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Visto Corporation (www.visto.com), the leading provider of personal and corporate mobile messaging solutions to wireless operators for the broadest set of mobile device platforms, today announced that it has been issued a patent for a system and method for globally and securely accessing unified information in a computer network. This patent marks the ninth US patent in Visto's portfolio.

The new patent, US Patent No. 6,708,221, describes a mechanism for secure remote access to a corporation's data. Additional information on the patent is available at the US Patent and Trademark Office at www.uspto.gov.

"Visto continues to lead the wireless market with innovative technology that makes mobile and offline access to data reliable and easy," said Daniel Mendez, vice president and CTO of Visto. "This new patent illustrates our capabilities in managing the synchronisation of data of various types in a secure fashion over the wireless networks used by mobile workers. We anticipate this patent will be another valuable asset in Visto's already substantial portfolio of intellectual property."

Visto holds a total of nine US patents relating to the storage, access, translation and synchronisation of data, all technologies necessary for easy, secure mobile data access. Internationally, Visto holds issued patents in China, Israel and Singapore and has other patents pending in Europe, Japan and numerous other countries worldwide.

Enterprise data warehouse provides platform for 1 million euro revenue assurance savings

Teradata, a division of NCR, has announced that Vodafone Ireland has chosen Teradata as its platform for enterprise data warehousing. The new 1.5 terabyte data warehouse went live in September 2003 and has already returned significant benefits to Vodafone Ireland in the areas of revenue assurance, revenue stimulation and customer retention. Significantly, by aiming to consolidate its customer data marts onto a single enterprise data warehouse, Vodafone Ireland will also avoid future implementation costs associated with multiple database implementations.

"With the Teradata data warehouse we have not only been able to reduce costs but also harness our information assets to better drive business advantage. The ability to better analyse business processes has already led to revenue assurance savings of 1 million euros while the availability of a single, consistent view of the customer has enabled us to better serve and advise our customers," explained Paul Tully, head of management information systems at Vodafone Ireland. "Enterprise analytics are critical to Vodafone Ireland going forward, and we developed an exhaustive benchmark to evaluate potential platforms. Teradata was the leader in every category."

Key to Vodafone Ireland's strategy is delivering a superior customer experience.  By consolidating all customer data relating to billing, data services, marketing, sales and call centre support onto one database, it has not only reduced costs but also improved the consistency and availability of customer information.  For example, call centre staff can now access customer call data on a single screen fed directly from the data warehouse. Previously this information was presented on five separate screens.

Vodafone Ireland now has access to more detailed data on customer behaviour, which can be used by marketing and call centre staff for cross-sell, up-sell and customer service activities.  For example, having ported its tariff optimisation package onto the data warehouse, Vodafone Ireland is now able to offer customers up-to-the-minute advice on the most suitable package for their usage profile.

With data now ready for analysis within four hours, rather than the previous significantly longer durations, Vodafone Ireland's analytical capabilities have improved dramatically. It has also been able to move data analysis in-house and reduced the reporting cycle from two weeks to a maximum of one day. For instance, a recent initiative relating to premium short message services (SMS) delivered by third-party content allowed Vodafone Ireland to improve support to third-party content providers by accelerating reporting of activity levels.

"As demonstrated by Vodafone Ireland, analytical breakthroughs and data-mart consolidation offers organisations a very desirable combination of cost savings and operational improvements," commented Hermann Wimmer, Teradata vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Telekom Austria today announced the launch of its EDGE network through its Croatian mobile subsidiary VIPnet. The Croatian mobile provider is integrating EDGE technology into its network accelerating the transition from GSM to the third mobile generation. Thus, it is the first operator in Croatia to launch a high speed 3G mobile data transmission technology. VIPnet plans to reach 90 percent EDGE-coverage of the Croatian population by July 1, 2004.  It will then be among the first mobile operators in Europe to achieve national 3G blanket coverage.

EDGE enables data rates up to 384 kbps. The speed depends on the quality of signal, number of customers and mobile phones that are being used. There are still no phones on the market that support over four time slots in download so maximum rates in the first phase will be up to 220 kbps. Network upgrade to EDGE does not require building of new base stations.

Company expects GAAP profit for Q4

Extended Systems Inc., a leading provider of mobile application solutions for the enterprise, today reported net revenue of $8.3 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 ended March 31, 2004, an increase of 13% over net revenue of $7.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2003 and a 2% decrease over net revenue of $8.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2004.

