Including over 1,500 customer upgrades – Two retail outlets opened – New phone insurance product announced with 3 free months for new customers

Anglia Telecom,  a wholly owned subsidiary of TTG Europe plc, the AIM quoted provider of fixed and mobile, voice and internet telecommunications solutions to business customers in the Benelux and the UK, has announced that it achieved its highest-ever number of monthly mobile connections in June.

Anglia sold over 3,500 brand new connections and carried out over 1,500 handset upgrades. This is substantially higher than the connection rate for previous months and continues the recent trend of growth in the company's business. Current figures for July show that the new month has followed through strongly with similar levels of connection.

As a consequence, Anglia has taken on additional staff to deal with its continuing expansion which also includes the opening of two new mobile phone shops, one in Great Yarmouth and one in Ipswich.

This month Anglia Telecom also introduced a new insurance product. This will enable existing and new customers to buy insurance at competitive rates for their mobile phones underwritten by one of the UK's major insurance providers. For new customers the initial three-month period will be free.

All of these new initiatives come partly as a result of Anglia's continuing progress in expanding its dealer base and its ability to provide them with the tools to give customers first-class service and value. It already has a nationwide network of resellers through which it offers UK-based SME and corporate customers a complete range of fixed and mobile solutions for voice, data and internet.

Andrew Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Anglia Telecom said: "We are very pleased with the progress that Anglia has made over the course of the last few months. We are doing more business as a result of a clear focus on recruiting dealers and ensuring that they are trained to our high standards as quickly as possible. We have also ensured that the quality of the dealers we already have on board is maintained. We are delighted to be opening two retail outlets in East Anglia to support the ongoing expansion of our business.

Justin Humphries of Just Call In, one of Anglia Telecom's dealers said: "We have been impressed by the vigour with which Anglia is pushing into the market. The innovation which has been displayed, particularly with the introduction of the new insurance products and the expansion of the retail outlets, will ensure that Anglia keeps its place as one of the top telecommunications companies catering for the needs of the SME market in the UK."

First of its kind deal between BMG and 3 – Dido, Britney and Outkast among first to screen on mobile video jukebox

3, the UK’s first video mobile network, has announced it has teamed up with the major record company BMG to launch the first ever mobile video jukebox enabling 3 customers’ to stream the latest music videos direct to their video mobiles.

The new video jukebox service - the first of its kind in the UK - will see 3 customers able to choose from a selection of the latest and greatest music videos to watch on their 3 handsets. They will be able to watch the latest releases on 3’s music video chart through ‘Today on 3’ – the UK’s first live mobile news and entertainment channel that launched in March.

The service launches today, 2 August, with a range of full-length videos from BMG's unrivalled roster of major artists such as: Christina Aguilera, Dido, Outkast, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Will Young.

3 customers will be able to both watch and hear the latest music video releases four to six weeks in advance of the single launch. With 3’s music video chart, customers will be able to choose from over forty, full length music videos, with up to five new releases going live on the service every week.

Music videos will be priced at £1.50 and will be available to either QuickPlay (stream direct) or to download to the handset and play for as long as the customer chooses.  Alternatively 3 customers can also buy an Unlimited Entertainment Add-On for £10 per month, which will allow them to enjoy unlimited amounts of 3’s music and entertainment service over the course of a month.

Gareth Jones, Chief Operating Officer at 3, commented:  “For the first time, music fans will be able to see the latest full-length music videos on their mobile before they see them anywhere else.  3 is bringing the colour, glamour and theatre of the latest music video releases direct to people’s mobiles. As the first mobile company to launch this video jukebox service, 3 is again setting the agenda for video mobile services. We believe that this service will fast become the way customers choose to watch and engage with the latest music videos – on demand and whilst on the move.”

Tim Bowen, Chairman, BMG UK & Ireland, added: "The mobile phone has already demonstrated to the industry its versatility as a platform to carry music content. 3's new technology develops on from ringtones by giving a brand new must-have music application to consumers on the move."

