GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirmed today that WCDMA has achieved 70% market share of all commercial 3G networks. A total of 182 WCDMA networks are commercially launched in 81 countries, of which 144 networks (i.e. almost 80%) in 68 countries have also launched HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access - the first evolution of WCDMA). Forty HSDPA networks entered commercial service in the past 6 months (i.e. 38% increase).

The 3G/HSDPA Operator Commitments survey released today by GSA also confirms 3.6 Mbps as the new benchmark in downlink peak data speed for mobile broadband services using HSPA - High Speed Packet Access.
Seventy-five HSDPA networks, i.e. 52 % of the total of 144 commercial networks, support 3.6 Mbps or higher peak downlink data speeds in commercial service in 42 countries today. This figure includes 23 commercial networks in 15 countries that support 7.2 Mbps or higher peak speeds.

A further 45 HSDPA networks are in various phases of rollout and testing, confirming a total of 189 HSDPA operator commitments in 82 countries, with a regional split as follows:

Americas: 11 countries
APAC: 16 countries
Europe: 41 countries
Middle East/Africa: 14 countries

GSA forecasts that the number of commercial HSDPA networks will reach 160 by end 2007.

The survey also confirms that 41 operators have committed to deploying HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access). Sixteen HSUPA networks have entered commercial service in 15 countries.

GSA calculates that there are over 900 million GSM, WCDMA and HSPA subscribers today in HSPA-enabled networks worldwide.


The GSA 3G/HSDPA Operator Commitments survey (October 8, 2007) is available to download at www.gsacom.com

In the first quarter of 2008, TeliaSonera is to launching SurfOpen and a so-called value window. SurfOpen is an Internet tool that simplifies mobile surfing by staying in sight at the top of the mobile display in a similar way as the web browser's icons. The value window is said to be an entirely new kind of mobile advertisement channel, an interactive space where the customer can access his or her favourite services and attractive offers in a quick and simple manner.    
   
Internet users are used to navigating on the PC, and a similar navigation tool is needed to surf with the mobile phone. TeliaSonera has therefore developed SurfOpen, which stays in sight at the top of the mobile display during surfing in a similar way as the browser's icons. SurfOpen comprises tabs for favourites, search engine and advertisements, for example. 
 
"SurfOpen simplifies things for all our customers who surf on the Internet with their mobile phones. Current and new customers familiar with the Internet on the PC will find their way in the service, and they do not even have to learn things again when they change their phones," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Mobility Services. 
 
The value window appears when the phone is idle and not when the user needs the display to surf, read text messages or study the calendar. The value window is interactive, which means that the customers can browse forward and look at only those ads that interest them. In addition, the users can use the value window to collect their own favourite services on the phone's own background. By clicking the content, the user can then transfer to the service in question. 
 
"Sending advertisements to our customers have been technically possible for many years, but it is only now that we have come up with a smart and simple solution favourable to both our customers and the advertisers.  The customers gain a quick and simple way of accessing their favourite services and attractive offers. Simultaneously we create new revenue models in the mobile industry," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Mobility Services.

With more than 100 million mobile customers throughout Europe, the France Telecom Group operates in some of the world's most competitive markets. To increase revenue, reduce churn and maintain its competitive edge, France Telecom has selected Telcordia Technologies as its preferred vendor for service quality analysis. Orange UK is the first France Telecom property to deploy Telcordia Service Director which analyses disparate network and operational data to present a consolidated view of service degradations and their impact on customers. This capability will help Orange UK improve customer satisfaction by continually monitoring user experiences and taking pre-emptive action to correct problems before they become noticeable to customers.
 
Service Director is part of the Telcordia Service Management Suite. Orange UK's deployment of Service Director builds on its existing, highly successful relationship with Telcordia
 
"Operators worldwide turn to Telcordia when they need innovative, robust and flexible solutions that address today's biggest challenges," said Michael Anderson, President, Global Solutions, Telcordia. "One of those challenges is service management. Telcordia Service Director gives savvy operators the ability to harness the power of service management to increase revenue, reduce churn and strengthen their competitive edge. With Service Director's end-to-end view of and control over services, those operators can continue to put customers first by ensuring consistently high quality of service for popular applications such as mobile TV and e-mail, as well as fixed-mobile services."

PEOPLEnet, the Ukraine´s first nationwide 3G mobile operator, has chosen a Nortel advanced mobile broadband solution for expanding its existing 3G network across the country to meet widespread demand for high-bandwidth, real-time wireless services.

