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Optimus, TMN and Vodafone launch dimo mobile directory

Mobile operators – Optimus, TMN and Vodafone – are launching dimo in Portugal, a mobile internet directory based on a common platform which allows mobile users to browse and access sites, e-mail accounts and all kinds of content, such as ring tones, images, games, chats, news and others.

Said to be in response to two strong trends of the mobile telecommunications market - penetration growth of colour mobile phones and increasing supply of mobile content - dimo is a multi-operator mobile internet directory that allows customers using their mobile phones to browse and access sites, chats, e-mail accounts, news and search and download contents, such as ring tones, music, images and games.

Features of dimo include a list of all sites available, the last ten sites launched each month and the top most visited ones. More than 60 mobile sites are already available in dimo, including Google, Yahoo, MSN, eBay, Jornal de Negócios, RTP, Diário Digital, WWE - World Wrestling Entertainment, Gameloft and Codemasters. 

Customers can access dimo by following the link on the mobile operator portals - Optimus Zone, TMN i9 or Vodafone live!; by sending a sms with the word dimo to number 3000; or typing on the mobile phone browser.

With the dimo platform in Portugal, the three mobile phone operators are enabling their clients to be in permanent contact with best mobile sites, where they can find entertainment and information in a personalized and truly mobile way.

Ericsson to supply trunk radio network to Yeniseytelecom in Russia

Ericsson has signed a contract with Russian mobile operator CJSC Yeniseytelecom (YTC) to deliver a trunk radio network based on Ericsson's leading microwave technology for the modernization of its transport network.

Ericsson will implement the latest generation of its compact long-haul microwave system, Marconi LH, and offer Yeniseytelecom professional services such as installation, supervision and training for technical personnel.
Marconi LH will be used for further upgrading Yeniseytelecom's transport network in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. The implementation of the new microwave equipment, divided into phases, is scheduled for launch during 2007.
Sergey Ivanov, CEO of YTC, says: "The installation and the restructuring of our transport network are the next steps in YTC's cellular-networks modernization. The project's success so far is very much a result of our long-term partnership with Ericsson."
Ilya Nekrasov, vice-president of Ericsson in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says:  "We are very pleased to be selected by Yeniseytelecom for this contract. This is yet another proof point of Ericsson's leading position in the market and of our strong portfolio with end-to-end solutions - including both broadband access, leading-edge microwave and optical transport networks.
Cooperation between Ericsson and Yeniseytelecom dates back to 1998, when Ericsson made its first deliveries for construction of an NMT network. In May 2006, Ericsson and Yeniseytelecom signed the first contract for delivery of transport-network equipment for Krasnoyarsk. Today, Yeniseytelecom is not only the largest operator in the Siberian region, but also one of the top 10 operators in the whole Russian Federation.

VoluBill achieves 94% growth in FY 2006 as operators seek to understand mobile subscriber usage and charge for mobile data services in real time

VoluBill, a leading provider of dedicated Mobile Data Charging solutions for data, content, messaging and VoIP services, has announced it has recorded its best ever financial year. A combination of recurring business and strategic new contract wins with leading operators such as Telefonica, Orange, Orascom, Bharti-Airtel and Digicel, helped to achieve 94 % business growth in 2006.

VoluBill says its sustained year-on-year success underscores the demand for its solutions worldwide, and proves that real time, differentiated charging and access control is a key requirement in the telecoms industry if operators are to maximise profit from the plethora of new mobile services.

“Our unique position in the marketplace, which is based on combining active and passive network probes with rating, balance management and user profiling capabilities, enables operators to charge and control services in ways that was not previously possible,” said John Aalbers, CEO of VoluBill. “By transcending the boundary between the network and the back office, we have greatly simplified the charging and control challenges by creating an integrated solution like no other available. In 2006 this was recognised by the market and it has directly benefited our business,” added Aalbers.

2006 saw acceleration in the mass market take up of advanced mobile services around the globe. In many countries the volume and complexity of traffic for these services reached the point where serious, scalable and flexible charging solutions were needed. Today, many operators are now finding that the basic solutions that were put in place to support the launch phase of Mobile Data are no longer sufficiently powerful or scalable. This trend will continue in 2007.

