Integrated Wi-Fi solution

Capgemini, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, has introduced a new
business model for the Wi-Fi market. Enterprises that are building integrated Wi-Fi service platforms can reap the benefits of cost-saving enterprise mobility solutions and branded revenue-generating public Wi-Fi services, significantly enhancing their profitability.

@Anyplace Access is a fully secure, end-to-end, integrated Wi-Fi platform solution based upon open standards technology from Cisco and Intel, combined with a portfolio of innovative value-added solutions from four European partners - Appear Networks, Aptilo Networks, Birdstep and The Cloud.

With @Anyplace Access, enterprises can use a single Wi-Fi infrastructure to deploy services for their guests and their employees. For example, a train operating company can offer public WLAN access inside its stations, to generate new revenues and enhance the quality of its service. Using the same WLAN infrastructure, the company can deliver wireless applications to its frontline personnel, turning the network into a productivity tool.

Pieter Zylstra, Head of Capgemini's global Wi-Fi initiatives, stated "In the coming years the Wi-Fi market will be dominated by services, and access will become nothing more than a commodity. Profitable Wi-Fi operations will require technologies that companies like Appear Networks, Aptilo, Birdstep and The Cloud are offering. In order to sustain our position as a global mobility leader, we clearly view the construction of such an ecosystem as a key component of mobility transformation programs for our customers."

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moodmessaging Pty, an Australian-based multimedia content development company, today announced that it will be launching their IamEmo mobile content at Mobile Content World 2004, being held over two days later this month in the United Kingdom. The IamEmo( mobile content has been uniquely designed to enhance Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS).

moodmessaging are launching their IamEmo mobile content in the UK market on the back of securing a global content distribution deal with Nokia earlier this year. Nokia have partnered with IamEmo for the global launch of their new 3220 handset. An introductory selection of IamEmo content
has been preloaded onto all 3220 handsets, and is being distributed throughout Europe by 123 Multimedia. In the United States, the IamEmo content is being distributed by AT&T Wireless via moodmessaging's distributor Ztango and in the Asia-Pacific Region, the IamEmo content is being
distributed by SAM CLICK and by Nokia Tones, Graphics and Games.

moodmessaging has developed, under their IamEmo brand, colour animations featuring Emo, the Chameleon, that consumers can download onto their mobile phones and send as part of an MMS message to their friends, families and colleagues. The animations featuring Emo use colour, facial
expressions and body language to illustrate one of eight human emotions in a number of different guises. Emo adds emotional context to ordinary text messages, transforming messaging from plain black-and-white text to a colourful, engaging and meaningful exchange.


"Communication is not just about what you say, but how you say it. Using Emo, users can create emotionally-rich messages that immediately engage with whoever you send them to. With Emo, you know that whoever receives your text message will know exactly how you feel," said Kevin Brough, CEO of
moodmessaging.

IamEmo is a breakthrough proposition for MMS as it meets the genuine consumer need for expressive, rich messaging. The content is being offered to handset manufacturers and network carriers for preloading into MMS capable handsets.


"This not only creates massive differentiation for the handset itself, but also encourages daily MMS usage and the ongoing downloading of new IamEmo content," added Brough.

moodmessaging launched their IamEmo mobile content in Australia and New Zealand in mid 2003, and had extended distribution to more than seven Asia-Pacific markets by February 2004. There are currently over 40 Emo animations available for download to consumers with MMS capable mobile
phones, with new Emo animations being released globally each month.


Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications carrier has also
partnered with moodmessaging to provide Telstra customers with access to unique IamEmo characters including some that have been specifically designed to align with Telstra's  sponsorship and marketing efforts such as Australian Idol.


moodmessaging will initially provide Telstra with exclusive customised content preloaded onto Sony Ericsson handsets, with further plans to preload content onto a range of other handsets, including those manufactured by both Motorola and Nokia.

moodmessaging plans to launch their IamEmo(TM) mobile content in other markets throughout Asia before the end of the year and is currently reviewing commercial agreements in other overseas markets.

IamEmo will enable users to finally let people know how they really feel using multimedia messages," commented Brough.

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NMS Communications announced today that SFR, the number one private mobile operator in France, with voice quality systems from NMS installed in its network, has outperformed its key competitors in an annual quality of service survey of mobile telephone operators conducted in France by that country's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ART).

