Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services, today announced availability and operational deployment of Comverse MMS A2P Expeditor, a dedicated high-capacity delivery solution for high-volume application-to-person (A2P) multimedia messaging services (MMS).

Multimedia applications generate heavy traffic through the mass distribution of content and messages. Through its specialized architecture and robust scalable design, the highly efficient processing and delivery capabilities of Comverse MMS A2P Expeditor enables heavy A2P traffic loads to be properly handled and safely delivered in an optimized manner. Time-sensitive content is expedited to a large number of subscribers at once, taking care of the heavy volume, traffic bursts and event-based peaks associated with mass MMS push applications.

Already deployed and operational, Comverse MMS A2P Expeditor can be installed in the service provider network as a standalone A2P MMS solution, or smoothly integrated side-by-side with an existing third-party lower-capacity MMSC. It can also be upgraded at a later stage to a high-capacity Comverse MMSC handling both A2P and P2P (person-to-person) messaging, thus maximizing customers' investment protection and extending the benefits of superior content handling capabilities to all subscribers.

"Application-generated multimedia messaging differentiates the operator, introduces subscribers to the world of MMS, encourages MMS usage, and is designed to generate revenues with compelling services such as breaking news and alerts in sports, finance, traffic and politics, as well as marketing, promotions and games," said Amit Mattatia, VP and General Manager of the MMS Division at Comverse. "Drawing from our expertise in building the high-capacity Comverse MMSC, we have introduced Comverse MMS A2P Expeditor as a cost-effective way for operators to leverage their existing equipment while deriving full advantage from new and highly attractive application-to-person multimedia services."

Siemens selects Ubiquity’s SIP Application Server for developing multimedia services

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The Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (Siemens mobile) and Ubiquity have announced a strategic partnership for the integration of the Ubiquity SIP Application Server (Session Initiation Protocol) into IMS@vantage, Siemens’ IP (Internet Protocol) Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). IMS is a platform that may be used by operators to quickly develop and deploy multimedia services for 2.5G and 3G mobile networks. With Ubiquity’s application server, Siemens is now able to offer operators and open application manufacturers (OAMs) a software environment for designing multimedia and telephony services on the basis of SIP, the standard for networks of the future. Several mobile communication operators are already testing Siemens’ first services based on the SIP Application Server and IMS@vantage, such as Push-to-Talk-over-Cellular (PoC), infotainment and telephone conferencing.


"The partnership between Siemens mobile and Ubiquity promises great synergies as a good illustration of telco vendors leveraging standards-based approaches to bring new services to operators," said Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst at Current Analysis. "At the end of the day, it’s about increasing average revenue per user (ARPU) by deriving new revenue streams from value-added services. This end-to-end solution from Siemens mobile and Ubiquity for 2.5G and 3G networks helps operators lay a foundation for high-quality data services."

IMS is the new standardized multimedia switching technology for packet-oriented networks and various access technologies, such as UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, and W-LAN.  The benefits for the user: Voice and data can be transmitted over the air simultaneously and in any combination. For example, a user can start a game during a mobile phone call and talk about it with the person they are calling. "We believe that the SIP standard will play a major role for transporting real-time multimedia service content in the IMS on 2.5G and 3G networks," explained Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks at Siemens mobile. "Ubiquity’s SIP Application Server meets our needs for an open environment for developing standards-based applications and fits seamlessly into IMS@vantage."

The Ubiquity SIP Application server opens up a series of value-added services, for example interactive Voice-over-IP applications like PoC, infotainment, conference calls and information whether subscribers are on or off the network. This software environment helps mobile network operators develop voice and data services quickly and cost-effectively and bring them to market early.

"We are proud of the critical role our technology is playing in Siemens IMS@vantage," said Ian McLaren, President and Chief Executive Officer at Ubiquity. "We look forward to providing the technology that will continue to shape today’s mobile networks, enabling mobile operators to enjoy a best-of-breed solution that couples Siemens mobile’s comprehensive portfolio for 3G and IP based networks with Ubiquity’s leading-edge programmable application creation environment."

NetTest, a leading worldwide provider of testing, monitoring and management solutions for advanced and converged networks, has announced that Golden Telecom in Ukraine has awarded a contract to NetTest for the delivery of a nationwide MasterQuest network and service monitoring system.

