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Telcordia, a specialist in the development of IP, wireline and mobile telecommunication software and services, and Gantek Technologies, a provider of information and communication technologies in Turkey and the surrounding region, have announced that the Telcordia Number Portability Clearinghouse and Telcordia Number Management System have been selected by Avea and Vodafone to facilitate number porting in Turkey. Number portability ordinance is in effect in Turkey, and the selection of Telcordia and Gantek to provide number portability will enable service providers in the region to turn a regulatory requirement into a fair and competitive environment.

In early 2007, Turkey announced plans to implement number portability for the country's service providers. Avea and Vodafone issued a request for proposal (RFP) and selected Gantek, which leverages the Telcordia Number Portability Clearinghouse and Telcordia Number Management System as the main application software. Avea and Vodafone then donated the solution to Turkey's telecommunications regulator to expedite the rollout of number portability in the region. The Gantek-Telcordia team was selected based on Gantek's in-depth experience in the telecommunications sector and Telcordia's proven number portability implementations expertise, customer base and readiness to offer a comprehensive number portability central database solution. It was also critical that the team be able to meet and adapt to Turkey's unique needs and market conditions, which included the ability to complete system implementation and testing in just 120 days, which has already been accomplished.

"We understand the local culture and unique operating environment in Turkey," said Selda Bagdat Bahadir, General Manager, Gantek. "Matching our expertise with Telcordia, which has the deepest and broadest knowledge base in communications, is a winning combination that will ensure a smooth number portability implementation within the pre-defined timeframe."

Avea and Vodafone's selection highlight the strength of the Telcordia and Gantek relationship, which was created to benefit Turkey's regulator and service providers by providing convenient, local access to Telcordia's number portability solutions.

"Service providers worldwide recognize Telcordia's ability to help them use numbering and interconnection to evolve their businesses in an increasingly competitive market," said Richard Jacowleff, President, Interconnection Solutions, Telcordia. "Having the right partner is one of the most critical factors to success. Gantek understands service providers' business, anticipates and addresses their needs and, like Telcordia, has the technical expertise necessary to execute complicated deployments quickly and correctly. With the addition of this selection in Turkey, Telcordia number portability solutions have now been selected by 12 countries, serving more than 600 million subscribers, reinforcing our position as the worldwide leader in number portability."

Agilent Technologies has announced that Sequans, a provider of Mobile WiMAX silicon and reference designs, has awarded Agilent a contract for Mobile WiMAX Protocol Conformance Test (PCT). Sequans will use Agilent's N6430A Mobile WiMAX PCT system to perform pre-certification testing on its mobile station and base station reference designs.
    
"To be selected by Sequans is a great endorsement of Agilent's N6430A PCT system," said C. J. Meurell, European Operations general manager of Agilent's WiMAX and WLAN one-box-tester products.
    
Agilent's N6430A PCT solution delivers a comprehensive suite of test solutions for 802.16-2004/Cor2 D3/802.16e-2005 Mobile WiMAX PCT and development testing, from a scripting interface to a fully functional radio bearer based on the Agilent E6651A platform. The N6430A supports a significant and growing number of validated WiMAX PCT test cases. The Agilent E6651A portfolio of solutions supports multiple R&D testing needs in addition to PCT, including base-station emulation, RF parametric measurements and Radiated Performance Testing.
    
Sequans is a leading supplier of chipsets for the Mobile WiMAX IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard, as well as for the fixed WiMAX IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. Sequans' Mobile WiMAX mobile station chip, the SQN1130 Wave 2-ready MIMO chip, delivers more than 30 Mbps throughput while drawing less than 280 mW of power. Its Mobile WiMAX base station chip, the SQN2130, can be used to build any size base station -- femto, pico, micro or multisector macro, due to its high-throughput, yet low-cost design.
    
"Selecting Agilent's N6430A PCT system was an easy choice for us," said Bernard Aboussouan, Sequans vice president of Marketing & Business Development. "The Agilent system is the most flexible and comprehensive WiMAX PCT test solution available today."

Despite the fact that no LTE (Long Term Evolution) network is expected to be commercial before 2010, a new study from ABI Research forecasts that by 2013, there will be more than 32 million subscribers using LTE networks. Three of the largest mobile operators - China Mobile, Vodafone and Verizon Wireless - have announced plans to adopt LTE.

