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Cellcrypt, a leading supplier of voice security solutions, has announced the release of Cellcrypt Mobile v4.0 that provides end-to-end voice encryption on Nokia Smartphones and, for the first time, on a range of Windows Mobile devices.

"It is common for organisations and individuals to protect their valuable computer data using encryption technologies; but by and large sensitive voice conversations are only lightly protected and vulnerable to eavesdropping," says Lauri Monroy, Product Manager at Cellcrypt.

"Use of Cellcrypt Mobile provides the confidence that phone calls, whether in the mobile or office environment, at home or overseas, within or between departments and with partners, suppliers and friends, are all protected end-to-end. The addition of Windows Mobile to Cellcrypt's list of supported operating systems allows customers far more flexibility in their choice of existing and new handsets," adds Monroy.

Cellcrypt Mobile 4.0 delivers a radical change in the way sensitive conversations are protected on mobile phones, ensuring you can  talk in complete confidence wherever you are on the latest commercially available handsets. Cellcrypt Mobile is a next generation software solution that is easy to download and run on standard mobile phones and uses Voice over IP (VOIP) to deliver secure phone calls with unparalleled voice quality, low voice delays (latency), global coverage and international call capability across 3G or GPRS mobile networks and Wifi.

Cellcrypt uses the same well established and trusted, encryption technologies to protect voice communications that are used to protect laptops, corporate data and internet banking transactions.

Cellcrypt is starting certification to the FIPS 140-2 standard approved by the US National Institute of Standard (NIST) and is currently being evaluated for the UK government CCT Mark.

AT&T has announced expanded global reach for AT&T's Ethernet portfolio with the immediate availability of a virtual private local area network service (VPLS) in 14 countries across Europe and Asia Pac.

AT&T's VPLS service, called OPT-E-WAN, enables businesses to link multiple locations - whether across the city or around the world - with the ease and efficiency of a flat Ethernet wide area network that can be extended globally.   The service is now available in a total of 15 countries  -  United States; Germany, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland in Europe; and Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and Japan in Asia Pacific.

OPT-E-WAN uses the same simple and highly scalable Ethernet interfaces and so global businesses will have a great deal of flexibility to mix and match bandwidth and security among locations.  This will allow network managers to assign network resources across the virtual local area networks (LANs) with a level of sophistication not possible before.

Demand for Ethernet services worldwide continues to expand. This growth is being driven by the need that businesses of all sizes have for affordable and easy-to-manage bandwidth to support next-generation enterprise applications including disaster recovery, storage and converged voice and video.

"OPT-E-WAN provides global users with a new level of choices for establishing virtual LAN or WAN connections, as well as complementing their existing VPN infrastructure.  Customers are able to add OPT-E-WAN connectivity to support their emerging high bandwidth applications," said Sanford Brown, vice president, AT&T Connectivity and Metro Network Services.

"Because it uses standard Ethernet interfaces, OPT-E-WAN can be configured easily to meet customer needs regardless of network configuration.  And when combined with the power and global reach of AT&T's Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, global customers will get the look and feel of a the Ethernet they know with the reach that they require," Brown said.

Mformation Technologies, a specialist in mobile device management (MDM) software, has today announced that T-Mobile International has deployed and is operating Mformation's MDM solution globally, supporting critical management tasks on subscribers' mobile devices.

"The customer is at the center of everything we do at T-Mobile," Arnd Gallmann, Senior Vice President of T-Mobile said. "Advanced Device Management is critical to delivering the best possible user experience, ensuring that our customers' devices and services are fully optimized and accelerating usage of mobile data services. We are using the Mformation platform to remotely manage mobile devices across our international operations, which enables us to provide the best possible service to our customers and to ensure that their handsets are always up to date and working properly."

With the Mformation software, T-Mobile is able to remotely configure and update the software in mobile devices throughout all phases of their life. Mformation also gives T-Mobile full real-time control and complete security. 

Nokia Siemens Networks researchers have successfully demonstrated Relaying technology proposed for LTE-Advanced, enabling an 'exceptional end-user experience delivered consistently across the network'.

