Red Five Labs, a mobile technology company, is to announce the beta release of Net60, its implementation of the .NET Compact Framework running on S60 3rd edition devices.  Net60 enables managed Windows Mobile applications to run unchanged on S60 devices.

Using C# and Visual Basic .NET in Visual Studio, developers can now use the .NET Compact Framework environment to build applications for Symbian devices.  The beta release is intended for System Integrators and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) who are interested in exploring the possibilities of Net60 ahead of the commercial release.

Accuris Networks, a specialist in Fixed Mobile Convergence, and TNO Information and Communication Technology in the Netherlands, have announced 'the world's first' independent Voice Call Continuity showcase.  The showcase, which is based on Accuris's AccuROAM FMC platform is said to show that mobile operators can realise IMS compliant applications without investing in a full IMS core.

The 3GPP has defined the Voice Call Continuity (VCC) specifications in order to describe how a voice call can be continued, as a mobile phone moves between circuit switched and packet switched radio domains. Mobile operators are interested in this technology in order to create service bundles as they enter the DSL market and also to gain enterprise market share through fixed mobile substitution. Allowing enterprise users to carry voice traffic over office premises WiFi and then seamlessly handing calls over to cellular networks as WiFi radio quality degrades, provides for mobile operator ARPU increases while offering significant cost savings to SMEs and SoHo subscribers.

Given the definition of VCC as an IMS application, many mobile operators are currently evaluating this technology as part of the same projects as IMS core considerations. However, IMS-compliant solution architectures can be realised by mobile operators without investing in a full IMS core. This proposition has now been validated within the IMS showcase environment in TNO's experience center. Accuris Networks has integrated the market-leading AccuROAM VCC implementation to OpenIMS infrastructure at the TNO site and is now demonstrating a comprehensive set of carrier grade VCC features there. In fact, this implementation extends beyond basic voice functionality to also persist Supplementary Services and Messaging features across both cellular and WiFi domains. The entire mobile telephony user experience is then preserved for subscribers with dual mode handsets, attaching to WiFi access points.

Aidan Dillon, CEO at Accuris Networks said "We are delighted to be working with TNO in relation to this VCC showcase. The extensive test and demonstration equipment that they retain, along with their rapid realisation of a VCC solution that includes a range of third party components, highlights their unrivalled competencies in this space. We look forward to jointly welcoming many interested parties with TNO, to observe and evaluate the VCC showcase in their IMS experience centre ".

Toon Norp, TNO's business consultant for IMS remarked "At TNO our approach to innovation is integrated and practical, we have taken a VCC solution AccuROAM from Accuris Networks and demonstrated it in an IMS environment to prove that mobile operators can realise IMS compliant solution architectures by combining different components from individual best-of-breed players.  We look forward to demonstrating and sharing our findings with interested parties".

CBOSS has successfully integrated the billing systems of Yeniseytelecom and STeK GSM in Russia.

The integration was performed in line with the business development strategy of Yeniseytelecom and involved the unification of different currencies used by the telecoms' billing systems. The complex project also featured various services including technological consulting, business process reengineering, system integration, etc.

The centralization of Yeniseytelecom's billing on a single platform brings down hardware maintenance costs and drives more efficient use of resources to launch new services and install updates. Another benefit of the integration is the normalization of the companies' reporting and accounting, which improves business manageability and provides better informed decision-making based on higher data availability. Moreover, the centralization allows the service provider to prepare and simultaneously launch unified offerings for all subscribers served in its networks.

The migration to Yeniseytelecom's billing has not affected STeK GSM's operation and services. Today, the unified platform successfully supports all tariffs and business processes of both  companies.

Adding to the migration of data and setting of the postpaid billing and customer care system CBOSSbcc, the core of the solution, CBOSS specialists also changed configurations of CBOSS' value-added services including the Internet customer service CBOSSics, automated customer care system CBOSSacc, etc.

"In record time, CBOSS has transferred more than 90 000 customer accounts to our billing system," said Vladimir Kostjuk, IT Director at Yeniseytelecom. "We appreciate the high quality of provided services and hope that it will remain on the same level".

CBOSS has unique, time-tested expertise in data migration from various billing systems without business operation interruption and taking into account existing technological processes, which guarantees transferred data integrity, uninterruptible service provisioning, and minimum modifications to the legacy business processes.