With focus on optimisation of network and service performance, the MasterQuest system will empower Golden Telecom with efficient monitoring of the call quality experienced by its subscribers. Powerful Key Performance Indicators support early identification of potential performance problems, and advanced troubleshooting applications will help Golden Telecom pinpointing and isolating error sources in its own network and in traffic connections to other operators' networks.

"High quality of service and efficient network performance monitoring is critical to our success in the rapidly expanding telecommunications market in Ukraine" says Yuri Chujkov, director of business development, Golden Telecom. "Advanced fraud detection applications in the MasterQuest system from NetTest will also help us protect our revenue stream and profitability.

"Our mission is to help our customers optimising their network and making them more profitable" says Jørgen Weber, vice president and head of the Systems Business Unit at NetTest. "We are proud to enter into this partnership with Golden Telecom, which demonstrates our successful strategy and focus on our customers' business performance".

Rapid deployment is under way in close co-operation with Golden Telecom, and the MasterQuest system will include applications for monitoring of both the fixed and the mobile network of Golden Telecom.

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• Single Solution Drives Wireless Data Across Virtually All Customer Segments
• Optimizes Customer Experience While Increasing ARPU For Wireless Operators

Intellisync Corporation, a leading provider of synchronisation and mobilisation software formerly known as Pumatech, today announced Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators. Featuring the same robust functionality found in Intellisync's award-winning enterprise suite of products, Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators offers a single solution for virtually all customer segments – mobile professionals, small- to medium-sized businesses and enterprises.

Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators offers true network-based push email and PIM synchronization, file access and security for a broad set of wireless devices including Microsoft Windows Mobile for Pocket PC and Smartphone, Palm OS, Symbian OS, and wireless tablet PCs or laptops. The solution is optimised for performance over a broad array of wireless network technologies including CDMA, GSM/GPRS, EV-DO, EDGE and WiFi networks.
Offered as a service by wireless operators, the software is available in several deployment models:
• Individual Monitor: For individual users, a small client on the user's PC monitors the email and PIM data in Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes and pushes the information to mobile devices. Different from a redirector, the PC Monitor acts as an agent to enable two-way synchronization of email and PIM data, as well as access to files.
• Workgroup Monitor: The same small client that monitors a single user's mailbox can monitor groups of users from any PC in the office. Individual users can now turn off their own PC or take their laptops with them and still have wireless email and PIM access - all without IT involvement. 
• Hosted Enterprise: Offers a server-based ASP model to extend corporate email and PIM data to multiple device types via a trusted connection to groupware applications behind the firewall, such as Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino. Multiple companies can be served by a single hosted server and the included administrative controls.
• Hosted POP/IMAP: Provides significant email usability for individuals with POP or IMAP email accounts, including push, full over-the-air reconciliation, delete propagation and smart forwarding. With this solution, wireless operators can give small office/home office users with POP or IMAP email accounts the same numerous benefits of a full groupware server. This option can also be offered in conjunction with any of the other deployment models.
• Behind-the-firewall: Provides wireless operators the option to give control to their enterprise customers with a behind-the-firewall installation of the email, file or systems management servers. Custom authentication is available to ensure users are subscribers of a specific network, thereby adding services not previously available to enterprise clients.
In his report "How Mobile Operators in Europe Can Boost Profits", Nick Jones, vice president of Gartner, states, "Encouraging messaging not only brings in revenue from the data transfer, it also triggers follow-on voice calls. Profits will come from stimulating greater use of services, not from getting more customers."
Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators was designed to enable operators to increase average revenue per user (ARPU) for their services. In all deployment models, users are offered wireless access to both corporate and personal (POP/IMAP) email from their wireless devices. The email solution offers push sync of email with subfolders, calendar, meeting requests, contacts, notes, tasks, attachments, and global address list (GAL)/distribution lists when available. Files are available for viewing on devices and users are provided back-up and restore features. A single, consistent end-user client supports all users regardless of deployment model, making it easy for wireless operators to migrate individual users to enterprise-supported deployments. 
Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators can be integrated into wireless operator billing and provisioning systems, and offers custom authentication and branding options. 
"Our new Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators software provides carriers with a single solution for meeting the wireless data needs of potential customers - from mobile professionals to small- to medium-sized businesses to enterprises," explained Intellisync Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Clyde Foster. "With our product, we believe wireless operators get the best of both worlds - an easy-to-deploy solution that can increase adoption and usage of wireless data plans, while also providing their customers with up-to-the-minute email and PIM data plus easy file access."
Intellisync Mobile Suite for Wireless Operators complements the Company's full product line for wireless operators that also includes Intellisync SyncML Server, providing over-the-air synchronization of PIM data to SyncML-compliant devices, and Intellisync VPN, a solution that delivers wireless application enablement by allowing connectivity between mobile users and enterprises through a VPN switch in the operator network.