Completed in Nokia Siemens Networks research facilities in Germany, the demonstration is said to illustrate how advances to Relaying technology can further improve the quality and coverage consistency of a network at the cell edge - where users are furthest from the mobile broadband base station.

Relaying technology, which can also be integrated in normal base station platforms, is cost efficient and easy to deploy as it does not require additional backhaul, says NSN. The demonstration of LTE Advanced means operators can plan their LTE network investments knowing that the already best-in-class LTE radio performance, including cell edge data rates, can be further improved and that the technological development path for the next stage of LTE is secure and future-proof.

Stephan Scholz, Chief Technology Officer of Nokia Siemens Networks, said: "Demonstrating improved cell edge and indoor-user data rates is an important milestone for coverage scenarios. It further strengthens the position of LTE as the major mobile broadband technology. Consumers will enjoy an even richer user experience thanks to higher throughput everywhere in the cell, while operators will be able to deploy their networks in a more flexible and cost efficient way.

"LTE Advanced is the next step in the evolutionary development of LTE technology. Nokia Siemens Networks performs extensive research activities for LTE-Advanced in developing this important technology which will be decisive to our customers in the future."

Performance enhancements have been achieved by combining an LTE system supporting a 2x2 MIMO (Multiple Input Multiple Output) antenna system, and a Relay station. The Relaying operates in-band, which means that the relay stations inserted in the network do not need an external data backhaul. They are connected to the nearest base stations by using radio resources within the operating frequency band of the base station itself. Towards the terminal they are base stations and offer the full functionality of LTE.

LTE-Advanced is currently being studied by 3GPP for Release 10 and will be submitted towards ITU-R as the 3GPP Radio Interface Technology proposal.   The improved cell coverage and system fairness - meaning offering higher user data rates for and fair treatment of users distant from the base station - will allow operators to utilise existing LTE network infrastructure and still meet growing bandwidth demands.

The demonstration has been realised by using an intelligent demo relay node embedded in a test network forming a FDD in-band self-backhauling solution for coverage enhancements. With this demonstration the performance at the cell edge could be increased up to 50% of the peak throughput. Nokia Siemens Networks is the forerunner in LTE. In 2006 the company was the first to demonstrate LTE technology with data speeds in the 160Mb/s range as well as a successful handover between LTE and HSPA, and continued breaking records in 2007 by demonstrating a multiuser field trial in an urban environment with peak data rates of 173 Mb/s.

Viaccess, a France Telecom company and specialist in conditional access, and Ericsson, the leading telecommunications provider, have signed an agreement for Viaccess to provide security software and services in support of IMS-based IPTV solutions.

Leading TV technology providers have begun to integrate their consumer devices, content protection solutions, video servers and applications software with the new Ericsson IPTV solution, an open, carrier-class ecosystem that is designed to drive the future of converged and blended communications and entertainment services. With this agreement, Viaccess will leverage it's advanced security solution and services further to the telecommunication operators through Ericsson.

Francois Moreau de Saint Martin, Viaccess CEO said: "Viaccess strongly believes that future revenues for operators will come from interactivity, interoperability and flexibility requiring cross platform services. This business strategy requires a secured environment to support the sustainable development of the content industry."

Viaccess has experience in delivering solutions for digital pay television and secured content distribution, to help telecom operators, TV channels and content owners to address this new multimedia era; Viaccess, a company specialised in protecting TV content for over 15 years, offers reliable solutions to protect mobile multimedia content through the use of Conditional Access (CAS).

QIComm, a B2B service provider, has extended a range of prepaid services using the DIGITALK Multiservice Platform. QIComm has been offering prepaid services to its customers using the DIGITALK solution since 2004, and has today announced a new prepaid mobile service for low cost international calls to one of its customers, SIM2Dial.

The DIGITALK Prepaid Mobile solution offers consumers the ability to make cheap international calls easily from their mobile phone without the need to dial access numbers and PINs. The service may also include the option to access additional service features from their mobile phone e.g. to request and top up the balance. At the same time, the service may provide users with the option to use an available fixed line service with a standard two-stage call.