Commenting on the announcement BPI chairman Peter Jamieson said: "The UK recording industry is committed to making its repertoire available as widely as possible. We welcome 3's investment in turning mobile phones into video jukeboxes. This service typifies what you might call the Martini approach to music distribution - the industry is committed to making music available any time, any place, anywhere the music fan wants to listen to it.”

The most popular videos will be presented in a music video chart, which will be updated each week.

Video jukebox is the latest addition to 3’s constantly evolving music services which successfully combine a range of original programming from music partners such as MTV and Pete Tong to provide the latest exclusive video news, views, and performances that ensures 3 customers are at the cutting edge of what is hot in music.

Volantis, the world’s leading supplier of technology for delivering the mobile internet, announces the immediate availability of Multi-Channel Server (MCS) version 3.

MCS 3 increases developer productivity within mobile content providers, mobile network operators and enterprises by integrating with the Eclipse Platform, the leading open source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). MCS 3 also delivers performance enhancements and extended support for dynamic content integration that supports Volantis’ newest product, Distributed Service Broker, also announced today.

In MCS 3, developers use Eclipse and Volantis plug-ins to realise immediate productivity gains, as well as being able to leverage other plug-ins, skills and resources of the industry’s leading IDE. Eclipse developers can also exploit the familiarity of having the same environment for Volantis as well as for their other development projects.

“Mobile data access is rapidly reaching critical mass – according to recent figures, there are 1.4 billion pages browsed per month in the UK alone, double the figure for last year. This growth is bigger than SMS,” says Mark Watson, CTO of Volantis. “The challenge organisations face is to rapidly exploit this trend whilst keeping the cost of development low for the growing number of mobile devices. 3, AT&T Wireless, FHM and several other EMAP brands,, and all leverage Volantis technology to achieve effective content and service delivery.”

MCS New Feature Highlights:

Productive and integrated Eclipse-based development environment – with a flexible project-style model, wizard-based creation, intuitive visual editors and an open plug-in interface

Easier automatic support of new devices – using the enhanced device-update wizard

Integrated Image Conversion Service – providing efficient transcoding of digital assets from one high quality source

Simplified and flexible menu provision – mark-up based support for multiple menu-types, including grid-based or “Home Deck” presentation for mobile portals

Enhanced content integration – with additional update and transactional interaction with SQL databases

Extended device recognition and device support capabilities

TTG Mobile is a new opportunity for all telecoms resellers - TTG Netherland's channel expansion continues with KPN deal

TTG Europe, the AIM quoted provider of fixed and mobile, voice, data and internet telecommunications solutions to business customers in the Benelux countries and the UK, has today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary TTG Netherlands, has agreed a new deal to distribute KPN's Mobile solutions and the opening of its new distribution division TTG Mobile. This KPN deal extends TTG's mobile portfolio following the Vodafone reseller arrangement announcement last year. In addition TTG Netherlands is in discussion with other mobile operators about further distribution deals.

The new distribution division will be based in the World Trade Center Amsterdam Zuid and recruitment has begun for the various financial, operational and marketing positions.

An active campaign will also be launched in August to recruit mobile resellers throughout the Netherlands with a 2004 target of 50.

The new distribution division means that TTG Netherlands has a growing and flexible number of channels to market and further develops its aim of being a one-stop-shop for businesses by offering fixed-line, mobile and data solutions for all sizes of enterprises from SMEs to corporates.

Graham Pollard, CEO of TTG Netherlands and Belgium said: "The introduction of this division is the beginning of a new era for TTG. It is a significant step forward for us and opens up a number of new channels to market which will enable us to continue our strategy of expanding our dealer network. This in turn will enable us to more effectively serve our customers. As ever, our high levels of reliability and quality for our customers are the watchwords for this expansion as we move forward. This is why we continually obtain top placings from customers in telecommunications surveys such as the recently published one from the BTG."

