.0 availability of PixSense's PSP for Symbian smartphones adds a new level of interactivity and true-usability to mobile media," said Faraz Hoodbhoy, CTO of PixSense. "We're excited about extending subscribers' reach to social networking services and increasing the usability and utility of their handsets. The value proposition for subscribers is simple: stay mobile while reaping the benefits of PC-based media distribution."

The PSP Platform 2.0 automatically synchronizes between the online gallery and phone gallery, so media is always consistent between the mobile and computer.  From the handset, users can browse online galleries and click on specific photos or videos for a full screen download. To encourage safe user sharing, PSP Platform 2.0 includes a tool for carriers to block offensive materials.

PixSense bridges the gaps between advanced camera phone capabilities and consumer underutilization of these features. Its multimedia and persona management solutions incorporate advanced, patent-pending media compression technology, which significantly reduces file size of photos and videos by up to 90 percent and optimizes network transmission with no loss in media quality.

Red Five Labs, a mobile technology company, is to announce the beta release of Net60, its implementation of the .NET Compact Framework running on S60 3rd edition devices.  Net60 enables managed Windows Mobile applications to run unchanged on S60 devices.

Using C# and Visual Basic .NET in Visual Studio, developers can now use the .NET Compact Framework environment to build applications for Symbian devices.  The beta release is intended for System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are interested in exploring the possibilities of Net60 ahead of the commercial release.

Accuris Networks, a specialist in Fixed Mobile Convergence, and TNO Information and Communication Technology in the Netherlands, have announced 'the world's first' independent Voice Call Continuity showcase.  The showcase, which is based on Accuris's AccuROAM FMC platform is said to show that mobile operators can realise IMS compliant applications without investing in a full IMS core.

The 3GPP has defined the Voice Call Continuity (VCC) specifications in order to describe how a voice call can be continued, as a mobile phone moves between circuit switched and packet switched radio domains. Mobile operators are interested in this technology in order to create service bundles as they enter the DSL market and also to gain enterprise market share through fixed mobile substitution. Allowing enterprise users to carry voice traffic over office premises WiFi and then seamlessly handing calls over to cellular networks as WiFi radio quality degrades, provides for mobile operator ARPU increases while offering significant cost savings to SMEs and SoHo subscribers.

Given the definition of VCC as an IMS application, many mobile operators are currently evaluating this technology as part of the same projects as IMS core considerations. However, IMS-compliant solution architectures can be realised by mobile operators without investing in a full IMS core. This proposition has now been validated within the IMS showcase environment in TNO's experience center. Accuris Networks has integrated the market-leading AccuROAM VCC implementation to OpenIMS infrastructure at the TNO site and is now demonstrating a comprehensive set of carrier grade VCC features there. In fact, this implementation extends beyond basic voice functionality to also persist Supplementary Services and Messaging features across both cellular and WiFi domains. The entire mobile telephony user experience is then preserved for subscribers with dual mode handsets, attaching to WiFi access points.

Aidan Dillon, CEO at Accuris Networks said "We are delighted to be working with TNO in relation to this VCC showcase. The extensive test and demonstration equipment that they retain, along with their rapid realisation of a VCC solution that includes a range of third party components, highlights their unrivalled competencies in this space. We look forward to jointly welcoming many interested parties with TNO, to observe and evaluate the VCC showcase in their IMS experience centre ".

Toon Norp, TNO's business consultant for IMS remarked "At TNO our approach to innovation is integrated and practical, we have taken a VCC solution AccuROAM from Accuris Networks and demonstrated it in an IMS environment to prove that mobile operators can realise IMS compliant solution architectures by combining different components from individual best-of-breed players.  We look forward to demonstrating and sharing our findings with interested parties".

CBOSS has successfully integrated the billing systems of Yeniseytelecom and STeK GSM in Russia.

The integration was performed in line with the business development strategy of Yeniseytelecom and involved the unification of different currencies used by the telecoms' billing systems. The complex project also featured various services including technological consulting, business process reengineering, system integration, etc.

The centralization of Yeniseytelecom's billing on a single platform brings down hardware maintenance costs and drives more efficient use of resources to launch new services and install updates. Another benefit of the integration is the normalization of the companies' reporting and accounting, which improves business manageability and provides better informed decision-making based on higher data availability. Moreover, the centralization allows the service provider to prepare and simultaneously launch unified offerings for all subscribers served in its networks.

The migration to Yeniseytelecom's billing has not affected STeK GSM's operation and services. Today, the unified platform successfully supports all tariffs and business processes of both  companies.

Adding to the migration of data and setting of the postpaid billing and customer care system CBOSSbcc, the core of the solution, CBOSS specialists also changed configurations of CBOSS' value-added services including the Internet customer service CBOSSics, automated customer care system CBOSSacc, etc.

"In record time, CBOSS has transferred more than 90 000 customer accounts to our billing system," said Vladimir Kostjuk, IT Director at Yeniseytelecom. "We appreciate the high quality of provided services and hope that it will remain on the same level".

CBOSS has unique, time-tested expertise in data migration from various billing systems without business operation interruption and taking into account existing technological processes, which guarantees transferred data integrity, uninterruptible service provisioning, and minimum modifications to the legacy business processes.

Jasper Wireless, the licensed global machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile operator, has today announced cellular M2M service availability in Europe. By converging wireless technologies and on-demand Internet applications, Jasper Wireless is said to be introducing the 'first and only' service platform for connecting and managing machines around the world.

Jasper Wireless' service offering allows the company to deliver next-generation M2M communications and management that can be applied to numerous industries, including transportation, security, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare and retail.

"For global OEMs, the promise of connecting machines lies in new business models that increase revenues and profits," said Jahangir Mohammed, chief executive officer of Jasper Wireless. "But the new M2M era depends on both connecting machines and managing them globally. Jasper Wireless spent years meticulously studying the needs of the global M2M businesses and building a solid foundation with our technology, our team, and our partners. We are ready for the new M2M era."

Jasper Wireless is an operator member of the GSM Association and has built its network and service to offer capabilities said to be previously unavailable in the M2M market.