Saj Nabhan of QIComm commented "We have had a very strong B2B prepaid calling card customer base for many years and aimed to replicate the convenience to mobile users, which we have succeeded in."

Mark Ashdown, Sales and Marketing Director at DIGITALK went on to add "Prepaid Mobile services are our most recent addition to portfolio of service-ready applications and we have already seen several innovative deployments on of the service. What QIComm have seized, is the ability to rapidly respond to changing trends and customer needs without restrictive hardware and operational costs."

Dumfries and Galloway Scottish local authority have contracted THUS, a Cable & Wireless business, to deploy a mobile solution for more than 2000 staff across the council. The solution, which includes BlackBerrys, mobile voice and data and 3G connectivity, will enable more effective communication and improve customer responsiveness.

The range of mobile voice, broadband data devices and connectivity will improve efficiency of workers in remote locations, allowing two-way communication between mobile devices and core corporate networks and applications resulting in reductions in travel time and costs, meaning more time is spent on core activities. Not only will this provide cost savings, tangibly in terms of lower bills, but it will also allow the council to deploy resources more effectively in the delivery of the full range of services to the public.

Dumfries & Galloway in the South West of Scotland is one of the country's most rural council areas with both the terrain, and the disparate and remote location of towns and villages, presenting a challenge operationally to the council staff and to any telecoms provider supporting them. This is reflected in the communication infrastructure required by the Council and THUS's mobile solution addresses these needs. 

Derek Shaw, Head of IT at Dumfries & Galloway Council said, "The relationship we have with THUS has evolved and grown due to effective and responsive account management throughout the deployment of the Pathfinder South network. Over and above the highly competitive pricing and the quality of the connectivity and devices deployed, this mobile solution from THUS delivers a robust platform to meet the needs of an effective flexible and remote workforce. THUS listened to what we wanted and is providing a 21st century communication solution which will benefit our workforce and, most importantly, one that will improve the quality of services we deliver to the people of Dumfries & Galloway".

Jesper Lauridsen, Managing Director at THUS, a Cable&Wireless business, said: "Increasingly, workers and employers are seeing the benefits of remote working. For a council covering rural locations, remote working technology enables a level of service that is equivalent to that expected in less remote locations while at the same time improving efficiency and productivity of staff. THUS continues to demonstrate that it offers clients a quality of service and a commitment to genuinely working with them on a personal level that delivers added value. We look forward to further developing our relationship with Dumfries & Galloway Council."  

Workforce mobilisation solutions from THUS offer customers a one-stop shop for their fixed and mobile networks, applications, hardware, support and installation. The combined product portfolio allows customers to take an integrated approach to mobile job dispatch and service, mobile messaging and vehicle tracking. The flexibility offered through anywhere, anytime connectivity to the corporate network and systems, is something that is on the wish list of an increasing number of employees. The mobile workforce solution from THUS will deliver what staff want, but also what employers need in terms of cost savings, improved productivity and organisational efficiencies.

On Demand Group, a subsidiary of on-demand television leader SeaChange International, has extended its content aggregation and management services to the growing European, Middle East and Africa mobile video market with the acquisition of Mobix Interactive. 

Mobix is a provider of mobile video and TV services to some of the region's largest carriers, including O2 and 3 in the U.K. and Vodacom in South Africa.  Using its proprietary mobile video and TV platform, Adrenalin, and core media services, Mobix enables the deployment of premium and ad-enabled mobile video and TV services.

ODG delivers end-to-end on-demand service creation, content aggregation and management for television companies including Virgin Media, Telekom Austria, OTE and TTNET, while Mobix's managed service approach brings al business model within the mobile media industry. The acquisition agreement, completed last week, is said to make ODG the only full-service partner to enable managed network owners to tap into both markets.  Further, ODG intends to bring to mobile carriers its content rights management, distribution and retail marketing capabilities, which are reflected by the company's large stable of relationships with top-tier studios such as Paramount, NBC Universal and Warner Bros., as well as major record labels, television networks and regional content producers.