Arno de Lange, Business Account Manager, KPN added: "I am absolutely delighted with this new partnership between TTG Netherlands and KPN Mobile. KPN Mobile has every confidence in TTG as a distributor in Mobile services and we are looking forward to the future together".

June’s UK text messaging figure of 2.10 billion sets a new record, making it the 6th consecutive month of reporting a total in excess of 2 billion texts, according to figures released today by the Mobile Data Association (MDA). Person-to-person texts sent across the UK GSM network operators last month show an increase of 28% on the total sent during the same period in 2003.

Throughout June and July the Mobile Data Association (MDA) and Shearings Holidays have been hosting a series of drop in text messaging workshops and special promotion days for the 50+ age group at Wyevale Garden Centres.

The events are proving to be a huge success, Swindon being the busiest so far with 200 visitors. Experts have been answering queries, teaching people how to text and providing guidance on using handsets at home and abroad, now that the holiday season is upon us.

The majority of visitors to the roadshows have not known how to text at all and are hesitant to use the facility, but are pleasantly surprised once they have talked to the text message team.

On learning how to text, one visitor announced how ‘cool’ it was that she could now text her grand-children, and how delighted they would be to get a message from Gran!

A couple, one of whom was deaf, were amazed at how easy text messaging actually is and on realising that handsets can vibrate rather than ring, they have decided to invest in mobile technology purely for its text messaging purposes.

The programme of workshops has been developed by the MDA as part of its ongoing education initiative for older consumers.

Over the last five years ( has witnessed text messaging grow from a popular craze to becoming an essential communication tool. The full statistics of this text message explosion and monthly figure releases can be found at: also carries out text message counts on specific days throughout the year. Diary dates incorporating the most recent figures are listed on the web site at

StarHub's latest service further strengthens its stronghold in wireless push email solutions

StarHub, Singapore's innovative info-communications provider, and Smartner, the winner of GSM Innovative Award 2003 and the European leader in mobile email and office solutions, have announced StarHub's deployment of the award-winning Smartner Duality Always-on Mail Solution to further extend its popular suite of PushMail services and provide instant email connectivity to a variety of Windows Mobile or Symbian based mobile devices such as O2 Xda II, Sony Ericsson P900 and Nokia 6600.

Starting from 22 July 2004, StarHub's corporate customers can subscribe to the new mobile data service - StarHub Duality - at S$28 monthly for 4 MB of data access or S$68 monthly for unlimited data access.

StarHub Duality offers connection to two different email servers - Domino and Exchange, and extends secure access to users on Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes email browsers through their mobile phones. 

The unique technology powering StarHub Duality automatically and instantaneously delivers emails received at the desktops or laptops, to users via their mobile phones. They can then reply to the emails received as well as compose new emails from their mobile phones, like they would on their computers in the office.  With StarHub's extensive GPRS roaming coverage, customers who are overseas are able to receive emails pushed to their mobile devices as seamlessly as sending or receiving SMS messages. For example, while waiting in the immigration line at the airport in India, you can still receive new corporate emails via your mobile phone instantaneously.

Companies on Exchange server and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices enjoy the added convenience of providing their users better control over their desktop functionality with the access of calendar and email folders on their mobile phones. They can view and update their calendar, set appointments, create and accept meeting requests, as well as file their emails from the Inbox directly into the folders on their desktop.

"Today, business deals are not always conducted in boardrooms. Key decisions are often made while executives are on the move around the world. Increasingly, companies recognise that it is crucial to provide seamless and easy to use always-on email access for their executives to gain the edge of faster turnaround time and higher productivity regardless of location," said Mr Chan Kin Hung, head of mobile services at StarHub. "StarHub is the pioneer provider of wireless push email solution with our launch of BlackBerry for Enterprise, BlackBerry for Individual, and BlackBerry on Nokia solutions.  To help our customers better manage information, converse and exchange ideas wherever they go with a good selection of various mobile devices, we decided to expand our suite of PushMail solutions by introducing StarHub Duality.  This not only allows customers to have access to time-critical information, but also a choice of PushMail devices to best suit their lifestyle needs and preferences."

