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T-Mobile has today announced the international launch of the world's first Android-powered mobile phone in partnership with Google.  Available soon only for T-Mobile customers spanning two continents, the T-Mobile G1 combines full touch-screen functionality and a QWERTY keyboard with a mobile Web experience that includes popular Google products such as Google Maps Street View, Gmail, YouTube and others.

"We are proud that T-Mobile is the first operator in the world to launch an Android-powered mobile device," said Christopher Schläffer, Group Product and Innovation Officer of Deutsche Telekom.  "Since 2005, Google has been an established partner in T-Mobile's groundbreaking approach to bringing the open mobile Internet to the mass market. With the T-Mobile G1 we are continuing our strong tradition of being pioneers in the world of the open Internet."

Cole Brodman, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, T-Mobile USA, said, "The Internet and the mobile phone are both indispensable tools for our hectic lives, but only a fraction of us access the Web on our phones.  The T-Mobile G1 is our opportunity in the US to accelerate the mass adoption of the mobile Web, by unleashing Google innovation with a unique software experience that mobilizes the Google services hundreds of millions of consumers rely on every day."

"Increasingly, connectivity does not just mean a phone call, but rather access to the world's information," said Andy Rubin, senior director of mobile platforms for Google. "Today's news signifies an important first step for the Open Handset Alliance: with Android, we've opened the mobile web not only for millions of users, but also to mobilize the developer community that understands the next most important platform in the world rests in the palm of our hand."

With an intuitive user interface and one-touch access to Google Search, the T-Mobile G1 is also the first phone to provide access to Android Market, where customers can find and download applications to expand and personalize their phone.

T-Mobile customers in the U.S. have the opportunity to pre-order the T-Mobile G1, in limited quantities, beginning today.  The device will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online in the U.S. beginning Oct. 22, for a price of $179 with a two-year voice and data agreement.  The T-Mobile G1 will also be available in the United Kingdom beginning in November, and across Europe in the first quarter of 2009.  Countries include Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands.

People use their mobile devices to access a wide range of sites, according to Opera Software's State of the Mobile Web report published today. While big destinations such as google.com and facebook.com get significant attention and traffic on the  mobile Web, it is the smaller sites that drive most of the visitors, says Opera. The trend, known as the Long Tail, demonstrates that mobile Web usage increasingly mimics its traditional desktop counterpart, as browsers become more capable and users become more comfortable with the experience.

The Long Tail, a phrase coined by Chris Anderson in a Wired article and expanded upon in his book, "The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More", illustrates the true value of  the Web in that more people can access a variety of niche sites pertaining to their interests. Opera says it has long maintained that Web use on mobile devices would begin to conform to established usage trends as walled gardens fell and more people could access the full Web. Opera says its research shows this trend is well underway.

"In most areas of the world, people are visiting a full range of Web sites," says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. "The evidence of the Long Tail on the mobile Web proves people will browse the Web on their phone just like they do on their home PCs, where the value of the Long Tail has been shown repeatedly. This is also exactly why the Web beats all manner of other mobile platforms and our vision of One Web is becoming a reality."

Global highlights from the State of the Mobile Web, August 2008 report:

- In the month of August, Opera Mini was used by approximately 17.3 million users, a 9.1% month-on-month increase from July and more than 357% compared to August, 2007.

- Opera Mini users viewed more than 4.1 billion pages in August. Each person using Opera Mini viewed approximately 242 pages on average. Since July, page views have gone up 11.7%. Since August 2007 this number is up 337%.

In August, 17.3 million Opera Mini users generated more than 60.3 million MB of data for operators worldwide. Since July, the data consumed went up by 12.1%. Data in Opera Mini is compressed 90% on average. If this data were uncompressed, Opera Mini users would have viewed over 603 million MB of data in August.

The UK top 10 list also showed very little change since July. Bebo (which was number 8 in May, number 7 in June and number 6 in July) continues to climb in the rankings, pushing Live Search to the number 6 spot.

Top 10 sites in the U.K. (# of unique users)
1) google.com
2) yahoo.com
3) facebook.com
4) bbc.co.uk
5) bebo.com (up from 6)
6) live.com (down from 5)
7) wikipedia.org
8) youtube.com
9) msn.com

Data in the report is based on aggregate and anonymous statistics from Opera Mini servers. All percentages are based on a snapshot of the Top 100 sites for each region. Beyond providing a snapshot of worldwide browsing trends, Opera's "State of the Mobile Web" highlights the browsing trends in the ten countries where Opera Mini is most popular: Russia, Indonesia, India, Ukraine, China, South Africa, the United States, United Kingdom, Poland and Germany.

