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Qpass Executive Eric Harber Elected to the Board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum
Evolution of mobile entertainment services industry aided by Qpass participation
5 April, 2005 - Qpass®, whose software powers the marketplace for digital media and services, today announced that Eric Harber, VP, Corporate and Business Development, has been elected to the Board of the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) Americas.
The Mobile Entertainment Forum is a global trade association representing more than 70 companies in the USA and internationally to promote the development of the mobile entertainment industry. Mobile entertainment is comprised of mobile services such as video, music, ringtones, games and graphics. Recent achievements of the MEF include establishing a US ringtone chart with Billboard magazine, development of an industry wide code of conduct, initiatives involving copyright and digital right issues for mobile network operators and service providers.
"The incredible success of mobile entertainment content has been fueled by consumer interest, and Qpass has been the leading platform to enable the profitable delivery of these services by mobile network operators. The Mobile Entertainment Forum is a very important catalyst for revenue and business developments which we are seeing on mobile phones and other devices. I am pleased to be part of the process guiding the development of this exciting industry," said Eric Harber, VP, Corporate and Business Development at Qpass.
Patrick Parodi, chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum said, "We are delighted to have two Qpass representatives actively involved in the MEF, newcomer Eric Harber in the Americas and Claudia Poepperl on the MEF global board. Qpass has contributed significantly to the MEF global board over the past three years, building the organization and driving key initiatives like the European rollout of the MEF ringtones chart, for example."
Qpass software powers the marketplace for digital media and services by efficiently managing the entire digital supply chain over any network and any type of device. The Qpass product line includes the Content Delivery Platform, Service Management Platform, Payment Server, and MultiMedia Album. Today this infrastructure powers a digital services marketplace for operators reaching more than 140 million subscribers globally, generating hundreds of millions in revenues. Qpass software works as an overlay to existing business systems including provisioning, billing and CRM, speeding service innovation and providing greater flexibility for new offers.
Qpass customers include mobile operators Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile International (UK, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands,Croatia and Czech Republic), US Cellular, ONE, Nextel, ALLTEL, Vodafone Ireland, Boost Mobile, and Hutchison 3G ; as well as leading consumer portals such as Yahoo! UK and Germany, uboot (www.uboot.com) and SMS.at (www.sms.at). Today more than 300 content providers and aggregators are integrated through Qpass software, providing access to more than 500,000 applications to end-users in the U.S. and Europe. Qpass global headquarters are in Seattle, Washington, with European headquarters in Vienna, Austria. For more information on the company, visit www.qpass.com.
About the Mobile Entertainment Forum
The MEF is a global trade association representing all participants in the mobile entertainment value chain, including mobile operators, content providers and ASPs, interested in driving the industry's evolution and commercial potential through collaboration, consultation and promotional activities. The MEF is committed to reducing the barriers to entry into the innovative mobile entertainment market, thereby encouraging entry by new businesses and increasing competition and growth to the benefit of all industry players and consumers. The MEF's main goals are to promote the development of the mobile entertainment industry; build awareness for the industry and facilitate the development of commercial standards and best practices for mobile entertainment. For more information, please visit: www.m-e-f.org
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