The new e616 and e313 handsets will be available across the UK in over 3,200 shops that stock 3 products and services.
 

NEC was the first company to deliver 3G video mobiles to 3 and these devices are NEC’s fourth and fifth to launch in the UK.
 
The e616 and e313 are the most advanced video devices yet to launch in the UK. Blending elegance with the ultimate in cutting-edge mobile technology, the handsets have been developed by NEC for 3 and are designed to showcase the breadth of mobile video services available on 3’s network.
 
Using these devices, 3’s customers can browse exclusive and continually updated video content on a 35x43mm, full-colour, high-resolution screen. They can stream or download their favourite video clips, including UEFA Champions League and Barclaycard Premiership football, MTV news and videos, clips from the latest film releases, the exploits of the Jackass team and ITN News bulletins.
 
Both devices are dual mode (3G and 2/2.5G), ensuring fast, “always-on” access to 3’s portal. They both feature JAVATM technology for the latest games and applications, include a built-in MP3 player to allow customers to listen to music on the move, and a memory card slot for a Sony MemoryStick DuoTM.
 
The clamshell e616, measuring 103x53x26.4mm and weighing 131g, boasts a speakerphone and encases two built-in zoom cameras – one on the front and one on the back – to enhance both the ease and quality of person-to-person video calls.
 
In addition to p2p video calling, the cameras can be used to take video clips and still images, which can be sent to other mobile users by MMS[1] (Multimedia Messaging Services) or e-mailed to a PC anywhere in the world. New on the e616 is a camera light, which enhances images captured even in low light conditions.
 
It also features GPS functionality for location-based services, and can be connected to a PC via BluetoothTM or a USB cable. A compatible BluetoothTM headset will be available as an optional accessory.
 
The bar-design e313 is a slim, lightweight yet powerful handset, measuring 146.5x64x20.5mm and weighing just 126g. It features an integrated rotating camera with digital zoom to allow the user to capture and send video clips and still images of either themselves or their surroundings to friends and family.
 
Both devices can store up to thirty 40-channel polyphonic ring tunes and allow users to personalise the handset by allocating individual ring tunes and photographs to identify incoming callers. Additional features include vibrate alert, calendar function, calculator with currency converter, and a headset.
 
“We are delighted to be extending our lead in the 3G handset market with the delivery of two new devices for 3 UK,” said Tony Hutson, Director, NEC UK. “Consumers are looking for devices that meet both their technical and style conscious demands, and these new handsets deliver on both counts. Our portfolio is designed to bring greater choice to mobile users looking to take advantage of all the ground breaking content and services 3 has to offer, and will make the benefits of 3G technology available to a wider audience than ever before.”

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When TeliaSonera Sweden opens the 3G network today, the spotlight will be on the services and the combined resources and quality of the mobile network. The newly opened 3G network operates from the start with TeliaSonera Sweden's GSM network, which has been acclaimed as the best in Sweden for many years. All TeliaSonera Sweden's mobile customers will be able to use both networks and the subscriptions and prices are the same regardless of which network users connect to. Internet by mobile phone is now available using mobile broadband, not only in metropolitan areas but also in one or more densely populated areas in 280 of Sweden's 290 municipalities.

TeliaSonera Sweden customers have long been able to use a variety of Internet services by mobile phone practically nationwide. When TeliaSonera Sweden today opens the 3G network, users will gain access to mobile Internet at broadband speed, initially in one or more densely populated areas in 280 of Sweden's 290 municipalities.

Telia GO includes the best mobile services gathered in a clear and simple menu. The opening of TeliaSonera Sweden's 3G network means that Telia GO is updated with a new and simpler interface, even better and faster services, improved e-mail that enables users to read several e-mail boxes as well as many new services such as news, sports and video clips from the Swedish Song Contest.

Certain 3G mobile phones also feature video calling, where you can talk and see the person you are talking to in real time. The price for video calling (for consumers) is SEK 5 per minute, Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and half price at other times. The call initiation fee is SEK 0.50.