Alcatel-Lucent has announced the launch of the 7705 SAR - Fixed Form Factor (7705 SAR-F) and enhanced operating system software.

The expansion of the 7705 SAR family is claimed to bring significant feature enhancements that respond to operator demand for more bandwidth and scalability at lower operational costs - from core to the cell site.

The 7705 SAR-F enhances a fully managed, complete end-to-end solution for carriers moving from TDM/PDH transport for mobile backhaul to Carrier Ethernet and IP/MPLS networks. New features and functionality of the single-rack unit 7705 SAR-F include: cost-effective scaling, resiliency/redundancy covering synchronization, uplinks and power feeds as well as extreme temperature
hardened characteristics (-40degrees C to +65 degrees C).

In addition, the 7705 SAR-F leverages Alcatel-Lucent's SR OS software to support new advanced functionality, provide consistent end-to-end operations and network management. The 7705 SAR-F is available with class leading port density (16 x T1/E1 plus 6x 10/100 and 2 GE ports in 1 RU) and provides strong evolution capability for mobile and wireline operators to migrate to IP/MPLS to support 4G/LTE in the future.

"The one unit aggregation router product category is an important one for
many 3G and 4G operators looking to migrate to IP backhaul," said Patrick
Donegan, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading. "It enables the cost and performance
benefits of IP to be extended out from the core of the network all the way to
the cell site."

Alcatel-Lucent also announced the availability of Release 1.1 of the 7705 SAR family software. Release 1.1 includes an end-to-end synchronous Ethernet capability, which is important as operators make the transition to Ethernet for mobile backhaul in order to fully exploit its cost and bandwidth efficiencies. The synchronous Ethernet features augment a range of end-to-end synchronization techniques with independently validated industry-leading performance. As well, the new release includes High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA) offload enhancements which enable cost-effective and flexible offload using GRE (Generic Routing
Encapsulation), to complement existing support for MPLS.

"The announcement reinforces the breadth and depth of the
Alcatel-Lucent portfolio for mobile backhaul," said Stephane Teral, Principal
Analyst, Service Provider VoIP, IMS, and Mobile Infrastructure, Infonetics.
"Solving the synchronous Ethernet is critical for the successful evolution to
Ethernet in mobile backhaul. As HSPA data volumes continue to ramp, the
networking solutions for networking offload should prove attractive as well."

"As mobile operators look beyond 3G to long-term evolution
(LTE) their networks will move to all-IP for its operational and cost
efficiencies. To enable this Alcatel-Lucent is delivering the industry's most
comprehensive and integrated mobile solution, from the IP backbone through to
the cell tower," said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent IP activities.
"The introduction of the new 7705 SAR-F and enhancements to our SAR family
demonstrate our commitment to continuous innovation and technological
leadership in the IP/MPLS market for mobile service providers."

ProRail further invests in its GSM-R telecommunications system ProRail, the Dutch railway infrastructure provider, is upgrading its telecommunications system in conjunction with MobiRail, a joint venture between Nokia Siemens Networks and the Dutch telecom operator KPN.

MobiRail is providing an end-to-end solution for ProRail, incorporating network design, site acquisition, construction works, logistics and project management that will result in a complete network upgrade within three years. The project will ensure a timely upgrade launch of network elements.

The Nokia Siemens Networks GSM-Railway (GSM-R) solution mobilizes and unites digital communications for railways by carrying signaling and operational information directly to train operators, enabling faster speeds and greater traffic density.

"The upgrade of the GSM-R system keeps the network up-to-date and enables ProRail to provide more high quality enhanced railway services. Especially the GPRS upgrade offers new possibilities in using the system," said Henk Dijkstra, GSM-R ProRail manager.

"Nokia Siemens Networks is striving to provide world class GSM-R systems and solutions so as to support secure operations, high quality services and an efficient railway transportation for ProRail," said Paul Broekhuizen, Account Director for Railways at Nokia Siemens Networks in the Netherlands.

