Sepura launches the first 300-344 MHz terminals for Russia at the TETRA Russian Congress in Moscow.

Graham Matthews, Managing Director for Sepura, in his welcome speech addressing the event’s delegates, said “I am proud to announce that Sepura is the Main Sponsor of the third TETRA Russian Congress which is the most important event for professional TETRA communications in Russia and the CIS countries”.

He went on to add “To date, more than 90% of all TETRA terminals used in Russia are Sepura’s. Today, I am pleased to announce the availability of 300 MHz terminals, mobiles and handportables, for Russia and the CIS countries. All of our radios already support Cyrillic text, which was another first for Sepura in Russia. Our involvement in major projects in CIS countries coupled with our continuous development and support of Russian applications amply demonstrates the importance of this market for us”.

Sepura’s market leading handportable, the SRP2000 sGPS, and the new mobile gateway, the SRG2000, are also available in Russia. The SRP2000 sGPS, with a fully-integrated and ultra sensitive GPS module, achieves a location fix in environments where conventional GPS devices fail, such as built-up urban areas and inside buildings. The ability to accurately locate emergency services personnel is a vital advance in public and individual workers safety, plus it allows rapid and effective deployment of resources.
The SRG2000 enables users in locations normally void of handportable radio coverage to communicate with the TETRA network. This represents a vital operational improvement for organisations controlling vast territories.

Compas+R, Sepura’s longstanding partner, and newer valued partners Informcom and Svyaz, have helped close prestigious deals with the Russian Railways and the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan. Informcom, is soon to become the official Sepura Service Centre offering technical support for all Russian and CIS countries. Sepura is also involved in TETRARUS programme and projects for the Gas and Oil industry in Ukraine.

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In support of second-generation cellular in-building coverage, wireless technology group Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has launched a range of medium- to low-power bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs). The new BDAs--comprising 800-MHz, 900-MHz, and dualband 900/1800-MHz models--are uniquely compact for their respective power ratings and offer flexible ‘plug and play’ installation options for extending the reach of RF distribution systems.

The single-band I-BDA800-1 (800 MHz) and I-BDA900-1 (900 MHz) BDAs feature a nominal gain of 40 dB and composite output powers of 13 dBm in the uplink and 23 dBm in the downlink. Incorporating an integrated internal ac power supply, they are optimized for single- and multi-carrier use in the code division multiple access (CDMA) 800 MHz and global system for mobile communications (GSM) 900 MHz frequency bands respectively.
 
“These medium-power BDAs are ideal for use in trunking applications, where they can be used to extend the RF coverage of an existing passive distribution network within mid-size buildings,” said Peter Raabe, Global Product Manager for Wireless Distributed Communications Systems at RFS. “This is a low-cost, easily implemented solution for overcoming obstacles such as concrete walls, or covering areas that fall outside the reach of the passive distribution system.”
 
The new dualband 900/1800 MHz BDAs are available in two power ratings: the medium-power I-BDA900/1800-1 and the low-power I-BDA900/1800-2 feature nominal gains of 30 dB and 20 dB respectively. With a composite output power of 23 dBm in the downlink, the medium-power I-BDA900/1800-1 is ideal for both trunking and coverage gap-filling applications where multiple carriers are using the network. The low-power I-BDA900/1800-2 BDA has a composite output power of 13 dBm in the downlink, making it ideal for gap-filling applications, particularly where single carriers are present. Both BDAs are optimized for single- and multi-carrier use in the GSM 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands.
 
According to Raabe, each of these four new RFS BDA models may be cascaded in a wide range of combinations. “In the case of the lower power dualband BDAs, multiple devices can be powered by a single BDA connected to a dc power supply, with the dc power transmitted by the RF transmission line,” he said. “This provides ultimate installation flexibility, as it allows the BDAs to be installed close to the antenna, where electrical power supplies may not be locally available.”
 
Additional features of the new RFS BDA range include flexible gain handling (fixed with manual adjustment for standalone operation) and alarm/status indication for real-time monitoring. RFS’s comprehensive range of BDAs also includes medium- and low-power BDAs for third-generation cellular indoor coverage (I-BDA2100 series) and high-power BDAs for all major cellular bands.

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But do they?

The Mobile Data Association (MDA) today announced the quarterly figures for the total number of GPRS and MMS devices being used by customers in the UK as of 30th June 2004.  The quarterly figures from UK GSM network operators O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone show a rapid increase for both GPRS and MMS devices on the previous quarter.

