Delivers dynamic offer management solution for wireless premium services

Valista  has today announced Valista OffersPlus Wireless. Valista OffersPlus Wireless allows mobile operators to rapidly build and deploy sophisticated promotions from third-party suppliers and then sell bundled services to subscribers. 

Valista OffersPlus Wireless provides mobile operators with the ability to add new revenue streams, attract new subscribers and strengthen existing customer relationships by offering innovative premium services and loyalty programmes, which can be introduced quickly to the market.

"Consumers are using their phones more and more as a gateway to purchase goods," said Paul Hughes, director of billing and payment application strategies at Yankee Group.  "Moving forward it will be critical that mobile operators have the technical ability to quickly deploy new premium services and reward high-value customers.  Valista OffersPlus Wireless provides mobile operators with a strong foundation for the introduction of a broad range of bundled offerings which can become additional revenue sources."
 
Valista OffersPlus Wireless allows mobile operators to create packaged bundles of services or promotional offerings with discounted or free introductory subscription periods.  First-time or low-use customers can pay for services individually, while higher-use customers save by purchasing bundles (packages of content) and subscriptions.  Valista OffersPlus Wireless enables mobile operators reduce their time-to-market for third-party offers, while broadening the operators' customer base through support of various access channels (mobile / web), payment methods (credit / debit card, stored value accounts, operator bill or loyalty) and ways to buy services such as pay-per-use or subscription models.

Valista OffersPlus allows operators to reward loyal customers, either long term or frequent shoppers, by offering incentives, discounts and free services.  Customers can accumulate loyalty points through multiple downloads of content and services while using the points as a form of payment for their next purchase.  Through OffersPlus Wireless, operators can determine customers buying patterns to promote and sell packaged offerings of services and content tailored to the individual customer.  Furthermore, mobile operators can create appealing packaged bundles of services or promotional offerings with discounted or free introductory subscription periods with or without commitments, in order to capture new customers or entice existing customers to upgrade.

"Our OffersPlus Wireless promotional and loyalty features were designed to help mobile operators to introduce a wider range of innovative and appealing packages of premium services to generate additional revenue and reduce customer churn," said Raomal Perera, chief executive officer of Valista. "Valista OffersPlus has enabled America Online to bring premium services to market in record time and now OffersPlus Wireless gives mobile operators the same ability."

Valista OffersPlus Wireless is designed to accelerate commerce in premium services (music, games, movie clips, information services) by enabling providers to easily package their products and services in a variety of targeted consumer 'offers.'  Valista OffersPlus Wireless includes configurable time-limited and time-and-event-limited, individual or bundled product offers.  OffersPlus manages the end-to-end business process for all participants in the value chain: the merchants, service provider and the consumer. It controls user access and consumption, and manages the automatic charging according to the charge period and recurrence rules and settles with each of the merchants and the service provider involved.  Examples of time-limited offers include a user monthly subscription of £2.50 for downloading games, or an mp3 bundle consisting of up to 10 mp3s for £5 a month.  An example of a time-and event-limited offer might involve monthly access to a gaming site plus ten game tokens or monthly access to a pop star's members' site plus the right to download any five MP3s.

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Nokia signs deal with Civil Protection and Transmission Dept

Nokia has won the contract to supply the radio communication network for the Civil Protection and Transmission Department of the Turin Municipality. The system will be the first significant implementation of its kind in Italy, and it will provide the staff of Turin Municipality with seamless, highly reliable Nokia TETRA voice and data services. 

The network will vastly improve the communications of the municipal staff in Turin, providing not only better coverage and functionality, but also enabling better cooperation.  Its first users will be the Municipality of Turin and other local organisations who will enjoy improved secure coverage by winter 2005.   Later, the coverage of the network will be extended to the whole of Turin metropolitan area, and further to the whole province of Torino, which totals about 3 million inhabitants.
 
The system will be put into operation at the beginning of 2005, and will initially serve around 6,000 users, with the number of users increasing up to 15,000 once it has been implemented in full.
 
