Telit Wireless Solutions, a specialist in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communication, is unveiling the GE863-SIM, a module solution integrating the "Embedded SIM" Gemalto product, M2M card. The new quad-band module in the GE product range is the fruit of close technological co-operation with Gemalto, the specialist in digital security.

The new module has been designed specifically for the requirements of M2M applications. Telit's customers stand to benefit from the SIM's enhanced reliability, as well as considerable cost savings and efficiency in the development and production of their M2M solutions.

The module is said to be the first ever to feature the innovative M2M card concept within an M2M card. Gemalto is also said to be the first supplier of these SIMs, which include specific M2M features and have a new form factor embedded directly into the M2M module at the manufacturing stage. This eliminates any manual operation, such as insertion and configuration and significantly reduces the related costs.

"Gemalto is a world-wide leader in the development of SIM-based solutions and services and particularly active in the M2M market. Given the business opportunity of the M2M market, the choice of the technological partner quickly became strategic, and the name of Gemalto came across as obvious," says Dominikus Hierl, President of Telit Wireless Solutions.

The M2M card product developed by Gemalto is of particular importance, since the SIMs used in the M2M sector need to satisfy very specific demands such as robustness to last 10 years and resistance to extreme temperatures between -40°C and +85°C, vibrations, shocks and humidity.

"In order to respond to M2M industry challenges, Gemalto is developing a new long-life SIM card, with special M2M specifications and Over-The-Air mechanisms. This new, more robust and immovable SIM will reduce the logistics on behalf of the mobile network operators (MNOs) and reduce the cost of ownership for all players within the value chain," says Jean-François Schreiber, SVP Gemalto Operated Services.

AirMagnet, the specialist in security, performance and compliance solutions for wireless LANs, has announced that Huber & Suhner is using the  WLAN site survey tool, AirMagnet Survey PRO, to speed deployment and optimize configuration for public Wi-Fi networks for train lines in the United Kingdom.

Wi-Fi usage is growing rapidly in commuter travel, yet deploying wireless networks for the transportation sector can prove particularly challenging. Train network operators, for instance, require antennas to be hidden, which creates major performance and coverage challenges when positioning the access points during deployment. AirMagnet Survey PRO overcomes these difficulties by allowing rapid, intuitive modelling of different deployment scenarios to determine optimum performance settings.

"Since using AirMagnet Survey PRO I have reduced time taken to deploy wireless networks by 80 percent and can now gain an accurate network plan to ensure successful wireless deployment," said Robin George, application engineering manager for Huber & Suhner. "This eliminates guesswork and ensures there is no network bleeding, saving time, money and, most importantly, guaranteeing the end user access to the best high-speed networks during their journey."

AirMagnet Survey PRO automatically gathers critical Wi-Fi and RF spectrum information using multiple data collection methods, and then generates detailed Wi-Fi performance maps of the results. It is able to account for all potential factors, including access point channel, transmission power, IP address, antenna type, orientation and height, and more. After simulating network deployment, AirMagnet Survey PRO also generates a report with ideal configuration settings for optimum network performance.

"We reviewed a range of other solutions on the market, but AirMagnet really stood out as the most intuitive and easy-to-use solution," George said.

International mobile operator, AwayPhone, has acquired US-based telecoms company, GlobalFon which, according to AwayPhone, strengthens the company's global reach, broadens its partner channel and is a major milestone in its growth strategy.

Established in 1991 via a joint venture between Sprint International and France Telecom, GlobalFon has evolved to become the provider of low cost international telecoms services to global business travellers. Headquartered in Washington, it has offices in Australia, Brazil and Japan. The company has around 20 core distributor partners and 40,000 customers, including Coca Cola, Deloitte, Microsoft and Shell.

AwayPhone launched its first product in autumn 2006 with the objectives of providing international mobile services denied by major operators, and driving worldwide roaming costs to zero. Customers can save up to 90 percent on international calls and are given a local number in the region visited to assist with building business relationships. Ranked in the '50 to Watch in Mobile' by 02 and Real Business magazine in 2007 , the company continues to focus on harnessing technology to optimise its offerings.This strategy was reinforced last week with the launch of its new global SIM product that offers customers some of the best roaming rates on the market and enhances partners' revenue-generating opportunities.