From a total active customer base of over 52 million*, GPRS active devices topped 24 million as of 30th June 2004, an increase of 45% on the previous quarter. This figure represents a 46% penetration rate for GPRS devices for the total UK market. This trend is expected to continue with current estimates of over 50% of mobile customers using internet capable handsets.

GPRS services have illustrated an increase in popularity in the last 12 months in both the consumer and corporate markets. Popular applications include access to rail/air timetables, mobile chat, location services, mobile images and innovative music services.  GPRS technology provides "always on" capabilities and faster speeds for e-mail and web browsing on the move.

MMS active capable devices reached 15 million as at 30th June 2004, with a penetration rate of 29% for the total UK market. June’s figures show an increase on the previous quarter of 36 %.  With an ever-increasing number of MMS capable handsets and a growing range of compelling services to suit every customer need, MMS and GPRS capability has stimulated adoption and usage of new multimedia services and represents a key "stepping stone" to 3G.

The MDA announces GPRS and MMS active devices figures quarterly during 2004.

Definition:

* Active subscriber base (PAYG/ PAYM, registered and active) as of 30th June 2004, where `active` is defined as used in the prior 3 months.

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Avocent Corporation today announced two new software solutions for managing data centers and PDAs and other mobile devices: AdminSentinel and MobileSentinel.  These solutions help IT administrators securely manage data center devices from a PDA and allow IT administrators to manage the growing number of PDA and mobile devices in their businesses.

AdminSentinel software for mobile devices allows IT managers to access, control and manage their network and data center infrastructure; and MobileSentinel is a software solution that allows IT departments to centrally manage mobile devices. These products run on platforms such as BlackBerry, PocketPC and Palm.
 
While the data center is the foundation of Avocent's core business, businesses are now required to not only manage their data centers and server rooms, but they are being asked to manage hundreds of mobile devices that are now part of their IT infrastructure. The addition of the MobileSentinel solution from our recent acquisition of Sonic Mobility will help customers manage the thousands of mobile devices in the market today.
 
The AdminSentinel software uses a real-time secure proxy model to perform many routine server administrative functions from a mobile device. For example, the administrator can reboot a server, unlock/change passwords, restart services not functioning properly, view event logs, move files and send messages to logged-in users.

MobileSentinel is a software product for the remote control and administration of PDAs and smart phones that connect to a computer network. MobileSentinel adds a new level of network security for mobile devices. IT administrators can monitor all mobile devices for current status, apply passwords to unprotected devices and manage mobile user groups, as well as a number of other functions. For mobile devices that are lost or stolen, MobileSentinel allows an IT administrator to centrally control and wipe out sensitive data. The product is ideally suited for networks that use cellular PDAs and smartphones to support staff in the field.

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Nokia's Push to Talk over Cellular (PoC) end-to-end network solution will be launched by T-Mobile International for Europe's first commercial PoC service. The service will be commercially available in Germany in fourth quarter 2004 and will be introduced to other T-Mobile Markets soon. With this deal T-Mobile International becomes the European frontrunner in offering this easy and instant form of mobile communication for its large customer base of both private and business customers.
 

Nokia's carrier grade PoC solution provides competitive performance, a variety of features, and a smooth network software upgrade path to the upcoming Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) standard for PoC. 
 
The agreement will further enhance Nokia's strong relationship with T-Mobile International, to which Nokia is a strategic supplier, delivering 3G WCDMA radio access network equipment and services to T-Mobile in Germany, Netherlands and the UK as well as being a key GSM supplier to T-Mobile US and T-Mobile Netherlands. 
 
"Our long and successful cooperation with Nokia coupled with its market leading PoC solution made Nokia the obvious choice in enabling us to launch this attractive new service for our European subscribers," says Wolfgang Ptacek, Executive Vice President Developement with T-Mobile.
 
"We are very happy to continue supporting T-Mobile in launching advanced services with the most innovative and robust solutions on the market. This Push-to-talk deal demonstrates Nokia´s leading position in the service platform and core networks area," says Robin Lindahl, Vice President, Networks, Nokia.
 