“We are confident that our strong growth will continue into the new financial year. In 2007 our technology will be able to bring even richer subscriber usage information to bear,” said Aalbers. “Operators will be able understand subscriber usage patterns as they are happening. When you combine this information with pricing and charging functionality in real time, the power to react quickly and uniquely will be well and truly in an operator's hands,” added Aalbers.

3 Group announces new pricing policy, cutting the cost of international roaming on the 3 networks

Move said to be in line with European Commission campaign

3 Group has today announced the introduction of “3 Like Home”, a pricing policy that will permit 3 customers to travel abroad and use other 3 Group networks for a price similar to that on their home 3 network.

When 3 customers travel to another country in which 3 also operates, customers will be able to make and receive calls using the visited 3 network and be charged as if they were still using their home network.  The same principle will apply to SMS, MMS, video calling and data services.  The visited 3 network can be considered a virtual extension of their home network and can therefore be used as if the customer were not roaming at all. 
“3 Like Home” is said to reflect the 3 Group’s strategy of giving customers fair and transparent treatment and attractive pricing, and will help to increase its base of customers that travel abroad.  It will also allow many customers to make wider use of the recently launched X-Series product suite which offers mobile broadband for a flat rate fee.
“3 Like Home” is consistent with the European Commission’s campaign to reduce the cost of mobile calls when roaming in Europe.
Christian Salbaing, Managing Director of European Telecommunications at 3 Group said: “The launch of the ‘3 Like Home’ scheme will significantly benefit our customers as they travel between the 3 Group’s  networks. It underlines our commitment to fair treatment and reasonable pricing for all our customers.
“While 3 customers will continue to face higher charges if they roam onto a non-3 network, this is because of the high wholesale charges required by many of 3’s roaming partners.  We hope the European Commission will be successful in significantly reducing these wholesale charges, which will allow price reductions for customers roaming between different operators within Europe.”
“3 Like Home” is being introduced progressively for customers of 3 in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong, Italy, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and the UK. The rollout will be tailored to specific market conditions in each 3 country and exact pricing details will become available as implemented.


Opera Software has announced that Telefónica Móviles de España has selected Opera Mini and Opera Mobile to power the full Internet for its new Web service "Navega". With Opera, Telefónica's Navega subscribers can access to the full Internet from their mobile phones, and the Navega-branded Opera Mini and Opera Mobile Web browsers will launch on Nokia N70, Sony Ericsson K610i, Sony Ericsson Z610i and Sony Ericsson K800, with several more to come.

Opera Mini provides Telefónica's Navega subscribers with all their favorite Web sites while on the move. This means that more customers will now have access to the data they want, such as local Spanish search, community sites, news, webmail or even movie schedules, right out of their pockets.
"The Internet continues to play a larger role in people's lives, and operators, such as Telefónica Móviles de España, are recognizing the demand for the full Internet on mobile phones," says Kai Leppänen, VP Mobile, Opera Software. "It's been proven time and again that browser-based Internet services significantly drive higher non-voice ARPU as well as increases operator end user satisfaction. Opera Mini represents a convenient, easy-to-use and cost effective data service that drives data traffic with lower OPEX and CAPEX costs."
"This major partnership with Telefónica Móviles de España is an outstanding testament to the quality of Opera's market leading mobile browsing technologies. More significantly, this announcement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our tier one operator customers globally," said Mr. Leppänen.

Ruckus Wireless extends European operations with three new appointments

Ruckus Wireless, a specialist in next-generation smart Wi-Fi technology, today announced the appointment of John McGann, formerly BT account manager at Juniper Networks, to sales director for Northern Europe.  Robert Ranson also joins the company as senior technical support engineer, bringing with him over twenty years experience at a range of companies, including Alteon WebSystems, Phoenix IT Services and Alcatel Data Networks.  In addition, Edward Felmer has been appointed director of systems engineering, Northern Europe and joins Ruckus Wireless from Array Networks, where he was technical director for Northern Europe. 