Sherry Madera, CEO of AwayPhone (pictured above), commented: "This business deal is a strategic 'fit' for both companies, and therefore good news all round.GlobalFon has an impressive customer base and well-developed distribution channel which complements AwayPhone's service, growing partner network and market-leading technology. The move is also an appropriate culmination of our first year of trading during which we have continually pushed the boundaries to develop our offering and explore tactics to ensure it is widely available on a global basis.

Chris Wixom, CEO of GlobalFon, added: GlobalFon's objective is to provide affordable international mobile services. AwayPhone's technically sophisticated product will ensure that our wide range of customers benefit from the high standard of service that they have come to expect. In additional it offers our distributors a value-add service that assists them develop addition revenue streams.

AirVersent has today announced an extension of its relationship with BT, which will see AirVersent's ServiceNet solution rolled out to 2,000 of BT's own mobile engineering workforce.  In 2006 the ServiceNet managed service platform was chosen to underpin BT's own Mobile on Demand (MoD) field service solution, which has already seen several successful deployments and will now be rolled out to a section of BT's own workforce.

"BT MoD is a very neat mobility platform that fits nicely into the BT Field Force Automation (FFA) suite of applications and services and has been deployed successfully with a number of clients including Northumbrian Water and Sovereign Housing," commented Paul Cleaver, General Manager (FFA) at BT. "The extension of this solution to a section of BT's field force is a logical development and we expect 2,000 of our engineers to be using the solution in earnest in 2008," continued Cleaver.

Under BT MoD, ServiceNet provides the link between customer service systems and a mobile field force. It delivers real time views of workflow, seamless data exchange as well as the tools to create configure and control the field application on the mobile worker's handheld device. Communications are handled via ServiceNet, typically over a GPRS wireless network, enabling the receipt of job instructions, work schedules, including reactive work and real-time updates.  In 2007 a class leading solution from 360 Scheduling was fully integrated into ServiceNet and hence in to BT's MoD solution.  ServiceNet is available as a managed SaaS (software as a service) application or for installation on a customer's own premises.

"We are delighted that BT's MoD powered by ServiceNet has been so successful," said Lindsay Kennedy, AirVersent's UK Managing Director. "BT's choice of ServiceNet for a section of its own field force is a ringing endorsement of our solution which continues to grow in maturity thanks in no small part to the support we have received from BT. With new backing and the growing acceptance of managed service solutions we have high hopes for the further success of the ServiceNet platform across all geographies, continued Kennedy.

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, says it has confirmed another strong rise in the number of HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) user devices coming onto the market. GSA's HSDPA Devices survey released today reports 275 products launched so far in 2007, lifting the total to 403 HSDPA-capable devices, and almost 5 times the number reported in a similar GSA survey in September 2006 (84 HSDPA devices). The number of suppliers increased from 26 to 80 in the same period.

GSA's related "HSDPA Operator Commitments" survey, published on October 19, 2007 confirms the major trend of network data speed evolution. The survey confirms 147 commercial launches of HSDPA networks in 69 countries.

92 operators (i.e. approximately two-thirds of this figure) have commercially launched or are deploying 3.6 Mbps (peak) data capability in their networks as the first phase of a planned evolution to 14.4 Mbps (peak) for many operators.  147 HSDPA devices support, or can be upgraded to deliver a downlink capability of 3.6 Mbps peak.

25 HSDPA networks have launched 7.2 Mbps (peak) commercial services in 16 countries, and 63 devices have been launched which support, or can be upgraded to, a high-speed downlink capability of 7.2 Mbps peak.

While the majority of WCDMA-HSPA systems and devices operate in the internationally designated 3G/IMT-2000 core band spectrum (2100 MHz), the 850 MHz frequency band is widely used for mobile services in the Americas, and Australia. The survey confirms 121 HSDPA devices launched which operate at 850 MHz to facilitate the further expansion of mobile broadband services in these key markets. The survey also notes at least 75 tri-band 850/1900/2100 MHz WCDMA-HSDPA devices are launched, enabling global roaming.

Alan Hadden, President, GSA said: "These HSDPA surveys by GSA highlight several significant trends.  The rapidly expanding mobile broadband services market, enabled by HSPA, is the catalyst for new product launches, innovation, new business opportunities, and more players entering the market. Demand for higher downlink data speeds is met today with almost 150 devices capable of supporting at least 3.6 Mbps (peak).
And the globalisation of HSPA as the de facto mobile broadband system is facilitated by at least 75 tri-band devices enabling services across the globe."