Asia-Pacific countries will account for the largest regional share. "ABI Research anticipates about 12 million Asia-Pacific LTE network subscribers in 2013, " says senior analyst Nadine Manjaro. "The remainder will be split about 60-40% between Western Europe and North America."

LTE commitments from NTT DoCoMo and KDDI in Japan will further boost adoption.

The long wait for the Chinese government to issue 3G licenses may become a factor driving LTE in that country: "It wouldn't surprise me to see some operators skip over 3G and go straight to LTE," says Manjaro. "Although China's own TD-SCDMA 3G technology will be deployed on a small scale during the Olympics, I can't see operators spending billions to implement that or any other 3G technology if they will just have to upgrade within a year or two."

Since LTE deployment involves new hardware and software, a number of industry sectors stand to benefit. Before 2010, it will be vendors of the test equipment used to ensure network interoperability and performance. Next will come vendors of the required network infrastructure equipment itself.

Finally, it will be device manufacturers. Because LTE is primarily about data, not voice, its first phase will see devices such as USB dongles for computers: ABI Research estimates 53 million to ship by 2013. Because LTE will compete directly with cable and DSL services, in-home modems will also see volume shipments, as will Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs). Manjaro calls the device market "a huge opportunity."

Conmio, a provider of software solutions for mobile content services, has today announced that it is working with Finland's 'fastest growing' mobile operator DNA to provide mobile Internet services for DNA's subscribers. Delivered jointly by Conmio and TietoEnator, the dna Tasku service is built on Conmio ManaGate, a content management and publishing solution that automates mobile publishing of media content.

dna Tasku provides for DNA subscribers a context aware mobile Internet service, which the user can easily personalize according to their liking. The service is usable by all Internet enabled mobile phones.

Available at wap.dnafinland.fi, dna Tasku offers users rich mobile content such as music, images and news. Conmio ManaGate matches and optimizes the content to suit every mobile device. ManaGate is designed to integrate with all editorial, publishing and business systems and applications, weaving the mobile channel into existing business processes. No software tailoring is required. In addition, users are able to personalize the service according to their own needs by selecting what content they wish to view and use.

"We wanted to build a system that is both a platform and device independent as well as easy to use, and would fit seamlessly with our existing technologies. Not forgetting, for example, the capabilities to foster new business by supporting mobile advertising. Our customers have long been asking for a mobile web service, and we wanted to provide them a solution that is based on their and not the technology's needs. Therefore Conmio's ManaGate was the best solution for us," said Ms Heidi Lagerström, Product Manager, Value-added Services, DNA.

"The mobile Internet is now a reality, and the competition for users is heating up. Speed and ease of use are the key. Content must be easily deliverable to any mobile device and users must be able to access it and personalize it without difficulty to ensure a smooth, personal user experience," commented Mr Tero Hämäläinen, CEO, Conmio.

"The mobile Internet and mobile advertising are important strategic areas for TietoEnator's Digital Media business. We focus on new solutions and services in this area, and it is important for us to find the right solutions and to collaborate with innovative partners," said Mr Hannu Arvelo, Director, Digital Media, TietoEnator.

New research from Tariff Consultancy is said to reveal that mobile operators' calling plans increase in "super size" and "unlimited" bundles of texts and minutes. Operators are trying to steer away from prepaid putting the emphasis on 30-day contracts and automatic top ups driving price competition. By comparison so far data plan bundling has been more limited and present the new battleground for mobile operators looking for growth.

In a report entitled Mobile Pricing Trends and Service Innovation published by Tariff Consultancy, the market for prepaid, postpaid and so-called hybrid contracts are evaluated from mobile operators across the globe.

The report offers detailed pricing adopted by mobile operators in both emerging and developed markets for new services such as Messaging, Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM), Mobile TV, Mobile Music, Mobile Gaming and more.

Bundling and flat rate data services are gaining ground. The trend towards inclusive and unlimited offers is becoming unstoppable. The bundles of minutes and texts are becoming larger, with Italian operator Wind offering 4,000 on-net texts a month for a Euro 2 per month fee. In the UK T-Mobile's SIM-Only Solo price plans offers up to 500 texts and 1,800 voice minutes to all networks for a 35 GBP(purchased online)  per month fee.