With more than 30 operator trials ongoing and commercial contracts with 18 operators, Nokia is leading the market for Push to talk over Cellular.  Nokia's first push to talk terminals, the Nokia 5140 and Nokia 6260 are already commercially available. Nokia has also introduced the Nokia 6170 and Nokia 7270, expected to be shipping before the end of this year. Nokia will continue to introduce push to talk capable GSM phones, including Symbian OS based smart phones.  From 2005 onwards, push to talk will become available for virtually all Nokia GPRS/WCDMA phones.

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Elisa and F-Secure Corporation today announced that Elisa, as the first mobile operator in the world, will start offering wireless anti-virus services to its smartphone customers.

Based on the F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus(tm) service solution, the new service is the first commercial mobile anti-virus service offered through a mobile operator. Elisa smartphone users can download the anti-virus client over the air directly to the phone and will have a free one-month test period of the anti-virus update service. After the trial period, the users
can purchase continuation to the service directly from the phone. The service is charged in the subscriber's invoice.

F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus is the most comprehensive solution available for protecting smartphones against harmful content, from undesired messages to malfunctioning applications. It provides real-time, on-device protection and automatic over-the-air anti-virus updates through a patented SMS update
mechanism and HTTPS connections.

"Security is a key concern for Elisa. We want to be leaders in providing new, advanced services for the smartphone users in our network. By offering our customers an automatic anti-virus solution, we can ensure the fastest possible protection for their devices when new harmful content emerges. FSecure, as our long-term security partner and the leading provider of
mobile content security solutions, was a natural choice to operate the antivirus service for us," said Veli-Matti Mattila, President and CEO of Elisa.

"Mobile operators are the ideal partner for us in the distribution of security services to smartphone users. We are delighted that Elisa shares our view and is now ready to expand our security cooperation to mobile services. We look forward to developing the mobile security services further together with Elisa to guarantee the most secure mobile environment for
Elisa customers also in the future," said Risto Siilasmaa, President and CEO of F-Secure Corporation.

Viruses are starting to emerge for handheld devices. The first mobile phone virus, a worm named Cabir running in Symbian OS mobile phones, was discovered on June 14th, and the first Pocket PC virus appeared in July. Although these viruses have caused only a minor threat, they clearly show that mobile devices have become a target for virus writers. The security challenges in the mobile environment are similar to the problems we have encountered in the PC world. Phone users should be careful when installing new software and downloading applications over the Internet. Extra caution should be used when the software comes from an unknown source.

The best way to protect a smartphone against harmful content is to install automated anti-virus software to the phone. This is also the only way to get full protection against viruses that try to enter the phone for example over Bluetooth or infrared connections.

The F-Secure Mobile Anti-Virus service is available to Elisa users through Elisa WAP services on October 28th. In the beginning, the service is offered to the users of Nokia 3650, 3660, N-Gage, 6600, 7610 and 6670 smartphones. Later, the service will be expanded to support also other smartphones as
well as new distribution and billing models.

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Axalto, the worldwide leader in microprocessor cards, today announced that it has been selected by Telefónica Móviles España to support its SIM-based service delivery strategy. Under the contract, Axalto supplies the operator with its Simsave and Simgo solutions as well as its high-end Java interoperable and dual-mode (GPRS/UMTS) 128 KB USIM cards, which Telefónica Móviles España is already providing to corporate customers.

Telefónica Móviles España is among the first operators in the world to deploy large memory (128 KB) SIM/ USIM cards, and an historical leader in the use and understanding of the SIM in value-added service deployment. The choice of Telefónica Móviles España to implement Simgo and Simsave solutions further underlines the crucial role of the SIM as the ideal platform for cost-effective rollout of enhanced interoperable applications, and the undisputed leadership of Axalto in the area. 

The new USIM cards, that can be used in both GSM/UMTS handsets, provide Telefónica Móviles España customers with new advanced functions in their mobile phones

The Simgo application is a complete SIM-based value added service management solution that enables Telefónica to slash time-to-market and costs to meet its subscribers growing appetite for innovative and personalized services: with Simgo, Telefónica Móviles España can issue and update new services over-the-air using only one or two SMS (short message service), that is ten to twenty times less than the number previously needed for a typical applet download. 

Simsave is the first SIM-based phonebook backup solution that enables subscribers to keep their SIM phonebook synchronized with their other electronic devices. The mobile phonebook is an essential source of personal contact information for many mobile users, but the loss or theft of a mobile means that the contact details and numbers stored on the phone disappear with it.  However, with Simsave the user simply calls the customer care number or visits a retail outlet and the SIM phonebook can be fully restored on a new SIM card, independently of the previous and new handset brand.