The products identified in the GSA HSDPA Devices survey addresses all
segments:

199 mobile phones
70 PC datacards (PC cards and embedded modules)
61 notebooks
39 Wireless Routers
30 USB modems
3 Personal Media Players with HSDPA-connectivity
1 camera with HSDPA-connectivity

HSUPA is commercially launched on 19 mobile networks in 16 countries, with a further 23 deployments on-going. At least 33 devices support, or can be upgraded for, HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access), initially delivering around 2.1 Mbps (peak) on the uplink.

GSA also confirms that over 56% of all commercially launched HSDPA networks have also commercially launched GSM/EDGE for service continuity and the best user experience of mobile broadband services. Manufacturers are supporting this requirement, with at least 70% of HSDPA devices also supporting GSM/EDGE functionality.

The move by Vodafone to purchase Tele2's fixed network assets in Italy and Spain for EUR775 million demonstrates the increasing importance of fixed broadband services in the mobile operator service portfolio, according to research specialist, Analysys.

Some mobile operators have considered offering a complete set of fixed and mobile services using wireless technologies (such as HSDPA and WiMAX), but operators will need both fixed and mobile networks in order to deliver a comprehensive range of services to end users, says Mark Heath, Analysys Associate and co-author of the report How to Succeed with Fixed-Mobile Convergence.

"Fixed broadband services could generate revenue for mobile operators, at a time when mobile voice ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) is declining and it continues to be difficult to achieve substantial growth in non-voice revenues," Heath argues.

"Bundling fixed broadband with existing mobile services is an immediate opportunity for new revenue and, in addition, can be an effective means of retaining existing customers. Furthermore, the importance of fixed network access for mobile operators will increase as they start to deploy femtocells (or indoor base stations), which depend on broadband connections for backhaul to their mobile networks."

Vodafone offers DSL services through wholesale agreements with Arcor in Germany, and BT in the UK. Following Vodafone's latest acquisition, it can now offer fixed broadband services alongside its traditional mobile services in four of its major European markets.

"It is highly likely that other mobile-only operators will acquire fixed network assets, or establish partnerships or agreements, with fixed operators. However, mobile-only operators that have begun to negotiate partnerships or agreements with fixed operators may need to consider more radical action in order to achieve service profitability," says Heath.

"Broadband services may provide a much-needed revenue boost, but operators must not lose sight of the need to achieve and maintain service profitability in the longer term. Mobile services can offer significant profit margins, but the margins for fixed broadband services may be small. Mobile-only operators that have wholesale agreements with fixed operators, may be unable to offer low-priced fixed broadband services without damaging profitability. Such operators will need to consider alternatives, such as the acquisition of fixed operators or local loop unbundling," he concludes.

Smartphones cost the mobile industry almost 400% more to support over their lifetime than most mid-range feature phones, according to a new management report from WDSGlobal. While a large percentage of this increase directly correlates to the complexity of some smartphone technologies, WDSGlobal has also identified that their owners have far higher expectations of their mobile equipment, broader uses for them and ultimately engage with support departments far more frequently than users of other mobile technologies.
 
The report, ‘Supporting Complex Mobile Devices', bases its findings on a study of customer care operations in the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia, with support data drawn from a variety of mobile operators and handset manufacturers.  Findings show that technical support requirements across mid-range feature phones are largely contained to configuration of services such as MMS, Internet access and POP3 email. However, the smartphone segment is driving an increasing number of support requests that include configuration with external products and services; such as PC synchronization, remote modem set-up and push email connectivity. This results in longer calls and a need for skilled support agents; both of which contribute to the 387% hike in the ‘cost to support' (the measure by which an organization can calculate a device type's likely support costs during its lifetime).
 
A smartphone is defined as a mobile device that offers advanced capabilities over a typical mobile phone, often with PC-like tools and applications. 7.9 million smartphones shipped in H1 2007, representing 9% of the global mobile phone market.
 
"Of course, the hope is that while it's more costly to support a smartphone, their owners will deliver far greater ARPU based on more frequent use of higher-margin data services. The question is how to do this more profitably," explains the report's author Doug Overton, vice president of analysis and consulting at WDSGlobal. "It's a growing market segment and must be considered in the planning and development of mobile operator and handset manufacturer support infrastructures."
 
