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Telmap, a specialist in mobile location solutions, today announced that it is delivering an 'advanced' navigation and location based service for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) based on the Intel Atom processor and Linux-based Moblin platform.

The Intel Atom processor is said to deliver high performance at dramatically lower power while delivering a compelling Internet experience for MIDs. MIDs are expected to support always-on connectivity, high-resolution displays and touch-screen interfaces, which make them ideally suited for advanced search, mapping and navigation solutions.

"As the need for mobility and always-on internet connectivity take a firmer grip on our society, the extension of our business to support the MID category was clearly a natural step for Telmap", says Oren Nissim, CEO of Telmap. "We see MIDs as another great platform that will drive a more connected and location-aware society. The high performance of the Intel Atom processor will support our technology requirements, and in turn will provide an advanced user experience in mobile navigation and location technologies."

"Mobile Internet Devices are ideally suited to deliver real-time Internet-based navigation and location based services on the go," said Pankaj Kedia, director of global ecosystem programs in the Ultra Mobility Group at Intel Corporation. "The high performance and visual capabilities of MIDs enabled by the Intel Atom processor, combined with Telmap's expertise in navigation and location services, will make it easier to bring these experiences to people."

Telmap will unveil and demonstrate Mobile Internet Devices running its Telmap Navigator application at Mobile World Congress.

Adax and Kontron have announced they will be providing a demonstration of their ATCA solutions at the Kontron booth during Mobile World Congress. The demonstration will show how mobile operators can benefit from the power and flexibility of the ATCA platform integrated with AMC components in an I/O subsystem for systems architects.

The high performance of the Adax Signaling Gateway on a Processor AMC (AM4010) card in the Kontron OM5080 system against server platforms with more powerful processors demonstrates that the ATCA/µTCA form factor can cope with heavy throughput demands of carrier-grade systems signaling nodes such as a Signaling Gateway.

"Meeting the demands for faster time-to-market and leading-edge technology has become a necessity and we are delighted to be demonstrating how mobile operators can benefit from our joint solution at this year's Mobile World Congress," explains Robin Kent, director of operations at Adax Europe.  "Adax and Kontron have worked closely to create a cost effective platform comprising of a flexible architecture with comprehensive configuration options." 

The Adax and Kontron I/O subsystem uses off-the-shelf ATCA standards-based components for computing, signaling, packet processing and dataplane applications to provide mobile operators with the most advanced, easy to integrate I/O resource for their applications.

The Adax Signaling Gateway (AdaxGW) on display is field ready and includes Adax ATM4 for ATM-IP interworking and Kontron AM4204 Cavium-based IPsec for bearer channel applications, such as Access Gateways for the emerging femtocell market. Mobile operators can configure and scale components and chassis levels in line with their specific application requirements.

NEC has announced today the conclusion of a full-turnkey supply contract with one of Croatia's leading fixed telecom operators, Optima Telekom, to deliver, install and provide after-sales services for approximately 40 PASOLINK NEO hops (80 systems).

After for 4 years of utilizing NEC telecom systems, such as PASOLINK, Optima choose NEC's PASOLINK NEO in order to enhance its network of voice and data services for suburban areas of Croatia, and expand the coverage of voice, Internet and IPTV services. Optima's IP based telecommunications network covers more than 100 Croatian cities, which makes Optima Telekom the second largest domestic operator, following the former national telecommunications company. More than 2,000 km of optical infrastructure, including NEC's PASOLINK, support a market potential that covers more than 1/3 of Croatian population.

According to NEC, PASOLINK NEO's competitive advantages over other wireless access systems include its ability to handle different transmission speeds and interfaces with the same platform. This flexibility allows easier and more cost efficient expansion of networks when operators need to increase capacity. Furthermore, NEC's ability to carry out full development, from purchasing of raw materials to mass production, is claimed to ensure a highly reliable system of superior quality, which achieves an average failure rate of less than once every hundred years.

Mycom, a global provider of OSS Service Assurance software solutions and professional services to the telecoms industry, today announced the latest release of NIMS-PrOptima, following the successful live deployment, intensive usage and benchmarking with a leading European Tier 1 network operator.