The Company reported a net loss of $2.1 million, or ($.14) per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 compared to a net loss of $648,000 or ($.05) per share, in the third quarter last year, and a net income of $459,000, or $.03 per share in the second quarter of fiscal 2004. 

Pro-forma net income was $419,000, or $.03 per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 compared to a pro-forma net income of $327,000, or $.02 per share in the third quarter a year ago and $761,000, or $0.05 per share in the preceding quarter. The adjustments to arrive at pro-forma income for the third quarter of fiscal 2004 include restructuring charges of $117,000 related primarily to severance, $169,000 of non-cash stock compensation, $138,000 of amortization related to purchased intangibles and $2.1 million of expenses related to legal fees and settlement costs for the litigation with Intellisync Corporation (formerly Pumatech, Inc.). Loss from operations on a GAAP basis was $1.9 million. On a pro-forma basis, income from operations was $563,000 and the Company achieved an operating margin of 6.8% on a pro-forma basis. Full details of the Company's financial results are set forth in the attached financial exhibits including tables with detailed reconciliations of pro-forma and GAAP amounts.

Cash and cash equivalents were $7.8 million as of March 31, 2004, compared to $8.8 million as of December 31, 2003 and $3.5 million at June 30, 2003. The decrease in cash during the third quarter was primarily the result of the $2.0 million payment to settle the Intellisync Corporation lawsuit.
 
"Our third quarter results continued the trend of both growth over the previous year's revenue and profitability on a pro-forma basis," said Charles Jepson, president and CEO. "In the quarter we experienced an increasing trend where our customers moved from a pilot or small trial to deploying our solutions at multiple locations." Jepson added. "We view this as an indicator that our large customers have confidence in Extended Systems to provide mission critical applications to mobile workers."

"We believe that the enabling infrastructure is now in place where enterprises can deploy mobile applications effectively," continued Jepson. "Large organizations are rapidly becoming aware of the benefits and competitive advantages of mobilizing corporate information. Although we expect some fluctuation in market adoption rates, we believe our OneBridge platform is well positioned to take advantage of the growing opportunity for mobile middleware."

• 3G subscribers in Western Europe to rise from 600,000 at the end of 2003 to 27 million at the end of 2005

• By 2009, around 70% (240 million) of all Western European mobile subscribers will have a 3G-enabled device

• 2004 has seen launches of 3G data services by high-profile operators such as Telefónica Móviles and Vodafone and several operators expect mass-market launches before the end of the year

• Analysys Research report covers Western Europe, with forecasts for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK

Over 5 million Western Europeans will be using a 3G mobile device by the end of 2004, but subscriber numbers will remain low until at least 2005, according to a new report, Western European Mobile Forecasts and Analysis 2004-2009, released this week by Analysys Research, the global advisers on telecoms, IT and media (www.analysys.com).

Although there has been a spate of 3G service launches in 2004, including those from high-profile operators such as Telefónica Móviles and Vodafone, the report forecasts that by the end of 2004 there will be just 5.3 million 3G subscribers in Western Europe, up from 600,000 at the end of 2003.
However, with many more mass-market launches expected to happen towards the end of 2004 and in the course of 2005, significant growth in 3G subscriber numbers will begin from 2005 onwards. Demand for 3G services is then expected to rise quickly, with around 70% (240 million) of all Western European mobile subscribers using a 3G-enabled device by the end of 2009.

"Several Western European operators have launched 3G data services in 2004, increasing the likelihood that others like Orange, T-Mobile and TIM will be successful in entering the 3G mass market during the year," said Ariel Dajes, author of the report. "Recent market developments also make it more likely that handset manufacturers like Nokia will be able to deliver sufficient numbers of 3G handsets of the right quality in the second half of 2004."

According to the report, the relatively slow initial growth of 3G subscribers can be attributed to three key factors - operators have experienced problems in sourcing 3G handsets, 3G networks are restricted to major built-up areas, and major operators are focusing on getting a return from their GPRS investments.

"3G handset design has been widely criticised by operators with complaints that their size, appearance, and battery life will not be acceptable to customers who, over the last few years, have seen huge innovation in GSM handsets," added Dajes. "At the same time, equipment manufacturers have complained that issues surrounding handset availability are to do with networks not being ready to enable proper testing."