PEOPLEnet´s expanded network will rely on Nortel 1xEV-DO Rev A technology to launch high-speed, mobile broadband services for central, eastern and southern Ukraine. The PEOPLEnet network expansion will allow Ukrainians to experience faster speeds for wireless Internet, watch mobile TV, make video calls and use other multimedia services based on high-speed data transmission.

"PEOPLEnet empowers and unites people across the Ukraine by ensuring feature-rich communication services are accessible to as many people as possible," said Vitalii Vorozhbyt, general director, PEOPLEnet. "We prefer to work with the best industry vendors, adapting their proven solutions for our market. Nortel was selected because of its experience and expertise in broadband deployment as well as its progressive 1x EV-DO Rev A solution. I believe that our customers will see the benefits from our co-operation with Nortel very soon and enjoy the best of 3G mobile services."

 "With its Nortel solution, PEOPLEnet is bringing an affordable and powerful mobile broadband experience to people across the Ukraine," said Darryl Edwards, president, EMEA, Nortel. "PEOPLEnet is also making the most of the Ukraine´s existing broadband wireless spectrum to deliver real-time services such as video, mobile music and interactive 3D gaming as well as IP services such as VoIP and high-speed file transfers, Nortel´s mobile broadband EV-DO Rev A technologies help provide this true broadband experience and give always-on, seamless connections to business and consumers. The technologies also help enable delivery of higher-definition, multimedia video and other real-time applications that lay the foundation for the future Hyperconnected era of communications where more and more people and applications will be connected to the network."

PEOPLEnet´s Ukraine network is Nortel´s first 1x EV-DO Rev A with Mobile Switching Center contract win in Eastern Europe. This technology creates networking efficiencies for delivering high-speed services and driving reduced capital and operating costs. The solution comprises Nortel´s CDMA Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) 3030  which is the industry´s highest capacity micro base station; CDMA Enhanced Base Station Controllers ; Packet Mobile Switching Center ; a Media Gateway 15000 ; and 1xEV-DO Rev A technology. This combination of next-generation network components allows operators to reliably serve more customers on the same spectrum while delivering VoIP and other advanced multimedia services that enhance the user experience and increase subscriber loyalty. The first shipment of infrastructure equipment has already been delivered to the Ukraine.

Ericsson has announced the launch of infrastructure and device platforms for WCDMA/HSPA in the 2.6GHz frequency band. The move is said to be triggered by strong market interest and supports the growth of mobile broadband worldwide.

Ericsson says the launch of HSPA products for the 2.6GHz frequency band provides an immediate and secure choice for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services in this band.

The initiative also follows increased interest from mobile device manufacturers in launching HSPA devices for the 2.6GHz band. In turn, Ericsson is adding 2.6GHz support to its successful family of WCDMA/HSPA device platforms and mobile broadband modules for use in notebook computers.

New licenses for the 2.6GHz frequency band are now becoming available globally and Ericsson's HSPA solution for the 2.6GHz frequency band supports opportunities for operators to create new markets.

The deployment of HSPA on the 2.6GHz frequency band also stimulates current HSPA operators to further grow their existing mobile broadband business into new frequency bands, as it allows them to leverage existing infrastructure, providing greater cost efficiency, and supports a wider range of end-user devices.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "The launch of HSPA products for the 2.6GHz frequency band supports Ericsson's ambition to bring mobile broadband everywhere, at any time, from any device to as many people as possible.

"HSPA is a proven technology and the leading industry standard. It is already deployed in several frequency bands - including 850, 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz - and deployment in the 900MHz frequency band will start soon. Support in the 2.6GHz frequency band brings the economies of scale of HSPA also to operators with 2.6GHz licenses and their end users."

Today, HSPA is available in more than 130 live networks worldwide with more than 50 additional deployments ongoing.

The commercial launch of networks and end-user devices with HSPA support in the 2.6GHz frequency band is set to the latter part of 2008.

Palm Europe has announced that the PalmTreo 500v smartphone, will be available from today in all of Vodafone's 347 stores across the UK for free on a Vodafone contract .
 
The Palm Treo 500v smartphone runs on a Windows Mobile 6 standard platform and has a full keyboard, large screen, video streaming capability and a comprehensive multi-messaging functionality covering Instant Messaging, SMS, email, phone and personal information management software in a new design . The compact form factor is available in two colours: glacier white and charcoal grey.
 
