Nokia has announced that the Russian mobile operator MegaFon will offer a mobile email service based on the Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email solution. The hosted service, branded as MegaSync, will provide mobile email, advanced attachment handling, calendar, contacts and task synchronization to MegaFon's customers.

"We were looking for a highly flexible solution that would also allow us in future to offer mobile email to large companies that want to implement the solution behind the firewall," explains Petr M. Prokofiev, Project Manager, New Technologies and Projects Department, MegaFon. "We will offer the service on Nokia E90 Communicator and Nokia E61i business devices, but compatibility of the solution with other vendors' devices was paramount, as we want to offer as much flexibility to our customers as possible."

In addition to the Nokia Eseries portfolio, Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email supports more than 100 different devices - both smartphones and basic entry phones.

"Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email offers MegaFon a highly scalable platform, allowing them to keep pace with the demands of its fast expanding customer base," says Scott Cooper, senior vice president, Mobility Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia. In 2006 MegaFon experienced a growth rate of 30 percent in its subscriber base and today serves more than 34 million people in Russia. "With qwerty keyboards and other usability features such as the One Touch keys, the speed, processing power, and superb screen of the devices, and the ability to send and receive emails while on calls, Nokia E90 Communicator and Nokia E61i are perfect devices for effective and easy to use mobile email, helping business professionals to enjoy the benefits of anywhere, anytime productivity and collaboration."

Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email is part of Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite that provides access to collaboration tools such as email, contacts, calendar, device management and synchronization of file and data and enterprise applications. Nokia Intellisync Wireless Email works in any groupware environment - ISP, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes or Groupwise and can run on any kind of device platform - Symbian, Windows, Palm or Pocket PC.

MACH, the global clearing and settlement specialist in mobile based transactions, has today announced that VivaCell, a subsidiary of Mobile TeleSystems OJSC, has chosen MACH's Financial Clearing and IOT Check (Inter-Operator Tariff) solutions, while also extending its contract for MACH Data Clearing. The announcement is said to represent a further endorsement of MACH's technology within the East European mobile market.

VivaCell is the leading Armenian mobile operator in a country with a population of more than 3 million people, a growing telecommunications sector and increasing investment levels. VivaCell manages and operates a state-of-the-art mobile services network which transcends national borders, integrating Armenia with other mobile networks around the world.

VivaCell considers the diversification of its products and services, flexible tariff plans and proximity to its customers as essential factors in keeping and expanding further the high levels of success already achieved.

VivaCell has invested in MACH IOT Check, which proactively ensures that Inter-Operator Tariffs (IOTs) are correct when a user is roaming. MACH IOT Check ensures that VivaCell are proofed against incorrect tariffs, and more importantly that their subscribers don't incur excess roaming charges. This is vitally important as VivaCell today is working with 265 mobile operators, thus allowing its subscribers to roam in 145 countries.

VivaCell General Manager Ralph Yirikian commented, "MACH's solution helps VivaCell to improve further its billing system, which surely makes the usage of VivaCell services for our roaming subscribers more comfortable and clear."

VivaCell's adoption of MACH Finance and IOT Check from MACH's advanced suite of solutions runs alongside MACH Data Clearing, a contract that has been extended by VivaCell. MACH Data Clearing enables VivaCell and mobile operators all over the world to exchange billing and settlement information on which the whole business concept of international roaming is based. MACH Finance is the globally renowned, proven financial clearing & settlement solution subscribed to by many leading operators.

Terence Ledger, Chief Commercial Officer, MACH commented, "We are delighted to extend our partnership with VivaCell, by not only renewing our existing Data Clearing contract, but by also delivering MACH Finance and MACH IOT Check". Terence Ledger concludes: "Eastern Europe is a big market for MACH, and extending contracts and supplying our solutions to companies like VivaCell is a great endorsement of our work in that market."

Bouygues Telecom has chosen a new solution from Nokia Siemens Networks to improve indoor GSM mobile network coverage for its customers. The innovative solution, featuring small-sized base stations, allows improving and extending coverage for instance in high office buildings, underground industrial areas or hotspots.

With the solution, Bouygues Telecom, aiming to become the preferred brand for mobile communications services, can increase traffic to meet enterprise demand for wireless communications by allowing the corporate users to experience the same voice and data services indoors as outdoors. In addition, Bouygues Telecom can provide cost effective hotspot coverage and capacity inside big buildings or such locations as shopping malls.