The report notes that network coverage issues are being addressed in some cases through the use of alternative technologies like EDGE. A number of operators such as Orange and TIM are deploying EDGE to enhance their GPRS networks and to complement their 3G W-CDMA coverage in rural and low traffic areas.

With 3G subscriber numbers remaining low until at least 2005, the role to be played by GPRS has increased. The report forecasts that revenue from GPRS subscribers will grow from EUR28 billion in 2004 and peak at EUR63 billion in 2007, before declining as customers move from GPRS to 3G.

Western European Mobile Forecasts and Analysis 2004-2009 analyses the key factors that are driving the mobile market in Western Europe, and provides detailed forecasts of subscribers, ARPU, revenue, retail spend and average spend per user (ASPU) for Western Europe as a whole, as well as for France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the UK. It covers four market segments (residential prepaid, residential contract, SMEs and large corporates) and eight service categories (voice, P2P messaging, data networking, browsing, paid information, e-tainment, m-commerce, and videotelephony).

The report is available to purchase online at http://research.analysys.com/store.

Location Based Services (LBS) – a pre-bubble technology once touted as the next "killer app" – is poised to make a comeback – albeit without the flash and hype. So-called E112 or E911 legislation – named for the emergency phone numbers – requires the ability to pinpoint the location of a cell phone placing an emergency call in Europe and North America.

According to technology market research firm ABI Research, this legislation, plus commercial success in Asia, is slowly bringing new life to LBS. Stalling adoption of LBS are technical challenges in identifying cell phone callers. Many methods exist, none perfect. Common approaches include using the cellular infrastructure to triangulate a callers’ location, sometimes in conjunction with Global Position System (GPS) satellites but a key limitation of GPS is that the signals do not penetrate buildings and relying solely on the wireless network to triangulate a signal can be costly.
Solutions from companies like SnapTrack and Global Locate provide equipment to combine GPS data with cellular infrastructure data to pinpoint a location.
"While carrier deployments are escalating globally, the real money is in the services," comments Edward Rerisi of ABI Research. "LBS enables a carrier to raise their ARPU [average revenue per user] by offering valueadded location services that will also fuel demand for higher-priced data services. If deployed successfully, it can give a significant boost to the top line."
Total revenue garnered from these services may exceed $3.6 billion by the end of the decade. The largest segment of this will be enterprise services, used to track employees and assets in the field. Navigation, weather and friend/child tracking are among other location based services likely to be adopted by consumers. According to ABI Research, revenue for telematics services, linking a car, truck or trailer to a cellular network, will outpace those for handset-based services. Global telematics revenue will exceed $5 billion by 2009 despite far fewer users than handsetbased LBS.

More information on the LBS market is available from ABI Research in a new report titled "Location Based Service: Analysis of Carrier Spending, Subscribers, Devices and Applications for Handset-based and Telematics Services". The report analyzes the markets for handset-based LBS and telematics, forecasts equipment shipments, A-GPS handset shipments, services revenues, subscribers and deployment spending.

Netsize, Europe's leading mobile solutions provider, has announced the opening of its new subsidiary in Hungary. With more than 7.3 million subscribers and a penetration rate of 71.5% in the first half of 2003, Hungary is the third largest mobile market in the region.

Content providers in Western Europe especially in the UK will benefit enormously by the availability of premium SMS in Hungary giving them one more market to launch mobile services in and to generate incremental revenues. Netsize is already offering premium services in over 18 countries and extension of its services in Hungary is the next step as part of its strategy to further expand its coverage into Eastern Europe. Netsize started its operations in Poland last year.

The Hungarian mobile data market is very well developed; advanced operator solutions are already in place and Premium services are widely used. The market is also very provider-friendly, with its uniform tariffs and the relative ease with which cross-network premium rate numbers can be obtained. Yet despite this, the quality of mobile content on offer in Hungary often lags behind that of its Central and Eastern European neighbours.

"What is missing is a level of quality and maturity that only a large international service provider like Netsize and its partners can bring," said Peter Neuman, newly appointed country manager for Netsize Hungary. "Currently, the Hungarian market is made up of lots of small, local companies. Against this backdrop, Netsize, with its state-of-the-art technology, strong marketing approach and financial stability is ideally positioned to implement internationally-proven solutions and business models here in Hungary."

