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Axiom Systems, a leader in service fulfillment and service assembly solutions, has announced that Pipex Wireless, owned by Pipex Group and Intel Capital and the only provider of WiMAX services in the UK, has chosen Axiom Systems to support the country's largest wholesale WiMAX Access network.  

Pipex Wireless will use the AXIOSS Suite to automate service provisioning thus speeding up and improving accuracy within the fulfillment process. They will also use the Suite to add new and alter existing services quickly, with reusable components.  Like other service providers that use the componentized AXIOSS Suite, Pipex Wireless' aim is to have a flexible and fast approach to service creation. The project will roll out to major cities in the UK starting with "Go Live" in Manchester later this year.  

"In selecting Axiom Systems, Pipex Wireless was most impressed by the speed and ease with which AXIOSS can provision new services," said Brendan O'Rourke, COO at Pipex Wireless. "This will be a groundbreaking telecommunications project, the first commercial deployment of WiMAX in the UK, which will launch a new generation of personal broadband services for our customers."   He continues, "We required an advanced solution with a record of successful installations and AXIOSS was the most effective at helping Pipex Wireless achieve this goal."  

"Communications providers such as Pipex Wireless are all now looking to automate the assembly of existing components in their architecture, so that time-to-market for new products can be measured in minutes rather than months," said Gareth Senior, CEO of Axiom Systems. "As a service creation platform that takes a modular approach in itself, AXIOSS is uniquely placed to help companies like Pipex Wireless achieve a rapid return on their investment and adopt a framework that enables them to take advantage of the product opportunities presented by the latest emerging technologies."  

Pipex Wireless will be speaking with Axiom Systems on the 6th November 2007 at the TM Forum Management World Americas conference in Dallas.

Elisa, a leading Finnish communications service company, has announced the launch of its Windows Live Messenger mobile service provided by Colibria. The service enables over 2.2m subscribers to chat instantly with friends and colleagues whether via mobile handset or PC.
 
The new Windows Live Messenger service fuses the feature-rich experience of internet IM with the intimate, engaging nature of mobile. Colibria's end-to-end Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) solution supports an intuitive, personal experience built on its award-winning server and client technology. The immediate and expressive nature of MIM with dialogue history and emoticons allows for a richer, more community focused messaging experience.
 
Mikko Mattinen, Head of Content Services at Elisa commented, "Mobilising IM users and encouraging a new community of messenger users is key to our position as a leading innovator in this market. We are happy to start co-operation with Colibria and trust their technology."
 
Keith Gibson, CEO at Colibria commented, "Providing a dynamic and intuitive platform for Elisa to bring together PC IM users and mobile subscribers will create a superior community messaging experience for customers. In addition to enabling the best possible user experience, the new MIM service provides the opportunity to drive ARPU with increased data usage and additional services."
 
The Windows Live Messenger solution from Colibria will be enhanced with its Subscription Server and Download Server. The Subscription Server supports the operator's marketing campaigns and multiple subscription charging models while the Download Manager enables the creation of push and pull models for downloads and upgrades of each device's client software.

Nokia and Enpocket have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Nokia to acquire Enpocket. Enpocket is a specialist in mobile advertising, providing technology and services that allow brands to plan, create, execute, measure and optimize mobile advertising campaigns around the world.

By acquiring Enpocket, Nokia says it will accelerate the scaling of its mobile advertising business, leveraging Enpocket's platform and strong partnerships with advertisers, publishers and operators. In addition to key assets, through this transaction Nokia is gaining a team with strong expertise in global mobile advertising across disciplines.

"Nokia has already announced its intention to be a leading company in consumer Internet services and we believe that mobile advertising will be an important element in monetizing those services for our customers and partners. Enpocket's mature leading edge platform and people expertise are a strong fit with Nokia existing capabilities in the mobile advertising market," said Tero Ojanpera, Chief Technology Officer, Nokia. "This acquisition is a game changing move to bring the reach and depth of Nokia to organize the market across the world, and make it easier for an ecosystem to develop."

Enpocket is a privately-owned company, established in 2001 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, US. The technology that drives the Enpocket platform is a mobile advertising campaign management and delivery system distinguished by advanced consumer insight, targeting, and measurement. The platform can deliver mobile advertising across multiple formats including SMS, MMS, mobile Internet advertising, and video.

"Effective interactive advertising on the mobile device can create tremendous value for the mobile industry while bringing new Internet services to people around the world," said Enpocket President and Chief Executive Officer, Mike Baker. "Enpocket and Nokia are combining to provide the leadership needed to define, build and standardize globally the business of mobile advertising so that brands can easily and efficiently engage consumers on their personal devices."

The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2007.

Ericsson has upgraded 3 Scandinavia's network with enhanced mobile broadband services with downlink speeds up to 7.2Mbps and uplink speeds of 1.4Mbps. The "turbocharged" network is live in major Swedish cities from today.