The new solution features Nokia Siemens Networks Pico GSM Base Stations and IP-based infrastructure. The project, which marks an extension of a frame agreement between the two companies, calls for Nokia Siemens Networks to design, install, integrate and provide maintenance services for the new solution, specially designed to improve indoor and deep indoor coverage.

Installed on the corporate customer's premises, the small base stations offer a plug-and-play solution for the enterprise customers. They are easy to install and require a simple Internet connection to work with the operator's network.

The first calls have already been successfully made and the first customers served by this innovative solution are expected in November.

"This innovative solution provides Bouygues Telecom with a very competitive coverage solution for specific areas such as indoor locations, high buildings or corporate premises. It is easy to install and to integrate to our network" says Serge Goldstein-Desroches, Executive Vice President Network and Purchasing.

"We are pleased to extend our contract with Bouygues Telecom for the delivery and the integration of our Pico GSM Base Station solution. Our solution will improve the coverage for Bouygues Telecom' customers and enhance the user experience", said Philippe Danoffre, Head of Customer Team Bouygues Telecom at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Nordisk Mobiltelefon, a mobile communications operator licensed in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland and Ireland, has selected the Ceon Product Control Center (PCC) product lifecycle and catalog management software solution. Ceon PCC has been chosen to enable a more systematic approach to product management, and support order capture, product configuration, and service fulfillment processes.

Ceon PCC is an advanced, purpose-built, and standards-based system focused on enabling service providers to construct, manage, and deploy a layered product catalog that includes the full technical and commercial definition of products. PCC supports extended attributes, complex business rules authoring and execution, constraint processing, multi-user collaboration, entity revision management, lifecycle state management, a TMF SID-based data model, flexible integration capabilities, and online order configuration and quote calculation support

"Our continued growth in our core markets is dependent on our ability to introduce and deliver new products quickly and efficiently," said Thomas Norberg, CIO of Nordisk Mobiltelefon. "We require integrated systems that allows us to define new products, make these available for ordering, and, enable selection, configuration and fulfillment as seamlessly as possible. Ceon's Product Control Center system is a key enabler of this approach."

"We are pleased that Nordisk Mobiltelefon has selected Ceon's solution," said Peter Burke, CEO of Ceon.  "PCC will play an important role in enabling Nordisk to rapidly bring new products to market, and will help streamline order capture and fulfillment processes for these new offerings."

Nomi-mobile, a new mobile company specialising in low-cost international calls, has become the first Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) to launch on DIGITALK's recently-enhanced MultiService Platform (MSP).
 
Nomi-mobile, a new venture by prepaid provider Nomi-call Ltd, has taken advantage of a host of new rating and charging applications introduced on the DIGITALK platform that enables Service Providers to launch as MVNOs. Using the platform, Nomi-mobile is able to offer customers a prepaid SIM card that enables them to make instant calls from their mobile without the need for access numbers or PIN codes. The platform is able to provide all the standard features expected from a mobile package, including voicemail, SMS and the ability to transfer an existing mobile number to a Nomi-mobile account.
 
The mobile service is targeted at UK users that make frequent overseas calls. By using the least-cost routing functionality in the DIGITALK platform, Nomi-mobile is able to offer subscribers exceptional international and domestic calling rates.
 
Subscribers are able to top-up prepaid minutes either online or via top-up vouchers available from a range of distributors, including the Post Office and retail payment networks such as Epay, PayPoint and Payzone. The new features on the DIGITALK MSP also enable "add on" bundles of minutes and messaging to be added to accounts. Full account management and call history is available via the Nomi-mobile website.
 
Nomi-call Ltd plans to migrate customers from its existing prepaid business over to the new mobile offering. Nomi-call's prepaid business currently processes over 1.5 million voice minutes a day.
 
"Nomi-mobile is a flexible and convenient alternative to international calling cards and we expect to see a substantial number of our calling card customers switch to the new mobile offering, as well as attract many new customers with our low-cost tariffs," said Stuart Eve, CEO, Nomi-mobile. "The DIGITALK platform is an integral part of the Nomi-mobile offering that has enabled us to launch a feature-rich service from a single platform, quickly and easily."

"The launch of Nomi-mobile as the first MVNO on the DIGITALK MSP is a key landmark in our ongoing development of the platform," said Mark Ashdown, Sales and Marketing Director, DIGITALK. "This announcement reflects the power of the DIGITALK platform to serve many different types of Service Provider, enabling mobile, fixed and converged offerings."

