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Orga Systems, the leading expert in convergent real-time billing, today announced that it has selected BassetLabs as its preferred partner for interconnect billing. The agreement means that Orga Systems can add significant new interconnect billing functionality into its solution portfolio around its flagship billing platform, OPSC Gold.

Orga Systems and BassetLabs will work together to provide operators with a "one-stop-shop" solution for interconnect billing by offering Orga Systems' leading convergent billing solution OPSC Gold with BassetLabs' intercarrier billing solution Inopac. Combining the real-time processing capabilities of OPSC Gold with BassetLabs' intercarrier billing expertise provides a complete solution that allows operators to handle retail and wholesale billing most efficiently and thus reduce interconnect costs and complexity, and eliminate instances of revenue leakage related to interconnect billing.

OPSC Gold is a unique billing solution that enables true convergence between prepaid and postpaid charging. This product is a powerful revenue-enabler that allows telecommunications service providers to launch innovative pricing plans with flexible payment options while maintaining real-time credit control. For convergent voice and data mediation and real-time charging the OPSC Gold Billing System is pre-integrated with Orga Systems Media Control Point (MCP) and an IN/Service Control Point (SCP). Innovative mobile recharge and payment products complement Orga Systems end-to-end solution for convergent billing.

Inopac from BassetLabs is the complete intercarrier billing solution that provides the best overall cost-effectiveness for domestic and international settlements on the telecommunication market, including PSTN, GSM, 3G and IP networks. Inopac enables telecommunication providers to offer a complete range of services, maximizing the potential revenue within interconnect.

"We selected BassetLabs as a preferred partner to meet the increasing demands of our customers for an end-to-end billing solution with interconnect billing functionalities," said Rainer Neumann, CEO, Orga Systems. "By integrating BassetLabs' InopacTM interconnect billing solution into our portfolio, we can now offer our customers true unified interconnect and wholesale billing within our OPSC Gold billing solution."

"Cooperation with Orga Systems will extend and strengthen BassetLabs interconnect billing portfolio and the combined solution offering will extend the leading market position of our company," comments Jesper Wikström, President and CEO, BassetLabs. "We anticipate significant benefits for our customers through this joint and complimentary solution offering. Pooling of our interconnect billing expertise will offer both short and long term benefits to the bottom line of our end customers and in addition establish a strengthened platform to meet future billing needs."

"Market and technology synergies between our two companies will contribute to the continued growth of BassetLabs." he adds.

Squire Technologies, provider of carrier-grade SS7 and VoIP signalling equipment, has today announced the successful integration of the SVI_MGC SS7 Media Gateway Controller into the network of the leading Maltese ISP, Sky Telecom Ltd. Providing RADIUS authentication, billing and routing, and local number portability, the dual redundant system has enabled Sky Telecom to progress its expanding VoIP services to the next level in cost-efficiency and reliability, and deliver the associated benefits to its customers.

"The SVI_MGC provided Sky Telecom with functionality that we needed at an excellent cost and we are very happy with our choice to develop our new services on a network including it," says Philip Cassar, Managing Director, Sky Telecom Ltd.

Interconnected to four of the five carriers operating in Malta (Vodafone, Maltacom, Go Mobile and Melita), this Media Gateway Controller provides Sky Telecom with all the advantages of routing its traffic between SS7 and VoIP. This well proven product was chosen by the ISP for its pedigree of SS7 engineering and worldwide deployments. Offering the best specifications at the best price on the market, the SVI_MGC has been quickly deployed into the network.

"In deploying the SVI_MGC into its network Sky Telecom has purchased a reliable and adaptable product solution which provides them with signalling and routing control that easily enables them to develop their own services," says Andrew Cooper, Squire Technologies' Managing Director. "It is Squire's philosophy to deploy products which integrate easily into the client environment instead of making them integrate into ours."

