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Comverse Mobile IM Service To Offer Full Color, Branded Instant Messaging Interface To ICQ(R) Users On The Go
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT) and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services, today announced it has formed an agreement with America Online Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, that enables Comverse to provide wireless carriers with access to the popular ICQ instant messaging service as part of its Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM) offering.
As a result, Comverse's new offering comprises an end-to-end solution that includes certified mobile ICQ clients, authorized access to the ICQ network and Comverse's Mobile Instant Messaging server, including billing, reporting, and management capabilities.
"In today's dynamic mobile environment, operators want an easy way to introduce popular services," said Benny Einhorn, Chief Marketing Officer at Comverse. "Comverse is committed to providing end-to-end solutions that streamline this process. We are very pleased to use our global presence and one-stop-shopping advantage to increase market penetration for mobile ICQ instant messaging."
Comverse's market leading MIM solution complies with the Open Mobile Alliance's (OMA) Wireless Village standard and is interoperable with embedded ICQ clients from many handset manufacturers.
"We are very pleased to be working with Comverse to make it easier for carriers and handset manufacturers to give consumers access to the mobile ICQ instant messaging service," said Himesh Bhise, vice president and general manager, AOL Mobile, America Online, Inc. "As an approved reseller and member of our Mobile Developer Program, Comverse can quickly develop and deliver certified ICQ clients worldwide."
About Comverse Mobile IM
The Comverse Mobile IM platform is a market-leading solution designed to give users convenient mobile access to the IM service of their choice such as AOL(R), Yahoo!(R), MSN(R) and ICQ(R), as well as operator and local communities. Using an IM client on the handset, users are able to operate IM functionalities seamlessly, including viewing updated presence information.
Comverse's Mobile IM solution brings Web-based IM services to the wireless world by converting protocols, managing user sessions and delivering traffic over a choice of bearers (SMS or IP). The solution includes a standards-based IMPS server for communicating with IMPS clients.
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services. These value-added enhanced services solutions, along with the company's real-time billing solutions, comprise the company's Total Communication portfolio. Comverse's Total CommunicationSM portfolio addresses four primary categories: call completion and call management solutions; advanced messaging for groups, communities and person-to-person communication; solutions and enablers for the management and delivery of data and content-based services; and real-time billing and account management solutions for dynamic service environments. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic software-based solutions for communications interception, networked video security and business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling signaling software for wireline, wireless and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse Web site at www.comverse.com or Comverse Technology's Web site at www.cmvt.com.
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