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Boingo Wireless, the network of Wi-Fi hotspots, is adding close to 4000 locations in Sweden with the addition of the TeliaSonera Homerun network.

The addition of the hotspots to the Boingo Roaming Network in Sweden extends Boingo's reach in the Nordic countries, offering more places to get online with their smartphones or laptop computers throughout the region.

The locations include: convenience stores and gas stations such as 7-Eleven, Bilisten, OKQ8, Pressbyrån and Statoil; hotels such as Best Western, Clarion Choice, Ibis Hotels and Quality Hotels; grocery stores and supermarkets, including City Gross, Coop Sweden, Hemköp and ICA; camping sites, including First Camp; retailers, like Wayne's Coffee; as well as airports, marinas, train stations, and Surfzon Wi-Fi hotspots.

"Boingo continues to expand its network, and the addition of TeliaSonera Homerun is a critical addition to our Nordic and European footprint," said Luis Serrano, vice president of network strategy for Boingo Wireless. "TeliaSonera Homerun's comprehensive network is perfect for our Boingo Mobile customers who look for a high-speed solution for their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones to get directions, music, data and more while traveling."

As part of the agreement, TeliaSonera Homerun customers will be able to access Boingo's owned and operated network, which includes the top airports in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as the WSDOT Ferries Division Wi-Fi network in the Seattle, Washington area.

"TeliaSonera Homerun has one of the most comprehensive networks in the Nordic countries, delivering high-speed connectivity wherever people need Wi-Fi access," said Jan Karmakar, Head of Roaming, TeliaSonera . "Our customers will be able to get the same high-speed connection they know from TeliaSonera on the Boingo network, while Boingo customers can rely on TeliaSonera Homerun's high-speed connections."

Boingo provides Wi-Fi hotspots by combining more than 100,000 locations from 150 Wi-Fi operators into a single worldwide network spanning 90 countries.

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, today unveiled its comprehensive Long Term Evolution (LTE) product suite. New products generally available include the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller which are both anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker and are fully compliant with the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Release 8 Standards. Several global trials with major service providers are in the planning and implementation stages with an expanded partner and interoperability ecosystem also announced today.
Bridgewater's new products for the LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) draw on the company's extensive experience with Tier 1 service providers and market leadership in subscriber, service, and policy control solutions optimized for the demands of mobile data. The products are fully compliant with 3GPP Release 8 standards for LTE and include:

o The Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server (HSS), a master repository that contains subscriber and device profile and state information, and manages subscriber identities, service profiles, authentication, authorization, and quality of service in real time. The HSS federates data from existing Home Location Registers and other databases for service parity and network migrations. It is undergoing extensive interoperability testing with leading Mobility Management Entity (MME) solution providers.

o The market leading Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF) provides smart network, application, and subscriber policies that allow service providers to manage mobile data growth and deliver personalized services. Extensive interoperability testing with leading Servicing and Packet Data Network Gateway solution providers is underway.

o Inter­working with non­3GPP networks such as WiFi, EVDO and WiMAX is supported by an optional Authorization, Authentication and Accounting (3GPP AAA) module. It ensures seamless mobility and service portability across different networks.

o Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker provides a common subscriber data management platform that brings together rich, dynamic subscriber data with the sophisticated tools to broker that data to multiple systems and applications to personalize services.
The LTE product suite is available in several flexible deployment options:

o The Bridgewater EPC 500 is an integrated system which includes the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller on a single hardware platform. It allows service providers to quickly and cost­effectively engage in lab trials and limited network deployments and can scale as services grow.

o The Home Subscriber Server and the Policy Controller are available as stand­alone, single purpose systems that can easily integrate with other components of an EPC network.
It enables service providers to:

o Implement smart subscriber, service, and policy controls to manage the complexities of exponential mobile data traffic growth, and millions of subscribers, devices, and applications;

o Rapidly launch LTE trials and early deployments using a fully integrated and tested EPC system which includes both the HSS and PCRF;

o Ensure seamless network evolution through centralized control across all mobile access technologies including LTE, GSM/HSPA, CDMA/EVDO, WiMAX, Wi­Fi and Femtocells. This allows service providers to optimize and seamlessly offload mobile data traffic and applications across different networks, as well as enable service portability; and

o Introduce LTE­ready controls in 3G networks to ensure a smooth evolution.