Additionally, its geographical location means that Hungary can also be a gateway for further expansion into other Eastern European countries like Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Romania.

Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced that it has appointed Mr. Miles Flint as the new President of the company. Mr. Katsumi Ihara, President of Sony Ericsson since the forming of the joint venture in October 2001, is appointed Executive Deputy President and Group Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Sony Corporation in Japan (subject to final approval by the Sony Board of Directors) and will continue as a member of the Sony Ericsson Board of Directors. The changes in Sony Ericsson management will be effective as of June 22, 2004.

"I am very pleased with Sony Ericsson's development and Mr. Ihara has performed a tremendous task in creating the joint venture and steering it to its present position. At the same time, I am looking forward to welcoming Mr. Flint to Sony Ericsson. He is bringing additional experience to secure the company's continued growth," says Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of the Board of Sony Ericsson, and President and CEO of Ericsson.

Mr. Flint is presently President, European Marketing of Sony Europe (Electronics). Mr. Flint has worked at Sony for more than 10 years and has extensive experience in international management and valuable expertise in the world of consumer electronics as well as in the business-to-business environment.

"We are truly happy with Mr. Ihara's achievements and his creation of a solid business platform for the future and continue to have high expectations for Sony Ericsson's performance. I am convinced that Mr. Flint will lead Sony Ericsson to further successes," says Kunitake Ando, President and Group COO of Sony Corporation.

Commenting on today's announcement, Mr. Ihara says: "I am grateful to all the Sony Ericsson employees whose loyalty and hard work have repositioned the company and who are the real creators of Sony Ericsson's success."

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Birdstep, Gemplus and Alcatel join for service continuity offer

Alcatel , a worldwide leader in telecommunications network equipment, applications and services, Birdstep Technology, a global provider of Mobile IP software client technology and Gemplus International, the world's leading provider of smart card based solutions, announced today an alliance to jointly develop, promote and market the industry's most secure solution for seamless service continuity between GSM/GPRS/EDGE, UMTS or CDMA mobile networks and WLAN. This alliance will also apply to emerging technologies such as WiMAX.

This collaboration will enable users of laptops and PDAs to have an "always best  connected"  experience  at  any time, and to seamlessly profit from a smart  card  (SIM)  based  secure  handover  between  heterogeneous  access networks, ensuring the highest data rate, relying on a single subscription.

Alcatel  will  integrate  the  new  Birdstep's intelligent Mobile IP client software into its Evolium multi-access offering. This will enable seamless roaming  across multiple  access networks, with a smart card (SIM) enabled client software designed by Gemplus for secured wireless communications and  transactions. This  unique  combination will provide mobile operators with the best of breed solution for secure mobile broadband service continuity.

All  it  requires  is the client software to be installed on the end-users' Mobile/WLAN  enabled  laptop  or PDA and the SIM card to be integrated in a PCMCIA card inside the laptop. In the near future, the SIM will be in a USB key  plugged onto the PDA, or simply inside a BlueTooth-enabled handset. As soon  as  users  pass  by  a WLAN hot spot, the intelligent client software automatically  notifies  the  end-user  of  broadband services availability directly accessed in a totally transparent manner.

"The  Birdstep Mobile IP client software has evolved to meet the demands of infrastructure  vendors  and  other  component  vendors who want to provide seamless  mobility  with their solutions", commented Jørgen Bredesen, chief executive   officer  of Birdstep Technology. "By jointly creating end-to-end
seamless  solutions  for  operators,  our alliance with Alcatel and Gemplus will  provide  a  one-stop-shop  for  the market in need of secure seamless mobility."

"The Gemplus smart card authentication solution allows service providers to offer a totally reliable and convenient tool for accessing a network, WLAN, GPRS  or  even  3G,  while  providing  the  same user experience", declared Jacques  Seneca,  Executive  Vice  President,  Gemplus Business Development Group. "The partnership with Alcatel and Birdstep establishes a consistent offer for providing a unique experience for seamless mobile data access via a laptop or a PDA."

"Alcatel's  vision  is to consider the end-user at the center of the mobile experience by offering solutions guaranteeing totally transparent access to services from any device, regardless of the access technology," stated Marc Rouanne,  Chief  Operating  Officer  of  Alcatel's  mobile activities. "Our
alliance  with Birdstep and Gemplus supports this strategy and allows us to provide   operators   with   new   business   opportunities  based  on  the complementary  interaction  of  their  mobile  networks  today  with  WLAN, tomorrow with WiMAX."

