Looking back over 2007, Bango has reported strong commercial gains for UK operators that moved to open up the mobile web, with Vodafone UK rising to first place in the value of off-portal content sales.  Measured across its total base of content providers, Bango saw traffic grow fastest on networks where steps were taken to encourage more browsing off-portal and payout rates increased to content providers.

Key drivers in opening up the mobile web include putting a search box onto the operator portal for off-portal content searching; introducing flat rate data charges to encourage more mobile web browsing; and providing higher price points and high payout rates which encourage content providers to run promotions on these networks as they receive a better return on their marketing investment.

Vodafone has benefited from being among the first to offer a clean, consumer friendly WAP billing interface.  It also supports the move from a portal model to a more open search based model by placing a search box prominently on the Vodafone live! home page. The payout rates are among the highest of all the UK operators.

"2007 was a good year for all UK networks but by moving decisively to support off-portal content sales, Vodafone leapt to the top of the league in value of transactions," commented Ray Anderson, CEO of Bango. "We foresee the UK operators battling to offer even better payout rates, approaching that of credit cards."

Compared to Premium SMS where content providers market through the web or in print, today's content providers are choosing to market more efficiently to users who are already actively browsing the mobile web.  Using mobile advertising and search marketing, content providers buy traffic on specific networks and can choose users with certain handsets.

The mobile web gives content providers other important benefits.  For example, offers can be targeted to users with Bango identifying between new or repeat customers; marketing campaigns can be tracked to calculate the return on investment and there's more repeat business within the browse and buy WAP flow.

"More businesses are now launching a mobile web presence so they can engage directly with their consumers anytime and from anywhere," added Anderson.  "Through a common integration point, Bango makes it easy for them to drive traffic to a mobile website, understand who the visitors are, track marketing campaigns and collect payment for digital content world-wide."

Telit Wireless Solutions, the specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, has announced the integration of Telefónica's Smart M2M platform application programming interface (API) into its M2M communications modules. As a result, the users of Telit's modules can now enjoy the value-added services of the platform of Spainish telecoms operator.

The platform, the differentiated solution for data transmission between machines, facilitates the integration of M2M applications with the mobile network, significantly reducing installation time and meeting customers' needs in terms of security, speed and availability.

Telit's customers will have access to all the value-added services of Telefónica's Smart M2M platform, along with the operator's data transmission and service lines. Some of the applications developed from Telefónica's M2M platform permit, for example, remote temperature measurement, the localisation of persons, vehicles or animals, the sending of alarms, the remote update of software, the installation of backup lines, remote control of actions or the issue of warnings when the presence of persons is detected in facilities.

"The value-added services of Telefónica's Smart M2M platform will have a direct impact on the service quality we offer our customers. The integration of the platform's API into Telit's modules demonstrates the benefits of our collaboration with Telefónica, which has been in force for over a year now," says Carlos Pérez, Telit's Regional Sales Director France, Spain and Portugal. "The commitment of Telefónica, a leading player in the global telecoms market, to create new services and support the development of innovative applications is of great importance to us since it perfectly fits with Telit's strategy of offering its customers the most advanced M2M technology in the world."

The collaboration between Telit and Telefónica started in February this year when the two companies signed a strategic alliance, opening the doors of their R&D&I centres to optimise the development of future services and products. The first practical outcome of their collaboration was Telit's UMTS/HSDPA module, unveiled at the last 3GSM conference.

Telit's modules are constantly updated to incorporate the latest technical innovations in order to meet the market's increasingly complex demands. One example is the integration of GSM/GRPS/GPS technologies, which is increasingly being applied to improve productivity in every industrial sector. Telit Communications was the first company to offer products which combine GSM/GPRS and GPS technologies in a minimum space, thereby reducing costs as well as time for integration and for the production of the end device. The integration of Telefónica's Smart M2M platform represents another step in this policy of developing cheaper and more efficient solutions for customers.