Dr. Philip Marshall, Senior Research Fellow, Yankee Group said: "LTE represents a significant opportunity for service providers to not only increase network capacity and bandwidth but to also dynamically control and manage mobile traffic, subscribers, applications, and devices. Bridgewater's innovative approach to the LTE Evolved Packet Core allows service providers to take control and deliver a better and more personalized subscriber experience."

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems added:
"Bridgewater's standards­based and multi­vendor approach to the LTE Evolved Packet Core, and our deep experience in control plane transformations, is truly unique in the industry. The combination of the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server, Policy Controller and Inter­working capabilities, coupled with our flexible deployment options, allows service providers to rapidly and cost­effectively trial, launch, and scale LTE deployments."

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, today announced the expansion of it 4G partner and interoperability ecosystem for LTE and WiMAX networks. The company also unveiled its LTE Product Suite today.

Bridgewater is continuing to expand its partner and interoperability ecosystem to accelerate and facilitate the industry's evolution to 4G, build best­of­breed multi­vendor and multi­access solutions, and enable service providers to deliver a superior, personalized 4G subscriber experience.
Bridgewater's goals are to:

o Give service providers unparalleled network deployment flexibility;

o Deliver the industry's most comprehensive set of 4G control plane solutions; and

o Provide the broadest multi­vendor industry support and interoperability.
The company's proven portfolio of subscriber data management, service and policy control products work across any network access technology and are designed to enable the transformation to 4G.

Bridgewater's open and standards­based 4G ecosystem includes the following leading networking solution providers, technology providers, and channel partners: Starent Networks, Alvarion, Motorola, NEC, Hitachi, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, WiChorus, and Verint.

Global LTE trials with major service providers are in the planning and implementation stages. Interoperability testing is also underway with several LTE solution providers. For example, Hitachi and Bridgewater are working together in an LTE trial in Asia. The Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server is being integrated with Hitachi's Evolved Packet Core solution including the MME, the Policy and Charging Rules Function, and the Serving and Packet Data Network gateways as well as professional services. Lab and interoperability testing is currently underway.

Bridgewater has over 35 WiMAX deployments globally including 4 new deployments announced today and has completed interoperability testing with major solution providers.

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems said: "Collaborative and open partner ecosystems are one of the most effective ways to accelerate the transition to 4G. We continue to invest in a broad partner and interoperability ecosystem to help our service provider customers rapidly launch 4G services and deliver innovative mobile services such as interactive video, machine­to­machine applications, and advanced social networking."

Azzurri Communications, a Telco managed services provider, has selected NetEvidence's Highlight network monitoring system for use across its whole network infrastructure to deliver improved customer service, increased efficiencies and reduced costs. The system went live at Azzurri's Network Operating Centres in Weybridge and Wakefield in July 2009 following a short pilot. 

Azzurri's managed network customers have been using NetEvidence's Highlight (under the brand Flexiview) as the standard network reporting tool since 2006.  The extension of Highlight to the Network Operating Centres (NOC) means Azzurri has harmonised its internal view of its network with the information it delivers to customers. 

With Highlight, the Azzurri's Network Operating Centres gain a real-time view of its managed network portfolio which includes networks for more than 450 customers such as Citizens Advice, DSG International (with stores Dixons, PC World and Currys), Visa, Eversheds and the Co-Op.  Clear red alarms are visible on the easy to read screens should a network problem occur and the service engineer can then alert their customer.

Steve Clark, Support Services Director for Azzurri Communications, said, "Highlight's Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model means new technologies and functionalities can be added easily, so our NOC customers receive the benefits immediately. The system is also highly scalable, so we can accommodate new business without having to increase headcount.  Most importantly, the SaaS model means there is no capital investment - we simply use what we need and increase our requirements as we grow."

When an alarm has been acted upon, Highlight assigns a ticket number to that alert so Azzurri can identify who picked it up and at what location thus helping to measure and monitor productivity.  The management information from Highlight also shows key trends so Azzurri can plan staffing levels more accurately for peak times across its 24-hour service.

Steve Clark, continues, "NetEvidence's Performance Reporting and Alert Management provides Azzurri with a common platform to continually look at ways to improve the service proposition to our customers. This means when our service managers attend their monthly customer meetings, they are equipped with a single set of reporting information which is far more efficient.  And if a customer contacts us with an issue, we only need analyse one software tool enabling the NOC teams to be more efficient, ultimately reducing down time for our customers."