Jasper Wireless, the licensed global machine-to-machine (M2M) mobile operator, has today announced cellular M2M service availability in Europe. By converging wireless technologies and on-demand Internet applications, Jasper Wireless is said to be introducing the 'first and only' service platform for connecting and managing machines around the world.

Jasper Wireless' service offering allows the company to deliver next-generation M2M communications and management that can be applied to numerous industries, including transportation, security, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare and retail.

"For global OEMs, the promise of connecting machines lies in new business models that increase revenues and profits," said Jahangir Mohammed, chief executive officer of Jasper Wireless. "But the new M2M era depends on both connecting machines and managing them globally. Jasper Wireless spent years meticulously studying the needs of the global M2M businesses and building a solid foundation with our technology, our team, and our partners. We are ready for the new M2M era."

Jasper Wireless is an operator member of the GSM Association and has built its network and service to offer capabilities said to be previously unavailable in the M2M market.

Truvo, the largest publisher of directories in The Netherlands, has launched a downloadable Java search service for mobile users based on mobilePeople's popular 'liquid' platform. Truvo, formally called World Directories, headquartered in the US, is the first international directory publisher to make a number of different content sources searchable besides their own yellow pages (Goulden Gids) and white pages (Nationale Telefongids).

Truvo's searchable content includes yellow pages, white pages, news from De Telegraaf (in RSS feed format), weather, ringtones and wallpapers with fully integrated billing and WAP sites. Of particular interest is the direct link to Wikipedia, providing an invaluable search and information resource on the move. The integration of different content sources increases traffic in Truvo's mobile portal and ensures the stickiness of the service with users.

The solution utilises a single search box approach, when users type in a search term mobilePeople undertakes a search across all data sources and returns results by category. Then using a drop down menu, the user can also select to search by category. Furthermore, users can save results to their phonebook, call a business directly and contact a company by sending an email directly out of the search results.

The "liquid Map" solution provides the option to display the results of businesses or people on a fully realised map which can be zoomed and panned. mobilePeople utilises Scaleable Vector Graphics (SVG) which is superior to other map technologies as the map is handled inside the phone, is much faster and incurs less traffic cost for the user. Additionally users can click on a point of interest and they will receive additional information in a pop-up menu. The user can then highlight an entire street and view information on it just by clicking through.

Roeland De Meulemeester, Group Manager Online, Truvo NL, commented on the launch: "The Dutch mobile user is very discerning and therefore Truvo strives to provide the best and most relevant information to our users. With mobilePeople we have ensured that Truvo is the first directory provider to enable users to search third-party pages, to provide an unrivalled information experience."

Jens Andersen, CEO and co-founder of mobilePeople said: "mobilePeople is delighted to be working with such an innovative directory as Truvo. Dutch mobile users have been crying out for access to sites such as Wikipedia and now they have the tools at their fingertips."

In May 2007 Truvo launched the browser based (WAP 2.0) mobile search solution with mobilePeople. The launch of the Java client in The Netherlands is set to be followed by further country launches in Portugal, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland in the coming months.

Private Mobile Networks, the UK provider of private GSM network technology, has today announced that it is moving ahead on a major project to develop an integrated voice and data communications station for rapid deployment with Link Telecom, an organisation specialising in providing business and personal mobile phones, tariff deals, mobile phone accessories and voice and data products.

Link Telecom's partnership with PMN (part of the TeleWare Group) covers the Private Mobile eXchange (PMX) product, delivering the full portfolio of TeleWare's intelligent applications over private mobile networks, including corporate mailbox facilities, call recording on-demand and instant conferencing. 

"We are very pleased to be partnering with PMN, the private mobile networks solution complements our existing suite of products," said Matthew Wright, Commercial Director of Link Telecom.  "We see some very exciting opportunities particularly in the emergency services and construction areas, where we are already active," added Wright.

Link Telecoms will enable customers to purchase fully integrated communications through providing connectivity, hardware, services, administration, support and system management. The initial focus will be in the area of rapid deployment of fully functional voice and data solutions, suitable for use as temporary or emergency deployment to provide internet, phone and security and transmission capabilities. The partnership with Private Mobile Networks to deliver the Private Mobile eXchange will complement their existing products and extends the portfolio offering to business customers.

"The expertise that Link Telecom provides in the integration area is important to ensuring a complete offering covering both voice and data services," explained Chris Moore, Sales Director at Private Mobile Networks.  "They have the expertise and, during the test phase of this project, have proven their commitment to delivering the highest standard of service to their customers, so we look forward to an exciting and profitable future together," he concluded.

