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Nokia has signed a turnkey deal worth EUR 125 million with Ukrainian operator DCC/Astelit to build and operate its GSM/EDGE radio network. With this frame agreement DCC/Astelit, which is majority owned by Turkcell, becomes a new customer for Nokia.  In a deal expected to last two years, deliveries of the Nokia base station subsystem (BSS) will start immediately.

"Nokia is well known as the leader in the telecommunication world. DCC/Astelit has chosen Nokia as a partner to build its GSM network in Ukraine, based first of all on our trust in the company's name and our recognition of the quality of its equipment," said Valeriy Grigorievich Stepanenko, Chairman of the Supervision Board,  CJSC  "Digital Cellular Communication of Ukraine".
 
"We are proud to provide DCC/Astelit with a GSM/EDGE BSS solution to quickly achieve high quality network coverage in Ukraine. There is a large untapped market to be addressed in this country, one of the fastest growing markets of the region, and we look forward to working with DCC/Astelit for quick and smooth rollout towards successful service launch," says Jaakko Myllymäki, Vice President, Networks, Nokia.
 
Under the agreement Nokia will supply its complete GSM/EDGE base station subsystem, which can be smoothly upgraded to 3G WCDMA. In addition Nokia will provide turnkey implementation of the network, including site acquisition, civil works, network planning, implementation and project management for fast quality ramp-up of the solution.
 
Nokia is also providing its operations start-up package to support DCC/Astelit in starting and developing its operations competencies and procedures for the network for the first six months. Nokia Care services, including software maintenance, emergency support and hardware services as well as training will help keep the network running at peak performance.

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Platinum sponsor of World Congress

Sepura is proud to announce that it is this year's Platinum Sponsor of the TETRA World Congress (TWC) which will take place in Vienna from Monday 22nd to Thursday 25th November 2004.

The TWC is the world’s largest TETRA conference and exhibition. It is the annual meeting place for the international TETRA community and is attended by delegates from more than 200 organisations in 50 countries from all sectors of the industry. The aim of the TWC is to provide detailed analysis of the current TETRA market and technology, as well as providing an insight as to how this will develop in the future.
 
This year Sepura is the sole Platinum Sponsor of the TWC, the highest possible sponsorship level at this event.  Graham Matthews, Sepura’s Managing Director, comments: "We are delighted to be Platinum Sponsors of the TWC 2004, a key event in the TETRA calendar.  The Platinum sponsorship is a reflection of Sepura’s international success. Furthermore, it reinforces our position as a leading supplier of TETRA radios worldwide."

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Mobileway, the global leader in mobile messaging, marketing and entertainment, announced today that Romanian GSM operators are connected to its Global Hub. Mobileway’s customers will now be able to offer their contents and applications (ring tones, images, information, marketing campaigns, etc.) to 7 million Romanian mobile phone users.

Bernadette Lyons, Mobileway Managing Director UK, said: "Our strategy is to offer a maximum of direct connections with Premium billing capabilities to mobile operators world-wide. These new connections add to the 150 Mobileway manages today. The launch of services into Romania was in response to a strong demand from our customers."
 
Mobileway will be able to offer its clients two types of services:
 
-          SMS direct connections to 7 million Romanian mobile subscribers
-          SMS Premium billing capabilities for a wide variety of content through short codes
 
Mobileway is expecting traffic of 500 000 SMS per month in the first two months increasing to 2 million SMS messages per month over the next six months.

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Amdocs and Vodafone today announced that they have signed a long-term global framework agreement. The strategic agreement positions Amdocs as a global billing solutions provider for Vodafone worldwide.

Since Amdocs' first deployment at Vodafone UK in 1995, the two companies have cultivated a strategic relationship, successfully collaborating on numerous voice and data billing, CRM and mediation projects with Vodafone Group companies around the globe. The new global framework agreement specifies service levels, pricing and a legal framework for all future projects between Amdocs and Vodafone companies worldwide.  The agreement is a significant milestone in the relationship between the two companies.  It is also a testament to Vodafone's commitment towards the consolidation of its worldwide business operations.

