With commercially available PC cards

At 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, February 13-17, Ericsson
(NASDAQ:ERICY) will demonstrate HSDPA interoperability with
commercially available HSDPA PC cards from three leading vendors on its live HSDPA system. The system is based on commercially available hardware and software.

The demonstrations will showcase commercially available HSDPA PC cards from Novatel Wireless, Option, and Sierra Wireless, three leading

Mikael Bäck, Vice President of WCDMA Radio Networks, Ericsson, says: "Our message is clear: HSDPA is here and now. This is true for both infrastructure and devices.

"This interoperability demonstration with major PC-card suppliers further strengthens our belief that operators can launch HSDPA today, allowing them to introduce new attractive services such as mobile broadband."

Unique combination of broadband, mobile, VoIP and WiFi heralds dramatic new low-cost era in international telephone calls

RabbitPoint of London, UK, has today announced the intended launch – next week on the opening day of the telecommunications industry’s flagship exhibition 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona - of groundbreaking technology that will mark the beginning of an end of GSM mobile phone roaming charges.

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The company has harnessed the power and capabilities across broadband, mobile, VoIP and WiFi technologies to produce a system that enables totally free calls to all customers using its network.  And allows customers to access mobile phone technology without having to pay international roaming charges.

“People are upset by the cost of calls once they start roaming worldwide,” said founder Sean Murray.

“RabbitPoint is a new system that harnesses high speed internet connections to its new breed of mobile phones at a zero cost. Anyone with a Rabbit Mobile phone may make free calls to any other person who is hooked up on the network.  Not only that, but they can make and receive mobile WiFi calls without having to pay the outrageously high roaming charges levied by the traditional mobile operators.”

Murray and his team believe that a phone that looks like an ordinary mobile will bring its service to the masses. RabbitPoint has the ability to supply its technology immediately to the end user via mail order CellPoint supply. CellPoints act as intelligent WiFi access points that allows Rabbit customers to make and receive calls and CellPoint owners to share in the revenue generated.

Once delivered to the relevant location, the CellPoint self configures via an internet connection and is available immediately to any Rabbit customers within its area for web access and mobile phone calls. Whilst this is a first in its own right, the CellPoint further networks together instantly with any other CellPoint it can find within its radius, therefore beginning blanket coverage of its network.

Stuart Hinkley, CEO of Rabbit, said: “The Rabbit CellPoint is a technology breakthrough in itself. We are already being approached not only in Europe but also around the globe by large blue chip Telco and broadband providers. Our technology makes it possible for these companies to begin to take head-on the domination and exclusivity of mobile operators for the first time.”

The company has already signed major strategic alliances including with UTStarcom, one of the largest manufacturer’s of personal mobile phones in China, with a view to being able supply a demand of 100,000 potential Rabbit customers per month with UTStarcom’s revolutionary F1000 handset.

“Rabbitpoint’s vision and solution is a tremendous breakthrough for users worldwide and we are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with them, as well as supplying the F1000,” said UTStarcom’s UK General Manager John McCall.

RADWIN's broadband wireless solutions deployed by over 100 leading cellular operators worldwide

RADWIN, a leading provider of advanced broadband wireless solutions, has announced that it will showcase its industry-leading WinLink 1000 broadband wireless portfolio at the 3GSM World Congress to be held in Barcelona on February 13-16, at booth G-13 (Hall 2).

"Cellular operators are looking to extend cellular coverage to any point - from rural areas to sparsely populated communities. For the business case to make sense, they need carrier-grade yet affordable solutions," said Adi Nativ, RADWIN's Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. "With RADWIN's WinLink 1000 broadband wireless solutions, carriers can finally achieve the twin objectives of high-quality and cost effective connectivity.

The WinLink 1000 solutions mark the first time that license-exempt systems deliver true carrier-grade performance at a highly competitive price; $3,000 for a complete WinLink 1000 E1s/T1s+Ethernet link and carriers can provide cellular backhauling to low ARPU areas and realize almost immediate return on investment."

With more than 10,000 links deployed by tier-one service providers and carriers worldwide, RADWIN's high quality, cost-effective solutions meet carriers' quality of service requirements. Covering ranges of up to 80 km/50 miles, the WinLink 1000 solutions are extremely fast and simple to install. The incorporation of advanced OFDM technology enables the systems to effectively deal with interference and facilitates NLOS deployments.

"WinLink 1000 is rapidly becoming the product of choice for the leading carriers in the world, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with customers and prospects personally and see how these solutions can address their broadband connectivity needs," concluded Nativ.

The M600 available 2Q 2006

SonyEricsson has announced the launch of a phone it hopes will attract users who want a 3G messaging phone, but don't want a device as large as a PDA or as fully-featured or expensive as a top-end smartphone.

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The M600 is still a pretty powerful phone, being based on the Symbian 9.1 OS and UIQ 3.0 interface, but it has had some of the functionality of a full smartphone stripped out to keep its size and cost down.