"Our services are primarily focused on simplicity and good service," says Marie Ehrling, President of TeliaSonera Sweden. "That is why we are not differentiating between 3G and GSM. Whether our customers use their mobile phones to make calls or to send e-mail or pay bills, they should never have to wonder which network they are using." 

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ComArch, a global independent software vendor and systems integrator, launches its newest solution for mobile telephony TYTAN InterPartner Billing.  The product integrates revenue sharing functionalities and interconnect billing features providing proper standards for the relationship management between telecommunications operators and their partners. TYTAN InterPartner Billing at the same time becomes fully integrated with other modules of ComArch TYTAN Platform for telecommunications market.

The system is dedicated to a wide range of companies operating on telecommunications market: mobile and fixed operators, virtual operators, service aggregators and clearing houses. It can be deployed both by start-up telecommunications companies and by mature carriers. In all of the cases it enables communication services providers to optimize their next generation business strategies, networks and services.

"TYTAN InterPartner Billing is much more than purely about sharing money between companies that contribute to the same service offered to the end customer. We created a solution that is based on the proper understanding the nature of building business relationships and partnerships. The idea behind this product is the necessity to activate the creative potential that arises in partnerships. TYTAN InterPartner facilitates the way the products are launched on the market and enables business partners to concentrate on generating new innovative ideas that give them real advantages over the competition" – says Christophe Debou, ComArch V-ce President, Telecommunications Business Unit.

TYTAN IPB provides comprehensive partner management with full billing information. But the system is designed to charge not only calls but any kind of usage data that are registered at the network elements (SMS, IP traffic, content-based services, etc.). Christophe Debou "By introducing this new product to the telecommunications industry, we want to contribute to the businesses of telecommunications operators, especially in the times when telephones are less and less used to make simple telephone calls, but serve in many other ways and many still is to be discovered".

TYTAN InterPartner Billing becomes a new element in the comprehensive ComArch TYTAN Billing Platform, a modular solution that covers all areas of a telecom carrier's operations and includes the entire range of billing and fulfillment solutions. The main system's task is to assure control of the accounting and quality processes for the offered services. It serves both traditional and GSM networks, including GPRS and UMTS, ISDN, ATM, intelligent networks, CATV, IP and VoIP.

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the innovative and fun Bluetooth Media Viewer MMV-100. It takes Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology to a new level and expands the number of ways images and audio can be transferred between devices. The MMV 100 plugs directly into a TV or digital projector, to allow users to send images from a mobile phone to a large screen via Bluetooth wireless technology. The MMV-100
will be available in Q2 2004.

The MMV-100 is practical, easy-to-use and the perfect accessory for people who want to share images and audio in a fast and hassle-free way. The Media Viewer can be used as a fun way to share images with families and friends or as a lightweight business accessory for slide shows. Images and audio are transferred from the phone by one simple touch of the phone keypad.

The Media Viewer can be used with TV or digital projector and expands the concept behind Bluetooth products. Instead of pairing one phone with one Bluetooth device, the MMV-100 can handle 'many-to-one' connectivity, meaning several people can use their phones to transfer images to one screen. It also enables the transfer of AMR and MP3 audio files directly from a Bluetooth(TM)-equipped mobile phone enabling music files to be enjoyed through the superior sound quality of a television's speakers.

In addition, the MMV-100 is also an easy-to-use work tool.
Presentations saved as images and stored on a mobile phone such as the K700 or S700 can be transferred via Bluetooth(TM) to a bigger screen in a meeting or conference room.

The MMV-100 supports the following Bluetooth(TM) profiles: File Transfer Profile (FTP), Object Push Profile (OPP), and Basic Imaging Profile (BIP). It can be used with the Sony Ericsson phones K700, S700, P900, P800, T630, T610 and T68i (functionality may vary depending on phone). The MMV-100 connects to a TV or projector through the SCART or via stereo audio/video RCA cable and there will be variants for both PAL and NTSC formats.

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the newest addition to its portfolio of in-car accessories, the Bluetooth(TM) Car Handsfree HCB 300. It offers an innovative Color ID interface that makes it easy to share the device with other people who drive the same car. The HCB-300 is ideal for users who lead active lives and have a keen interest in taking advantage of the latest technology. The HCB-300 will be available in stores in Q3 2004.

