Telstra Voicemail Subscribers to Receive All Voice Messages — Mobile and Fixed — on a Single Platform
WOODBURY, NY, 15th December, 2003 – 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 Telstra, Australia’s largest fixed and cellular operator, has upgraded and expanded its voicemail platform to accommodate new features and anticipated growth in voicemail traffic, and to bring together messages from fixed and mobile networks into a single converged platform.
More than eight million fixed and mobile Telstra subscribers will be supported on the same converged technology platform sharing the same advanced capabilities, enabling fixed customers for the first time to enjoy many of the services that until now were available only to mobile customers.
In the initial phase of the migration undertaken in March 2003, one million fixed line voicemail subscribers commenced the migration to the new platform. In the second phase, scheduled for the end of this year, mobile subscribers will be migrated to the new platform.
Nic Moore, General Manager Product Infrastructure at Telstra said, “As part of our messaging innovation plans, we have just launched a new service from our new voicemail platform. The service, called "Telstra Home Messages 101" offers call answering to all of our fixed line residential customers. All the customer has to do is dial 101 from their home phone to gain access to the new service. It is free to activate, there are no monthly fees or usage charges and there is no need to sign up for a special package. Messages will be saved when calls are not answered, customers are busy on another call, or when lines are connected to the Internet. The initial take-up of the service indicates that the number of Telstra Home Messages 101 users could be quite significant over the coming months both for their high-quality comprehensive voicemail services and for their expanded capability to offer fun and functional services. Voicemail is a popular service for us and it is an important element of our messaging innovations plan.”
Yossi Shabat, Vice President for Comverse Asia Pacific, added, “Voicemail is designed to provide revenue-generation for service providers around the world, and there is compelling logic for taking steps to boost voicemail penetration among fixed subscribers to the levels enjoyed by mobile markets. We are pleased that Telstra recognizes the value of a reliable supplier in expanding the subscriber base and deriving greater value from enhanced services, and sees Comverse as its partner in bringing the latest feature-rich technologies to subscribers, with an easy evolution path to more advanced next generation services.”
About Telstra Corporation
Telstra is Australia’s leading telecommunications carrier and a world-class fully integrated, full service provider across wireline, ADSL, HFC, satellite and digital wireless networks and platforms. Telstra has more than 10 million household, business and wholesale customers. Telstra is Australia’s leading ISP, has the most highly accessed family of Internet portals and sites and provides entertainment and multimedia content over its broadband network and through its Pay-TV joint venture Foxtel.
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 dialing, 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 http://www.comverse.com.
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