The upgrade gives 3's customers even faster access to mobile broadband services including internet surfing, video, TV, music and faster uploading of data. Users will see little or no difference between using a fixed connection at home or via HSPA from anywhere else.

Peder Ramel, CEO of 3 Scandinavia says: "We are proud to be one of the first operators in the world to upgrade Turbo 3G service to even higher speeds. The Ericsson technology allows us to take mobile broadband to the next level.

Mikael Bäckström, President of Ericsson Nordic and Baltics, says: "With this upgrade, 3 is the one of the first operators to offer consumer and enterprise customers richer services at unparalleled speeds. We are proud to be supplier to 3's successful Turbo 3G service.

Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide hardware, software and services related to HSPA 7.2 and Enhanced Uplink. 3 and Ericsson will continue to extend network coverage and upgrade to higher HSPA speeds throughout 2007.

Orga Systems the leading expert in convergent real-time billing, has been selected as the preferred supplier for prepaid real-time billing and customer loyalty management by mobilkom austria group, the leading mobile service provider in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).   mobilkom austria has deployed Orga Systems’ OPSC real-time billing system and OBMS Bonus Management System at its mobile subsidiary in Serbia (Vip mobile).  Orga Systems has enabled mobilkom austria to launch Serbias newest operator Vip mobile, which offers advanced mobile services. mobilkom austria won the third GSM 900/1800 and UMTS (3G) license in Serbia in November 2006. The license conditions included a requirement to launch operations within six months. Therefore it was important for Vip mobile to be launched without delay. “Vip mobile aimed to start the new mobile license operations in Serbia without delay. We intend to take advantage of experience within the mobilkom austria group selecting trusted vendors like Orga Systems to support our successful operation. As a key reason for awarding this contract to Orga Systems Vip mobile has given highest priority to company engagement, system integration and performance, things Orga Systems has proven continuously to us in the past”, says Darko Parun, CTO of VIP mobile. The new contract builds upon a successful and long-standing relationship between mobilkom austria group and Orga Systems in Europe. mobilkom austria has been using Orga System’s OPSC Billing System since 1997 to handle real-time billing of its B-FREE and prepaid Vodafone live! customers in Austria.

Adax Europe Ltd, an industry leader in high performance signaling infrastructure, has announced a strategic partnership with EPS-Tech a leading Israeli system integrator, strengthening Adax's position in the middle eastern markets.

The appointment of a sales partner has become necessary due to the accelerating demand for telecom infrastructure in Israel and surrounding countries. Under the terms of the agreement EPS-Tech will support Adax's expansion with a range of joint marketing and commercial activities, and will distribute Adax's market leading SS7, ATM and IP product portfolio to leading telecom companies in the Middle East. In addition they will also offer local support.

"EPS-Tech is thrilled to be distributing Adax's products to the Middle East" comments Shahar Ner-Gaon, System Architecture Engineer for EPS-Tech." Adax's SS7, ATM, and IP product suite is considered to be best of breed due to the performance, reliability, scalability, ease of use and most of all the protection in investment it offers customers through their single software driver and consistent API. Thanks to this partnership we will be able to meet the demands and requirements of our customers in developing next generation infrastructure, and introduce new services to the country."

Robin Kent, Director, European Operations at Adax comments "EPS-Tech is well known for providing their customers with the highest class embedded computing solutions and we are overjoyed to become part of their extensive product portfolio. We are extremely confident that their extensive knowledge and experience in the telecommunications market will open up new opportunities for both companies. This partnership will not only benefit new customers, it will bring value to existing customers for EPS-Tech and Adax".

Adax offers a complete set of protocol controllers and software that cover a vast range of signaling protocols and popular hardware formats to provide the right solution for any signaling requirement. Adax high performance products are available for SS7, ATM, and IP protocols and with EPS-Tech's ability to provide superior professional services and support, it is certain that this partnership will bring fantastic opportunities to both parties and to customers in the Middle East.

Axiom Systems, a leader in service fulfillment software for communications service providers, has today announced BI Telecom, a leading OSS/BSS consulting company and systems integrator providing advanced technology services, as a Value Added Reseller in Russia and CIS. The combined proposition will enable service providers to launch revenue generating next-generation services such as Triple-Play, IPTV and VoIP to a new media hungry region.
 
Together, the two companies will offer the AXIOSS service fulfilment suite which incorporates Order Management, Service Inventory and Service Activation. BI Telecom will also be able to provide their customers with Axiom Systems' new Active Catalog product. The Active Catalog is a service design and process orchestration platform which enables products and services to be built from robust, reusable components. BI Telecom will add additional value to any project with its expertise and market leadership in systems integration.  