The HCB-300 automatically connects to the user's phone using
Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology when the car ignition is engaged, even if the phone remains in a pocket or bag. This makes it more convenient for people who frequently have to get in and out of their car. The user can make their preparations to drive without having to remember to connect the HCB-300 to the phone. With the phone still in the user's pocket or bag, there is no risk of leaving the phone
behind in the car when the journey is over.

The HCB-300 can handle up to five different user profiles. Each user chooses an identification color from the Color ID feature. When the car ignition is engaged, the HCB-300 automatically connects to the last phone used in the car displaying the pre-selected Color ID for that phone. If a user with the Color ID 'blue' drove the car last, the display will indicate the Bluetooth(TM) connection with a blue screen interface. If the next person in the car is a different user with a Color ID 'green', the HCB-300 will first try to connect to the 'blue' phone, as it was the last used in the car, then automatically
search and find the 'green' Color ID user's profile. A user can
manually change the Color ID with one easy key push or  simply wait for the HCB-300 to find the phone. The Color ID feature allows an entire family or group of colleagues using the same company car to use the same HCB-300.

The HCB-300 supports the voice recognition, voice tags in the address book of the phone in use, allowing users to receive phone calls while driving without losing focus. If the phone rings it's easy and convenient to take the call with just one simple key push increasing the driver's safety and convenience.

When a call is received, the car stereo automatically mutes and the driver can hear the caller's voice loud and clear. The HCB-300 offers excellent sound quality for a pleasant user experience, allowing users to handle important calls without the worry about missing vital information because of sound disturbance.

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio of
Bluetooth(TM) Handsfree solutions; the Akono(TM) Headset HBH-600.

The HBH-600 retains all the key characteristics of the bestselling HBH 65 headset - it is light, stylish and ideal for active people on the go. However the HBH-600 also brings a new level of personalization to Handsfree solutions with exchangeable Style-Up covers that allow users to personalize their accessory to reflect their individual style. The HBH-600 will be available in Q2 2004.

Much work has gone into making the HBH-600 as practical and easy to use as possible. The ear loop is flexible enough to fit most ears and sturdy enough to hold the headset firmly in place. The user can put it on with one hand and move around freely just pressing a button on the control unit to answer or reject calls. A practical strap, included in the kit, makes sure that the headset is always at hand without being in the way.

The Akono Headset HBH-600 comes with two exchangeable Style-Up covers and colour variety can be increased with the Style-Up Kit ISK-600, which contains five covers in different colors and a case to protect the headset when not in use. The HBH-600 is the ideal accessory for people who lead an active life, but don't want to compromise on style or quality. It supports all the advanced
voice features of Sony Ericsson's Bluetooth(TM) phones such as voice dial, voice commands for answering and rejecting calls.

The Akono Headset HBH-600 can be used with a wide range of Sony Ericsson phones, such as the K700, S700, P900, P800, R520, T630, T610, T68i, T68, T39 and Z600.  It is also compatible with any mobile phone that supports Bluetooth Headset or Handsfree profiles including Nokia, Siemens and Motorola Bluetooth phones.

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Following the successful launch of the GC82 EDGE PC Card to the
American market, Sony Ericsson unveiled today two new additions to its family of EDGE products - the GC83 and GC85 EDGE PC Cards. Both PC Cards offer increased speed and extended coverage; enhancing the wireless connectivity experience of the mobile professional.

There is a growing trend and need for wireless data communication solutions and there is a demand for a mobile computing solution that promises wireless accessibility, fast data speeds, and true global mobility.  Sony Ericsson's EDGE PC Cards and the personal laptop are the answer for those who want to work efficiently and effectively when on the move, out of the office. The GC83 and GC85 offer the power and ease to surf the Internet, download files, connect to the
corporate networks and manage e-mail from just about anywhere.

Speed - When connected to the GSM/EDGE networks, users can enjoy data speeds three times faster than GPRS. This means greatly improve  downloading speeds which are very useful for downloading e-mails with large attachments wirelessly.