Richard Thomas, Managing Director of NetEvidence comments, "We're really pleased with this major expansion in the services we provide to Azzurri.  Adopting a single monitoring solution throughout their business means that both Azzurri and their customers have a single, clear view of how their critical networks and business applications are performing. Azzurri have always recognised that strong communications with their customers is essential, and this contract underlines that approach."


RealVNC, a provider of remote control software and QualiSystems, a specialist in test automation for hardware, devices and embedded systems, today announced the launch of a unified comprehensive solution which is claimed to offer mobile manufacturers greatly enhanced mobile testing capabilities.

The solution enables automated remote testing, while enabling secure and robust cross-platform remote control of mobile handsets. With the solution, mobile vendors can perform thorough, automated tests on any device or platform, reducing testing time, complexity and costs, it's claimed.

VNC Mobile Solution is an OEM package offering access to VNC remote control technology for mobile devices. RealVNC provides cross-platform support, with the solution already available for Windows Mobile, Symbian and Blackberry, and development versions for iPhone, Android and Linux Mobile with Palm Pre to follow soon.

QualiSystems' TestShell system is a complete testing framework that provides end-to-end test automation without programming. TestShell solutions for mobile provides mobile device vendors and mobile network operators complete test coverage for all mobile testing requirements - validation, data (cellular), drive-test, RF, application-level and more, while 'significantly reducing testing cost and time-to-market'.

"After evaluating many ad hoc legacy offerings we were extremely pleased to find RealVNC's Mobile Solution, which addresses all our target platforms in one user-friendly package. The common API ultimately made it very simple to integrate RealVNC into our existing framework," said Lior Koriat, QualiSystems CEO. "Powered by RealVNC and TestShell Mobile agent, TestShell can now manage and control feature phones as well as smart phones based on a growing number of operating systems. With this partnership, we aim to open up the benefits of TestShell to even more mobile manufacturers and vendors".

TestShell Mobile's capabilities and advantages are claimed to have already gained considerable interest in APAC, EMEA and the United States by leading industry vendors and operators such as Samsung Mobile, Motorola, LG Electronics, KEPRI, Korea Testing Laboratory and others.

Dr. Andy Harter, CEO of RealVNC says, "We are delighted to announce this new agreement with QualiSystems. Their global reputation, presence and market sector expertise will facilitate the adoption of VNC within the leading handset manufacturers. The introduction of VNC Mobile Solution further enhances and strengthens our product offerings and is testament to RealVNC's dedication to product innovation."

WaveCrest, one of Europe's largest wholesale voice carriers and a leading provider of hosted retail telephony applications, has migrated from DIGITALK's TDM-based Intelligent Switch architecture to an NGN solution based on DIGITALK's SIP Media Application Server.

Wavecrest is one of DIGITALK's longest standing customers, offering hosted Prepaid Calling Card solutions, Residential and Wholesale services since 1998.

The move to the NGN solution brings immediate operational expenditure savings from lower co-location costs resulting in 80% reduced rack space, and considerable power consumption savings. This is met with increased availability, enhanced services such as Web Calling Card for WaveCrest's prepaid calling card customers, and a future-proof solution for expanding new services on the DIGITALK Multiservice Platform.

Rhys Williams, Group CTO & Head of Strategic Development said "DIGITALK is a key partner for WaveCrest in delivering high quality, market-leading products into our user base. The on-going relationship, understanding and trust between WaveCrest and DIGITALK meant a complex migration was delivered smoothly, ahead of time, and with no impact on service availability. "

Mark Ashdown, VP Sales and Marketing added "Naturally we are delighted that WaveCrest have chosen to migrate and enhance their services using DIGITALK's NGN solution. The DIGITALK SIP Media Application Server continues to provide operators with a solid foundation for delivering existing and exciting new revenue generation streams."