Cubic Telecom has launched MAXroam, a new mobile roaming product which is claimed to allow anyone to reduce their mobile phone bill by as much as 80 per cent while traveling abroad. MAXroam is the 'world's first' universal SIM and is being launched to consumers in the UK and Ireland through Maplin's network of high street stores, as well as via the Maplin product directory and online.

MAXroam was launched to offer consumers the best country-to-country phone rates anywhere. The service dramatically reduces costs for both the callers and the recipients of roaming phone calls, by using local, in-country numbers, effectively making all global calls local calls.

The MAXroam SIM can be used in any standard GSM mobile phone, and there is nothing to download and no applications to install. Customers are given a local number in their home country and another local number in the country they are traveling to. You can either forward your calls or leave a message telling your callers you are traveling, informing them of your new number. MAXroam can currently be used in over 160 countries around the world.

The deal with Maplin will make the MAXroam SIM available on the high street and means that anyone who regularly travels abroad - for business or pleasure - can now purchase the money-saving SIM.

Once purchased the SIM is easy to register and users can add as many as 50 different numbers to the SIM - choosing local numbers from a choice of more than 40 countries, or creating additional numbers for you to give to different groups of friends or business colleagues - all for a small monthly fee. The phone is then used on a 'pay as you go' basis, with credit top-ups easily added through users's account page on the MAXroam website.

"The launch of MAXroam is putting an end to one of the most extortionate practices in the telco industry - roaming charges. From today, customers in the UK and Ireland can benefit from affordable international calls while traveling abroad" said Cubic CEO and co-founder Pat Phelan.

"We are living in a world where more and more people need to make phone calls across borders. Our mantra is 'all global calls should be local calls', and we have built a product that can do that. MAXroam benefits both holidaymakers and business travellers alike, both of whom can now make or receive calls abroad confident in the knowledge that their calls are only being charged at rates comparable to local rates," Phelan added. 

PageOne, the UK provider of wireless messaging solutions to the public and enterprise sectors, has claimed that it has enhanced its relationship with healthcare software company Adastra, by supplying their NHS customers with it's latest messaging technology. Adastra already offers its customers PageOne's paging system and, following PageOne's ability to integrate both paging and text messaging in one cost-effective service, have upgraded their service to encompass messaging.

Adastra provides a specialist call management, data distribution and clinical recording system used by more than 95% of the UK's unscheduled primary health care operational hubs and will be using PageOne's services in two key areas. The first, the Despatching module, enables staff to send live cases to clinicians working away from the main centre. Case details can be sent to the clinician's computer, while selected case information, such as the patient's name and address, can simultaneously be sent to a pager or mobile phone. PageOne's 'message acknowledgement' feature alerts dispatchers of receipt, and in turn updates the customer's Adastra system.

The second area, the Appointments Scheduler, enables Adastra's customers to book appointments for patients and sends them a reminder, together with directions to treatment centres. Adastra customers have a dedicated area on PageOne's web site which allows them simplified sign up for the fast and efficient central service provided by PageOne.

"Collaboration with PageOne means that Adastra has a partner which has a unique understanding of what we do, and can facilitate the provision of suitable services," says Simon Wren, Head of Marketing at Adastra. "It is a three-way mutually beneficial agreement: customers benefit from negotiated special rates and effective communication technology; PageOne is able to target a mature, well understood market and Adastra is able to direct customers to a single source which simplifies our development and is essential to our on-going success."

Outblaze, the online service platform providing white label email, collaboration, security and social media services, has today announced that it is powering the email, sychronisation and webmail components of pfingo, a new all-in-one mobile internet and communications service that allows subscribers access to the latest features from anywhere in the world.

Pfingo, short for "phone, fingers, Internet on the go" is an integrated application that gives mobile & PC users easy access to online communication and information services independent of location or service provider. Pfingo provides users with email (on mobile, PC and webmail), instant messaging, mobile VoIP service, contacts sychronisation, news feeds and 400 MB storage space per user - as well as many premium options.

The pfingo launch follows the successful public trial kicked off in April 2007 where more than 30,000 users worldwide signed up and installed the pfingo client onto their mobile phone and/or PC. This overwhelming response amounted to 15 times more users than projected for the trial and, now live, the growth continues.