ProRail is the only GSM-R license holder in the Netherlands and the present upgrade will prepare it to comply with the continued amendments of the European Integrated Railway Radio Enhanced Network (EIRENE). The network upgrade will enhance the GSM-R network to support new railway services such as Infoplus, the system providing travel information to passengers on railway station platforms, including real-time train schedule information displayed on information screens or announced by means of voice messages.

The upgrade also will cover the GSM-R Operations Support Systems (OSS). As a result, ProRail will commission railway@vantage, now an integral part of the Nokia Siemens Networks GSM-R solution. Nokia Siemens Networks is the world's No. 1 GSM-R vendor by the number of commercial networks and the length of operational lines, with more than 20 GSM-R networks deployed in 15 countries and serving some 50,000 km of railways. In the Netherlands, Nokia Siemens Networks has partnered with KPN to set up the joint venture of MobiRail for the Dutch GSM-R market. The upgrade agreement builds on the cooperation between MobiRail and ProRail that dates back to the year 2000.

Spirent Communications, a global provider of performance analysis solutions, maintains its leadership in Assisted GPS (A-GPS) testing by becoming the first test system vendor to validate all the A-GPS test standards on its UMTS Location Test System (ULTS). Mobile device manufacturers, chipset vendors and mobile operators now are now said to have access to a single test platform that runs all the validated A-GPS test cases required by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB).

With all validated A-GPS test cases now available on a single automated test system, Spirent ULTS is claimed to significantly improve device verification, certification and time-to-market cycles. It also limits the need for test engineers to work with multiple test platforms or platform configurations, which can complicate and delay the testing process.

The mobile community relies on A-GPS test standards to certify that mobile devices conform to industry specifications prior to market deployment. With the recent validations of the 3GPP TS 51.010 GSM Signalling Test Cases, Spirent ULTS now supports validated WCDMA and GSM test cases from 3GPP Standards TS 34.171, TS34.123 and TS 51.010, as well as the OMA SUPL V1.0 ETS.

"Our global customer base relies on our expertise to successfully develop and deploy A-GPS solutions. This expertise led to Spirent's involvement in the writing of many of the test cases in the standards bodies," said Richard Catmur, Location Product Segment Manager at Spirent Communications. "Having all current A-GPS test standards validated in a single platform will significantly increase the pace at which our customers can certify their devices."

Anritsu, a global provider of operational support solutions for advanced and converged networks, has announced the release of its new CMA5000a modular testing platform for installing and maintaining next generation networks.

Until now, two types of field test equipment were available for technicians and engineers: over-featured laboratory equipment that lacked portability and ease of use or single application boxes that didn't provide the advanced capabilities required - neither of which offered everything needed to operate today's networks. In response to this common complaint, Anritsu engineers developed the CMA5000a multi-layer, field testing platform series which incorporates the best of both options.  Advanced, in-depth testing for all aspects of network installation and maintenance is now possible with a single product - from fiber characterization to transport optimization.

"The CMA5000a is the first field testing platform with the capabilities and specifications of lab-grade test equipment but the portability and ease of use needed in the field" states Stephen Colangelo, Marketing and Business Development Director at Anritsu.  "By starting with the powerful and flexible CMA5000a platform, customers can customize the test set for the services they provide now...and in the future."

Motorola has announced that it has been awarded an upgrade contract with Oslo Lufthavn AS (Gardermoen airport). The upgrade will transform the existing system to Motorola's next generation Dimetra IP Compact TETRA system. The upgrade continues the ongoing relationship between Motorola and Oslo Lufthavn, after the deployment of the world's first commercial TETRA system at the airport in 1996.

The upgrade to Motorola's ETSI TETRA compliant Dimetra IP system is expected to be in place by the end of the year, transforming the airport's existing first-generation TETRA network. It will offer enhanced security, efficiency and communication across the airport for both workers and passengers alike.

"We are delighted to be extending the long term relations we have built with the Oslo Lufthavn team after being part of the airport's launch ten years ago," said Manuel Torres, vice president, Motorola Government & Public Safety, EMEA. "It is testament to Motorola's expertise in delivering business critical communications solutions and taking the capabilities of TETRA to the diverse, commercial market."

The new Dimetra IP Compact is a scalable solution offering users the choice of structured deployment, supporting growth as user demand and budgets allow. Customers can start with a basic voice system and add features and capacity as their needs grow.