Improved functionality and performance of the software have been a result of Mycom's largest and most ambitious software development project to date. The new version of the software goes one step further in the race for performance excellence with its Next Generation event based mediation layer. The constant introduction of new telecom technologies and services combined with the ongoing evolution of telecom standards has significantly increased the number of data sources, domains and devices that need to be managed by the operator's Service Assurance solutions.

Mycom's solution allows operators to get real time access to end-to-end network and service performance.  This together with new state-of-the-art intelligent analysis modules and enhancements to existing modules enables operational teams to maintain high levels of service quality expected by customers today.

Mounir Ladki, General Manager, Product Business Unit, is delighted with the ongoing evolution and advancement of NIMS-PrOptima.  "This release is the fruit of a proactive collaboration with our customers and partners that enabled us to anticipate and deliver key capabilities required by Communication Service Providers (CSPs) as they transform their business and roll out Next Generation technologies and services. NIMS-PrOptima dramatically improves the productivity and the reactivity of CSPs organization thanks to its superior feature set. It also considerably simplifies the OSS by providing a unique central platform across the various network technologies and domains. This enables CSPs to achieve significant CAPEX and OPEX savings while offering high quality of service and optimizing their investment in network resources."

IP Integration has signed a deal to become a business partner of Veropath, the UK specialist in telecoms expenses management. Under the terms of the deal, IP Integration will offer the Veropath service alongside its existing partnerships to provide complete business communications solutions to its growing customer base.

"The Veropath service helps us save money for our customers, and complements our skills in deriving the maximum benefit from technology," commented Steve Walker, Managing Director of IP Integration. "Many organisations are currently looking to seek out efficiencies and increase flexibility. Veropath helps us do this with our existing customers, and also increases our opportunities in attracting new customers."

The cost savings generated by the Veropath service can free up ICT budgets and help customers plan for future trends. Gartner research estimates that 80% of telecoms bills contain errors and up to 35% of all fixed telecoms assets are surplus to requirement.

David Pitts commented: "I'm delighted to bring IP Integration into the Veropath network. Veropath provides a value-add service for their portfolio that can help them develop much closer relationships with customers."

Veropath brings billing information for landlines, mobiles and data services from all major suppliers into a single platform for customers. All telecoms suppliers offer billing information in different electronic (and paper) formats making it difficult for customers to reconcile the information. Veropath enables customers to view billing data and interrogate the information to verify if it is correct, to allocate it to cost centres accurately and to make informed decisions.

The active management of telecoms expenses enables companies to save up to 50% on telecoms expenditure and allows them to make informed decisions about suppliers, tariffs and equipment (source: IntelligentComms customer case studies). Most organisations over-pay for their telecoms services by being on incorrect tariffs from their suppliers, paying for services no longer being used and from incorrect billing.

telent has been selected by Serco Docklands, the franchise operator of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as its system integration partner on a new network upgrade project.  telent will install a new high performance LAN infrastructure to underpin the railway's planned deployment of new services and IP-based applications, the first of which uses ASL iPA equipment to provide an innovative IP-based public address (PA) system servicing some 32 DLR stations. 

telent has been chosen to undertake the system design and implementation of both the network and PA system, capitalising on its extensive rail, IT and acoustic consultancy expertise.  The roll out of the project has already started and will be completed during 2009. 

Michael Evans, Serco Docklands' Communications Engineer, says, "Clearly the trend is to shift from a conventional multiplexed communications medium to a converged IP network and the goal of the project is to put in place an infrastructure which will last for the next 10 years.  telent was chosen given their excellent response to our tender, and a competitively priced solution which can scale and change to meet our needs, all backed up by support staff who are close by."

telent's LAN design uses gigabit Ethernet Cisco Systems switches throughout the network, with stackable gigabit Ethernet switches at the edge to provide for future growth.  Dual linked for resilience, the LAN will interoperate with existing TDM-based network infrastructure and is easily upgradeable as more bandwidth is required over time. 

telent is working closely on the project with PA supplier, Application Solutions Limited (ASL), to deploy its new high quality, fully featured IP-based distributed PA system called iPAM.  telent already has a good relationship with ASL, developed during the implementation of their PA system on 76 London Underground stations, as part of the Whole Life Cost Contract that telent is currently delivering to Tube Lines.  Such is the nature of the relationship that telent engineers have even contributed some ideas in the design of iPAM.  It is a monitored PA solution specifically designed for the harsh environments found at railway stations and performs equally well over legacy and new data networks.  In fact, as a part of this project, iPAM technology is being installed on some DLR stations prior to the Cisco roll out.  Serco Docklands will be the first company in the UK to deploy such a system.