Following the introduction of compulsory Carrier Pre-Selection for large network operators in Malta, Sky Telecom developed a proprietary RADIUS server. Consequently the ISP required an SS7/VoIP Media Gateway Controller offering interoperability with Cisco gateways to control their incumbent network infrastructure. The additional RADIUS functionality that the SVI_MGC SS7 Media Gateway Controller provides allows Sky Telecom to rapidly develop new services on its in-house RADIUS server, bringing innovative solutions to market without 3rd party suppliers, reducing lead times to delivery and development costs.

By deploying the MGC Sky Telecom has been able to implement its system quickly and cost-effectively, and engage with the newly deregularised and competitive Maltese Telecommunications market. This has enabled its customers to realise the benefits of easy, reliable and efficient communications services, in particular reducing international call tariffs. Squire Technologies is proud to have provided Sky Telecom with a solution enabling it to comply with the CPS legislation and deliver the required functionality quickly.

KPN Global Carrier Services has teamed up with Narrowstep, the leading European provider of TV over the Internet solutions, to provide a wholesale Internet TV offering to mobile and fixed network operators, ISPs and content parties.

Narrowstep has developed the most comprehensive Internet TV platform that can deliver the highest quality, long-form programming available, giving audiences a true TV-like viewing experience over the Internet.

"We have looked long and hard at this market before deciding to work with Narrowstep," comments Gert-Jan Huizer, VP Portfolio Management within KPN Global Carrier Services. "The combination of their leading edge technology, and our international IP network and global customer base will enable us to offer the first comprehensive, end to end, wholesale Internet TV service on the market."

KPN will offer a bundled service to international wholesale customers that will enable them to monetize video content and decommoditize bandwidth sales. The new service will launch in October 2007, and as part of the deal, Narrowstep will use KPN's global network infrastructure to extend its Content Distribution Network.

"By continuing to develop and invest in our Internet TV platform, we can deliver the most comprehensive and scalable solution to world-class carriers like KPN," said, David C. McCourt, Chairman and CEO of Narrowstep. "Our relationship with KPN will allow us to offer our platform to customers in new markets who are serious about managing and monetizing professionally produced video content over the Internet."

Trustive, Europe's leading wireless hotspot access provider, has announced that it has signed a bilateral roaming agreement with Swisscom Mobile, Switzerland's leading mobile provider.

The agreement means that Swisscom Mobile's customers will be able to access Trustive's global network, which already covers most major European airports and many other prime locations.  In addition, Swisscom Mobile's hotspot network of more than 1,000 high-quality hotspots in Switzerland, including Geneva airport and many major hotels, will be integrated into the Trustive network. This now includes over 32,000 hotspots, of which 25,000 hotspots are already available, with the remainder becoming accessible within 30 days.

Swisscom Mobile customers will be able to gain seamless access to the extended hotspots offering through a Swisscom Mobile branded web login by entering their mobile number and a password received via SMS. Via this login users will be able to use the Trustive network wherever they are in the world and have the convenience of being billed for the hotspot usage to their Swisscom Mobile invoice.

Gavin Dresselhuis, co-founder and managing director of Trustive, said: "Swisscom Mobile is a key mobile operator in the European WiFi space, so we are delighted to be working with them.  This furthers Trustive's position as leaders in the European WiFi access market and is great news for both our retail and wholesale customers."

Tommy Bertling, senior product manager at Swisscom Mobile, said: "We are continually looking to provide innovative WiFi services to our customers. This agreement with Trustive means that we can offer access to an expanded hi-quality network all under the Swisscom brand."

Comptel Corporation, a leading vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, has announced today that Finnish mobile operator DNA Finland is using the Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution to support service providers and MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators). The Comptel solution allows DNA Finland to meet its service providers and MVNOs individual service activation needs, providing faster time-to-market as well as efficiencies.

DNA Finland is a 3G mobile operator, with over 1 million prepaid and post-paid customers. It also provides the network for approximately 10 service providers and MVNOs. DNA Finland needed a way to provision its customers fast and cost effectively, and also enable its partners to do the same with their customers.