The survey, which evaluates the quality of service under a variety of common conditions of mobile telephone usage, found SFR to provide the best quality mobile communications to users in France's 12 largest metropolitan areas while aboard
high-speed commuter trains and while commuting by car along France's major motorways.

The 7th annual ART survey has been conducted in France since 1997, and is designed to evaluate the quality of service of mobile telephone networks in metropolitan France as experienced by customers of the three incumbent operators: Orange SA, SFR, and Bouygues Telecom. Calls were tested in the most common user conditions, including: on foot (indoors and outdoors), in cars as passengers (in cities and on
motorways), and in trains (both suburban trains and high-speed "Train a Grande Vitesse", or TGVs). SFR led the competition by a wide margin in the survey results for the two places in which voice quality is of most importance to a mobile user--in a car and on a train.
 
Not coincidentally, SFR has installed in its network voice quality systems from NMS, the leading provider of technologies and solutions for enhanced services and efficient networks. NMS voice quality systems feature Studio Sound(R), the industry's most advanced and comprehensive voice enhancement technology. Studio Sound delivers noise compensation, noise reduction, and automatic gain control for consistently clear calls, even in the noisiest environments, like those evaluated in the ART survey.

A study released in August 2004 by J. D. Power and Associates
cites voice quality as significantly impacting customer usage of and satisfaction with wireless services. According to J.D. Power's 2004 Wireless Call Quality Performance Study(SM) of typical wireless user calling patterns, such as those measured in the ART survey, three of the top four problem areas impacting overall call quality experience the most are static and interference, voice distortion, and echoes--all of which can be addressed using Studio Sound voice quality technology. By investing in the voice quality improvements offered by
Studio Sound, SFR has done just this, and the ART survey proves the positive impact of Studio Sound on SFR's network and its subscribers is clear and measurable.

"The results of this year's ART audit do not surprise us one bit," said Clarke Ryan, VP and General Manager, NMS. "The entire value proposition behind our Studio Sound technology is to improve communications in noisy environments where wireless telephones are most commonly used. Any operator can experience the same quality results as SFR brings its customers by employing our voice quality systems powered by Studio Sound. The results really do speak for themselves."

"Overall call quality performance varies based on where a call is placed or received. In order to provide the best possible call quality experience, carriers need to manage their network to reflect their specific customers' usage patterns," said Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services at J.D. Power, in a press release. "With an increasingly competitive environment and changing industry landscape, carriers that offer superior network quality will increase their likelihood of attracting new customers and will retain more of their existing base."

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PaymentsPlus chosen by Orange as the engine for new Simpay-compatible micro-payment service

Valista, the leading provider of payments software enabling the purchase of premium services, today announced that Orange, working with France Telecom's w-HA, has chosen its payments technology to provide connectivity to Simpay. w-HA will operate the service for Orange while Valista will provide the technology based on PaymentsPlus, its installed platform. Simpay, founded by Orange, Telefónica Móviles, T-Mobile and Vodafone, will focus on enabling interoperable micro-payments over mobile and fixed Internet channels.  The founding members of Simpay represent more than 280 million wireless subscribers worldwide.

Thanks to this connection with Simpay, Orange users will be able to purchase digital goods and services over mobile and fixed Internet from all content providers participating in the Simpay scheme, including those acquired by other Simpay members.  Simpay forecasts that, thanks to the openness of its platform, it will enable over EUR1billion of extra transactions for the mobile phone industry by 2007.

Orange already successfully uses the services of w-HA - powered by Valista PaymentsPlus technology- for the monetization of the content provided through the Orange portal and other third party services like Orange Gallery in France. It is rolling it out throughout the Orange European markets. The addition of Simpay connectivity will further boost the diversity of content and will allow seamless cross-operator and cross-border transactions.

"The secret to successful m-Commerce lies in enabling our customers to access an immense variety of content or services relevant to their individual needs," comments Richard Brennan, Executive Vice-President, Global Brand, Marketing and Products at Orange. "Our mission is to deliver that freedom in the field of mobile payments, and our arrangement with Valista and w-HA to provide the connection to the Simpay scheme is fundamental to achieving this mission. After a thorough selection process, we are satisfied that Valista will assist in making simple, easy micro-payment purchases a reality, to our specifications and timelines."

