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Logia Group, a global provider of mobile internet services, has announced the international launch of Vidmo, said to be the first video multi-platform for the content sharing community. Vidmo is the first tool to enable users to upload, share and rate videos, pictures, and other content in parallel through the internent as well as mobile devices. Vidmo allows mobile operators and website owners to launch and manage web and mobile sites containing rich video channels with advanced community and sharing tools. Logia Group will be offering demonstrations of the Vidmo user experience at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The community of mobile content users has been constantly growing with more input and demand for newer applications and services. One of the leading trends today among the youth and young adult populations is to use internet-based social networking websites for content sharing activities, motivated by the desire to have their content viewed and rated by as many of their peers as possible. The ability to conduct the same activities via the cellular network, would provide the users with more freedom of movement and make these activities more fun and accessible, resulting with new revenue streams and increased user loyalty  for operators.

Logia Group has developed Vidmo, a WEB-WAP based multi-platform for content sharing, which offers content providers an easy way to distribute their content and enables website managers to automatically offer their content to mobile users. This advances the user expierence of viewing and sharing of videos and photographs, both on the PC and mobile phone. Vidmo offers full community synchronization between the internet and the cellular network allowing users to upload videos and other content and rate it on both environments. The platform  enables users to easily create and manage their content, e.g. send photographs from the cellphone to the Vidmo website, using MMS or the WAP service. In addition, through Vidmo's cellular and hyper-blogging service, subscribers can send updates to their friends via SMS or directly through the website.

"We are excited to bring the content sharing experience to the mobile wolrd", says Kobi Marenko, Logia Group's President & CEO, "We believe that Vidmo will attract significant numbers of new users and at the same time help leveraging the brands of operators, service providers and websites, enabling a cost effective solution to increase traffic and generate additional advertising revenue."

Private Mobile Networks, the UK provider of private GSM network technology, has today announced it will be running a public demonstration of its Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) to deliver a secure private GSM network at the upcoming GSMA Mobile World Congress. 

Following the completion of several beta implementations within the construction industry and within the military services, the RDU will be demonstrated within the exhibition highlighting its ability to deploy in any environment.

"We first starting talking about the concept of a ‘GSM in a box' when we exhibited at Mobile World Congress last year," comments Dean Parsons, Managing Director of Private Mobile Networks Ltd.  "12 months later, we have product which passes all the required certification standards; a number of early adopter customers and a couple of very large projects that we hope to be announcing shortly," added Parsons.

The GSM rapid deployment unit is a plug-and-play solution; it takes less than 5 minutes to power up and provides coverage using a standard GSM phone within a 500m omni-directional radius.  The GSM traffic can also be used to communicate with other sites over any IP network connections.  The unit is either battery or mains powered with over 4 hours standby and links back into the public network can be made through the PSTN, satellite or line-of-sight equipment.  The unit also contains an FXO Gateway as standard with an optional satellite router.

"Mobile World Congress this year is a chance for us to show that we deliver on our promises and that ‘GSM in a box' is productised and generally available to the open market," comments Parsons.   "Although Barcelona is less challenging then a North Sea oil rig or isolated construction site, having the RDU simply on our stand for anybody to examine and interact with is part of our vision that the unit should be simple, rugged and foolproof, which is something we hope to prove during the event," he concluded.

At last years' show, Actimagine unveiled Mobiclip, a video codec that promises truly exceptional performance for mobile phones. Mobiclip reads and displays DVD-quality videos, without compromising battery life.  This year at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2008, Actimagine will present the world preview of is a web portal that enables users to manage their videos and watch them instantly in high definition format on the mobile phone. With just a few clicks users have access to their videos anytime, anywhere, and on any mobile phone model independently of wireless telecom network coverage.

Video on demand, live television, Internet video downloads, personal videos and webcam videos are all available. Now it is possible to manage any video content via and view it anytime, anywhere on a mobile phone. As soon as the user accesses a 2.5, 3G, or Wi-Fi telephone network, the video content that is selected and stored on the portal is immediately synchronised with the mobile phone and is available for viewing. Video content can also be downloaded directly from the web portal to mobile phones at any time by simply connecting it to a PC with a USB cable, eliminating the need to access a Wi-Fi or telecom network.

