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TeliaSonera was one of the winners in the auction for 4G, the new generation mobile network in Sweden, which was concluded today. With the frequencies that TeliaSonera in Sweden has been awarded, the company says it will be able to build a next generation super-fast mobile broadband network, offering access speeds of more than 100 Mbps.

"We are naturally very pleased to receive this nationwide 4G license", says Håkan Dahlström, President of Mobility Services, TeliaSonera Sweden. "Above all, the 4G license is important for our customers, who will have access to even faster mobile broadband in the future."

The frequencies now received will enable TeliaSonera to build a mobile network that is more than 10 times faster than today's networks. The license received is not subject to any conditions regarding the timetable of the network build-out or population coverage in Sweden.

The license is valid for 15 years and the cost for 4 frequency blocks totaling 2 x 20 MHz in the 2.6 GHz band are SEK 563 million. The payment will be made to the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency in the second quarter of 2008.

Messaging specialist, Acision, has forecast mobile messaging revenues of US$165 billion globally by 2011, 200 per cent higher than previous industry predictions. Releasing the projection to coincide with the annual Global Messaging gathering in Cannes this week, the company has explained its optimism with a five-step action plan that operators are already embarking upon in pursuit of messaging revenues.

Since its inception fifteen years ago, mobile messaging has delivered a 6,000 per cent return on investment but the growth phase is not yet over, with markets such as India, North America and China seeing phenomenal traffic increases. Even within the more mature markets of Western Europe and South East Asia, messaging still has huge growth potential.

Acision believes that the following five steps have the capability to double messaging revenues for operators in the next four years:

    - Personalising the messaging experience with added
      functionality relevant to specific consumer and enterprise segments
    - Using partnerships and multi-play strategies to extend mobile
      messaging to the fixed environment using converged messaging
    - Subsidising mobile internet revenues through messaging
      integration with interactive web applications such as Facebook and eBay
    - Mobilising enterprise applications
    - Leveraging the mobile marketing opportunities offered by the
      reach of messaging platforms

Acision CEO Rory Buckley explains Acision's optimism; "SMS has achieved more than anyone imagined it would fifteen years ago, but speculation that messaging has reached its peak ignores much of today's market dynamic.
Peer-to-peer communication is showing no sign of stalling or declining, and already in South East Asia operators' efforts to differentiate their services by adding features such as out-of-office and blacklisting are proving popular with subscribers. However, it is with application-to-peer and peer-to-application messaging that the wider opportunities lie. We believe that capitalising on the opportunities afforded by web applications as Facebook (essentially an enormous web-based multimedia messaging environment) and effectively harnessing mobile marketing will enable operators to double mobile messaging revenues by 2011."

Mobile and Wireless Group has today announced its entrance into the European market and unveiled their latest Windows Mobile handsets.

MWg is a Singapore-based company, recently established by the former management of O2 Asia, which develops and markets converged devices for the global market. Since its birth in November 2007, the company says it has consolidated its presence in Asia and the Middle East as well as expanded into Europe and the Americas.

"We see ourselves in a unique position of having inherited the premium heritage of a global brand and the agility and flexibility of a start-up." said Mark Billington, CEO of MWg. "As a start-up, we naturally work with like-minded and innovative partners to offer an engaging experience for our customers. Our devices are designed to complement the consumers' lifestyle needs."

"Windows Mobile is about creating mobile connections, helping people do more with work play or anything in between no matter where they are", said Alfredo Patron, EMEA Regional Director, Microsoft Mobile Communications Business. "We are excited to see MWg expand their innovative Windows Mobile phone offerings to Europe and look forward to compelling new hardware designs and device specs that will expand the possibilities of what people can do while on the go."

Trustive, a provider of WiFi hotspots in Europe, has today announced that it has signed a partnership with Azur Helicoptere, the leading French helicopter airline on the Riviera.  The partnership will allow Azur Helicoptere to provide its customers with WiFi access at premium locations across the French Riviera.

Visitors to the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Formula One Grand Prix will be the first to be able to take advantage of Azur Helicoptere's ‘Riviera WiFi Pass', allowing them to easily roam across more than 130 Trustive hotspots from Monaco to St Tropez.  The hotspots are located at premium locations including airports, the Film Festival centre, cafes, restaurants and hotels in the region.

Trustive currently covers more than 30,000 WiFi hotspots worldwide across 70 different networks, including most European airports and many other prime locations. Trustive offers both monthly subscription and pre-paid services and is meeting user demand to provide seamless access to a global network of hotspots.