The new Treo 500v smartphone, an internet ready Vodafone live! device, is said to be designed to appeal to the growing UK consumer base that now seek the same functionality and ease of use that business customers continue to enjoy with the Palm Treo products.
 
The Treo 500v smartphone is priced to enable a broader audience to experience the internet and email on the go, with a pay monthly or pay as you go option for consumer users. For pay monthly customers, the device is free on a Vodafone contract. Those opting for the pay as you go package will pay £220 for the smartphone. For Vodafone business customers, the contract prices range from free to £85.11 depending on what contract the user opts for.
 
Additional benefits for Palm Treo 500v smartphone customers include document management using mobile versions of familiar Microsoft applications such as Outlook, Office and Mobile. Users can also share the Treo 500v smartphone's data access with a laptop, so they can stay connected anywhere within wireless coverage.

Orange has announced the launch of Onsite Coverage, a service that uses small, low-powered, indoor GSM equipment to provide enhanced mobile coverage to smaller remote and inaccessible business locations.  Following successful trials, Orange is said to be the first European mobile operator to make the solution available to business customers, with customer trials already underway in Switzerland and commercial launch planned for the start of 2008. 
 
Onsite Coverage extends Orange's existing indoor coverage range which already includes mobile repeaters for boosting service across large sites such as business parks.   Onsite Coverage brings a new solution to Orange's portfolio which is faster and more cost-efficient to deploy, allowing customers of all sizes to access excellent mobile signal wherever they are based. The Onsite Coverage solution, owned and supported by Orange, consists of miniature, low-cost cellular base stations which extend mobile coverage to remote rural sites and indoor areas such as basement offices or conference centres. 
 
The solution is connected to the Orange network via a broadband connection and provides any Orange handset with an enhanced signal.  Compatible with any 2G or GPRS mobile service, Onsite Coverage extends Orange's mobile coverage in areas where the signal is weaker than usual due to challenging locations such as mountainous terrain or concrete and steel building constructions.  The solution can also be used to boost existing public network capacity in urban areas with very dense phone usage, such as shopping centres and large office blocks. 
 
Onsite Coverage is a scalable offering, with each miniature base station able to provide full mobile coverage for up to 50 mobile users, boosting coverage within a 50 metre radius.  Base stations can also be linked together to support more users or a higher volume of calls.  All Orange GSM handsets are supported and key functions such as voice calls, voicemail, text messaging and email work in the same way as on the existing Orange network.
 
"As mobile adoption in the business market continues to grow, workers who move from location to location or even those who sit at their desks, need more access to mobile coverage in the hardest-to-reach places," says Philippe Bernard, Executive Vice President, Orange Business Solutions. "For example, a distribution depot in a rural or mountainous location may need to give staff mobile telephones so they can keep in touch when they are working anywhere on site, or a city-based trading company may need to provide mobile coverage to their basement offices ensuring employees don't miss vital sales calls when away from their desks."
 
Onsite Coverage is the next significant phase of Orange's investment in network quality and best possible access.  Orange is conducting customer trials in a number of countries to ensure that service delivery in each country is quality-tested and customer-ready. The service will be made available to Orange customers in the UK, France, Spain, Poland and Switzerland during 2008.
 
Philippe says, "The launch of Onsite Coverage is evidence of our commitment to delivering the very best network for business. We are removing one of the last remaining barriers to corporate mobile adoption and helping our customers to get more from mobile, regardless of their location."
 
Regardless of whether someone is calling from outside their building or within their office using Onsite Coverage, all call charges and services remain unchanged because it is simply an extension of the Orange network.  Depending on their needs and requirements, businesses will pay a monthly rental fee for the indoor cell hardware.

Satellite navigation company, Garmin, has launched an all-in-one software solution that turns selected smartphones with internal GPS into high-end navigators. Garmin Mobile XT is a mobile phone software application that seamlessly pairs the phone's built-in GPS with Garmin's software so that customers have the benefits of navigation anywhere in Europe or North America.

Unlike other mobile phone applications, Garmin Mobile XT is said to offer convenient preloaded maps and includes access to dynamic content like premium real-time traffic alerts and weather reports but does not require any monthly fees.

"Garmin Mobile XT is easy-to-use and affordable, with no monthly charges to get navigating straight away" said Garmin's Mobile Product Manager, Greg Stephenson. "It's a one-time investment that gives customers full-featured GPS sat-nav on their smartphone whenever and wherever they need it, including areas outside of wireless network coverage."