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$50 million frame agreement with MTS

Alcatel today announced the signature of a USD 50 million frame agreement with Mobile TeleSystems, the leading mobile operator in Eastern Europe, for the deployment of MTS' networks in 11 regions in Russia and the extension of MTS' network in Ukraine.

Delivery of the equipment will be in phases scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2005.

Deployment  of  these  networks will considerably increase MTS' presence in the  Volga  and  Southern  regions of Russia. Alcatel will also deliver its Open Services Platform (OSP) that will be installed in MTS' networks in the North-West,  Urals,  Volga  and  Southern  regions  of Russia. Alcatel will supply  MTS with its Evolium? GSM/GPRS end-to-end solutions, including Base Stations  Sub-systems (BSS) and Mobile Switching Centers (NSS) that will be used  to  deploy new MTS networks in the Astrakhanskaya, Volgogradskaya and
Ulyanovskaya  oblasts,  the  Mari  El,  Chuvashskaya,  Mordovia,  Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkarskaya, Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya  and  North  Osetia-Alania
republics and Stavropolsky krai.

Vassily  Sidorov,  President and CEO of MTS commented: "Alcatel's solutions were chosen after extensive evaluation of other vendors' proposals. We have partnered  with  Alcatel on several projects already and are confident that their  technologies,  combined  with their understanding of our local needs and realities, will enable us to successfully implement this project".

Marc Rouanne, Chief Operating Officer of Alcatel's mobile activities added, "Alcatel  understands  that  the  operator's  need  for appropriate network capacity  is a key factor for successful development, together with on-time introduction  of  new differentiating services. The embedded multi-standard
capability  of the Alcatel Evolium? solution will allow for MTS's potential network  and  services  evolution.  This  new  project  confirms  Alcatel's commitment  to  the Russian market and will strengthen our partnership with MTS".

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ComArch, a global provider of OSS & BSS systems, successfully completed implementation of ComArch TYTAN Mediation Device, Service Provisioning and Interconnect Billing system at JV Mobile Digital Communications Ltd (MDC)—the leading mobile operator in Belarus operating under the trademark Velcom. The systems presently support more than 720,000 post-paid subscribers with forecasts that will exceed 1 million subscribers by year end.

The systems developed by ComArch, TYTAN Mediation Device, TYTAN Service Provisioning and TYTAN Interconnect Billing assist MDC adjust to the rapidly changing market conditions and improve the quality of services rendered by the wireless carrier. JV Mobile Digital Communications Ltd. noted that their operations are growing dynamically, which is why a new Mediation Device and Service Provisioning platform are required to support the expanding networks.

“We strive to maintain leadership in the Belarusian market which means always being first-to-market with new wireless services provided to our customers. This year we will have 7 Ericsson switches distributed throughout Belarus and Velcom continuously expands its base stations installations countrywide. Recently our technical department has expanded our network coverage to more than 95% where the urban population resides and extended the coverage along the main transportation highways. Velcom today is also the only GSM carrier who operates in all underground stations of Minsk. All the changes we are currently introducing will significantly influence the level of traffic in our networks. ComArch TYTAN Mediation Device and Service Provisioning platform turned out to be one of the more advanced products available on the market and nowadays allows us not only to introduce the sophisticated Next Generation services, but also offers technology that does not pose performance limitations which is a critical value for MDC,” said Sergey Zubkov, MDC IT Director

ComArch also deployed the TYTAN Interconnect Billing system, which allows the efficient and accurate billing of MDC telecom partners. “Belarus is becoming an increasingly competitive market”, says Alexander Voytov, MDC Chief Financial Officer. “This project is a critical investment for us to secure the interconnect revenues. That is why we wanted to work with a strong and reputable company that will be around to help and support us in the future. As ComArch is a renowned market leader in OSS/BSS, selecting ComArch TYTAN Interconnect Billing was a logical choice for us as it has already proven the ability to deal with the complexity of next generation interconnect services. It has the capacity to effectively  bill massive volumes of data.”

“We are proud that TYTAN platform performs well for Velcom’s traffic network and operations and welcome MDC as a key customer to leverage our strong position in Eastern Europe. Furthermore, the project proved the competitiveness of ComArch solutions within the telecommunication wireless market,"  said Christophe Debou, VP, ComArch.

