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Acceleration in the deployment of on-portal mobile gambling services, combined with higher-profile activity in the mobile channel from leading casinos and betting firms, is expected to push global mobile wagers to nearly $5bn in 2009, according to a new report from Juniper Research.

The mobile gambling report found that improvements in the user interface of gambling applications and services had already led to a surge in the volume of gambling activity during 2008, and that - despite the global recession - the industry would see further substantive growth in 2009.

Mfuse wins Gold Future Mobile Award...
Juniper also announced that its Gold Future Mobile Award for Mobile Gambling had been given to Mfuse, after the company won a series of key contracts in 2008 - including William Hill and Sky Bet - and achieved remarkable levels of bet volumes over its proprietary software.

Marcus Wareham, chief executive of Mfuse commented: "Mfuse is extremely pleased to have won such a prestigious award and to have beaten a number of established and respected industry players. "

...while Spin3 wins Silver
The Silver Award for Mobile Gambling was given to industry pioneer Spin3, for developments including the first commercially available play-for-real casino games for the iPhone and the first integrated mobile operator billing system for mobile casinos.  "To be recognised by Juniper's Future Mobile Awards for the second year running is a terrific endorsement of our contribution to the mobile gaming industry," says Matti Zinder, Head of Spin3.

Security provider, Conax, reported 36% revenue growth in 2008 based on global sales of its smart card security solutions. Conax' success is highlighted by strong growth in leading industry markets Europe, India, China and Latin America.

Conax, originally a research project at global telecom operator Telenor, is today the third largest provider of content security globally for digital TV, and is now merging into new markets within video distribution. A security specialist that works with a strategic network of partners to deliver complete digital TV platforms, Conax' partner strategy has made it the fastest growing security provider in the global content security market.

Security solutions to 78 countries
In 2008, Conax increased card deliveries by 40% from 2007 and captured 58 new customers. Conax now delivers security solutions to more than 300 Digital-TV operators in 78 countries and has local staff in 10 countries around the globe.

"Conax focuses on providing security only, so in turn the Conax organisation is smaller and leaner than competitors that look to offer a wide range of services and products. Conax' growth and increasing global market share is a result of maintaining our focus on providing security solutions, a carefully developed global strategy and strong network of partners, "says Geir Bjørndal, EVP Sales & Marketing, Conax.

"A comprehensive digitalisation process is taking place globally, with an anticipated doubling of today's 350 million digital TV households by 2013", says Geir Bjørndal. Conax has gained a reputation worldwide as a secure and dependable security provider, and is now well positioned through its strategy to tap the growing digital-TV market. Additionally, many of our large customers are experiencing strong growth with the global digitalisation of TV and evolving markets, resulting in additional card sales."

"Since the internationalisation of Conax technology began in 2001, Conax has developed a broad customer base. Conax experienced 68% growth in the Indian market in just one year, and is now the market leader in Latin America. As many operators are now entering the start-phase of digitalisation, we are confident that a strong demand for our security solutions will continue," confirms Geir Bjørndal.

Jaxtr, a social communications specialist, has added mobile messaging operator TynTec to support its international SMS global coverage. Under the deal, TynTec will be the provider of SMS capabilities for Jaxtr's consumer-facing web-to-SMS service.

Jaxtr offers users free and low-cost local and international calling and SMS via its website.  It supports more than 10 million customers in 220 countries and its free, text-advertising supported international SMS service has already generated millions of messages since its launch in April 2008.

Using its proprietary SMS-C and multiple points of connectivity into the deep-level (SS7) global mobile network, TynTec offers high-speed, guaranteed delivery SMS to more than 400 networks in 160 countries.

By partnering with TynTec to provide global SMS termination, Jaxtr will ensure that its users can send SMS reliably and quickly to a huge number of international destinations.

Phillip Mobin CTO of Jaxtr, said: "We always look for providers that can offer our customers great international reach, timely delivery and utter reliability, and Tyntec is just such a company. TynTec's technical infrastructure means that it can offer this combination and that made them a great partner for this project."

"For a disruptive communications service like ours then user experience is everything - if our consumers suffer from delayed or lost messages it would reflect badly on our service as a whole.  By partnering with TynTec we know that we're offering customers the very best service we can."

