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3G operator, DNA Finland, deploys Comptel Provisioning and Activation Solution to support VNOs

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 introduces fixed cost Secure Mobility service

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 and Kabel Deutschland agree on broad strategic collaboration

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 launches Internet Community Mobile Instant Messaging solution

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 doubles business in Sweden with acquisition of hosting and managed services company, pi.se

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.

LogicaCMG and Axiom Systems partner to target service providers in the Middle East

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 enter managed services deal for microwave network

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."

'World's fastest' mobile network chooses iO Mobile Experience platform

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."

Huawei constructs all IP network for QSC in Germany

Huawei Technologies, the provider of next generation telecommunications network solutions for operators, has today announced that it has accomplished the installation of its multi-service control gateways (MSCG) ME60, in the all IP network of German leading telecommunications provider QSC AG.

The ME60 is a next-generation multi-service edge solution designed to meet the challenges in the transformation toward a customer-centric All IP architecture network for multi-play applications. The ME60 offers a perfect QoS mechanism to help QSC deploy services more quickly at highly reliable levels and achieve intensive service operations. It also provides QSC with a unified operation platform for services and applications, reducing the capital and operational expenditure of its broadband network. After a strict test and selection process, QSC chose Huawei as a partner to build up its All IP network.

QSC is one of the leading fixed network carriers in Germany. Its broadband network is accessible nationwide in Germany and offers voice and data services to business- and private customers. QSC also provides other carriers and internet service providers with wholesale services.

In 2006 QSC has founded Plusnet GmbH & Co. KG. This "network manufactory", now a joint venture between QSC and TELE2, plans, builds and operates QSC's next generation network.

"Huawei owns advanced technologies and rich experiences in telecoms market in data communication field, our cooperation with Huawei on MSCG is a good start. We will join hands with Huawei to provide higher-quality service experience for our users." said Mr. Eivind Dugstad, Managing Director Plusnet GmbH & Co KG.

"We are pleased to see Huawei MSCG devices recognized by leading European carriers such as QSC," commented Chen Junhua, president of Huawei's data communications product line. "Huawei's data communications product line has always been devoted to serving the needs of carrier markets by offering its vast technology resources and extensive network construction experience to customers. Huawei will continue to focus on customers' demands and help QSC build up operable, maintainable and manageable broadband networks."

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