Christian VanGhelder, managing director of Trustive, said: "With the upcoming Cannes Film Festival and Monaco Grand Prix, there is going to be a huge influx of visitors requiring mobile internet access.  Our ‘Riviera WiFi Pass' will alleviate the hassle of getting online and provide customers with seamless access to a number of premium hotspots during their stay."  

Michel de Rohozinski, president of Azur Helicoptere, said: "Offering WiFi access enables us to provide an added value service to our customers.  Many of our customers require internet access during their visits, so by partnering with Trustive we can now offer them both a great flying and WiFi experience."

Huawei Technologies has installed a 2,700km long optical NG-WDM (Next Generation-Wavelength Division Multiplexing) backbone network for Magyar Telekom in Hungary in three months.

The backbone, which covers all of the country including the capital city Budapest, is based on Huawei's OTN/ASON-based WDM platform and enables Magyar Telekom to migrate from providing traditional voice-oriented services through its previous DWDM system to providing next generation data-oriented services to its customers.

The network is claimed to provide high-reliability, efficient bandwidth provisioning and long-distance optical transmission capabilities, reducing the CAPEX and OPEX for the operator, while increasing transmission bandwidth to 10Gb/s per channel, which can be quadrupled to 40Gb/s per channel. This means that Magyar Telekom will be able to provide fast, next-generation services, such as 3G mobile, IPTV and HDTV to its customers in the future, claims Huawei.

"I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Huawei," said Thomas Bertram, CTO of Magyar Telekom, fixed network. "I am confident that the application of this new technology will enable us to offer our customers the next-generation services that they desire."

"I am delighted to say that we have managed to deploy a NG-WDM network for Magyar Telekom," added Wan Zhi, managing director of Huawei Hungary. "As a company, we remain committed to helping Magyar Telekom provide its customers with the best services both now and in the future."

According to new a research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, the number of cellular network connections used for machine-to-machine communication will grow from 37.5 million connections in 2007 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37.9 percent to 186 million connections in 2012. GSM and legacy technologies currently dominate the market and accounted for about 71 percent of the total number of active connections at the end of 2007. CDMA was the second largest technology with a strong foothold in North America and parts of Asia-Pacific. WCDMA has so far primarily been adopted for machine-to-machine applications in Japan. Elsewhere the adoption is held back by high component costs and limited network coverage, says Berg.
 
It also says it has found that machine-to-machine applications today in general correspond to between 1-3 percent of the reported number of mobile subscribers in developed markets. In Sweden and Finland the share is closer to 10 percent due to extensive use of GPRS for meter reading applications. However, Berg Insight forecasts that vehicle telematics applications will dominate the machine-to-machine cellular market in most parts of the world and account for more than half of all network connections in 2012.

"Safety and security concerns - manifested either in public regulations or customer preferences - is tipping the balance in favour of massive rollouts of telematics applications by the global automotive industry", says Tobias Ryberg, senior analyst, Berg Insight. "In North America, OnStar already gives peace of mind to millions of drivers. Europe is well on the way to introducing the eCall automatic emergency call system and several Latin American countries are considering mandatory tracking devices on all new cars to combat epidemic vehicle crime."

A survey by Adax Europe, an industry leader in high performance signaling infrastructure, reveals that nearly three quarters of telco vendors still believe that support for their SS7 infrastructure is essential to their long term business. 

According to the survey of telecommunication vendors based throughout Europe, despite operators migrating to IP networks at an astonishing rate, 72 percent of those surveyed still hadn't phased out their SS7 infrastructure entirely and claimed that ongoing support was vital to business.

A closer look into the views of European vendors revealed that 74 percent believed it was very important that their infrastructure was compatible with both new and old technology. Operators are at different stages in their IP migration paths and this figure demonstrates how many vendors are still trying to squeeze as much as they can out of their existing signaling networks and investments before committing to the transition to an all IP infrastructure.

The survey also asked the question, what are the key product features which vendors put above others when looking at their telecommunications infrastructure?  67 percent explained that high performance and high link density was their largest priority when reviewing product features, followed by the number of trunks per board.

Robin Kent, Director, European Operations at Adax says, "The survey showed us that although the telco world will eventually become IP-networked this transition is not yet complete and many operators are still looking to support their SS7 infrastructure.  It is inevitable that one day most telecommunication infrastructures will be based upon IP systems but that is clearly still a way off.  Until then operators need to manage the transition as smoothly as possible and that is why Adax continues to invest in both SS7 and SIGTRAN (SS7 over IP) product developments".

