Jabra BT800 is the first to combine caller ID display, built-in ring tones, vibrator alert and DSP technology for ultimate convenience and superior sound quality

Jabra, a leading brand of hands-free communication products for the mobile consumer market, is announcing the shipment of its latest Jabra Bluetooth product, the Jabra BT800 - the industry’s most advanced Bluetooth headset. The Jabra BT800 combines more features than any other headset and sets the standard for future headsets by incorporating many of the same standard features normally accessed via a mobile phone directly into the headset.

The Jabra BT800 combines unique Over-the-Ear headset design with cutting-edge technology including a backlit LCD display, call vibrate feature, a variety of ring tones and digital signal processing (DSP) technology for improved sound quality and clarity. The headset also features a jog wheel for volume control and menu navigation, a mute button, and USB connectivity for charging directly from a PC. The enhanced functionality gives users added convenience and freedom from their phone.

The LCD display is a complete information source for the headset and provides caller ID and a menu for access to the battery status, a call list, and settings for selecting ring tones, ring type, language, the light on the display and Bluetooth connection. The caller ID feature is especially convenient for users who wish to see who is calling when they are not wearing the headset or between calls. When working in an office, for example, and the headset is in a user’s pocket or on a desk, they can easily see who is calling. The LCD display for caller ID on the headset means that users will always know who’s calling without having to look at their phone.

“The Jabra BT800 Bluetooth headset enables users to do more with their headset than ever before, and is designed for people who want to own the very latest in headset design and innovation,” said Ben Bushell, country manager, Jabra UK and Ireland. We believe the Jabra BT800 is well positioned to provide a state-of-the art headset solution for customers who want the most functionality available.”

The Jabra BT800 is also the first Bluetooth headset to feature a fully-integrated DSP solution. By integrating the DSP together within the Bluetooth chipset, the Jabra BT800 is able to take advantage of new patent-pending DSP technology resulting in enhanced audio performance. The additional proprietary software programming within the DSP solution enables an overall improvement in the sound quality through reducing background noise and automatically adjusting the volume control when in noisy surroundings such as in a car, airport, busy office or on a train.

“By adding DSP technology, The Jabra BT800 offers superior sound quality by significantly reducing interference from troublesome background noises such as traffic or in-car noise. The headset continually adjusts the volume level based on the ambient background noise, resulting in the incoming voice coming through much clearer. In addition, since the headset digitally improves the signal, both the headset user and the personal at the other end can hear the person they are speaking to much better,” said Niels-Henrik Valentin Knudsen, senior product manager, Jabra.   

The Jabra BT800 features are easy to use and access, and are similar to the operation of a mobile phone. Just four controls; the mute button, jog wheel, call ‘Answer’ and ‘End’ buttons provide access to all the functionality offered by the headset. The jog wheel can be used as a volume control during a call or for scrolling through menu functions in standby mode. Users can also select from five ring tones in the headset, or use the call-vibrate feature so calls can be silently detected. The LCD display allows users to view either the name or number of the caller depending on the mobile phone and is placed on the inside of the headset ensuring privacy during the conversation. The display also offers information in multiple languages including English, German, French and Spanish.

Latest generation Nokia messaging device adds new features and functionality to an already popular design

Nokia has announced the latest addition to its successful line of messaging devices with the introduction of the Nokia 6822. Like its predecessors in Nokia's messaging portfolio, which have been hailed for combining excellent voice features with easy thumb typing on a full keyboard, the new Nokia 6822 has a unique design that opens into a full messaging keyboard for richer messaging and documentation. The new model also has an advanced VGA camera, and 65K color display.
 

The compact messaging device supports a wide range of e-mail and instant messaging solutions, easy-to-use Personal Information Management (PIM) capabilities and wireless data synchronization. The company plans to make the Nokia 6822 available in the first quarter of 2005 in EMEA and the Americas.
 
Users of the Nokia 6822 benefit from carrying a single device that is versatile enough for both personal and business use. The compact device supports multiple email accounts and calendars and can be synchronized from device to PC with a few steps.  Configuration is easy for email, messaging or Internet browsing via over-the-air settings available from most network operators. The phone also includes pre-installed mobile applications for private and business use.
 
"People love the full-keyboard design and functionality of our messaging devices," said Niklas Savander, senior vice president of Nokia's business device unit. "To date, more than two million people have adopted this popular format. As mobile instant messaging is gaining popularity worldwide as a quick and efficient conversation tool, and we expect demand for these devices to increase. The Nokia 6822 is a great phone and a great device for messaging at work and at play."
 
