Conversational Language Speech Commands Provide Fast, Safe And Convenient Access To Enhanced Services For Subscribers Of T-Mobil's EasyGate Service In Germany
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 T-Mobile International's wireless German subsidiary, T-Mobil, has selected Comverse's voice portal, which delivers convenient and timesaving voice-activated access to a range of commercial services.
T-Mobil can now offer their subscribers the ability to place calls and manage their personal address books quickly and easily by simply speaking a name or phone number into a wireless handset. Using Comverse's conversational voice user interface, subscribers dial by voice using everyday language commands that are easily understood, without the disadvantages of having to navigate long menus, enter extensions or spell out names and instructions via the keypad while reading small screens.
Zeev Bregman, Chief Executive Officer of Comverse said, "We are pleased that T-Mobil is leading the way in showing just how effective, easy and convenient Comverse's voice- activated dialing solution is for encouraging increased service use among mobile subscribers. T-Mobil is among the first operators to deploy voice-activated services to the mass market, positioning Comverse as a leader in providing turnkey voice-activated services."
As ease of access encourages user take-up, it also drives vital new revenue generating opportunities for network service providers like T-Mobil and its content partners. Voice- activated dialing saves time, allows multi-tasking and encourages safer use of mobile phones. The system also provides additional security by allowing each user access to a personal address book that can be accessed anywhere, with no need to carry a phone book. By saving address book entries on the network, a lost or stolen phone does not mean the complete loss of contacts.
Subscribers have two methods they can choose from to create and manage their personal address book: 1) voice enrollment using the conversational voice user interface over the mobile phone; and 2) web-based enrollment using a secure, personalised web page to add, edit, sort, and manage contacts. Users are able to specify multiple call destinations for a single entry. For example, users can say, "I'd like to call Iain Smith on his mobile" or "Call Iain Smith at home." In addition, through the use of a system address book-the voice equivalent of yellow pages for businesses-subscribers can say, "Call a taxi" or "Call a flower shop" and be connected to the company that offers that service. This enables subscribers to quickly access a range of services with simple spoken commands, as well as provides revenue opportunities for operators.
T-Mobil (Deutsche Telekom MobilNet GmbH) set up its operations as an independent
company in 1993. Owned 100% by T-Mobile International AG, it has a workforce of about 9,000 and operates in one of Germany's most dynamic growth markets. The sales in 1999 amounted to approx. EUR6.4. billion, and the number of customers currently using its T-D1 network is in excess of 22,5 million (8/2001).
About T-Mobile International
T-Mobile International (TMO) is a leading provider of mobile telecommunications services in Europe. As one of Deutsche Telekom4s (NYSE: DT) four strategic pillars, TMO bundles the activities of Europe's largest telecommunications company in the most fascinating segment of global telecommunications.
For additional information, visit the TMO web site at http://www.t-mobile.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 dialing, 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 center 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
Marjan Khanji/Gillie Tennant
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