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EastWind Presents New Opportunities for SMARTS

EastWind, a Russian developer of software solutions, has successfully implemented the service of Targeted Balance for two of SMARTS operators – Ivanovo branch office of SMARTS CJSC and Yaroslavl-GSM CJSC. The service is designed for corporate customers and allows them to distinguish between private and business calls of their employees. The service is implemented on the basis of EastWind Billing System.

First subscribers of Ivanovo branch office of SMARTS CJSC will be able to activate the Targeted Balance in December 2006, when the service is launched into commercial operation. The subscribers of Yaroslavl-GSM already enjoy the service.

The decision about implementation is based on the analysis of the current trends of the mobile communications market and business development in the region. Corporate customers today are interested in transparency of mutual settlements for communications services between a company and employees and therefore optimization of communications expenses. This makes the service especially relevant for corporate customers. The Targeted Balance by EastWind automatically differentiates calls into private and business and therefore allows optimizing company's communications expenses.

Now corporate customers can pay for business calls and services via the Targeted Balance. Expenses for private calls are allocated to an employee's personal account. There is a group of parameters for calls differentiation into private and business: time of day, weekdays, call direction, numbers, service type. A combination of filters is selected by the customers.

The first implementation of the service was performed for SMARTS Astrakhan-GSM. The operator had introduced special corporate program based on the Targeted Balance and some other service, and therefore attracted multiple corporate customers. Experience of SMARTS Astrakhan-GSM proves that implementation of innovative services is the best way to reinforce an operator's position in the market.

3 Scandinavia launches HSPA delivered by Ericsson

Ericsson customer 3, today switched on its HSDPA-enabled broadband network which is now live in Sweden.

The upgrade to High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) enables 3's customers to a new generation of mobile services, including mobile broadband, mobile video and mobile music. Under the agreement, Ericsson has delivered commercial HSPA hardware, software and implementation services.
 
3's network is turbo charged with HSPA and more than 50 times faster than dial-up and up to five times faster than other 3G networks. 3's customers will experience network download speeds averaging 1 Mbps to 1.5 Mbps, and peak network speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps, increasing up to 7.2 Mbps next year.
 
Shlomo Liran CEO of 3 Scandinavia says: "We are proud to be one of the first operators in the world to launch HSPA, or Turbo3G as we choose to call it, at this speed. The Ericsson technology allows us to provide mobile broadband, initially with speeds up to 3.6 Mbps, as a substitute to fixed broadband solutions, not only for mobile users but for households and smaller enterprises as well."
 
Carl-Henric Svanberg, President and CEO of Ericsson, says: "With this launch, 3 is the first operator in Sweden to offer its consumer and enterprise customers the new and richer services that HSPA can deliver. Ericsson has delivered HSPA to operators on all continents and we are very proud to now be part of bringing true mobile broadband also to Sweden."
 
The 3 data cards will be especially useful for business users, permitting high speed data access in Sweden, advancing the way enterprises operate, making them more cost effective, productive and competitive.
 
Mobile workers using wireless broadband and video conferencing will be able to access information traditionally stored in the office almost instantaneously while they are on the road or at their customers.
 
3 and Ericsson will continue to extend network coverage and upgrade software for faster speeds throughout 2007.
 

Pointsec releases data encryption solution for Nokia Eseries handsets

Pointsec first to market with data encryption solution for S60 platform

Pointsec Mobile Technologies, a global leader in mobile enterprise security, today released Pointsec for Symbian 3.0 S60 Edition, a new version of its security solution, offering strong data protection and access control for business users with Nokia Eseries handsets based on the S60 platform. Supported models include the Nokia E50, Nokia E60, Nokia E61, Nokia E62,  and Nokia E70. This is the first solution for protecting data stored on S60 device using real-time encryption.

Using Pointsec for Symbian 3.0 S60 Edition, sensitive information is automatically encrypted and decrypted on the fly, with no user interaction required. This major version release of Pointsec for Symbian is Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) compliant, and comes with added support for the Intellisync Device Management solution from Nokia. In addition, Pointsec offers tools for centralized administration of encryption. Users who accidentally lock their devices can regain access by calling their helpdesk and completing the secure Remote Help challenge/response procedure with the Pointsec webRH product.
 