Roman Tkachev, Deputy CEO, Director of ICT Department at BI Telecom said, "It has become crucial for service providers' OSS platforms to be highly flexible, yet robust to be able to succeed in today's highly competitive Telco marketplace. Axiom Systems' service fulfillment products have a history of success with some of the most profitable Telcos in the world. Utilising this advanced software system whilst drawing on BI Telecoms integration expertise, will ensure service providers in the Russia and CIS region share in the success and achieve a cost effective and timely approach to the design, creation, and launch of new products and services."  

Peter Middleton, VP of Alliances, Axiom Systems commented, "As the complexity of service creation continues in the industry due to increased variation and differentiation, service providers have to cope with supporting a number of different technologies, services and vast customer bases. Our real-life experience in real-time service creation and delivery with industry leaders demonstrate that Axiom Systems and its partners provide the system agility and scalability needed to ensure customer loyalty while delivering a cost-effective solution with superior convergent capabilities."  

BSG Clearing Solutions, a subsidiary of Billing Services Group, the telecoms clearing and settlement provider, has today announced the launch of its Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange (NRTRDE) service. BSG's NRTRDE solution exceeds industry standards by offering processing speeds that greatly minimize GSM mobile operators' exposure to roaming-related fraud. Additionally, BSG announced that avea (Turkey), Cellcom (Israel) and Geocell (Georgia) have all selected BSG's new NRTRDE solution.
 
The GSM Association (GSMA) recommends that all GSM mobile operators switch to the NRTRDE system by October 1, 2008 in order to combat roaming fraud, which causes significant revenue loss for mobile operators.  NRTRDE provides GSM operators with continuous data on roaming calls and enables them to improve their management of international roaming fraud by closing the "time window" in which losses can occur.

Current NRTRDE industry reporting standards can expose operators to roaming fraud for up to 36 hours.  In contrast, BSG's NRTRDE reporting capability can reduce this window to less than four hours.  BSG's NRTRDE service will also transfer and validate 90% of call data within 10 minutes of its receipt from a client and all data within 40 minutes.

"With operators aiming to meet new GSMA standards, we developed our NRTRDE solution to go above and beyond data transfer speeds required by the market," said Atul Devani, CEO of BSG's wireless division.  "The quicker an operator can transfer call data for roamers on their network to the relevant partner operator, the shorter the fraud exposure for both operators.  We have a number of clients that have already contracted for this service and are continuing to develop new tools that allow them to make full use of the incoming NRTRDE data stream for wider fraud detection and billing applications."

BSG has been a key player in the development of the GSMA standards for NRTRDE and recognizes the dual challenge that mobile operators face in both fulfilling their obligations as a visited operator according to GSMA standards and in analyzing incoming NRTRDE data for fraud management purposes.

Additional services such as the creation of TD.35 records (the GSMA standard format) from raw operator data will not add to this processing in a way that threatens the client's meeting of GSMA standards. The basic NRTRDE service provides an optional service for the creation of TD.35 call records.  For the operator receiving the data (the HPMN), BSG also offers the facility for rating TD.35 records allowing a real time picture of potential financial loss, as well as the option for conversion into the record format of the HPMN's existing fraud management system.

Orga Systems, the specialist in convergent real-time billing, has delivered its Performance Package to PERSONAL, the mobile unit of telecoms operator Telecom Argentina.

The Performance Package consists of a new version of the Orga Systems' InCore In-Memory database, a new processing method and improvements to PERSONAL's overall rating and charging performance and billing processes. The package will mean PERSONAL is able to significantly cut costs and provide a scalable "future-proof" billing framework for future subscriber growth.

The InCore database is able to achieve memory improvement of 50% due to its highly optimised handling of database administration tables allowing for higher subscriber capacity on the same hardware, and better performance and scalability.

The new processing method is able to dramatically reduce processing time by using system resources more efficiently. The solution means that throughput performance at the operator is more than 20 times faster than it was previously.  The Performance Package has also led to improvements in the overall rating and charging performance at PERSONAL, including optimising all rating and charging processes.

PERSONAL uses Orga Systems' billing Systems OPSC Prepaid since 2003. Today it has over 10 million mobile subscribers in Argentina and has also recently launched 3G services using UMTS/HSDPA technology, becoming the first operator in the country to launch a 3G network. The new network - called 3G Zone and initially available in Buenos Aires - will offer video to voice communication and mobile internet connectivity with speeds of up to 1.2 Mbps.

"The launch of our 3G network this year is a major landmark for our company and we needed first-class billing processes in order to support both subscriber and services growth," said Daniel Margolis,  IT BSS Manager, PERSONAL. "The Performance Package from Orga Systems has dramatically improved our processes across the entire billing chain, which means lower costs and better performance. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Orga Systems in this exciting phase of our history."

TELES, the Berlin-based NGN solutions provider, has announced that it has provided German DSL network operator QSC with a VoIP business trunking solution.