"Mobile messaging and push email continue to represent applications that will provide the greatest purpose and value for a growing class of mobile users," said Andrew Brown, Program Manager for European Mobile Devices at IDC. "The Nokia 6822 represents a continuation of Nokia's line of highly innovative flip open full-messaging keyboard devices, that will serve a user's needs for both personal and corporate email as well as offering the latest in mobile phone technology."

Network upgrade will enable delivery of new, high-speed wireless services for customers

T-Mobile Austria has selected Nortel to replace its existing packet core network with a General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) solution for delivery of multimedia and 'always on' high-speed wireless data services to its customers.

With this award, Nortel now provides its GPRS packet core platform to five companies within T-Mobile (TMO) International's European group. This includes companies in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.

The GPRS solution from Nortel will make it possible for T-Mobile Austria to achieve operational efficiencies through reduced network complexity and operating expenses and fast introduction of new services. This solution will also provide a foundation for evolution to advanced third generation (3G) capabilities to meet market demand. T-Mobile Austria will be able to deploy such content aware services as flexible billing, which gives subscribers the option to be billed by content accessed, time spent downloading, or volume of data downloaded.

"T-Mobile Austria is the only Austrian mobile operator to offer GPRS roaming with more than 100 roaming partners around the world," said Gunther Ottendorfer, technical director, T-Mobile Austria. "This gives our customers access to their company network at any time from abroad. Objective tests have also shown that T-Mobile Austria has a high performance, stable and secure GPRS network. In the upcoming year 2005, we will further improve GPRS."

"The selection of Nortel for T-Mobile Austria's network upgrade demonstrates our continued market momentum and validates our leadership position in packet core solutions," said Peter MacKinnon, president, GSM/UMTS Wireless Networks, Nortel.

Nortel's end-to-end packet core solution offers operators a high capacity, proven solution that enables delivery of rich data services, including multimedia and voice over packet applications. Nortel has designed, installed and launched more than 300 wireless networks in over 50 countries across the globe. Nortel was the industry's first supplier with wireless networks operating in all advanced radio technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, CDMA2000 1X and 1xEV-DO, UMTS and WLAN), and is the only end-to-end provider of all next generation wireless solutions.

Nortel has been a supplier of GPRS and 3G networking gear for T-Mobile International's Pan-European network since 2002, and currently supplies 3G networking equipment to T-Mobile International in five countries.

Two 3G specialists combine forces to help mobile operators and video dating companies enable 3G services

Mobestar, a leading provider of 3G video services has announced a partnership with 3G-Scene, a global leader in mobile dating and gambling software and services. Through the partnership, the two companies will provide 3G video dating services to network operators and dating agencies across the world. The new service will be available from early 2005.

The new 3G dating application will enable people looking for love to sign up to a dating service via their 3G mobile. It is designed to be easy to use, enabling daters to sign up, search for potential partners, view their pictures and videos - and then make live video contact with each other. It can function as an add-on to existing dating services or as a stand-alone dating service in its own right.

"With large mobile operators such as Vodafone launching their 3G services, we believe that 2005 is going to be the year when 3G finally takes off. We see 3G video dating as a central part of its success, as it offers single people an easy to use and discreet way to find love,” commented Peter Richards, CEO of Mobestar. "Working with 3G-Scene we are confident that together we can provide a fun, safe and secure dating service with high quality images, suitable for all types of people. We have already had a great deal of interest from major dating agencies and network operators."

We are using latest video technology to link wonderfully diverse people in this new 3G world." said Peter Karsten, CEO at 3G-Scene. "This will be a world-leading turn-key video dating service which is designed to be fully customised with channel partners on a local level.”

Zi Corporation, a leading provider of intelligent interface solutions, today announced that Flextronics has signed a global license agreement to use its eZiTap™ and eZiText® solutions.  Flextronics is the leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider focused on delivering innovative design and manufacturing services to technology companies.

The license agreement for eZiTap and eZiText technologies includes a number of innovative and first-to-market features that Zi has developed.  These features include personalization and learning dictionaries, word completion and next word prediction; as well as, dual language messaging, which allow simultaneous use of two alphabetic languages without any mode changes by the user.
 
