MWC Final News Round-up

In the interests of completeness, with MWC over, heres one final, cherry-picked round-up of all the news we havent yet brought you from the show. If you want more details from the companies concerned, get Googling!

Email and messaging
Synchronica announced a worldwide agreement with Brightstar Corp., which offers distribution and supply chain solutions for the mobile industry, for the distribution of its mobile push email and synchronization technology Mobile Gateway.
As part of the agreement, the two companies will create a dedicated sales and marketing team that will draw on Brightstars customer base to promote Mobile Gateway in over 50 countries across six continents.

Another push email specialist, SEVEN, revealed that it would be launching a number of applications with Telefnica later this year, including the latest rendition of  its mobile email product suiteSystem SEVEN 7.0. Applications included within  SEVEN 7.0 include Out of Office, Consumer and Enterprise Editions. They will be launched with Telefnica in Spain and Latin America under the Mail Movistar service in Spain and Correo Movistar in Latin America.

Mobile messaging services company Sybase revealed that it had processed more than 89 billion domestic and international SMS and MMS messages during 2007. Sybase 365 said it achieved these traffic numbers through its robust, operator-grade, global platforms and proactive infrastructure management and upgrades. 
Sybase 365 processes cross-operator SMS and MMS messages globally, to 2.4 billion subscribers through its reach to more than 700 mobile operators. Since the company launched the worlds first inter-operator message delivery network in 2001, it has successfully transported almost 140 billion messages around the world.

Colibria, which provides mobile Instant Messaging (IM) and Presence-enabled solutions, announced the availability of its Colibria Lite client to support growth in emerging markets. The client, designed for basic and low-cost handsets, is intended to support operators and service providers in their drive for mass-market service adoption in emerging markets with innovative and compelling mobile IM services.
The Colibria Lite client provides basic mobile IM and Presence functionality for a wide range of low-end handsets. Features include Presence availability, mood, status text and alias within the contact list – enabling users to manage and express their availability to chat according to the context they are in. As with Colibrias other solutions, the operator has the ability to brand the client so that it compliments their existing look and feel, while fitting into an end-to-end service offering.

Music, social networking, games etc.
Mobile music service provider Groove Mobile, announced a worldwide licensing deal with Indie Mobile that will extend Groove Mobiles independent music library to include multiple mobile content rights, including full music tracks, videos and realtones, from an extensive catalog of 70,000 songs. Artists covered under the new arrangement include Armand Van Helden, Felix Da Housecat, The Editors, The Pigeon Detectives, Bob Sinclair, Laurent Garnier, Royksopp and Shaggy. The deal will increase Groove Mobiles catalog and provide these additional independent labels and artists with instant access to the mobile phones of music fans across the globe.

Juice Wireless announced that its mobile social-networking solution, JuiceCaster, is now available on mobile devices across Europe. The video-based service allows anyone with a camera-enabled mobile phone to create and consume rich-media content from their wireless devices and the web, and automatically share it with their friends and family. Juice Wireless is in active discussions with leading wireless operators regarding upcoming on-deck and off-deck launch plans, to be announced in 2008.

Telefonica Espaa revealed that it had selected Microsofts PlayReady platform for its next- generation mobile entertainment services. Telefonica Espaa will deploy PlayReady for its mobile music service during the second half of 2008. The collaboration also includes working on the use of PlayReady for video and games services.
PlayReady is also being deployed by Omnifone is for its MusicStation Mobile Music subscription service, to enable MusicStation users to more seamlessly transfer music between their mobile phone and PC. This initial deployment is expected to go live in the second half of 2008, followed by plans to utilize PlayReadys support for a wide range of content types to offer additional entertainment scenarios.

Roamware, which provides roaming and mobile media solutions, announced the launch of Mobileum, a dynamic information and content portal that powers a social network for travellers and frequent mobile users. According to Roamware, Mobileum leverages user attributes, including profile, location, and community, to deliver contextual and relevant information to the user, and allows mobile users to form transient groups based on their interests, activities, and events.
Mobileum enriches communications within and among groups by leveraging its knowledge of the users presence. For example, Mobileum will alert a user if someone in his or her address book is also roaming at the same location. Users can also form groups of people who share common interests dynamically, and enable group messaging, conference calling, and activity scheduling amongst themselves, using SMS notifications. Even when using a PC, the location information from the wireless service is used to provide presence information that is richer that than that available to most web applications.

NMS Communications unveiled a strategic partnership with Dutch mobile services provider Comsys, which will see NMSs Picco Bello roulette game become the first interactive mobile video game provided by Europes largest TV and radio broadcaster RTL Group.
The NMS/Comsys solution allows RTL to capitalise on the growing demand for interactive mobile applications by enabling callers in Luxembourg to play Picco Bello when and where they want. To play, users dial a number and choose the video call connection. If they choose the correct colour the ball lands on three times in a row, they will be automatically entered to be an audience member at the popular Picco Bello TV game show.

Spin3, which provides mobile gambling solutions powered by online gaming software company Microgaming,  introduced a new Installation Pack for SpinLite, the companys  premier suite of stand-alone, play-for-fun casino-style games made for mobile, which includes games such as blackjack, roulette and the Lara Croft Tomb Raider slot game.
The Installlation Pack supplements the GameWire play-for-real system, enabling Spin3s customers to instantly launch branded mobile casino-style games with a convert-to-real option to generate revenue

Tecchie stuff
XIUS-bcgi revealed that the Mexican patent office had allowed its Mexican patent application pertaining to the supervisory controls of wireless communications. The allowance follows the issuance of U.S. patents 7,197,321; 7,206,569 and 7,218,912, which also relate to the supervisory control of wireless communications. This patented technology is at the core of the companys Mobile Guardian solution, which combines powerful access management capabilities with leading-edge content-filtering technology.
Mobile Guardian provides operators with a product that allows consumer and enterprise subscribers to act as guardians for all lines on their accounts, monitoring and managing mobile content, voice and SMS usage in real time. The solution puts management tools directly into the hands of subscribers, allowing them to select content categories, create specific contact lists, customize usage settings and define allowances to meet their specific needs.

