Comverse Total Communication Portfolio and InSight Platform Provide 4 Key Elements of a Next Generation Value Added Services Environment ¡V Architecture, Services, Multimodal User Experience and Real-Time Billing
WOODBURY, NY, October 7, 2003 ¡V 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 its Total Communication portfolio will be showcased at ITU Telecom World 2003. Total Communication delivers a richer service offering and superior user experience that is designed to enable service providers to enjoy increases in usage and revenues. Attendees at ITU Telecom World 2003, October 12-18 in Geneva, Switzerland, are invited to visit the Comverse stand (Hall 1, USA Pavilion, stand no.1230.317) to discover and explore Total Communication.
Total Communication creates a world where people enjoy a full range of value-added services that have a common intuitive user experience, can be billed in real-time, and can be accessed via any media. Total Communication means people are free to communicate ¡V at any given moment ¡V in the most appropriate and convenient way, moving seamlessly between services, technologies and interaction modes.
Comverse Total Communication portfolio and InSight platform provides four key elements of a next generation value-added services environment including:
Architecture: Comverse¡¦s InSight environment transforms the Total Communication vision into reality. InSight features an open IP-based modular architecture, a range of attractive Comverse and third-party services and a multimodal user experience ¡V all empowering Total Communication. Leveraging new technologies such as 3G and WiFi, InSight is designed to help service providers reduce operating costs, capital expenditure, and time-to-market.
Multimodal User Experience: An enhanced multimodal user interface, common to all services, promotes a cohesive user experience that encourages service adoption and usage. This intuitive interface enables subscribers to move easily between different modes of interaction ¡V from visual to voice ¡V according to changes in circumstances, context or user preference.
Real-Time Billing: The Comverse Real-Time Billing and Prepaid Solution is an important element of the Total Communication solution. This product provides real-time billing for voice and data services, and offers a converged billing approach appropriate for both prepaid and postpaid users. For operators, this real-time solution offers the potential for both increased revenues through innovative features and reduced costs through the application of credit limits for all users.
Services: Total Communication includes a full suite of messaging, communication and infotainment services from Comverse and third parties.
At ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva, Comverse will showcase its commitment to lead the industry toward Total Communication. At a large and dynamic booth containing 10 demo stations, Comverse will demonstrate a full array of products and services ¡V both current and future ¡V that promote Total Communication. Sample Comverse demos include:
Total Communication over WiFi ¡V MMS over WiFi/SIP: Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) allows mobile device users to send and receive messages with a rich combination of media elements: text, image, sound and video. Comverse WiFi solutions, such as MMS over WiFi, are "network aware" and provide seamless roaming and service continuity between mobile, wireline and WiFi networks. With Comverse WiFi services, carriers can deliver mobile or wireline network-based services to WiFi users, creating convergence today.
Video Services ¡V Video Call Answering: Video Call Answering (VCA) ensures that all video calls are answered, even when the called party is busy, out of 3G coverage, or simply not available. In all these cases, video calls are diverted to VCA. VCA eliminates the need to stop the call and then send a message, or downgrade the communication mode to voice only. Recipients get every video message, accessible from their mailbox by phone or PC, just like voice or email messages.
IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) Services ¡V Push to Show over IMS: Push to Show video transmission between individuals and groups elevates walkie-talkie-style communications to a new level. Based on an attractive user interface ¡V an information-rich visual buddy list enriched with presence ¡V Push to Show pushes live ¡§bursting¡¨ IP streaming video to all selected parties.
Multimodality ¡V Multimodal Visual Voicemail (VVM) over WiFi: Visual Voicemail (VVM) creates a PC-like visual interface on mobile handsets that lets subscribers easily browse and manipulate their voice mailbox. The multimodal user interface allows users to switch between applications in the same session, enabling them to accomplish more tasks in fewer steps. Multimodality gives users the freedom to interact with their telephony service in the way that best suits the situation at hand, thereby increasing customer loyalty.
Real-Time Billing ¡V Converged Prepaid and Postpaid: Comverse Real-Time Billing and Prepaid Solution delivers dynamic control of telephony services: real-time rating, converged billing and account information that can be used to enhance performance and usage of third-party services. Using the latest Intelligent Network (IN) technologies and standards, the system manages many millions of active customer accounts simultaneously, authorizing in real-time every user request for voice and data services, and imposing credit limits on accounts (both prepaid and postpaid).
Advanced Communication Services ¡V .NET Voicemail Alerts: Voicemail Alerts increase the value of fixed-line voicemail by delivering immediate information-rich alerts to Web-connected devices. A PC user at work, for example, will know at once of voicemail messages received at home. The alerts offer expanded options for accessing those messages on a range of devices, including the desktop PC. Comverse Voicemail Alerts will also be demonstrated at the Microsoft stand located in Hall 4, stand no. 4100.
Call Completion Services ¡V Who Called, Notify Me, Fun Dial, PromoNote: Comverse¡¦s ImPact suite of services includes Call Completion Services such as:
„X Who Called ¡V notification of calls missed while the called party was unreachable
„X Notify Me ¡V notification to the calling party when the called party becomes reachable
„X Fun Dial ¡V turns standard system ¡§ringback tones,¡¨ such as ringing and busy signals, into new sources of personalization and operator income
„X PromoNote ¡V utilizes ¡§blank¡¨ space after SMS notifications for promotional messages
In addition, Comverse¡¦s complete portfolio of products and services will be demonstrated in our booth.
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 400 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 information and entertainment services, voice-controlled dialling, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, 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. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at
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