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ComArch, an OSS/BSS vendor and systems integrator, opened the new fiscal year with sales growing to 17 mln USD which is 83% growth against the previous year. The net income reached nearly 1 mln USD which is a significant improvement on the Q1 2003 results. ComArch financial results are due to the positive performance of subsidiaries in the USA, Germany and Middle East and the strengthening of ComArch position as global supplier of OSS & BSS technologies.

The financial results are grossly exceeding the prognoses of ComArch Board of Directors and make the ambitious ComArch revenue and profits growth plan for the whole 2004 realistic and feasible. The results go in line with ComArch growing sales on the global telecommunications markets.

In the first quarter 2004 ComArch have been selected by the leading telecommunications carriers in France, Finland, Montenegro, Iran and Lithuania to provide the components of ComArch TYTAN Billing and Customer Care Platform and ComArch InsightNet Network Management Platform. The value of the contracts amounts to over 6,5 mln USD. ComArch new clients include both fixed line and mobile telecommunications carriers as well as ISP's operators. Next contracts are currently being negotiated.

Polish companies belonging to ComArch Group also boost their financial results among them ComArch-CDN providing Enterprise Resource Planning software to the enterprise sector and internet portal Interia.pl that specializes in communication and information services and provides services for the internet societies. Interia is planning the launch of new generation broadband services in the near future.

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GRIC Communications, Inc. announced today that it has changed its company name to GoRemote Internet Communications, Inc., a descriptive new name for a recognized global leader in managed remote access solutions for enterprises.

“Our new name more effectively communicates our business focus. In short, we make it simple, secure and cost-effective for enterprises and their mobile and remote employees to go remote,” said Bharat Davé, CEO and President of GoRemote.

GoRemote provides the industry’s most comprehensive managed remote access solution. The company offers the only “Total Remote Solution” across all mobile and remote environments (mobile, teleworker, and branch offices) from a single provider with centralized, policy-based security and real-time management.

Leading enterprises in pharmaceuticals, financial services and insurance, retail, and other industries are using GoRemote’s solutions to dramatically reduce the costs, risks, and complexity of remote access while boosting productivity of mobile and remote workers.

Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading technology research and advisory firm, has positioned GoRemote in the Leaders Quadrant in Gartner’s Managed Remote Access Magic Quadrant for the first half of 2004. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant positions vendors in a particular market based on their vision and ability to execute that vision. According to Gartner, leaders are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

“For the Everywhere Enterprise”

Along with the new name, GoRemote is unveiling today a new logo and a new theme: “For the everywhere enterprise.‘” The theme refers to GoRemote’s target market: enterprises with employees working everywhere – in remote sites such as branch offices, retail sites and home offices, as well as from “mobile offices” in hotel rooms, airports, cafes convention centres, and elsewhere.

Thousands of enterprises across the globe are “everywhere enterprises” – they have shifted employees and resources from main corporate headquarters to remote offices to reduce costs, improve productivity, and ensure business continuity. More than 93% of all enterprises have remote employees, according to a study conduced in 2003 by Research Concepts LLC for Network World, a leading trade publication. At the same time, more employees than ever are taking advantage of mobile devices like personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptops and ubiquitous access including Wi-Fi to “go mobile.” International Data Corporation (IDC), a leading analyst firm, estimated in 2002 that the global remote workforce would grow from approximately 110 million employees to 162 million by 2006.

As more employees go remote, enterprises are facing escalating security risks, rising costs, and increasing management and support headaches. However, to remain competitive in the global economy, enterprises increasingly must provide their remote workers with secure, reliable, and ubiquitous remote access. GoRemote’s unique “Total Remote Solution” solves this challenge for enterprises, by pulling all the pieces together that enterprises need into a simple, secure, and cost-effective solution.

New Name Completes Successful Repositioning

GoRemote’s new corporate name completes its successful strategic repositioning process from the service provider to the enterprise market. Since the company’s founding in 1994 through 2002, it focused primarily on providing global roaming services for ISPs and telcos.