"We are proud to be the first in Italy to deploy Nokia TETRA technology and provide the Turin Municipality with a radio communication network that represents a completely new generation, compared to the outdated analogue radio systems currently in use," says Dr. Sergio Zaccaria, Director of the Civil Protection and Transmission Department of the Turin Municipality.
 
"People who are responsible for the safety of others demand extreme reliability and security from radio communications. For them, Nokia TETRA system provides free mobility without compromising security. Nokia's synergies between mainstream and mission critical technologies can be harnessed to address the e-Government requirements in an ideal way.  What's more, Nokia is unique in its capability to implement and bring into operation TETRA networks of all sizes, always ensuring highest-quality of performance," says Massimo Gotti, Managing Director, Nokia Italia.
 
"We are happy to say that the TETRA standard and the Nokia TETRA system are widely acknowledged in Italy today," says Marco Santonocito, TETRA Business Manager, Nokia Networks, Italy. "Nokia can implement TETRA systems of all sizes, always ensuring top-quality performance. The project is unique, in that it is the first significant TETRA network implementation in our country".
 
Under the terms of the contract, Nokia will provide Turin Municipality with digital TETRA professional mobile radio solutions, including Nokia DXTip exchanges, Nokia TETRA base stations, Nokia DWS dispatcher workstations, and Nokia NetActTM centralised network management system for the new operating centre of the Municipal Police. Nokia will also provide integration training, and care services, setting up of the terminals, and turn-key delivery of the system. The Alpitel company - a member of a temporary association of companies together with Nokia - will provide the implementation services for the project.

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Users offered Zi Corp's Qix service discovery engine

Virgin Mobile UK and Zi Corporation today announced the first consumer trial of Zi’s newly launched Qix technology. Qix (pronounced “quicks”) is an innovative mobile service discovery engine that combines predictive text and content indexing to enable rapid discovery of contacts, features and services on a mobile smart phone.

Qix provides for the first time an intuitive, fast search index for a mobile user, in the same way that an internet search engine like Google or Yahoo helps web surfers find what they are looking for. Qix will be bundled with Virgin Mobile’s Nokia 6630 handsets during spring 2005.  The trial will compare service usage and ARPU between subscribers with and without Qix-powered smart phones. 

Qix significantly reduces the number of key presses needed to use a phone, thereby enhancing the user experience for the subscriber and simultaneously driving service usage and adoption resulting in greater Average Revenue per User (ARPU).  Over time, Qix’s interactive memory remembers new user data, including new URL bookmarks and called numbers for future presentation. It also tracks frequently used personal selections over time and then presents them with priority over other information, providing easy access to favourite items of the user.

Graeme Hutchinson, Sales & Marketing Director at Virgin Mobile, said: “One of the biggest challenges we face is to entice customers to start using the plethora of features and service on their phones, and to use them frequently. We believe that the Qix technology will make all mobile services easier to find and use.”

“As the first completely intuitive service discovery engine, this carrier trial with Virgin Mobile is an important milestone for Qix and a key opportunity to gather first-hand consumer feedback on our product,” said Glen Morgan, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Zi.  “In order to create the ideal customer experience, Zi invested in significant focus group testing when we developed Qix.  We are confident that this trial will reinforce our findings and belief that Qix will drive service adoption and subscriber ARPU.” 

The trial will utilize the Symbian OS version of Qix.

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All ne service from All New Video

Mobile video specialist, All New Video, has today announced it will be providing the technology and services for a new video reporting service, for the British Broadcasting Corporation.

As easy as making a telephone call, the new service will allow Reporters in the field equipped with 3G mobile telephones to make video calls into Television Centre.  Emerging and breaking news events can therefore be transmitted in real time to television networks.

All New Video will provide this functionality as part of a managed service from one of their European hosted facilities.  The packaged service will utilise All New Video’s unique carrier class network to provide a two-way video call between 3G mobile, ISDN and IP networks. This service, based on Radvision technology, is designed with the scalability and durability to meet the BBC’s demanding needs for innovative media and technology solutions.