“We are pleased to be a key supplier of Flextronics for its global development of handsets,” said Glen Morgan, senior vice president of global sales and marketing for Zi Corporation. “Our goal is that millions more wireless users will experience the real-world benefits of Zi’s innovative technologies and the unmatched usability it brings to their handsets.”
 
“Zi Corporation and its easy-to-use, predictive text products have an excellent reputation throughout the electronics and intelligent interface industries,” said Tom Deitrich, vice president of ODM products for Flextronics.

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Research from In-stat/MDR

The cellular modem market had a breakout year in 2004, and prospects for the next five years are even brighter, according to In-Stat/MDR. The market has grown by 167% from 2003 to 2004, based on data from the first three quarters of 2004 and estimates of the final quarter of the year. By 2009, the high-tech market research firm expects that more than 14 million wireless modems will be shipped worldwide, up from slightly more than 2.5 million in 2004.

"The impetus for the dramatic growth in 2004, and for even more rapid growth projected in later years, is a result of the build-out of high-speed wireless (3G) networks, particularly UMTS networks in Western Europe, and growing corporate demand for wireless data services in both North America and Europe," says Ken Hyers, In-Stat/MDR analyst. "As the rollout of high-speed wireless networks continues in both highly developed markets and in developing markets, the opportunities for cellular modem manufacturers to expand their sales will continue."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

Most of the growth will initially come from cellular modem cards (primarily PCMCIA cards intended to be inserted into PCMCIA slots in notebook computers).

But by the end of the decade, embedded cellular modems will outsell PCMCIA-style modems.

While North America has traditionally been the largest market for cellular modems, Western European expansion of UMTS networks has created a significant new market for cellular modems in the last year.

The report, "Cellular Modem Worldwide Shipment Forecasts & Market Overview",provides forecasts for cellular modem shipments by category and by region from 2004-2009. The report also includes profiles of leading vendors, including products and market strategies.

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Chooses Comverse's Total Communication(TM) Environment

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services, today announced that it will supply solutions from its Total Communication environment to Faroese Telecom.

The solutions include enhancement of the carrier's Prepaid Billing system, Multimedia Messaging Service Center (MMSC), Mobile Data Gateway (MDG), Real Time Data Billing (RTDB) and ImPact(TM) Call Completion and Call Management solutions, including Who Called(TM) missed call notification service.

The Comverse Total Communication environment includes a wide range of network-based value-added services, which enable operators to provide subscribers with a rich service, offering a simple user experience, regardless of network type (wireline; wireless: 2G, 2.5G, 3G) or payment plan (prepaid, post-paid).

"Faroese Telecom recognizes the benefit of bundled services. Comverse's Total Communication environment presents a strong business case with call completion services that will potentially enable greater traffic and revenues, while it provides advanced, messaging and data services," said Andras Róin CEO of Faroese Telecom . 

"Comverse's Total Communication environment enables innovative operators like Faroese Telecom to deploy a wider variety of services even faster, which gives them a real competitive edge," stated Giuseppe Elli, President of Comverse Europe. 

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Chronos Technology today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Wireless Systems Division and its Wi-Fi subsidiary KooKu Ltd to a management buyout team led by former Managing Director of Chronos Technology, Phil Rouse, who has formed a new company, Wireless Innovation Limited.

The Chronos management team has welcomed this development as it allows Chronos to fully focus on its core activities i.e.

Specialist provider and system integrator of technical solutions for telecom networks (with a particular focus on synchronisation and alarm monitoring)
Knowledge, consultancy, training and testing services for network synchronisation applications.
The supply of components for RF equipment designers and
The supply of GPS systems, components and accessories.

Charles Curry, Chairman of Chronos Technology said, "We are very pleased to have finalised the sale of Chronos Satellite and Wireless Systems and KooKu businesses to Wireless Innovation Ltd.  This is a very positive move for our respective clients as it will allow both organisations to focus on their core strengths and markets.  In particular, Chronos will continue to focus on serving the mobile and wireline telecom operators with network synchronisation and alarm monitoring products, solutions and services as well as the RF and GPS components for electronic equipment design and OEM markets.  We look forward to continuing to supply and support our clients, wherever they may be in the world."

Charles Curry continued,  "I would like to thank all customers and suppliers of Chronos Technology who are moving to the new organisation for their past business and support and wish them well in their new supply relationship. We also wish Phil and his team the best of luck moving forward with Wireless Innovation Ltd."

