Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:CMVT), and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, today announced that it has been selected by
Guangdong Mobile Communications Corporation (GMCC), a major China Mobile Communications Corporation (CMCC) operator, to expand its Intelligent Short Message Service Centre (ISMSC).
Comverse will be presenting their SMS capabilities at the SMS Messaging Asia Pacific Summit 2001 this week in Singapore.
This new agreement increases GMCC's capacity to serve 14 million Busy Hour Short Messages (BHSM) in 14 cities throughout the Guangdong province. Currently, Comverse's short messaging solution has been launched in networks supporting an estimated 24 million mobile subscribers.
The Chinese government recently announced that there were 120 million mobile phone subscribers in China at the end of July 2001, making the country the world's largest mobile phone market. The China market attracted 3.8 million new subscribers in July alone.
Comverse's high capacity ISMSC is well suited to accommodate the explosive growth in demand for SMS services in China. It is also future-proof and prepared for the next wave of mobile technologies.
"Short messaging communication has become very popular in China," said Zeev Bregman, Chief Executive Officer of Comverse. "Millions of China's 120 mobile phone users regularly exchange text messages, play simple games, enter contests and download icons or ring tones. Comverse's expandable ISMSC solution ensures that operators will be able to take full advantage of the high growth in SMS traffic."
Comverse provides a complete portfolio of SMS solutions, featuring an ultra high-capacity SMSC, interconnection gateways for cross-network short messaging and an advanced SMS Application Management Centre for unified management of third party content and applications. Moreover, its WML-based Open.SMS interface enables interactive mobile Internet services on any SMS-capable phone. The Comverse SMS portfolio of products offers fully integrated solutions based on open standards with full support for GPRS, IP connectivity, and 3G requirements.
Comverse's distributed ISMSC open architecture operates across multiple sites within the network, supporting SMS growth and scalability in a way that is transparent to all users, administrators and external application providers that access the system. Operators can easily expand SMS capabilities, deploy new applications and add capacity seamlessly.
China Ministry of Information Industry has granted a Network Access License to Comverse for its ISMSC. CMCC and China Unicom have also placed Comverse on their approved vendor lists for short messaging services.
Comverse has been operating in China since 1993 and has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou with research and development centres in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
About Guangdong Mobile Communication Corporation (GMCC)
GMCC is the largest subsidiary of China Mobile Communication Corporation, of which the holding company, China Telecom was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1997. The GMCC subscriber base is estimated to have 15 million subscribers, which represents about 12 % of the whole nation's mobile subscribers.
About China Mobile Communications Corporations
China Mobile Communications Corporation is a state-owned enterprise, established on the base of reorganisation in the field of telecommunications in China. There are all-capital subsidiary companies in 18 provinces. China Telecom (Hongkong) Ltd is China Mobile's holding company. China Mobile provides mainly mobile voice service, data service, IP telephony service and multimedia service. Additionally, China Mobile is one of the members in the international computer network and authorised to provide international networking service. The corporation is the biggest operator of GSM mobile communications in the world whose mobile network covers all the cities and over 96% in China. China Mobile has provided roaming service with the co-operation of 116 operators in 63 countries. Currently, China Mobile provides basic voice service and various types of value-added services such as fax service, data service, mobile secretary, voice mail, short message, calling number display, call transfer, call waiting, prepaid cards, Global IP Telephony, information ordering, mobile phone bank and WAP.
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, a world leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of intelligent digital voice, video and data recording and content management applications for the security, surveillance, law enforcement and contact centre markets; 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
All product and company names mentioned herein may be registered trademarks or trademarks of Comverse or the respective referenced company(s).
Marjan Khanji/Gillie Tennant
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