Appear, a leading provider of context-aware mobile software, has announced a strategic partnership with telent, a leader in the provision of ICT services to the UK Transport and Public sectors.Through the partnership, telent will promote, resell and integrate Appear's enterprise mobility platform for its customers. telent will also offer consulting services for Appear customers in the UK.

"When equipping a mobile workforce with PDAs, smartphones and other wireless devices, it is critical to understand how employees will use these devices, and what it will cost to deploy and maintain a mobility solution," says Peter Felton, Business Development Director for the rail division of telent.  "It makes no sense to simply transfer desktop applications to wireless devices. Increasingly, organisations want to package and deliver applications and information based on the user's situation at the time a request enters the system. This translates into increased employee productivity, the development of new services, and an improved return on the organisation's mobile solution."

A recent study conducted by the research company IDC confirms that European transportation companies are now realising the benefits of context-aware mobile solutions - achieving both operational gains and customer service enhancements. "To move beyond just wireless location-based services, the most crucial aspect of a mobile solution is the user context, the actionable and combined use of location, profile, language, time, type of mobile device, network bandwidth availability. This translates into a system that provides information services that are relevant to specific operative situations and transportation business environments," states Ivano Ortis, programme manager at IDC.

The research is claimed to support telent's choice of Appear's technology in order to implement enterprise-grade, reliable and efficient mobile application deployments in the transport and public sectors. telent views Appear's context-aware software as a key technology to develop its market position. "It is no surprise that the first adopters of Appear's context-aware technologies were leading European ground transport operators, who face the same challenges: a constantly mobile workforce distributed in disparate geographical locations, a dynamic and complex workflow model, requiring users to share and access real-time information on the job," adds Mr Felton.

The recent deployment of a context-aware mobile solution to 10,000 workers at Netherlands Railways, Europe's largest deployment of mobile devices over a WLAN network, as well as other successful projects delivered within Europe, such as the Paris Subway, confirms Appear's position as a transport market leader.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with transportation industry experts such as telent. This partnership confirms the interest from UK transport companies to adopt intelligent, innovative and future-proof mobile solutions and allows us to bring our experiences of complex context-aware wireless projects to the UK market," said Xavier Aubry, Chief Executive Officer for Appear.

Telefónica and Nokia have today announced they are working together to accelerate the adoption of new Internet services on mobile devices by providing Telefónica customers with easy access to both Telefónica and Nokia Internet services.  The collaboration includes areas such as menu customization, technology and billing co-operation.

As part of the collaboration, Nokia will customize the new Multimedia Menu to provide easy access to Telefónica services.. Similarly, Telefonica customers will be able to access all Nokia services through the Multimedia Menu.

Julio Linares, General Manager for Coordination, Business Development and Synergies, Telefónica S.A. said, "We want to provide our customers with an unparalleled mobile experience and by working with partners like Nokia, we can ensure that they have access to the best in Internet services. Our customers can take advantage of Telefónica's high quality mobile broadband network to access both Telefónica and Nokia services, as well as other third-party applications, and I'm confident that this will drive a dramatic increase in user uptake of these new services over the coming years."

"We're extremely excited about this collaboration as I believe it can pave the way for a new way of working throughout our industry. Ease of use has always been at heart of Nokia devices and this collaboration is an important step in creating the same experience for Internet services," said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President and General Manager Nokia Multimedia. "Nokia devices and services are based on open standards, which makes it easy for us to work with forward thinking operators such as Telefónica to provide consumers with choice regarding which Internet services they want to access from their mobile device."

Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), the UK multimedia mobile interactive services provider, has secured a two year partnership with service provider Telecom Express  whose customers include, BBC, Five, News International and Guardian Media Group.

A core component of the agreement will see Telecom Express licensing MIDAS - MIG's next generation Mobile Interactive Delivery Application Solution.

MIDAS is specifically designed to handle high volumes of mobile interactive services to campaigns that include voting, competitions, quizzes, pin codes, bar-coding and mobile content subscription services. Performance on the platform is maintained 24/7, ensuring participants are interacting with a highly reliable and robust service.

"It's no longer appropriate for a business such as ours to simply plug into a mobile aggregator's gateway to provide mobile interactive services," commented Damon Russell, Telecom Express' CEO, "We needed to partner with a business  that could offer proven carrier grade applications and dedicated support, combined with exceptional experience and knowledge of the media and entertainment industry.  MIG is a forward thinking business and share our commitment to providing technical excellence and innovation to the UK media market.".