Optional services include telephony and data services, including multi-slot packet data (MSPD) offering up to 28.8kbps gross data transfer and enabling the delivery of truly integrated voice and data communications. Security can also be enhanced with the addition of Motorola's TETRA air interface encryption and end-to-end encryption (E2EE) solutions.

"The upgrade decision to deploy Motorola's Dimetra IP Compact was a straightforward one, given the long relationship we enjoy with them and the trust we have established regarding the high quality of its products and services," said Tore Myhre, Head of IT Department at Oslo Lufthavn AS. "Improving the customer experience when at the airport and helping the staff on the ground work smarter are integral to our operations. In deploying this new IP communications infrastructure we feel we can achieve more efficient processes in and around the airport and an even better service for our travelers."

Today's announcement demonstrates the momentum that Motorola's Dimetra IP Compact is gaining around the globe and follows recent deployment contracts for Cologne Airport in Germany and three international airports in India.

NEC, a provider of 3G infrastructure and handsets, internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, together with Kineto Wireless, a specialist and supplier of FMC solutions for mobile operators, have announced today that NEC will contribute in strategic funding to Kineto Wireless.

"Kineto's industry-leading FMC solutions enable mobile operators to extend voice and  data services over broadband access networks, thus harnessing the power of the Internet to lower service delivery costs while improving mobile coverage and performance," said Tadatoshi Fujiwara, general manager of NEC's Mobile Network Solutions Division.  "Kineto's FMC solutions are currently enabling mobile operators around the world to deliver a variety of new revenue generating FMC services, including dual-mode handsets, femtocells, terminal adaptors, softmobile clients and more. We are very excited about this strategic investment, which facilitates NEC's aim for the leading global femtocell position."

"Continued strong growth in UMA-based dual-mode handset and terminal adaptor deployments, combined with tremendous operator interest in femtocells, highlight the FMC imperative for mobile operators globally," said Rick Gilbert, president and CEO of Kineto Wireless. "We are delighted to have the support of a leader in the mobile industry such as NEC as we continue to capitalise on our leadership position in the FMC market."

Viaccess, a specialist in conditional access, has announced a partnership with LG Electronics, Enensys, Expway and Sagem Orga to secure access to mobile broadcast TV based on the OMA BCAST SmartCard Profile Standard. The initiative launched by the partners aims at providing customers and operators with a production ready end to end environment, including handset from LG Electronics. The full scope system, available for trials and production deployments, includes optimised capacities inherited from each of the partners' exclusive features.

Viaccess's Conditional Access System dedicated to OMA Bcast Smartcard
profile standard provides enhanced security and renewability, and reduces SIM
management costs for Mobile Operators.With this new approach from Viaccess,
OMA BCAST standard will ensure compatibility with standard handsets while
bringing additional security features. OMA BCAST standard is today the most
performing standard for interoperable Mobile TV. Teaming with Enensys,
Expway, LG Electronics, and Sagem Orga, Viaccess has conducted early
interoperability schemes and the partnership announces a fully deployable
solution. Solution is performing and flexible enough to fit any redundancy
level as per operator's requirements, thus fitting scenarii from
experimentation chain up to commercial deployment of DVB-H.

"Our partnership with LG Electronics, Enensys, Expway and Sagem Orga
demonstrates our full interoperability with the Broadcast mobile TV market,"
explains Francois Moreau de Saint Martin, Viaccess CEO. "We believe the best
value we can propose to our clients is turning the best in class products
into immediately deployable solutions, and minimise integration costs. That's
why Viaccess is building an ecosystem with partners to ensure compatibility
of our solutions with the complete chain of broadcast equipment and

Richard Lhermitte, Enensys VP Marketing said: "The integrated DVB-H BCAST
SCP system we've built, thanks to the close relationship with Viaccess,
Expway and LG, ensures operators get a fully interoperable turnkey solution.
This allows us to provide a cutting-edge solution while reducing integration
time and cost for our customers, and enabling them to build a secured
business plan."

Mr Nicolas Andrieu, VP Sales at Expway comments on this partnership: "The integration of FastESG(TM) ESG OMA Edition with Viaccess SCP conditional access system, Enensys Broadcast equipments along with LG handsets will definitely foster the distribution of high-value content over mobile networks worldwide. This strengthens our time-to-market leadership."

T-Mobile and Nortel have demonstrated next generation mobile communications successfully in field conditions, using LTE (Long Term Evolution) as an example.