Pontis, the creator of the 'world's first' Marketing Delivery Platform for Communication Service Providers, has today announced that it will be demonstrating the latest version of its flagship solution at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in February.

Pontis created the Marketing Delivery Platform to enable communication service providers to target customers with personalised marketing offers ‘on the fly'.  Using this system operators are able to communicate with, and target customers individually, based on their profiles, behaviour and real time usage. For example, the solution can be used by operators to re-engage dormant users, promote a handset upgrade or deliver personalised bundles based on their lifestyle, characteristics and interests.

The solution also enables the long term management of multiple marketing offers over an extended period of time and, by automating the marketing and sales processes across multiple platforms and channels, the Pontis system also dramatically reduces the complexity and time-to-market for launching new offers.

Following recent updates, the solution also now features an infrastructure for enhanced segmentation, KPI and usage analysis. This is the foundation for its new approach for "goal-based planning" capabilities, enabling marketers to define specific business objectives such as ‘expand usage' or ‘reduce churn'.

Pontis' solution has already been successfully deployed with leading operators including Nextel, 3 and, most recently, Brasil Telecom and the new version has been developed based on feedback from customers. 

Guy Talmi Senior Marketing Director at Pontis comments: "In the saturated mobile space, operators need to work harder than ever at reducing churn and improving ARPU. The mass-marketing approach in which services and bundles of products are offered with limited flexibility in terms of customisation, are failing to ignite interest from customers. Effective, targeted offerings which are communicated at the right time and through the right channels are changing all this - with compelling results."

Pontis will be exhibiting the Marketing Delivery Platform at Stand 2D30 in Hall 2 at the Mobile World Congress from 11-14 February in Barcelona.

A new triple-band base station antenna solution set that offers unrivalled speed of deployment and flexibility will be unveiled by wireless technology group, Radio Frequency Systems (RFS), at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona.

Founded on uniquely factory-fitted and calibrated tri-band antenna/ACU sets, the solution boasts end-to-end compliance with the latest revision of the 3GPP-ratified Antenna Interface Standards Group open communications standard (AISG v2.0). This compliance underscores precision control and monitoring of all beam tilts and tower-top components.

"UMTS network overlays in more mature wireless markets present unique challenges, in terms of maximising deployment speed, minimising capex, and addressing the wide variations in deployment requirements," said RFS Area Product Manager, Rémi Deniel. "RFS's new triple-band solution set meets these challenges head-on. It provides the greatest configuration flexibility, plus unique labour-saving features to reduce field-install errors, and minimise capex and roll-out duration."

At Mobile World Congress 2008, the RFS exhibit will feature a fully operational triple-band solution set. This will comprise the new RFS triple-band base station antenna (BSA), coupled with the ‘Optimizer Universal' site-configurable antenna control unit (ACU), plus tower-mount amplifiers (TMA), modem bias-tee and control network interface (CNI). All elements in the solution set are overseen by RFS's intuitive and user-friendly Network Element Manager (NEM) PC-based software interface.

Available in three lengths (1.6, 2.1 and 2.6 metre), RFS's new triple-band BSA comprises two broadband high-band arrays (1710 to 2170MHz) and one low-band array (870 to 960MHz), all in a compact slim-line package. Courtesy of the antenna's unique and world-patented ‘side-by-side' multi-band architecture, the 17.5dBi high-band gain is consistent across both the high bands, and across all three models.

Compact and aesthetically attractive, the RFS tri-band antenna offers excellent upper side-lobe suppression, exhibiting first upper side-lobe levels of better than 18dB on the low band, and 15dB on both high bands.

For premium optimisation and network management, the RFS tri-band antenna permits independent variable electrical tilt (VET) of 2 to 10 degrees across all three bands. Beam tilt is controlled by RFS's new ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU, which is available off the shelf in two models: one compliant with AISG v1.1, and the second compliant with AISG v2.0. Each antenna dipole set is controlled by one ACU (to a maximum of three ACUs per BSA), providing independent tilt control plus a degree of scalability in VET application across the multi-band network.