"Mobile operators are increasingly using all inclusive flat rate deals to attract users onto a form of contract," says Margrit Sessions, Managing Director of Tariff Consultancy Ltd. "The bundling of core minutes and texts is starting to reach its limit, so providers will have to resort to other means to differentiate their service and gain new customers".

There is also evidence that mobile operators are becoming more selective in how they position their services. Operators moving towards community pricing and plans such as SingTel's RedPAC (Parent And Child) offering allows minutes to be pooled among family members.

Fixed line and mobile providers are starting to integrate their services. Starhub in Singapore offers its Cable TV gaming service over the mobile so that those users can seamlessly transfer their online gaming experience from PC to the mobile at any time.

In new markets such as CEE and Russia, 3G providers are discovering that once a flat rate tariff structure for data is adopted - even at the equivalent of USD 100 per month - there is a ready market for Mobile Broadband, among users who use VoIP and who are underserved by existing fixed networks.

Although mobile operators are increasingly promoting flat rate data services worldwide, in reality there is usually a defined data allowance which when exceeded results in a high per MB charge rate. The can mislead consumers about how much they will really be charged in practice. Given consumers uncertainty about the real cost and need of these flat rate tariff plans operators are revising their pricing strategies and are offering a cut-price daily or per hour usage rate to stimulate user adoption.

"We believe that the next stage in mobile operator evolution will be those who are able to make Mobile Broadband a convenient, available and easy-to-use service", says Margrit Sessions. "This time around mobile operators have the opportunity to provide a varied service portfolio which is geared to the user needs of individual groups, rather than provide pure price discounting".  

Telekom Austria Group's mobile subsidiary, mobilkom austria, has presented its 'comprehensive' mobile TV portfolio, A1 TV PLUS, which combines UMTS streaming with DVB-H technology. It follows the launch of Austria's DVB-H network a week ago after mobilkom austria signed a cooperation agreement with Media Broadcast, the owner of the DVB-H licence in Austria.

Starting from June 13, 2008 a comprehensive portfolio of mobile TV services will be commercially available jointly with the DVB-H capable mobile handset Nokia N77. It will encompass 22 TV channels, 15 via DVB-H and 7 via UMTS streaming, as well as 5 radio channels. The mobile handset Nokia N77 will cost EUR 49 including the subscription to the "A1 Komplett" mobile package. Those customers who acquire this handset by August 14, 2008 will be able to enjoy the new DVB-H mobile TV channels free of charge until year-end 2008. Starting from August 15, 2008 A1 TV PLUS will be available for EUR 9 per month. Some of the DVB-H mobile TV channels can also be viewed outside the DVB-H coverage area via UMTS-streaming.

Moreover, A1 customers can also enjoy mobile TV on the basis of the LG HB620 UMTS mobile phone via the DVB-T technology. This mobile TV service encompasses 6 channels and is free of charge. The handset is also equipped with a 2 Mega-pixel camera and costs EUR 99 including the "A1 Komplett" package. With the Huawei E510 HSPA modem, this mobile TV offering can also be viewed on Laptops and PCs.

Hannes Ametsreiter, CMO Telekom Austria AG and mobilkom austria said: "Our customers can now choose between a wide range of mobile TV offerings based on different technologies, comprising a free-of-charge DVB-T basic package with 6 channels, which can be viewed also on PCs and laptops via a HSPA modem, and a full mobile TV offering with 22 TV channels and 5 radio programs via a combination of DVB-H and UMTS streaming for a very attractive price. For our customers it is not the underlying technology of significant importance but the price, the number of channels available and the mobile handset supporting mobile TV services. Thus, we have succeeded in creating a transparent mobile TV portfolio by providing each target group with an adequate offering tailored-made to their different needs."

NXP Semiconductors, the independent semiconductor company founded by Philips, today announced the 'world's fastest' high-bandwidth cellular soft modem - Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910. Powered by NXP's Embedded Vector Processor (EVP), a 'powerful Digital Signal Processing core', the PNX6910 is claimed to be capable of achieving data transfer rates of 150 Mbits downlink and 50 Mbits uplink, and supports multi-mode LTE/HSPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM capability.