Mrs Riitta Tiuraniemi, DNA's CEO explains: "DNA offers the most price-competitive products in Europe, according to a study by the Ministries of Transport and Communications of 17 EU countries. DNA really believes in value for money through innovation. Comptel's flexible end-to-end solution enables design, tracing and migration of services used by the VNO's subscribers which is prerequisite for efficient product management. We now have a very streamlined organisation to support not only the DNA provisioning and activation but also the various MVNOs in our network."

Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution is a complete solution that is designed to cover all the processes from accepting an order to activating a billable service. At DNA, the solution includes authentication and authorisation, enabling service providers and MVNOs to activate their own services directly.

Mr. Kari Pasonen, Comptel's Senior Vice President, Provisioning Business, concludes: "There is no doubt innovative service providers like DNA Finland help Comptel maintain its position as a leading-edge provider of provisioning and activation solutions. This project demonstrates once again that Comptel can help deliver real value for money not only to our customers, but also to their own customers, which in the case of DNA Finland includes other service providers such as MVNOs."

Cable & Wireless Europe, Asia & US is now offering customers Secure Mobility, a fully managed service enabling secure, fixed cost WiFi access anywhere around the world. 

The new service is claimed to mark a number of industry firsts, such as: first to market with a fixed, per seat cost model for mobility; first to offer a combined managed secure network admission solution; first to combine these with SSL Quick Deployment VPN within a single managed service.

The new Secure Mobility managed service is designed to enable business customers to efficiently roll out "all inclusive" WiFi, 3G and voice mobile network access with internet roaming to the workforce, on a fixed cost, per seat basis.

Secure Mobility enables simple cost-benefit analysis for the business to add mobility quickly and transparently without introducing additional security threats. Customers also benefit from inherent disaster recovery capability through Cable & Wireless' dual site resilience, improved business continuity planning ability, reduced office real estate requirement as well as the human elements of increased productivity through flexible working, improved staff retention and morale.

Tim Ryan, Global Roaming Product Manager for Security and Secure Mobility for Cable & Wireless said: "Customers now expect to conduct business through any device, at any time and from any location at home or abroad.  Secure Mobility removes the remaining barriers for businesses to making this happen, namely the unknown costs associated with traditional access minutes, intermittent security and the complexity of managing a mobile workforce.

"To keep our promise of delivering excellent customer service, we have designed a complete managed solution to address these issues, which creates a service precedent customers find very compelling."

Ryan continues: "Mobility is increasingly business critical for enterprise organisations. Secure Mobility is a market defining service bringing together all of the critical elements underpinning mobile internet and VPN access into a bitesize managed service for customers to easily roll out to the workforce and justify to the board. It's another great example of Cable & Wireless' commitment to delivering genuinely excellent customer service."

Carrier Call, manufacturer of complex software solutions for the telecommunications industry, has added Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable net operator to the list of clients for its integrated solution XCarrier. XCarrier by Carrier Call is an integrated product suite based on most modern client/server technologies. The software solution supports highly complex business processes in gathering, matching, analyzing and maintaining data related to telecommunications voice carrier services. Data encompasses destination code lists (DCL), price lists and call detail records (CDR) just to name a few. Underlying data allows making informed decisions in real time and ties seamlessly into operational systems.

The XCarrier solution serves as Input System by gathering data from other systems, but also as output system with capabilities including generation of sales side price list and configuration files for voice switches to support least cost routing (LCR).The XCarrier integrated Voice Trading Platform uses a central repository as a solid base to eliminate data matching errors between external offers and internal systems, to improve and refine the quality of data and to optimize operational systems and routing. Carrier Calls solutions allow decisions-, business- and operational- support and help automating key processes. All these factors help to increase margins, improve profitability and allow crystallizing new components in the value chain to define new sources of income. Improved margins and new services are key for a Telecommunications Operators to consolidate market position and secure leadership in very competitive markets.