Actix, the specialist in Network Status Management (NSM) solutions for mobile operators, today announced further enhancements to Actix Cellopt AFP, Actix' widely used automatic frequency planning solution and Actix Cellopt MDA, a system that processes and analyses subscriber-based data. 

Cellopt AFP 3.8 includes numerous feature enhancements to ensure carriers and their engineers can approach frequency planning with even more ease, by providing further support for daily maintenance activities and optimising even more of the tedious, but often time consuming, aspects of network planning. Today Cellopt AFP is employed in more than 100 wireless markets in over 30 countries, and is one of the world's most trusted automatic frequency planning solutions.

Cellopt MDA compliments Cellopt AFP to enable seamless frequency planning, from the scheduling of measurements in the network through to collection, processing and analysis of the data. The new release of Cellopt MDA 2.9 includes the addition of two new features to enhance the management of data lists and ensure the accuracy of subscriber-based data.

"As today's mobile operators migrate to next generation networks, their engineering teams are tasked with deploying and managing wider and more complex radio access network (RAN) technologies, while maintaining competitive quality and coverage demands in existing 2G networks. These latest enhancements to Cellopt AFP and Cellopt MDA not only help carriers effectively rollout, optimize and manage their 2G RAN technologies, they also deliver significant savings on both network infrastructure investments and precious engineering time," commented Ivan Harris Chief Product Officer, Actix. "Actix is fully committed to delivering best-in-class automatic optimization systems to existing and future customers, and the Actix Cellopt line is one of the cornerstones of our product portfolio."  

GyPSii, the geo-location and social networking platform and service for mobile phones and other Internet-connected devices, has today confirmed that the Symbian version of the GyPSii application has been accredited by Nokia for its N95 and 6110 Navigator mobile phones.

GyPSii combines - in a web-based application - a social networking platform, location-based news and services such as search and friend-finder, and user generated content-creation and sharing.

Designed specifically for use on a mobile phone, the GyPSii platform is already compatible with Windows Mobile devices and by adding Symbian and Nokia support, GyPSii is now available on the vast majority of mobile phones and almost any Internet connected device.  GyPSii for Nokia and Windows Mobile is available for download at the company's website- www.gypsii.com.

"Consumer demand for mobile location based services is rising dramatically," said Dan Harple, CEO of GyPSii, "and widespread handset compatibility is key to any company wishing to launch new and exciting services such as GyPSii into that market.

"Symbian is the dominant handset operating system, and Nokia the dominant handset manufacturer - as demonstrated by its increase in global market share to 39* per cent and sales of some 111 million devices in Q3 of 2007 alone.  Adding Symbian capability, accredited by Nokia, to the GyPSii platform is therefore a major breakthrough and milestone endorsement," he added.

Bena Roberts, Chief Mobile Search Analyst of BKI Media added: "Geo-location is nearing the tipping point. It's the connector that is currently missing from the mobile search, data and UGMC market. But soon it will, without a doubt, be the backbone of the mobile communication ecosystem.  Knowing where your friends are, how to meet them, where they have been and what they thought of it, will transform the mobile interface from a passive device to an active addictive tool."

GyPSii integrates a wide range of location-specific functions and services into a single easy-to-use interface that works on GPS and non-GPS-enabled devices alike. These functions include user-generated content, friend finding and sharing, and also Point-of-Interest (POI) proximity search for immediate surroundings, maps and directions.

While mobile operators are considering widespread deployment of indoor base stations (femtocells) as early as 2008, a large-scale roll-out of femtocells carries considerable risk and many early business cases are not commercially viable, according to a new report, 'Femtocells in the Consumer Market: business case and marketing plan', published by Analysys.

"Femtocells are progressing rapidly from being an interesting emerging technology to being ready for mobile operators to deploy", says report co-author, Dr Alastair Brydon. "Engineering departments within mobile operators have generally led the evaluation of femtocells but the next critical step is to define a profitable business case, based on clearly targeted and compelling customer propositions."

Key findings include:

- A number of service and customer scenarios in which operators propose to use femtocells do not make sound commercial sense and may cannibalise existing ARPU.

