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New ICS Solution Combines Instant Messaging, Presence Management, And Multimodality For An Enriched User Experience


Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc., and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, today unveiled its Instant Communications Solution (ICS). In addition to enabling mobile instant messaging, Comverse's ICS harnesses presence-related subscriber information to introduce a new range of smart instant voice messaging and group messaging services that have the potential to provide a significant return for operators through increases in user data transfer, airtime, and premium charges.


"Comverse has long recognised that the power and profit potential of instant communications extends way beyond traditional text messaging," stated Zeev Bregman, Chief Executive Officer of Comverse. "Our Instant Communications Solution takes messaging and calling to a new dimension, both enriching and simplifying the subscribers' quality of experience. For example a cell phone user has the ability to see who is available for a conference and can instantly connect with them, with voice and/or text, by pressing one key. Enabling new modes of highly productive communication, and converting them into services that deliver maximum return for the operator, is at the core of our ICS."


The Comverse Instant Communications Solution is an end-to-end application that allows subscribers to easily initiate a variety of instant voice and text-based services, either one-to-one or one-to-group, with full knowledge of the presence status of the intended audience. Through a presence-enabled contact list, ICS gives mobile users the ability to interact in the mode that is most intuitive to them, with a consistent interface across a wide variety of devices and platforms (including SMS, MMS, WAP, Windows, Windows CE, Web, J2ME, BREW, Palm, Blackberry, iMode and Symbian).


The Comverse Instant Communications Solution integrates a suite of instant voice services that are based on the open IP-based modular architecture. ICS includes instant conferencing, instant voice messaging, instant anonymous calling and instant voice chat. Comverse's Instant Communications Solution can also be integrated with other network services, such as multimedia messaging, unified messaging, and entertainment solutions, and has an open API for the integration of new applications by third party developers who join the Comverse Spark Alliance.


"When looking at instant communications, particularly in the mobile environment, voice capabilities become as relevant as text," stated Gidi Be'ery, Comverse's Vice President of Strategic Operations. "Our expertise in multimodal communications makes us uniquely positioned to develop and provide the breadth of services that deliver a comprehensive and user-friendly Instant Communications Solution."


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About Comverse


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 390 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), instant communications, wireless data and Internet-based services, voice controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communications services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems Inc., a leading provider of analytic solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service-enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications applications.


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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