"We are excited about the pfingoMAIL product designed and created in co-operation with Outblaze, the clear leader in web 2.0 global communication services.  The number of sign-ups we continue to enjoy demonstrates our ambition to provide users with a first class service to converge all their communication needs - ultimately creating a new kind of global Internet community," said Mr. Chan Kin Hung, head of advanced multimedia services at StarHub, Singapore's second largest info-communications company.

Thousands of businesses, portals, service providers and academic institutions worldwide rely on Outblaze for messaging, spam protection and advanced Web 2.0 services that are tailored to meet the specific needs of their customers.  Outblaze was selected to power the email, sychronisation and webmail components of pfingo for its scalable and robust webmail features and its end-to-end service, ensuring the service remains current going forward.   Outblaze's flexibility and reliability are two other key reasons the company was chosen as the central contact sychronisation engine and store for all the user services, such as pfingoACTIVE and pfingoTALK.

"StarHub's plans for pfingo are tremendous, creating a fully converged communication experience which is largely device agnostic," comments Richard Bye, VP of Sales and Corporate Development at Outblaze "We are pleased to be their partner for this first of its kind service."

The Outblaze system also integrates sychronised contact management with Outlook and enables users to consolidate a number of email accounts so real-time push email can be sent to mobile phones easily and inexpensively.

Actix, the specialist in Network Status Management solutions for mobile operators, today announced the introduction of the Actix Spotlight Workgroup Server solution, a centralized system designed to help engineers quickly and efficiently act on network status information, which has been collected, processed and managed automatically. 

Forming part of the Actix One framework, a set of architectural software capabilities and principles combined to increase efficiency in radio access Network Status Management,  Spotlight Workgroup Server compliments Actix' existing Spotlight product, a desktop solution which automatically detects and assesses potential network problems to deliver diagnosis and management reports. 

Automatic Server-based Processing
Spotlight Workgroup Server's Actix One compatibility enables the automatic processing of drive test data into a centrally shared Spotlight project on a 24/7 basis, whenever new data files are submitted to a central landing zone without the need to re-import files for each new users. This frees up engineer's time and computing resources that would normally be spent post-processing data locally, to focus on more useful engineering tasks.

Integration with Network Configuration Data Sources
o The Workgroup Server platform can be configured to integrate
with network configuration management systems and has the ability to track and store changes to network configuration over time. This enables Spotlight to analyze and present performance engineering information against the network configuration that was active at the time that information was collected.
* Survey Management Capabilities
o In addition to processing drive test data, the Workgroup Server
capability includes a number of features for efficiently archiving and managing drive test data that have been submitted to the system. Users can associate information such as 'why data was collected', 'who collected it' etc. with each submitted file and can then use that information along with other properties such as location, date and type to subsequently retrieve or drill-into selected data in more detail.
* Enterprise-wide Access to Shared Performance Engineering
o The Workgroup Server platform allows Spotlight applications to
be deployed in a Citrix environment for the first time, allowing engineers to access a shared central Spotlight project from anywhere within the enterprise. This simplifies the deployment and maintenance of the Spotlight software and promotes better sharing of information between engineers.

"Designed to support small workgroups of concurrent Spotlight users and to be accessible from anywhere within the enterprise, Spotlight Workgroup Server enables engineers to drive even more value from Spotlight's troubleshooting and optimization features. And because it is based on  the Actix One principles, it provides a scalable, future-proof platform, which can be extended to serve other performance engineering needs such as automatic optimization, web-based audit and report, and engineering task prioritization and management," commented Keith Reed, Actix' Product Manager for Spotlight.

Spotlight Workgroup Server delivers a number of benefits to operators seeking engineering efficiency improvements and reduced operational expenditure; built-in automatic processing engines liberate engineers' time to focus on other tasks by presenting them with actionable information sooner, and promoting the use of standardized processes.