- Widespread use of femtocells solely to provide low-priced voice telephony in the home, although stimulating fixed-mobile substitution, could lead to disaster, as the revenue benefits are highly uncertain. Mobile operators that focus on voice telephony must target key market segments and resist very low pricing. For example, in a multi-person household with poor existing cellular coverage, operators can recoup the cost of femtocells within four months, provided a significant price premium is maintained over fixed calls.

- A strategy underpinned by a range of multimedia service propositions will result in a much stronger business case for femtocells, bringing the potential to increase revenue and save substantial costs, and offering operators the chance to recoup their investment within one to eight months, depending upon the scenario modelled. Applications such as mobile TV, video and audio services will significantly broaden the consumer appeal of femtocells.

"Mobile TV could be a critical component of a successful femtocell business case, providing substantial cost savings as well as revenue enhancement," said report co-author Dr Mark Heath. "Trials have shown heavy usage of mobile TV at home, and mobile operators could save USD10 per household per year by avoiding the need to build dense DVB-H networks in order to provide mobile TV services indoors."

The GSM/3G Network Update published today by GSA - the Global mobile Suppliers Association - confirms 154 HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) have entered commercial service in 71 countries, almost double the number in a similar GSA survey 12 months ago (79 commercial networks in 45 countries - November 23, 2006).

61 HSDPA networks have entered commercial service so far in 2007, delivering mobile broadband access to an additional 20 countries. Another 41 HSDPA networks are in various stages of deployment, bringing the total number of HSDPA commitments to 195 networks in 85 countries.

HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) is the first evolution of 3G/WCDMA, delivering advanced mobile multimedia services with typical user throughputs of 800 kbps to 3.0 Mbps, depending on individual networks and device capabilities. WCDMA is deployed in 70% of all commercial 3G networks globally and is the de-facto 3G system of choice. The Network Update confirms that 190 WCDMA networks have commercially launched in 83 countries.
It means that virtually every WCDMA network operator has launched or is deploying HSDPA today.

Key facts contained in the latest GSM/3G Network Update include:

Networks
81% of commercial WCDMA networks have launched HSDPA

86 HSDPA networks (55%) launched mobile broadband service delivering 3.6 Mbps (peak) or higher in 47 countries. 29 HSDPA networks have launched 7.2 Mbps (peak) service in 19 countries

45 network operators are committed to HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet
Access)

24 HSUPA networks launched in 20 countries

Almost 60% of HSDPA operators combine with GSM/EDGE for service continuity and the best user experience

WCDMA systems - including HSPA, are deployed today in several frequency bands including 850, 900, 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100 MHz

Devices
403 HSDPA devices are announced, addressing all segments comprizing 203 phones/consumer devices, 39 wireless routers, 61 laptops/notebooks, and 100 devices for PC/laptop/notebook HSDPA connectivity (USB modems, data cards,
etc)

Almost 150 HSDPA devices support at least 3.6 Mbps (peak) and 63 devices support or can be upgraded to 7.2 Mbps (peak) capability

75 tri-band 850/1900/2100 devices facilitate globalization of HSPA and roaming

121 HSDPA devices are capable of operation at 850 MHz

94 HSDPA devices are capable of operation at 1900 MHz

WCDMA and HSPA are part of the evolutionary roadmap for GSM and the natural evolution path followed by GSM network operators worldwide. The GSM/3G Network Update confirms there are over 960 million GSM, EDGE and WCDMA-HSPA subscribers in commercial HSPA-enabled networks globally.

Subscriptions
The GSM/3G Network Update also reviews the current status of GSM globally and per region, with analysis of subscriptions data provided by Informa Telecoms & Media. Key points include:

2.686 billion GSM (including EDGE, WCDMA-HSPA) subscriptions globally (Q3
07)

1.67 million daily average GSM subscriptions growth in Q3 07

China and India together added over 103 million GSM subscriptions January - September 2007

65 million GSM subscriptions growth in Latin America and Caribbean region January - September 2007; region total 276 million

GSM has over 86% market share of all mobile systems, 2.2% increase since end
2006

Over 158 million WCDMA subscriptions (including HSDPA); 6.6 million average monthly growth

WCDMA subscriptions grew 60% January - September 2007; almost 60 million additions

WCDMA, HSPA responsible for 75% of mobile subscriptions growth in Western Europe in Q3 07

OpenCloud, the supplier of in-network application servers for next-generation convergent telecommunications services, today announced the launch of OpenCloud's Rhino 2.0 Developer Preview Release. Aimed at developers designing flexible, in-network applications for the telecoms industry, the release preview features new JAIN SLEE 1.1 enhancements such as the ability to port Resource Adapters between any JAIN SLEE-compliant environment.

