Seamless multimedia messaging services (MMS) across different networks, handsets and servers assist in mass-market adoption

The leading industry players, representing MMS handset, client and server manufacturers globally, will showcase together a Multivendor MMS Interoperability Live Demonstration at the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France.


The participating companies are Alcatel, Comverse, Ericsson, Logica CMG, Magic4, Matsushita (Panasonic), Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Motorola, Nokia, Openwave Systems Inc, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Tecnomen and Telenity.  Through their work together and use of open specifications, the participants will be performing a live demonstration of how multimedia messaging works seamlessly in a multivendor environment.


Up to now, more than 100 operators around the world have announced their MMS services, and handset and infrastructure vendors keep adding MMS to more of their product offerings. One of the key enablers for the rapid growth of multimedia messaging is the interoperability between handsets and servers across manufacturers. The interoperability of multiple vendors' MMS implementations will contribute to the acceleration of delivering compatible MMS services to operators' subscribers and a better user experience.


All companies participating in this MMS Interoperability demonstration are members of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA), and adhere to the open MMS specifications created by OMA, which is designed to be a center for mobile service standardization work, stimulating and contributing the creation of interoperable services across countries, operators and mobile terminals to meet the needs of both the consumers and business users.


Note to Editors:
Media and analysts attending the 3GSM World Congress are welcome to visit the Multivendor MMS Interoperability Live Demonstration stand. The demonstration takes place at Stand L23, Hall 4 and is open on February 18 - 21 during the regular 3GSM World Congress exhibition hours. There will be a joint tour for members of media on Wednesday, February 19th, 10:15 - 11:15.


About Alcatel
Alcatel provides end-to-end communications solutions, enabling carriers, service providers and enterprises to deliver content to any type of user, anywhere in the world. Leveraging its long-term leadership in telecommunications network equipment as well as its expertise in applications and network services, Alcatel enables its customers to focus on optimizing their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of EURO 16.5 billion in 2002, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.


About Comverse
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. More than 400 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators, in more than 100 countries, have selected Comverse's enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of revenue-generating value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax, and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), instant communications, wireless information and entertainment services, voice-controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com.


About Ericsson
Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communication through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.


About Logica CMG
LogicaCMG is a global solutions company providing management and IT consultancy, systems integration and outsourcing services. With additional expertise in wireless technology, the company supports clients across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the  public sector. Formed in December 2002 through the merger of Logica and CMG the company has offices in 34 countries and over 60 years of combined experience in the IT services arena. LogicaCMG is the number two European quoted IT services company and is listed on both the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges.
More information is available from www.logicacmg.com
 
About magic4
With seamless EMS, MMS, IM, SyncML and email applications, magic4 is the world's leading independent producer of mobile messaging software. Used by handset manufacturers worldwide, its solutions are interoperability tested and standards compliant, as well as providing a common set of APIs for
easier integration and customer time to market advantage. For more information, please visit www.magic4.com http://www.magic4.com>We reserve the right to alter and amend product specifications. 


About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.
 
About Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation handles the mobile telecommunication inEurope. The European unit is responsible for research and development,design and marketing of mobile devices and accessories that are launched under Mitsubishi Electric brand name. Their research and development center is one of the world's most advanced and dedicated to developing GSM and 3G/UMTS technology."


About Motorola
Motorola, Inc (NYSE:MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications and embedded electronics solutions. Sales in 2001 were $30 billion. For more information, please visit: www.motorola.com.


About Nokia
Nokia (NYSE:NOK) Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.


About Openwave
Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV) is the leading independent provider of open software products and services for the mobile communications industry. Openwave is a global company headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information, please visit  www.openwave.com.