Starting in 2003, the company shifted its focus to the large and growing enterprise market for secure remote access solutions while continuing to leverage its service provider relationships. In December 2003, the company acquired Axcelerant, Inc., a leading provider of managed broadband VPN solutions for branch office and teleworker/home office environments.

As evidence of the company’s increasing momentum in the enterprise market, the company recently announced that it acquired in the first quarter of 2004 over 40 new enterprise and value-added reseller (VAR) accounts, increased enterprise and VAR revenues on a combined basis as a percentage of total revenues to 42%, and generated 25% of its revenues from broadband services. At the end of the first quarter of 2004, the company had more than 200 direct enterprise customers.

Enthusiastic Support

GoRemote customers, partners, industry analysts and many others are applauding the company’s new name.

“This is a great move. The name GoRemote is much more descriptive and effective than GRIC. We have hundreds of employees who go remote each day using the GoRemote solution and will respond very positively to the name GoRemote,” said David Rossien, CIO of Adventis, a GoRemote enterprise customer. Adventis is a leading strategy and management consultancy to the global information industries.

“GoRemote – the new name perfectly complements their proven solutions for the enterprise. The new name will enhance our joint efforts to further grow our businesses with enterprises that demand remote access and mobility solutions which enable them to compete and profit in the constantly changing global marketplace,” declared Michael Bray, director of the Mobility Practice at Getronics North America. Getronics is a GoRemote enterprise partner and one of the world's leading providers of vendor independent Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions and services.

“GoRemote has evolved from its roots as a roaming services company for ISPs and telcos to its position today as a leading provider of comprehensive managed remote access solutions for global enterprises. By changing its corporate name, GoRemote is making it very clear that its strategic positioning and value proposition have evolved. This is a smart decision and one that, coupled with an increased marketing investment, will further enhance its enterprise market position,” said Mark Winther, Group Vice President of Worldwide Telecommunications, International Data Corporation.

Market Research Backs Name Change

measure awareness and perceptions of GRIC and to test the GoRemote name.

“In summary, the research clearly indicated that GRIC was an ineffective corporate name,” said Rob Fuggetta, GoRemote Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “Overall, awareness of the name GRIC was low among enterprise decision-makers. This finding, which was not surprising given our historic focus on the service provider market, meant that we were not changing a name that was well established in our target market. Among people who knew the GRIC name, they associated it with roaming services for ISPs and telcos, which clearly is not our strategic focus,” Fuggetta added.

The research also revealed other weaknesses with the name GRIC. “People were confused by the name and thought it was harsh-sounding and unappealing. Yet another problem with the name was that people frequently mispronounced the name, especially people outside North America,” Fuggetta said. 

 “On the other hand, the name GoRemote tested very well among our target market of enterprise IT decision makers and among enterprise partners. People thought it was appealing, easy to pronounce and remember. Several branding experts we consulted with also stated that it is much easier and more-cost effective to build recognition of a name like GoRemote that’s descriptive of our business than one that is not. This is an important consideration for companies that must build brand recognition with limited marketing resources,” he pointed out.

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T4 gives service providers a common platform across Symbian, Microsoft and Java to promote new products

Trigenix, the mobile interface company, today announced shipment to customers of T4, the latest evolution of Trigenix technology. T4 is now available for commercial rollout and provides the first practical format for defining handset user interfaces and service stores spanning across all mainstream mobile phones - Symbian, Microsoft and Java - without the need for reformatting. T4 represents a major breakthrough for mobile service providers, freeing them to promote new revenue-generating products in a consistent way across different phones from different manufacturers without expensive and time-consuming changes to the UI design.

Based on the highly successful Trigenix User Interface (UI) solution already in use with operators such as T-Mobile and TMN, T4 now supports Windows Mobile, Java MIDP 1.0 & 2.0 devices and Symbian OS phones. With T4, service providers will be able to deploy revenue-generating own-brand user interfaces and rich content-based themes across 50% of handsets shipping by the end of 2004. The UI and service store builder in T4 is designed to enable service providers to introduce new services to subscribers over the air to the UI, driving up data revenues and improving the overall user experience.