Importantly, the ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU is the only ACU on the market that permits field-configuration of communication protocols. Simple connection to a tower-base PC permits the ACU's communication protocol to be changed from AISG v1.1, to AISG v2.0, plus a wide range of OEM proprietary protocols--all without modification to the base ACU hardware.

RFS offers the triple-band antenna pre-fitted with the ‘Optimizer Universal' ACU, ensuring significant site installation advantages. "RFS can offer the ACUs pre-fitted to the antenna, with the ACUs preconfigured and the antenna/ACUs sets factory calibrated," said Deniel. "This cuts site work, avoids errors in configuration and calibration, and reduces the skill levels required in the field. It makes the overlay happen faster and more accurately."

A product portfolio including T&M equipment for standards such as 3GPP LTE, HSPA+ or WiMAX, including MIMO functionality; compact, high-throughput solutions for production; and, mobile TV transmitters of all power classes, will be showcased by Rohde & Schwarz at the Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona.

Multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology uses multiple antennas on the transmit and receive side to increase data rates and transmission security. MIMO is intrinsic to many mobile radio standards such as 3GPP LTE, WiMAX, HSPA+ or WLAN 802.11n.

The R&S SMU200A high-end vector signal generator generates RF and baseband signals; the R&S AMU200A provides only baseband signals. Two signal sources and internal fading simulators can be integrated into both signal generators. Using a single box, engineers can perform measurements on 2x2 MIMO receivers including real-time fading on all four propagation paths.Both instruments support MIMO for the 3GPP LTE, WiMAX, WLAN 802.11n and HSPA+ standards.

For analyzing MIMO and LTE signals, Rohde & Schwarz's R&S FSQ and R&S FSG models enable detailed testing of the physical layer. Equipped with options for LTE and MIMO, the signal analyzers simultaneously process signals transmitted by the multiple antennas. They can also be used to determine whether pre-coding works for LTE signals across the different stages. Users in research and development can observe the performance of both the baseband and RF bands. In addition, the highly flexible analysis software ensures that engineers, developers and technicians can respond quickly to new developments of the standard.

In 2008, the development activities of mobile radio manufacturers will also begin to focus on the MIMO-based HSPA+ standard. Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its first solutions for RF tests at the Mobile World Congress and over the year will also launch protocol-test solutions for 3GPP HSPA+.

3GPP LTE moves ahead: protocol testing with Rohde & Schwarz In 2008, mobile radio manufacturers will conduct trials with 3GPP LTE-capable wireless devices and infrastructure. Protocol tests for wireless devices will be in great demand by research and development departments even earlier so that users can later transmit and receive data seamlessly. In addition to its existing RF portfolio, Rohde & Schwarz will therefore present initial solutions for protocol tests at the Mobile World Congress 2008. As 3GPP LTE test cases will be defined in the course of the year; the Munich-based electronics company will provide the required conformance-test solutions for these test cases.

WiMAX in production: maximum throughput and high measurement accuracy The measurement speed of the new R&S CMW270 WiMAX tester from Rohde & Schwarz is up to ten times faster than existing test solutions. This ensures maximum production throughput of WiMAX chipsets and mobile stations. Measurement accuracy has also been optimized with regard for stability and linearity to provide the best possible repeatability. The R&S CMW270 combines signal generation and signal analysis in a single box. Three interconnectable RF connectors in the RF frontend reduce test setup complexity, and this delivers significant cost, time and space savings in production and service applications. In addition, the R&S CMW270 is the first WiMAX production tester that is suitable for the integration of base station emulation (signaling mode).

cVidya Networks, a provider of telecom data integrity revenue assurance systems, will be previewing its new Dealer Management Systems, Dealer Map at its stand at Barcelona in February 2008.  The DealerMap solution will help service providers manage the increasing complex sales life cycle between the manufacturer and the point of sale to eliminate potentially fraudulent activity resulting in revenue loss. 

As relationships between device manufacturers, service providers, dealers and end customers become more complicated telecom service providers must cope with challenges posed by the complexity of the value chain and the variety of different contractual arrangements between different parties.  DealerMap allows service providers to better manage and control the complex interflow of business processes and money and eliminate leakage from fraud.

