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Nokia Siemens Networks says it recently made the world's first LTE call using commercial base station and fully standard compliant software.

Standard compliant LTE network products and terminals are a precondition for commercial network rollouts and for end users to benefit from a large terminal variety from different vendors. The Nokia Siemens Networks' call was made via base stations with fully complaint software to the 3GPP Rel.8 (March 2009 baseline) LTE standard, bringing LTE trials closer to the behavior of future commercial deployments.

"This call is a significant landmark in building and strengthening our entire LTE ecosystem and shows our commitment to the technology," says Marc Rouanne, head of Nokia Siemens Networks' Radio Access business unit. "We see customers adopting LTE along differing timelines and we stand ready to meet the needs of early adopters of LTE as well as operators with extended migration paths from 3G/HSPA+ to LTE," he added.  

The LTE data call was conducted in Nokia Siemens Networks' R Centre in Ulm, Germany, with its Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The first deployments for LTE services are foreseen for the end of 2009 with volume rollouts of commercial networks in early 2010.

Skype and SIPfoundry, a not-for-profit open source community, today announced that sipXecs, its open source enterprise IP PBX unified communications (UC) solution, has now been certified as interoperable with Skype for SIP. This will enable many organisations running a sipXecs IP PBX solution to save money by directing their outbound calls to mobiles and landlines via Skype, while also enabling them to receive inbound calls from Skype users.

"At a time where small and medium-sized businesses are dealing with tighter budgets, many of them are considering open source alternatives to traditional IP PBX systems," said Stefan Oberg, VP and General Manager of Skype for Business. "By certifying sipXecs as interoperable with Skype for SIP, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to open source and standards like SIP and SIPconnect. Furthermore, we are giving IT administrators the opportunity to leverage a very cost-effective solution, combining the low upfront cost of an open source IP PBX with the low-cost global calling rates that Skype is known for."

Interoperability with Skype for SIP means that businesses which have deployed native SIP or SIP-enabled PBXes, like the sipXecs IP PBX solution, can take advantage of the cost savings provided by Skype's low-cost global calling rates when their employees call landlines and mobiles around the world. In addition, companies running a sipXecs IP PBX can be called directly by any of the more than 400 million registered Skype users who might click on the Skype button that has been placed on its corporate website(s). These Skype calls are then received through the existing PBX and can be handled or directed in the same way as any other inbound caller. Companies can also choose to purchase an online Skype number. This will enable them to receive calls via Skype from business contacts and customers calling from traditional fixed lines or mobile phones.

"Achieving interoperability with Skype for SIP means it is now easy for companies that deploy the sipXecs IP PBX solution to route their outbound calls via Skype," said Martin J. Steinmann, member of the board of directors at SIPfoundry. "The ability for the many companies around the globe that are already using a sipXecs IP PBX system to now get the many benefits which Skype for SIP delivers further enhances the ease-of-use and low total cost of ownership of our open source solution."

Skype for SIP is also interoperable with Nortel's Software Communication System (SCS), a commercial version of the SIPfoundry sipXecs IP PBX unified communications solution that is sold with full commercial support through Nortel, as well as Dell, IBM, and other distribution partners worldwide.

Comfone, provider of roaming services to more than 300 operators in over 130 countries, has added TeliaSonera as the newest member of its WeRoam Wireless IP roaming platform with an aggregated footprint of over 60,000 global hotspots. As part of the tie-up, TeliaSonera will bring 3,400 hotspots to Comfone WeRoam's network, thereby significantly increasing WeRoam's reach in Scandinavia.
 
Comfone WeRoam is an open roaming platform that supports username/password and EAP (SIM) certificates based authentication for WLAN Roaming. In the first half of 2009, WeRoam says it recorded a 43% annual increase in WLAN traffic as the market demand for broad WiFi coverage continues to grow. Despite the global economic downturn, fully 80% of Comfone WeRoam traffic in August 2009 was generated by travellers - 72% in hotels and 8% in airports. Combined with a further 12% generated in cafes and restaurants, wireless user trends clearly underscore the critical role that roaming plays for wireless operators.

TeliaSonera's Head of Roaming, Jan Karmakar, commented, "Our customers are continuously increasing their use of mobile broadband and mobile data services both at home and while travelling. Therefore TeliaSonera requires reliable roaming partners like Comfone to substantially increase our access to more wireless hotspots allowing our customers to always be online."