Along with partners Symbian (for Series 60 phones) and Sun Microsystems (for Java), Trigenix has now also established a partnership with Microsoft. Senior Marketing Manager Mobile Devices Division Microsoft, Anne-Marie Duffy explained "Trigenix's availability on Windows Mobile-based Smartphones is an important step in meeting Mobile Operator cross-platform customisation requirements as devices with Windows Mobile software increasingly move into the mainstream. We are pleased to be supporting our partner, Trigenix in this initiative."

"Naturally we are pleased to have the backing of such a large player in the marketplace," said Steve Ives, CEO of Trigenix. "This is the year when the operators will roll out customised user interfaces to seek to improve upon the up-to 10% revenue increases observed by Vodafone on certain Vodafone Live! handsets. Existing solutions require significant reformatting of the onboard user interface content when you move between platforms, because of differing capabilities in these platforms, whereas Trigenix lets an operator or 3rd party create these user interfaces once, and deploy everywhere - across a host standard platforms emerging in the marketplace. T4 therefore significantly streamlines the process of deploying a new user interface across a large fraction of the subscriber base."

In critical areas such as messaging, T4 offers a number of benefits over and above what is provided on a standard open platform handset. These include the ability to provide users with "wizards" which can guide them through the complex MMS creation process, create custom messaging interfaces that simplify text & image transfer and promote extra services from within the messaging environment. Aside from the T4 handset client and UI builder shipments, a new Trigbuilder server solution is also now shipping which includes another first - a Trigpublisher for production-scale delivery of content to handset UIs.

Agreement includes acquisition of Nokia’s Multimedia Application Gateway product

724 Solutions, a leading provider of next-generation IP-based network and data services, today announced an agreement with Nokia to acquire the Nokia Multimedia Application Gateway (AGW) product and a separate OEM agreement under which Nokia will continue to offer the product to its existing and future customers.   

Effective immediately, 724 Solutions will transition the development and support of the product to its Toronto development center.  The Multimedia Application Gateway joins 724 Solutions’ X-treme Mobility Suite and, in addition to distribution through Nokia, will be available to 724 Solutions’ mobile operator customers through direct and other partner channels. 
The Multimedia Application Gateway is a leading multimedia service platform that extends the reach of MMS through five services, including legacy support for non-compatible MMS terminals, providing connectivity between e-mail and MMS users, receiving voice messages on MMS terminals, composing multimedia messages and storing and forwarding MMS messages from a personal album application. The Nokia Multimedia Application Gateway is part of Nokia's MMS solution, which is deployed in close to 70 mobile networks globally. The majority of Nokia's MMS deployments include the AGW product.
"Our focus is to deliver platforms and applications to mobile network operators that give them the capabilities to grow their mobile data revenues," said John Sims, CEO of 724 Solutions.  "The AGW is positioned within the key growth sector of MMS messaging and as such we believe that it will provide excellent growth opportunities for our customers and we are very pleased to be working with Nokia in this important area," said Sims. 
"Our goal is to make sure we continue to offer the market’s most competitive MMS infrastructure solution to our present and future mobile operator customers. Through the expertise 724 Solutions has in the service platform business, we will continue to offer a product that represents the state-of-the-art technology and know-how on the market," said Bo Lönnqvist, General Manager, Messaging Product Line, Networks, Nokia. "Divesting Nokia Multimedia Application Gateway, an element of our MMS solution, to 724 Solutions will allow us to further develop and expand messaging solutions that fall into Nokia’s core competence, thereby giving more added value to our operator customers also in the long term," said Lönnqvist.

Integrated hardware/software solution responds to rapidly growing smartphone market

Philips Electronics has joined the Symbian Platinum Program. With Philips joining the program, mobile phone manufacturers can benefit from seamlessly integrated multimedia applications for their smartphone offerings. As a result, mobile phone manufacturers can bring complete and easily upgradeable mobile multimedia solutions rapidly to market.