“Mobile service providers and organizations with large mobile workforces are looking for a unified approach to managing wireless clients, including device security, connectivity and mission-critical mobile applications,” said Peter Larsson, CEO, Pointsec Mobile Technologies. “The Open Mobile Alliance provides a solid, future-proof framework to meet this challenge, and Pointsec is com-mitted to supporting the Alliance’ efforts to make enterprise-wide mobile solutions more manageable.”
 
Pointsec for Symbian 3.0 S60 Edition provides protection for all kinds of information, including SMS and E-Mail messages, calendar, Microsoft Word or PowerPoint files, and data on removable media. Pointsec for Symbian 3.0 S60 Edition supports central management using Pointsec profiles. Pointsec profiles enable IT and security management to create, change, and apply the organization’s security policies on all mobile users.
 
“To enable truly mobile enterprises, customers need to extend their security and IT management frameworks to embrace wireless devices”, said Ian Browde, Director, Business Development, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. “Pointsec’s solutions helps us enable this vision, and their new S60 version adds key security capabilities for customers who standardize on the Nokia Eseries devices.”

Sony Ericsson set to snap up Symbian subsidiary

Sony Ericsson has today announced it has reached agreement in principle to acquire Swedish software company, UIQ Technology AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Symbian. UIQ Technology, which uses Symbian OS, licenses the UIQ user interface and application development platform to mobile phone vendors worldwide.

Sony Ericsson – already a licensee of UIQ Technology – has been working closely with the company on UIQ version 3.0, which is incorporated in Sony Ericsson's P990 smartphone, M600 messaging phone and W950 Walkman phone. 
 
"UIQ offers excellent technical flexibility enabling us to provide compelling features such as push email, internet browsing, end user personalization, and enhanced music applications" explains Mats Lindoff, Chief Technology Officer at Sony Ericsson. "By acquiring UIQ Technology we will further invest and exploit the full potential of UIQ on Symbian OS for phone vendors, mobile operators, developers and consumers."
 
Following completion of the acquisition, UIQ Technology will operate as a separate business subsidiary of Sony Ericsson under its current management team.  UIQ on Symbian OS will continue to be openly available, licensed on equal terms to all its licensees.
 
"We welcome this decision by Sony Ericsson to purchase UIQ Technology as it will give us the additional investment needed to compete in the rapidly expanding software market for advanced phones," said Johan Sandberg, Chief Executive Officer, UIQ Technology.

"This announcement is a positive development as it will strengthen the capabilities and services available for phones based on UIQ and Symbian OS whilst allowing us to focus on the core product development of Symbian OS for the mass market. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Sony Ericsson and UIQ on future phone projects," said Nigel Clifford, Chief Executive Officer, Symbian.
 
Sony Ericsson is expecting the transaction to be completed over the next few months, pending regulatory approval and customary closing conditions.

GSA confirms 50% jump in HSDPA network launches in three months

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, has announced the results of its latest survey –'HSDPA Operator Commitments - November 6, 2006' –which confirms 130 mobile operators have committed to HSDPA network deployments in 60 countries, of which 73 networks have commercially launched mobile broadband services in 42 countries. It means an increase of 25 in the number of commercial networks in the last three months, representing 50% growth. The first HSDPA networks entered service just one year ago. GSA estimates there will be between 85-90 HSDPA networks in commercial service by end 2006.

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) is the first evolution of WCDMA, which is delivering the full mobile broadband experience to approaching 100 million users worldwide. HSDPA means shorter service response times, faster downloads, and new services. Operators deploying HSDPA are able to offer advanced services at lower costs, and with increased revenues and profitability.

In Europe, business users and consumers in 18 of the EU 25 countries are benefiting from commercial HSDPA services, and network deployments are underway in a further four countries.

Mobile broadband market growth is supported by a rapidly increasing range and availability of HSDPA-enabled user devices. GSA recently reported that 19 suppliers had launched 66 HSDPA devices, including 32 handset models.

According to GSA, Mobile broadband services enabled by HSDPA are spreading faster than with any other technology. HSDPA is the new industry baseline for the full mobile broadband experience.

HSDPA operators are reporting a significant increase in data consumption on their networks by users with HSDPA devices, compared to previously available systems.

Most HSDPA networks are delivering typical data throughputs of 0.6 – 1.5 Mbps, and the GSA survey also confirms that 15 commercial HSDPA operators, i.e. over 20%, currently support 3.6 Mbps data speeds in all or part of their networks.

The survey further confirms that HSDPA operators also deploy GSM/EDGE for service continuity, and the best user experience, in areas outside HSDPA coverage. 35 of the 73 commercially launched HSDPA networks have also commercially launched EDGE.