Michael Kowalzik, CEO of TynTec, said: "Jaxtr is bringing a new model to mobile communications - combining VOIP and SMS telephony with an intuitive online interface, ad-funded model and social media capabilities." 

"Internet businesses are increasingly introducing an SMS functionality into their offerings and it is something that we support through our messaging infrastructure as well as our renowned reliability and international reach."

TM Forum, the world's premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications, media and defense sectors, confirmed today that more than 80 attendees representing 35 companies participated in a recent defense industry meeting to look at the role of TM Forum standards in managing defense networks. This significant gathering demonstrated the U.S. Department of Defense DISA's commitment to the development and implementation of TM Forum best practices and standards in the industry.

The milestone meeting was co-hosted by TM Forum and MITRE, a not-for-profit organization chartered to work in the public interest as a federally funded research and development center. The meeting - held at MITRE's offices in McLean, VA - forms an important building block in the development of the Forum's Defense Interest Group, which was formed in June 2008. The interest group focuses on enabling collaboration between key players to adapt TM Forum standards for the defense industry, allowing service providers, product vendors, and system integrators meet the needs of government defense departments including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO.

According to Bob Natale, of MITRE and co-Chair of the TM Forum's Defense Interest Group, "As part of its industry outreach, collaboration, and information sharing efforts on behalf of our DoD sponsors, MITRE was delighted to host this event.  We were very pleased with the number and quality of product vendors and solution integrators who attended, and with the productive interaction among them, the TM Forum representatives, and personnel from leading DoD NetOps organizations.  We are confident that this event - and others organized by the TM Forum's Defense Interest Group in the future - will help to foster an ever greater selection of standards-based interoperable COTS solutions that better meet DoD needs in the network operations and management domain."

Speakers at the meeting included:

  • Martin Creaner, TM Forum President and CTO, presenting the TM Forum's mission, membership, standards & value proposition;
  • Manuel Hermosilla, OSS Chief for DISA, presenting the Systems Integration role from a DISN OSS Perspective and the need for TM Forum standards;
  • LTC John Quigg, NetOps Technical Director for the Joint Task Force Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO), presenting TM Forum standards and the Global Information Grid (GIG) NetOps perspective;
  • Bob Natale, MITRE and TM Forum Defense Interest Group co-chair, and Ms. Christy Coffey, TM Forum Defense Sector Head, presenting an introduction to the TM Forum's Defense Interest Group and its work-in-progress;

Martin Creaner, President, TM Forum commented "It is very encouraging to see the defense industry adopting TM Forum standards.  While the application scenarios are different from the traditional telecom applications, the core operations management challenges are the same - namely delivering reliable services to customers in a secure, predictable and well managed fashion. We are committed to work more closely with the defense industry over the coming year to ensure our standards continue to meet their needs."

Derdack, a provider of mobile messaging platforms and notification workflow software, today announced that Boehringer Ingelheim France, part of a major pharmaceutical company, has completed the implementation of a centralised notification workflow hub using message master Enterprise Alert.

Boehringer Ingelheim France has a large number of IT systems supporting its general business requirements, e.g. an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  In order to monitor each system, the company used a number of different software packages.  In the event of an IT fault, the monitoring systems were capable of generating and sending an alert to a member of the on-call support team.  However, whilst reviewing its monitoring and alerting processes, Boehringer Ingelheim France realised a dedicated product to manage notification workflow was required.

Anthony Dumais, System Administrator and Project Leader, Boehringer Ingelheim France said, “We have seen a rapid ROI on this project and we are more proactive in how we deal with alerts.  message master Enterprise Alert is critical to our ability to meet and exceed 99.9% system uptime, and thus ensure our business continuity.  The support for multi-channel notification workflow, allied to the ease of use and deployment have validated our decision.”

Boehringer Ingelheim France implemented message master Enterprise Alert as part of a project to consolidate, rationalise and update all of its monitoring systems.  message master Enterprise Alert now acts as a centralised notification workflow hub.  If there is a problem such as an IT hardware failure, the relevant monitoring system generates an alert and this is sent to message master Enterprise Alert.