Meanwhile, access to a central shared database and archive improves visibility of information and means engineers can re-use available data immediately, without waiting for data to be reloaded to a desktop. Spotlight Workgroup Server also allows for several weeks of data to be stored and shared across multiple nodes.

Aeroflex has announced that it is enhancing its 6103 and 6401 A-GPS conformance test systems for location-based services with support for the Open Mobile Alliance Secure User Plane (OMA SUPL) 1.0.  The Aeroflex 6103 and 6401 provide A-GPS conformance test within GSM/E-GPRS and UMTS environments respectively.  The relevant test cases have completed development and are being progressively submitted for approval at both the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB), the globally recognised certification organisations whose aim is to ensure mobile equipment interoperability. 

"Support for OMA SUPL 1.0 is fundamentally important to the development dynamics of A-GPS applications," said Phil Medd, Aeroflex's Product Manager responsible for its A-GPS test systems.  "OMA SUPL 1.0 is a way of implementing location services over an IP link. Bearing in mind that most revenue sources for location services are typically coupled to the internet in some way or are about a server interacting visually with a mobile device using an IP link, it is quicker, easier and far more efficient for application developers to work within an IP environment (User Plane) than at the modem layer (Control Plane) of a cellular radio network."

The aim of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) is to facilitate global user adoption of mobile data services by specifying market driven mobile service enablers that ensure service interoperability across devices, geographies, service providers, operators and networks, while allowing businesses to compete through innovation and differentiation.  Like other applications that sit above the modem layer such as MMS, PoC, BROWSER and SyncML, SUPL is considered an application enabler and has consequently been developed by the OMA.  SUPL has been made a Work Item / RFT at both the GCF and PTCRB.

The Aeroflex A-GPS location-based test systems provide a fully integrated environment for repeatable R&D and conformance verification testing.  The systems combine a 12 channel GPS simulator with Aeroflex's proven conformance test platforms that are already extensively used in the cellular industry. The systems include test case packages for 3GPP and 3GPP2 wireless standards, Network Assistance Data elements for flexible control over assistance data messaging and support for Location Services (LCS) message exchange, along with support for MS-Based and MS-Assisted positioning methods.  The new test systems also support control and user plane techniques using LCS protocols, real time logging / decoding of protocol signalling messages between mobile and network, and automatic report generation and analysis of results for the device under test.

Aeroflex's GSM/E-GPRS A-GPS System is based on the Aeroflex 6103 AIME/CT GSM Conformance Test System and includes a Serving Mobile Location Center (SMLC) emulator for control over Assistance Data Messaging as well as all the GPS signalling test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 51.010.  The system has been designed to be upgradeable to support the Minimum Performance test cases specified in 3GPP TS 51.010 Section 70.11.

Aeroflex's UMTS A-GPS System is based on the Aeroflex 6401 AIME/CT UMTS Conformance Test System.  It includes the same SMLC emulator as the GSM system along with the protocol signalling test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 34.123 and the RF performance test cases as defined by 3GPP TS 34.171.

Comstar, the combined telecommunications operator in Russia and the CIS, has today announced that it has signed an agreement with Intel to jointly develop the first mobile WiMAX network in Russia.

According to the terms of the agreement, Comstar and Intel will initially focus on launching a WiMAX network in the Moscow region as it is the best suited area in Russia for adopting the new wireless communications technologies. The network is expected to be launched by the end of 2008, using the IEEE 802.16e standard (2.5-2.7 Ghz range). The network will cover the whole city. Intel will provide the client technical devices with embedded WiMAX solutions.

Sergey Pridantsev, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comstar UTS, commented: "We are very enthusiastic about our collaboration with Intel. By combining our efforts we plan to substantially increase the availability of mobile wireless communications for our subscribers and provide the efficient Internet access for all clients at any place. The cooperation with Intel will strengthen our leading position in the broadband market."

Intel is currently developing embedded mobile WiMAX solutions for notebook PCs and ultra mobile and mobile Internet devices. In the middle of 2008, the company is expected to launch its first embedded mobile WiMAX/Wi-Fi module, codenamed "Echo Peak" with its next-generation Intel® Centrino® processor technology for notebooks and ultra-mobile devices. A solution optimized for mobile Internet devices with low power consumption, codenamed "Baxter Peak," is also expected to be available next year.