Ericsson awarded managed services deal with Yoigo in Spain

TeliaSonera's mobile operator Yoigo in Spain has awarded Ericsson with a three-year managed services contract for its new 3G network in Spain. The contract covers the operation, management and maintenance of the whole network.

Under the partnership agreement, Ericsson will be fully responsible for the operations, management and maintenance of Yoigo's 3G network, including the field services, the network operation center and integral system support covering software and hardware. The contract also includes other activities like engineering, network optimization and administrative services 
 
"The agreement is in line with our aim to keep a slim operation and therefore we strive to outsource services to other qualified partners. This Ericsson agreement is an example of a new kind of partnership where you leave the network operation to another part," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Norway, Denmark, Baltic and Spain.
 
Ingemar Naeve, president, Ericsson Iberia, says: "We are very proud to have been chosen to take on the responsibility for the operations of Yoigo network. This contract is another example of the value added that Ericsson can provide to its customers. In this case, it is an extension to the contract signed last summer where Ericsson was chosen by Yoigo, former Xfera, to supply and implement a complete UMTS core and access network as well as service network.

Colibria delivers messaging solutions for Telefonica M

Colibria, the international developer of Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) and Presence solutions, has announced that its Colibria Companion IM and Presence Server and mobile clients have been deployed by Spain's premier mobile operator, Telefonica Móviles España, to launch its new messaging service, SMS 2.0.

Telefonica Móviles España's subscribers will now have access to the new messaging service, SMS 2.0, which is enhancing existing SMS by adding features such as real-time messaging, buddy lists, presence information, group messaging and the ability to track entire conversations.  Telefonica Móviles España's launch of SMS 2.0 represents a further step forward in response to GSMA's Personal IM initiative, enabling operators to create viable communities based on SMS and IM working together.

Colibria's SMS Continuity Server allows SMS 2.0 subscribers to exchange messages with a variety of mobile clients, and from a PC-windows client to mobiles, making IM convergence a revenue-generating reality.  SMS 2.0 subscribers can, via the same platform and clients, also see at-a-glance information about their buddies, reflecting their personality, moods and interests.  Colibria's Companion supports SMS Continuity for legacy users, allowing the delivery of instant messages using SMS if the recipient is not equipped with an SMS 2.0 client, and encouraging the take up of the new SMS 2.0 service.

In addition, Colibria's Interconnect Server will enable Telefonica Móviles España to interconnect their SMS 2.0 Service with other Messaging Communities, ensuring cross-network interconnectivity.  Pablo de Casso, Head of Messaging at Telefonica Móviles España, explained:

"Demonstrating good continuity with SMS is key to ensuring market acceptance for our SMS 2.0 service, which we see as a highly significant and strategic messaging product.  Colibria's Mobile IM and Presence solutions are enabling us to achieve the necessary degree of device interoperability for SMS 2.0 - this provides considerable enhancement of the current SMS user experience, and will encourage greater messaging traffic from all subscribers.  We anticipate that end-users will quickly see the benefits offered by the increased flexibility and immediacy of our new service."

The Colibria Companion IM and Presence Server is said to offer a set of powerful carrier-grade instant messaging and presence enabling solutions, and is capable of delivering OMA IMPS and SIP/IMS support.  The platform enables cross-network connectivity and SMS Continuity, and has unmatched embedded client interoperability, as well as support for legacy clients - SMS, MMS, HTML, XHTML, and WAP.  It incorporates a feature-rich PC client, and supports a multitude of downloadable terminal clients, including Symbian, J2ME, iMode, Microsoft Mobile Clients and BREW.

Extricom expands operations in Europe to deliver next-generation WLAN

Accelerating customer projects and strategic distribution partnerships drive significant new investment in EMEA region

Extricom, a designer and manufacturer of high-performance, next-generation wireless LAN infrastructure solutions for the enterprise, today announced a significant expansion of its European operations, including the signing of a seasoned wireless executive and the establishment of EMEA headquarters in London, UK.

The investment is said to be spurred by accelerating customer successes, across key industry verticals including education, healthcare, and government, throughout Western Europe. Customers such as Watford Borough Council and Bruton School in the UK, Abberley Court Hotel, the press venue for the recent Ryder Cup held in Ireland, and Doppelmayr, the German manufacturer of lifts and mountain railways, have chosen Extricom's Interference-Free WLAN system.