In the trial, data was transmitted to and from a vehicle driving in Bonn between Deutsche Telekom's headquarters on the left side of the river Rhine and the T-Mobile headquarters on the river's right bank. On the four-kilometer test track data transmission went smoothly without interruptions and without loss of quality even across different cells - one of the most important prerequisites for qualification as a mobile communications network of the future. The network used in this test was established by Nortel and consisted of a multi-cell end-to-end Nortel network. LG Electronics terminals were used in the vehicle .
In a second step, applications with high demands on bandwidth and latency,such as HDTV, HD-Video or online gaming will then be tested for their usability under real-world conditions. 
"As a pioneer in the development of NGMN, T-Mobile marked the next step
in testing future technology with this field trial. In line with the NGMN
Alliance's recommendation we are the first network operator worldwide to
take LTE as one of the possible new future technologies from the
laboratory to the field. In doing so, we are consolidating our position as the
leading network provider and innovation driver. At the same time, we are
underlining our claim of continuing to offer our customers top quality and
the fastest broadband connections for the mobile Internet with the next
generation of networks," said a delighted Joachim Horn, Chief Technology
Officer of T-Mobile International AG, on the successful start to LTE testing.
"We are pleased to join efforts with T-Mobile in bringing Nortel's LTE
technology to life in the Bonn test network," said Richard Lowe, president,
Carrier Networks, Nortel. "T-Mobile is a thought leader in NGMN. 
This early field trial is an important step for both companies to test LTE's
extensive capabilities and demonstrate innovative LTE
applications. Ongoing joint testing of LTE in a real mobile operator network
will expand understanding of the benefits and performance
characteristics of LTE technology which will further strengthen Nortel's
offering and accelerate our time to market."

Due to the high number of uses, Lufthansa has brought forward the expansion of the mobile boarding card offer to cover nearly 400 routes. The extension of the "Mobile Boarding Card" is being announced by the innovative project's partners, Deutsche Lufthansa AG and MindMatics AG. The customer interest and around 7000 users a week of the check-in service, which was introduced in April 2008, is claimed to exceed the already high expectations.

As a result, Lufthansa has moved forward the date of the third planned phase of the project - the international use of the mobile boarding card - and recently started to operate the system for all European routes departing from Germany, as well as for flights from Amsterdam and Vienna to Germany. At the same time, Lufthansa and its project partner MindMatics are planning numerous developments to the mobile portal. The latest development allows immediate mobile check in using the booking reference.

"As an airline we want to be able to offer our frequent flyers and business customers optimal and efficient services using mobile technology," said Günter Friedrich, Head of IT Management, Marketing and End Customer Processes at Lufthansa.

With the new service, Lufthansa customers can carry out the complete check in process including seat choice and boarding card collection via their mobile phone on a large number of routes. There is no need to wait at the check in desk and many services are also available though the online check in.

"Along with Lufthansa, we are pleased with the present success regarding the technology, security and quality of the mobile boarding card and mobile portal, which are two challenging projects," said Felix Heimbrecht, Vice President of Mobile Internet Services at MindMatics. "The successful application in this challenging B2C area shows that the mobile phone can now also be used in an industry with particularly high security and service level for the efficient and secure use of business processes."

An international and cross-industry group of more than 20 leading companies have announced the formation of a consortium, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem, that will define and build a new digital media framework using industry standards, and will enable consumers to acquire and play content across a wide range of services and devices. 

Anchored by Alcatel-Lucent, Best Buy, Cisco, Comcast, Fox Entertainment Group, HP, Intel, Lionsgate, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Philips, Sony, Toshiba, VeriSign and Warner Bros. Entertainment, DECE LLC will address growing consumer confusion around buying, downloading and playing digital content offered by multiple services by working toward a simple, uniform digital media experience.

"This is great news for consumers hungry for access to a wider array of digital content they can enjoy on any device they own.  We formed this consortium to give consumers that kind of power and choice," said Mitch Singer, president of DECE LLC, on behalf of its members.  "To open up the market for digital distribution, we are developing a specification that connects a wide variety of services and devices.   DECE LLC is taking the lessons learned from the successful "buy once, play anywhere" experience that we enjoy with CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray today, and using a similar approach in developing the next generation digital media experience." 
Over time, DECE LLC will issue a licensable specification, along with a recognizable brand and logo for compliant products and services that will assure consumers that content they download will play on their devices.  The specification, based on industry standards, will outline the hardware and software requirements for companies to follow as they define new consumer experiences. 