MERA Systems, industry-leading developer of tandem softswitches and session border controllers for VoIP, has announced the launch of MERA VoIP Transit Softstwitch Pro (MVTS Pro). The solution is a next generation Class 4 softswitch with session border controller functionality. MVTS Pro main job includes collection, switching and transcoding of VoIP traffic, management of signaling and media data streams and border access control.

The new MERA softswitch supports kernel level SIP/H.323 translation and performs codec conversion, which guarantees excellent quality of service and seamless connectivity with partner and corporate networks.  The system is designed to process up to 1000 new calls per second and provides carriers with elaborate analysis tools for network control and resolution of quality of service (QoS) problems. Call routing is performed by the softswitch intrinsic mechanisms (based on a diversity of parameters) and external mechanisms (RADIUS API which interfaces with third-party routing and billing systems).

MVTS Pro key benefit is the solution's flexibility in terms of functionality and integration into the existing carrier's network. Deployed as a key element of the VoIP network, the new MERA solution functions as a SIP-registrar/H.323 Gatekeeper/ H.323 RAS endpoint/RADIUS NAS port or SIP/H.323 signaling proxy. MVTS Pro serves as a single entry point into the carrier's network and allows flexible choice of the necessary proxy mode for individual gateways and destinations. Interaction with third-party billing applications and billing management systems is provided by a RADIUS API. These capabilities of MVTS Pro serve as a fertile land for carriers to deploy the softswitch according to their most immediate needs.

Another important advantage of the new MERA softswitch is its modular architecture.  MVTS Pro comprises two functional layers: Traffic Switch and Traffic Manager. Traffic switch handles H.323 and SIP VoIP traffic, performs kernel level protocol translation, functions as a session border controller and the source of call statistics. Traffic Manager is the system's intelligence that provides means for authentication of VoIP endpoints, traffic balancing policies implementation, call analysis, number validation and transformation, quality of service (QoS) control, generation of all relevant details for third-party billing systems. The MVTS Pro modular architecture allows for optimization of the system's capacity use in geographically distributed networks, provides for high quality service and a variety of back up scenarios.    

"MVTS Pro is a next generation of the award-winning MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch version 1. But in comparison with its predecessor MVTS Pro delivers better system capacity, modular architecture, various redundancy schemes and other benefits,"- says Konstantin Nikashov, CEO of MERA Systems. "The new MERA softswitch should be of interest to our MVTS customers but we also expect new clientele. Carriers that process 5-10 million minutes per month and need top-level fault-tolerant operation may find that MVTS Pro perfectly fits their requirements".

The solution was field-tested on the networks of major VoIP carriers worldwide and will be commercially available in June 2008.

Nakina Systems has announced that it is participating in an initiative to form a multi-service business gateway (MSBG) alliance along with LSI Corporation and several other companies. Companies involved with this effort are focused on delivering an industry-wide open system with a complete solution for current and next-generation business services. Nakina's market-leading management software supports the MSBG market with a multi-vendor, multi-domain, carrier-grade, scalable and secure network and element management solution that enables service providers and network equipment vendors to rapidly deploy new services.

"Nakina brings expertise as a network management solution provider and integrator," said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing, LSI. "Nakina's carrier-class management solutions are important in creating highly flexible and scalable solutions customers demand."

The MSBG is designed to provide an elegant solution to small and medium business locations by providing a one-box solution with a multitude of functionality including routing, unified communication, multi-service WAN, security (VPN, intrusion detection, anti-spam) and mobility services. Rather than purchasing and managing each of these services separately, the enterprise can now save time and maintenance costs by including all of them in one MSBG. MSBGs provide service providers and value-added resellers with a platform for delivering new applications and services to these market segments.

"Customers are asking the industry for pre-integrated solutions that provide rapid time to market and a high level of reliability," said Mary O'Neill, vice president of market development, Nakina Systems. "Our ongoing relationship with LSI has allowed us to deliver this for the MSBG and the business services market. This represents another proof point of our business strategy to work with key network equipment vendors to develop and deliver Nakina Network OS-ready management solutions that enable the rapid deployment of new services."