Added Mr Chan: "With their office emails and calendar appointments 'pushed' seamlessly to and sent from mobile phones, our customers on any of our PushMail solutions can stay truly mobile and connected via the email anytime, anywhere. This way, they will never miss another important email again."

 "We are proud to bring an open-standard push email solution to Singapore on StarHub's advanced and robust GSM/GPRS network with extensive roaming capabilities," said Mr Paul Hedman, chief executive officer, Smartner.  "Together with StarHub, the leading solution amongst enterprises and business professionals in Europe is now available for the first time in Asia Pacific."

This new value-added service will also be available soon to individual StarHub mobile customers who require always-on access to their corporate email accounts.

Highly-reliable solutions to help create next generation satellite communications system

Nortel Networks and Cogent, a UK-based systems integrator focused on military networks, will deliver a multiservice packet-based transport infrastructure as part of a next generation military satellite network for the government of the United Kingdom. The satellite network – known as Skynet 5 – is expected to provide a secure, reliable and robust communications infrastructure for UK armed forces throughout the world.

The packet network will provide UK armed forces with a highly reliable and robust method for delivering mission critical voice and data communications. Nortel Networks multiservice switches are being deployed directly in military vehicles and ships to guarantee the voice quality of communications by minimizing compression delay and echo typically associated with satellite communications by providing sophisticated bandwidth management and a comprehensive suite of voice processing functionality.

"Skynet 5 required a multiservice communications solution that delivers secure, carrier grade, reliable end-to-end transport for battlefield voice and data traffic," said Ian Griffiths, director, Communications and Information Networks UK, Cogent. "The decision to choose Nortel Networks multiservice switches to build the Skynet 5 network is a clear demonstration of the successful relationship between Nortel Networks and Cogent in the delivery of such systems."

"To meet the stringent needs of supplying networking solutions to the military, the technology must provide high service availability from the start," said Darryl Edwards, president, northern region, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), Nortel Networks. "Nortel Networks telephony and multiservice switching solutions provide a high level of reliability and security, and are capable of supporting mission-critical applications in military environments."

The packet-based transport infrastructure is based on Nortel Networks Passport 7400 multiservice switches and Meridian 1 PBXs. Passport is the proven platform of choice for enterprises building carrier grade, robust, multiservice networks able to deliver the very high levels of Quality of Service required for very sensitive, mission critical traffic.

With more than 40,000 multiservice systems deployed worldwide for more than 1,500 customers, Passport is the proven solution for customers requiring a carrier grade network that delivers 99.999 percent availability. Nortel
Networks held the #1 market share globally in multiservice WAN switching in the first quarter of 2004, according to the DellOro Group, Synergy Research Group and In-Stat/MDR.

The Meridian 1 System portfolio provides communication solutions for organizations of all sizes requiring advanced applications such as multimedia, IP telephony, call center, unified messaging, and wireless mobility. With more than 50 million lines deployed worldwide, Meridian 1 is the leading platform for customers who need flexibility, high reliability and investment protection.

ARM microprocessor cores will power new wireless products, helping Huawei to drive business growth in dynamic new markets

Huawei Technologies and ARM have today announced a major licensing agreement for ARM7 and ARM9 family microprocessors. Huawei, a fast-growing networking and wireless solutions provider, will launch a range of new wireless products based on the ARM architecture in 2006. The company's existing strength in mobility ideally positions it to target the WCDMA wireless market with the ARM Powered solutions.

Speed of product development, containing costs and managing risks were key factors in Huawei's decision for a partner and processor architecture that would help it succeed in this highly competitive market.

"Simply put, we must innovate to stay competitive. Entering the wireless market will have a great impact on our business, so it was critical to select an architecture on which we could rely," said He Tingbo, vice president of Research & Development, Huawei Technologies. "We have to move fast and be flexible in order to keep abreast of changing consumer  demands. ARM's extensive Partner network and expertise in creating digital solutions for consumers on the move provides the balance we need."