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TCS provides platform for multiple revenue-generating services

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc, a global leader in wireless data technology, today announced its latest Wireless Messaging Gateway (WMG) platform. The WMG allows carriers to easily deploy a variety of proven interoperable applications (e.g., Mobile Spam Block, 3GPortal, mmsHub, mmsMail, and smsExpress, which can be customized to meet specific requirements.

The WMG feature packs (e.g., 3G-multi-media messaging portal, Single Sign-On (SSO) capability, and thin client handset applications) are targeted at carriers interested in evolving messaging to 3G and offer a valuable group of modular, customizable, interoperable features on a highly available, geo-diverse application server platform. The WMG as an application server provides the cornerstone for building value-added service applications. "The feature pack hits the carrier sweet spot for sustaining revenue growth in the wireless data arena," says Tim Lorello, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for TCS.  "These applications are consistent with TCS’ vision of providing integrated messaging and location solutions that facilitate delivery of third party services to mixed handset technologies."

WMG application modules include:
Mobile Spam Block is the mobile industry’s leading anti-spam software with TCS serving approximately forty percent of the market among U.S. carriers.  Mobile Spam Block enhances the TCS messaging firewall. It provides the user with full control to prevent a wide variety of spam and to designate senders or messages as spam (black list) or safe (white list).  The user can control these settings from the web or their cell phone. Mobile Spam Block is complete with carrier and subscriber anti-spam, blocking, and message filtering.  A set of features prevents unwanted, unsolicited messages from being sent to mobile subscribers from the Internet, email server, or another mobile handset. The subscriber can choose which messages to see or block, and the carrier can set throttles to control the pace at which certain sources can send messages.

The 3GPortal using the WMG provides the subscriber with a centralized access point for website registration, authentication, self-provisioning and profile management, enabling a consistent user experience across disparate messaging types. The portal performs key message processing and provides an interactive subscriber screen that showcases the carrier’s products and services.  Seamless user authentication is enabled through the SSO application using a load-balanced web services architecture. Underlying HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) redirect technologies allow seamless login and authentication to third-party content providers. A Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)-based messaging Application Programming Interface (API) enables value-added service providers to exploit two-way messaging.  Secure user sessions are supported via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) transactions. 

The mmsHub is a 3G extension of the TCS WMG platform. It provides carriers with enhanced control and management of content. The tool includes robust protocol conversion and filtering rules as well as "store and forward" messaging routing. TCS’ mmsHub allows carriers to support, distribute, and convert the MMS messages entering its network and deliver the formatted message to the mobile device, email servers, roaming partner networks, and ISPs. The WMG supports SMS, EMS and MMS routing, which enables efficient, dynamic filtering and consistent message delivery to the carrier’s subscribers via a single messaging domain. 

 TCS’ mmsMail offers carrier-branded configurable outbound email templates to facilitate delivery of consistent multi-media content to all major email servers. TCS mmsMail drives 3G usage by enabling smooth two-way MMS messaging between mobile devices and email clients. TCS’ mmsMail performs core message processing and then applies configurable out-bound message templates to facilitate HyperText Markup Language (HTML) formatting of MMS messages routed to any e-mail server.

TCS’ smsExpress allows carriers to off-load bulk or mobile originated SMS traffic to the WMG platform to increase the surge capacity of existing Short Message Service Centers (SMSCs) to accommodate "bursts" of traffic.  smsExpress is a cost-effective solution that enables carriers to easily increase capacity and improve delivery success rates by reducing retry attempts commonly associated with overloaded systems. 

WMG is a modular, robust, and resilient multimedia-messaging gateway that enables subscribers to make reliable connections. The WMG forms the basis for messaging functions and applications and is technology and vendor neutral. The WMG’s best-in-class messaging architecture provides geographically distributed load balancing and true active/active geo-diverse databases. TCS’ WMG is currently deployed in fifty-two installations globally.

TCS will be demonstrating the WMG Applications during the Conference in Atlanta from March 22 through March 24, 2004 at the TCS booth # 1529 in Hall B2.