"This is a significant breakthrough for the mobile payments market," said Raomal Perera, CEO of Valista. "Valista's global experience and expertise in payments technology will enable us to support Simpay's mission, helping to make m-payments a reality for millions of users around the world. We are delighted to be working with an innovative operator like Orange and we look forward to working with the expanding Simpay community long into the future."

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Matter is satisfactorily settled, ceo says

Sendo's ceo Hugh Brogan has said he was "extremely pleased" at the undisclosed financial settlement between his company and Microsoft over disputed inellectual property rights.

Brogan spoke after the cessation of hostilities in a dispute that has rumbled on for nearly two years after Sendo accused Microsoft of misappropriating smartphone IPRs intended for use in a jointly developed phone, the Sendo Z100.

Sendo alleged that its intellectual property ended up instead in HTC's MS-based smaprtphone for Orange, the SPV. Microsoft has always publicly disputed the allegation.

Now the companies have settled in a deal that has seen Microsoft hand back its 4% share in Sendo, an investment that originally cost it around $12million. Whether there is any other financial compensation in the package has not been publicised.

But Brogan was putting a brave face on in public, saying that he was "extremely happy" with the settlement.

"We are extremely pleased. We set out to defend our intellectual property and right the wrongs and are very pleased at the outcome," Brogan said. "We've got a settlement we are happy with and Microsoft no longer has any shares in, or involvment with, Sendo. We can put this behind us knowing we have a satisfactory outcome," he added.

Brogan said it was impossible to tell what the dispute had cost Sendo in terms of lost potential revenue. But he said the company had moved on, moving instead to the Symbian OS and Nokia Series 60 platform.

Microsoft was less forthcoming on how happy it was with the settlement. Mobile Europe received the following statement defending its treatment of its partners' intellectual property.

"As an intellectual property company, we invest considerable time and resources in research and development, and we respect the intellectual property rights of others. Working closely with hardware manufacturers and network operators has been the basis of our success in this business and we are proud of our strong relationships in the mobile phone business. We look forward to continuing to bring innovative products to customers."

The mobile communication group at Siemens together with Openwave Systems has supplied a 3G/UMTS Video Mailbox System and a Video Termination Gateway for the largest mobile operator in Portugal, TMN.

Siemens mobile has already installed radio and core infrastructure components of the 3G/UMTS network and supplied 3G/UMTS terminals as well as advanced charging and multimedia solutions for TMN and now allows this mobile operator to offer new advanced video services to its 3G/UMTS subscribers.

Starting mid of August 2004 customers of TMN will enjoy next generation video answering service capabilities just as they are used to with traditional voicemail services. The subscribers will be able to record personalized video and audio greetings and retrieve recorded video messages from missed callers with their video enabled handsets such as the Siemens U15.

With the help of a 3G/UMTS Video Termination Gateway installed within TMN’s mobile network users are now also able to retrieve video messages over a web interface on a standard multimedia PC. Furthermore, the 3G/UMTS Video Termination Gateway allows real-time video communication between 3G/UMTS mobile terminals and fixed network terminals such as web cam-equipped PCs, 3G-324M video terminals, and PSTN video phones.

Openwave, a Siemens long-standing partner, provides the voice and video messaging solution that is the basis for the Video Mail System. This solution is an all-IP content based management and Mx infrastructure designed around the Voice XML standard.

Fernando Rodrigues, general manager of corporate business at TMN, said: "We are very pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Openwave and Siemens with this groundbreaking deployment. TMN has a history of leading the mobile market in Portugal with attractive, advanced services. This deployment will enable us not only to launch a new and appealing 3G service but also to benefit from the reliability and efficiency of a single platform for multiple messaging services."

"With approximately five million users TMN holds a very strong GSM market position in Portugal," said Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks within Siemens mobile. "With the installation of an innovative 3G/UMTS video service we are confident to support TMN also to extend their leading position in the 3G/UMTS market field." Siemens is the number one worldwide in terms of network launches. One out of every two 3G/UMTS networks in commercial service throughout the world today comes from Siemens and its technology partner NEC.

Said Rich Wong, general manager of messaging, Openwave: "We’re delighted to be working with Siemens and TMN to introduce a crucial 3G application to a key European market for the first time, and to deliver one of the industry’s first truly integrated messaging deployments. With years of experience at the forefront of IP messaging, Openwave was the first company to build a voice and video messaging platform based on the flexible Voice XML standard. We remain committed to making products that help our customers deliver innovative and easy to use services as simply and cost-effectively as possible."