SonyEricsson VP of product marketing manager Steve Walker said he thought the combination of a hardware QWERTY screen along with touchsreen interface was a "unique UI".

"I don't think you could say there's any specific product out there that competes with that mix of functionality and form factor," he said.

The phone is aimed at business users who want something in the dimensions of a phone but still supports push email, and other users who are heavy users of messaging - text, email and IM.

Walker would not give a likely non-subsidised price for the phone, but said it would be in a similar bracket to the K750.

SonyEricsson has also said that they are developing support for a wide range of mobile email clients for the phone.
AlteXia, Ericsson Mobile Office, iAnywhere OneBridge, Intellisync, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, RIM - BlackBerry Connect, Seven and Visto are all working to certify their applications for the phone's Symbian 9.1 version, Walker said.

The M600 has 80MB onboard.  An additional 64MB Memory Stick Micro (M2), which is a new ultra-small recording media designed for highly compact mobile devices, is provided in the box. The M600 is the first Sony Ericsson product to feature this new memory card.

The M600 is available in Granite Black and Crystal White and starts shipping during Q2 2006.

Messaging company Staellium has launched a WAP-based text application that has been designed to let users send messages that cannot be saved on the recipient's phone.

The service, called STEALTH, operates on a subscription basis through a premium text number. Those wishing to sign up to the service can text STEALTH to 80880 to receive a link that will allow them to download the StealthText applet via a WAP connection. Once a message has been sent, the recipient receives a text notification showing the sender's name and providing a link to the message. Once opened, the message will disappear after a short period of time (about 40 seconds). To unsubscribe to the service users must text STOP to 80880.
The recipient can also reply with StealthTexts, creating a private channel of two-way communication, although to reply that user will also need to download the application.

The service works by hosting messages on a secure server, with messages processed to the mobile networks by a messaging aggregator. Staellium can also create a hosted "secret" address book for users - creating a parallel list of contacts that cannot be accessed from the users handset.
Carole Barnum, CEO and Co-founder of Staellium said she has already received enquiries from interested parties as diverse as financial services, MOD and celebrity agents. There are 500 registered users at present, and three companies have asked for written details of the service to use for business use, Barnum said. Barnum estimates that 75% of the use on the service will be for business purposes, with the other 25% personal use.
“In spring 2006 we will be launching new services such as self-destruct email, voice and picture messages, so ultimately no one will ever have to worry about their messages or pictures ending up in the wrong hands ever again,” Barnum added.
With the prevention of text bullying high on the agenda at the moment, Barnum said the service was only available to people aged 18 and above. She admitted the company could not enforce that age bar, but the 18 limit is clear in the terms and conditions of the service, she added.
For other malicious uses of the Stealth service, a user can click on a link to block and sender permanently. This facility exceeds Staellium's legal obligation in this regard, Barnum said. The service provider also retains all data and information on its subscribers.
 The service is currently available around the world for users of UK SIM cards only. The services costs £5 for a bundle of ten texts.
Barnum said the service would "roll out" across Europe quickly, with a US launch in the first two weeks of January and shortly after in Asia.
"All the infrastructure is in place, we just wanted to see how the transactions developed," she said.
Staellium has been formed specifically to address the market with this service, but Barnum's team has been operating in the B2B software development and corporate intelligence space for ten years, with products such as self-destruct email.
The application has been certified by Vodafone, and Staellium's management team includes non-executive directors from Lucent Technologies and Motorola.
"We are not newcomers and babies to the mobile arena," Barnum said.

Bond House, which challenged the legality of the UK's Revenue authority in withholding VAT reimbursements, has been awarded a £13.2 million settlement in the European Court of Justice.

Bond House and their advising VAT consultants Bentley Jennison were waiting for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling to determine whether or not the methods of VAT collection employed by HM Revenue and Customs are illegal and contrary to EU VAT Law.
The decision was announced in Luxembourg in January. HMRC was found to have acted unlawfully, and it is estimated the decision will cost the Treasury hundreds of millions of pounds as other companies make their claims.
Ian Prescott, director of Bond House Systems, West Yorkshire, said, “For the past three years we have been forced to cease trading after the withdrawal of a VAT refund of £13.2m. We had to make 20 people redundant, myself and the other business directors and their families have suffered terribly as a result of the Customs actions. It has been a long and painful battle and we are satisfied with the outcome, although Customs should never have been able to act in this way.”

British Airways sent 3000 text messages to passengers, alerting them of delays and alterations after the Hemel Hempsted oil terminal blaze sent a cloud billowing towards Heathrow on the morning of Sunday 11th December.

The airline used Incentivated as its supplier to send alerts to its customers in the wake of a massive fire just north of London.
Incentivated had to prove itself very soon after winning a contract from British Airways to provide a number of British Airways a services, including passenger disruption notices, cargo logistics alerts and staff communication. The airline anticipated disruption to schedules caused by bad weather, but not by the massive fire.