Advanced Digital Broadcast, a leading supplier of technology to the global digital television industry, announced today that it signed an agreement to supply two advanced IPTV devices, which will enable Altibox to offer its customers an HD IPTV service with PVR functionality.  The ADB-2810W set-top box and the ADB-5812WX digital video recorder also offer new levels of content security and memory.
"We chose ADB to supply our new IPTV consumer premise equipment for a number of reasons:  the company is a leader in the IPTV space across Europe, and has a good track record in the Nordic region." says Jarle Johnsen Head of Engineering TV/Media at Altibox. "It also has an innovative approach to delivering new and compelling functionalities such as the ability to view DivX content, multi-room content convergence, and enhanced 3D graphical user interfaces. 

"Our customers will benefit from improved functionality, an enhanced TV experience, and interactive services that run faster than they do on some conventional internet browsers.  The new devices will also give us a platform for launching future interactive services to meet consumers' changing tastes."

François Pogodalla, CEO of ADB commented "We are delighted to partner with Altibox and are convinced that its customers will benefit from our many years of experience in developing new and exciting technology that enhances consumers' TV viewing experience.  This supply agreement reinforces our presence in the Northern European IPTV market, and is yet another illustration of our commitment to the IPTV industry".

ADB has led the hybrid set-top box market in Europe since the company was founded in 1995. It has established itself as a trusted partner for operators looking to launch new and advanced revenue-generating IPTV services to consumers.

ADB will deliver the following products to Altibox:

* The ADB-5812WX: an advanced HD IPTV digital video recorder (DVR) with home networking functionalities. The unit supports most deployed video standards, including MPEG-4 HD/SD, WMV9 and XviD. It offers a 3D user interface, UPnP/DLNA-based home networking, and supports Windows Media Connect.

* The ADB-2810W: an entry-level HD IPTV set-top specially designed for operators looking for cost efficiency without compromising on the features. The product is also enabled for a home networked environment.

Advanced Digital Broadcast, a leading supplier of technology to the global digital television industry, today announced that it will deliver one of its next generation hybrid set-top boxes to ITI Neovision, to help strengthen ITI Neovision's satellite pay-TV service ‘n's leadership in the fast-changing Polish DTH market.  The ADB-5720SX is a new hardware and software platform, engineered to meet operator's specific requirements. It offers a completely new user interface that makes accessing and viewing content particularly enjoyable.

Using the ADB-5720SX, ‘n' will create a new enhanced consumer TV experience to more than 500,000 subscribers.  This will include access to a broader range of channels in high definition, VOD and gaming. The set-top box will also allow consumers to watch their videos stored on a range of networked devices through the TV screen, while internet connectivity will enable them to view internet content and access social networking sites.

"n has always been looking for innovation and being the first to market with new digital TV services," explains Maciej Sojka, CEO of ITI Neovision. "With our new nbox, we wanted something that would give our customers access to the widest range of video content from all of their networked devices, but make the user experience as easy as possible.  ADB has provided a state-of-the-art, pre-integrated hardware and software solution that has saved us time and money - not to mention the pain of having to make systems from multiple vendors work together." 

"Creating a completely new hybrid set-top box to deliver the services and functionality that ITI Neovision requested is the kind of challenge that we like at ADB", says Francois Pogodalla, Chief Executive Officer.  "It is a great chance for us to work with such a demanding and successful customer as ITI Neovision. We have unparalleled time-to-market capabilities when it comes to integrating new technologies into deployable products. This is because we control the entire software stack, from the low level operating system, up to the high-end applications. The new generation chipsets that are coming to the market combined with our full set of software solutions provides us with powerful products. I am confident ITI Neovision's customers will find this enhanced TV experience enjoyable" 

The new box will be available to consumers from early October.

Advanced Digital Broadcast, a leading supplier of technology to the global digital television market, opens up new opportunities for operators at IBC, enabling them to deliver content convergence and new consumer experiences at home.

Building on its leadership in hybrid broadcast and broadband solutions, ADB introduces a variety of products that further support content delivery from multiple networks and seamless movement of multimedia around the consumer home. The company is demonstrating a number of features which further personalize the TV experience:

Multi-device content sharing
Consumers want to watch their photos and videos on their TV independently of where they are stored. ADB is showing how its DLNA-certified set-top boxes interact with other DLNA enabled devices such as gaming consoles and mobile phones.

Enhanced DVR experience with full time control
ADB's Smooth-View mode lets consumers fully control their DVR viewing experience: the smooth backward and forward functions allow consumers to accelerate or slow down recorded programs, to create their own replays or to speed up videos while keeping perfect audio and image quality.