Commenting on the deal, All New Video Operations Director David Hogben said: “We are delighted to be working with the BBC to deliver even greater value to the general public.  Video is lined up to be the next big application in mobile telephony and we believe that the extra functionality we can now offer will increase flexibility and lower costs of live broadcasts in the future.

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Calls it Pcket X-Press

HP has launched a designated push email solution for its iPAQ 6340 using software from Dialogs Software.

 HP strengthens its position in the mobile messaging market in Europe today by announcing Pocket X-Press, a "push" email solution for the HP iPAQ 6340. HP will offer this service in cooperation with Dialogs Software GmbH, which specialises in mobile data communication solutions.

Mailbox access and administration is an essential function of a mobile office. The hosted "push" email service powered by Dialogs offers instant delivery of new emails, the selective download of emails or the forwarding of attachments without previously downloading them. Users have anytime/anywhere connectivity to their SMTP/POP3 or IMAP4 format email accounts (such as Lycos, Yahoo or GMX) using the mobile GPRS service provider of their choice.

"The development of our latest mobile solution with Dialogs provides our customers with the top-notch service they have come to expect. The Pocket X-Press "push" email service enables our customers to access their data while out of the office and therefore remain productive," said Neil Dagger, Handheld and Wireless Device Manager, HP UK and Ireland.

Pocket X-Press is designed to increase productivity at an affordable price. All emails are compressed before transfer, therefore significantly enhancing transmission speed. The intelligent connection management of the Pocket X-Press client ensures a permanent connection to the "push" server. Pocket X-Press also enables browsing with end-to-end compression on the Internet. Future generations of converged iPAQs, including the upcoming HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger, will also support this messaging service.

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Pocket X-Press has been specifically developed for the HP iPAQ h6340 and will be available for future HP converged products. Pocket X-Press software is simple to download and can be installed in minutes. No additional server installation is required and Pocket X-Press integrates directly into the operating system, supporting Pocket Outlook and Pocket Internet Explorer.

For less than £6 a month, Pocket X-Press offers "Push" email and fast web browsing for small business customers. The new service can be downloaded by customers in the UK from mid-March at www.ipaqchoice.com/email. Versions for additional countries will be available in mid-May.

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Sony Ericsson today announced a new family of Quad Band GSM/GPRS, Class 10 radio devices which delivers three
distinctly targeted products for M2M communications, telemetry and automotive applications. Sony Ericsson's new range of products provides developers and system integrators with a wealth of functionality and enhanced features to address a diverse application landscape and win customers that are tendering for today's leading M2M projects.

The launch includes the slimline GS64 for applications such as PDAs, Laptops, POS terminals and other portable or battery powered devices; the backwardly compatible GR64 as a high performance upgrade for those applications already using Sony Ericsson's current generation of GSM/GPRS devices; and the automotive grade GA64 to address the GSM cellular telematics market. Benefits offered across the family
include a compact design, Quad Band GSM/GPRS, Class 10, enhanced I/O and TCP/IP capability including USB for increased connectivity, powerful processor, enhanced memory with increased application space, and all are fully Type approved and lead free compliant.

Anders Franzen, Corporate Vice President and Head of Sony Ericsson Machine to Machine Communications said: "Our machine to machine customers seek fast development time in order to capture the market opportunity. Sony Ericsson's new product range gives integrators a head start by offering advantages that ultimately put critical design time on their side and position them for innovative, system cost optimized, product development. Since the M2M market is experiencing explosive growth, even exponentially in certain areas, our customers are looking to Sony Ericsson's M2M leadership and expertise to
provide the answers that will help them win."

Integration samples will be available from mid 2005.

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Sony Ericsson announces the D750 and K508 mobile phones exclusive to T-Mobile

Sony Ericsson today announces two new mobile phones, the D750i and the K508i Twilight Black, exclusively for T-Mobile's European markets, further strengthening its relationship
with this key network operator. In addition, the Z800i UMTS clamshell phone, announced earlier this month, will also be available from T-Mobile, though this will not be an exclusive agreement.