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Neural Technologies and Cerebrus Solutions have announced that they have joined together, creating a market leader in the provision of neural network-based credit, risk and fraud management solutions to the telecommunication and financial sectors

The new company, which will be called Neural Technologies Limited, will immediately be providing a broad range of solutions that includes the ability to identify potential fraudsters when they initially apply for service on the operator’s network, through to when they are actually committing fraud as a subscriber. The company has more than 30 patents approved or pending and plans to aggressively enforce specific patents that relate to finding fraud in telecom networks with the use of neural network technology. 

The new company will have over 40 customers, located in the United States, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand/Australia, Asia Pacific and South America. They are some of the largest telecom operators in the world and many others that are primary operators in their respective geographical region. 

The new company will continue supporting the existing traditional fraud management systems known as Minotaur and CerebrusRE, from each company.  Existing customers will see no change in their technical support processes, or in the way that they request additional enhancements to each of the products. 

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Roke Manor Research, the electronics research and development business owned by Siemens, has invested £200,000 in the UK’s first mobile antenna testing facility to be accredited capable of meeting the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) testing requirements.  All mobile handset manufacturers wishing to sell handsets in the United States have a legal requirement to undergo the CTIA’s rigorous over-the-air antenna performance testing.  EMC test equipment specialists EMV provided the system and software for the chamber, which was installed at Roke Manor’s headquarters in Romsey, Hampshire by ETS-Lindgren

The tests carried out in the facility examine the connectivity of the handset, the quality of an antenna’s transmission and reception signals and detect manufacturing faults.  As well as ensuring the end user has a guaranteed level of quality, the CTIA’s standards allow network providers to quickly evaluate new phones to be introduced to the market.

“Over-the-air measurements are a new addition to the test and measurement requirement of the mobile handset market and require a dedicated facility such as the one we have installed at Roke Manor,” explains Martin Wiles, Senior RF Engineer, ETS-Lindgren.  “The CTIA is currently the only organisation which produces over-the-air performance tests. Although these standards are not yet enforced in Europe and Asia, new test methods and performance criteria are expected to become mandatory in the near future.  Most major manufacturers produce products for the global market, so CTIA compliance testing is becoming a matter of course.”

“We have had the facility installed to support our existing customers in the mobile handset space with the development of EMC and antenna systems. The chamber itself can be used up to 100GHz but the facility is optimised for mobile handset antenna testing.  It enables us to determine the efficiency and performance of integrated mobile antennas and optimise the design appropriately,” says Roger Hopper Principal Group Manager, Roke Manor Research. “We currently have six projects undergoing testing in the chamber and are in the process of bidding for a number of high profile contracts.”

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The Mobile Data Association (MDA) today announced the quarterly figures for the total number of GPRS and MMS devices being used by customers in the UK as of 30th September 2004.  The quarterly figures from UK GSM network operators O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone show a rapid increase for both GPRS and MMS devices on the previous quarter.

From a total active customer base of over 53 million*, GPRS active devices topped 26 million as of 30th September 2004, an increase of 10% on the previous quarter and double that of last quarter 2003 .  This figure represents a 50% penetration rate for GPRS devices for the total UK market. This trend is expected to continue with the MDA predicting by the end of 2005 that 75% of all UK handsets in use will be able to access the internet.

GPRS services have illustrated an increase in popularity in the last 12 months in both the consumer and corporate markets.  Popular applications include access to news services, timetables and mobile music with Band Aid being the fastest ever-selling ring tone.  Mobile chat continues to be one of the most popular applications; last month saw the Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP become the first Prime Minister to use text message technology to talk directly to the people.  Members of the public were able to submit questions to the Prime Minister in real time via a mobile chat room, transmitted live from No. 10 Downing Street.

MMS active capable devices reached 17 million as at 30th September 2004, with a penetration rate of 32% for the total UK market.  September's figures show an increase on the previous quarter of 14%.  With an ever increasing number of MMS handsets and applications, Christmas 2004 has seen an increase in animated Christmas cards on mobile screens, and this evolution will continue in 2005 with the increased use of MMS moods and emotions cards.

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Commercial launch in 2005

Eurotel Praha has launched the Czech Republic's first Push to talk over Cellular technology, using a solution provided by Nokia.  Eurotel will follow this initial launch of technology with a full commercial launch in early 2005. 

In addition to a complete PoC solution, Nokia is providing implementation and care services for the deployment of the solution.  Nokia is also supplying Nokia 5140 mobile phones, which support PoC.  Nokia has been Eurotel's main supplier of GSM network systems since 1996. 
 
