7/12/2002 - NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), the leading supplier of technology for tomorrow's networks, is providing its NMS HearSay voice services system to Cegetel's SFR subsidiary to give thousands of mobile phone subscribers in France real-time, detailed Tour de France updates through cell broadcast messages. SFR will roll out other location-based services such as local sports, weather, festivals, and news during the three-month trial. The complete and open NMS HearSay solution for SFR includes text-to-speech technology, integration support and messaging connectivity from application developer Swapcom, and server technology from Oracle.
The NMS HearSay system enables SFR to provide voice content for cell broadcast messages for the Tour de France race in July. Subscribers can receive brief cell broadcast text updates with a phone number to call to hear more detailed event information. For SFR, this means increased revenue per subscriber.
Cell broadcast is a mobile capability available within a GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) network that allows messages to be simultaneously broadcasted to mobile phones and other devices within a designated geographical area. Cell broadcast messages can only convey a limited amount of information, but a voice-access service such as that made possible by NMS HearSay enables the subscriber to obtain more detailed information.
NMS HearSay is a completely open, ready-to-deploy system that enables operators to rapidly and cost-effectively offer their subscribers custom multimodal voice and data communications services such as short message service, location-based services, and unified communications. By integrating applications and technology from leaders such as Oracle, NMS HearSay spares operators the significant burden of identifying and then ensuring that these hardware and software products are ready for deployment in "live" network environments. And unlike most platforms that offer only a single application, NMS HearSay supports multiple applications from multiple vendors. As a result, operators can innovate, providing the latest revenue-generating voice and data services, faster and at a lower cost.
NMS HearSay is based on an open architecture that merges telecom mobility with the content-rich Internet and allows for an easy evolution from circuit-switched to packet-based Internet Protocol networks as well as the transition from 2G to next-generation 2.5G and 3G architectures. For the SFR solution, NMS HearSay leverages the expertise and capabilities from Oracle and Swapcom:
NMS HearSay allowed SFR to quickly bring added value to its subscribers by giving them instant access to the excitement of the Tour de France. The service provider needed to efficiently roll out cell broadcast services with voice information updates to coincide with this international sporting event. At the same time, they wanted to build a solid foundation for service delivery in the future.
As a subsidiary of Cegetel, the second largest telecommunications provider in France, SFR provides wireless phone services to more than 12 million customers throughout the country. Network coverage extends to 98 percent of the population, 94 percent of the road network, and 82 percent of France. In addition to its core mobile services, SFR offers weather forecasts, taxi reservations, a Paris guide, and exchange rate information for callers.
"As one of the top mobile operators in France, Groupe Cegetel's SFR subsidiary understands the importance of cost-effectively offering innovative value-added services to its subscribers to stay competitive. They are exploiting new technologies such as cell broadcast to bring customers closer to important events such as the Tour de France. NMS HearSay is the ideal choice for enhanced voice services such as this," said Brian Demers, vice president and general manager of NMS' Network Solutions business.
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NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. NMS products and services help the world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, and wireless operators bring their applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.
Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, and with offices around the world, NMS has a rich history of technology innovations that advance the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include the only voice quality enhancement software pairing noise reduction and compensation to create an optimal listening environment for both parties in a mobile phone conversation, the world's first complete open IP gateway, the first complete open packet media server, and the first complete open solution for voice applications and services. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.
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