Both the D750i and K508i will be exclusive to T-Mobile and available in all T-Mobile's European markets.  The K508i is already shipping in some markets and will continue to roll-out during Q2, while the D750i will start shipping during Q2.  The Z800i, which is not exclusive to T-Mobile, will ship in Q2.

The D750i is the perfect mobile phone for short trips and holidays; it offers a 2 MegaPixel camera, MP3 player, FM radio and foreign language translation programme in one easy-to-use device, saving room in your suitcase or backpack. The D50i comes equipped with technical features common in stand-alone digital cameras such as Autofocus, 4x digital zoom, preflash with red eye reduction, an intuitive digital
still camera user interface and accessories such as a camera flash.

Thanks to its up to 38MB internal memory and the 64MB Memory Stick Duo(TM) included in the box, the D750i can store an impressive amount of images or music, memory can be further expanded as the phone is compatible with up to 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM).  The D750i offers Mobile Jukebox through T-Mobile's t-zones.

The K508i Twilight Black is an entertainment mobile phone with
premier content and great applications. Test your gaming skills with a virtual racing driver integrated 3D game or enjoy wallpaper and animated MMS templates ideally suited for the big 65K colour TFT play, which is also ideal for sharing messages and images with ends and family. Featuring an integrated MP3 player, VGA camera with 4x digital zoom and a range of exiting embedded games make the K508i the ultimate entertainment mobile.

The Z800i is ideal for using new 3G UMTS mobile broadband networks services, such as video telephony, Mobile Jukebox and video streaming and downloads. With an integrated 1.3 MegaPixel camera with Motion-Eye(TM), the Z800i also has breathtaking imaging capabilities, while fast data access and a wide range of connectivity options make this new clamshell phone especially suited to people who are heavy users of voice and data servies. The phone features a 2.2 inch 262,144 colours TFT display. Bluetooth(TM), infrared and a USB cable
connectivity, enable calendar, contacts and other data to be
synchronized quickly and easily via PC. The Z800i has a generous amount of storage giving it enough room for Java applications, e-mails, video clips, photos and music files.

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M2M data to be stored on Oracle app servers

Siemens is announcing a new partnership with Oracle Deutschland GmbH for the joint development of corporate solutions in the field of machine-to-machine communications. This cooperative effort relates especially to the new line of business offered by Siemens: M2M One. With M2M One Siemens provides companies with tailored M2M solutions from a single source and uses, amongst others, ORACLE's application server.

Siemens uses the Oracle Application Server as the basis for developing a framework for M2M server solutions. These solutions ensure that data sent to the company from external machines and devices via GSM/GPRS communication is stored in an Oracle database and processed from there. With the aid of the Oracle JDeveloper as development tool and prefabricated modules, the framework for this can be adapted very quickly to individual M2M needs. "We are delighted to be able to support Siemens with our expertise in the development of the M2M framework", declared Werner Keller, Vice President of Sales at Oracle Deutschland GmbH. "The M2M market is highly attractive and we are hoping for further interesting developments in this field in cooperation with Siemens."

The two companies also intend to work together on the marketing of the new M2M One service offering. They are planning, among other things, a joint roadshow in Germany in the first half of the year in which companies are to be shown on-site the opportunities for boosting efficiency and reducing costs by using machine-to-machine communication.

"The M2M market has been highly fragmented up to now and there are many individual solutions. Together we are now striving to achieve greater standardization of M2M solutions on the server side", said José Costa e Silva, President of Wireless Modules at Siemens Communications. "Due to the presence of Siemens and Oracle worldwide we can offer our customers not only regional but also international implementation of their M2M solution along with global support which will include the server application."

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3GSM World Congress
In its keynote presentation at the 3GSM Congress in Cannes today, T- Mobile called for a new approach to the challenges and opportunities facing mobile; pressed for changes to the subsidy model and approach to tariffs; called for a reduction of roaming rates; gave further details of its broadband mobile strategy and its strengthened lead in Wi-Fi; announced new mobile data devices and tariffs; and called for the industry to align on the growing needs for interoperability and standardisation.