Laurent Freléchoux, Product Marketing Director WeRoam, further explained that with an average WeRoam session time of 47 minutes during the first half of the year, "we are noticing a constant increase in average session time, a clear indication that end users do find value in a WiFi roaming service. Compounded with the roll-out of Comfone's Web Access Portal solution across the footprint, the outlook for traffic growth looks very positive."

Zynetix, the UK-based GSM infrastructure manufacturer, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to deploy and operate its Zynetix softMSC for Cloud9 Mobile, in Gibraltar and on the Isle of Man.

The agreement involves the deployment of the Zynetix softMSC GSM core, including comprehensive voice, SMS and data capabilities, together with Radio Access Network (RAN) components from UK-based ip.access. Beyond supply of the softMSC GSM core, Zynetix will provide full integration and commissioning and once in commercial service Zynetix will provide managed network services on behalf of Cloud9 Mobile.

Building on an existing contract between the parties whereby Zynetix provides managed HLR services for Cloud9 Mobile Wholesale Division, this new agreement spearheads a major expansion of Cloud9 Mobile's activities.

Commenting on the agreement, Cloud9 International Board Member Jean-Christophe Viguier said "The award of this contract marks the culmination of a broad evaluation of GSM infrastructure suppliers.  We selected Zynetix on the basis of their experience, flexibility and their ability to deliver exactly what we need in a timely manner. These networks will deliver improved customer service, both locally and internationally, and increase competition in both locations"

Zynetix CEO Ian Taylor added, "We are delighted to have been chosen to provide our softMSC GSM core for Cloud9 Mobile's GSM networks. We believe that outsourcing the commissioning and operation of GSM infrastructure provides the lowest risk and fastest time to market while delivering a high quality and feature-rich mobile service. Today's announcement is the culmination of months of planning by both companies and marks the start of an exciting new phase in the relationship between Zynetix and Cloud9."

A new report from global advisory and consulting firm Ovum, says that mobile broadband in emerging markets is a very different proposition to that seen in mature markets. According to the report - "Operator strategies for mobile broadband in emerging markets" - low fixed-line and PC penetration provide an opportunity for mobile broadband to become a viable fixed-line alternative. However, Ovum believes that for operators to succeed, ‘pragmatism' must be the watchword in terms of access technology, devices, deployment and market approach.

Operators today are taking a far more pragmatic approach to mobile broadband in emerging markets than in developed markets, says Ovum, focusing more on the service offered (web access) than the technology or device. According to the report, operators are selling mobile broadband services based on everything from GPRS to WiMAX.

That said, HSPA will undoubtedly be the dominant technology in emerging markets for the next five years, accounting for two-thirds of next-generation access connections in 2014, says Ovum.

"The opportunity for mobile WiMAX in emerging markets is certainly greater than in developed markets, but the more rapid adoption of LTE will see the two next-generation technologies almost on parity by 2014", says Steven Hartley, senior analyst at Ovum and co-author of the report.

Ovum states that another crucial practicality to consider is the cost involved in launching and running mobile broadband services, as with all emerging market services.

"It is vital that operators build and then run highly efficient networks to handle the resulting data traffic," Hartley said. "ARPU will be low and margins negligible without a clear understanding of the building and operational costs associated with these services. Nonetheless, costs will not be solely in the network. The additional support needed for more complex services and devices should also be carefully considered".

Pragmatism is also evident in the approach to deployment; however, the competitive landscape will dictate the strategy that operators should adopt.

"Operators should take a more conservative view of technology and service rollouts to ensure demand and profitability before committing too much finance, where competition (or the threat of it) from fixed and mobile operators is limited." This may seem counterintuitive to operators with a mature market background, but those operating in markets with low ARPU and potentially high costs (such as fuel supplies to remote base stations or international connectivity) must be sure that a new service launch is viable. Therefore, operators are best ‘skimming' the most profitable segments of the market if they can. "If competition already exists in the market then they may be forced into a broader, mass-market approach from launch."

As a result of the heightened cost-consciousness and careful deployment of mobile broadband in emerging markets, customer segmentation is critical for success. The services, marketing and pricing for small-screen (handset) and big-screen (PC) devices will differ depending on the customers targeted. And the segments targeted will depend on the strategy adopted.

However, says Ovum, the success or failure of mobile broadband in an emerging market may still be outside an operator's control.