Barry Houlihan, Managing Director of MIG commented "In light of all the issues that we have seen with Broadcasters during this year we felt it was vital to rebuild client confidence in interactive TV services. Recognising this we are delighted to be working with Telecom Express who share our commitment in delivering services that stand-up to any level of scrutiny and restore the consumers' confidence."

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, confirmed today that WCDMA has achieved 70% market share of all commercial 3G networks. A total of 182 WCDMA networks are commercially launched in 81 countries, of which 144 networks (i.e. almost 80%) in 68 countries have also launched HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access - the first evolution of WCDMA). Forty HSDPA networks entered commercial service in the past 6 months (i.e. 38% increase).

The 3G/HSDPA Operator Commitments survey released today by GSA also confirms 3.6 Mbps as the new benchmark in downlink peak data speed for mobile broadband services using HSPA - High Speed Packet Access.
Seventy-five HSDPA networks, i.e. 52 % of the total of 144 commercial networks, support 3.6 Mbps or higher peak downlink data speeds in commercial service in 42 countries today. This figure includes 23 commercial networks in 15 countries that support 7.2 Mbps or higher peak speeds.

A further 45 HSDPA networks are in various phases of rollout and testing, confirming a total of 189 HSDPA operator commitments in 82 countries, with a regional split as follows:

Americas: 11 countries
APAC: 16 countries
Europe: 41 countries
Middle East/Africa: 14 countries

GSA forecasts that the number of commercial HSDPA networks will reach 160 by end 2007.

The survey also confirms that 41 operators have committed to deploying HSUPA (High Speed Uplink Packet Access). Sixteen HSUPA networks have entered commercial service in 15 countries.

GSA calculates that there are over 900 million GSM, WCDMA and HSPA subscribers today in HSPA-enabled networks worldwide.


The GSA 3G/HSDPA Operator Commitments survey (October 8, 2007) is available to download at www.gsacom.com

In the first quarter of 2008, TeliaSonera is to launching SurfOpen and a so-called value window. SurfOpen is an Internet tool that simplifies mobile surfing by staying in sight at the top of the mobile display in a similar way as the web browser's icons. The value window is said to be an entirely new kind of mobile advertisement channel, an interactive space where the customer can access his or her favourite services and attractive offers in a quick and simple manner.    
   
Internet users are used to navigating on the PC, and a similar navigation tool is needed to surf with the mobile phone. TeliaSonera has therefore developed SurfOpen, which stays in sight at the top of the mobile display during surfing in a similar way as the browser's icons. SurfOpen comprises tabs for favourites, search engine and advertisements, for example. 
 
"SurfOpen simplifies things for all our customers who surf on the Internet with their mobile phones. Current and new customers familiar with the Internet on the PC will find their way in the service, and they do not even have to learn things again when they change their phones," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Mobility Services. 
 
The value window appears when the phone is idle and not when the user needs the display to surf, read text messages or study the calendar. The value window is interactive, which means that the customers can browse forward and look at only those ads that interest them. In addition, the users can use the value window to collect their own favourite services on the phone's own background. By clicking the content, the user can then transfer to the service in question. 
 
"Sending advertisements to our customers have been technically possible for many years, but it is only now that we have come up with a smart and simple solution favourable to both our customers and the advertisers.  The customers gain a quick and simple way of accessing their favourite services and attractive offers. Simultaneously we create new revenue models in the mobile industry," says Kenneth Karlberg, President of TeliaSonera Mobility Services.

With more than 100 million mobile customers throughout Europe, the France Telecom Group operates in some of the world's most competitive markets. To increase revenue, reduce churn and maintain its competitive edge, France Telecom has selected Telcordia Technologies as its preferred vendor for service quality analysis. Orange UK is the first France Telecom property to deploy Telcordia Service Director which analyses disparate network and operational data to present a consolidated view of service degradations and their impact on customers. This capability will help Orange UK improve customer satisfaction by continually monitoring user experiences and taking pre-emptive action to correct problems before they become noticeable to customers.
 
Service Director is part of the Telcordia Service Management Suite. Orange UK's deployment of Service Director builds on its existing, highly successful relationship with Telcordia
 
"Operators worldwide turn to Telcordia when they need innovative, robust and flexible solutions that address today's biggest challenges," said Michael Anderson, President, Global Solutions, Telcordia. "One of those challenges is service management. Telcordia Service Director gives savvy operators the ability to harness the power of service management to increase revenue, reduce churn and strengthen their competitive edge. With Service Director's end-to-end view of and control over services, those operators can continue to put customers first by ensuring consistently high quality of service for popular applications such as mobile TV and e-mail, as well as fixed-mobile services."