The myth of mobile maturity : T- Mobile denounced the notion of maturity, even in voice services. Global mobile users are forecast to double from 1 billion at Cannes last year to 2 billion by end 2005. US customer growth was around 14% last year. (T- Mobile US customers increased 32%). In European countries, penetration is moving beyond 100%. More important, uses and usage of mobile are immature everywhere, and mobile is just now entering the broadband revolution.
 
"We need to ban the word maturity from the mobile dictionary; but we also need to adopt a new approach to mobile growth." said René Obermann, Chief Executive of T-Mobile.
 
Change the subsidy model. Change tariff structures. The need for fairness and simplicity: The focus of mobile has to shift firmly to encouraging new uses and new usage, and to building customer loyalty and customer lifetime value. To do this, mobile should become simpler. Tariffs should be fairer. Pre-pay subsidy should go. Roaming rates should be simpler and more attractive.
 
"Subsidy drove penetration. Now pre-pay subsidy is subsidising low cost competitors. And it's making tariffs too high.
 
"We are at the crossroads between device cost and usage cost. Drop subsidy and we can cut tariffs. Customers want lower tariffs. They drive usage and loyalty. Pre-pay subsidy needs to be cut, then removed.
 
"Roaming rates today are still perceived by customers as a usage barrier. Last year, T-Mobile cut the cost of holiday roaming by up to half. We will extend our leading position with simple, fair transparent and attractive offers. The whole industry should support this path into the future and should act now." said René Obermann.
 
"Internet in your Pocket." "Office in your Pocket." : T- Mobile gave further details of its broadband mobile strategy to deliver the internet to customers, estimating 1 in 5 Western European workers are already mobile, and citing Analysys' forecast of total Western European mobile business data being worth some ?1 billion a year by 2009.
 
Hamid Akhavan, Chief Technology Officer of T- Mobile said: "Now there is no reason why our access to the office information and company IT infrastructure should be less while on the road. Plus, the convenience of having the Internet in our pockets will have a bigger positive impact on our lives than the internet itself has had to date.
 
"We as an industry pack more and more features into our phones and launch more and more services. The problem is most customers don't know how to use the features and in many cases are not even aware of the services.
 
"Our approach is simple. Open internet access. Worry free tariffs. Devices that customers can instantly use, because they're already familiar with the operating system - they already use it on their PCs.
 
"While mobile voice will remain the "killer application," our customers will adopt our mobile data offer for its "killer experience" - it will offer our customers the same experience as a good DSL connection they enjoy at home or office, for all their favorite data needs - e-mail, messaging, real-time multimedia, browsing and downloading."
 
21/2G, 3G, Wi-Fi. Integrated network strategy : "3G will become the work-horse technology of mobile, just as GSM is today. The customers will migrate to 3G over time, as they did with analogue to digital voice. We will enhance its speed significantly with HSDPA," said Hamid.
 
"The pace of adoption will grow rapidly. We are planning to double our sales of data-centric devices and cards in Europe this year, compared to 210,000 last year."
 
"Usage is growing rapidly - 10 terabytes of Wi-Fi data in T-Mobile US this January alone. This is the equivalent to half of the 24 million volumes of books, photographs, recordings and other information available at the United States' Library of Congress, the largest library in the world.
 
And we are extending beyond airports, hotels, destination spots to trains - with the introduction of Wi-Fi on trains in the UK."
 
The need for a new approach : "Mobile is changing and T-Mobile is changing," said René Obermann. "Through our Save for Growth programme, we are simplifying our structure and processes; sharpening our focus; improving our quality and speed to market; and aiming to increase our operating investment in growth by ?500 million a year by the end of 2006. We will gain competitive advantage.
 
"We're committed to a new approach to mobile both in the voice and the broadband worlds."
 