Huawei has licensed the ARM7TDMI microprocessor core and the ARM926EJ Prime Starter Kit - which includes the ARM926EJ microprocessor core, the ARM926EJ PrimeXsys Platform and the Embedded Trace Macrocell module. The ARM926EJ Prime Starter Kit provides Huawei with methodology and hardware for verification and system integration - and a platform for  accelerating new designs to market.

Huawei will also leverage the ARM Connected Community, including ARM Foundry Program Partners, for third-party development tools and support for technologies. This also means members of the ARM Partner network in China will have even greater access to design their own system-on-chip products, supporting the advancement of the electronics industry in China.

"This strategic agreement underlines ARM's experience and knowledge in China. Huawei is an exciting company to be aligned with, especially at this time and at this point in its evolution," said Jun Tan, president of ARM China. "The ARM architecture is a proven foundation on which Huawei can create products to enable consumers to access meaningful digital content whether at home, work or at play."

Launch of 3G data cards – Extension of Wi-Fi to over 500 HotSpots in the UK – Tariff combining unlimited access to both data cards and Wi-Fi

T-Mobile has today announced the launch of its 3G data cards, combined with the extension of its Wi-Fi HotSpot access points across the UK and the introduction of a unique offer that provides unlimited usage of both the data cards and Wi-Fi access on the same tariff. Aimed in particular at the travelling business person, T-Mobile is delivering unrivalled ability to access the internet and corporate systems at high speed and on the move.

The 3G data cards give access speeds of up to 128 KB, a speed which will progressively increase to 384KB in the coming months and enable effective browsing of the internet, e-mail on the move and access to customers' corporate data systems, as well as services such as video telephony, when used in conjunction with a camera either built into or attached to a laptop.

With the card, customers can have unlimited Wi-Fi, GPRS and 3G access, with seamless roaming between GPRS and 3G, depending on the coverage available. T-Mobile's Wi-Fi service, another unique offering among mobile operators is now available at over 500 locations in the UK (over 7,000 group-wide) and offers broadband internet access and services at speeds of over 1MB. T-Mobile plans a very considerable increase in the roll-out of its Wi-Fi HotSpots throughout the UK.

Commenting, Brian McBride, Managing Director of T-Mobile UK, said: "The switch to 3G is not just a matter of speed, it's equivalent to the move from the typewriter to the PC. 3G data cards give customers internet access at similar rates to those they experience with high speed fixed-line internet access. Together with the full broadband speeds and capabilities of our unique Wi-Fi service, which provides users with a similar experience to being connected in the office, T-Mobile is truly starting to put the internet in your pocket and enable you to take your office with you on the move."

Today's launch comes after extensive trials and usage with over 150 of T-Mobiles business customers, including Hewlett Packard, which have proven the reliability and robustness of T-Mobile's 3G data cards. The promotional launch of the cards will be focussed in the major business centres where T-Mobile's 3G coverage is highest.

Steve Gill, Vice President and Managing Director HP UK and Ireland, said: " We are indeed very impressed with this unique data card, giving us the option of wifi or 3G speeds wherever we need. T-Mobile begins with the customer in mind and this is a great step in delivering simple seamless communication to the mobile workforce."

The multi-media package costs £199 plus a monthly fee of £70, and includes unlimited data access regardless of whether usage is on 3G, 2.5G or Wi-Fi.  For a limited period, the service will be free for the first three months.

Sony Ericsson's latest camera phone, the K500, is designed to look like a phone on one side and a camera on the other and is a great companion for a fun-packed, active lifestyle. The K500 makes it simple to shoot and send digital photos and video, and to view images and games - all with excellent clarity thanks to a large colour screen. The K500 is ideal for fun imaging, fun entertainment and fun communications on the move, combining ease-of-use with stylish good looks.