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Plazmic, a subsidiary of Research In Motion (RIM) today introduced the Plazmic Content Developer's Kit v.3.7 for the BlackBerry wireless platform. The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit will provide a suite of tools that allow content developers to easily create interactive and animated content to enhance applications for BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds. Demonstrations will be shown at the CTIA Wireless show in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center (RIM booth #3225).

"The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit for BlackBerry will provide developers with the ability to create rich and interactive graphics," said Julian Paas, Director, Content Planning at Plazmic. "With the Plazmic Content Developer's Kit, developers will be provided with the powerful tools needed for creating rich, browser-based content to enhance their applications for BlackBerry."

"RIM has based BlackBerry on open standards such as Java to enable developers to easily create additional applications that leverage the power of the BlackBerry wireless platform," said Mike Lazaridis, President and co-CEO, at Research In Motion. "With the Plazmic Content Developer's Kit, developers will have advanced tools that enable them to create rich content with optimized wireless performance."

The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit for BlackBerry will include a fully integrated content development environment and advanced simulation tools that significantly ease the content creation process for RIM's award-winning BlackBerry platform. Developers, graphic artists, and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) will be able to use this suite of tools to simplify the authoring of rich wireless content and web-based applications that leverage the high-resolution screens of color BlackBerry handhelds[SJH1].

The Plazmic Content Developer's Kit will generate content in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), the W3C XML-based standard for rich media content.

Solution provides advanced real-time charging capabilities for mobile data services

P-Cube Inc., the originator of programmable IP Service Control Platforms, announced that it has integrated its Encharge offering with the Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP) from Intec Telecom Systems to provide a converged and extensible real-time billing solution for mobile carriers.  P-Cube's Encharge in combination with Intec DCP offers mobile carriers the ability to deliver high-value mobile data services and content-based applications on all network types, including GSM/GPRS, CDMA, 1xRTT, UMTS and WLANs, further expanding mobile operators' service offerings and converging with their existing voice prepaid and postpaid billing systems.

P-Cube's Encharge enables mobile operators to do real-time analysis and control, and policy-based charging ensuring that carriers can not only block, redirect or shape traffic for new content-based services but also instantly create new services and billing profiles which accelerate revenue recognition. The solution permits prepaid and postpaid billing for entire suites of mobile applications.  Utilising P-Cube's patented and comprehensive Layer 7 deep packet inspection capability further enables carriers to identify any mobile service running across their transport including Push-to-Talk and Multi-media streaming offerings.

"P-Cube and Intec recognise that mobile operators that can quickly respond to business and customer demand for the latest content-based services will thrive in this competitive environment," said John Aalbers, director, next-generation solutions business at Intec Telecom Systems.  "There are two things that set the P-Cube and Intec solution apart from other solutions available to our customers today: the adherence to and promotion of B2B interface standards like Parlay and the ability of the joint solution to transparently and rapidly integrate into existing core networks without disruption."

P-Cube's programmable network element enhances wire-line and mobile networks with an application-aware service control point that enables the network to identify, classify, guarantee performance and charge for limitless content services.  Leveraging this exclusive wire-speed, stateful architecture operators can profitably deliver an array of data services customised to individual subscriber needs.

Aalbers added, "Providing OSS solutions to Tier One customers means teamwork. Fitting into the bigger picture without causing more problems than you solve is key. The work we have jointly performed to pre-integrate Encharge and Intec DCP reduces the risk and effort required to deploy a comprehensive, real-time network to BSS solution for next generation services."

The combined Intec and P-Cube solution utilises OSA Parlay over CORBA to ensure compliance with industry standards.  Intec's DCP provides a complete carrier-class solution for wireless services enabling service providers to deploy differentiated mobile data services.  P-Cube's Encharge supports over 600 protocols including: HTTP, POP3, SMTP, FTP, MMS, WAP, SIP and many peer-to-peer protocols and is fully extensible to incorporate new and emerging protocols.

"By establishing granular, application-level control within a network, flexible provisioning and transaction-based billing becomes possible," said Vikash Varma, president worldwide sales and field operations of P-Cube. "This is a vital function for the success of market-driven mobile services and is a key requirement for our joint customers."

The combined solution works in unison with existing infrastructure. Acting as an effective service control point, it enables operators to launch compelling services and more quickly deploy them to more users while simultaneously controlling access to services in real-time on a per-subscriber and per-service basis.  The offer minimises revenue leakage and generates accurate end-customer charging for content and mobile services in real-time.  This converged offering extends the functionality of existing prepaid and postpaid voice systems further leveraging infrastructure investments and reducing capital and operational expenditures.