The public address system will be controlled from Linux PC workstations at the Control Centre, and telent is also integrating it with the DLR customer information display system.  This integration will guarantee consistency when providing passengers with audio/visual updates about train arrivals and departures.

Sousan Azimrayat, ASL's founder and director, explains, "iPAM has been designed to integrate easily with all operational and maintenance control systems and allows full monitoring of the PA system and of other station equipment, with faults flagged directly on screen so that prompt action can be taken."

In terms of network architecture, each main service on the network will have its own virtual private network (VPN) and as part of the overall solution, telent will also install a firewall and a new network management system.

telent will also provide maintenance support from its Pudding Mill Lane depot, with monitoring and management of the network from its 24/7/365 Service Centre based near Canary Wharf.

Evans says, "Over time, other key systems will be bought across to run over the new network, such as passenger information displays on station concourses, and a train management computer system.  Serco Docklands is also looking to deploy IP-based control systems for its numerous video recorders and CCTV cameras, which are expected to total nearly 1,000 by 2012."

Adrian Groves, telent's General Manager Metro, commenting on the company's solution said, "In order to provide a truly effective solution, we listened very carefully to Serco Docklands and took on-board all their needs.  Our engineers then worked with ASL to set about designing a solution which not only met those needs but also achieved them in the most efficient way.  We are delighted that our solution not only addresses Serco Dockland's two key issues, namely to deliver an improved PA system and a network that can cope with the pace of change facing the DLR, but also does so with one overall IP based solution which is designed with expansion in mind."

Michael Evans concludes, "Networks underpin everything from an IT perspective so it was important we chose a family of infrastructure switch products which offered flexibility; and a well respected and trusted systems integration partner in telent to deploy them along with the ASL iPAM PA system.  Operationally we now have the latest network technology to support the DLR's well publicised growth, which puts us ahead of many other transport providers in this country."

Commenting on the contract, Adrian Groves says, "Our expertise gained from working with other rail operators like Tube Lines and Metronet was key to us winning the Serco Docklands contract and we're already working closely with Serco DLR staff to make the project a huge success."

Convergent billing specialist, Cerillion Technologies, has unveiled its Total Convergence Architecture (TCA), a new flexible model for telecoms operators based on a industry standard framework - the TM Forum's Telecom Application Map (TAM). Cerillion's TCA is designed to help operators move to the next generation of customer management by addressing the challenges of prepaid-postpaid convergence that until now have remained an unobtainable goal for most telecoms providers.

Dominic Smith, marketing director, Cerillion Technologies, said: "Driven by the necessity to develop and sustain their customer base, grow average revenue per user (ARPU) and lower capex and opex, operators have reached the critical point where they must embrace the convergence of their prepaid and postpaid platforms."

"Until now, this migration has been held back by the lack of a coherent infrastructure or methodology," he adds. "The development and launch of TCA helps remove these barriers, giving operators the platform they need to put true convergence into practice."

Cerillion's TCA has the flexibility to allow operators to pick and mix components from both billing vendors and network suppliers, utilising standards-based interfaces such as Diameter to fulfil the integration. It also supports phased deployment and upgrades, with real benefits being delivered at each stage on the path to total convergence.

With TCA, Cerillion is helping operators to achieve business improvement at all layers of the Telecom Application Map, covering sales and marketing, product management, customer management, service management and resource management. 

"Previous convergence models have been largely geared to a one-size-fits-all approach," says Louis Hall, chief executive officer, Cerillion Technologies. "We believe that our approach is completely different."

"Our flexible TCA framework reflects the fact that each operator faces a different set of challenges specific to their own market," he adds. "With this in mind, we have focused on enabling operators to deploy convergence in a way which suits their individual business rather than one dictated by the vendor."   