Huawei Technologies, a specialist in providing next-generation telecommunication solutions to operators, today announced that, responding to the urgent needs of the Austrian market, it has successfully implemented a replacement of T-Mobile Austria's core data network three months ahead of planned schedule. 

T-Mobile Austria, which has offered high-speed mobile data network using 3G technology, had earlier selected Huawei's Intelligent IP core packet network to replace the existing system. Huawei moved the schedule ahead by 3 months, which brought 50% reduction in the planned deployment schedule of SGSN. This was accomplished without any impact on existing customer services and without compromising any of the rigorous testing, says Huawei.

In addition to the ability to handle large amounts of user data - up to 30Gbps - Huawei packet switch core network has the ability to intelligently route and manage customer data based on the needs of T-Mobile and its customers.  By responding to the protocols, destination and other usage information, the Intelligent IP packet switch core provides service tailored to each type of session and supports the creation of new services.  Beyond the current needs, Huawei's system is built on a platform that is equipped to support next generation mobile broadband, known as LTE (Long Term Evolution).  By simply loading new software, the system can be upgraded to support the new functionality of LTE/SAE.

Mr. Jim Burke, CTO of T-Mobile Austria, said: "Given Huawei's dedicated expert team and advanced packet switch core network solution, Huawei really surprised us by this flawless delivery. They fulfilled our expectations and we are proud of the result. As a company we are always looking for new ways to demonstrate our continuing track record as an innovator in the Austrian marketplace."

"Being customer-centric is one of Huawei's strategies and a key to our success," said Mr. Cai Liqun, president of Huawei Core Network. "We spared no effort to help T-Mobile complete their packet core project and shorten time to market with outstanding quality. The packet core will help T-Mobile maintain its leadership in the mobile Internet era and is an outstanding example of the large-scale commercial application of a new-generation packet core network."

A new report from Juniper Research has warned that, while its best case forecasts estimate that the mobile entertainment market will reach nearly $36bn in 2010, revenue growth will be markedly lower if the global recession fails to bottom-out over the next twelve months.

Using a scenario-based approach to assess the impact of the recession on the mobile entertainment industry, the report found that average annual growth over the next two years declines from nearly 19% under the best case scenario to less than 7% in the worst case, with mobile TV, user-generated content and music amongst those sectors which are particularly exposed.

Lower discretionary spend on services and handsets were amongst the major contributory factors to the decline in top-line entertainment service revenues, although the report found that other attendant factors - such as a lack of available funding to finance the development of new applications, and faster migration to ad-funded services - would also impact on revenue growth over the forecast period.

According to mobile entertainment report author Dr Windsor Holden, "Some entertainment services appear to be highly susceptible to the downturn. Furthermore, given that operators will perceive that consumers will be increasingly reluctant - or unable - to purchase content, they may in turn be less likely to roll out expensive, higher risk services: a dedicated mobile broadcast TV network is a prime example".

However, the Juniper report found that some sectors, such as adult services and gambling, were less exposed than others: it noted that for mobile gambling, there was a possible upside in the migration of wagers from physical to remote sites with consumers going out less and instead placing bets via the mobile or PC.

Other findings from the report included:

  • Under all scenarios, mobile music will remain the largest single mobile entertainment sector, despite the continuing decline in revenues from ringtones
  • In addition to the negative impact of the downturn, growth in service deployment and adoption remains constrained by the excessive cost of data services across many markets.


Ortiva Wireless, a specialist in dynamic delivery of rich mobile content, has today announced that Mobix Interactive, a specialist in enabling mobile video-on-demand and TV services, can now provide its clients with a premium solution for delivering enhanced video and TV services following the integration of Ortiva's mobile Video Optimization Gateway (mVOG) into Mobix's Adrenalin platform.

Ortiva's mVOG, being deployed by Vodafone Portugal, is claimed to deliver the highest quality mobile video viewing experience in varying network conditions by adapting streaming video content in real-time, based on the individual subscriber's changing network conditions. By dynamically shaping video content to each subscriber, mVOG is said to ensure the smoothest and clearest user experience possible, a key factor for driving subscriber uptake, increasing time of video consumption and growing revenue.