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LG Electronics and Nokia today announced a licensing agreement for the Series 60 Platform. Series 60, licensed by Nokia to mobile device manufacturers, is a mobile device software platform for advanced smart phones optimized for the Symbian operating system (OS). LG Electronics joins as the newest member of the Series 60 licensee community that is made up of world-leading manufacturers, including Lenovo, Panasonic, Nokia, Samsung, Siemens and Sendo.

LG Electronics, a top provider of mobile devices, will license the Series 60 Platform as source code. The source code enables licensees to further develop and differentiate the software for Series 60-based products while maintaining the underlying application interoperability.
 
"We are anticipating the unique features and functionalities that the Series 60 Platform will bring to our product portfolio and look forward to working in the Series 60 community. Our target is to build ubiquitous mobile devices that will best serve our customers. Series 60 on top of the Symbian OS will provide us with a compatible platform for our smart phones throughout our CDMA, GSM/GPRS and WCDMA portfolio," said Yong E. Shin, Vice President, UMTS Handset Laboratory in LG Electronics.
 
"LG Electronics has an outstanding record of making appealing and advanced mobile devices for all major markets and network protocols," said Antti Vasara, Vice President, Technology Marketing and Sales, Nokia. "LG Electronics' decision to license the Series 60 Platform further strengthens the platform's position as the most competitive handset software on the market. We look forward to collaborating with LG Electronics in the Series 60 community," he continued.
 
The Series 60 Platform encompasses the software, user interface (UI) and applications necessary to create a smart phone. Optimized for the Symbian OS, the Series 60 Platform strives to enable significant creativity and differentiation by licensees. In addition, the common software platform ensures interoperability and application compatibility between the different licensees' smart phones.
 
The success of the Series 60 platform among its licensees has led to a large Series 60 device base and a diverse product portfolio. The licensees, together with operators and developers, drive innovation into the platform by exploiting their vast experience and expertise in the mobile communication industry. This relentless innovation enhances the competitiveness of the Series 60 Platform.

T-Mobile has simplified its public WLAN 'HotSpot' service, offering a standardised pricing structure across all five of its European markets.

WLAN users in the UK, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands can access the service more conveniently than ever, using the new 'HotSpot subscription' tariff, available from today, and the existing 'HotSpot Pass'.

In line with T-Mobile's strategy of simple, seamless communications, detailed at the 3GSM Congress in Cannes last month, customers across Europe can now pay for HotSpot services in 15-minute blocks, or in time bundles of 1, 3 or 24 hours. The new pricing structure provides simple, convenient access to HotSpot services for all users, whether at home or abroad.

WLAN roaming is now available across six T-Mobile markets, including the USA, with the HotSpot Subscription. Roaming with this tariff is seamless - there is no need to use a different username or password when travelling between participating markets.

Martin Witt, Executive Vice President WLAN at T-Mobile, commented: "HotSpot users across Europe can now access wireless, broadband internet services at attractive rates. Customers can surf the internet, browse their company intranet, or quickly read their e-mails, in more HotSpot locations than ever before."

Motorola Inc.'s Global Telecom Solution Sector (GTSS) today announced it has worked with TIM, the wireless arm of Telecom Italia Group, to provide an end to end WiFi solution. Motorola's WiFi system is part of the corporate wireless service portfolio which TIM offers to the enterprises throughout Italy.

Motorola was chosen by TIM to co-design, deploy and support a hybrid WiFi system for private as well as public WiFi users within the enterprise. The private network provides wireless Internet and intranet access to employees, while the public network gives wireless Internet access to visitors such as consultants, suppliers and customers. Users can benefit from broadband speed connectivity without the need for a wired connection.

The system proposed by Motorola was chosen by TIM as it could be easily integrated with TIM's existing user authentication solution (SIM Based Authentication). Motorola is also specifically responsible for providing the WiFi hardware and software and managing the installation, deployment and ongoing maintenance of the system at TIM's customer sites.

Margaret Rice-Jones, corporate vice president of Motorola Inc. and general manager, Motorola GTSS EMEA, said: "As enterprises demand more flexibility from their employees and partners, in turn the need for flexible connectivity within the enterprise becomes paramount. By working with TIM to offer both public and private WiFi systems within enterprises, Motorola is addressing this need and demonstrating its commitment to the EMEA market for all types of wireless infrastructure."