Adax has announced demonstrations of its integrated signaling gateway solution at the Adax booth during the Mobile World Congress. The demonstration showcases how mobile operators can benefit from the integration of existing SS7 Intelligent Nodes and databases with IP-based Media Gateways, Signaling Gateways and Softswitches.

The Adax Signaling Gateway (AdaxGW) utilises the carrier-grade, NEBS3 / ETSI compliant, IBM BladeCenter HT resulting in a powerful, high-density single slot solution for SS7, SIGTRAN or SS7/IP signaling. This helps telecommunications carriers to bridge the worlds of legacy PSTN and new, IP-based, Next-Generation Networks (NGN). With the ability to run a signaling stack or gateway on one card, the signaling blade enables an extremely cost-effective, carrier-grade solution that allows carriers to leverage the economics of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf technologies to greatly reduce their total-cost of ownership.

"We are delighted to be demonstrating for the first time this solution at this year's Mobile World Congress, offering a fully integrated signaling gateway solution with unparalleled scalability and flexibility to protect investments in both SS7  and IP networks," explains Robin Kent, director of operations at Adax Europe.  "Adax has worked closely with IBM to create use cases that demonstrate how re-configurable and re-deployable our solution is to mobile operators who visit the booth." 

The Adax solution has undergone benchmark testing which demonstrated a 140 per cent performance improvement of the signaling Gateway on the IBM Blade over its standalone 1U box.

Volubill, a supplier of real-time charging, and control applications for mobile data and content services, today announced that its customer, WiMAX Telecom has launched its high-speed broadband Internet service using WiMax 802.16e technology in Croatia utilizing Volubill's Charge-IT Dynamic Charging Platform.

Founded in 2004, WiMAX Telecom is a leading pan European Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) service provider with operations in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. With about 14,000 subscribers to their fixed WiMax services in Austria and Slovakia, where Volubill's solution is already in active use, the launch of the Croatian mobile Wimax service heralds the beginning of a new mobile WiMax operation.

The Charge-IT Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP) offers high performance, real-time, bi-directional management of service requests between the network, service and application layers. The pre and post-paid services being managed by the product are wireless broadband access and VoIP.

The cost-effective and comprehensive solution allows operators, like WiMAX Telecom, to prepare for the next wave of challenges:

 -         Sharply scaling up subscribers and traffic without losing control over QoS/QoE or over operating expenditure.

-         Adapting the service offer to mobility and a new breed of handheld and pocket devices.

-         Moving up the value chain by introducing rich multimedia services with high stickiness.

Peter Ziegelwanger, Chief Technology Officer, WiMAX Telecom said, "The choice of Volubill's Charge IT product has been key to our strategy going forward, providing us with an ‘on the network' charging and control solution which can be used to achieve our goals of bringing lower pricing to both home and business customers whilst bringing broadband access to places where, until now, it has been economically unavailable."

John Aalbers, Chief Executive Officer, Volubill said, "WiMax is in area within which Volubill are experiencing increasing interest. This relatively new technology requires a charging solution that will enable operators to implement sophisticated value-based charging strategies allowing them to differentiate their services through innovative packages, bundles and promotions. We are very proud that WiMAX Telecom is using our technology to push the boundaries within telecommunications, particularly now their services span three countries."

Carrier IQ, a specialist in Mobile Service Intelligence solutions for wireless carriers and equipment vendors, today confirmed it would be working in partnership with Huawei to launch a new range of datacards that will provide improved feedback on the mobile broadband user experience.

The cards incorporate a unique diagnostic engine to enable carriers to optimize and improve data performance using Carrier IQ's suite of analysis tools.

Announcing the partnership, Carrier IQ CEO, Mark Quinlivan, said: "These new cards will make for smoother delivery of mobile data services, improvements in customer care services, identification of network coverage gaps and increased awareness of actual user behavior."

"Everybody wins," he added, "the manufacturer of the card, the network operator, but most importantly of all, the actual subscriber to mobile data services."

With Carrier IQ's Mobile Service Intelligence software embedded on the mobile broadband datacard or dongle, customer care operators can accurately diagnose problems a subscriber is experiencing.  Data fed back from the cards can also be used to improve network performance and to track any user experience issues.