Consumers will benefit from an enhanced user experience as next-generation mobile devices deliver ultra-fast Internet browsing, streaming video services, multi-player gaming and even full length HD films. In fact, NXP's Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910 is capable of downloading an entire HD movie in less than 7 minutes - over twenty times faster than today's HSPA Cat 8 devices at 7.2 Mbs. The PNX6910 is also optimized for a wide range of consumer electronics beyond mobile phones, bringing broadband connectivity to digital still and video cameras, next generation laptops, Internet tablets and ultra-mobile PCs.

"Multimedia content sharing and Web 2.0 services will be the drivers for next-generation handsets and a new breed of connected consumer electronics," according to Dan Rabinovitsj, senior VP & GM of cellular business at NXP Semiconductors. "The PNX6910 will provide consumers with the data services and experiences they are used to from the Internet, while they are on-the-go."

NXP has selected the first implementation of a multi-mode baseband processor to address the LTE market, which is expected to gain rapid acceptance due to its wide support in the mobile industry and the ubiquity of GSM standards worldwide. "The PNX6910 will enable OEMs to develop their next-generation products quickly during the critical ramp-up phase of the technology, enabling faster time-to-market and better performance," remarked Rabinovitsj.

The PNX6910 will allow cellular phone and Consumer Electronics manufacturers to participate in the LTE market from the very start, with a reference design that can connect a wide variety of handheld products via cellular services to the internet. The soft modem approach reduces chip design effort by 1.5 to 2 years due to parallel design phases. This approach incorporates multi-mode functionality on a single RF chip and a single baseband chip, which will help device manufacturers deliver ultra-small form-factors capable of very high speeds. Meanwhile, power efficiency is assured through the use of advanced system architectures and process technologies beating the historical power curve prediction.

LTE represents the exciting future of next-generation broadband mobility for consumers, building on the success story of GSM - widely deployed all over the world. The PNX6910's software programmable vector processor enables multi-mode capability and supports the entire GSM family of standards, including LTE TDD for China, which paves the way for truly global roaming.

Nexperia Cellular System Solution PNX6910 will be available to early access customers in the second quarter of 2009.

Nokia has announced the launch of the Nokia Advertising Alliance, which, it's claimed, will simplify mobile advertising for brand advertisers. 

According to Nokia, the program brings together leading mobile marketing solutions, including couponing, location-based targeting, image recognition, and other emerging technologies, to offer advertisers a simple way to increase consumer engagement.Brands can work with Nokia to combine the reach of mobile advertising on the Nokia Media Network with the latest mobile technologies for more effective campaigns.

"Mobile is maturing into an effective advertising medium, however, the fragmentation of certain technologies makes it hard for some programs to scale," said Brian Bos, Senior Vice President, Convergence Director at MindShare-Team Detroit.  "We applaud Nokia's efforts to streamline this evolving market and make it easier to manage our clients' mobile advertising investment."

"To realise truly integrated advertising, it's imperative that major brands can make use of a range of mobile services.  The Advertising Alliance brings together the most innovative technologies in the market, and brings trust to brands who want to use them," said Scott Heron, Director of Digital Services at Wunderman.

Members of the Alliance are integrated with the Nokia Media Network allowing brands to plan, execute and measure mobile advertising campaigns through a single Nokia interface. A range of companies have been initially certified as Members of the Alliance, including i-movo, Mobile Acuity, Mobiqa, and uLocate, with many additional members in testing.  Leading brands from the automotive to entertainment industries have built campaigns using the Nokia Advertising Alliance.

"Succeeding in mobile requires much more than a banner ad alone. Brands have the opportunity to deliver immersive, highly engaging experiences to consumers.  The Alliance gives brands access to a range of novel mobile ad experiences from one trusted vendor," said Mike Baker, VP and Head of Nokia Interactive Advertising.

Nokia Interactive Advertising includes:

- The Nokia Media Network which gives reach to millions of mobile consumers through advertising on more than 100 blue-chip mobile publishers, operator partners and Nokia properties.
- Nokia Interactive Solutions that creates end-to-end, high performance mobile campaigns for brands from banner ads, mobile internet sites and location finders to mobile coupons, click-to-call and other advanced mobile mechanics.