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The worldwide market for handheld devices declined in the first
quarter of 2004 due to seasonally sluggish demand and vendor re-focusing. According to IDC's Worldwide Handheld QView, device shipments decreased 11.7% year-on-year in 1Q04 and droppedsequentially 33.1% to 2.2 million units.

While vendor commitment to entry-level devices at lower price points has helped to grow the handheld user base, many  would-be handheld purchasers obtained their devices during the holiday shopping season in the fourth quarter of last year. As a result, despite growth in the European market, the seasonal slump hit vendors particularly hard during the first quarter of this year. The market was also strongly impacted by a number of vendors focusing on trimming down their product offerings and clearing their channels in preparation for spring
product launches.

"Despite increasingly powerful handheld devices reaching market, the consumer uptake of entry- level devices available from nearly every vendor calls into question the upgrade path and value posed by the high-end devices. If entry-level
devices prove to be the most successful products adopted by consumers, the long-term impact could be acceleration away from hardware differentiation and a further loss of value in the handheld industry," said David Linsalata, analyst in IDC's
Mobile Devices program. "Handheld device vendors must continue to search for consumer and enterprise solutions for their products, such as GPS device bundles, that utilize the range of capabilities contained in a handheld device."

Vendor by vendor

palmOne
Hit particularly hard by the seasonality of the handheld market, palmOne posted a sequential decline of 38.7% and a corresponding decrease in market share from
39.4% to 36.1%. However, palmOne will announce two Zire handhelds this quarter and, given the fact that the Zire family has surpassed 3 million units in fewer than 18 months, palmOne's shipments are expected to increase in the near
future.

Hewlett Packard
Despite the declining handheld market and a 32.9% sequential drop, HP posted the strongest year-over-year increase among the top 5 vendors with a rise of 24.8%. This increase, based on the strength of an array of devices hitting the entire spectrum of price points, enabled HP to maintain its market share position of 25.7%.

Sony
Caught in the middle of a strategy shift to a streamlined set of products and a focus on improved PIM and other core handheld applications, Sony's market share dropped to single digits on a sequential drop of 57.2% and year-over-year drop of 49.6%.

Dell
Riding the benefit of a fiscal year-end sales push in January as well as Dell's direct sales model, Dell experienced a 1.1% sequential decline in shipments, the lowest drop among the top 5 vendors. Seasonality did take its toll, however, as the company only increased 2.2% year-over-year, bringing its market share up 4.7% to 7%.

Toshiba
Despite a relatively lackluster first quarter with a year-over-year shipment decrease of 34.1% and a sequential decrease of 48.4%, Toshiba reentered the top 5 vendor list
this quarter. Toshiba, a constant member of the top 5 vendors since Q302, was knocked out of the top 5 vendor list last quarter by newcomer Medion's strong sales. Medion did not, however, repeat last quarter's performance.

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Deal is extension of the framework agreement between Nokia and VimpelCom

Under an extension of an existing framework agreement with VimpelCom, Nokia will supply GSM/GPRS equipment for the implementation and development of the Bee Line GSM network in the North-West and Central Regions of Russia.
 

Under the agreement Nokia will supply switching and radio equipment to the operator, and also provide the services required for commissioning and operating the network.
 
As agreed, Nokia has begun the delivery of the equipment for the implementation of the GSM/GPRS network in Murmansk and Arkhangelsk.
 
Strategic cooperation between Nokia and VimpelCom is briskly developing, and the total of the equipment delivery to the Russian operator will be at least USD 60 million in 2004.
 
"The most important factors for us in selecting a supplier are the reliability of the equipment and the possibility of a speedy deployment of the network due to the dynamic growth of the Bee Line subscriber base," says Sergey Avdeev, Vice President for Network Development, VimpelCom. "Nokia has time and again proved its ability to meet the parameters set by us, and we are pleased to have them assisting us in the fastest implementation of the Bee Line GSM network in a number of North-West Regions".
 
"We continue to closely cooperate with our strategic partner VimpelCom," says Jonathan Sparrow, General Director, Networks, CIS Countries, Nokia. "The Russian market is strategically important for Nokia, and we see the basic potential for the growth of the subscriber base and network development precisely in Russian regions where VimpelCom is using our equipment for a strategy of fast paced development of its network. VimpelCom is a major player in the Russian market, and we hope for the continuation of mutually advantageous cooperation between our two companies."