Coverage - The triple band (GSM 850, 1800 and 1900) GC83 specially targets the American Markets. GC83 works in the Americas, as well as Europe and Asia (where above networks are available). The GC85, also a tri-band (GSM 900/1800/1900) EDGE PC Card, targets the European and
Asia Pacific markets. The GC85 provides global coverage in all five continents.

The non-extended type II PC Card with a detachable antenna is a distinctive design of the Sony Ericsson's PC Cards. The slim and compact EDGE PC Card allows users to keep the card in the laptop at all times - giving them convenient and instant access. Since the PC Cards are powered by the user's laptop, no extra chargers or cables are required.

"The mobile professional wants more than simply keeping in touch with his clients and colleagues when out of the office. He wants to be able to work while on the move. He needs to be sure that his laptop is plugged into the office network, so that he can collaborate with his colleagues and clients in 'real time'. Sony Ericsson is able to meet that need," says Anders Franzén, Corporate Vice President and Head of Sony Ericsson M2M Communications Unit.

GC83 will be available in Q2 to the American markets.  GC85 will first be available to EMEA in Q4 and then subsequently in other markets.

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Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today unveiled the Z500, a clamshell imaging phone that offers still and video capture as well as great gaming and communications features. The Z500 is the company's first phone featuring EDGE technology, which provides fast access to wireless data, content downloads, messaging and interactive online gaming. The Z500 is also enabled with Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) that allows two-way radio style communication.

Following on the success of the market leading Sony Ericsson GC82 EDGE PC Card, Sony Ericsson's first EDGE mobile phone, the Z500, takes advantage of the latest network enhancements to access business e-mail, fun Java games, Instant Messaging and Push-to-Talk functionality at speeds up to 240 kbps. The Z500 supports Class 10 EDGE for sending and receiving data, which will be the fastest EDGE-solution available on the market.

The Z500's built-in VGA camera can be used for recording still images and video clips and with QuickShare(TM), consumers are just a few clicks away from taking, sending and sharing pictures, sounds and video, offering the unique Sony Ericsson ease-of-use experience on this innovative handset. The bright 65,536 colour display is ideal for enjoying images as well as viewing streaming video, which is madeeasier and faster thanks to the fast EDGE data connectivity. With the Z500 closed, its external 4,096 colour display serves as a viewfinder
for capturing images or to display Picture CallerID (the name and picture of the person calling), or even read text messages without the need to open the phone.

"The Sony Ericsson Z500 is ideal for the 'on demand' consumer who wants fast data access, speedy connections and instant entertainment," said Urban Gillström, President of Sony Ericsson USA.
"The Z500 is feature-packed, providing consumers the ultimate mobile experience while setting the new standard for technology and style and provides an important addition to our product portfolio for the USA."

The Z500 adds video messaging to offer a full range of communication possibilities, such as e-mail, MMS and Instant Messaging. The Instant Messaging client is based on the Wireless Village standard, allowing chat and presence services. It also features organizer functions, which can easily be synchronized with PC to always have the most up-to date information.

Push to talk is a new mobile technology standard for quick one-to-one or one-to-group communication, in a similar manner as two-way radios. The service fits an array of different situations, and is well suited for small and medium enterprises that need frequent intermediate contacts, or consumers that want to chat with friends and family. The
Push to talk capability in Sony Ericsson phones is delivered through cooperation with Sonim and based on the Push to talk over Cellular (PoC) standard, ensuring the interoperability and compatibility required to create substantial subscriber adoption and user-friendly services that work across networks and handsets.

With the highly entertaining 16-track MusicDJ(TM) application, it is fun and easy to create unique polyphonic ring tones in different musical styles such as reggae, hip hop or dance.  With expressive style, a sleek clamshell design, the Sony Ericsson Z500 is also ready to be personalised; on the outside with Style-Up(TM) exchangeable front and back covers and on the inside with full-colour wallpapers, screensavers and ring signals.