"Governments have a major role to play in providing an environment conducive to success; spectrum policy is the clearest example of this, either through its release to operators or through global harmonisation to benefit from economies of scale", says Daniel Subramaniam, analyst at Ovum and co-author of this report.

Governments also hold the keys to unlock several other stimuli for deployment and uptake.

"Reducing taxes on telecoms services, encouraging competition and boosting investment in power supply and international connectivity could all result in lower prices to end users", adds Subramaniam.

Universal service obligations to bridge the digital divide can also be implemented to boost uptake. These may be less attractive to operators, but could be the stick compared to the carrot of the former measures.

Araxxe, a supplier of monitoring services, has introduced new extensions of its interconnection and roaming control service, Arconnex, that detects routing errors and traffic corruption in networks.

According to Arraxe, the revenue linked to incoming interconnection and to roaming services can represent up to 20% of a mobile operator's margin. At present, new voice over IP transport technologies, increasingly complex roaming architectures and the extension of least-cost routing and roaming steering multiply the risks of routing errors or packet corruption. International actors use methods that are more and more sophisticated (SIM box, SIM multiplexer), even fraudulent (illegal trunks , fraudulent SLA) to run very profitable arbitrations between different traffic routing methods. Whatever the strength and the accuracy of their internal monitoring systems, operators at the beginning or end of the calls are often unaware of what has happened in-between, says Araxxe.

To address the risks, Araxxe says its Arconnex, the monitoring offering for interconnection and roaming, represents an original control approach under the form of a ‘service bureau' based on remotely managed robots deployed across the world. This allows Arconnex to fully monitor routing of any telecom operator in the world, whether for interconnection or for roaming traffic.

The Arconnex service is built upon a statistic sampling method leveraging Araxxe's experience in detecting interconnection frauds around the world. The method has been patented by Araxxe and is said to be key to delivering a pointed monitoring that delivers value.

The robots deployed globally generate all kinds of transactions coming from and going to operators. Then, each transaction is verified to know if it has been correctly routed by checking a number of technical parameters of the call: presence of user name on the calling line, interconnection trunks used, etc. Based on this analysis, Araxxe produces monthly reports that provide detailed information and performance indicators. Routing errors and fraudulent corruptions are detailed so that the operator can identify and fix the problem. Specific reports can be used to support or defend against litigation between the operator and the concerned cheating companies.

The benefits of the service are immediate, easily quantifiable and directly contribute to operating margins improvement by eliminating SIM boxes, increasing international call durations or increasing roaming traffic volumes, says the company.

"As the cheating companies toughen their interconnection frauds, especially in Central America where we operate and where fraud is very high, we had to adapt our detection methods", declared Philippe Orsini, manager of the Arconnex service at Araxxe. "The algorithms for call generation detection are regularly optimized to become more accurate and more discreet".

SGI today announced that Spotify, the digital on-demand streaming music service, has standardised on SGI Rackable C1001 half-depth servers at its Stockholm, Sweden, collocation data centre.  Built-to-order SGI 1U high rack-mount servers support the data delivery demands of Spotify's rapidly growing user base, and the online music service's data and processing requirements.  With SGI's servers, Spotify has realised twice the density in the same footprint compared to its previous server provider and a reduction in energy costs.

With more than five million users in the year since launch, Spotify required a powerful server solution that was easily scalable, and extraordinarily dense and energy efficient to capitalise on limited space and reduce costs for the rapidly growing start-up company.  Spotify chose SGI to expand its streaming, storage and search capabilities and easily scale, as it plans to expand to the United States and China and to enter the mobile phone application market.  Spotify also needed SGI to seamlessly integrate so as to not impact users' ability to access its popular on-demand streaming music platform.

"SGI servers are more space and energy efficient than our previous equipment, and the built-to-order hardware gives us the data centre design flexibility that we need. The servers were also built exactly to our specifications, and arrived pre-racked and pre-cabled, ready for immediate installation," said Emil Fredriksson, Spotify's operations director. "With SGI, we achieved twice the density in the same footprint, which is imperative for our limited collocation data centre space. We have also seen substantial reductions in energy consumption for significant cost savings and more environmentally friendly operations."

SGI's half-depth, rack-mount servers leverage the company's patented back-to-back mounting technique, and feature high efficiency power supplies, memory and processors to reduce data centre power consumption. The servers are available in configurations from 1U to 3U form factors, and offer up to 1,056 processing cores and 864TB of storage supported in a single cabinet. With dual and quad-core x86-based processors, including energy efficient, low wattage processors from AMD and Intel, SGI Rackable server solutions provide optimal computing power for even the most data-intensive applications.