The fun never stops with the K500 as it has the design, graphics capabilities and superb viewing clarity to make it ideal for gaming. The large 1.9 inch 65K TFT colour screen and MultiAction joystick make it a pleasure to view and play games. Fast and smooth game play is assured by a graphics platform - Java 2.0 and Mascot Capsule Engine Micro3D Edition from HI Corp - especially created for fast-action, graphics-rich mobile applications. The K500 has enough internal memory (12MB) to store up to 170 2D or 45 3D games which can easily be downloaded from operator portals or Sony Ericsson Fun & downloads. Sony Ericsson's developers program is supporting game developers around the world with the necessary tools to bring out new and exiting Java games. Combined with the Gameboard EGB-10 accessory, the K500 can double up as a fully fledged gaming console.

Making the most of the extensive imaging features in the K500 is easy thanks to intuitive design and clever user interface. The dual front design gives instant access to the 4x digital zoom camera, bringing new levels of spontaneity to capturing still pictures and video clips. The camera is activated by opening the lens shutter, and then it is easy to capture still images or the funniest home video scene and play it back on the K500 to friends. QuickShare enables images and video to be taken and sent in just a few clicks via MMS or e-mail.

The visual appearance, ringtones and expression of the K500 can be changed at any time. Creativity can run wild, as there is no limit to the amount of wallpapers, themes and ringtones that can be downloaded or created, so the K500 can be easily personalised to match a mood, an outing, an outfit or simply the time of day.

The K500 has an impressive 12MB memory, which means it can download and store a vast array of games, movies, music videos and ringtones from the ever increasing universe of download sites.

Enabling high-speed cellular capabilities to be easily added to a wide range of products

TTPCom Ltd, the world's leading independent supplier of digital wireless technology, today launches the ITM420 quad-band EDGE module. The 47mm x 35mm x 3.3mm module is based on TTPCom's world leading EDGE technology and is suitable for embedding into a range of products, including Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), laptops, wireless desk phones and various machine to machine (M2M) applications. The module is easily configurable using the developer kit available from TTPCom, enabling manufacturers or resellers of electronic equipment to rapidly prototype and develop innovative services and applications.

Initially a phenomenon in North America, interest in EDGE has grown globally with operators in Europe beginning to role out EDGE networks and services. To support this growing market trend the ITM420 module meets all regulatory approval requirements throughout North America and Europe including GCF, PTCRB, FCC and R&TTE.

The ITM420 module provides all of the functionality required by network operators including quad-band operation (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), EDGE class 10 and support for HR, FR, EFR and AMR speech codecs. The module also includes hardware support for USB 2.0 full speed, Bluetooth and GPS.

AirNgine MMS push server and message router installed to enhance MMS service offering

Taral Networks, provider of messaging infrastructure to mobile telecoms operators and service providers, today announced that Vodafone Netherlands has licensed Taral Networks’ AirNgine solutions for delivery of application-to-person multi-media messages.

Specifically, Vodafone Netherlands utilizes Taral Networks’ AirNgine MMS Push Server (MPS) version 2.1 to ensure timely bulk delivery of "perishable" application-to-person (A2P) MMS, and employs AirNgine MMS Message Router (MMR) version 1.1 to balance A2P and person-to-person (P2P) messaging. This combination of AirNgine products enables Vodafone Netherlands to deliver high-capacity event-based MMS, ensuring the messages are fully valued by their subscribers. Both licensed AirNgine solutions are fully installed and operational.

"The ability for subscribers to receive event-based MMS within minutes of the action taking place is key for operators to generate revenue for A2P MMS," said Vinit Nijhawan, president and CEO of Taral Networks. "Because traditional MMS delivery infrastructure was designed for P2P messaging, it is not equipped to provide the messaging throughput required for timely delivery of bulk A2P MMS. Our AirNgine product line was able to resolve that throughput issue for Vodafone Netherlands, enabling the company to further enhance its Vodafone Live Alert services."