With the appointments, Ruckus Wireless has extended its European sales and technical operations, enabling the company to effectively support the increasing number of major service providers rolling out its MediaFlex system, as well as continue to grow business and strike new deals throughout the region.  McGann, Ranson and Felmer will be based in the UK.

McGann will be responsible for developing and maintaining new service provider customers in Northern Europe.  With over 20 years of sales experience, gained at companies including Juniper Networks, Unisphere Networks and Cicso Systems, he brings with him extensive knowledge of opening up and growing new customers.  He will report to Mark Mitchell, VP sales, EMEA.  Ranson's role will be to offer technical support to Ruckus' EMEA customers and resellers.  He will report to Kyung Yi, vice president of customer advocacy for Ruckus Wireless.  Felmer will look after systems engineering, working alongside McGann and reporting to Scott Reeves, technical director, EMEA.

"These three appointments represent an important stage of the development of our EMEA operations," said Selina Lo, CEO and president of Ruckus Wireless.  "IPTV is already well established in this region, but we expect uptake to explode over the next year as more and more telecoms providers prepare to launch commercial services.  With a stronger EMEA team, we'll be able to meet new customer demand, support existing customers, and ultimately bring location free TV to consumers across Europe."

Ruckus Wireless is currently engaged in trials with over 30 broadband providers throughout Europe and its technology is currently in deployment with major providers in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland and Slovenia, all of which are using the Ruckus system to reliably deliver broadcast quality IPTV over a Wi-Fi network throughout the home. 

"It's an exciting time to be joining a company that is so far ahead of the curve in terms of IPTV delivery in the home," explained McGann.  "There's massive growth potential in this market and it's great to have the opportunity to be involved and really change the way consumers experience TV and digital entertainment."

"Ruckus' technology is one of a kind - no other company can offer consumers the option of reliably streaming broadcast quality IPTV over Wi-Fi in the home," added Ranson.  "I'm looking forward to being at the forefront of Wi-Fi development and having the opportunity to work in such an innovative environment."

"Most service providers don't recognise that the last 100 feet is going to be a stumbling block in terms of IPTV success," said Felmer.  "I'm confident however, that with my knowledge of the Northern European market, I'll be in a good position to enable Ruckus' customers to put new controls in the home so that they can reliably enable and improve service quality into the home over standard Wi-Fi."

BITE Group selects Prime Carrier software

Major carrier in Baltics uses ‘On-Demand’ software solution to support its business

Prime Carrier, a leader in the provision of ‘On Demand’ solutions for the global telecommunications and media industries, has today announced that BITE Group, a fast growing telecommunications group in Lithuania and Latvia, has selected Prime Carrier’s MOST products to support its business processes, in the areas of Dial Code and Rate Management, Routing, Switch and Sales Management.

This solution will be delivered through Prime Carrier’s ‘On Demand’ hosted environment, thus minimizing the operational & IT impact and accelerating the delivery of the solution’s benefits.

“Prime Carrier’s solution delivers to us a unique value-added solution to our business allowing us to continue our commitment to provide our customers with more options for international communications, at the same time protecting against the incorrect mapping of rates to destinations and loss making routes.” commented Jolita Kurtinaitiene˙, Interconnect & Roaming Manager, BITE Group. “The advantage of having the advanced capabilities of the Prime Carrier product delivered as a ‘On Demand’ hosted service means that there is no additional cost of installation, commission, hardware or on-going maintenance – we only see the benefits that the Prime Carrier software is delivering to our bottom line in the form of net margin improvement and resource efficiency. The speed of implementation was impressive with go-live about 2 weeks from placing the order.”

“Prime Carrier is delighted to add BITE Group to its rapidly growing list of customers. We are pleased that they have seen the significance and the benefit our software solution can deliver to carriers, from Dial Code and Rate Management, Routing, integration with their switch and support for the entire Sales process.” stated Roy Shelton, VP Global Sales, Prime Carrier. “We believe that benefits of our market leading products are magnified when delivered as an ‘On Demand’ hosted service that significantly reduces implementation timescales and risks and delivers organizations accelerated margin benefits and saving significant manpower. Real-Time traffic processing functionality provided in the MOST product suite, where UDRs are collected from the network and processed to provide timely quality, cost, quality and margin metrics, gives organizations literally up-to-minute business information.”