Joining the Symbian Platinum Program is part of Philips' commitment to mobile multimedia. Philips delivers hardware and software options that improve quality while limiting power consumption and extending battery life of mobile phones. Philips' Nexperia solutions provide a portfolio of re-programmable and ready to integrate system and IC solutions for mobile-based multimedia applications. Its offering ranges from solutions that support mobile multimedia features such as audio, video, imaging and connectivity applications, colour (touch) screens, built-in cameras, organizer functions, and Internet access.

"By working closely with smartphone OS market leader Symbian, we will be able to provide our customers in Asia with integrated, sophisticated Nexperia Mobile solutions for the smartphone market," said Mario Rivas, executive vice president, business unit mobile communications, Philips Semiconductors. "As Philips is a leading provider of multimedia processors for mobile phones produced in Asia and globally, this agreement will enable Philips to further realise its vision of the connected consumer."

Symbian develops and licenses Symbian OS, the global industry standard operating system for smartphones to the world's leading handset manufacturers. Symbian OS accounts for more than 85 per cent of annual mobile phone sales worldwide, according to Gartner's Mobile Terminal Market Shares: Worldwide, 3Q03 report of December 2003.

"The smartphone business is rapidly growing and Symbian OS is at the heart of it," commented Ian Weston, vice-president, partner support, Symbian. "Philips' expertise in media processing and connectivity will bring added value and further technology developments to the Symbian OS ecosystem."

Philips Nexperia solutions offer customers in Asia flexibility through extensive software IP libraries, which allow software upgrades to future-proof product designs and to provide a fast, low-risk and cost effective route to market. Built on proven know-how in SoC design, the Nexperia Mobile combines quality and high performance, thanks to Philips' expertise in media processing and connectivity including USB On-The-Go and Bluetooth.

The Grand Final of Eurovision-2004 Song Contest takes place in Istanbul on May 15. The Russian audience can watch the contest live broadcast on Channel One Russia.

This year Russians have an opportunity to vote online for their favorite performers by making telephone calls or sending SMS. Channel One Russia has selected official partners for vote arrangement – leading Russian telecom operator Rostelecom and leading provider of interactive TV services Soyuztelecom.

Soyuztelecom voting service is based on CBOSS proprietary CBOSSvote hardware/software solution.  Soyuztelecom is a customer of CBOSS Association.

CBOSSvote enables online interaction with wide audience via marketing researches, polls, free and paid contests, trivia games, betting, etc. CBOSSvote receives participants’ answers to predefined questions, saves the information on calls to the database and aggregates it for further analysis.

To participate in a voting or contest, the subscriber can call or send an SMS or USSD message to a dedicated number and receive the vote subject and multiple-choice questions. If the subscriber knows the vote subject and possible answers, he/she can post an answer. Voting can be also arranged on a web site.

Several TV channels have already enjoyed the advantages of CBOSSvote to arrange interactive voting in "Stars Factory" project (Channel One Russia), "One of Two" (MuzTV), etc.

Leading mobile operator in Central and Eastern Europe, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) has awarded the Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group (Siemens mobile) to extend its GSM networks in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. In total, the business volume for these networks extensions by Siemens mobile will be over USD 200 Million in 2004.

Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens mobile will expand and upgrade the switching subsystems in various regional MTS networks in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine. Furthermore, the company will extend the GSM radio networks with further base stations and the intelligent network platform with new services. Facing the continued growth in the subscriber base of MTS (5 percent growth in March 2004) the expansion of the networks will make it possible to meet the fast growing requirements of the more than 20 million MTS customers for voice and data services until end of 2004.

"The quality of our network is based on the high quality of Siemens, one of the most reliable world manufacturers of telecommunications equipment. The new agreements will develop our many years of partnership in the future," explained MTS President and CEO Vassily Sidorov.

"The new contracts underline Siemens’ leading role in the Russian mobile infrastructure market. We are very pleased to support MTS to substantially increase its possibilities and subscriber base in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine," said Karl-Christoph Caselitz, President of Networks at Siemens mobile. "Many years of our strategic partnership with this leading mobile operator in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe prove once again the reliability and the high quality of the equipment supplied by Siemens."