World's first 21/2G, 3G and Wi-Fi mobile device : T- Mobile presented a range of data devices and tariffs, including the world's first pocket-size MDA combining 21/2G, 3G and Wi-Fi; large, high resolution screen; integrated Qwerty keyboard; video telephony and conferencing; Pocket Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer; Bluetooth and infrared; send and receive faxes; voice activated phone dialling.

Solution Enables Faster Time to Market for Feature-Rich Devices

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QUALCOMM Incorporated, pioneer and world leader of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital wireless technology, and Openwave Systems Inc, the leading provider of open software products and services for the communications industry, today announced that QUALCOMM and Openwave have entered into a licensing agreement that will further promote the rapid advancement of 3G WCDMA (UMTS) handsets.

Under the agreement, QUALCOMM and Openwave will work together to port Openwave mobile browser and messaging software to select QUALCOMM Mobile Station Modem (MSM) chipsets, enabling a phone solution that builds on the capabilities of QUALCOMM's Launchpad suite. Openwave's software will be integrated directly on top of QUALCOMM's BREW solution to shorten design timelines and costs while providing an enhanced end-user experience across key applications. This solution will be available starting with QUALCOMM's MSM6250 chipset solution to initially target WCDMA markets.

"With the industry-leading feature set of Openwave's client software, handset manufacturers will be able to provide operators with flexible applications," said Simon Wilkinson, senior vice president and general manager of the client software group at Openwave. "Openwave and QUALCOMM have a shared commitment to deliver the best possible solutions and leverage our combined expertise to enable consistent and high-quality user experiences for next generation devices."

"We are pleased to work with Openwave to provide an integrated client solution that addresses the rapid adoption of new 3G services and takes full advantage of the Launchpad features of our chipsets," said Luis Pineda, senior vice president marketing and product management for QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "This phone solution streamlines development efforts and accelerates time to market to significantly reduce the costs of 3G device development."

QUALCOMM will offer select components of Openwave Phone Suite Version 7 (V7), including Openwave Mobile Browser, with operator specific service extensions, along with Openwave SMS, EMS, MMS, PoC and IM clients. QUALCOMM has also commissioned Openwave to develop BREW extensions, providing ease of development and design re-use across multiple handsets. Openwave clients will build on the Launchpad engines to deliver applications that provide operators with the flexibility to design customized user experience specifications -- providing end users with an easy-to-use format that encourages increased usage of wireless multimedia.

The MSM6250 chipset supports QUALCOMM's Launchpad suite of advanced multimedia, connectivity, position location, user interface and removable storage functionality, including QUALCOMM's gpsOne solution, the world's most broadly deployed assisted-GPS handset technology.

QUALCOMM's chipsets also support QUALCOMM's BREW ecosystem, which enables the development and monetization of advanced applications and content, allowing operators and OEMs to differentiate their products and services and increase revenues. QUALCOMM's chipsets are also compatible with the Java runtime environment; J2ME can be built entirely on the chipset as an extension to the BREW solution.

Qpass Strengthens Commitment to the European Digital Marketplace and Simpay

Qpass, whose software powers the marketplace for digital media and services, today announced the acquisition of the Encorus mobile payments software business, which includes the PaymentWorks product line. The acquisition furthers the company's global expansion and strengthens its position as the vendor of choice for digital payment software in the European mobile market. The acquisition further demonstrates Qpass' support of Simpay, the consumer m-payment scheme formed by Orange, Telefonica Moviles, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

"Encorus has engineered world-class Simpay technology, and we are pleased to be in a position to deepen our Service Management Platform and Payment Server product line with this strategic asset," said Chase Franklin, CEO, Qpass. "This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to providing mobile operators with the most advanced and proven Simpay solution."

"We are constantly reviewing the needs of our business and make adjustments as needed to successfully execute our long-term growth strategies," said Nandita Bakhshi, president, Encorus Technologies. "Qpass was an obvious strategic fit for our mobile software business."