Garmin Mobile XT is preloaded on a microSD card (with miniSD and standard SD card converter) that includes Garmin navigation software for UK and Ireland, Europe, or the United States and Canada. Once the card is inserted into a compatible smartphone with embedded GPS, the Garmin Mobile XT application launches automatically.  Customers are then greeted with Garmin's intuitive "Where to?" and "View map" welcome screen. With a few screen or button taps, customers can easily route to a specific street address or choose from millions of points of interest - such as restaurants, hotels, ATMs, and petrol stations.  In addition to turn-by-turn, voice prompted directions, users will also see their exact position on a detailed moving map. If a turn is missed along the way, a new route will be recalculated automatically.

As a result of Garmin's large product line and ability to leverage technology from the other GPS markets Garmin serves, Garmin Mobile XT builds in features such as support for travel guides, topographical maps and custom points of interest, as well as advanced features such as route planning with saved routes, custom avoidances and visible trip logs.  Garmin Mobile XT users also have the benefit of routing to the location of a contact in their phone's address book or to a calendar appointment (on supported platforms).

Garmin Mobile XT also includes PeerPoints, a powerful feature enabling users to send their position to any other phone as well as view and navigate to the location of other Garmin Mobile XT users. PeerPoints can keep track of friends and family and navigate to them with the touch of a button.

In addition to navigation, Garmin Mobile XT includes free access to Garmin Online so that customers have useful, constantly-updating information at their fingertips like real-time traffic and weather forecasts.  The real-time traffic service identifies accidents, road construction or other incidents affecting traffic, and routes users around the congestion. Real-time weather information lets users see forecasts at their current location or anywhere in the world. Garmin Online is accessed through the phone's wireless data service.

Garmin Mobile XT is compatible with a wide range of smartphones including models by Sony Ericsson, HP, Nokia, HTC and Samsung. It works with operating systems such as Windows Mobile, Palm and S60 v3.

Ericsson and Svenska UMTS Nät AB (jointly owned by TeliaSonera and Tele2) have signed a contract for a nationwide rollout of mobile broadband in Sweden. TeliaSonera and Tele2 will offer their customers enhanced mobile broadband services with speed up to 7.2 Mbps. The network is already prepared for 14.4 Mbps.

The rollout has already started, and before the end of 2007 all the major cities in Sweden will be covered.

Ericsson's High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) solution offers data speed in the downlink up to 14.4Mbps but today's commercial HSPA subscriber devices only allow a maximum downlink speed of 7.2Mbps. The advanced technology boosts network capacity and cuts response times for interactive services, increasing the performance of mobile broadband.

Fredrik Lerigon, CEO Svenska UMTS Nät AB says: "Reliability and a proven track record were the key criteria when choosing Ericsson for this key project. We are now able to offer competitive services based on the latest technology."

Mikael Bäckström, President Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: "We are proud to be selected by Svenska UMTS Nät AB to expand its HSPA radio network, and in this way contribute to bringing even faster mobile broadband to Swedish consumers. This contract takes Ericsson's leadership in broadband to the next level."
Ericsson is responsible for deployment and integration and will also deliver educational and customer support services.

Cubic Telecom, the global telecoms company, has launched its MAXroam SIM card, which will 'dramatically' reduce costs for people roaming internationally.  MAXroam cuts call charges for both the caller and the call recipient by up to 95% - no matter where they are.  In the first weekend of pre-sale, Cubic Telecom has sold MAXroam SIM cards to consumers in more than 30 different countries around the world from its website at www.maxroam.com.

The MAXroam SIM is the result of years of negotiations with traditional mobile phone companies around the world.  It was designed by a team with extensive knowledge of the mobile market and years of experience in running consumer mobile and wireless networks.

The SIM card allows users to allocate up to fifty local landline numbers from around the world to the user's phone.  A businessman based in Dublin who travels regularly to the USA and Canada can allocate landline numbers from Dublin, New York and Toronto to his MAXroam SIM, meaning that he can be contacted cheaply and directly by colleagues and customers at any time.  His Canadian customers simply call a Toronto number, and his mobile phone will ring wherever he is.  His Irish colleagues simply call a Dublin number, and get connected straight to him - whether he's in Dublin, New York, Toronto or elsewhere. 