Comprised of three components: Commission Management, Commission Verification and Fraud Management, DealerMap provides a user friendly dashboard of management information to create and manage commission plans including all business transactions such as payments, financial balance, rejects, disputes, and handset inventory.  DealerMap/Fraud collects data from all data sources (i.e. purchase records, subscribers' retention information, and usage information) to build KPIs (i.e. number of purchased handsets per dealer, number of resigned subscribers per dealer) and utilises robust acquisition and reconciliation engines to identify abnormal changes in dealer behaviour to pinpoint fraudulent activities.

Telit Wireless Solutions, a specialist in machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, is presenting its latest products and services at stand 1G31, hall 1 at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona. In addition to the over-the-air software update service (FOTA), the trade fair highlights will also include a wide range of module innovations.

Telit will showcase the UC864 UMTS/HSPDA modules with 7.2 Mbits/s, the GE863-PRO3, the world's only dual CPU M2M module with additional ARM9 processor, and the GE863-SIM with integrated SIM card at the trade fair. Live demos by device manufacturers from different industries will give trade fair visitors the opportunity to find out for themselves about M2M applications.

Telit is exhibiting for the fifth time at the Mobile World Congress. "3GSM is one of the most important global trade fairs for Telit and is therefore an excellent platform for demonstrating our latest products and M2M applications," explains Dominikus Hierl, President Telit Wireless Solutions.

Firmware over the air update

Telit is presenting its new FOTA service (firmware over the air) enabling Telit customers to update the software of the integrated M2M modules as required. FOTA makes M2M much more stable and above all more secure. For example, it enables customers to respond quickly to changes in mobile networks. If Telit performs optimisations to its module software, these can be transferred immediately to the Telit modules of the customer applications via the remote software update. Even if users create their own module-independent software update for their application, they can install this using FOTA.

FOTA servers for Telit customers

The basis for this service is a special FOTA server which handles the software updates. Customers conclude a service agreement for this purpose and register their Telit modules on the server. The modules are then automatically supplied with software updates. "Users benefit primarily from the fact that they do not have to configure any servers of their own. This saves them considerable expense," explains Dominikus Hierl. At 3GSM, customers have the chance to experience a live demo showing how a software package is transferred and updated using FOTA.

UC864-E for high transfer rates

In addition, Telit will also present the latest generation of M2M modules including the UC864-E UMTS/HSPDA module which will be available worldwide from January 2008. The UC864-E enables extremely fast data transfer up to 7.2 Mbit/s at 2100 MHz making it one of the most powerful M2M modules worldwide. The EDGE and GSM/GPRS quad-band-compatible module has the same form factor and identical mechanical and software interfaces to the other products in the GSM/GPRS-based GC864 series and the CDMA 1xRTT-based CC864-DUAL series. Telit will also present the UC864-K which has the special licenses required for the Korean market. The UC864-G with worldwide tri-band frequency coverage in the UMTS band will also be featured. It combines slightly modified external dimensions with optimum mechanical compatibility. Users can integrate Telit's UC modules into existing GC and CC-based GSM/GPRS and CDMA designs with minimum integration and adaptation requirements. Trade fair visitors can see a live demonstration of how the module works at the Telit stand.

GE863-PRO3 high-performance module

A further focus will be the latest modules in the GE863 series, the GE863-SIM and the GE863-PRO3. The GE863-PRO3 is currently one of the key products in the Telit module portfolio. It is going on the market at the end of 2007. As well as the module processor, the GSM/GPRS quad-band module also has an additional powerful ARM9 processor from Atmel. It gives software applications complete access to the CPU, while the GPRS processor takes care of time-critical communication tasks. The module supports Python and C++ programming languages. With the GE863-PRO³, the user's own involvement in the development of a complex M2M application is significantly reduced. At the trade fair stand, visitors can find out about the various possible applications, features and interfaces of the module and the software tools.

M2M up close

Visitors can also learn more about the diverse applications of M2M first hand from five important Telit customers each presenting their applications on small presentation islands. The co-exhibitors include the automated meter reading specialist ASL (Great Britain), Xirgo (USA) and CROW (Israel) for the security industry. The French company Masternaut will also present its fleet management applications. Services for Electronic Manufacturing (SEM) from Italy will be demonstrating a small tracking and tracing device and its applications in the B2B and consumer sector. "The live demonstrations of our customers give trade fair visitors the opportunity to experience first hand the practical applications and therefore the benefits of the M2M devices," says Alexander Bufalino, VP Global Marketing, Telit Wireless Solutions.