“We have been extremely impressed with the performance of these applications during this initial pilot phase,” commented Carlos Melendo, Smart Cards & Handsets Director, Telefónica Móviles España. “The Simsave phonebook back-up solution and Simgo application from Axalto have proven to be extremely popular additions to our customer service portfolio, enabling us to provide additional support for our subscribers’’.

“We are delighted to announce this partnership with Telefonica Moviles España, which is a further demonstration of how Axalto is leading the field in developing and deploying efficient SIM solutions’’, said Philippe Vrignaud, Director Mobile Communications at Axalto. “These solutions enable Telefónica Móviles España to increase customer choice, enhance service across its network, and strengthen its market leadership. ”

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With no need for 802.1x support

Service Factory, the number one European supplier of systems for broadband IP-based services and access management, today launched the Orbyte Authentication Manager, a new authentication solution that allows EAP-SIM protocol to be used in Wi-Fi hotspots even though they do not support 802.1x.

Mobile operators have until now been unable to harmonize user authentication and leverage the SIM-card as the unique subscriber identity within Wi-Fi networks. A major part of the existing public hotspots operate on access points that do not support the 802.1x standard, making it impossible to identify the user with the EAP-SIM protocol. Public Wi-Fi users are instead forced to use separate subscriptions handling user-id and password in an inconvenient manner. Existing solutions are complicated for the mobile operators to manage and not well integrated with back-end systems. Upgrading all hotspots to 802.1x, supporting the EAP-SIM protocol, would be a significant investment for the network owners.

The Orbyte Authentication Manager is based on a patent-pending solution that allows the EAP-SIM protocol to be used even though a Wi-Fi hotspot does not support 802.1x. It uses an innovative approach where the user first is authenticated through the Orbyte Authentication Manager towards the mobile operators back-end system. In a second step, the user is https authenticated through the WISP access gateway.
 
The system removes the urgent need for upgrading the existing networks, allowing mobile operators to roll-out Wi-Fi services with the advantages of SIM-based authentication. Mobile operators do not need to wait for the industry to upgrade all hotspots.
 
"We believe mobile operators will play an increasingly important roll within the public Wi-Fi area and we are therefore very pleased to offer this cost efficient solution for SIM-based authentication. Operators can now offer a Wi-Fi service that is as easy to use as a mobile phone, all over the world. It's truly one step towards what we all are waiting for, only one subscription for internet access that always uses the best connection available" says Niklas Heuveldop, CEO, ServiceFactory.

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Seven.Five with VQuad, introduced by Wireless Test Solutions and SwissQual, is the industry's first comprehensive test system to provide video measurements/engineering data time synchronization.

With VQuad, it is now possible to test the wireless performance of popular video streaming applications such as Quick Time, Real Player and Windows Media Player.

As new 3G phones are made available to conduct live video call and conferencing, Seven.Five with VQuad is already capable of testing this value-added feature.

Comarco's unique XP-based SBC (Single-Board Computer) architecture ensures that there is a dedicated computer for each calling module, providing an independent and isolated test platform for each phone. This ensures that the resource-intensive requirements of being able to analyze real-time video quality are fully supported, with no limitations or introductions of artificial degradations. Therefore, multiple phone testing is easily and accurately performed with the peace of mind that the data collected is accurate and precise.

Pricing for Seven.Five with VQuad starts at around $25,000 (US). Availability is six to eight weeks from receipt of order.

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The SD Memory Card continues to be the leading semiconductor memory card for the wireless communications industry, as cellular handset marketing giants Nokia and Sony Ericsson join the SD Card Association (SDA).

Nokia, the world's foremost handset maker with over 30 percent market share worldwide, joined SDA as a member of its Board of Directors. Sony Ericsson is the world's largest producer of mobile networks and third largest handset
supplier. Sony Ericsson and Nokia join Motorola, Samsung, palmOne, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba, NEC, Fujitsu, Kyocera and other leading marketers of SD and miniSD-enabled mobile phones around the world.

The SD Memory Card is the number one semiconductor memory card in use worldwide today, and is found in a wide array of consumer electronics products such as digital cameras, camcorders, PDAs, laptop computers, digital
audio players and many other products. In total, 2,877 models in 31 product categories by 238 brands supporting the SD standard have been shipped to date.