Devices work in both 1900 MHz and 2010 MHz IMT-2000 frequency bands, with 2.5 GHz tri-band devices in development

IPWireless has started shipping dual-band devices that allow users to roam across UMTS TDD networks in both 1900 MHz and 2010 MHz frequency bands, the company announced today. IPWireless is shipping the UMTS TDD modems now while equipment makers licensing the company’s UMTS TDD-based technology develop additional dual-band devices.

Part of the ITU’s IMT-2000 designation, the 1900 and 2010 unpaired spectrum bands are allocated for UMTS TDD in most countries worldwide that have allocated 3G frequencies. More than 120 mobile operators across Europe and Asia have UMTS TDD spectrum in one of these two bands. By offering devices that can seamlessly work in either band, IPWireless enables operators to offer roaming services, including in countries that have not traditionally had access to the benefits of GSM roaming. A subscriber with a dual-band UMTS TDD PC Card in their laptop would be able to not only get broadband access anywhere in their home market, but in any country where TDD is deployed in these bands.

This architecture also allows IPWireless licensing partners to build devices for a larger global market and increased economies of scale.  The first dual-band TDD devices were shipped in April to SonaeCom in Portugal, who recently announced a trial in Lisbon using their frequency in the 1900 MHz TDD band. Devices are also being shipped to operators across Europe, Australia, and to Japan.

IPWireless is also currently developing tri-band devices that would allow users to roam over networks in the 1900 MHz, 2010 MHz, and 2500 MHz bands. By incorporating the 2.5 GHz frequency, which includes MMDS spectrum in the United States and has been allocated as the UMTS expansion band in Europe, global roaming can be extended to nearly ubiquitous worldwide coverage.  Many operators that have already deployed IPWireless UMTS TDD systems have done so in the 2.5 GHz band and new tri-band devices would allow their subscribers to roam beyond their home network. In addition, GSM/UMTS operators deploying in the current TDD bands – 1900 or 2010MHz – can seamlessly add additional capacity in the UMTS extension band once it is allocated. 

"To truly be a mobile technology, a technology needs to provide a subscriber with access not only anytime and anywhere in their home market, but also enable global roaming.  This development allows operators and licensing partners to truly leverage being part of a global standard," said Chris Gilbert, chief executive officer, IPWireless. "I look forward to the day when I never have to think about how to get my laptop connected – even while traveling."

UMTS TDD, a global standard that can be used by operators and manufacturers worldwide, has emerged as the leading standard for mobile broadband, with deployments in several countries around the world including Australia, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and the United States.  The commercially proven Mobile Broadband system includes a complete network infrastructure, pocket-sized wireless desktop modems, and PC cards (PCMCIA) for laptops and PDAs.  In addition, major equipment makers are developing a variety of network management and end user devices, including mobile voice over IP handsets and Compact Flash cards, with IPWireless-licensed UMTS TDD chipsets embedded.

Plans to expand to broader coalition of global operators

Building on their initial meeting on December 2003, the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) led by Openwave Systems, met in Boston to discuss plans to expand from an initial working group to a broader coalition of global carriers.  The group, which represents 110 million subscribers worldwide, has made significant progress towards its goal of working collaboratively to address and mitigate messaging abuse problems – including spam, viruses, forgery, fraud and other malicious attacks – affecting both broadband and mobile service providers and their customers.

Specifically, the group unveiled a code of conduct, a current best practices document for messaging operators (A practical overview of actions local system administrators can take to harden a production messaging systems), and a draft reference architecture for common reference. Furthermore, the group finalised details around membership specifics, including tiered membership levels, requirements and annual dues.

To drive the group forward, participants discussed commitments to a 12-month roadmap that includes delivery on the following:

 - Significantly growing the membership roster of messaging operators
 - Hosting an Anti-Abuse Summit on May 17-19, in Washington D.C.  To register for the summit, or to request more information on the MAAWG, please visit www.maawg.org
 - Establishing a common abuse profile to enable companies to collaborate on abuse issues, share key contact information, reporting procedures, etc.
 - Accelerate industry adoption of a sender authentication protocol

Attendees included Adelphia, Avantel, BellSouth, Cox Communications, Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ), IIJ America, Interland Hosting Services, Openwave, POBox.com and Verizon Online.