ODG's London-based, full service television centre and European headquarters will integrate Mobix's nearby operations and workforce.  ODG managing director and SeaChange senior vice president Tony Kelly is heading the strategic expansion.   

"SeaChange, ODG and Mobix customers are setting their paths to supply high-quality video experiences ubiquitously and we've responded with the perfect dovetailing of complementary solutions and expertise from a single partner to capture the new markets," said Kelly.  "We're particularly excited about the proven and unique advantage that Mobix technologies provide in integrated advertising, and the seamless support of hundreds of handset models and disparate mobile media formats, thereby ensuring a deep and rich selection of on-demand content for any subscriber."

Kelly added, "The overall positive synergies of the companies' products and services are extensive, putting ODG in a uniquely advantageous competitive position to support its customers across video platforms."

Damian Mulcock, CEO of Mobix Interactive, said, "I am very excited by the future and the prospect of working within SeaChange and ODG, as I firmly believe that three-screen convergence is now upon us and is a key requirement for all of our customers. It's a compelling solution for consumers to interact seamlessly across a number of environments which is why we believe so strongly in the combination."

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan estimates that the mobile social and content advertising market revenues should reach 2.18 billion euro in 2012 in Europe. Mobile content advertising, ad-based music, video, TV and games will represent the major source of revenues.

"To achieve high revenues, the mobile advertising industry will need to successfully confront three main challenges. What should be concentrated on is: continuously enhance the mobile user experience through high-speed connectivity and high-quality user interfaces; use ads as a transparent value to consumers' mobile experience without being intrusive; and educate the advertising industry on how to exploit the advertising power of mobile devices," notes Saverio Romeo, Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst. "If these challenges are not adequately faced, the advertising market will not grow strongly as the mobile industry expects."

From the mobile industry point of view, advertising is a potential revenue stream that can counterbalance the continuous decrease of revenues from voice and SMS services. However, advertisers and agencies, the sources of the advertising revenue stream, are, only now, gradually learning the use of the mobile device as an advertising medium.

"Agencies' budgets rarely include a specific allocation for mobile communications," states Romeo. "An intense synergy between the mobile and the advertising industries is crucial to transform today's enthusiasm into strong revenues in the future."

The report - Ad-based Content and Communications: A Lucrative Avenue for the Mobile Industry - is part of the Mobile & Wireless Growth Partnership Services Programme, which also includes research in the following markets:European Mobile Premium Content Markets, Mobile Messaging Markets in Europe and Exploring the European Market for Mobile Smart Devices.

MERA Systems, a leading developer of VoIP softswitches and session border controllers for IP communication management, announces the grant of exclusive rights to support and distribution of MERA Calling Card Application to FVN Alliance Inc., an international systems integrator.

MERA Calling Card application is an IP telephony software system that allows carriers and service providers to deliver both prepaid and postpaid calling card services and implement complex IVR scenarios. The MCCA features a range of technology benefits, which include transcoding, flexible IVR and support for both SIP and H.323 protocols. The system modular architecture allows a geographically dispersed deployment of servers to provide for a balanced payload distribution.

MERA Systems launched the MCCA project in 2004 and FVN Alliance joined it at an early development stage, using the new product as an integral part of its solutions offered to calling card and broadband telephony service providers.

FVN Alliance Inc. focuses on development and implementation of telecom projects and offers unique knowledge and expertise in systems integration and VoIP network operation.

MERA's high-performance application with a distributed architecture that readily scales up to cope up with 5,000 concurrent calls, meets every requirement of FVN Alliance for a calling card system.

"With the high scalability and reliability of the deployed system, MCCA is an optimal product for our customers", says Valery Donchenko, President of FVN Alliance Inc. "Delivering a full-fledged calling card service, MCCA is one of the core elements in an operator's network."

Mobile messaging operator TynTec has been selected by new mobile newspaper distribution platform, GoMobi!, to provide international SMS sending capabilities.  Under the deal, GoMobi! will use TynTec's SMS to send ‘WAP push' links to its new subscribers.