"In selecting its global information technology partners, Vodafone requires that they have proven global delivery capabilities and a high-quality solutions portfolio," said Thomas Geitner, Chief Technology Officer at Vodafone Group. "Vodafone's relationship with Amdocs will continue to develop and play a role in helping us maintain our position as the global provider of choice for service excellence and innovation."

"Amdocs superior technology, combined with implementation and services capabilities and integrated customer management vision, will help Vodafone achieve operational and cost efficiencies, while supporting introduction of emerging services and enhancing system scalability," said Eli Gelman, Executive Vice President of Amdocs Management Limited. "With a streamlined integrated customer management approach, Vodafone will be able to further differentiate its brand, and grow stronger, more profitable customer relationships."

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Vodafone and Square Enix have today announced their joint collaboration for the launch of new mobile content on Vodafone live! Best known for the world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series, and marking its entry into the mobile gaming market in Europe, Square Enix is committed to bringing new and exciting games to the growing mobile gaming audience and is doing so first with Vodafone.

The initial titles available for download on Vodafone live! will be Aleste and Actraiser, both of which will debut in Vodafone Germany in July. The games will then be rolled out across other Vodafone live! European regions over the Summer, including UK, Spain, and Italy. A mobile version of Drakengard, released this May on PlayStation 2, is also planned for release during the summer.

"The addition of Square Enix's quality games titles to the Vodafone live! portfolio is a real win for our European customers. This agreement marks just the start of an exciting new relationship with Square Enix, with more classic titles to come," said Tim Harrison, Head of Games, Vodafone Group Services Limited.

"Our relationship with Vodafone in Europe allows us to offer mobile gamers the highest-quality original content Square Enix is famous for," said Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix. "Going forward, we will work hard to continue releasing ground-breaking entertainment through the industry-leading Vodafone live! multimedia offering."

In Aleste, the mobile version of the 80s home console classic, you become the pilot of an ultra-advanced attack craft, codenamed Aleste. Your mission sees you fearlessly flying through enemy-packed stages, collecting weapon power-ups on your way to the explosive end-of-level boss battles. Each level ramps up the challenge and will keep you coming back for more adrenaline-soaked arcade action!

Actraiser challenges you to fight your way past centaurs, goblins, trolls and a menagerie of other mythical creatures in this side-scrolling action game. Armed with your mighty blade and plenty of determination, you must cleanse the landscape of hordes of evil monsters! Based on the classic Super Nintendo game of the same name, Actraiser brings classic console gaming to your mobile phone.

Drakengard, Square Enix's new Action-RPG, was launched In Europe on the PlayStation 2 on May 21st, 2004. The mobile version of this brilliant console game sees you battling across four different locations, fighting Empire forces on the ground and in the air! Each level combines fantastic sword-slashing action and dragon-riding combat; the fight-back against the Empire starts here!

TeliaSonera, the leading telecommunications group in the Nordic-Baltic region, has signed an agreement with France Telecom to acquire its Danish subsidiary, Orange A/S, with 605,000 mobile customers in Denmark. Combined with Telia Mobile Denmark, a new powerful alternative will be available for Danish telecommunications customers.

"By combining Telia Mobile Denmark and Orange Denmark, we are creating a true and powerful contender to the two dominating players in the Danish market. Combined we will have critical mass and operational scale, sufficient to become the first choice provider of mobile services in Denmark. This combination will benefit the Danish mobile customers," comments Anders Igel, President and CEO of TeliaSonera and continues, "In particular, the increased size will improve our ability to meet the demands of the business customer segments, but it will also enable us to continue improving our successful consumer service offer."