Web 2.0 services on the TV
Pay TV operators can harness Internet video and social networking to keep consumers in front of the TV. This demonstration highlights the enhanced navigation needed to give consumers a television experience when faced with thousands of video choices.

Multi-room DVR
Visitors can see how simple it is for consumers to start watching a program in one room and continue watching in another. They can also easily schedule future recordings or watch recorded programs from their bedroom through their non-DVR set-top box.

Terrestrial programs on non-Terrestrial decoders
Operators now have a great way to enrich their TV offers at low capital cost: ADB's non-DTT set-top boxes can receive DTT programs by simply connecting a DVB-T USB key.

These features are in particular available on ADB's brand new line of set-top box platforms built on the latest generation chipsets:
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The ADB 5720CX
An advanced hybrid Cable DVR supporting a variety of middleware and applications, with MHP 1.2 and OpenTV Core 2.1 already ported.

The ADB 5720TWFX
The ultimate hybrid IPTV/DVB-T DVR embedding 802.11n WiFi connectivity with MIMO that supports a variety of IPTV middleware including ADB's proprietary, Minerva, GEM-IPTV, MiViewTV.

The ADB 5720SX
An advanced hybrid Satellite DVR which ADB already shipping in an MHP 1.1.3 configuration.

With a full portfolio of set-top platforms, open-standard middleware, its Carbo native HD user interface, and a complete set of applications, ADB is showing how vertically integrating open standards-based software onto its proven hardware platforms is the best way to provide the inherent stability and performance needed to support complex functionalities required in a converged home environment.

"Our next-generation set-top box solutions have been created with the sole motivation of pushing the consumer pay TV experience to unprecedented levels, while containing both complexity and cost of deployment and ownership for operators" comments François Pogodalla, Chief Executive Officer of ADB. "With already more than three quarters of our sales coming from hybrid products, we know how demanding it is to design reliable, efficient devices that support wide and local area convergence and still deliver the best performance on the basic functions of watching television. I do not think that complexity should be pushed on operators, let alone consumers. I believe that pre-integrated, open standards-based products, combined with customizable feature options, are a powerful answer for operators who want to roll-out innovative services faster and at a lower total cost. Our product range is the result of this vision."

ADB's technology portfolio and software integration capabilities have also recently been increased by ADB Group's decision to merge most of Osmosys, the Group's open-standard middleware affiliate, into ADB. With a world class team of now over 500 engineers mostly in software, and an unparalleled portfolio of turnkey solutions, ADB is now better placed than ever to meet the needs of operators in a context of increasing technology complexity driven by the need of improved consumer experience in a converged world.

Orange Moldova has today announced the launch of the world's first mobile telephone service offering high-definition (HD) sound. The service is claimed to provide customers with a significantly improved quality of service when making calls.

The launch is said to be the second step in Orange's HD voice strategy, following on from the launch of a high-definition voice service for VoIP calls in 2006. Over 500,000 Livephone devices have already been sold in France and the range will be extended to other Orange countries over the coming months.

The first mobile handset integrating high-definition voice capability that will be launched by Orange Moldova is the Nokia 6720c. The handset integrates the new WB-AMR technology, which is said to be widely expected within the industry to become a new standard for mobile voice communications.

According to Orange Moldova, customers using the device will benefit from the best possible sound quality allowing for a much richer and natural sound that is capable of conveying emotion significantly better than an ordinary handset. Background noise is also faded out to provide clearer voice conversations creating a feeling of proximity between both parties. Market research suggests that 72%  of customers would want their next mobile handset to be compatible with HD voice, and 50%  of VoIP customers are willing to switch operator to get an improved voice quality service.

"High-definition voice is clearly the future standard for mobile communications and is set to vastly improve user experience over the coming years," said Yves Tyrode, Executive Vice President of the Orange Technocentre. "We are very happy to be able to bring this technology to our customers in Moldova, who will be the first in the world to be able to enjoy such a service."

Liudmila Climoc, CEO of Orange Moldova, added: "We are very proud to bring this world premier to Moldova, clearly demonstrating the potential of the Moldovan market. Our teams have worked very hard, in collaboration with the Orange group's teams across the world, to develop the advanced technology that makes this service possible. In addition, the high quality of our 3G network - which already offers coverage for 63% of the population and was recently upgraded to allow for speeds of up to 14.4 Mb/sec - enabled Orange to launch this premium service in Moldova. It is through the launch of innovative new services such as this that Orange is reaffirming its commitment to quality and investment in the future of Moldova."