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Microsoft "serrenders" Sendo shares

Microsoft and Sendo today jointly announced that a settlement has been reached in the litigation between the two companies, both in respect of the Claim and the Counterclaim. Although the monetary component and terms of the settlement are confidential, Microsoft will surrender its shareholding in Sendo. In reaching this settlement, all parties deny any and all liability. The terms of the settlement are otherwise confidential.

Robert Pocknell, Sendo's Group General Counsel, stated that the settlement reinforces Sendo's commitment to the protection of its intellectual property.  "With this action behind us, the company can now focus on its future development and growth."

Tom Burt, Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel said that, having reached this agreement, "We're pleased with this resolution and look forward to continuing to collaborate with phone manufacturers to bring innovative products to mobile customers."

This settlement resolves all claims in this litigation, both in the United States and in the United Kingdom.

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Trimble introduced today a new ultra-low power miniature Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver—the Lassen iQ module for mobile devices. With major advancements in performance, sensitivity and power consumption, the Lassen iQ module enables system integrators to easily add GPS capability to mobile devices at a very economical price.

The Lassen iQ module will be showcased next week at the Embedded Systems Conference in Boston.

The 12-channel Lassen iQ module is fully compatible with Trimble’s popular Lassen SQ module. In addition, the Lassen iQ module features two GPS signal sensitivity modes: Standard and Enhanced. With Enhanced mode enabled, the module automatically switches to higher sensitivity when satellite signals are weak. The module also supports Trimble Standard Interface Protocol (TSIP) download of critical startup information for fast acquisition. This aided GPS (A-GPS) startup provides hot start performance for each power-up, making it ideal for today’s mobile applications.

Adding new functionality and finding ways to reduce power and size for mobile, battery-powered applications are key in today’s wireless world. Trimble’s Lassen iQ is a power saving module that even in continuous operation requires less than 90 milliwatts at 3.3 VDC. The Lassen iQ’s ultra-low power gives developers flexibility to achieve significant reductions in power consumption when adding GPS capability. And with the Lassen iQ module’s postage-stamp size (~26mm x 26mm x 6mm), integrators can easily fit GPS functionality into a variety of mobile products.

The Lassen iQ is a high-performance GPS module. It incorporates Trimble’s patented FirstGPS“ technology along with a powerful microprocessor in a small form factor for a complete position velocity and time (PVT) solution. The highly integrated module is a small board containing a GPS hardware core based on Trimble’s Colossus“ RF ASIC and IO-S digital signal processor (DSP) design and a 32-bit RISC CPU. The module offers onboard data storage in flash memory for complete processing capability.

The Lassen iQ module is compatible with active 3.3 VDC antennas; Trimble provides three models depending on the application—an ultra-compact embedded antenna, a compact unpackaged antenna or a compact packaged antenna with a magnetic mount for moveable installation.

Development kits include: the Lassen iQ GPS module mounted on an interface board in a durable metal enclosure, a magnetic mount antenna, an ultra-compact embedded antenna, an AC/DC power adapter, a serial interface cable, a cigarette lighter adapter, a reference manual, and GPS toolkit software for communication with the GPS module.

The Lassen iQ GPS module and developers kit is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2004 through Trimble’s worldwide sales organization.

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Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson today announced their co-operation in the Mobile Broadcast Services work, started under Open Mobile Alliance, OMA. The charter of the work is to specify the enablers needed to bring broadcast services to mobile devices and to open up the market for new exciting mobile services and terminals.

A likely spearhead service of mobile broadcast is mobile phone TV, a way to receive TV-like content to your mobile phone delivered over a mobile broadcast network. In general, mobile broadcast will enable cost efficient mobile mass delivery of any multimedia content. This is believed strongly to increase the consumption of media content using mobile devices. This is expected to drive the demand of new type of broadcast enabled smart phones with colour displays, local memory and applications to consume TV-like and other multimedia content.
 
"Content is King", says Steffen Ring of Motorola PCS, Chief Technology Office, "but Mobility is Queen. And we have come together to make this Royal Marriage happen."
 
"NEC developed the world's first working prototype of a mobile phone capable of receiving terrestrial digital TV broadcasting last year," says Masaaki Ohara, Senior Manager of NEC Mobile Terminals Division. "Driving Mobile Broadcast is essential for enabling end-users to enjoy various attractive services through our mobile phones. NEC hopes to contribute to driving these activities through participating in this charter."
 