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) will exhibit elements of its end-to-end mobile TV RF solution-set at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The suite features a series of lightweight and low-profile UHF monopole antennas that are ideal for overlaying at cellular base stations, plus advanced filtering solutions and the company's CELLFLEX foam-dielectric transmission line.

According to Mick Bennett, RFS Global Product Manager for Broadcast and Defence Systems, deploying broadcast mobile TV services--such as digital video broadcast to handhelds (DVB-H)--at existing cellular base stations presents a new set of overlay challenges. "Mobile TV overlays make great use of existing site infrastructure, but they also introduce new antennas that may impact leasing agreements," he said. "It is therefore essential for antennas to be lightweight and visually unobtrusive. In addition, mobile TV services can interfere with existing cellular services; for this reason, UHF frequencies less than 700MHz are being preferred, plus new filtering solutions are being developed to prevent co-location interference in the cellular receivers."

Bennett explained that a two-stage RF filtering process will be required for mobile TV overlays: critical DTV transmission mask filtering and low-pass filtering to prevent the higher-power mobile TV signal from blocking cellular receivers. At Mobile World Congress, RFS will exhibit the first of its new low-pass RF filters. which attenuates all frequencies, including harmonics, above a nominated UHF broadcast frequency. This complements RFS's full range of six- and eight-pole cross-coupled coaxial bandpass filters that provide mask filtering.

Also on display will be several lightweight and low-profile mobile TV antennas--such as the broadband vertically polarised omnidirectional SDV4 antenna, which delivers top-class performance for its slight size (2.25m tall and 320mm diameter). Even more slimline is the ultra-lightweight HU6 series omni antennas, which weigh just 3.5kg. RFS's comprehensive portfolio also includes horizontally polarised options, including the popular superturnstile omni antenna.

"RFS is a specialist in all aspects of RF technology--from sophisticated filtering solutions, through to a wide range of antennas and transmission line," Bennett said. "This extends to high-power broadband systems, which are also being considered for mobile TV, plus wireless indoor solutions. It's widely recognised that indoor mobile TV coverage in locations such as airports, shopping malls and metro tunnels is going to be essential. RFS is currently developing a whole new range of passive and active RF technologies for such mobile TV applications as an extension of its ClearFill range."

RFS will be at Mobile World Congress 2007: Hall 2, Stand C53, Venue Fira de Barcelona, Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain, 11 to 14 February 2008.

Anritsu, a leading worldwide provider of testing, monitoring and management solutions for advanced and converged networks, has announced that Bitè Lithuania, one of the biggest international telecommunications groups in the Baltic region, has accepted the delivery of a MasterClaw network and service monitoring system for Bitè's GSM/GPRS/UMTS networks in Lithuania and Latvia. The state-of-the art solution includes solution areas such as troubleshooting, network and service quality monitoring as well as partner monitoring of IP services, roaming and interconnect traffic.

The MasterClaw implementation includes collection and reporting of powerful Key Performance Indicators to assist Bitè to better monitor and analyze the increasing amount of data traffic in their GSM/GPRS/UMTS networks, and centralized troubleshooting applications enabling proactive identification and isolation of potential network or service problems across the various mobile 2G, 2.5G and 3G network technologies .

"Customer satisfaction and high service quality are the cornerstones in our strategy to become the best Baltic wireless operator. We have deployed Anritsu's MasterClaw system to get a systematic understanding of the service quality offered to our customers on the Bitè networks in Lithuania and Latvia. The solution also enables us to seamlessly troubleshoot detected network anomalies in our GSM/GPRS/UMTS network" said Ricardas Brazenas, Technical  Director, Bitè Group. "We initially trialled the MasterClaw solution during the first half of 2007; based on the experiences from this trial, we have through close partnership with Anritsu defined the final solution that meets our needs."