According to market analyst firm Gartner, Inc., the SD Card has shown impressive growth since its introduction in 2000, capturing 30 percent of the worldwide market in revenue in 2003. Gartner projects SD's share to increase to 38 percent by 2008.

In the United States, this figure is even higher. According to market research from NPD, SD commanded 36.9 percent of the flash memory card market in 2004 (January - August).

"With mobile phones now offering built-in, high-resolution camera functions, content downloading capabilities, and compatibility with PC data, there is a clear need for removable memory cards that support these capabilities," said Ray Creech, President, SD Card Association. "The SD format offers the size, speed, interoperability and security that mobile
phone manufacturers, network operators and consumers require."

Mobile phone users increasingly demand more sophisticated applications from devices. Handset manufacturers are looking to add capabilities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and more to next-generation handsets. The SD Memory Card and miniSD Card are uniquely poised to support these functions, especially through SDIO.

"This is the fruition of the hard work the SDA's Mobile Phone Task Force, formed earlier this year, and shows the SD Memory Card's strength in the wireless communications industry," said John P. Burnham, Global Director of Marketing Communications for the SDA.

In addition to the Mobile Phone Task Force, the SD Card Association established a Mobile Commerce specification, smartSD, that adds "smart card" security and other functionalities to the format. The SDA also approved the
SD Map Specification that will help enable Location Based Services.

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Security solution becomes corporate standard for mobile devices at ABB

Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a g provider of enterprise security software for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, today announced a global contract with ABB, a world leader in power and automation technologies. As a result, Pointsec’s security solution for PDAs and smartphones becomes a corporate standard for mobile data protection, available to ABB units worldwide.

Following an evaluation of data protection solutions, ABB has selected Pointsec for its enterprise mobile data protection standard. The decision was made based on Pointsec’s extensive platform support, providing data protection for all of ABB’s strategic platforms for PDAs and smartphones.

“We have closely analyzed several available offerings to find and implement a coherent and wide-ranging mobile data protection solution that supports all of our operational systems platforms,” said Åke Johansson, ABB Group Senior IS Architect. “Our conclusion was that Pointsec offers the best solution to our current needs, while we are also confident that their tools will be enhanced, as our systems environment evolves over time.”

Pointsec is a global leader in providing comprehensive access control and encryption solutions for laptop and desktop PCs, PDAs and smartphones, supporting all major operating systems.

“As a preferred supplier to ABB, we have a key customer with strict demands and high expectations that we provide both cutting-edge technology and a robust, experienced support framework,” said Peter Larsson, CEO, Pointsec Mobile Technologies. “ABB’s selection of Pointsec confirms our strategy to address the needs of global organizations with large mobile workgroups, which has become a competitive advantage for us.”

The corporate contract signed by ABB and Pointsec specifies fixed terms and conditions for orders and shipments based on an implementation plan that spans several years. The contract is one of the first global agreements for data protection solutions that specifically covers PDAs and smartphones, indicating that the market for handheld mobile computing devices is now maturing.

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Orange Partner partners with Argogroup

Orange Partner and Argogroup, the leader in User Experience Optimisation for mobile data services, have launched the world’s first real-time online testing programme for mobile application developers. Available to its worldwide developer network immediately, Orange is using Monitor Master, Argogroup’s award-winning testing technology, to radically speed up software certification times and halt mounting costs to developers. These new services will cover the testing and verification of new J2ME, WAP, MMS, ring tones and wallpaper applications ensuring faster time to market of cutting edge mobile applications for Orange’s 52 million subscribers world-wide.

Manual testing for certification of new applications is a slow process and can take up to six weeks for new Java applications to be approved or declined. With each submission costing in the region of £500, the financial overhead to developers seeking operators’ official recognition can be very prohibitive. According to a research note released by Gartner earlier this year*, testing mobile applications is becoming more complex because there is a lot to test.

The mobile architectures need to be complex to support the large number of handsets that are on the market and this drives the need for even "portable" languages like Java or protocols like WAP to be tested on each device type. The new interactive, web-based solution will now allow registered developers to visit the Orange Group website, upload their software and select which Orange device(s) they would like their application tested against. As opposed to the six weeks manual response time, they will now receive the results immediately.

“Orange is one of the most innovative mobile operators we have worked with,” said Paul Nerger, VP Marketing and Business Development, Argogroup. “It understands the intricacies of the mobile content value chain and is aggressively launching powerful and affective tools to empower developers to build really useful and well-executed applications. No other mobile operator has taken such a bold step by making these kind of tools free to help the developer.”