PEOPLEnet, the Ukraine´s first nationwide 3G mobile operator, has chosen a Nortel advanced mobile broadband solution for expanding its existing 3G network across the country to meet widespread demand for high-bandwidth, real-time wireless services.

PEOPLEnet´s expanded network will rely on Nortel 1xEV-DO Rev A technology to launch high-speed, mobile broadband services for central, eastern and southern Ukraine. The PEOPLEnet network expansion will allow Ukrainians to experience faster speeds for wireless Internet, watch mobile TV, make video calls and use other multimedia services based on high-speed data transmission.

"PEOPLEnet empowers and unites people across the Ukraine by ensuring feature-rich communication services are accessible to as many people as possible," said Vitalii Vorozhbyt, general director, PEOPLEnet. "We prefer to work with the best industry vendors, adapting their proven solutions for our market. Nortel was selected because of its experience and expertise in broadband deployment as well as its progressive 1x EV-DO Rev A solution. I believe that our customers will see the benefits from our co-operation with Nortel very soon and enjoy the best of 3G mobile services."

 "With its Nortel solution, PEOPLEnet is bringing an affordable and powerful mobile broadband experience to people across the Ukraine," said Darryl Edwards, president, EMEA, Nortel. "PEOPLEnet is also making the most of the Ukraine´s existing broadband wireless spectrum to deliver real-time services such as video, mobile music and interactive 3D gaming as well as IP services such as VoIP and high-speed file transfers, Nortel´s mobile broadband EV-DO Rev A technologies help provide this true broadband experience and give always-on, seamless connections to business and consumers. The technologies also help enable delivery of higher-definition, multimedia video and other real-time applications that lay the foundation for the future Hyperconnected era of communications where more and more people and applications will be connected to the network."

PEOPLEnet´s Ukraine network is Nortel´s first 1x EV-DO Rev A with Mobile Switching Center contract win in Eastern Europe. This technology creates networking efficiencies for delivering high-speed services and driving reduced capital and operating costs. The solution comprises Nortel´s CDMA Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) 3030  which is the industry´s highest capacity micro base station; CDMA Enhanced Base Station Controllers ; Packet Mobile Switching Center ; a Media Gateway 15000 ; and 1xEV-DO Rev A technology. This combination of next-generation network components allows operators to reliably serve more customers on the same spectrum while delivering VoIP and other advanced multimedia services that enhance the user experience and increase subscriber loyalty. The first shipment of infrastructure equipment has already been delivered to the Ukraine.

Ericsson has announced the launch of infrastructure and device platforms for WCDMA/HSPA in the 2.6GHz frequency band. The move is said to be triggered by strong market interest and supports the growth of mobile broadband worldwide.

Ericsson says the launch of HSPA products for the 2.6GHz frequency band provides an immediate and secure choice for operators planning to offer mobile broadband services in this band.

The initiative also follows increased interest from mobile device manufacturers in launching HSPA devices for the 2.6GHz band. In turn, Ericsson is adding 2.6GHz support to its successful family of WCDMA/HSPA device platforms and mobile broadband modules for use in notebook computers.

New licenses for the 2.6GHz frequency band are now becoming available globally and Ericsson's HSPA solution for the 2.6GHz frequency band supports opportunities for operators to create new markets.

The deployment of HSPA on the 2.6GHz frequency band also stimulates current HSPA operators to further grow their existing mobile broadband business into new frequency bands, as it allows them to leverage existing infrastructure, providing greater cost efficiency, and supports a wider range of end-user devices.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Vice President and Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson, says: "The launch of HSPA products for the 2.6GHz frequency band supports Ericsson's ambition to bring mobile broadband everywhere, at any time, from any device to as many people as possible.

"HSPA is a proven technology and the leading industry standard. It is already deployed in several frequency bands - including 850, 1700, 1800, 1900 and 2100MHz - and deployment in the 900MHz frequency band will start soon. Support in the 2.6GHz frequency band brings the economies of scale of HSPA also to operators with 2.6GHz licenses and their end users."

Today, HSPA is available in more than 130 live networks worldwide with more than 50 additional deployments ongoing.

The commercial launch of networks and end-user devices with HSPA support in the 2.6GHz frequency band is set to the latter part of 2008.