TeliaSonera currently operates mobile and fixed line communications as well as cable TV business in Denmark. With the acquisition, TeliaSonera is executing its strategy to increase its mobile customer base in Denmark. Anders Igel continues: "The transaction confirms TeliaSonera's long-term commitment to the Danish market and it strengthens our Nordic footprint in a way that will increase our overall competitiveness in pan-Nordic offerings."

The plan is to begin integrating the mobile operations of TeliaSonera in Denmark and Orange A/S as soon as the necessary approvals for the transaction are obtained. Until then, integration planning will be lead by a steering group, chaired by Kenneth Karlberg, President TeliaSonera Norway, Denmark and the Baltic countries, and comprising Jesper Brockner, Vice President, TeliaSonera Denmark, Richard Moat, CEO, Orange A/S, and Kjell-Ove Blom, Senior Business Advisor, TeliaSonera, as integration project leader.

Initially, no changes will be made in the existing customer relationships. The existing products and services of both organizations will continue to be delivered under separate existing brands until at least spring 2005. No significant organizational overlaps are expected pertaining to entities with direct customer contacts, such as customer services and the 22 Orange shops.

Integration planning will include decisions on branding, customer migration, new service portfolio, premises, personnel, handling of the overlapping GSM networks and UMTS licenses. Personnel overlaps are expected mainly within management, administration, network operations and product and services development. Confirmation of this is expected to be made in the beginning of 2005.

Employees in Telia Stofa and Telia Networks will not be affected directly by the integration.

The Societé des Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône (SAPRR) has selected Nokia TETRA as its radio communication solution.

The Societé des Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône, which operates motorways across central eastern France, has signed a contract for the Nokia TETRA system to replace its current analogue systems. The digital Nokia TETRA system brings full secure professional mobile radio (PMR) coverage for the motorways managed and operated by SAPRR, including the prestigious Paris-Lyon route.
 
Under the contract, Nokia will supply its complete TETRA system featuring the Nokia TETRA Neat architecture, tailored for a motorways type of network.  Deliveries and implementation have already begun.
 
"Our motorways span more than 2,200 kilometres and serve more than 135 million vehicles per year. Therefore, we need a secure system that will enable us to provide reliable, high-quality PMR services over a large area," says Valéry Chalimon, Motorway Traffic and Maintenance Manager, SAPRR.
 
"In addition, the system must enable a smooth integration of special motorways applications. Nokia TETRA System perfectly answered our needs," he adds.
 
"It is during exceptional circumstances, such as a big accident or extremely bad weather, that the SAPRR people must be able to rely on their radio communication system," says Benoit Loth, Senior Account Manager, Networks, Nokia. "Reliability of radio communications is a key element for them, and Nokia TETRA System has been designed for just this kind of challenge".
 
The Société des Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhône has also created a subsidiary company, ALTECH-RPN (Limonest, France) which is committed for the engineering, the operation and the maintenance of the TETRA network.
 

Telia is discontinuing per-minute charges for mobile telephony - 24/7. The new price offer is in effect starting today, Wednesday, for calls to four million numbers in Telia's mobile network. Customers can subscribe to the offer through August 31, 2004 and the rates are in effect through August 31, 2005.

The offer is available to customers who have one of the subscriptions Telia Mobil 50 or Telia Mobil 100. The offer allows customers to make mobile calls to other Telia mobile phones without any per-minute charges, 24/7, for a monthly fee of SEK 50. There is a flat fee of SEK 0.50 per call.

"Free calling minutes for a flat monthly fee is a clear trend in the Swedish mobile market right now," says Marie Ehrling, President of TeliaSonera Sweden. "I believe that our offer is attractive and competitive. Customers initially have 50 or 100 free minutes for calls to over ten million numbers within Telia's fixed and mobile networks. Customers can then supplement this with an unlimited number of free minutes to four million numbers in Telia's mobile network. We are starting with an offer for 12 months and expect that we will continue to extend it."