Commenting on the new developer tools, Steve Glagow, Director of Orange Partner, said, “Getting fun new applications up and running properly in less time is central to Orange’s drive to be the number one mobile data service network in the world. We want to more than double our revenues from mobile data services over the next three years and this initiative is an important building block. It will dramatically cut the cost and time for third parties developers who want us to sell their apps and services on our portal. That’s great for our customers who are just beginning to experience the delights of mobile data. And it will be critical for Orange as we move into a 3G world.”

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GloBul Sees Reduced Costs, Increased Uptake in New Services by Existing and New Subscribers with Linux-based Solution

NMS Communications, the leading provider of technologies and solutions for enhanced services and efficient networks, and global telecom and IP communications projects supplier Opencode, today announced that GloBul, one of the leading mobile operators in the rapidly expanding Eastern European region, has launched a new customer support and self-service center built by Opencode and based on NMS' Open Accessproducts.

With more than 1.3 million subscribers already and demand
soaring for new services, especially data services like SMS, MMS, GPRS, and Internet content, GloBul had several objectives:

- Make it easy for subscribers to self-provision new services

- Implement billing that would be highly flexible, to fit with
different types of services and include pre-paid, post-paid and no-charge options, yet easy for subscribers to understand

- Streamline access to technical support

At the same time, GloBul wanted to reduce operating expenses, while ensuring that the solution they chose integrated easily with their existing network and operations, administration and management ystems. Opencode integrated NMS' Linux-based Open Access platform  into GloBul's network adding a full range of advanced billing capabilities. The solution has already proven itself by helping GloBul chieve every one of its objectives within a few months. NMS's highly scalable, flexible Open Access platform is the basis for both the customer support and self-provisioning systems, providing easy access and self-service for a comfortable and efficient customer experience.

"We're experiencing tremendous subscriber growth, with both
consumer and business customers. At the same time, our existing ustomers want more services," said Stefan Kolev, Switching & Services  Director, GloBul. "NMS and Opencode have built a highly reliable ustomer service and self-provisioning system with the flexibility  hat allows us to offer innovative communications services and  packages that fit different segments of our base. And it's a system that works with our existing network and can easily scale to meet coming requirements. As a result, we're saving money, increasing our
revenue, and providing a better quality of customer service."
  
"By offering next-gen services, along with a full range of billing
options, GloBul is proving itself an innovator and leader in mobile ommunications in the high-growth Central Europe region," said Eliezer Cohen, General Manager, Opencode. "We're pleased to partner with NMS  enabling GloBul's success."

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Hops to it with FirstHop

First Hop and Omnitel today announced that Omnitel, the leading Baltic mobile operator, deployed First Hop Wireless Broker to streamline the delivery and management of wireless content services to its customers in Lithuania. The solution has provided Omnitel with a capability to offer fast service activation and multi-channel message delivery in its continuous enrichment of value-added services. The new solution was launched on October 20, 2004.

Offering the best customer service and cutting-edge applications are key to gaining more subscribers in our market. With First Hop, we can offer more value-added services in a faster and more flexible way," says Antanas Zabulis, President and CEO of Omnitel. We selected First Hop because of their impressive customer references and high-quality products designed for carrier-class environments. The project also proved First Hop deployment team to be very professional and responsive, and nice to work with."

Omnitel, the largest mobile operator in the Baltic, is the member of the TeliaSonera group. Omnitel currently offers the broadest range of wireless services in Lithuania.

As the first private telecommunications operator established in Eastern Europe, Omnitel is leading the way in advanced mobile services," says Timo T Laaksonen, CEO of First Hop. The implemented solution provides Omnitel with a strategic point of control in wireless content business to manage the evolving and changing services and providers."

Omnitel uses a range of products in the First Hop Wireless Broker suite, including Message Router, Service Manager, and the MMS Direct Delivery Solution. The solution connects Omnitels prepaid and postpaid subscribers into a dynamic set of SMS and MMS based content services and enables rapid service provisioning, as well as automated management of in-house and third-party content providers. In addition, the MMS Direct Delivery Solution allows Omnitel to deliver large volumes of MMS application messages to subscribers within a very short time frame. This is especially useful for temporary demand peaks and time-based subscription services.

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