"SGI's C1001 servers provide a vast amount of processing power to Spotify to deliver its popular streaming music services," said Rod Evans, vice president of sales of Northern Europe at SGI. "Given the challenging economy, density and efficiency are key for a growing start-up like Spotify. With the right infrastructure, businesses can now experience extraordinary savings on expensive data centre space and rising energy costs, much like Spotify has with SGI servers."

By December 2009, Belgacom International Carrier Services (Belgacom ICS) says it will have  quadrupled the network capacity available to its international carrier and service provider customers. In order to achieve this, BelgacomICS has appointed Nokia Siemens Networks to upgrade its optical network transmission capacity from 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) per wavelength to 40Gbps.

"Our customers are witnessing an increased demand for high-speed Internet access due to the increasing use of bandwidth-hungry applications. The 40 Gig network upgrade will help us deliver better services to our existing customers as well as provide enhanced capacity to serve new customers at the most competitive price levels," said Patrick George of Belgacom ICS. "We selected Nokia Siemens Networks for the network optimization as it has extensive field experience in large scale optical networks."
 
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will optimize Belgacom ICS' Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) network from 10Gbps to 40Gbps. The optimization consists in the deployment of the long-haul DWDM platform, including optical amplifiers and software upgrades.
 
The transition to an optimized 40Gbps network will be executed smoothly to fulfil the required quality and performance levels with minimum investment. Nokia Siemens Networks is providing its SURPASS hiT 7500 ultra-long haul DWDM platform to the carrier, that allows faster provisioning of services at lower costs and high reliability.
 
 Belgacom ICS has very high standards with respect to service availability and operational simplicity. Nokia Siemens Networks' automated DWDM platform supports BICS' goal to keep costs low. With its user-friendly DWDM planning tool, TransNet, which offers a high degree of automation, Nokia Siemens Networks can simulate the whole rollout.
 
"As 40G is now becoming more widely available, carriers such as Belgacom ICS are carefully selecting their suppliers. Besides selecting a partner with a mature and stable 40G product, it's essential to ensure that the vendor has a proven track record in rolling out high-speed DWDM networks," said Michael Finkenzeller, Strategy and Portfolio Manager at Nokia Siemens Networks. "This extensive field experience will allow us to support Belgacom ICS to face the challenge of higher bandwidth requirements now and in the future."

Advanced Technologies & Services and WeDo Technologies have announced a Global partnership for their core business: the Telecom Revenue Assurance market.

The partnership will allow the two companies to leverage their combined experience and technologies to expand business activities across their core market. It is expected that this will generate new revenues for both companies and support growth plans in new geographies.

ATS' flagship product, SimCall, is the industry's leading tool to ensure network integrity by validating the accuracy of switch translations. SimCall is unique in that it simulates every dialing combination possible in a fraction of the time it would take to generate such calls.

WeDo Technologies' Business Assurance RAID, the leading Revenue Assurance and Fraud System in the Telecommunications industry, has been implemented across the five continents and has very strong references in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Central and South America.

ATS has been a leader in Revenue Assurance in North America for the past 14 years. Its customer base includes tier 1 Carriers in the United States, Canada, and Caribbean islands as well as many tier 2 providers and other competitive carriers.

"We are very excited to expand into the international telecom market," says Randall Guthrie, ATS' President. "Ensuring network integrity and revenue optimization for our customers have always been our core strengths and we look forward to expanding these trusted partner relationships to WeDo Technologies' clients around the world. We are already working with WeDo technologies' technical and marketing teams to develop exciting next generation tools for carriers here in the US and abroad."

WeDo Technologies has implemented its solutions in more than 65 different countries and has offices in 12. With over 100 customers worldwide, WeDo Technologies offers a very impressive financial track record and a strong shareholder base, providing the additional comfort that the market expects.

Rui Paiva, WeDo Technologies' CEO, added: "We share Randall's excitement. From the start we felt there was a great partnering opportunity. ATS can complement WeDo Technologies' worldwide offer and leverage our approach to the Northern American Market where we started to invest early on this year. Our clients, our teams and our products will have a lot to gain with this joint work".

According to new analysis from Juniper Research, consumer demand for environmentally sustainable mobile devices will be the primary driver behind the growth of green handsets, which could see global shipments grow to 485 million units by 2014.