The system Motorola designed is divided into three areas: the radio network, which includes WiFi access points and cards; the core network, which includes routers and firewalls; and cabling, which will be provided by TIM.

T-Mobile will broaden choice of BlackBerry solutions for enterprise and individual use

T-Mobile International and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced plans to offer BlackBerry services on a broader range of devices later this year.  Support for both BlackBerry Enterprise Server and 'Instant E-Mail' with BlackBerry will be offered.

T-Mobile International and Research In Motion are working together to allow T-Mobile customers to use the push-based BlackBerry services to automatically deliver email and other data to and from a range of wireless devices.

With support for BlackBerry connectivity, users of MDA II, Sony Ericsson P900 and Nokia 6820 will benefit from the ease of information access and enhanced security capabilities that the BlackBerry platform provides, together with the T-Mobile service coverage and experience and all the existing functionality and features of the handsets.

"T-Mobile customers are extremely satisfied with the ease and simplicity of the BlackBerry services. We are now very pleased to extend these services by giving our customers a choice of which device to receive their email on while on the move," said Celia Francis, Executive Vice President Business Products & Services at T-Mobile.

"We are pleased to be working with T-Mobile to provide end-user customers with the BlackBerry experience on a range of wireless devices to suit individual needs and preferences," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Research In Motion. "Corporate customers and IT departments will be able to leverage their existing BlackBerry infrastructure and architecture while supporting greater device choice for their users. Individual consumers will enjoy the push-based experience and be able to integrate with their business or personal email accounts."

Through RIM's BlackBerry Connect licensing program, corporate customers will be able to connect to BlackBerry Enterprise Server through a number of leading handsets, using the same secure and reliable wireless architecture and infrastructure that has made BlackBerry such a success in the enterprise sector. Smaller businesses and individual consumers will be able to connect to their email accounts using BlackBerry Web Client services. BlackBerry integrates with a wide range of email systems, including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino and popular ISP-hosted services.

TCS announced as Lucent’s SMSC vendor of choice and reseller of Lucent platforms to support SMSC

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc, a global leader in wireless data technology, and Lucent Technologies have announced that they have signed an agreement which allows TCS to be one of a select group of companies authorized to resell Lucent’s Intelligent Network platforms. The Lucent platforms will be sold in conjunction with TCS’ Short Message Service Center (SMSC) Application, which was previously sold exclusively by Lucent under a 1996 agreement with TCS. In addition, Lucent will promote TCS as its "partner of choice" for SMSC solutions for its worldwide wireless customer base.

The arrangement allows TCS to sell SMSC platforms directly to TCS’ growing worldwide customer base, in conjunction with its broad suite of wireless messaging and location products.  Further, the SMSC partner of choice designation will allow TCS to work in cooperation with Lucent to continue to provide the SMSC solution to Lucent’s broad customer base in the mobile networking marketplace.

"TCS has been a valuable partner to Lucent," said Roger Derrien, vice president for UMTS and Intelligent Network product management with Lucent’s Mobility Solutions Group. "With TCS, we have positioned the SMSC as an entry solution for Lucent’s Intelligent Network platforms. We plan to position this joint solution worldwide as a viable option to those operators just starting to offer messaging services or those who are interested in replacing their existing systems with a cutting-edge solution backed by the combined strength of TCS’ messaging expertise and Lucent’s mobile networking and application and services delivery experience."

TCS’ SMSC Application is supported on a broad set of Lucent Intelligent Networking Platforms that offer exceptional performance and reliability, and can scale to meet the needs of customers of any size. The agreement also provides the framework for delivery of the SMSC application on Lucent’s next-generation, converged-services platforms, combining the benefits of an open, standards-based architecture with the power and robust capabilities of Lucent’s Intelligent Network middleware.

"This agreement strengthens a relationship that has continued for more than eight years and provides enhanced business terms," said Maurice B. Tosé, Chairman, President and CEO of TCS.  "The SMSC partner of choice status opens doors to a broader set of wireless carriers than ever before.  TCS can now directly offer our full complement of messaging solutions to more than 30 operators currently using TCS’ wireless location technologies based on our award-winning Xypoint Location Platform (XLP)."

Trigenix, the mobile interface company, today announce that jointly with T-Mobile they have expanded the Screen Styles content portfolio to more than 350 Screen Styles. Latest themes include The Gunners, Anastacia and Euro 2004, supporting T-Mobile's position as an official partner for UEFA EURO 2004, in readiness for the football championships this summer.