According to QSC, its TELES Business VoIP Trunking solution is a complete "ISDN replacement" business solution which allows network operators to replace their existing ISDN infrastructure with TELES VoIP technology for value-added VoIP service provision. The solution allows QSC customers to continue using existing equipment with the benefits of enhanced voice and data services over IP (maintaining access to traditional ISDN services).

TELES' "zero touch configuration" solution helps carriers dramatically reduce their network operating costs thanks to out-of-the-box installation and a single TELES management interface for seamless workflow integration.

Subscribers to QSC's IPfonie business national service are able to port existing telephone numbers and enjoy free calls between multiple connected locations. Available throughout Germany, the service allows telephone calls to be made over data networks and offers considerable business advantages including branch office VPNs and mobile VoIP services.

QSC Voice Product Manager Stefan Pasternak said: "TELES' superior complete business trunking solution has allowed us to provide business subscribers to our IPfonie business national service with all of the benefits of value-added IP services while simultaneously significantly reducing our own operating costs. We are delighted to be a trusted partner of an innovative and forward-looking provider of TELES' stature."

"We're thrilled that QSC has selected our complete business trunking solution for its IPfonie®business national solution" said TELES Product Marketing Director Thomas Haydn. "In selecting the TELES business trunking solution, QSC has opted for one of the most sophisticated business trunking solutions available today. Operator costs are not only reduced through voice and data consolidation, but further slashed by doing away with the need to invest in expensive legacy equipment; allowing providers to gradually migrate their networks for significant revenue expenditure savings."

M:TEL, a leading mobile operator in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and mobile division of Telekom Srpske, has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks for the implementation and optimization of a mobile network extension and associated services that will lay the grounds for an evolution to a unified IP network.

The deal, comprising several contracts with a total amount of some 60 million KM (more than 30 million Euro), covers a whole range of mobile network solutions, products as well as services. It will result in a physical extension of the GSM network, an increase of its coverage and improvement of quality of the service for end users.

The implementation of the whole package will allow Telekom Srpske to offer new, advanced GSM services to M:TEL's almost 700,000 mobile subscribers and to further increase its network capacity, thus strengthening the operator's leading position on the market of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 In order to meet Telekom Srpske's long-term strategic and investment goals, Nokia Siemens Networks' solutions provide high performance call control, simplify network complexity and create the framework to deliver end-to-end Voice over IP (VoIP) and IP multimedia services.

It all translates into new experiences for end users, with easier access, better quality of voice calls, faster transmission speeds and new services, including multimedia, mobile payment and intelligent data services like VPN.

"This is a very important contract for us, which strengthens the basis for our future expansion in Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Predrag Culibrk, CEO of Telekom Srpske. "With this contract Telekom Srpske will be able to provide better network coverage and quality of service in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a necessary increase of network capacity to accommodate the influx of new subscribers. We will also have innovative technologies that will enable us to improve the existing services and to offer new ones to our subscribers".

"We are truly excited that Telekom Srpske has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks' state-of-the-art solutions to extend its mobile network," says Dietmar Appeltauer, Head of Subregion Central East Europe of Nokia Siemens Networks. "We appreciate the opportunity of leaving a strong footprint in the Bosnian telecommunications market thanks to our biggest partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina and we will meet our customer's requirements regarding quick and flexible installation."

The package includes such technologies as GSM/EDGE radio access (new base stations and controllers, with an upgrade of the existing network), mobile softswitching and media gateway core equipment (Release 4 - MSC Servers and MGW, HLR extension) and prepaid hardware/software extension. It also covers a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) system and a payment platform.

Ericsson has supplied and successfully integrated its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) solution into mobile operator Vodafone's network in the Czech Republic, bringing fixed-mobile converged services to business customers.

Under an agreement signed earlier this year, Ericsson was responsible for delivery and systems integration of its advanced IMS solution, along with project management, network design and implementation.

With Ericsson's IMS solution, Vodafone Czech Republic can offer the market a wide range of next-generation IP telephony and multimedia services towards both fixed and mobile users.

IMS is an important step towards fixed-mobile convergence. The international-standards-based technology is highly scalable, takes care of connection control, and ensures service quality as well as network and service security. IMS also allows network operators and service providers to implement new revenue-generating multimedia services quickly and cost effectively.

Andreas Laukenmann, Vice-President, Vodafone Business Solutions, says: "IMS is an important element in crossing the proverbial mobile line. It will help us to launch revolutionary services to business customers, taking away the difference between the mobile and the fixed world while enabling significant cost savings for our customers. Smooth systems integration has been key in providing our customers with a truly converged multimedia experience."

Roman Stupka, President of Ericsson Czech Republic, says: "We are proud to be strengthening our long partnership with Vodafone. Our advanced IMS solution will power new services and applications, and pave the way to fixed-mobile convergence for our customer."