Qpass has acquired the Encorus PaymentWorks intellectual property as well as the Encorus name and other assets. Qpass will assume the customer relationships of the Encorus' PaymentWorks software business including its relationship with T-Mobile International. The Encorus software team of employees in Stuttgart and Budapest will become part of the Qpass Europe team and continue to provide continuity and enhance the PaymentsWorks technology. Encorus is part of eONE Global, a majority-owned subsidiary of First Data Corporation. As part of the transaction Qpass and FDC have agreed to co-market and coordinate with one another as preferred providers of each company's respective solutions. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With this acquisition, Qpass grows to approximately 250 full-time employees, serving more than 27 customers, including 16 mobile operators in North America and Europe, which together have more than 140 million mobile subscribers.

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Alcatel has today announced that it is initiating interoperability tests between its Alcatel Evolium multi-standard mobile network infrastructure solution and QUALCOMM's HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access)-enabled MSM6275 chipset.

QUALCOMM's  Mobile  Station  Modem  (MSM) MSM6275 chipset for WCDMA with support for HSDPA, part of QUALCOMM's Enhanced Platform, delivers peak data rates  of up to 1.8 Mbps, allowing faster transmission of larger data files and  improved  file  transfer  capabilities  to  drive  commercial wireless multimedia,  enabling  advanced gaming, music distribution services and the faster streaming of multimedia files.

Alcatel's  Evolium-based  HSDPA  solution will provide mobile operators and mobile  users  alike with the maximum benefits of HSDPA, as Alcatel's HSDPA solution, on top of the QPSK modulation (up to 3.6 Mb/s) which is mandatory according  to  3GPP  specifications,  will  also deliver the optional 16QAM modulation  (up  to  14.4 Mb/s). When in commercial use, the actual average data  throughput  of  Alcatel's  HSDPA solution will reach from 2 to 3Mb/s, i.e.  from  five  to  eight  times  more  than the current 3G/UMTS 384 kb/s maximum throughput.

Based  on Evolium's natively multi-standard architecture, the deployment of Alcatel's  HSDPA  solution will require a simple software-only upgrade, all Alcatel's Node Bs already being fully HSDPA-ready. An additional benefit of Alcatel's  Node  Bs  is  that  they  are  perfectly suited to manage indoor traffic  and  solutions,  which  will  match the growing needs of corporate users  working  from  their  office for easier and faster access to e-mails with bulky attachments, corporate networks and intranets.

"Positioned  correctly,  HSDPA  will  further  improve  the  success of 3G, delivering  increased capability necessary to accommodate the market uptake of  high-speed  mobile  applications such as content downloads," said Jason Chapman, Principal Analyst, Mobile Infrastructure at Gartner.

"HSDPA  is  at  the  center  of Alcatel's user-centric broadband strategy," declared   Marc  Rouanne,  chief  operating  officer  of  Alcatel's  mobile activities.  "This  IOT  program  with  QUALCOMM  for  HSDPA reinforces the technological  leadership  of  Evolium multi-standard solutions that permit the cost-effective introduction of HSDPA thanks to a software-only upgrade. Our  collaboration with an innovative chipset manufacturer such as QUALCOMM will  definitely  allow  us  to  stand  at the forefront of the forthcoming 3G/HSDPA evolution."

Since  September  2004,  Alcatel  has been successfully showcasing an HSDPA solution  in  its  3G  Reality  Centre  (3GRC)  located in Vélizy (France), together with Fujitsu, its partner in the Evolium SAS joint venture.

Travel the World With a Single WCDMA Device

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QUALCOMM has today announced a tri-band WCDMA (UMTS)/HSDPA and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (EGPRS) radioOne solution to enable true global roaming between WCDMA markets in Europe, North America and Asia. The introduction of the RFR6220(TM) receiver for 850 MHz markets adds to QUALCOMM's commercially available RTR6250 transceiver and RFR6250 receiver.