The subscriptions Telia Mobil 50 and Telia Mobil 100 enable customers to make calls for 50 or 100 minutes per month for a flat monthly fee of SEK 90 and SEK 170, respectively. The free minutes apply 24/7 to over ten million numbers in Telia's fixed and mobile networks in Sweden. Customers who choose to add this offer to their subscriptions pay a supplement for a total fee of SEK 140 or SEK 220, respectively, per month.

Wireless service provider T-Mobile International plans deployment of an intelligent packet core networking solution from Nortel Networks

Under a new agreement, Nortel Networks will provide a solution designed to make it possible for T-Mobile to implement flexible billing options for subscribers based on the content they have accessed, time spent downloading, or volume of data downloaded. These capabilities create new business opportunities for offering ‘content-aware’ services for contract and pre-paid subscribers. T-Mobile plans to use these billing features for personalized mobile data services initially across the United Kingdom, with the potential to expand across other T-Mobile European networks.

In addition to enabling content-based billing, the Nortel Networks solution will deliver an optimized IP (Internet Protocol)-based architecture that will greatly simplify network design and help drive reduced operating costs. This has traditionally required a complicated mix of routers, load balancers, firewalls and switches.

"This decision aligns closely with T-Mobile's One Network vision of offering ubiquitous customer experiences across Europe," said Dr Wolfgang Ptacek, executive director and head of International Division Service Development at T-Mobile International. "We are leveraging our investments in Nortel Networks GPRS and UMTS packet core to deliver new billing and services options. By consolidating these services in the wireless packet core infrastructure, we will be able to accelerate the time-to-market for new services while greatly reducing the operational complexity."

"This is another example of Nortel Networks driving innovation in the wireless industry," said Vivian Hudson, president and general manager, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Nortel Networks. "Our solution brings the full potential of IP technology to the wireless core network, which translates into a much more cost-effective way to deliver 'content-aware' services. Nortel Networks brings unmatched synergies based on our broad telecommunications experience. The T-Mobile packet core network will combine our expertise in wireless with our heritage in carrier data networking."

The Nortel Networks solution for T-Mobile will provide 'on-board' intelligent packet inspection residing within the GGSN, which simplifies the traditional architecture for offering content-based services, and can significantly reduce capital and operating costs for 'packet-sniffing' hardware.

This packet core network agreement is incremental to previous GPRS and UMTS core contract awards by T-Mobile International to Nortel Networks. Nortel Networks has been a supplier of GPRS and 3G networking gear for T-Mobile International's Pan-European network since 2002, and currently supplies 3G core networking equipment in Germany, the United Kingdom, Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Austria.

ADC has announced today that Swisscom Mobile, Switzerland's leading wireless operator, has selected ADC's Metrica Performance Manager software for its Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service (UMTS) network which is scheduled to be launched later this year. Swisscom Mobile has more than 3.7 million customers, covers 99.7% of the Swiss population and offers access to more than 370 mobile telephone networks around the world.

"We've had a very good experience using Metrica for our GSM and GPRS networks, and, most recently, the solution has given us the performance edge we need to help grow the largest wireless public LAN network in Europe and to enhance our Wi-Fi service," said Robert Marro, head of network performance management for Swisscom Mobile. "We believe that the technical superiority of the Metrica solution in terms of ease of maintenance, customization and administration, together with enhanced features such as the report writing facility, will provide us with the right level of flexibility and scalability to support a fast-evolving infrastructure such as our new UMTS network."

"Swisscom Mobile has a long history of providing reliable, high-quality services to their customers and we're pleased to be working with them," said David Heaps, senior vice president and general manager of the Metrica group of the Software Systems Business Unit for ADC. "By providing Swisscom with a next-generation performance management solution, we can support their business now and provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to future UMTS service requirements simply and cost-effectively."

Superscape Group, the technology based entertainment company and leader in revolutionary new mobile games, today announced it has signed a significant licensing and distribution agreement with an award winning games publisher. Under the terms of the agreement Superscape's new partner, regarded as a source of high-quality and innovative titles in the global wireless industry, will localise, publish, distribute and support Superscape's mobile games to over sixty network operators and their millions of customers worldwide.