Extricom's patented WLAN system is said to represent the next generation of enterprise Wi-Fi, with a fundamental shift in architecture from "cell-planning" to a "channel blanket" topology. The technology eliminates the co-channel interference that plagues traditional WLAN systems, to deliver seamless and zero-latency mobility, robust, 'wire-like' client connections, and the ability to design for a guaranteed and predictable level of service for all users. All this, without the iterative and costly RF cell-planning of traditional solutions. The result is a high-performance yet simple solution for powering the enterprise triple play of data, voice (VoWLAN), and video.

"The Extricom 'next-generation' monicker certainly lives up to its billing. Their innovative approach to WLAN provides our staff and students with a wired-like connectivity experience with the freedom of truly seamless mobility on campus," said Ben Walters, network manager of Bruton School. "From the initial plug-and-play deployment to live day-to-day use, we couldn't be more pleased with the decision to choose Extricom."

Strong market reception in Europe has led Extricom to engage in an aggressive expansion program for the region, commencing with the arrival of Steve Northedge as General Manager, EMEA, and the opening of European headquarters in London. Northedge is an experienced general manager, having lead regional sales operations for both Cisco and Symbol prior to joining Extricom, and brings a deep understanding of the European arena in both enterprise and service provider markets.

"In a short four months, we have established sales and field engineering presence in the UK, Germany, Italy, France, and The Netherlands. Our mission is to build local capability in each of our key markets, to ensure we accelerate the development of a high-performance distribution channel, and further propel the already-healthy customer traction we have seen in Europe," said Northedge.

This month, Extricom launched a new Partner Program for value added resellers and distributors. Reaction has been swift, enabling the company to quickly sign new partners such as Selcoms, a UK-based advanced wireless integrator; VCOMM, a VoIP specialist in the UK; SIDIN, a national Italian distributor; and TTL Network, a pan-European system integrator that recently won the inaugural Ultimate Mobility Awards, sponsored by InformationWeek, using Extricom technology.

"The Extricom value proposition is unique and very attractive, both from a customer and reseller standpoint," stated Scott Dobson, managing director of VCOMM. "Given our specialty in IP voice solutions, we have to take great care to invest correctly in the right suppliers. When it comes to enterprise wireless LAN, we explored all our options and found Extricom to be superior in terms of technology, architecture, and commitment to our business."

Netsize expands further with EUR13.2 million new investment funding

Netsize, a European market leader for enabling mobile business and entertainment solutions, has announced that it had secured its 4th round of new investment of EUR13.2 million.

The venture capital firms who have invested include existing Netsize investors GRP, Partech International, GemVentures (the Gemplus Group VC) , Rothschild Gestion, Aldea (the founders' holding) and a new investor, 123 Venture.

Netsize says it has already established itself as a market leader for premium content billing and mobile messaging, and the new funds will be used for expanding its next generation of mobile billing services over WAP and 3G across Europe. The investment is also being used to further strengthen Netsize's Mobile Content Management and Wireless Business Solutions products in lines with richer media being delivered to mobile phones.

Stanislas Chesnais, Chairman & CEO, Netsize Group explained "Netsize will use this investment to further expand in two main vertical markets which include Mobile Entertainment Services which have been driven by mobile content downloads such as music, videos, games and interactive entertainment. The second fast developing market we are expanding into is Mobile Business Solutions and Wireless Service Management where the demand is driven by Wireless Telematics, Field Service Automation, M2M, Logistics and Supply Chain management Solutions."

Patrick Leleu, Chief Operating Officer at Netsize commented "We plan to further strengthen and expand our presence in three main areas which include the next step of efficiency of our clearing processes, the European deployment of the new wap billing capabilities, and the development of value added platforms in order to further enhance the creativity of our costumers . With revenues of EUR108 million in 2005 we think that we are still in an initial market phase and large scale adoption of mobile services will come from further diversity of services due to higher speed wireless networks and improved wireless devices." Patrick concluded.

Olivier Goy, CEO of 123 Venture commented "We have been impressed by the accelerated revenue growth Netsize has demonstrated in the mobile services market and are investing to benefit from Netsize's strong potential of exploiting the next round of opportunities presented by the rich entertainment media and business solutions being delivered in the wireless environment."

Netsize offers merchants end-to-end wireless solutions to communicate with, deliver content to and manage transactions with over 2 billion mobile subscribers globally.