The XCarrier Voice Trading Platform supports traditional fix-net telephony, mobile telephony and telephony using IP infrastructure (VoIP). The complete solution, as used by Kabel Deutschland, builds an important part for any service provider building a NGN (Next Generation Network) of integrated services.

Colibria, the  Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) provider, has announced a new fully managed Windows Live Messenger solution for Operators and Service Providers. The new client-server solution will provide an end-to-end MIM implementation.
 
Developed by Colibria's in-house team, and incorporating a new J2ME/Symbian compatible Client and Windows Live Messenger Gateway, the solution provides an extensive feature set. This includes the ability to receive ‘nudges', send pictures, sound and video, join in multi-party conversations across internet and mobile IM, as well as enabling users to set and receive Presence information.
 
Colibria already has extensive expertise in deploying Internet Community IM solutions, having implemented the Windows Live Messenger service for 11 million TeliaSonera subscribers across Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden (TeliaSonera Sweden and Halebop) and Norway (NetCom). In combination with the company's extensive experience in Operator Community IM solutions, Colibria now powers new generation mobile communities throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America with an addressable subscriber base in excess 300m users.
 
Lars Kristian Roland, CTO Colibria, commented: "Both Operator-owned and Internet-based Mobile Instant Messaging services have a crucial role to play in driving consumer adoption of MIM. These two models will grow side by side. For instance, Strategy Analytics predicts that Internet based services will smash $1.2 billion a year by 2011 - around 25% of the global MIM market. This is a huge potential industry and ensuring a compelling user experience through the most advanced solutions is vital to realise this."
 
Colibria's Internet Community IM solutions work seamlessly with its modular portfolio of Subscription and Download Manager server products. To give the most effective service for Operators, the Subscription Manager module supports marketing campaigns and multiple subscription charging models. The Download Manager allows Operators to create push and pull models for download and upgrade of device client software.
 
All Colibria's Internet Community IM solutions are fully managed by Colibria's data centre, offering secure and robust hosting and management services. This solution will support Microsoft's protocol MSP 3.0.

Interoute, owner of Europe's most advanced next-generation voice and data network has more than doubled its business in Sweden with the acquisition of Swedish Internet communications and services specialist pi.se. This move adds hundreds of new customers to Interoute's business and increases the number of employees in Sweden to 40. pi.se was founded in 1994 and has 27 employees and hundreds of business clients including Volvo, BMW Group Sverige, Expressen, SBAB, Svenska McDonalds and Vasakronan.

Gareth Williams Interoute's CEO said "We have been searching for a company that could strengthen our offering in Managed Services, which is a rapidly growing part of Interoute's business in Europe today. We have previously been able to handle the management of Scandinavian business systems and services through other sites in Europe but with our increased presence and specialist competency we will be able to intensify our work within this area"

Interoute also gain the pi.se data centre in Stockholm. This will be integrated into Interoute's pan-European next generation network, along with Interoute's existing data centres in Amsterdam, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Munich, Paris, London.

Axiom Systems, the leader in Service Fulfillment software for communications service providers, today announced a partnership with LogicaCMG that will see the companies develop and deliver joint solutions tailored to the specific needs of service providers in the Middle East.  

LogicaCMG will act as a Value Added Reseller for Axiom Systems' market-leading AXIOSS Suite and Active Catalog, which speed the design and delivery of wireline and wireless services for SPs, providing faster time to market.  LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems have also invested in a joint deployment team that will ensure the optimized delivery of and support for new and existing customers.  

"The Middle East is a unique telecoms market and one that will benefit from a more targeted and regionally-focused approach," said Nik Soheili, VP Strategic Business Development at Axiom Systems. "Axiom Systems' partnership with LogicaCMG enables the development of a set of regionally tailored solutions underpinned by a specialized local deployment and support team."  