Symbian, the specialist in open operating systems for mobile phones, has signed a licensing agreement with Scalado for its mobile imaging software affording Symbian OS 'state of the art' image handling capabilities.

Scalado's solution for Symbian OS will 'significantly improve' Symbian's imaging performance for higher megapixel images. It will deliver faster rendering, scaling and rotation and superior image editing features - with the added benefit of reduced memory consumption. Importantly, Scalado's patented Random Access JPEG technology allows imaging operations to occur while the image is in compressed form, greatly reducing RAM consumption.

Retroactive to Symbian OS v9.3 and v9.4, the three year licence ensures benefits for end-users and handset manufacturers alike and is free of any additional royalties. End users will enjoy higher usability while handset manufacturers will see a cut in hardware costs. Under the terms of the deal, Symbian and Scalado will create a joint team of highly skilled imaging and camera engineers to enhance and extend Symbian's camera and imaging offering.

Mats Jacobson, CEO of Scalado, commented; "Consumers today expect mobile phone cameras to perform just as well as digital still cameras. Building on our existing long and fruitful partnership, this new initiative sees Symbian and Scalado working together to ensure that the leading mobile OS will deliver the beauty of high quality and high speed image handling with full connectivity and sharing options to consumers."

Jørgen Behrens, Executive Vice-President, Marketing, Symbian, commented; "This licensing agreement will benefit both handset vendors and end-users - reducing cost and memory consumption in handset development and offering advanced image handling capabilities in high megapixel camera devices to end-users. It's another great demonstration of our commitment to offering the best mobile technology possible in Symbian OS and to helping the mobile industry succeed."

Germany's Mobile 3.0 is offering high-quality broadcasts of television and radio channels to users on the move, having launched a test service based on a mobile television solution from Nokia Siemens Networks.

The service, initially available in four German cities - Hamburg, Hanover, Frankfurt and Munich - includes nine TV channels (ARD, ZDF, Deutschland 24, RTL, VOX, SAT 1, Pro 7, N-TV and N24) and three radio stations (bigMUSIC, MyFun Radio, and 90elf). It will help gather information on actual demand, expected consumption patterns, coverage and reception conditions in order to fine-tune the broadcasts and identify commercial services to be launched in the future, once Mobile 3.0 receives all the remaining licenses.

During the test, Nokia Siemens Networks is fully hosting, operating and integrating its mobile TV solution, which is based on the Digital Video Broadcasting for Handheld (DVB-H) standard. The platform processes the content and provides the data stream to the broadcast network operator, while Nokia is supplying end-user terminals.

"Mobile TV in DVB-H standard is becoming reality in Germany," said Dr. Rudi Gröger, President of Mobile 3.0. "With the Nokia Siemens Networks complete solution and their services we have been able to launch this service in a very short time."

To achieve optimum results, Nokia Siemens Networks has been working closely with Mobile 3.0 to meet various challenges - in connectivity, efficiency, quality assurance and revenue generation. The DVB-H solution includes a broad range of services like system design, installation and integration. Nokia Siemens Networks also will host the system in its European hosting center and will be responsible for operation and maintenance.

"With our end-to-end capabilities for DVB-H solutions and our service capabilities to provide a fully managed and hosted system, we will support Mobile 3.0 to drive DVB-H in Germany," said Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, head of Nokia Siemens Networks business operations in Central Europe.

Motorola has announced that its first commercial release of Long-Term Evolution (LTE) solutions next year will include products for the 700MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum bands to help operators increase coverage and capacity of their networks as they strive to meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services.

Both the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and government regulatory bodies around the world are recognizing the need for more spectrum to support the arrival of wireless broadband technologies. Motorola intends to meet the needs of its network operator customers by incorporating both current and new frequency bands being considered for LTE into its product roadmap. The timing for commercialization of products in specific frequency demands will be based upon a combination of general 4G spectrum licensing trends globally as well as individual customer demands.