Mobix Interactive, an On Demand Group/SeaChange company, provides the enabling technology to deploy mobile video services for network operators including O2, 3 and Vodacom.  Mobix's exclusive agreement to integrate mVOG into its Adrenalin platform, offered as a managed service environment, provides its clients with a premium solution to achieve an improved quality of service that will distinguish Mobix above its competitors.

"As we migrate to longer form programming we need to ensure a better user experience for our customers and their subscribers," said Damian Mulcock, CEO of Mobix Interactive. "Whilst networks are getting quicker, they are still subject to a high degree of variability in terms of both noise and bandwidth. We are delighted to have integrated Ortiva's adaptive technology into our Adrenalin platform to help overcome these challenges. Using this proven technology, our customers can be confident that this premium solution can provide the competitive advantage they need to build stronger, more loyal viewing audiences and drive greater revenues."

"Our mVOG solution, with its superior viewability, has demonstrated that all mobile video delivery solutions are not created equal," said Marc Zionts, Ortiva CEO. "We are excited to work closely with Mobix Interactive to get more viewers on board by meeting the ‘at home' experience standard subscribers demand. This high profile installation further validates the value and ROI of our mVOG solution."

Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S TS8980 - a scalable RF test system for the entire development process of LTE-compatible mobile stations. According to R&S, the system's consistent concept with transmitter and receiver tests frees manufacturers from having to invest time and money in re-engineering their products as they prepare for conformance testing. The R&S TS8980 meets the existing test requirements for LTE developments in accordance with 3GPP Release 8.

The company's new R&S TS8980 has been specially designed for LTE-compatible mobile station manufacturers and test houses, and offers preconfigured test scenarios for general development tests, precompliance measurements and conformance tests. Depending on requirements, users can also adapt individual parameters of existing test scenarios or program complete test cases.

Scalable configurations of the R&S TS8980 are available for each area of application, and all of them use a standard software solution in R&S CONTEST. This yields consistent RF tests with comparable results throughout the entire development process. Errors that otherwise would first be detected during the conformance tests can be identified at an early stage of development. As a result, manufacturers can avoid spending valuable resources on re-engineering their LTE products and significantly reduce time-to-market, says R&S.

The base model of the R&S TS8980 consists of the R&S CMW500 wireless tester used together with a PC and the R&S CONTEST software. The expanded configurations offer a range of market-proven Rohde & Schwarz test instruments, known for their maximum measurement accuracy and reliability. These include signal generators such as the R&S AMU200A and the R&S SMU200A, as well as the R&S FSQ signal analyzer. The resulting test systems support all currently defined LTE frequency bands.

Numerous functions of the R&S TS8980 make the developer's job easier: the automation of test routines, the monitoring of accessories such as climatic chambers or the remote control of the DUT (device under test). Users can test multiple mobile stations simultaneously by implementing the multi-DUT option, to reduce test times. The automatic path calibration helps ensure high measurement accuracy, and users can display and analyze the measurements in a variety of reports by using the configurable realtime graphical interface.

The mobile data infrastructure market is forecast to experience a double digit decline in revenues in 2009, according to the latest study by IMS Research. Mobile WiMAX may be hardest hit as credit markets dry up, jeopardizing many of the smaller pure WiMAX vendors' most important customers, says IMS.

According to IMS, this economic downturn comes at a time when many operators are outlining their plans to either upgrade their existing 3G networks or migrate to next generation networks.  Before the economic crash, many thought 2009 would be a year defined by aggressive expansion of mobile data networks and large investments in 4G. 

Although the IMS Research report, "Mobile Broadband: 4G Network Evolution" forecasts a slowdown in 2009, a quick recovery is said to be expected in 2010 on the heels of widespread 3G upgrades and next generation network investments. Other report findings include:

-  Installed base of mobile data users is forecast to remain relatively insulated from the economic downturn and achieve steady growth throughout the forecast period,

-  Upgradeable base stations will accelerate the adoption of next generation network infrastructure equipment

-  Chinese infrastructure vendors are expected to increase their market share over the forecast period

-  Total mobile data infrastructure market is expected to be worth between $30-35 billion by 2013

Mobile Broadband: 4G Network Evolution also provides detailed shipment analysis of mobile data infrastructure equipment including transceivers, base stations and BSC/RNCs along with the associated revenues and forecasts through 2013.  In addition, the report contains subscriber forecasts for EDGE, HSPA, EV-DO Rev. X, TD-SCDMA, mobile WiMAX and LTE.