"Equipment vendor independent monitoring of the network and service performance is critical to ensure high end-to-end service quality for Bitè Lithuania's subscribers" said Emanuela Speranza, VP Sales EMEA. "With MasterClaw, we will also help Bitè Lithuania with traffic analysis and performance statistics on roaming traffic to other operators and third party content providers to ensure maximum return of investment for Bitè by optimizing the value chain management, while securing the service experienced by Bite's end users."

MasterClaw is part of a comprehensive suite of monitoring and testing solutions from Anritsu, that empower wireless and wireline operators and service providers to make better decisions for increasing revenue and user satisfaction from networks. The portfolio includes MasterClaw, Compass Wireless, a performance analysis application for deploying and optimizing the access network as well as NetClaw, an advanced network and service performance analyzer for NGN, 2.5G and 3G networks.

ip.access, a specialist in femtocell and picocell technologies, has announced that Cisco has made a strategic investment in the company. Terms of the investment were not disclosed.

Already cash-positive with its existing 2G picocell business, ip.access has secured funding from an array of industry supporters for its breakthrough Oyster 3G femtocell, which is currently in trials with major mobile network operators globally. Existing ip.access investors include Scottish Equity Partners, Rothschild Gestion, Intel Capital, Amadeus Capital Partners, ADC and Motorola Ventures.

Building on ip.access' unique experience in cellular-over-IP technology, the Oyster 3G femtocell is a low-power wireless access point which plugs into a residential broadband DSL or cable connection to deliver a 3G mobile phone signal indoors. With operators increasingly seeking to exploit the benefits of all-IP networks, femtocells are a natural choice for delivering cost-effective 3G coverage and high-speed data capacity to mobile phone users at home. Analysts are predicting a huge market for femtocells: a recent report from IDATE forecasts that 10 million UMTS femtocells will ship worldwide in 2010, rising to 18 million in 2011.

Operators plan to integrate femtocell technology within residential gateways and set-top boxes, such as those offered by Cisco's consumer products business. These integrated products will help enable fixed broadband and mobile services to be bundled together. They will also ultimately help enable mobile phones to better communicate with PCs, TVs and other devices in the ‘Connected Home' - for example, a slideshow of photos captured on a camera phone could be displayed on a TV set.

"We are delighted to have Cisco as an investor," said Stephen Mallinson, CEO of ip.access. "As the worldwide leader in Internet Protocol-based networks, Cisco brings complementary skills and experience to address the needs of operator and consumer customers."

ip.access' 2G picocells are already deployed in more than 30 live networks around the world. The company was recently selected as a Red Herring 100 Global Award winner. It also won numerous awards during 2007 for its Oyster 3G femtocell technology, including a Global Mobile award for ‘Best Radio Access Product', Light Reading's ‘Leading Light' Award for ‘Best New Product from a Private Company', and a World Communication Award for ‘Best Technology Foresight'.

ip.access will be demonstrating the capabilities of the Oyster 3G femtocell at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, 11-14 February 2008.

Comverse, a supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, has announced that Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the largest mobile phone operator in Russia and the CIS, went live with the Comverse Real-Time Billing Solution to serve MTS' subscriber base.

"Upon evaluation of the Comverse Real-Time Billing Solution, it made good business sense to deploy a comprehensive system that fulfils our billing needs while strengthening our marketing strategies," said Mikhail Shamolin, vice president and director at MTS Russia. "Now that we've completed a smooth migration to the Comverse system, we're ready to meet all requirements for future growth while delivering the highest level of services to our subscribers."

The Comverse Real-Time Billing (RTB) Solution serves as a real-time marketing engine for mobile operators by offering advanced personalisation capabilities, à la carte service plan customisation, and usage-driven automated marketing promotions to enable operators to increase revenues, profitability and subscriber loyalty. The solution provides operators with the ability to quickly create and launch service offerings to both broad and targeted market segments while simultaneously providing end-user empowerment through self-directed offers.

 "Our wealth of expertise and extensive track record position us well for this expansive billing deployment in Russia with MTS, the country's largest mobile operator," said Benny Einhorn, president of Comverse EMEA. "This particular deployment in MTS speaks well to the growing awareness by operators of the advantages of leveraging sophisticated marketing capabilities to realise revenue potential by using the advanced Comverse Real-Time Billing." 


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