The 2008 NAB Show was another fantastic exhibition for Digital Rapids. With record crowds visiting its booth, and incredible customer response to its new announcements and established products, the NAB Show was outstanding from start to finish. Below are some of the highlights of its NAB announcements.
          
           
StreamZ Live Family Expands with New Mobile Streaming Encoder

Digital Rapids has unveiled a new mobile-targeted model in the company's StreamZ Live line of live streaming encoders. The new StreamZ Live encoder for 3GPP/Mobile supports AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 and H.263 video with AAC-LC and AMR audio for reaching both older and recent mobile phones..
          
Digital Rapids Extends Encoding Leadership with Version 2.5 Software Upgrades

Digital Rapids has unveiled new version 2.5 of the StreamPro and StreamEnterprise software for their award-winning DRC-Stream, StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding solutions. Version 2.5 offers expanded compression and file format support, enhanced video processing plug-ins, and extended DVD publishing capabilities.

          
Digital Rapids Unveils Version 2.0 of Flexible CarbonHD Digital Disk Recorder

Digital Rapids has announced a significant new version of the CarbonHD DDR. CarbonHD 2.0 features a new user interface design and provides access to the robust capabilities offered by CarbonHD's powerful hardware, including JPEG2000 compression and integrated HD/SD format conversion.
          
Digital Rapids to Provide Encoding, Transcoding and Streaming Systems for NBC's Online Coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games

Digital Rapids and NBC Universal have announced that Digital Rapids has been selected to provide media encoding, transcoding and streaming systems to NBC for the network's Internet coverage of the 2008 Olympic Games from Beijing, China.

In today's converged telecoms the market is increasingly challenging for operators resulting in greater diversity than ever before in services and customer behavior. Moreover, with an ever-growing number of players in the market, it is easy for users to switch from one operator to another. As a result of this the churn is still the most talked about topic for all telecoms companies.

With this in mind and due to enormous success of Jacob Fleming's last year CRM event (with more than 80 participants!!), they have produced the most awaiting for CRM event of 2008 "4th Annual Strategic CRM in Telecoms" (taking place 8-9 October, in Barcelona). Following upon a precise and detailed research, this, without a doubt, a very successful conference will be discussing the latest CRM strategies in telecoms. During the three HIGHLY INTERACTIVE days the participants will be able to share insights and experiences as well as take part in interactive sessions and examine the best CRM practices of 2008.

 

Another exceptional benefit of this event is the one day pre-conference workshop "Linking Positive Customer Experience with Customer Performance", taking place 7th October, which will enable the participants to discover the basic drivers of customer experience illustrated by successful experiences and examine the way they impact customer performances. This intensive and interactive format will help define appropriate and realistic framework for Customer Experience Management contributing to customer performance practices.

You might be glad to hear that the event has been put together under the close guidance from the very well know BT and Vodafone CRM Specialists. The presentations and case studies will ensue from T-Mobile International, mobilkom austria, KPN, MTS, O2, Telenor Pakistan and well as PTC Era and many others...

Once at the event you are guaranteed to meet and greet the foremost CRM experts, Vice presidents, Heads, Directors and Senior Managers responsible for CRM, Customer Care, Customer Service, Customer Experience, Consumer Loyalty, Customer Retention, Marketing, Marketing Strategy, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Database Marketing etc.

Jacob Fleming is well known for their high level, 5 star exceptional events, providing the best knowledge exchange and networking opportunities across the globe. With offices in Bratislava (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Barcelona (Spain), Dubai (UAE) and Cleveland (USA) specialize in organizing prestigious international conferences for Europe and GCC region, providing groundbreaking strategies and proven technical expertise in both business functional areas and vertical markets through energy, finance, media, pharmaceutical and telecom sectors.

For more information about the above mentioned event and the complete company overview contact Silvia Anderson on +421 257 272 131 or visit: http://www.jacobfleming.com/conferences/telecom/4th-annual-crm-in-telecoms?partner=eurocomms

U4EA has introduced its Fusion 500 newest gateway to enable IP communications while preserving the investment in legacy PBXs for small and medium enterprises. The Fusion 500 combines analog phone and PRI/digital PBX interfaces, stateful firewall, NAT, VPN support, multiple WAN interface types, a dual redundant power option and emergency connections to the PSTN.

FusionView 700 EMS
U4EA's FusionView 700 Element Management System (EMS) is an advanced system that provides centralized monitoring of tens, hundreds or thousands of devices for call quality, configuration management and network performance information essential to network managers.

    

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