Jonathon Bass, managing director of Incentivated, said that the system had only been "launched in anger" on the Thursday before the weekend in question. On the Saturday and Sunday of last weekend, due first to fog and then to the fire, BA sent 3,288 messages informing passengers of 155 cancellations. The texts were sent to 59 different country codes. Incentivated's system can cope with eight languages, and must interface with BA's own XML and SMTP based applications.
The messages informed passengers their flights were delayed or cancelled, and gave local and language-appropriate phone numbers to call if they required more information.
Bass said BA had about 15% of its online customers opting to enter their mobile numbers, so there is room for growth.
"BA have more ideas for how to use mobile than you could imagine," he said Currently the system is used for cargo logistics and staff communications, as well as passenger disruption notices. The system is also integrated with BA's IP telephony system and can send the first few words of an unopened voicemail as a text.

The SD Card Association (SDA)  expects to finalise specifications for a new, high-capacity SD Memory Card —the SDHC Memory Card — in early 2006.

The new specification will expand SD card capacity beyond 2GB, to meet the memory-hungry requirements of a new generation of audio/video and telecommunications devices.
“Consumers are demanding new capabilities of their digital devices,” said Paul Reinhart, Executive Director of the SD Card Association, “and the SDA is working to help deliver on the entertainment and productivity-enhancing promise of such products. The new SDHC card specification will allow manufacturers to develop a new world of digital devices with the advanced features and functions consumers are clamouring for.”
The new specification will expand SD Memory Card capacities to meet the memory needs of products, which use the memory-intensive FAT 32 file system. The new specification also guarantees a minimum SD Speed Class Rating, which for video products, is equivalent to MPEG-2 video. The new SDHC Memory Card will also offer the expanded capacity needed to help deliver new applications made possible by three other SD specifications: SD-Audio, SD-Video and SD-Binding.
SD-Audio will allow users to move music libraries between a variety of SD-enabled devices, to include mobile phones. The SD-Audio specification provides content protection via CPRM which is built into each SD card, to prevent theft of data.
Similarly, the SD-Video specification allows consumers to capture video, even MPEG-2 quality, and move it to an SD-Video enabled product securely. SD-Video will soon allow users to record and watch h.264 digital TV programs from their SD-Video enabled mobile phones. Finally, the SD-Binding specification allows operators to provide security for content downloaded to their specific network mobile phones. the cell phone device.

Predictions that the mobile device management (MDM) market would undergo consolidation this year have been given a boost with the news that mFormation Technologies has today announced it has acquired Aepona (England) Ltd, a subsidiary company of Aepona Group Ltd. Both companies are suppliers of MDM software and services to operators

“Today’s announcement is great news for mFormation, its shareholders and customers. The deal will allow mFormation to extend its global lead in comprehensive MDM solutions by delivering real value to the network operator, enabling them to configure, deploy, support, secure, update, retire services to a variety of market segments including Consumer, Enterprise, SME and SoHo”, said Mark Edwards, chief executive officer and chairman of mFormation Technologies.
“The acquisition of Aepona’s device management business strengthens our value proposition further to mFormation customers. Going forward we will also be working in partnership with Aepona as it continues to roll-out its Causeway platform to operators worldwide – supporting them with next generation and IMS solutions development.”
Together, mFormation and Aepona deliver MDM solutions to over 20 independent Network Operators, including T-Mobile and Vodafone.
“In order to allow Aepona to focus even more on the rapidly growing Causeway business, the Board decided to divest the Aepona Device Management System subsidiary following a track record of successful divestments to market leaders such as Openwave and LogicaCMG. We are delighted to have completed this transaction with mFormation, a leader in Mobile Device Management. We look forward to a partnership with mFormation to add value to our customers,” said Gilbert Little, Chairman of Aepona’s Board.

Radio waves can cross national borders which can present difficult challenges when assigning spectrum in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. For the first time, Ofcom and ComReg have come together to auction spectrum for a license covering all of Ireland.

Ofcom, together with ComReg – the Commission for Communication Regulation in the Republic of Ireland - today announced proposals to award licences to use spectrum frequencies in the band 1785-1805MHz. This marks the first time the two regulators have adopted a coordinated approach to awarding spectrum to benefit businesses and consumers throughout the island of Ireland.
Ofcom said that spectrum in the 1785-1805MHz band could be used for services such as broadband wireless access (fixed and mobile), digital video links, CCTV, mobile technologies and wireless microphones. The licences are expected to be awarded by auction in 2006.
The regulators think that having a combined license will allow operators to use the spectrum more efficiently and to take advantage of economies of scale across a larger market. An integrated award process might also enable cost-effective provision of wireless services to remote border areas and encourage more balanced regional development.

The details for the licence award are:
There will be a single licence awarded by ComReg in the Republic of Ireland and another soon after by Ofcom in Northern Ireland; Both auctions will be decided by a single round of sealed bids and the winning bidder will pay the second highest price bid; The reserve price for the Northern Ireland licence will be £50,000.