Widest choice of input methods, added memory and ideal e-mail platform make the new P910 a must for mobile business professionals

Sony Ericsson has today launched the P910 smartphone, offering consumers a top combination of phone, PDA, e-mail and web browsing on the move. The P910 has the widest variety of input methods including keyboard, natural handwriting and T9, so that users can choose the most convenient way to access the phone's many functions. Triple band GSM/GPRS coverage gives a global level of freedom to use one of the smartest mobile communications tools around.

The P910 makes handling e-mails and web browsing on a breeze thanks to the wide choice of input methods. For example, the new thumb keyboard on the inside of the flip is particularly useful for writing longer e-mails; the five-way Jog Dial is ideal for navigating the phone's functions or browsing the web; whereas the natural handwriting with stylus on the large colour touchscreen and software keyboard are valuable tools for short SMS messages, taking notes, or adding a new contact or meeting.

Gaining access to e-mail services and handling messages is hassle-free, enabling users to make the most of the extensive e-mail services the P910 supports.  The P910 can just as easily be part of a secure corporate IT network, or used by individuals to receive their private e-mail. Sony Ericsson is collaborating with a wide range of e-mail providers, which makes the P910 the perfect e-mail platform, as in addition to Smartner it also supports IBM, Extended Systems, Visto, RIM BlackBerry, Seven and IntelliSync.

New capabilities such as web browsing, e-mailing, PDA and a range of entertainment options puts more demand than ever on the phone's available user memory. Sony Ericsson has taken this into account and expanded the internal memory from 16MB to 64MB and included a 32MB Memory Stick Duo in the box. The P910 supports up to 1GB Memory Stick Duo Pro, creating almost endless possibilities to store and share images, video, music and business data.

The P910 is based on Symbian OS v7.0, the world's most popular operating system for smartphones, and the successful UIQ user interface which is based on Symbian OS. As a result P910 offers the widest possible selection of applications on any smartphone available today.

Gerry Drew to head up Spanish operations as Opera Telecom’s international expansion continues and record growth is announced

Opera Telecom, the fastest growing international provider of premium-rate mobile services, has appointed former O2 Commercial Director, Gerry Drew, as Managing Director of its Spanish operations and as Head of Special Projects within Opera Telecom UK.

Drew’s appointment is part of Opera Telecom’s rapid recruitment drive to grow the company and expand into new and emerging mobile markets across the world.  Since its foundation in November 2000, the company has developed operations in the UK, Ireland, USA, Poland, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Ukraine. Drew will build on this international success within the Spanish mobile services industry, which has grown phenomenally over the past 18 months, and he will be responsible for establishing Opera Telecom’s presence in Spain. 
Opera Telecom is predicting rapid international business growth at a time when many of its competitors are experiencing a downturn in revenues. The company achieved a 100% increase in profits and turnover in the year ending May 2004, with revenues at £90.4 million and profits at £5.4 million, and further business expansion is planned during the next 12 months. 
Commenting on his appointment, Drew says, "Premium-rate mobile services have taken Europe by storm over the last three years and increasing numbers of companies are augmenting mobile technologies into their marketing programmes to raise brand awareness and generate revenue. Using our own switching infrastructure, Opera Telecom is able to direct all traffic to the UK operations centre, meaning it can offer customers cheaper rates and better margins than they would receive in the local markets. This gives us a strong competitive advantage as we embark on the Spanish mobile market."
Drew continues, "This is therefore an exciting time to be joining the company. There are more than 38 million mobile users in Spain and this figure continues to grow month-by-month, as does the volume of fixed line SMS messages, which has grown over 800% since the beginning of the year [Source: 160]. These figures undoubtedly make Spain a growth market for Opera Telecom, and I look forward to growing and developing that side of the business over the coming years."
Prior to joining Opera Telecom, Drew was Commercial Director for the online division of O2, managing three teams - one of which was the SMS Broker start-up responsible for winning high-profile, interactive broadcast business, including I’m a Celebrity, Pop Idol and Big Brother. Before this, he was Sales Director for World Online, the UK division of Europe’s largest and fastest growing Internet Services Provider.