Orange says it plans to rapidly extend the range of HD voice-compatible mobile handsets across Europe. The Group plans to introduce HD voice services to the UK and Belgium markets by the end of 2010 and believes that the handsets will represent the majority of the 3G handsets sold within five years. At the same time, Orange will also continue its plans to roll out HD VoIP in other European markets such as Poland and Spain.

RGB Networks, a specialist in network video processing, today announced that Volia, a leading Ukrainian telecom provider, has selected RGB's Broadcast Network Processor (BNP) to optimise its video services to its 400,000 strong subscriber base.

Selected after a competitive tender, Volia chose RGB's multi-function BNP to perform concurrent transrating and statistical multiplexing, as well as program substitution.  Through RGB's high-density digital video processing capabilities, Volia will benefit from significant bandwidth savings without impacting picture quality - thus enabling Volia to offer its customers additional services, such as increased high definition (HD) channels at impressively high quality.

The BNP also provides Volia with the ability to seamlessly switch between programs on a single output channel, enabling customised regional program line-ups using external scheduling management.

Volia's system is now live having been rolled out by DEPS, RGB's reseller in the Ukraine.

"RGB's solution meets our needs perfectly," said Valery Salyamov, Director, New Product Development at Volia.  "It allows us to optimise our capex by fitting in more video programs today where bandwidth is always insufficient, without compromising on video quality, and allows us to provide new informational and advertising channels in the future by utilising the BNP's advanced digital overlay functionality."

"Volia's business model, like any operator, depends on being able to continually meet the needs of its customers today, while also planning for the opportunities of tomorrow," said Jeff Tyre, Director, Product Marketing at RGB Networks.  "The BNP solution addresses these issues completely, providing Volia with the capabilities and the tools to deliver high-quality video processing through a platform which can be scaled up over time to meet customer demand."

A new Wireless Intelligence study into multiple cellular connections per user is said to have revealed that individual consumer spending on cellular services is considerably higher than reported Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) implies, particularly in North America. The study is said to be based on primary research and found that users are typically spreading their spend across multiple SIM cards or devices, which is distorting reported industry metrics such as ARPU and market penetration.

In North America, the study found that revenue per real user has actually increased in the region over the last two years despite the macro-economic turmoil. However, in Western Europe, the results show that consumer spending on cellular services is in decline and opportunities in areas such as mobile broadband are not being realised.

The study measured the number of multiple connections per user to calculate 'real' penetration and revenue per 'real' user rather than using the traditional method of simply dividing revenue (ARPU) or population (penetration) by the number of connections. Based on this methodology, we found that North America has a 'real' market penetration of 71 percent in 3Q09 compared to reported penetration of 92 percent, while Western Europe has a 'real' penetration of 87 percent compared to a reported 128 percent.

According to Wireless Intelligence, the multiple connections issue has also distorted ARPU, which is considered to be falling or flat in most markets based on the usual reporting methods. When calculated in terms of revenue per real user and accounting for multiple connections per user, consumer spending on mobile is shown to be rising in some regions. This phenomenon is particularly visible in North America. According to Wireless Intelligence, reported ARPU (revenue per connection) in North America has been flat at around USD51 since 2006, but the new study reveals that revenue per real user has increased from USD60 to almost USD64 over the same period.

In Western Europe, revenue per connection has been falling by 5.4 percent (CAAG) over the last three years, while revenue per real user is also declining, though by a smaller margin, by 2 percent a year over the same period. The study found that revenue per connection in Western Europe will fall to EUR23 this year compared to EUR24.7 in 2008, while revenue per real user will fall to EUR33 this year from EUR34.2 in 2008.

"The results are striking in North America where we clearly see that consumers are spending more on cellular services despite the backdrop of a troubled macro-economic environment" said Joss Gillet, senior analyst at Wireless Intelligence. "However, while it appears that there is still room for growth in North America, our research suggests we are reaching user saturation in Western Europe. The region is entrenched in a phase where the prevalence of multiple SIM or device ownership is driving connections growth but revenue per real user is falling. This reflects the clear urgency for mobile operators in the region to invest in value-added services and network quality to generate profits."