"Over the years, our cooperation with Eurotel has been extremely important to us," said Matti Palomaki, Country Director, Networks, Nokia.  "We are pleased to see this close cooperation strengthened even further with the launch of this attractive and instant form of mobile communications." 
 
"We have always looked to Nokia for innovative end-to-end solutions," said Michal Herman, Chief Executive Officer of Eurotel Praha, spol. s r.o. "Nokia's support leading up to the launch of our push to talk technology has been key to bringing this exciting technology to our market.  We strongly believe that push to talk will open up new communication possibilities to our customers."
 
With more than 30 operator trials ongoing and commercial contracts with 22 operators, Nokia is leading the market for Push to talk over Cellular in GSM.  Nokia's solution offers a full feature set and smooth migration to the upcoming Open Mobile Architecture (OMA) standard, and it is compatible with the IP multimedia subsystem as standardized in 3GPP.
 
Nokia has introduced several push to talk phones.  The Nokia 5140, Nokia 6260, Nokia 6170 and Nokia 7270 are already commercially available.  The Nokia 6020 and Nokia 3230 are expected to be shipping in the first quarter of 2005.  Also, users of Nokia 6600, Nokia 6620, Nokia 6670 or Nokia 7610 are able to use push to talk by downloading the push to talk client to their terminals.  From 2005 onwards, push to talk will become available for almost all Nokia GPRS/WCDMA phones. 

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Frame contract also includes the Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery solution

Nokia is to further expand and modernise ONE Austria's GSM 1800 and GPRS network under a new frame contract. In addition ONE also has an option to buy the Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery, a network based centralised service and content control system. It provides an intelligent delivery of IP-based content enabling ONE Austria to analyse, charge and manage their data services.

Deliveries have begun and network roll-out will take place during 2005.
 
"We are happy to further strengthen our strategic relationship with Nokia, allowing us to increase our capacity as demand surges and continue to launch the most innovative services. With the option to buy Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery solution ONE will be able to react in a flexible manner to changing market demands and support the take up of future data services," says Jorgen Bang-Jensen, Chief Executive Officer, ONE GmbH.
 
"The modernized and expanded GSM and GPRS network of ONE is an ideal platform for mobile voice and data services today and tomorrow. The frame contract gives ONE also the option to buy the Nokia Intelligent Content Delivery solution, which will enable ONE to offer highly flexible pricing schemes for data services to its customers," adds Walid Moneimne, Senior Vice President, Networks, EMEA, Nokia.
 
"We are pleased to continue supporting ONE in modernizing and expanding its network to meet the needs of the future. Nokia is very happy that ONE Austria has made a frame contract with Nokia, strengthening our close cooperation in GSM, GPRS and 3G WCDMA core networks," says Günter Haberler, Managing Director Nokia Austria GmbH.
 
In addition to GSM/GPRS core and base station subsystem, Nokia is providing consulting, solution integration and implementation services for the Intelligent Content Delivery solution.
 

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mobilkom austria, Austria´s leading mobile operator, has launched Tecnomen´s Missed Call Notice to more than 3 million subscribers. Missed Call Notice alerts subscribers about calls diverted to voice mail and the caller does not leave a message. With Missed Call Notice, mobilkom austria can provide customers with an easy-to-use, innovative service, which helps manage their personal communication.
 

Tecnomen has developed a wide range of voice mail services in response to operators´ needs to increase voice mail and other voice services usage and revenues. Missed Call Notice keeps track of missed calls, noting the caller's number, and the time and date of the call, and delivers this information by SMS. Missed Call Notice also keeps track of the number of times the person has called as well as information about the first and last call made.
 
"Resulting from our long-term, close co-operation with Tecnomen, we can rely on the maturity of their solution and on their flexibility. In today´s hectic life, we are happy to launch this new service to help our customers in their daily communications", says Alexander Kuchar, Head of Division, Mobile Service Network, mobilkom austria.
 
"Tecnomen has accompanied mobilkom austria from the very beginning on its road as the innovative market leader in Austria. We are very proud to help mobilkom austria to launch this enhanced service offering to their customers," says Mr Eero Mertano, Vice President, Sales, Tecnomen. "Missed Call Notice is really an easy-to-use, mass market service. It is an addition to the phone´s missed call function as notification is provided even if the phone is out of coverage or turned off, or if the line is busy."

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