Playing the latest 3D Java games on the Z500 is a great experience. The rich 65,536 colour screen, polyphonic sound, vibration feedback and well laid-out keyboard make the Z500 an ideal gaming companion. Add a Sony Ericsson Gameboard and the experience becomes all the more real.

Available in Q3 2004 in the Americas the Sony Ericsson Z500 EDGE camera phone will enable a host of fast wireless data applications for business use, but will keep life fun for its users with a rich suite of imaging and entertainment features.

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the S700 camera phone with
QuickShare(TM) and innovative swivel-opening design. It offers a stylish and unique three way communication style; photo shoot, browse and talk, or text and e-mail. The S700 also takes mobile imaging to the next level, featuring an integrated 1.3 megapixel CCD digital camera for taking high quality photos and a 2.3 inch 262K TFT colour screen to display digital quality images. Compatibility with Memory Stick DuoTM extends the memory capacity of the S700 to fully support
this new style of mobile imaging.

The innovative 180º swivel design enables users to enjoy three completely new styles of communication, each perfectly adapted to offer the ultimate in simplicity and user-friendly functionality.
With the phone closed, it is possible to view messages, browse menus, and make calls via 5-way navigation easily manipulated by thumb or single finger, or to use the soft keys under the LCD screen for intuitive interaction. Then, turn the phone over to enjoy a new mobile imaging style based on the tried and tested digital camera form factor, which enables photos to be taken with a steady, two-handed grip just like an ordinary camera. Finally open in a swivel motion to access the phone's keypad for easy texting or e-mails. This innovative three-way design allows users to enjoy the best usability for every phone application.

The S700 is the result of working in close cooperation with Sony Corporation's camera experts. Its 1.3 megapixel CCD camera delivers enhanced picture quality (1280 x 960 image size).  When opening the camera lens shutter, the 'camera-mode' is automatically activated and the screen changes to 'view-finder' function with a familiar horizontal digital still camera graphic interface. As a QuickshareTM
product, the S700 is extremely easy to use; just one click to take a picture and a couple more to send the image on. To further enhance the imaging experience, the S700 comes with photo light to enable photography in dark environments, 8x digital zoom and a 2.3 inch 262K TFT colour screen capable of displaying detailed images with amazing clarity.  It is also possible to stream and capture video clips.

Compatibility with MemoryStick Duo, Bluetooth and infrared means the S700 offers a wide range of connectivity options so images or video clips can be stored or transferred for editing and easy enjoyment on a PC or other consumer devices.

With a 3D gaming engine from Hi Corp, the S700 is also the ultimate gaming device and comes loaded with embedded Java games plus the capability to download additional gaming packages from Sony Ericsson's Fun & Download web site.  The phone offers a host of additional exciting entertainment applications such as an MP3 music player, mobile music service, Music DJTM ring tone composer, and 40 polyphonic ring tones.

"The S700 will revolutionize the phone market by introducing cutting edge mobile phone technology from Japan to a new group of users. The phone's superior features such as mega-pixel imaging, high density 262K TFT screen and 3D gaming engine shows that Sony Ericsson is committed to driving the market forward by utilizing the unique strength of its Japanese business divisions," explains Hiroshi Yoshioka, Head of GMS/UMTS. "We believe customers will be inspired by
the superior functionality of the S700 and embrace a new style of mobile imaging."

The S700 will be available in Q4 2004.

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Sony Ericsson today unveiled the K700 cameraphone, featuring the latest in imaging, multimedia, and entertainment functions as well as a rich offering of advanced messaging and connectivity technologies.

This includes for example playing video clips, capturing images and video with the built-in camera and listening to the built-in FM radio. Form follows function in this attractively designed phone which features dual fronts; one for the phone features and the other for a true camera look-and-feel, moving closer to a design-language inspired by Sony's digital cameras.

With the integrated VGA camera, consumers can take still pictures as well as video clips and either store them in the phone memory or send them as a picture message or an e-mail. Owing to Sony Ericsson's much appreciated QuickShare(TM) feature, it is very simple to use the
imaging features of the K700. By one press of its dedicated
camera-button, the still or video camera is immediately started. All in all, it only takes a few clicks to capture images and to send them. This ease-of-use is proven to stimulate consumers' usage of the imaging features, which in turn also has a positive impact on operators' revenue generation. The camera features 4x digital zoom and as many consumers use their camera phones in dark environments, such as nightclubs or cafés, and the K700 also features Photo Light to improve the quality of these images.