The scenario-based forecasts within Juniper Research's new report - ‘Green Mobile Handsets & Applications: Strategies, Scenarios & Forecasts 2009-2014' -  also suggest that even with an incremental attitude shift by consumers, numbers will still grow from a quarter of million shipments in 2009 to over 105 million by 2014.

Dr. Windsor Holden, Principal Analyst at Juniper Research and lead author for the report, commented; "With manufacturers only now beginning to introduce green handsets, shipment volumes are relatively low in all cases. Moving forward, we should not expect to see production lines of completely ‘green' phones, but a gradual move to introducing green elements throughout devices."

The average mobile user is responsible for around 25kg of CO2 emissions per year, a collective total of 93Mt (Megatonnes) of CO2 globally at the end of 2008. With a number of challenges facing vendors and operators, such as the Kyoto Protocol, a concerted effort is required by companies across the industry to reduce these average emissions by a far greater extent over the next five years.

Further findings from the Juniper Research Green Handsets report includes:

  • Network operators and handset vendors should increase their promotion of handset take-back initiatives, and increase their take-back targets
  • Eco-applications offer the potential for the mobile industry to reduce CO2 emissions above and beyond its own direct and indirect emissions by exerting a positive influence on consumer behaviour

The report, launched globally today, contains comprehensive six year forecasting for all the key market parameters including maintaining stable CO2 footprints, electricity costs, no-load CO2 emissions and recycled/refurbished handsets.

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, announced that xchange magazine today presented the company with the Best of 4G award for Bridgewater's myPolicy solution for the iPhone and Blackberry in the Best Mobile Internet Application category.

Bridgewater's myPolicy solution for the iPhone and Blackberry was named the winner of the Best of 4G Award in the Best Mobile Internet Application category. The solution enables mobile operators to give subscribers control over their mobile experience including:

o My Usage: Tracking real­time data, SMS and applications usage, as well as voice and roaming charges anytime, anywhere.

o My Limits: Setting personalized limits, notifications, parental, and roaming controls to manage mobile usage and prevent bill shock.

o My Offers: Receiving special offers in real time such as day passes for new applications, roaming passes for subscribers who are traveling, bandwidth top­ups, or free SMS with mobile advertising.

The myPolicy solution includes: the myPolicy client application; the new myPolicy Broker that communicates requests and retrieves the appropriate information for the subscriber; and the Bridgewater® Policy Controller which applies real­time network, application and subscriber rules such as updating usage information, providing subscriber context, and enforcing limits.

The Best of 4G Awards recognize leaders in the development, deployment, and service of next­generation telecom technology. Nominations were open to all parties involved in 4G technology, products and services, and selected by a panel of 4G subject matter experts.

Bridgewater's David Sharpley received the Best Mobile Internet Application award during ceremonies at the 4G World conference and expo in Chicago.

Michael Saxby, Group Publisher, xchange Magazine said: "xchange is pleased to honor Bridgewater's contributions to the development and advancement of 4G technology and services. The growth in the 4G arena has been incredible, as shown by Bridgewater's achievement."
Eliot Weinman, Conference Chair and President, Events Division of Yankee Group

"The innovation and effort that have been demonstrated by Bridgewater reflect the type of leadership that continues to drive opportunity and benefits throughout the emerging 4G industry. We extend our sincere congratulations to Bridgewater on behalf of the entire industry."

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems added:
"Bridgewater's recognition by an independent panel of industry experts as a winner of the prestigious Best of 4G Awards is a strong validation of our innovative approach that puts policy control directly in the hands of subscribers to personalize and manage their mobile experience."

O2 and BT Wholesale today announced a new long term managed services agreement that will underpin O2's entry into the UK business market with fixed line and broadband services for the first time.

Through the new five year deal, O2 will provide its ‘Joined Up' communications services to business customers and will be able to stabilise its operational and investment costs by avoiding the capital-intensive and fixed cost route to market which a self build option presents.

O2 will offer customers its own branded broadband and fixed-line telephony services, together with an array of key support services provided by BT Wholesale. BT Wholesale will design, manage and operate a dedicated order portal and service management centre for the provision of orders by the O2 sales teams. All end user contact services and end user billing will be provided by O2, with the BT Wholesale service management centre delivering second line help desk support.

The agreement is said to cement the long-term strategic relationship between BT Wholesale and O2 in which BT Wholesale currently provides core network management support to O2's mobile customers.