London joins ten other UK police forces in choosing the Motorola MTH800

Motorola today announced that the Metropolitan Police Service has chosen its MTH800 terminal for its officers to use on the nationwide TETRA communications network, Airwave. The Metropolitan Service is Britain's largest policed force, with 31,637 officers covering an area of 620 square miles and a population of 7.2million.

Since it was launched in November 2003, the MTH800 has so far been chosen by eleven out of twelve police forces that have awarded contracts this year in the United Kingdom.

The Metropolitan Police Service, whose aim is to make London the safest major city in the world, chose the MTH800 after extensive testing and feedback from officers. As well as being reliable in all sorts of conditions and offering very high levels of encryption, the terminals will enable the Metropolitan Police to take advantage of new technologies to aid the forces responsiveness and efficiency as well as enhancing officer safety.

Ch Supt Peter Goulding, Chair of the Selection Board, said: "This announcement is really good news for all radio users in the Met. The selection process involved police officers and police staff from across the organisation covering operational, support and supply departments.  A lot of work has gone into the last 8 months with manufacturers to develop and select our next generation of radios and deliver them into service. The Met has worked with manufacturers to push the technology boundaries for radios, ensuring that we can make the most of digital services now and in the future."

The Metropolitan Police will use the flexibility of the MTH800 to fit in with their particular operational needs and work with Motorola to develop the features and applications the MTH800 has to offer. Gary Maughan, Motorola's Director of Public Safety Terminal business in the UK said Motorola said, "We listened closely to Met's requirements and developing the terminals capabilities to Met operational needs. This decision in favour of the MTH800 is superb news and represents a dedicated team effort from Motorola.  To be able to announce The Met, Scottish forces, Kent, Norfolk and Northamptonshire in one week is phenomenal and follows an extensive, rigorous and very competitive tender process.  We have learnt a lot during this time including the art of listening more carefully to our customers needs and we would like to thank the Met Police team for their decision."

Colour display has a variety of operational uses
The most recent demonstrations of the MTH800 included the display of images captured on a simple digital camera and transmitted live to the terminal.  The large, high definition colour display on the MTH800 enables a wide range of image types to be displayed with exceptional clarity, including mug shots, incident views, digital maps or specialised graphics such as Force logos.  During Motorola evaluations the colour display performed extremely well in a variety of environments including the typical sodium lighting of city centres.

Additional features with safety in mind have been enhanced with colour. The battery level icon not only shows the state of charge left in the battery graphically but it changes colour as well.  A fully charged battery is shown in green and, progressively, the icon will turn to red when a pre-defined low battery state is reached.

With security continuing to increase in importance, communication within police forces is key. Officers will use the MTH800 to communicate with each other and with the control room. As part of this, the Motorola solution will create over 3,000 talk groups that will be aligned to the Force's operational units, increasing information sharing and speeding up communication within these groups. In addition, a function called 'My Range' will allow individual officers to create their own talk groups to share information - for example with officers who are on the beat in the same area or who are working on the same incident as them.

Location performance
Operational possibilities for the future are further enhanced with another of the terminal's features - the integrated GPS receiver. In the future an officer's location could be accurately plotted by control room staff in order to get a better idea of overall resource deployment.  And, in conjunction with the emergency button that sends a high priority call to the control room, it will be possible to pinpoint an officer's location accurately in order to send backup to the incident.  The sensitivity of the GPS antenna produced excellent performance and location accuracy in tests carried out during recent trials. 

Compatibility with future technology - the MTH800 has been designed to accept new software, in particular Java-based applications.  This will mean that as new applications are developed, the software can be loaded on to the terminals, enabling officers to take full advantage of the latest technology.

Easy-to-carry - the lightweight design of the MTH800 makes it an easy addition to the existing equipment officers have to carry. It can be attached to an officer's uniform or body armour in a variety of ways and the high quality microphones mean the officer's voice will be heard, even when speaking very quietly.  The display on the terminal can be turned 180° so that it can easily be read upside down if clipped to an officer's shoulder.

Long battery life - the MTH800 has very low power consumption, creating a terminal with exceptional battery power that outlasts the usual 'shift and a half' expectation. This is particularly unusual for a terminal with a GPS receiver - most of which consume a great deal of power.