The report maintains that the industry must look at ways to leverage the revenue-generating potential of the smartphone in a more profitable manner without damaging the user experience. More intuitive self-serve applications, on-device tutoring, improved customer care training and even mobile device management technologies are all suggested as a means of mitigating long-term support costs. 
 
"As mobile technologies mature, their cost to support often reduces; we've seen that already with generic data services such as MMS and GPRS. However, in the short to medium term we will continue to see a marked difference in the cost to support the smartphone segment. Much of this is associated with the many variables and combinations of mobile technologies, PC hardware, software and infrastructure technologies that users are trying to combine and connect. An example where a user tries to use their smartphone as a remote modem by making a Bluetooth connection to a PC and creating a new dial-up connection is inherently more complex than a user trying to send a picture message. For that reason alone the average call handling time can more than triple."

The Orange Group today announced that Tom Alexander has joined the company as CEO of the UK business. He succeeds Bernard Ghillebaert who will be fulfilling a new group level role as Executive Vice President of Sales and Customer Experience.
 
Alexander will lead the UK business as it builds on its mobile heritage and expands into new territories including the home phone and Digital TV markets. He will report directly to Olaf Swantee, Senior Executive Vice President Personal Communication Services UK & EME for the Orange Group, and will join the company in December 2007.
 
He joins with a wealth of experience in leading big established brands to even greater success. Most recently, he was CEO of Virgin Mobile in the UK from its inception in 1999 until its sale to NTL in 2006. Prior to that he was Deputy Commerical Director of BT Cellnet.
 
Olaf Swantee, Senior Executive Vice President Personal Communication Services UK & EME for the Orange Group, said: "This is an exciting time for Orange. The company built its name by delivering the best in mobile. We now need to build on that heritage and deliver on the promise of total communications to our customers. With his experience leading some of the biggest brands in the industry and guiding them to commercial and financial success, Tom has the perfect pedigree to deliver continued growth in both Orange's traditional and exciting new markets, operating as one company, under one brand with one vision."
 
Bernard Ghillebaert, whose career has seen him fulfil the position of CEO at both Mobistar - the Belgian sister company of Orange - and Orange UK, will be taking a new group level role in Olaf Swantee's executive management team. As EVP Sales and Customer Experience, he will be responsible for optimising sales, and productivity on both the mobile and fixed sides of the consumer business in key European markets.  He will begin his new role following a transition period with Tom in December.
 
Olaf Swantee said: "Bernard has made an essential and lasting contribution to Orange in the UK over the last three years and I look forward to him replicating this success in his new group level role. When he came to the UK in 2004, Orange was a mobile phone company. Over the last three years, while ensuring stability for the business, Bernard has also laid the foundations for the future of Orange as a total communications company. I now look forward to seeing Tom build on those foundations."

Comfone has announced that, together with Spotigo, it has successfully terminated WISPr compatibility testing for Spotigo's Wi-Fi SmartClient on WeRoam's aggregated public hotspot network.

Tests were performed at Comfone's Wi-Fi test laboratories in Bern Switzerland by Spotigo's technical staff in close collaboration with Comfone's specialists for public Wi-Fi roaming. As a result of these tests, Spotigo was able to extend the WISPr interoperability of its software to the WeRoam network and thus simplifying the end-user experience when connecting to foreign access points. All tests could be carried out in a very efficient manner, thanks to the high concentration of hotspots from dozens of WISP's from around the world in one physical location at Comfone's premises.

"It was our intention from the beginning to build up and open our test hotspot facility to third party suppliers and software developers" says Toni Stadelmann, Vice Chairman of Comfone, "thus we are very satisfied to have been able to support Spotigo improving their software. Eventually a uniform login experience at hotspots around the world is beneficial to all involved business partners."

"Spotigo is happy to announce that our market leading WISPr SmartClient is now also supporting the WeRoam network, an important aggregator for public hotspots. Our software makes it easier for network operators to bind and acquire Wi-Fi users by making Wi-Fi usage as simple and convenient as possible. We are convinced that simplifying the connection process for the end-user will increase the use of public hotspots." says Daniel Pruemers, Managing Director of Spotigo.

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.