Sriram Viswanathan, Vice President of Intel Capital and General Manager of Intel WiMAX Program Office, added: "The effort between Comstar and Intel to bring mobile WiMAX to the people of Russia underscores the cost, performance and capability of this technology to give people a truly mobile Internet experience. The commitment to build mobile WiMAX networks continues to grow globally and we expect to see initial deployments in a number of markets starting in 2008 and growing throughout 2009 and beyond."

Dmitry Konash, Regional Manager of Intel in the CIS, commented: "The strategic collaboration with one of Russia's telecom leaders, Comstar UTS, ensures that WiMAX will be successfully developed in Russia. According to our agreement, our companies will work together to implement the joint marketing programmes to develop mobile WiMAX-based solutions not only in Moscow, but also in other cities and regions of Russia."

Following the recent appointment of Matthew Key as the new Chairman and Chief Executive of Telefónica O2 Europe, the company has now announced further changes to its Board of Directors. Ronan Dunne, who is currently Chief Financial Officer of O2 UK, will take over from Matthew Key as CEO of the UK business in 2008 and join the Board of Telefónica O2 Europe. 

In recent years, in addition to his finance and strategic responsibilities, Dunne has led the acquisition and integration of The Link chain from DSGi into the O2 retail network, and the subsequent disposal of stores surplus to O2's requirement to a number of other operators. Making the announcement, Matthew Key said: "I am delighted that we are able to promote one of our key executives to this important role.  Ronan has been an exceptional CFO, with an outstanding track record and business insight.  As the second largest wholly-owned subsidiary of Telefónica, O2 UK plays a vital role in the success of the group as a whole and I know that Ronan will continue to build on the momentum that has seen O2 become the UK's leading operator.

"Alongside this, I am today appointing our Director of Strategy, Vivek Dev, into the post of Chief Operating Officer for Telefónica O2 Europe.  The mobile industry is undergoing a sea change as we are, at last, truly moving into a world beyond voice and text.  If we are to succeed in this new world, we need to be single-mindedly focused on understanding and delivering what our customers want.  Whilst driving financial performance, each of our CEOs must have the flexibility to manage their business to meet local market conditions and customer requirements.  At the same time, I am determined that we will capture the maximum synergies possible from all of our operations and do things once across the group where it makes sense.  Dev will be integral to ensuring this happens."

In his new position, Vivek Dev will take group-wide responsibility for networks and IT. In addition, he will continue to lead the group's future strategic development including new device platforms, roaming and interconnect, procurement and security.Telefónica O2 Europe also announced that Chief Technology Officer, Dave Williams, will be leaving the business at the end of April 2008 to take up a senior executive position in the USA.  Matthew Key stated:  "On behalf of the whole company, I should like to extend our thanks to Dave.  He has been instrumental in developing and implementing a highly innovative technology vision for the group.  During his time with us, he has overseen the launch of Europe's first commercial HSDPA network, led the industry's push into mobile TV and pioneered the next generation 'femtocell' initiative.  We wish him every success in the future."

Nokia has today announced that the City of Maastricht, Netherlands has selected Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite as their standard platform for mobile applications. The solution enables the administrative officers of the City of Maastricht to integrate 900 Nokia Eseries devices into the Cisco corporate IP telephony system and synchronize contact and calendar details. Furthermore, the city will offer wireless email to some of the employees. To ensure an easy roll out and management of all services, the City of Maastricht is using Nokia Intellisync Device Management. The deployment of the service has started and is estimated to be completed in the beginning of next year.

"Mobile working is increasingly important wherever business is conducted. The efficiencies and the cost-savings it delivers are important criteria for a city such as ours," said Marc Lustermans, project manager, City of Maastricht. "We have selected Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite as our standard mobility platform given the modular structure of the mobileware which means that it can grow and be customized according to our evolving mobility needs today and tomorrow."