GoIP International accelerates global expansion supported by Via Venture Partners

Nordic venture fund, Via Venture Partners, has invested EUR 2 million (DKK 15 million) in GoIP International ApS and joined its board of directors. Denmark-based GoIP International offers a turnkey Voice over IP (VoIP) system enabling Internet Service Providers, ITSPs and Mobile Virtual Network Operators very quickly to launch a palette of Voice over IP services to their customers.

After years of development, GoIP International was founded in 2004 by Ivan Solvason and Stig Skaugvoll, who has held a number of executive positions in the international telecom industry. Ivan Solvason is furthermore the man behind the world's first "phone in" Interactive Television Game Show "Hugo", known to more than 400 million people in 43 countries. In 2002, Mr. Solvason sold his interactive game company to a Danish VC after having reached accumulated worldwide revenues of over EUR 100 million, preparing his next venture into the world of IP telephony.

After the investment, GoIP International is owned by its founders, employees and Via Venture Partners. The venture investment will mainly be spent on strengthening the international sales force and further software development of the VoIP system. GoIP already has implemented and supports VoIP systems in Denmark and the U.S. and with a strong pipeline across Europe, GoIP International expects to see significant revenue growth over the coming years.

"GoIP's flexible VoIP system matches the market's need for fast implementation, competitive pricing and limited upfront investments. GoIP operates in a growing market and is managed by a very experienced and skilled team, and we therefore expect a lot from this company. GoIP's solution has great international potential which we would like to exploit," says Via Venture Partners Principal Jakob Rybak-Andersen, who will join the board of GoIP. "GoIP fits very well into our strategy with focus on investments in software and communication, and we are ready to provide additional growth funds if GoIP and the industry develop as expected," adds Rybak-Andersen.

Ivan Solvason, CEO, GoIP International says: "We are very glad that Via Venture Partners has joined the company. With a strong financial partner like VIA and the expertise it provides, we are convinced that we will meet our aggressive targets over the coming years."

T-Mobile Germany signs deal with Tekelec to upgrade its signaling network

EAGLE 5 Sigtran solution reduces costs and increases efficiencies

Tekelec, a leading developer of high-performance network applications for next-generation fixed, mobile and packet networks, has announced a project to upgrade the signaling network of T-Mobile Germany.

The upgrade introduces Sigtran—Internet protocol (IP)-based signaling system 7 (SS7) signaling, enabling T-Mobile to make a smooth transition to IP-based platforms and services.  The deployment, which began in October 2006, will be completed by the middle of 2007.

Tekelec's EAGLE 5 Integrated Signaling System (ISS) supports a variety of applications in addition to SS7 signaling, including gateway functionality, number portability and integrated data acquisition.

“We selected Tekelec because of its proven track record in delivering reliable, high-quality signaling solutions,” said Uwe Janßen, vice president of Core Network Engineering at T-Mobile.  “Call control and security are essential elements in ensuring that the service we offer our customers is of the highest quality. The EAGLE 5 platform will enable us to do this in the most cost-effective and efficient way.”

Introducing Sigtran (SS7oIP) into the signaling network is the “stepping stone” for migrating to session initiation protocol (SIP) signaling in an IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) architecture. The introduction of standards-based Sigtran, which is fully compatible with the existing SS7 signaling network, increases signaling capacity at a lower cost. The underlying IP infrastructure can be leveraged for the parallel evolution from SS7 to SIP—as SIP signaling is able to traverse over the same quality of service-enabled IP network.

“We are delighted to announce this project with T-Mobile Germany,” said Hans-Hermann Gessler, Tekelec vice president of sales in Central and Eastern Europe. “This implementation demonstrates our increased traction with tier one operators, and we are confident that this will be the first of a number of new contracts we win with T-Mobile.”

Wolrad Claudy, Tekelec's managing director in the Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia region, added, “By addressing the challenges not only for tomorrow but also for today, T-Mobile will remain at the forefront of the communications industry in a period of major technological change.”

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