Kevin Roberts, CEO, Superscape Group plc said: "I am very excited about the agreement and delighted to be working with this publishing partner. With the agreement in place, Superscape's global reach and mass-market consumer access has increased dramatically.

"The agreement ensures that we gain the maximum exposure for our mobile games in the minimum amount of time - without impacting on the company's own resources. It will allow the Superscape team to focus on our ten top-tier targeted operators where our focus is both on bringing negotiations to a speedy conclusion and on actively managing these accounts to ensure that our games are always positioned with these top ten operators to maximize revenue potential for Superscape."

The first Superscape titles available through the new partnership will start to be distributed immediately. The games will be available in a wide range of languages including French, German, Spanish, Czech and Portuguese.

Kevin Roberts concluded: "I am very pleased with our progress to date on signing agreements with network operators. We have already signed direct or indirect agreements with four of the top ten targeted operators. Verizon was the first announced on April 29th and Superscape currently has multiple games generating thousands of royalty bearing downloads, over the air, on the Verizon network today. Our second partnership agreement announced on June 29th will bring Superscape mobile games to the China Mobile network in August 2004. The third agreement was announced on July 5th with an unnamed top tier global operator who will be identified when Superscape's games are launched on their network. A fourth partnership, announced on July 6th, will bring our games to another of the ten top tier operators."

Sierra Wireless and KPN have announced a global first with the commercial availability of the Voq Professional Phone, a Microsoft Windows Mobile-based Smartphone with full QWERTY thumbpad. The Voq is being delivered throughout the Netherlands by KPN via its distribution channels at a retail price of €99 in combination with a two-year Business Select subscription and a 5Mb GPRS data package.

Designed for business professionals, the Voq Professional Phone is a new class of mobile phone that offers the best features of a mobile phone, a personal messaging device, and a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). The product offers a flip-open QWERTY thumbpad and easy-to-use software solutions, including out-of-the-box personal and corporate e-mail. The unique, easy and powerful myVoq software enables predictive search, storage, and sending of information.

"Enterprises worldwide are looking to mobilize their workforces, but often cannot find a mobile device with the right combination of usability, data security and portability," said Derek Evans, Vice President & Managing Director, EMEA for Sierra Wireless. "The Voq Professional Phone is built to keep mobile workers fully connected and in touch, and we’re delighted that KPN is now delivering the phone."

"Our customers look to us to provide innovative, robust solutions to their mobile communications needs," said Brian Stout, Director Business Line Business market, for KPN. "The Voq Professional Phone offers comprehensive voice and data functionality - something we believe our customers will find very attractive. Working with Sierra Wireless to deliver this phone in the Netherlands has enabled us to offer our customers a total mobility solution with attractive pricing."

The new Voq Professional Phone operates over KPN’s GSM (Global System for Mobile communication) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) network, and offers global roaming through KPN’s partners in 165 countries around the world, with seamless data connectivity in 35 countries in and outside Europe. 

"The Voq Professional Phone is a great proposition for mobile professionals and testament to the type of hardware and design innovation made possible on the Windows Mobile platform," said Annemarie Duffy, Senior Marketing Manager, Mobile and Embedded Devices Division, Microsoft Corp. "Demand for mobile business applications is growing in the enterprise and we support Sierra Wireless and KPN in addressing this important market."

Powered by an Intel Xscale processor, the Voq Professional Phone is based on Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software and offers a rich telephony experience with the addition of a unique flip-open QWERTY thumbpad. The Voq Professional Phone provides:

* Phone-first capabilities with the power of a PDA and ability to synchronize contacts, calendars, and tasks to a Windows-based computer;

* The best features of a mobile phone, messaging device, and PDA in a single phone - resulting in lower cost, ease-of-use, and need for fewer devices;

* Out-of-the-box personal and corporate e-mail solutions, including POP3, IMAP4, and Microsoft ActiveSync for wireless synchronisation to Microsoft Exchange 2003; 

* Powerful search, send and storage capabilities with myVoq, which also offers the ability to enhance business applications and mobile web services.