"We believe deploying LTE in the 700 MHz band is mandatory to meet the needs of wireless carriers in the U.S. market as well as a number of other countries globally," said Darren McQueen, Motorola vice president, Wireless Broadband Access Technologies. "In addition, there is a clear demand for LTE in 2.6GHz spectrum band to meet the needs of GSM carriers that have already secured the spectrum in the global market."

Motorola also announced that its LTE solution will support the future LTE Time Division Duplex (TDD) variant to meet the need of operators with a TDD spectrum holding. "Leveraging our WiMAX TDD infrastructure, we have designed a common LTE platform that is capable of both LTE Frequency Division Duplex (FDD) and TDD, offering global operators the simplicity and economies of scale across markets," McQueen said.

CellSpin has announced its support for sending ‘tweets' in all four media types (audio, video, pictures and text) to the popular micro-blogging sites Twitter and Pownce.

Users can post multimedia tweets using the CellSpin mobile application, now available on 300+ mobile phones worldwide, or by using the CellSpin website.

CellSpin lets users move beyond Twitter's 140-character limit and take their expression to a new level.  Pownce users can share whole range of multimedia experiences with their friends on-the-go using CellSpin.

According to Bobby Gurvinder Singh, CEO and co-founder of CellSpin, "We're really excited that you can now tweet in your own voice and not be limited to text only. You can also share picture tweets and video tweets of your life as you live it, from anywhere in the world on both Pownce and Twitter. This is the next obvious step in the micro-blogging revolution."

According to Ian Fung, co-founder of CellSpin, "CellSpin makes posting to Twitter and Pownce very easy, and makes it more convenient for users to post multimedia in real-time. This will definitely broaden the base for micro-blogging beyond those who use it only to describe what they had for lunch"

CellSpin is free to users worldwide, and available immediately at www.cellspin.net. CellSpin supports Symbian, Windows Mobile 5.0 and 6.0, Blackberry operating systems, with others to follow soon.  The software is now available on over 300 mobile phone models worldwide.

Ericsson company, Redback Networks, has today announced the launch of the SM 480, a smart Ethernet switch that will help operators unify their fixed and mobile networks. The product is the first in a suite of carrier Ethernet products from Redback and Ericsson said to be designed to simplify network architectures, lower carrier costs and accelerate the convergence of fixed and mobile networks.

Smart Ethernet switches provide greater flexibility for operators to consolidate their networks and introduce new services. The SM 480 is a key platform, providing a cost-efficient evolution to an IP-based transport solution and offers future terabit switching capacity. It will be integrated into Ericsson's fixed and mobile broadband solutions including LTE. Key features of the SM 480 include: Layer 2 subscriber management for wholesale broadband services; improved quality of service and reliability for video services; and a simplified IP-over-Ethernet architecture that boosts network availability and reduces downtime.

Bert Nordberg, Executive Vice President Ericsson Group, says: "The SM 480 was developed as a low-cost infrastructure alternative for consolidating fixed and mobile networks. It reflects Ericsson's vision of a single platform for fixed and mobile networks, helping operators to deliver seamless full-service broadband and offering consumers a richer user experience."

Steve Murray, Vice President for Product Management at Redback Networks, says: "Operators are eager for a solution that combines Redback's IP-over-Ethernet innovation with Ericsson's mobile expertise. The launch of the SM 480 highlights the strength of our combined technology leadership in addressing the surging global wholesale broadband market."

In cooperation with its partner, Callmax, Schiphol Telematics (ST) has installed and tested a new mobile broadband IP network at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The network enables companies at the airport to make use of 'highly secure and reliable' wireless services throughout the entire, almost 28 km2  airport terrain. The network complements ST''s WiFi network, the largest commercial WLAN in the Netherlands, which is primarily available within and around the Terminal complex.

Schiphol's new mobile network is based on the worldwide standard IEEE 802.20, also known as MobileFi. This technology has proved its worth commercially for many years and is now operational in dozens of countries.

The MobileFi network can be directly linked to customers' company networks. In addition MobileFi uses its own licensed frequency band, thus excluding third party failures. This makes the network pre-eminently suitable for equipping mobile VPNs and supporting company critical mobile applications on the airport terrain.

Notebooks and PDAs can be connected using a MobileFi interface card. ST also supplies modems with which it is possible to connect equipment on the basis of Ethernet, USB or WiFi to the network.