The specification will also define how consumers can enjoy their purchased content on an assortment of devices, or even remotely, thereby creating the convenience of a virtual library, accessible in the home or on the road.  By offering consumers the same level of confidence and comfort with digital content that they feel today with physical media, DECE LLC believes it can bring real value to digital content.

As DECE LLC moves ahead, it will continue to seek broader industry support across the content, software, hardware, retailer and service provider sectors, and will issue more information around its development and release plans.

RAD Data Communications, a specialist in pseudowire technology, has announced the launch of a new TDM pseudowire access gateway that is designed to enable transport operators to maximize return on investment from their fiber rollouts.

"The IPmux-216 TDM pseudowire access gateway justifies the cost of fiber build-outs because it allows transport operators to offer multiple E1s or T1s with the highest degree of timing accuracy on the market," explains Eyal Gabay, Senior Product Line Manager at RAD Data Communications. "RAD engineered into its ASIC two crucial assets that the competition can't offer - guaranteed accurate timing and support for multiple clock domains over Ethernet," Gabay continues. "This allows transport providers to utilize their fiber by backhauling mobile traffic simultaneously from different cellular operators, with each one being able to rely on its own clock to guarantee synchronization - in the past, a sore point for pseudowire circuits, but with careful forethought and engineering RAD has met the challenge."

The heart of the IPmux-216 is said to be a 'unique' multi-standard pseudowire ASIC processor, developed in-house by RAD, that supports a full range of pseudowire flavors, including TDMoIP (RFC5087), CESoPSN (RFC5086), SAToP (RFC4553), and HDLCoPSN (RFC4618). Pseudowire technology is typically used to extend E1/T1 and DS3 services transparently over IP, Ethernet and MPLS networks.

 The IPmux-216 enables transport operators to support multiple customers and multiple timing domains with a single pseudowire device while maintaining stringent timing distribution and clock recovery mechanisms on a per-E1/T1 basis. With this critical capability, transport operators can ensure that they profitably utilize the IPmux-216's full throughput and provisioning capacity, regardless of whether it is servicing a single customer or multiple customers.

Mobile operators and retail carriers require that transport providers, such as cable MSOs deliver E1/T1 circuits over their packet switched networks. These wholesale services must be comparable to traditional E1/T1s, including support for in-band facility loopbacks, fault propagation and other Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) tools. The IPmux-216 provides these capabilities and is, therefore, ideal for wholesale E1/T1 services for mobile backhaul and Multi-Tenant Units (MTUs).

RAD's IPmux-216 converts up to 16 E1/T1 TDM data streams into packets for transport over Ethernet, IP and MPLS networks. It also offers SFP-based fiber or copper Ethernet interfaces that support Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. The IPmux-216 pseudowire gateway supports a wide range of management, networking and security-related protocols, including RADIUS, SSH/SSL and SNMPv3.

Trutap, the free and open mobile social networking service, has announced today that it will be promoted to Sony Ericsson users around the world, via the Sony Ericsson Fun & Download portal.

Launched to the general public in November 2007, Trutap is an open mobile service that allows users across the globe to enjoy a simple way to stay connected to their social lives. Trutap enables its users to chat, group message, upload text and images to blogs and send pictures in one, easy-to-use application. Trutap injects life into ordinary mobiles, opening up a world of social networking capabilities and giving users a truly online social presence empowering them to take everyone they know, everywhere they go.

Trutap has experienced huge growth in emerging markets where it focuses its strategy for expansion. With the service now available on Sony Ericsson handsets via the Fun & Download portal, Trutap is positioned front-row centre in a major, global shop window, making it easier and quicker for everyone to download the service and start Trutapping.

Sony Ericsson is placing a major focus on its support and promotion of J2ME applications and has sourced the best around for its Fun & Download store.

Doug Richard, CEO of Trutap said: "Today young people everywhere want to live life in real time, sharing gossip, pictures, news and experiences as they happen, living and sharing the moment. We are delighted that our partnership with Sony Ericsson, one of the world's leading manufacturers, will gain Trutap unparalleled exposure to new users around the world, especially in emerging markets. This is the beginning of the mobile revolution and as more manufacturers start to realise the potential of independent applications the more innovation we will see."