Antix Labs unveiled its Game Development Kit (GDK) which allows game developers to rapidly develop their code and deploy across Antix-enabled devices. The GDK is specifically designed for the Antix Game Player, which provides single binary coded games ubiquitously across the industrys architectures, enabling game applications to run at native speed across different platforms, irrespective of the hardware, thereby removing the need to create multiple SKUs. Native Antix games will run on phones previously denoted as being closed devices, opening up a new target market for developers.
The GDK includes the complete toolset required compilers, eclipse-based debugging environment, documentation, tools, tutorials and examples to create a fully-signed, debugged and deployable mobile game, ready for certification as a binary portable file.

Bridgewater Systems revealed that Israeli mobile operator Pelephone is deploying its AAA Service Controller as part of its 1xEV-DO and UMTS  networks. The network access control solution will allow Pelephone to deliver a range of IP applications across a growing subscriber base and improve support for data roaming services. It will enable Pelephone to control subscriber access to advanced and differentiated services across its existing CDMA and 3G (1xEV-DO) networks, and a new UMTS/HSDPA network planned for launch in 2008.

Wacky stuff
Building upon the interest generated in the US for its advanced GPS dog and auto locators and related services, Zoombak announced that it is making its advanced locator and services available as a pre-packaged, turn-key GPS solution for select GSM operators outside of the US and the UK who are looking to add new location-based services products to their value-added services portfolio. 
Launched in the US at the 2008 International CES convention and planned for UK release in March, the Zoombak locator is a compact, rechargeable, light-weight water-resistant device that uses Assisted GPS (satellite and GSM) technology to provide consumers with what Zoombak claims is the fastest and most accurate location information commercially available.  For GSM operators, says Zoombak, the solution represents a unique licensing opportunity,  featuring a fully-tested, end-to-end commercial GPS-GSM turnkey solution that can increase SMS/data network utilization, drive customer retention and be easily integrated into existing channels and retail mix. The Zoombak solution includes access to preferred pricing for the Zoombak devices, use of the customizable website and tracking application, and a host of of marketing and professional services to enable a mobile operator to bring the product successfully to market.

Random stuff
iO global announced two new appointments, with Peter Northing joining from mobile network 3 as Vice President, Marketing, and Matt West, previously Vice President of Content & Future Media for Alcatel-Lucent, taking up the newly-created role of Managing Director, Emerging Markets.

The Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) held its EMEA elections and general meeting during MWC and elected six new members to the MEF EMEA board: Alberto Ciarniello  of Telecom Italia Mobile, Thomas Curwen of Publicis, Ian Henderson of SonyBMG, Emma Kaye of Gate 7, Berna Samiloglu Acar of Turkcell, and Raghu Venkataraman of du.
The expanded geographical coverage of the board reflects the chapters extended remit which now includes the Middle East and Africa for the first time. Gerard Grech (Orange) and Gerrit-Jan Konijnenberg (Comsys) were both re-elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of the board.
MEF took the opportunity at the meeting to acknowledge that, while the industry is poised for further growth, there is room for improvement in the areas of delivering a quality user experience; maximizing consumer trust; and delivering improved metrics and measurement. 

Voice-to-screen messaging company SpinVox unveiled SpinVox Messenger, which enables operators to offer their customers the opportunity to `speak a text` when a call does not complete. The service allows customers to  get their message through to the person they are trying to reach right away, rather than hanging-up. Vodafone Spain became the first operator to deploy SpinVox Messenger, as part of its Dicta SMS automtico service, launched on 7 February.

Pontis revealed that China Unicom has deployed the Pontis Marketing Delivery Platform to enable it to plan and deliver marketing offers tailored to its customers needs. Pontis says the platform will enable the operator to package and bundle different services and promote a variety of content and services to its customers. The system will serve China Unicoms CDMA and GSM mobile networks,  enabling the operator to more effectively target subscribers with a range of value added services including content, ringback tones and messaging  matching user profiles, preferences and real time behaviour.

Mobixell Networks, which provides mobile multimedia and advertising solutions, announced an agreement with 24/7 Real Media. Mobixell will use 24/7 Real Medias proprietary Open AdStream online advertising management platform, to enhance its Mobixell Ad-It mobile multichannel advertising solution.

Security technology company McAfee unveiled research findings that revealed that 72% mobile consumers are concerned about the security of todays and tomorrows mobile services, such as mobile multimedia downloads, mobile payments and mobile ticketing. 
The McAfee Mobile Security Report 2008 discusses in detail users experiences of traditional and emerging mobile services and their awareness and perceptions of mobile security issues.  Other key findings revealed that 86% of users are worried about security risks posed to their mobile handset, such as fraudulent bill increases or information loss or theft; 34% of global mobile users question the general safety of mobile devices and services; at least 79% of consumers are knowingly using unprotected devices, with an additional 15% unsure of security levels; and 59% of subscribers expect mobile operators to take primary responsibility for protecting mobile devices and services

Thats the lot. Back to business as usual now, until next year.

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