Cubic designed the product for several large markets of consumers who are looking for ways to reduce the cost of international telephony: (1) the growing population of émigrés who buy pre-paid calling cards to call friends and family overseas; (2) travellers who are looking for ways to reduce the costs of roaming on traditional packages; and (3) globally distributed teams - commercial, not-for-profit, and governmental organisations - that are seeking better ways to manage the cost of global calls.

 "It's great that we've now reached the stage where we can start selling our MAXroam SIM," says Pat Phelan, CEO of Cubic Telecom.  "The response from consumers has been massive.  Within a few hours of setting our website into pre-sale mode, we were selling hundreds of SIM cards.  75% of enquiries so far have been from small business owners, and we've also had interest from a few Fortune500 companies, as well as many individuals who have family living abroad or spend a lot of time travelling.  This is a great product because it's not only good for your pocket as the user, it's also good for those who are calling you from overseas.  There are no more massive bills for calling mobiles across borders with MAXroam in your phone."

MAXroam, which operates on any unlocked GSM phone, can be purchased for EUR29.99 (with an initial EUR5 calling credit).

Comarch is launching a new interactive TV product. Comarch's NGTV solution allows operators to provide TV services on TVs, mobile phones and personal computers.

"Our solution is up-to-date with recent industry trends for convergence between computers, mobile phones and digital television, but also the technical underpinning that is itself the convergence of Telco infrastructures and Web 2.0. We want to build a technological platform linking the Internet and television as we believe that TV will yet again become the favorite source of interactive information and home entertainment. We are also building a community of companies providing components and services for our solution, which we will offer together to NGTV operators. This means that soon users will be able to turn on the TV and shop, listen to music or the radio, play games, access exciting community services or take an active role in a TV show", says Lukasz Luzar, Product Manager, Comarch SA.

NGTV is aimed at telecom operators now offering broadband Internet access, and at 3G mobile operators. With NGTV, operators can offer subscribers compelling information services, online shopping and dating and other exciting services including high quality video and audio. NGTV subscribers can also use the software provided to compile their own TV channels, while third parties can launch interesting multimedia services.

By deploying Comarch NGTV, operators can access new revenue streams based on monthly subscription fees, distribution of multimedia on-demand content, premium-service provision and personalized advertising. NGTV also enables virtual interactive television operators who will function in the same way as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), i.e. via outsourcing.

Avaya and Nokia have today announced the next phase of their strategic collaboration with a solution that provides users of Nokia Eseries business devices with one number access and advanced enterprise telephony capabilities as they travel across private Wi-Fi and public mobile networks.

With a single mobile device, workers can "handoff" phone calls at the click of a button, using dual mode communications, as they travel from inside a company building (Wi-Fi) to the outside environment (mobile) - and vice versa.  This is said to give workers a more convenient and productive way to manage their communications, while giving organisations a more cost-effective approach to enterprise mobility. 

The solution - Avaya one-X Mobile Dual Mode Edition - combines Internet protocol (IP)-based applications with Nokia Eseries business devices - the Nokia E60, Nokia E61 and Nokia E70 models - to deliver the full benefits of FMC. The offering includes a dual-mode device with Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) capabilities that can make and receive calls over both mobile and wireless local area networks (WLAN), both on and off a company campus. 

For example: when a worker is communicating while roaming inside company walls, the solution uses the company's communications system and a secure Wi-Fi network. This drives cost savings by eliminating the need to use cellular minutes while at work. When the worker travels outside a company's Wi-Fi network, they can handoff their Wi-Fi call to the cellular network outside by pressing a button, keeping their conversation going uninterrupted.

An organisation that is using Avaya mobility solutions to keep employees connected wherever they go is CNIPA, the Italian National Centre for Information Technologies in Public Administration.

"We recently planned to introduce VoIP technologies which would see the migration of a million desk phones to IP mode over three years," said Stefano Paolucci, CNIPA CIO manager, the Italian National Centre for Information Technologies in Public Administration. "We are enthusiastic about the possibility of collaborating with Avaya to provide access to mobility services in our headquarters in Rome.  With an easy and quick installation system we are currently using WLAN and GSM dual-mode technologies to provide mobile access to PBX services such as call transfer, call registration and conference calls. Despite the complexity of our building - Mr. Paolucci continues - the communication through the continuous coverage of the Wi-fi network  is secured thanks to the various access points located on all floors and the connection from one point to another does not cause any sort of interference during the conversation. Not only has this resulted in increased mobility, but we have also reduced costs." 