"As MAAWG continues to make progress by developing a code of conduct, best practice and technology architectures, we are poised to tackle messaging abuse head on," said Dale W. Malik, Director of Broadband Applications, BellSouth. "By expanding MAAWG participation, we are not only growing in numbers but are becoming a significant resource to address this issue effectively."

"At Adelphia we understand the need to address the issues of spam, viruses and security. Spam is a constantly evolving problem that impacts nearly every individual or company using email and the Internet," said Sherman Hand, Manager, Internet Policy Enforcement Team. "Having a united front on the war on spam, just as the spammers are united, is the first step in this fight. We are proud to be in at the beginning of this inter-operator forum to effect change as a group that far exceeds what we could accomplish individually."

"Messaging abuse crosses global boundaries where anti-spam laws do not always apply," said Yoshihiro Shimazu, Deputy General Manager of Strategy Planning Division, IIJ.  "In order to effectively combat the growing problems of abuse, MAAWG is looking to broaden its reach across international borders to recruit companies committed to fighting and stopping messaging abuse."

"Messaging abuse is the number one threat to all forms of Internet communications," said Rich Wong, general manager, Openwave. "By uniting industry-leading global carriers, we are making systematic progress against this epidemic and expect these concerted efforts to be the first step in eliminating messaging abuse altogether."

"Today, there are many fragmented anti-spam initiatives working separately, said Meng Weng Wong, CTO, Pobox.com.  "If we hope to control viruses and spam, the industry has to work together.  The world needs an Internet equivalent of the World Health Organization.  I believe MAAWG can grow into that role."

"As messaging abuse continues to wreak havoc on the industry and threaten Internet communication, it is our responsibility, as messaging operators, to address the problem," said Todd Dean, Director of Data Operations and Support for Cox Communications.  "By acting collectively and cooperatively we can have a far greater impact than by acting alone."

PCCW launches broadband wireless service in UK using IPWireless Technology

PCCW has launched a UMTS TDD-based wireless broadband network in the UK, leveraging for the first time the 3.4GHz spectrum it acquired last year, PCCW and IPWireless announced today. Under its subsidiary UK Broadband, PCCW, one of Asia's leading integrated communications companies, is offering the NETVIGATOR high-speed wireless service to residential and business customers living in the Thames Valley west of London at rates starting at only £18 per month.

NETVIGATOR provides this broadband access without the need for a telephone line or cable connection. The service is self-installed in a few minutes, with a plug-and-play IPWireless modem available in high street shops or ordered over the Internet. Because the IPWireless UMTS TDD technology is wireless, subscribers can have a broadband connection in any room in the house. This high-speed broadband “always on” access makes it easy to surf the net, download videos or music, and bank or shop over the Internet.

"The service we are offering with UMTS TDD is truly revolutionary and is going to change people’s lives,” said Mike Butcher, CEO of UK Broadband. “The IPWireless UMTS TDD solution offers unparalleled performance and economics, with a combination of wide-area coverage, high-capacity, and low cost that is unsurpassed for a plug-and-play broadband solution.”

NETVIGATOR is one of the most advanced broadband offerings available.  Six areas in the Thames Valley will be the first places in the country to experience the NETVIGATOR service.  This service will initially available in Aldershot, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough, Windsor, and Wokingham.  Subscribers will have an initial choice of a 512Kbits per second or 1 Megabit per second services. 

UK Broadband owns a nationwide UK and Northern Ireland contiguous 3.4GHz license to enable wireless broadband.  After completing this launch, UK Broadband will announce its national rollout plans for this new generation service in the UK and Northern Ireland. 