LogNet Billing, a global provider of Customer Care and Billing (CC&B) solutions for multiple-play communications and utilities service providers, today announced that the company has extended its relationship with Melita - Malta's first quadruple play service provider to offer full integration between four telecommunication and home entertainment services: television, Internet, fixed line telephony and mobile.

Melita has been using LogNet Billing's MaxBill CC&B product suite since 2006 and has successively extended its service offering to now include mobile services. Melita's recently launched mobile service includes nationwide coverage, international roaming services and numerous value added services through a range of prepaid and postpaid plans.

"LogNet Billing's natural ability to support multiple service operations has significantly contributed to achieving our strategic objective of evolving into a major quadruple play service provider," said Stephen Wright, Chief Operations Officer at Melita. "LogNet Billing allows us to manage four separate business lines in a single customer service operation."

"We are proud to be extending our long standing relationship with Melita and support its position as a leading quadruple play communications service provider in Europe," explained Kirill Rechter, CEO of LogNet Billing. "Our unique deployment on Melita's quadruple play network can serve as an example to other network operators and service providers planning to rollout additional multiple-play services."

Intec, a global provider of business and operations support systems (OSS/BSS), today announced a collaborative partnership with Seavus Group, the software consulting and development company, to jointly drive business opportunities in Russia, the CIS and across Eastern Europe.  Seavus has extensive global experience in designing, developing and implementing OSS/BSS solutions for partners and clients alike, and gives Intec a strongly enhanced local presence to drive both sales and deployment capabilities.

The Intec/Seavus partnership will provide quality professional services and outsourcing support for Wholesale Business Management Solution (WBMS), including InterconnecT, Total Service Mediation including IntermediatE and Singl.eView for pre- and post-paid convergent billing.  The move is set to increase Intec's presence in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe complimenting the company's already strong presence in EMEA, and provides significant growth opportunities for both companies.

"Though the Russian market is highly saturated, it remains extremely competitive so operators have to do all they can to minimise churn, while attracting new subscribers," commented Gary Burch, Intec VP for EMEA.  "No other billing and mediation technology offers the level of flexibility and scalability required to help operators drive competitive edge and operational efficiencies.   Working alongside Seavus gives us a highly professional partner, with whom we can develop an even stronger presence in some of the biggest mobile markets in Eastern Europe."

"We are delighted to be working alongside Intec and are looking forward to a highly collaborative, mutually beneficial relationship," added Igor Lestar, CEO of Seavus. "Our market-leading service skills, alongside Intec's experience and reputation for world-class delivery, create a highly compelling proposition which all our current and future customers are set to benefit from."

Intec's existing office in Moscow will now be supplemented by an additional solution-skilled professional services resource, located in Minsk, where Seavus' Belarus office is located.  In addition to its US and UK offices, and HQ in Malmo, Sweden, Seavus also has offices in Macedonia, Serbia, Latvia and Amsterdam.

Momail has enabled its mobile email service on all of the new mobile devices launched at the Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona last week. Amongst the devices are those from INQ, HTC, Huawei, LG, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and ZTE.

"The handsets announced in Barcelona will begin shipping to consumers soon. We have reviewed all of the new device specifications and can announce support for all of them. Momail is already the market leader in supported devices, available on more than 90 percent of the latest mobiles available. We strongly believe using mobile email the Momail way is the easiest, smartest and most cost-effective consumer mobile email available today", says Kenneth Lundin, CEO of Momail.

Momail leverages the embedded email support available on most mobile devices, simplifying the start and use of mobile email, as no special client software, download or installation is required to get started.  With Momail's MMOPE (Mobile Message Optimization and Protection Engine), all emails and attachments are are said to be optimized per mobile model. The result is that the amount of data sent to the individual mobile is reduced with up to 99,9%, thus both quickening the data transfer to the mobile, as well as dramatically decreasing the cost for mobile data sent to the device.