Designed to give developers early access to new JAIN SLEE 1.1 enhancements, the Rhino 2.0 Developer Preview Release enables developers to create applications that that allow customisation of services on a per user basis. The updated JAIN SLEE 1.1 standard provides a portable Resource Adapter (RA) architecture, which standardises how network events are communicated between the Resource Adapter and the JAIN SLEE application server. This means that Resource Adapter implementations that use this release can be deployed and run in any compliant JAIN SLEE container without modification.

       
Read-write application parameters are also possible, meaning that application and user data can now be maintained within the JSLEE environment. Operators implementing applications developed in this environment will be able to offer more highly personalised services as a result.

JAIN SLEE enables operators to break free from proprietary infrastructure vendors and offers innovative applications from competitive third party developers, leading to much faster development and deployment of innovative, new services at a significantly lower cost. Providing a bridge between existing and Next Generation networks, OpenCloud's Rhino is the only carrier-grade and event-based application server available that allows operators to provide both Next Generation and convergent services.

David Ferry, CTO at OpenCloud and JAIN SLEE specification lead commented: "With the Rhino 2.0 Developer Preview Release, in-network application developers will be able to create new, fully portable telecommunications applications and to port existing ones.  The enhancements within the JAIN SLEE 1.1 Resource Adapter specification mean that operators have more choice when it comes to choosing application developers and this will stimulate innovation in the industry.  The Developer Preview Release gives developers a head start for the launch of the full Rhino 2.0 software development kit next year and provides us with valuable developer community feedback." 

Fronde Anywhere, a provider of mobile products for the financial services and corporate sectors, has today launched BusinessMobile as part of its flagship Bank Anywhere suite.

With BusinessMobile business managers can make payments or view account information - via a secure application stored on the mobile phone - wherever they are working at the time. BusinessMobile can also be configured to send proactive notifications that deposits and payments have been received, or reminders to authorised persons to approve a payment. It provides a secure alternative to business internet banking.

"Cash management is a front of mind for small to medium businesses," says Jacob Jegher, senior analyst, Celent. "Using a mobile banking solution focused on this segment allows banks to add increased value, and improve service to this key target segment of customers."

Fronde Anywhere has recognised that businesses have additional banking needs to retail banking customers, such as the requirement for built-in workflow for payment approval. BusinessMobile ensures that only designated staff can access or transact on business accounts. The solution supports tiered levels of access and authorisation including dual authorisation of payments.

"Small businesses do not have finance departments handling payments to suppliers, or chasing up overdue accounts - usually it's the business owner who does this," says Caroline Dewe, executive vice president, products and marketing at Fronde Anywhere. "Slightly larger businesses may have an in-house accountant but they still require involvement from business managers to authorise a payment before it can be processed. BusinessMobile will send the approver an alert enabling them to log in and approve the payment on the spot."

The information services available to BusinessMobile users include functionality to view company credit card balances and statements in real time; manage funds in multiple currency accounts; view balances; and receive various alerts and notifications. These include notifications when a deposit has been received, and alerts when payments over a certain value are made on a company credit card. Payments services include the ability to transfer funds; enable dual authorisation of payments; approve batch payments; make a one-off payment; and receive text notifications for payments awaiting approval.

In addition to these services, user experience, branding and service options can be aligned with the organisation's own brand - differentiating its business mobile banking solution from competitors' offerings.

BusinessMobile can be implemented as a standalone solution, or on a shared platform with the bank anywhere retail banking modules.

AOL UK has today announced the launch of its new mobile portal service. The portal will offer UK mobile users the most realistic interpretation of a full online experience including access to the key products and services of AOL's web portal: Email, web and image search, Web Surf and content channels.

The new portal allows users 30 days of continuous login to their email accounts and the ability to customise both the homepage and content channels to reflect their preferences.

Speaking at the launch, Ariel Eckstein, Vice President, Business Expansion at AOL said, "We are excited about the launch of the new mobile portal. It will raise the bar of how people can expect to interact with the Internet via their mobile phones. Throughout the process we have always been guided by the very strict principle of understanding how consumers want to experience the internet on mobile devices. The simple functionality and relevant and customisable content are a clear reflection of AOL's ability to deliver simple but innovative products that respond to emerging consumer demands."