• Richard Brennan to leave Orange at end of October
• Mobistar CEO Bernard Ghillebaert appointed as EVP Marketing, Products and Technology, Orange Group

Orange has announced changes to its Executive Team with the appointment of Bernard Ghillebaert as executive vice president of Marketing, Products and  Technology. The appointment follows Richard Brennan’s personal decision to fulfil a lifelong ambition and travel the world. Richard will leave Orange at the end of October, having been with the company for 11 years.

Bernard Ghillebaert will be transferring to a new Orange Group role from his current position as CEO of Mobistar, the Belgian subsidiary of Orange. He will be responsible for Marketing, Products and Technology for Orange worldwide.

Richard will work closely with Bernard during the four-month transition period to ensure a full and comprehensive handover. A replacement for Bernard at Mobistar will be announced in the coming weeks.

Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of the Orange Group, said: "Bernard will bring valuable operational experience and a strong track record in disciplined execution and commercial focus to his new group role. He has produced world class results in a competitive environment and was a pioneer for the whole GSM industry. His performance and drive make him a great asset to the Orange executive team."

He added: "I would also like to thank Richard for his tremendous contribution to the business and the industry as a whole over the last 11 years. His loyalty and commitment to the Orange brand, in particular his support in delivering our vision of one Orange, have been unwavering. I hope Richard will stay in touch with Orange and maybe even play a part in the continuing bright future of the company."

Richard  Brennan  said: "After  more than a decade at Orange, it is obviously a difficult decision to leave this great company. However, I feel that the time is right to fulfil a life-long ambition of mine."

He added: "Orange will continue to grow, innovate and break down the barriers, just as it has always done. With all the great people within the company, and the passion and ambition that they display, I can honestly say I believe now more than ever, that the futures bright, the futures Orange."

Lucent and Novatel to supply Merlin U530 UMTS PC Card Modems to the KPN Mobile Division in the Netherlands and Germany

Lucent Technologies and Novatel Wireless have announced that the two companies will supply KPN in the Netherlands and E-Plus in Germany with the Merlin U530 Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) PC Card Modems - jointly developed by Lucent and Novatel Wireless. Under the terms of a multi-million dollar supply agreement, Lucent and Novatel Wireless will supply these 3G data cards to support the rollout of high-speed data services on the 3G UMTS networks in KPN's territories.

The 3G data cards will enable KPN to offer customers enhanced services such as high-quality streaming video and audio, secure mobile access to e-mail with large attachments and other information stored behind corporate firewalls at data transfer speeds of up to 384 kilobits per second. Network users will have access to KPN's enhanced high-speed data services by plugging the PC cards into a laptop and installing the accompanying client software.
   
"With these 3G UMTS data cards we will be able to successfully launch UMTS and sell high speed data services, so we can position ourselves as the UMTS supplier for enterprise solutions across our customer base in Europe," said Mark de Jong, executive vice president Corporate Development KPN Mobile Division.

"KPN is one of the leaders in introducing cutting edge wireless services in the countries it operates in," said Heide Jeuken-Dahmen, director mobility segment for Lucent Technologies. "These services are particularly attractive to business users, and we are pleased to be supporting KPN as the company develops to offer customers high-speed mobile access to the Internet and corporate networks and multimedia services using the Merlin U530 Wireless PC Card Modem from Lucent and Novatel Wireless."

"Continued adoption of the Merlin U530 testifies to its reliability, ease of use and best in class functionality," said Peter Leparulo, CEO for Novatel Wireless. "The addition of KPN represents our eighth top tier operator customer in Europe, clearly establishing us as the market leader in 3G UMTS data solutions."