About Panasonic Mobile Communications
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd. (PMC) is a principal subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand consumer and industrial products. PMC is aiming to achieve 21st-Century ubiquitous network society through its mobile communications terminal, access networks and measurement solutions business. PMC is one of the world's first 3G (third-generation mobile phone) handset manufacturers for commercial services in Japan. For more information, visit http://panasonic.co.jp/pmc/en/


About Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, and digital convergence technology.  Samsung Electronics employs approximately 64,000 people in 89 offices in 47 countries.  The company is the world's largest producer of memory chips, TFT-LCDs, CDMA mobile phones, monitors and VCRs.  Samsung Electronics consists of four main business units: Digital Media Network Business, Device Solution Network Business, Telecommunication Network Business and Digital Appliance Network Business. 
For more information, please visit http://www.samsungelectronics.com/


About Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 4,000 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support. For further information, please visit: www.SonyEricsson.com


About Tecnomen
Tecnomen develops value-added service systems for teleoperators and service providers. The company is one of the world's leading suppliers of messaging systems. Tecnomen has a strong market position in prepaid systems and intelligent network components, and is the market leader in paging systems. This year Tecnomen celebrates its 25th anniversary. For more information on Tecnomen visit www.tecnomen.com


About Telenity:
Telenity is one of the wireless industry's top IP-based service platform performance leaders.  Our Canvas® service delivery platform enables ARPU-effective location and multimedia messaging services via open standard interfaces such as OSA\Parlay and Web Services. Next generation network operators, whether 2.5G, 3G or beyond, can use Canvas® as an OSA service delivery point, a multimedia messaging center or with their Mobile Location Center to provide secure, multimedia-enhanced location services.  Telenity is founded and managed by the same visionaries that built NewNet Corporation, the pioneer that introduced the industry's first open, computer-centric SS7 platform, the first customer premise SCP with AT&T, and the fully open Short Message Service Center.  Our corporate headquarters are in Monroe, Connecticut, USA and in Istanbul, Turkey. Telenity has five regional offices in four countries. Learn more about Telenity and Canvas® at www.telenity.com.


For further information, please contact:


Alcatel:


Comverse Corporate Public Relations
Penny Blaisdell
Tel: +1 781-224-8612


Ericsson Corporate Communications, External Relations
James Borup, Senior Press Manager
Phone: +46 8 719 0952; Mobile: +46 70 590 9261
E-mail: james.borup@lme.ericsson.se


Logica CMG
Han Weekink
+31 30 210 3333
+31 6 5252 6066
E-mail: han.weegink@logicacmg.com


Femmy de Rijk
Market Communications Manager
Phone: +31 (0)30 210 3333
magic4
Mike Kent, magic4
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 91 83 37
Mob: +33 (0) 6 08 72 04 98
Email: mike.kent@magic4.com


Toby Gavin, EuroPR Group
Tel: +44 (0) 20 89 71 64 10
Mob: +44 (0) 79 44 28 97 85
Email: tgavin@europrgroup.com


Microsoft Corporation
Sandra Goh, Microsoft
Tel. +206-229-2310
Email: sandgoh@microsoft.com


Christine Carina, Waggener Edstrom
Tel: +425-638-7000
Email: ccarina@wagged.com


Motorola
Sharen Santoski
Tel. +1- 847-312-0806
Email: sharen.santoski@motorola.com


Nokia Mobile Software
Communications
Tel. +358 7 180 08000
E-mail:nokia.mobile.phones@nokia.com
www.nokia.com


Openwave Systems Inc.
Panasonic Mobile Communications Co., Ltd.
George Kusakabe
Tel: +81-3-3438-9203 
Fax: +81-3-3438-9212


Samsung


Sony Ericsson Corporate Communications
Tel. +44 (0) 208 762 5858
E-mail: info@SonyEricsson.com


Tecnomen Corporation
Philip Hayes, Manager, Messaging Product Management,
Tecnomen, tel. 353 (0)87 2361419
Sari Aapola, Vice President, Marketing and Customer Relationship Development,
Tel. +358 40 759 2046


Telenity
Dana Inan,
Kerem Irten,
Tel: +1 203.445.2000