"Mobile TV is one of the most fascinating new services with high consumer demand. A mobile device capable of both receiving broadcasted content and of communicating over the cellular network opens up the possibilities for innovative and exciting new services. The services can easily be accessed by consumers with these new types of devices. Nokia is happy to be one of the drivers of this development, and will introduce a mobile broadcast solution based on IPDC over DVB-H to the market," said Seppo Sutela, General Manager, IPDC, Nokia.
 
Jens-Thomas Pietralla, Chief Marketing Officer and Member of the Board of Mobile Phones, Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group explained, "The mobile phone industry is changing rapidly. A mobile phone has already become a fashion accessory, a miniature office, a gaming machine, and an eclectic entertainment device. And with growing network bandwidth converging with cheaper, more advanced handset technology, consumers have every right to start getting excited about the arrival of richer mobile broadcast content. That's why Siemens mobile is thrilled to get involved with this charter - we will be a major part of delivering the devices that will play awesome content on the move."
 
Mats Lindoff, CTO of Sony Ericsson, says: "The ability to watch TV like content in a mobile phone is a natural next step of the advanced mobile multimedia services which are increasignly popular with consumers, and Sony Ericsson will be part of driving this evolution".
 
Mobile phone TV services are being introduced on the Japanese market while in Europe the market for commercial mobile broadcast services is envisaged to start to open up towards the end of 2005.
 

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ntl’s Broadcast division and O2 have announced the UK’s first usability trial of multi-channel television to mobile phones, beginning in spring 2005.  From nine broadcast transmitters covering 120 square km around Oxford, the trial will see 500 O2 customers provided with a multimedia mobile phone with a built-in digital TV receiver.  This will allow the participants to receive a line-up of 16 TV channels comprising music, sports, news, comedy, soaps, documentary, drama, cartoons and specialist channels including interactive gaming and shopping.  The trial will test consumer demand for mobile TV services, and the perceived value of specific types of content and likely viewing habits that could shape an eventual service proposition.

To carry out the trial in the UK, ntl has joined forces with O2 and leading industry players Sony Semiconductor & Electronic Solutions (SES) and Nokia, both of whom were instrumental in the development of the DVB-H standard and will make available their prototype DVB-H receiver devices.  Nokia will also supply the complete service system as well as the necessary eCommerce modules and interfaces, enabling full-scale testing of the technical and commercial concept.

The Oxford trial is the first of its kind in the UK and unique in being focused on commercial aspects of mobile TV.  ntl will develop the TV channel portfolio, making use of its extensive broadcast customer base, and will design, build and operate the transmission network.  O2 will contribute its experience in content delivery and mobile video, enabling O2 customers in the UK to be the first to preview future mobile services of this type.

The trial will use the DVB-H broadcast transmission standard for handheld devices – specially designed for low power consumption and robust reception – which is an efficient ‘one-to-many’ method of delivering content in a way that complements the functionality of third-generation networks currently being rolled-out by mobile operators.

Terry Howard, head of media business development in ntl’s Broadcast division, said: “This is a commercial trial to test the business case for a mobile TV service in the UK.  We’ve performed extensive market research about consumer demand and viewing habits and it looks very positive but these results need to be validated in a trial environment in conjunction with key players in the industry.  With our significant broadcasting assets, close relationships with content companies and track record of technology innovation, we’re ideally positioned to pull this together and we expect the results of the trial to help us shape any future national service deployment.  Mobile TV provides a new channel to market for existing media players seeking increased viewership and additional potential revenues.  For mobile operators it provides a value-enhanced service and increased ARPU.”

Dave Williams, O2’s Chief Technology Officer, adds: “This trial will allow O2 to evaluate
DVB-H as a potential low-cost delivery mechanism for mobile TV services to complement our planned 3G based mobile music and video services.  As a leading mobile operator in this field, O2 is able to add significant value to the mobile TV proposition, enhancing DVB-H based services whilst also stimulating usage of 3G data services.”

Mark Hopgood, Head of DTV Marketing, Sony SES, adds: “We are delighted to be part of this trial which we view as an important part of our extensive testing programme.”

Seppo Sutela, General Manager IPDC Organization in Nokia, sees the Oxford trial as a logical continuation of European DVB-H development:  “We find the Oxford trial extremely interesting and the UK a market of great potential for our global DVB-H activity.”

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