In order to ensure an easy and cost-effective deployment of the different mobile services, to simplify administration and configuration of the mobile phones in use, device management is an integrated part of the total solution.

"It was important that the City of Maastricht integrated its mobile infrastructure plans into the overall IT strategy for the organization," says Scott Cooper, senior vice president, Mobility Solutions Unit, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. "We recommend that all businesses take a similar, more strategic approach towards mobility. Done right, an organization can gain advantage by improving speed and quality of service, while encouraging collaboration and communication between employees, customers and partners."

"We were looking for innovative yet secure mobility solutions, as a high level of security and data protection is imperative for us as a municipal organization," said Lustermans. "One decision criterion for the Nokia solution resulted from the fact that we can fully integrate the wireless email solution behind the firewall and hence keep full control of the solution within our own IT department."

Comverse, the supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, has announced live commercial implementation of the Fun Broker off- deck ringback tone platform at T-Mobile Germany with Jamba, a provider of digital entertainment services through a joint venture between News Corporation and VeriSign. Now available globally, Fun Broker allows content providers to sell ringback tones directly from their portals. Integrating ringback tones into the dynamic off-deck content retail market helps subscribers to personalise ringback tones easily from multiple media sources, which can increase penetration of the service.

Fun Dial, Comverse's ringback tone service, allows users to personalise network tones (ringing, busy signals) with music and content to entertain callers waiting for the phone call to be answered. The entry of leading content players like Jamba into the ringback tone service arena increases user awareness, convenience and choice, which can generate substantial new traffic and revenue in ringback tone content.

Lee Fenton, COO at Jamba said, "Operators have too much to do already to successfully take on the entire burden of constant promotion of ringback tones.By turning to Jamba and services leader Comverse, T-Mobile gains energetic and motivated market-savvy content and service delivery partners, and benefits from our highly popular portal for digital entertainment. It is no surprise that ringback tone sales and usage figures quickly shot up. We believe that their long-term gains will be equally impressive."

"Comverse creates great customer experiences and Fun Dial has become the best-in- class ringback tone experience. Now with Fun Broker, we can bring content from the best worldwide sources like Jamba. Jamba plus Comverse is a world's best customer experience," said Andre Dahan, President and CEO of Comverse.

Anritsu has announced a series of new software packages supporting the measurement of 3GPP LTE mobile terminals, demonstrating its continued commitment to the effective deployment of next-generation mobile phone systems.

The three new packages, the MX269020A LTE Downlink Measurement Software, the MX269021A LTE Uplink Measurement Software, and the MX269908A LTE IQproducerTM are easily installed on Anritsu's MS269XA series Signal Analyzers and combine to provide an extremely powerful tool to support fast and easy evaluation of the Rx and Tx characteristics of 3GPP LTE RF uplink and downlink signals.

The MX269020A and MX269021A software measures the Tx characteristics of 3GPP LTE FDD (Frequency Division Duplex) compliant signals and when installed in either the MS2690A/2691A models or in the new MS2692A, supports quick and easy measurement of both downlink (base station to mobile) and uplink (mobile to base station) signals.

The MX269908A software generates 3GPP LTE compliant waveform patterns which can then be output as an RF signal from the optional signal generator installed in the MS269xA. The signal can then be used to test RF Rx characteristics, as well as to perform Tx/Rx evaluations. This greatly increases the efficiency of research and development of 3GPP LTE base stations, mobile terminals, and components.

This world-first 3GPP LTE analysis software is installed directly into the measuring instrument itself, eliminating any requirement for an external PC in the test setup, thereby reducing cost and time  and increasing measurement efficiency.

The 3GPP LTE FDD specification is rapidly becoming the de-facto standard for next-generation mobile devices supporting high-speed, large-capacity, wide-area communications. While the 3GPP Working Group is discussing various standardization subjects, leading-edge makers are already moving forward with development of 3GPP-compliant modules, amplifiers, and components, and urgently require measuring instruments supporting 3GPP LTE standards.