GoMobi! is a new international mobile newspaper platform based in Poland.  The company has a handset application that enables its newspaper publisher partners to distribute a mobile version of their title to consumers. 

In order to receive the GoMobi! newspaper reader application users simply submit their mobile phone number to receive an link to download the product.  These SMS WAP push links will be sent via TynTec's SMS infrastructure.

GoMobi! selected TynTec for its SMS infrastructure.  Through its own SMS-C and deep level (SS7) connectivity partnerships with operators worldwide, TynTec says it can provide a 'unique level of quality' in SMS, with guaranteed, high speed delivery.  In addition, TynTec says it can offer connectivity into more than 160 countries, enabling GoMobi! to offer its product to mobile users around the world.

Tomasz Gruszka, CEO of GoMobi!, said: "SMS is central to our distribution mechanism - we need to be sure that when a customer gives us their mobile number they receive their download link quickly and reliably, wherever they are in the world. 

"In a business like ours you only have one chance with a customer - if you let them down somewhere in the distribution process then you've probably lost them for ever.  This means that reliable international SMS is a hugely important part of our business and its something only TynTec can provide."

Michael Kowalzik, CEO, TynTec, said: "GoMobi! is a fantastic mobile Internet proposition and this project shows how SMS can be a central part of this type of business.  Whilst content and services can be consumed through a web browser, SMS is still a vital part of the value chain for most mobile web propositions. 

"Whether its for alerting, marketing or, as in this case, for product distribution, SMS can be a hugely powerful tool for facilitating interaction between businesses and consumers."

A new study from Juniper Research has found that Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) will need to fundamentally change their mobile content business models by emphasizing ‘shared value creation' in order to avoid becoming ‘dumb pipes' in the future. Only if they can transform their businesses into ‘smart pipe' service providers, can they significantly increase their income from mobile content - estimated at $23bn in 2008, rising to $52bn by 2013 according to Juniper.

The global mobile content market will be worth $167bn by 2013, shared among players such as MNOs, Content Providers and third parties such as content aggregators and billing companies.

Currently MNOs take a significant percentage of the revenues generated by Content Providers when they use their networks. This has resulted in high prices for end-users and consumers being deterred from accessing mobile content on a wider scale. This unattractive situation has become a disincentive for MNOs and Content Providers alike, with some Content Providers attempting to bypass the MNOs or exit the sector altogether. Clearly, the situation needs to change. But it will be down to the MNOs to make the first moves, says the report.

The new report examines the three main scenarios facing the operators and the sector as a whole - the ‘Dumb Pipe', ‘Smart Pipe', and ‘On-Portal' routes. Modelling the market in such a way is said to have enabled Juniper to create a detailed forecasting and modeling tool to examine how a future market may develop under different conditions.

According to report author Andrew Kitson, "One single scenario will not win out since different business and revenue models have to co-exist in the mobile content market. Players will adopt multiple approaches that best fit their markets. Crucially, if MNOs are to benefit financially, they need to move away from their Dumb Pipe roots to the Smart Pipe model, though they will clash with the content providers which already dominate the Smart Pipe. A compromise needs to be found."

If MNOs can change their ARPU-driven mindsets to focus on value creation and support for their partners, they can swiftly make the change.

Other findings include

  • Under the Smart Pipe model, MNOs will not see their share of the overall mobile content market rise appreciably, but revenue will rise in value by 125% over the 2008-2013 period.
  • Under the On-Portal scenario, content providers will see their share of the market rise from 54% in 2008 to 68% by 2013, providing they can secure more attractive terms from MNOs.
  • Third parties - especially aggregators and billing service providers - will come under pressure from larger players (such as MNOs) seeking to achieve horizontal integration and economies of scale.

The report provides coverage and forecasts from a global perspective as well as from a regional viewpoint by looking at how the market will grow or wane under the On-Portal, Dumb Pipe, and Smart Pipe scenarios around the world.


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