AOL is also introducing new opportunities for advertisers to develop an edge on competitors through effective and targeted mobile advertising. Together with recently acquired Third Screen Media (TSM), a global leader in mobile advertising, AOL is able to offer advertisers space for targeted banner ads across the AOL and Third Screen Media networks.

Commenting on the launch, Dana Dunne, CEO AOL Europe said, "This launch of the UK mobile portal is a very definite milestone in AOL's development as world's largest and most effective advertising network as well as a leading provider of content. With mobile portals operating in the US, France, Germany, India and now the UK, we are in an ever stronger position to offer advertisers original and highly targeted channels to reach their audiences."

IP Networks deployed by fixed and mobile operators will lead to mainstream Voice over IP and SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) services, driven by the increasing popularity of "smart" devices such as PDAs and smartphones, according to a new report from ABI Research.

ABI Research principal analyst Ian Cox explains, "New affordable price points and ease of use will allow consumers to benefit from SIP services such as instant messaging, video sharing, and conferencing, which will join VoIP as it takes over from circuit-switched voice."

Cox adds, "We have seen the start of a revolution, as mobile handsets become the product of choice not just for voice and simple text messaging, but also for any task that one can perform on a personal computer. And as networks are replaced by ‘flat architecture' all-IP with SIP application servers in the core, all forms of communications become possible."

SIP services will develop into the norm after 2010 and rapidly begin to dominate the world's telecom markets. By 2012, almost half of all telecom users will be using at least one SIP service, but likely will have many services from multiple devices able to communicate with other users and services across the Web and between enterprise and public networks. This will generate over $150 billion in service revenue annually with cumulative infrastructure capital expenditure of over $10 billion by that date.

"Using SIP, telephony becomes another Web application, which can be integrated into other Internet services," expounds Cox. "It enables service providers to build converged voice and multimedia services."

ABI Research expects that by 2012, almost 1.2 billion VoIP users to be active, with most users also subscribing to several forms of messaging and video sharing driven by interest in user-generated content. Additional services supported by SIP will include presence, click to dial, buddy lists, e-mail, and Web access, which are assumed to be "core" services and included as standard in any service offering and bundled with broadband access. A portion of the VoIP users will also be connected to an FMC service.

In its recent report The Worldwide SIP Services Market  ABI Research is said to review the global landscape for SIP services. It includes forecasts for the market potential to 2012, including users (consumer versus business), service revenue, and capital expenditure. It forms part of three subscription Research Services: Mobile Operators, Wireless Infrastructure
and Fixed Mobile Convergence.

SpinVox, the founder of Voice-to-Screen messaging, has announced the appointment of Robert Aquilino as President of SpinVox, the UK-headquartered company's operation in the Americas.

Prior to joining SpinVox, Aquilino held positions as global president of two United Technologies Companies: Onity from 2004-2005; and Kidde R&C from 2005-2007. At both companies he dramatically improved revenue and profit performance. Prior to United Technologies, Aquilino held similar posts as global President/CEO of Invisible Fence and Tesa Entry Systems - a division of Chubb plc, where he energized each company's business performance by re-shaping the organization and accelerating growth.

"SpinVox has grown dramatically around the globe and enjoyed tremendous success in attracting both consumers and carriers to our voice-to-screen services," says Christina Domecq, CEO and co-founder of SpinVox. "Bob brings a great deal of executive experience building successful brands like Pepsi, Frito Lay and Kidde by creating a results-oriented culture that enabled those companies to sustain incredible performance."

In less than a year, SpinVox has launched voicemail to text services in the United States with Cincinnati Bell and Sasktel in Canada. Additional deals are in place with Alltel and Rogers in both geographies. Around the globe, SpinVox has formal relationships with Vodacom, Skype, Vodafone Spain, Six Apart and Telstra. SpinVox converts English, Spanish, French and German to text and offers a series of Web 2.0 applications including being able to post on Facebook, Jaiku and Twitter simply by using your voice.

Aquilino, a sixteen year veteran of PepsiCo, held a series of increasing leadership positions at Pepsi-Cola from 1981- 1991 including General Manager of Fountain and Vending for Southern Europe based in Rome, Italy. At Frito Lay from 1991 - 1997, he held positions as Director of National Sales, Vice President of Global Customer Development and Vice President of Global Business Development. Aquilino will report to Tom Clear, now the global Chief Commercial Officer for SpinVox and the previous President of SpinVox.