MS269XA Signal Analyzer Series
These high-performance signal analyzers have excellent total level and modulation accuracy over a wide band from 50 Hz to 6 GHz. They have a built-in vector signal analyzer function for performing wideband FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis, as well as a digitize function for capturing signal waveforms as digital data. This provides efficient support for performance tests of base stations, both in R&D and manufacturing of advanced, next-generation wireless communications systems.

Three models cover frequency ranges of 50 Hz to 6 GHz (MS2690A), 50 Hz to
13.5 GHz (MS2691A), and 50 Hz to 26.5 GHz (MS2692A). This allows users to match performance with measurement requirements. In addition, all three models have a vector signal generator option (MS2690A/MS2691A/MS2692A-020) covering a frequency range of 6 GHz and an RF modulation band of 120 MHz, so supporting Tx and Rx tests with a single instrument.

Zong, the open mobile platform provider, has today announced the launch of Spaces, said to be the first service allowing anyone to create a mobile website, including the necessary handset rendering for free. With minimal technical knowledge, users can create mobile sites from existing web content such as RSS feeds.

Spaces has been developed to help media companies and other publishers create their own mobile sites, rendering and transcoding all the content for thousands of mass-market handsets.  In addition to this, the platform will soon include integrated WAP billing functionality, allowing companies to monetise services through their mobile websites.
Spaces, which is a platform of mobile media company Echovox, will give content owners a low barrier-to-entry route into the mobile web era. It will create new revenue-generating opportunities such as premium content, voting and tailoring of users' web presence. Mobile micro-payments are growing as a new revenue stream for web content owners.
David Marcus, CEO of Echovox, comments: "Launching a mobile website can be a much more complex process than launching a traditional website, where there are only a couple of browsers.  Companies looking to launch a mobile site have had to contend with issues with the different form factors, screen sizes, capabilities and uncertain and varying mobile bandwidth.  Zong brings, for the first time, a one size fits all concept to the mobile web by circumventing the traditional complexity of the mobile sector."
Zong Spaces is available globally and offers transactional capabilities in Europe.

In a new report, Juniper Research is forecasting that Mobile WiMAX 802.16e will begin to take off over the 2010 to 2013 period, exceeding 80 million mobile subscribers globally by 2013.
According to report author Howard Wilcox: "We are seeing more and more Mobile WiMAX 802.16e trials and network contracts -- over 50 have been announced so far in 2007 alone: the market is very active in all regions of the world. We anticipate that mobile usage will develop after initial demand for fixed and portable services -- WiMAX 802.16e is a flexible platform that can operate in all three modes of usage. Mobile WiMAX will represent a single digit proportion of the global mobile broadband base by 2013. This will be a tremendous achievement for this new technology platform which has recently been boosted by the ITU's endorsement of it as an IMT2000 specification."

The report´s key findings include:

--  The value of Mobile WiMAX service revenues globally will grow to over $23bn per annum by 2013.
--  The top Mobile WiMAX markets will be the USA, Japan and S. Korea.
--  Over 10 countries will have Mobile WiMAX device markets in excess of $100m per annum.
--  There are several wildcard factors could significantly increase the size of the market including the emergence of very low cost laptops, and adding broadband capability to a range of devices including portable music/MP3 players, and games consoles.

However, two gating issues that will dictate take-up for this technology will be the availability of suitable devices, and service differentiation.

Wilcox continued: "Mobile WiMAX will be a device-based technology, whether handsets, laptops, datacards, or other types of consumer device such as media players. The twin challenges are for vendors to produce the right devices at the right time and price, and for Mobile WiMAX service providers to differentiate their offerings from existing mobile operators. Success in these challenges will accelerate market development."

 Juniper Research assesses the current and future status of Mobile WiMAX based on interviews with senior executives of some of the leading vendors and operators in the growing Mobile WiMAX market. The report includes country-level forecasts for over 30 countries worldwide, and case studies describing how a number of operators are deploying 802.16e Mobile WiMAX in their networks, and their development plans for the future.