The complete solution will provide global support for WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz and EGPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz. This integrated solution also includes support for QUALCOMM's gpsOne position location technology. QUALCOMM's Mobile Station Modem (MSM) MSM6255 chipset for WCDMA/EGPRS and MSM6275 chipset for WCDMA/HSDPA/EGPRS are optimized for the RTR6250, RFR6250 and RFR6220 solutions. Handset manufacturers can implement one of two RF configurations for market-specific devices: RTR6250/RFR6250 for quad-band EGPRS, dual-band WCDMA 1900/2100 MHz and gpsOne support or: RTR6250/RFR6250/RFR6220 for quad-band EGPRS, tri-band WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz and gpsOne support.

Engineering samples of the RFR6220 device are expected to ship in the second quarter of calendar 2005.  The RFR6250 and RTR6250 devices are commercially available today.

"We've added a tri-band WCDMA RF chipset to our extensive WCDMA portfolio to enable global roaming across Europe, North America and Asia," said Dr. Sanjay K. Jha, president of QUALCOMM CDMA Technologies. "This is an industry first that further strengthens our WCDMA/HSDPA product portfolio."

QUALCOMM's latest radioOne configurations offer flexible design solutions to handset manufacturers developing devices for multi-tiered global markets. Handset designs that support tri-band WCDMA with the RTR6250/RFR6250/RFR6220 configuration can be reused to support single- or dual-band WCDMA by excluding the RFR6220 device -- reducing parts count while maximizing development efforts to ensure cost-effective 3G solutions.

The MSM6255 chipset is a highly integrated solution for WCDMA and EGPRS networks worldwide and is optimized to deliver in-demand mainstream multimedia applications, including streaming audio and video, high-quality snapshots and location-based services.

QUALCOMM's MSM6275 chipset solution for WCDMA/HSDPA and EGPRS provides increased processing power and graphics performance at low power consumption to enable the highest quality audiovisual and gaming graphics on cost-effective, multiband, multimode handsets with smaller form factors.

Nokia to provide easy wireless access to Exchange Server 2003 data, including wireless email, calendar and contacts in future mobile devices 

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Nokia's Enterprise Solutions business group today announced that it has licensed Microsoft Corp's Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol to enable wireless and direct synchronization between Microsoft Exchange Server, part of the Windows Server System and future Nokia enterprise mobile devices. The terms of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.

The collaboration between the two companies will allow Nokia to build a direct over-the-air synchronization link between Nokia enterprise mobile devices running on Nokia's Series 60 and Series 80 software platforms and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 for email and other personal information management (PIM) data, such as calendar information and contacts. By integrating the Exchange Server ActiveSync protocol into Nokia devices, enterprise customers are provided with an easy-to-use, secure, wireless email solution that is cost-effective and can be deployed quickly and easily. Nokia will continue to support the OMA Data Synchronization protocol and its own Nokia PC Suite, a local connectivity solution that utilizes OMA Data Synchronization for PCs and Nokia mobile devices.
 
"Nokia is committed to answering the broader needs of enterprises across the world by giving them access to the widest possible choice of email and PIM solutions on the market today and tomorrow," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager, Nokia's Enterprise Solutions business group. "Licensing this protocol provides our customers with a seamless solution for integrating our mobile devices into their back-end."
 
"Microsoft's goal is to deliver flexible, integrated solutions that fuel innovation for our partners and provide our customers with a variety of options to enable secure, wireless and direct synchronization to their mobile device." said Pieter Knook, senior Vice President, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "The licensing of Exchange Server ActiveSync is an example of Microsoft's drive towards interoperable technologies that will help to lower IT costs for our customers."
 
According to leading IT market research firm IDC, 84 percent of businesses that either already have or are planning in the next year to integrate wireless devices with corporate systems will look to deploy email first, and then follow with personal information management, calendar applications and customer relationship management or sales force automation applications at the same time or soon after. To drive broader adoption of mobile email, Nokia will provide a combination of robust email and synchronization solutions giving enterprises the ability to deploy mobile email to a wider range of users within their company. Collaboration between emerging and established email solutions players will help to speed and facilitate the adoption of enterprise application mobility.