This triple-band GSM/GPRS phone has 65 k TFT colour display,
facilitating high-quality multimedia and entertainment and the
inbuilt speaker supports polyphonic sound for radiant ring signals and game sound effects. To accommodate the multimedia functions of the K700, it has 32MB built-in memory for storage of content such as pictures, music, ring tones, themes, games and video clips, allowing for example for storage of up to 450 images, making the K700 an ideal
personal photo album.

The intuitive user interface provides easy access to all features, including download services such as ring tones, images, video and games. A powerful application solution for Java 3D with cutting edge graphics, multi-player games, is featured on the K700, integrating well into the Sony Ericsson games offering. The K700 can take advantage of the downloadable games available on Sony Ericsson Fun &
Downloads website and also comes with preloaded 3D games.

With its FM radio, up to 20 favourite radio stations can be stored in the K700 with the preset function. The radio, or even MP3 files, can be listened to through a portable handsfree or through the phone's speaker.

With Bluetooth, the K700 works well with Sony Ericsson's broad range of Bluetooth players and the Bluetooth Car. The K700 will be on the market during
Q2.

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New contract with Monaco based WISP Tekworld adds WLAN
coverage at airports, marinas and harbours

WeRoam is announcing today that Tekworld, a Monaco based WISP (Wireless Internet Service Provider) and Web Integrator,
will add his fast growing number of hotspots at premium locations to enlarge the market leading wireless footprint of the WeRoam service.

With Tekworld as new WISP partner, Weroam is now able to offer its service at important french airports, like Nice Côte d'Azur Airport, many marinas and harbours in southern France. The list of the added hotspots includes premium locations like the Strasbourg Airport, the harbour of Cannes, the Monaco Yacht Club and the Monte Carlo Country Club as well as with ESCOTA the first Wi-Fi service along South of France highways. Till end of this year, Tekworld wants to operate more than 100 locations. The international
wireless footprint of WeRoam, with today much more than 8.000 hotspots worldwide, benefits from this partnership with a much stronger presence in France.

The WeRoam service facilitates the seamless integration of WLAN and GSM network technologies, enabling global roaming for WLAN services and thereafter facilitating automatic and secure roaming between WLAN, GSM and GPRS. As a  neutral-host wireless network operator WeRoam helps Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) to generate the traffic they need to increase usage dramatically.

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Uses Netcool suite for next-generation sevrvices

Micromuse, the leading provider of realtime business and service assurance software, today announced that Swisscom
Mobile is using the Netcool suite as the core management solution for its entire GSM and GPRS network infrastructure. Swisscom Mobile owns approximately 66% of the wireless market share in Switzerland and employs approximately 2,500 people. It is a strategic partner of the Vodafone Group, which holds a 25% stake in the company.

Prior to deploying the Netcool suite, Swisscom Mobile was using a variety of tools to manage its different networks, sub networks and value-added service delivery infrastructure. In order to manage its rapidly evolving infrastructure and requirements to integrate with emerging networks such as
UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System), Swisscom Mobile required a new consolidation tool.

Micromuse's Netcool solution for wireless management was selected because it deploys rapidly and easily integrates with existing and emerging wireless infrastructure components, services and applications. Netcool software collects, filters, classifies and visualises status information from throughout Swisscom Mobile's radio network and its infrastructure in
realtime. Netcool also provides interfaces to Swisscom Mobile's value-added services and Operation Management Center (OMC) infrastructure.

Swisscom Mobile's alarm management system was designed and delivered by Sun Microsystems, a Micromuse global resale partner.

"Wireless service providers are facing the considerable challenge of maximising revenue from new, complex services within tight budget constraints," said Richard Lowe, Micromuse's senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East & Africa. "Throughout the world, Micromuse is the vendor of choice for next-generation service providers who demand the
ability to offer continuous uptime while maintaining profitable margins. Micromuse's Netcool solutions deploy quickly to provide a single view across the various devices and applications in the infrastructure to help minimise the time it takes to deliver a return, while maximising the investment in existing management tools."