UMTS TDD, a global standard that can be used by operators and manufacturers worldwide, has emerged as the leading standard for mobile broadband, with commercial deployments in dozens of countries around the world including Australia, Germany, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, and the United States.  The commercially proven Mobile Broadband system includes a complete network infrastructure, pocket-sized wireless desktop modems, and PC cards (PCMCIA) for laptops and PDAs.  In addition, major equipment makers are developing a variety of network management and end user devices, including mobile voice over IP handsets and Compact Flash cards, with IPWireless-licensed UMTS TDD chipsets embedded.

“We are pleased that PCCW has selected IPWireless UMTS TDD technology for its first foray into the UK,” said Chris Gilbert, CEO of IPWireless. “Their deployment launches a new era for broadband in the UK. Individuals will get the always-on, high speed benefits of broadband, with the freedom that comes without the limitations of being tethered by wires.”

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To speed up the launch of 3G mobiles   

Anite, a major provider of test solutions to the wireless  communications industry, today announced that leading mobile operator, Orange France, has purchased its 3G protocol test system, U-SAT. Orange France will use the product to speed the launch of 3G mobile handsets for use on its network. With the U-SAT, Orange France can ensure that handsets achieve conformance to currently evolving W-CDMA standards, offering the highest quality possible to end-users.

Anite's U-SAT is a signalling test solution for W-CDMA mobile terminals for use in development and conformance testing. As mobile phone users have increasingly high expectations of how devices should perform, thorough testing is important for both operators and handset manufacturers to ensure that new devices comply with increasingly complex standards. This testing is crucial particularly at higher data rates and across new technologies such as 3G.

Orange France has been using Anite' s 2G SAT and SAS solutions for over two years and, as a key operator partner of Anite, the company collaborates closely in the technical development of testing systems. Orange will use the newly purchased U-SAT together with the existing 2G testing system to benefit from a full multi-RAT testing environment.  As Orange deploys 3G services in France, the combined testing solution will enable them to test handover issues between 2G and 3G, and give them peace of mind when launching new services.

Yves-Denis Martin, Head of Devices and SIM at Orange France, says:"We are committed to offering high quality, innovative services to our customers, and testing of mobile devices prior to deployment is key to ensuring product compliance and a reliable service for our customers. Our partnership with Anite will help us in preparation for the launch of 3G services this year." 

Nigel Coxon, MD of Anite' s Telecoms division, adds: "We are delighted that Orange France has bought our U-SAT test system to use with their existing 2G SAT and SAS solutions. Testing handover between 2G and 3G is crucial for operators prior to comprehensive W-CDMA coverage. Our 3G U-SAT solution used in combination with the 2G SAT and SAS offers a multi-RAT testing environment that will enable Orange to deliver services that work across networks."

Anite's solutions test the individual protocol layers in a mobile terminal to ensure compliance with the most recent industry standards. They can also be used for end-to-end application testing. The solutions are designed to test GSM, GPRS, EGPRS, W-CDMA and HSDPA mobile terminals.

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Action for annulment filed

Oy Radiolinja Ab has received an action for annulment, where six parties involved in the redemption procedure of Radiolinja minority shares and the action of annulment against a decision made at Radiolinja's Annual General Meeting in spring 2000, demand the cancelling of the merger resolution made at Oy Radiolinja Ab's General Meeting in December 2003.

The aforementioned parties have filed a creditor's objection to the merger in the Trade Register. Due to the objection, Elisa has made an announcement in the Q1 interim report of 29 April 2004 that the merger of Oy Radiolionja Ab with Elisa Corporation is not likely to take place on the original scheduled date, which is 1 July 2004.
The possible delay of the merger of Oy Radiolinja Ab will not change the operational mode and brand of the unified Elisa.  Consent to all other mergers announced on 28 October 2003 has been received, and these processes will conform to the schedule, also in that respect that Oy Radiolinja Ab's subsidiaries are to merge into Oy Radiolinja Ab.

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At the opening ceremony of Orange France's "Villes Pilotes UMTS" project in Lille, Alcatel announced that it has been selected as the exclusive supplier of Orange France, with responsibility for integrating 3G services in the framework of the Orange's UMTS pilot cities of Toulouse, Lille and Cannes.