Launched in T-Mobile's five European markets in October 2003, Screen Styles are device interfaces allowing customers easy and personalised access to their favourite local content channels within t-zones, T-Mobile's mobile multimedia services. Each Screen Styles product offering comprises a bundle of personalised elements including a wallpaper, polyphonic ringtone, themed menu, and links to additional relevant content around the chosen theme.

Additionally, Screen Styles can now be deployed across a broader range of devices, as there is platform support for all Series 60 and MIDP 2.0 Java phones. Visitors to the t-zones area of the T-Mobile stand at CeBIT will be able to view a unique showcase running Screen Styles on a range of handsets including the Nokia 6600/N-Gage, Siemens SX1 and Motorola V300. During 2004, Screen Styles will be available on a wide range of the very latest T-Mobile handsets delivering an unrivalled and market-leading combination of content and device coverage.

The latest enhancement in the footprint of the Trigenix T4 technology will allow a deeper and more enriched variety of Screen Styles. These include in particular enhanced feature menus, links to the t-zones portal, a news-feed ticker, and dynamic links to other information such as promotions or daily updates. All of these enhancements will undoubtedly make Screen Styles personalisation a more entertaining and compelling experience for T-Mobile subscribers.

Speaking before the show Steve Ives, CEO of Trigenix commented "The desire for personalisation extends across the majority of mobile users and T-Mobile's simultaneous availability of many more Screen Styles coupled with Trigenix's T4 availability on many more handset types, will meet the needs of this majority."

Screen Styles are available to download from the T-Mobile t-zones multimedia portal and websites in the UK, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and Czech Republic.

Giving wireless freedom for voice PC communication

Plantronics Inc., the world leader in communications headsets, and TDK Systems, manufacturer of award-winning Bluetooth adaptors and software for PC's and Apple computers, today announced a partnership to enhance the end-user experience for PC-based Bluetooth enabled voice communications.

Today, thousands of users are adding Bluetooth wireless technology to their home and business computers to take advantage of developing applications available between PCs and wireless peripherals such as mobile phones, headsets, printers, keyboards and pointing devices.

Voice communication via PCs is a rapid growth area with VoIP applications increasing as more consumers and businesses take advantage of its convenience, quality, productivity increases and cost efficiencies. By 2009, VoIP could account for 40 percent of the consumer telephone market and on the enterprise side, the Synergy Research Group estimates that sales of Internet-enabled phone systems to businesses will grow to reach US$5.3 billion in 2007.

TDK Systems, a major player in mobile connectivity and Plantronics are delighted to combine forces to take Bluetooth PC audio communications to the next level of integration and increased quality. "Communication needs are rapidly evolving. The PC has shown its potential in business, multimedia and internet/data communications. With the increase in adoption of VoIP for businesses and consumers there is a real need for Bluetooth solutions to enhance the PC providing the freedom to talk wirelessly via the PC over the internet." Comments Philip Vanhoutte Plantronics EMEA MD, he continues "TDK Systems' track record makes them the ideal partner to optimize the user's PC Voice experience and will undoubtly increase the uptake of this technology and popularity of Voice over IP".

Plantronics' expertise in developing lightweight headsets that enhance personal communications and deliver crystal clear audio performance spans over 40 years and they bring an award winning portfolio of Bluetooth headsets to the partnership.

TDK Systems' easy to use Bluetooth adaptors allow users to quickly take advantage of new applications powered by their computer. All TDK Systems' adaptors support Bluetooth's audio functions and make them easy to set-up and operate. By utilising a Bluetooth headset with their PC users can exploit low-cost PC based telephony and VoIP services.

"Unlike other Bluetooth developers who concentrate only on data, TDK Systems has concentrated on incorporating robust audio support into all its products," said Nick Hunn, Managing Director at TDK Systems. "That uniquely positions us to serve this new tranche of VoIP applications which Skype is bringing to the mass market."

"The recent legislation across Europe concerning use of mobile phones whilst driving has seen millions of users purchasing headsets. By combining these with TDK Systems' Bluetooth adaptors that same investment can save pounds in telephone bills. For the business traveller, the cost of enabling Bluetooth VoIP telephony can pay back within half an hour. Those who have already tried VoIP will welcome the mobility that Bluetooth headsets provide."

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