"Carrier IQ is a good partner of Huawei," said Mr. Su Jie, Director of Huawei Mobile Broadband product line, "Mobile operators are always looking for ways to optimize the customer's user experience. The Carrier IQ Mobile Service Intelligence solution delivers true performance data, enabling mobile operators to optimize their end-to-end service delivery. Huawei believes users can benefit a lot via our USB Modem products."

In January 2009, research firm In-Stat reported that over 200M modem devices were shipped in 2008 with the market predicted to grow to $2.6Bn next year.

The solution is currently undergoing trials with a number of major European operators and first commercially available cards in the new range are expected to be available mid 2009.

Quinlivan added: "Mobile broadband uptake is exploding - the operators best able to match capacity to demand and improve the user experience will be those that reap the largest benefit in data traffic growth."

Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, said to be the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, has announced that it has acquired a 100% stake in Narico Holdings Limited (Cyprus), a sole owner of Telefon.Ru, one of the largest retail chains in Russia, from Analog Holdings Limited and Delemont Investments Limited.

MTS has acquired a 100% stake in Telefon.Ru for $60 million, including the payment of approximately $22.4 million for inventory reserves . In addition, the transaction includes a provision for a payment of $25 million in 12 to 18 months should the retail chain satisfy certain performance criteria.

Telefon.Ru operates 512 stores in 180 cities in Russia  offering handsets and other electronic goods, as well as tariffs and contracts of mobile operators.

"Combining the reach of Telefon.Ru with our existing retail network will enable MTS to more effectively service our clients, provide a more robust product offering to new customer segments and overall bring the MTS brand closer to our population. The profitability leader in the Russian mobile distribution, Telefon.Ru will bring added retail insight and experience to MTS," remarked Mr. Mikhail Gerchuk, Chief Commercial Officer, MTS.

Added Mr. Mikhail Shamolin, President and CEO, MTS: "Since 2007, we have looked towards the optimization of distribution channels for added growth in our core markets. The current economic environment has provided attractive opportunities to more efficiently extend and control our distribution network. Adding Telefon.Ru, one of the market's most efficient and profitable retailers, to our network will certainly allow MTS to carry through on our promise of a unique customer experience and added value for shareholders."

Building on their partnership to develop an NFC handset for the GSMA's Pay-Buy-Mobile initiative, INSIDE Contactless, a specialist in advanced open-standard contactless chip technologies, has announced it is partnering with Sagem Wireless, a mobile design company, to create new handset platforms that will support enhanced NFC services. 

Expected to be available to major wireless operators and customers from the fourth quarter of 2009, the Sagem Wireless  NFC platforms will utilize INSIDE's MicroRead NFC chip, and will also incorporate the associated MicroRead Software Foundation NFC protocol stack, which Sagem Wireless has licensed, and which will be integrated and validated with Sagem Wireless' handset platform software.

"Sagem Wireless is making a major commitment to NFC technology with the development of this handset platform, and we are pleased they have chosen to continue working with us and rely upon our MicroRead hardware and software for this venture," said Remy de Tonnac, chief executive officer of INSIDE Contactless.  "MicroRead is the only NFC solution available today that is fully compliant with the single wire protocol standard, and its unique self-powered battery-off mode and low-power tag detection will enable Sagem Wireless to differentiate their offering for competitive advantage."

According to de Tonnac, the MicroRead chip's self-powered battery-off mode and low-power RFID tag detection features will help provide simplicity and convenience to improve the user experience of the Sagem Wireless handset by enabling payment or other transactions to take place successfully even when the handset is turned off or the battery is completely drained.

"INSIDE's combination of MicroRead hardware and software offerings and their design, testing and validation expertise will play an important role in enabling us to speed development and get our new handset platform to market more quickly," said Thierry Buffenoir, chief executive officer of Sagem Wireless.  "With INSIDE's help, we are confident that we can deliver an outstanding NFC handset platform with a superior user experience our customers will appreciate. Therefore we will be able to develop innovative and specific projects for our customers enabling them to prepare the launch of NFC services".


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