"The LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems partnership combines best-in-breed technologies with many years of practical worldwide telecom experience," said Mohsen Mohseninia, Managing Director for Telecom and Media in Middle East and Africa, at LogicCMG. "We believe that combining these strengths with a locally oriented approach will enable the particular needs and challenges faced by Middle East service providers to be better addressed."  

The AXIOSS Suite provides customers with advanced solutions for new services including IPTV, VoIP, IP VPN and Triple Play, and includes modules for Order Management, Service Inventory, Service Activation as well as a Designer Tool.   

LogicaCMG provides business consulting, systems integration and IT and business process outsourcing across diverse markets including telecoms.  LogicaCMG is the leading supplier of Operational Support Systems solutions such as Flow-Through Provisioning, Inventory Management and Service Assurance solutions for telecom customers. Highlights include end to end service provisioning for Slovak Telecom, OSS design and implementation for one of UK's leading mobile operator; the design, build and integration of a ground-breaking content-management system for Australia's leading telecoms operator; and the implementation of the first hosted MVNO service in Switzerland in only 6 weeks. 

Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom, one of the world's largest incumbents, have entered a six-year managed services partnership. The strategically important contract covers the operation and maintenance of Deutsche Telekom's microwave network in Germany.

As part of the transaction, roughly 200 employees will be transferred from T-Com to Ericsson, the world's leading telecom vendor and service provider. T-Com will transfer its microwave assets and related operation activities to Ericsson. Ericsson will thereby take over full responsibility for the realization and operation of Deutsche Telekom AG's microwave based links in Germany, including planning, deployment, operation and field services.

T-Com will buy capacity from Ericsson as part of an ongoing managed services contract.

Hans Vestberg, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Unit Global Services at Ericsson says: "We are confident that we not only can maintain the high quality of the network while helping reduce costs for our customer, but that we can also improve profitability in the operation of microwave networks over coming years by adding new customers. This agreement will also lay the foundation for our strategy to make managed services a growth area and success story in Germany as well. We welcome the highly qualified new employees from T-Com, whom we will offer attractive career paths in an international environment of a true global player."

iO global, a provider of integrated mobile content solutions, has today announced that Isle of Man's Manx Telecom has launched a converged content delivery service, ‘Mobile Downloads', which enables its 75,000 subscribers to purchase, download and consume music from a mobile device and/or PC using the new iO Mobile Experience Platform.

For the first time, Manx Telecom customers will be able to select and download their chosen content to the destination of their choice and then seamlessly share the content between the mobile device and personal computer.   Manx Telecom, which has earned a reputation for being at the leading edge of telecoms innovation, is the first operator in the world to deliver this converged service from iO global to its 75,000 subscriber-base on the island and was the first operator in the world to launch a 3.5G mobile service.

As part of the new ‘Mobile Downloads' service, Manx Telecoms has signed a number of local bands in order to offer their music free to subscribers.  It also provides an excellent opportunity for local artists and musicians to have their work profiled on a national and international level.  The ‘Mobile Downloads' service is available to all Manx Telecoms subscribers with immediate effect.

Confirms Andy Bridson, Marketing Director of Manx Telecom: "At Manx Telecom we continually strive to provide the very latest, innovative services to our customers to maximise their mobile enjoyment and lifestyles.  We believe that consumers should be able to enjoy the content they want, when they want and in the format that is most appropriate to them at the time. By working with iO global, we have been able to launch the world-class converged ‘Mobile Downloads' service, that delivers flexibility and choice to our customers. The experience is incredible, when using 3.5G technology it is as quick to download a new tune as it is to browse on an iPod."

Adds Martin Knestrick, CEO of iO global: "Through iO global's new Mobile Experience Platform, Manx Telecom is leading the way in providing its subscribers with converged mobile content.  By being able to download content and share between mobile and PC, we believe this will not only further build consumer interest in downloadable media, but will help increase sales of 3G and 3.5G handsets on the Isle of Man."

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