In   Lille,   Alcatel   also   supplied   and  integrated  the  UMTS  radio infrastructure and the circuit switched core network solution. In addition, Alcatel will ensure the optimization of the radio network and the ongoing operation and maintenance support for both radio and circuit switched core.

The  services  package  developed  and  integrated  by Alcatel for Orange's "Villes Pilotes UMTS" project includes fixed-to-mobile video telephony, web conferencing,  video  messaging,  online  gaming,  a  3G video portal, a TV service  package, webcam access, live sporting events and instant messaging services, with personal multimedia storage for 3G testers.

Alcatel has provided Orange with a comprehensive solution that includes the application  servers  and  the hosting and turnkey operation of the service platforms,   guaranteeing   end-to-end  Quality   of   Service  (QoS)  and performance. To provide this enhanced new services offering, Alcatel worked
hand-in-hand with various partners specialized in applications, content and handsets. Alcatel  has  also  integrated  all the new services into Orange France's information system.

"Alcatel  is  Orange's chief partner in the launching of the "Ville Pilotes UMTS"  project  in  France"  added Marc Rouanne, chief operating officer of mobile  communications activities at Alcatel. "The launching of Orange's 3G services  in  Toulouse  and Lille demonstrates Alcatel's ability to provide mobile  operators  with turnkey mobile solutions that render the technology transparent and place the end-user at the very center of 3G."

Orange  has chosen Alcatel as its priority supplier for its 3G/UMTS network infrastructures  in Europe. In France, Alcatel is the sole supplier for the deployment of the 3G/UMTS network that will cover the north and west of the country,  Paris  and the Paris region. The Orange Group has decided to step up its 3G/UMTS network deployment program in the United Kingdom by choosing Alcatel as second supplier.

In  addition  to this, Orange is using the open environment of Alcatel's 3G Reality  Centres  (3GRC)  as  a  basis  for  the new "3G Developer Centres" created  under  its  global-scale "Developers Programme". These centers are open  to  local  developers  - most often small companies - giving them the
opportunity  to  develop  innovative enhanced-content 3G services, and test them in true-to-life conditions in Alcatel's end-to-end 3G environment.

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Protecting users from dodgy messages

Telcotec, a specialist in mobile communications management, has upgraded its key Content Guardian solution for mobile network operators, which enables mobile users to protect their phones against pornographic content, viruses and spam messages.

The company's Content Guardian solution now incorporates SurfControl's market-leading Internet content filtering, and First 4 Internet's (F4i) innovative image and text filtering technology. 

Content Guardian is deployed by network operators, allowing mobile phone users to choose and manage the types of content they want to receive when browsing the Internet or using multimedia messaging services (MMS).

With the use of Internet- and MMS-enabled mobile phones set to explode this year, mobile operators are aware that pornography is typically an early adopter of new technology.  In January 2004 the six British mobile phone operators* unveiled a joint code of practice to help prevent youngsters from accessing porn and other unsuitable content from mobile phones.

With SurfControl's filtering solution, Content Guardian checks the Internet addresses requested by mobile users against a database of over 6.4 million categorised URLs - the industry's largest - giving quick and accurate decisions over blocking of adult websites.  With F4i's technology, Content Guardian also scans web and MMS images in real time, with a 'Digital DNA'
function enabling known images to be identified quickly with accuracy rates of over 90% in live testing. 

Nick Outteridge, SurfControl's director OEM technology partnerships said: "Managing Internet and MMS content on mobile phones is a complex issue, and Telcotec are spearheading delivery of effective, fully integrated real-world
solutions which benefit both mobile operators and users."

Nick Drew, F4i's business development manager said:  "From the outset of our relationship, we were very impressed with the vision which the Telcotec management had for the MMS sector.  In addition to having the expertise to implement the technology, Telcotec predicted the emergence of content
management issues.  The company has a considerable head start in being able to offer a tried-and-tested solution."

MMS services are available now from all six British network operators.  3 is the only company to have launched full 3G mobile Internet services so far, but the other five operators all have advanced plans to follow suit. 

* Orange, O2, T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and 3

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