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Tomorrow, 10 March, in conjunction with its 3G launch, TeliaSonera Sweden will be reducing the price of mobile Internet for both private and corporate customers.
This means lower prices for sending and receiving texts, images, and e-mail over the mobile network. At the same time, new figures show that use of mobile Internet and data services is strongly increasing. During the last quarter of 2003, data traffic on TeliaSonera´s mobile network in Sweden doubled by comparison with the previous year.

The price reduction for GPRS, which applies to both private and corporate mobile subscriptions, varies between 40 and 55 percent depending on choice of subscription. After the reduction, it will cost between SEK 0.03 and 0.08 to send and receive an e-mail from a phone or computer. A three-page text will cost between SEK 0.22 and 0.60.

"When we launched Telia Go in June 2003, we wanted to make it simpler for customers to access and use mobile Internet services. It's clear to us now that customers are starting to use their phones for things other than calls. So we're further reducing prices to enable even more people to get news or send and receive e-mail via their mobile phone," says Marie Ehrling, President of TeliaSonera Sweden.

New figures show use of mobile Internet and data services on TeliaSonera's mobile network in Sweden to be strongly increasing. During the fourth quarter of 2003, data traffic doubled by comparison to the previous year. Today, around 800,000 of TeliaSonera Sweden's private customers have a GPRS phone, and there are plenty of indicators for a break with the trend and a new pattern of use. Through its price reductions, TeliaSonera Sweden wants to enable more customers to use these services.

MMS is one explanation for network traffic increasing. In total, TeliaSonera Sweden´s customers sent just over 2.3 million MMS messages during 2003.

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Addresses complexities of charging for next generation network services

Am-Beo, a global leader in rating, charging and revenue settlement software solutions, today announced the availability of nCharge, the first of three planned product announcements to be made in the first-half of 2004. This new suite of products will align Am-Beo's technology and SI partner delivery capabilities to solving existing and future business problems in a rapidly changing data marketplace.
 
nCharge is an advanced solution for the identification, control, rating and charging of network services for both content providers and network operators. nCharge is designed to address the complexities of charging for next generation communication services and provides complex rating, real-time credit control and multiple balance management to enable the generation of additional revenue from new and innovative network services requiring reduced time to market and improved financial margin management.
 
"nCharge represents a 'Best of Breed' solution which will enable carriers to implement, deliver and charge for next generation services driving service revenue and growing data services ARPU," according to Paul Hughes, Director of Billing and Payment Application Strategies, Yankee Group. "Am-Beo is well positioned at the fore-front of multi-service delivery and is a leader in the area of transaction service charging, thanks to its broad vertical market product capabilities."
 
nCharge is the product from AM-BEO's new portfolio focused on advanced rating, charging and revenue settlements. Built on its proven and evolving technologies, nCharge has already been deployed in a major European content aggregator, who delivers millions of content items daily with real-time account management for account confirmation, credit checking and balance update through a broad number of network operators across Europe.
 
"Our goal for 2004 is to align Am-Beo's operations and product portfolio to deliver solutions that enable our customers to accelerate the delivery of high margin service revenue," stated Mike Murphy, Am-Beo CEO. "Within our new product portfolio of rating, charging and settlement we have a solid set of capabilities built on the latest proven technologies with multiple customer references. As the first release of this portfolio, nCharge represents a new direction for AM-BEO, a focused solution with the flexible and adaptability to deliver real returns in short timeframes."
 
nCharge uses standard and proven technologies such as J2EE and CORBA, to ensure a stable and robust infrastructure capable of supporting the throughput and scalability required in Tier 1 software and data throughput implementations. nCharge runs on standard operating environments of UNIX and Windows , using the proven Oracle database. OSA / Parlay compliance is delivered with support for both the Charging and Account Management SCS. These services enable session-based charging for applications running on a OSA / Parlay SDP.

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