Ronan Dunne CEO of O2 in the UK, said: "This is an exciting deal for O2 allowing us to further enhance our product range to business. Working with BT Wholesale now gives us the opportunity to offer our business customers a true end to end service which incorporates fixed line services as well as mobile, data and unique consultancy that we already provide. BT Wholesale proved to be the right partner for us and their experience in providing this service in the UK will help us deliver quality O2 branded products and services."

Sally Davis, CEO at BT Wholesale said "As telecoms operators look to increase their revenues in today's capital constrained environment, they are increasingly choosing to partner with an experienced wholesaler to help them deliver a seamless and unified communications service for their customers. Through BT Wholesale's fully managed service, O2 can now expand into a new market with greater operational certainty and without the need for upfront capital investment."

The agreement is BT Wholesale's latest white-label managed service solution contract with a major UK communications provider. BT Wholesale has migrated more than 4.2 million UK homes and businesses to its white label managed platforms over the last two years.

Telekom Austria, the fixed net subsidiary of the Telekom Austria Group, today announced that it will launch Austria's first aonTV MediaBox. Based on its core feature "my media", which is included in the offer free-of-charge and can be installed easily, aonTV MediaBox is able to intelligently interconnect the TV set with the PC and/or mobile phone. So, any image, video or music file stored on the computer can be retrieved and accessed on the TV set.

"With our aonTV MediaBox we are turning multimedia technology into a personal and individual experience for our customers - an objective which is in line with our innovation strategy. Moreover, the interconnection of the TV set, the PC and the mobile phone is demonstrating the full potential of the networked home. Therefore, we are not only setting the course in digital entertainment, but we are also anticipating the future needs of our customers," commented Hannes Ametsreiter, CEO Telekom Austria Group.
 
aonTV MediaBox also enables the access to Telekom Austria‘s online hard disk up to a data limit of 1 GB, which is usually made available free-of-charge to all Fixed Net aonTV and broadband customers. An upgrade to 50 GB is available for EUR 4.90 monthly. The online hard disk is said to provide a number of advantages: any stored image, video or music file can be directly retrieved and accessed on the TV set, when the PC is switched off, or on the go via mobile Internet or mobile phone. Customers can also grant and share access to their stored data to other people. A further advantage of the online hard disk, which is placed on one of Telekom Austria's secured servers, is its back-up capabilities - no data can be lost as files can be restored onto the computer at anytime. 

The features will be made available to all Telekom Austria's aonTV customers without any additional costs and without the need to replace the current set top boxes. Based on an automatic software update, each and every aonTV set top box will be upgraded to an aonTV MediaBox by the end of September 2009. This up-date will be automatically carried out once the aonTV MediaBox has been switched on.

A new mobile application that will enable students to receive University information direct to their mobile phone is set to be launched next month by the University of Sheffield. The new campusM application will allow students to access comprehensive information about upcoming events, view campus maps and have their own up-to-date timetable.

The application, developed by oMbiel, will also feature a friend locator to help them meet up with other students, and users will also be able to browse their library records and look up faculty, staff members or student contacts from the University directory.  Students will also be able to use the application to receive the latest news and important alerts to help them with University life.

The University of Sheffield will be the first of a group of universities in the UK to roll out campusM to its students, who will then be able to download the application for free from the University's online portal.

For the launch, campusM will be available on the iPhone and iPod touch, but by the end of the year, the application will be compatible with other mobile phones, including those from BlackBerry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sanyo and Sony Ericsson.

Dr Christine Sexton, Director of the University of Sheffield's Corporate Information and Computing Services, said: "With over 24,000 students and almost 6,000 staff, students are living increasingly mobile lives, needing information and services on the move at anytime. We had to find a way to make our services more accessible to meet the need of our students. campusM  will ultimately save students time, keep them better informed and make communicating with staff and other students a lot easier.

"The campusM application offers an integrated suite of services that our students want, enabling them to stay informed with the ease and convenience that mobility brings. It gives students all the information they need in one central place, which is accessible anytime and  anywhere and which will enhance the overall student experience and allow them to concentrate more of their time on their studies."

Hugh Griffiths, CEO of oMbiel said: "Our selection by the University of Sheffield is validation that oMbiel is providing a leading industry application to make student services available at the tap of a finger, regardless of their location. It is a major milestone in our development of mobile applications for the Higher Education sector and it will significantly contribute to the rapid expansion of the technology in the UK."