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More private companies likely amid consolidation

Harbinger Capital Partners is hoping to buy Openwave Systems Inc. at closeout prices. And as the Alltel Corp. deal demonstrates, Harbinger isn't the only private firm looking for a bargain in wireless.The investment firm is looking to buy more than 40 million Openwave shares...

LogicaCMG bids farewell to telecoms division in $518M deal

LogicaCMG said it will sell its telecoms products division to a consortium led by private equity firm Atlantic Bridge Ventures in a $518 million deal.The move gives birth to a new company, Acision, that will continue to offer messaging, billing, content enablement and customer-relationship-management...

Mobilitec software aids MVNOs

SAN MATEO, Calif.-Mobilitec Inc. this week expects to launch an offering for operators and brands looking to publish, manage and deliver mobile content. The mobile software developer will release mPower 5.0, a single-platform solution that supports the spectrum of wireless content including ringtones, games...

LogicaCMG partners with CPS for Galileo

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom-LogicaCMG plc will partner with Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd. for mobile location technology for the Galileo satellite program. LogicaCMG announced its participation in the Galileo project last month. CPS will offer its network-based Matrix location technology for the effort, dubbed "Application of...

LogicaCMG partners with CPS for Galileo

CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom-LogicaCMG plc will partner with Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd. for mobile location technology for the Galileo satellite program. LogicaCMG announced its participation in the Galileo project last month.CPS will offer its network-based Matrix location technology for the effort, dubbed "Application of Galileo...

LogicaCMG to provide LBS for Galileo project

LONDON-LogicaCMG plc said it plans to take part in a project of the Galileo Joint Undertaking, which is focused on bringing satellite navigation technologies into mass-market location-based services.The project, "Application of Galileo In the LBS Environment," otherwise known as AGILE, aims to foster the...

Disguising content to get through walled garden

Third-party content providers are becoming increasingly savvy in hiding wireless transactions from the network operators that deliver them, industry insiders say. A handful of direct-to-consumer content providers in the United States and abroad are disguising their wares on mobile networks as photo messages and...

Mobile content to become $9B industry in next year

LONDON-Mobile content will explode into a $9 billion industry in the next 12 months, according to a recent study by LogicaCMG. The survey of 6,000 users in four global markets indicated the percentage of wireless phone owners who download content will triple from 20...

Mobile content to become $9B industry in next year

LONDON—Mobile content will explode into a $9 billion industry in the next 12 months, according to a study released Wednesday by LogicaCMG.The survey of 6,000 users in four global markets indicated the percentage of wireless phone owners who download content will triple from 20...

Microsoft makes DRM headway as industry fights over OMA offering

While the wireless industry haggles over the price of anti-piracy software supported by the Open Mobile Alliance, Microsoft Corp. is quietly gaining traction in the mobile world with its proprietary digital rights management technology. The standoff continues between industry groups such as the GSM...

Asian carrier alliance launches roaming service in 8 countries

An alliance of wireless carriers in Asia, which first formed last year, launched services at the Com- municAsia show this week in Singapore. Bridge Mobile Alliance launched a suite of regional mobile services-roaming, prepaid, enterprise and concierge services-across eight countries and territories under the...

Asian carrier alliance launches services across region

SINGAPORE-An alliance of wireless carriers in Asia, which first formed last year, launched services at the CommunicAsia show this week in Singapore. Bridge Mobile Alliance launched a suite of regional mobile services-roaming, prepaid, enterprise and concierge services-across eight countries and territories under the alliance...

T-Mobile Int’l to use LogicaCMG for portal

LONDON-T-Mobile International has awarded a contract to LogicaCMG to build and operate a next-generation portal for the company's t-zones mobile Internet service. The central portal will allow T-Mobile's European operators to launch new services from one system providing local languages and content for each...

World Briefs

SAUDI ARABIANokia Corp. has signed an agreement with Aljawal, the GSM operator of Saudi Telecom Co., to supply the Nokia multimedia messaging service solution. Deliveries have already begun, and the service is expected to be launched nationwide during first half 2005, making it the...

Swisscom Mobile delivers ringback service

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.-NMS Communications and LogicaCMG said Wednesday they're powering a new ringback tone service for Swisscom Mobile.The service allows users to purchase song clips that calling parties will hear instead of traditional rings. Subscribers can set ringback tones to change based on the caller...

Music news

The news that Microsoft Corp. will join Nokia Corp. to deliver a mobile-music platform may have been among the more startling developments at last week's 3GSM World Congress, but it was only the first of a half-dozen mobile music announcements both out of France...

LogicaCMG, Musiwave offer mobile music platforms

Mobile music continued to dominate news out of the 3GSM World Conference Wednesday with two product launches.LogicaCMG unveiled a platform that allows users to identify, download and pay for music and other multimedia clips from their handsets. Subscribers can download samples of tunes to...

Mobile music to get extended play in ’05

From the consumer's point of view, 2005 is shaping up to be the year mobile music goes big-time. And nearly everyone in the wireless industry is scrambling to make sure they cash in. Industry observers predict this year may do for mobile music what...

End2End acquires MIGway

AALBORG, Denmark-Mobile data services and content company End2End has acquired Danish mobile virtual network operator MIGway A/S, the companies announced Wednesday.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.MIGway owns and operates a short message service center that provides interactive messaging services to customers across Europe...

Spanish carrier picks LogicaCMG for messaging apps

LONDON-Telecom and information technology company LogicaCMG announced Wednesday that it has been chosen by Telefonica Moviles Espana to supply a messaging and applications platform for the Spanish carrier.LogicaCMG's platform will support instant messaging, including chat and presence features, creating an open platform for future...

We got the beat: Verizon tunes in on ringback tones

Verizon Wireless became the first major U.S. carrier to offer ringback tones, launching a service analysts say-and carriers hope-may be even more profitable than ringtones. Ringbacks are clips of music a caller hears instead of a traditional ring before the person being called answers...

Vodafone Netherlands to offer ringbacks

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.-Mobile software and technology developer NMS Communications will team with IT consultant firm LogicaCMG to introduce ringback tones to subscribers of Vodafone Netherlands, the companies announced Tuesday. The service, dubbed Welcome Tunes, includes rock, pop and dance tunes, as well as standards and...

LogicaCMG to incorporate Java into messaging platform

LONDON-Anglo-Dutch information technology services firm LogicaCMG will use Sun Microsystems' Java Enterprise System for its wireless data services and messaging offerings, Sun announced Tuesday.LogicaCMG will implement the full array of component products included in Java, allowing it to offer an increased range of services...

As VoIP evolves, MOP lurks in the shadows

For all the play Voice over Internet Protocol snags in the wireless arena, a new and broader technology is lurking to gulp it up. Media over packet technology, as it is called, will also threaten to make multimedia messaging services obsolete. But its arrival...

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