Swedish Mobile Operator Trials Comverse MMS Solution Over GPRS Network
Comverse (NASDAQ: CMVT), the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, and Europolitan Vodafone, the innovative Swedish mobile operator, today announced a joint trial of the Comverse MMS solution over Europolitan's 2.5/GPRS network.
During the first phase of the project that began in late June an internal technical trial is being conducted with Europolitan Vodafone employees. The participants are equipped with either a WAP-enabled handset or a PDA to send and receive multimedia messages combining pictures and text, as well notification of new messages. The second phase of this project, which will commence in November, will focus on Europolitan Vodafone customers, specifically the youth and young professionals.
"We chose Comverse as our MMS trial partner due to its leadership position in the emerging MMS market," said Mikael Kluge, Director of Mobile Internet of Europolitan Vodafone. "We are pleased thus far with the results of our joint MMS trial. In the long run, we envision multimedia messaging becoming a highly popular mass market application, especially with the wide-scale deployment of our GPRS and UMTS next-generation networks."
"We are very excited to have teamed up with Europolitan Vodafone on this pioneering MMS project," said Micha Ben-Assa, Vice-President Europe of Comverse. "We believe MMS will help innovative mobile operators such as Europolitan Vodafone generate substantial new revenues and deploy services in their next-generation network infrastructure. Building on the proven SMS model, multimedia messaging adds new capabilities - such as audio, video and pictures that enrich the user experience and drive usage."
Ericsson, the leading Swedish manufacturer of mobile phones, will participate in the trial and supply their new MMS enabled handset, the T68 for some of the trial participants. The T68 is Ericsson's first mobile phone with colour display, MMS, and digital imaging and audio capabilities. This very small, powerful and sleek mobile phone, with a completely new look and feel, is developed for GSM 900/1800/1900 to work on GPRS networks.
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About Europolitan Vodafone
Europolitan Vodafone is a mobile operator with a license to build 3G mobile telecoms networks. Our strength lies in our focus on developing international services, service and quality. Europolitan Vodafone employs some 1,400 people. Europolitan Vodafone is listed on the Attract 40 list of the OM Stock Exchange through Europolitan Holdings AB. The company's majority owner is Vodafone of the UK, with 71 per cent of Europolitan Holdings. The remaining 29 per cent is owned by private shareholders, investment companies and pension funds. The Vodafone Group is represented on 5 continents and has around 80 million customers (proportional number of customers calculated on the basis of ownership).
For more information, please visit http://www.europolitan.se and http://www.vodafone.com
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT) is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. More than 375 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators, in more than 100 countries, have selected Comverse's enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of revenue-generating value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax, and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), wireless instant messaging, wireless data and Internet-based services, voice-controlled dialling, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Comverse Infosys, the worldwide leader in the provision of business intelligence solutions through digital recording of voice, data and video for contact centres, law enforcement and other commercial applications; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company.
For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com
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