 "We're finding that more and more businesses are using mobile devices in their telephony evolution cycle to deal with an increasingly virtual workforce," said Nathan Dyer, Yankee Group senior analyst, Enterprise Mobility. "Apart from cost-savings, integrated Wi-Fi and cellular devices enable simplified management and greater enterprise control over wireless voice devices."

Avaya one-X Mobile Edition and Nokia Eseries business devices deliver greater convenience, enhanced functionality, and improved security by giving workers one device for business and personal use, one number call access, and one voicemail message interface. Enterprise telephony features available with the dual mode solution include conferencing, transfer, and extension dialing - key capabilities enabling more productive communications for mobile workers. Security benefits include the ability to authenticate the Nokia Eseries device to a PBX, giving businesses greater control over wireless communications by allowing only authorised users to access the company's systems.

 "Bringing the functionality of the IP PBX to mobile devices over cellular and Wi-Fi to employees both inside and outside the office is one of the ways mobility is transforming the way business is done," said Tom Furlong, vice president, Security & Mobile Connectivity, Nokia. "Working with a leading IP telephony provider like Avaya to extend their solutions to Nokia Eseries business devices is a key element to realizing the Nokia vision of connecting people using virtually any device over any network to any corporate application or data source."

"Embedding Avaya mobility applications with Nokia dual mode technology represents a core part of Avaya's vision of delivering Intelligent Communications to every worker, regardless of the network they're on," said Geoffrey Baird, Avaya vice president and general manager of Appliances, Mobile and Small Systems Division.  "This unifies a business' voice applications, devices and networks to simplify communications for enterprise users wherever they go.  Greater productivity and savings are just the beginning of the benefits gained with dual mode mobility."

Avaya will sell the mobile application as part of its IP telephony portfolio through its enterprise channels; Nokia will sell the solution through its operator and other channels. Both companies are investing research, development and marketing resources to realise the enterprise fixed mobile convergence market.

Consilium Technologies, the local authority and housing association mobile application specialist, has been appointed to the worldwide Microsoft Windows Mobile Developer Advisory Council. Consilium Technologies is one of only two members in the 20-strong panel to be headquartered in Europe.

The invitation-only programme provides a forum for industry partners to influence the development of the Microsoft Windows Mobile platform, by sharing their requirements as well as their customers' experiences and plans for future applications.

Consilium will provide specific feedback from its extensive customer base across the public sector and the use of its TotalMobile solution with services such as environmental health, incident management, fire safety, housing and repair scheduling for maintenance teams. 

The Council will provide Consilium with access to key Microsoft mobility experts and insight into future development plans for Windows Mobile.

"The opportunity to shape future developments within the mobility space is a major achievement for the company and underlines our dedication to mobile excellence in the applications we're developing for our customers," said Gareth Tolerton, chief technology officer, Consilium Technologies. "Through our appointment we will be able to directly feed back customer challenges and priorities to Microsoft to ensure their needs are recognised and use to shape the mobile applications of the future."

"The Windows Mobile Developer Advisory Council is a forum that enables Windows Mobile reach out to our partners in a very focused manner to gather feedback on how to make Windows Mobile a better platform from a technical level," said Steve Hegenderfer, mobile evangelist, Microsoft. "Based on its expertise in the space, Consilium's acceptance to serve on this council will pay excellent dividends in the future."

SpinVox, the founder of Voice-to-Screen messaging, announced today that it has signed a contract in Spain with the Vodafone network.

SpinVox converts a message spoken into a mobile phone into text and delivers it directly to the recipient as an SMS, ensuring call completion. When the recipient gets the SMS text message, they can easily reply with a single click with a call or a text message, stimulating call continuity.

The deal with Vodafone Spain marks the announcement of SpinVox sixth carrier announcement in 2007. SpinVox will announce 12 deals by the end of the year and forecasts a global subscriber base of at least six million in the first quarter of 2008.

SpinVox is the only voice to text service in the world with multilingual capability - Spanish, English, French and German.

Christina Domecq, co-founder and CEO, SpinVox said: "This deal is a compelling demonstration of how SpinVox Voice-to-Screen services can help solve communications issues faced by customers and Network Operators. SpinVox can produce new revenue streams from the millions of calls worldwide that do not complete. We also see this as a powerful new messaging tool which customers will enjoy using and which will stimulate call continuity, further building revenue streams."

SpinVox launched its foundation Voicemail-to-Text service in 2004 and with the introduction of a further seven world-first products, it has created a new category of messaging - Voice-to-Screen - delivering any voice message converted to text and delivering it to any screen.