mBalance, Sun Provide Intelligent Routing Solution to O2

2/18/2003 - mBalance, the leading provider of innovative messaging infrastructure for Mobile Operators, and Sun Microsystems have been selected by O2 Netherlands to deliver the mBalance TextPass[tm] Intelligent SMS Monitoring, Statistics and Routing solution.

The TextPass[tm] SMS monitoring and intelligent routing solution provides O2 Netherlands with both real-time SMS traffic statistics and allows instantaneous intervention to maintain high Quality of Service (QoS). The mBalance SS.7 software products broaden the range of innovative SMS messaging services offered by O2 Netherlands while using Sun platforms to deliver this technology.

Marien van Ouwerkerk, Managing Director and co-founder of mBalance, clarifies: "We are very proud that O2 Netherlands has selected mBalance to prepare the O2 Netherlands-network for the new SMS challenges that GSM operators are facing today. Interactive SMS and TV voting applications are not only putting a lot of performance pressure on the SMS Centres, they also makes monitoring and statistics even more important than for traditional SMS traffic." He continues: "mBalance is defining the new generation of SMS infrastructure technology. The TextPass[tm] routing and network querying solution is clearly setting an industry standard as the most comprehensive platform to support and enhance SMS text messaging services".

A Sun Microsystems spokesperson adds: "This new SMS technology enables Sun to fulfil our customer's increasingly demanding and innovative requirements for messaging solutions. This is demonstrated by our partners, like mBalance, who are developing state-of-the-art SMS messaging solutions based on our carrier-grade Netra platforms and Sun cluster technology."

About O2 Netherlands
O2 provides its customers with mobile communications services that enrich their everyday lives. Anytime, anywhere, in any situation. O2 does this with a range of innovative mobile technologies such as GSM, SMS, WAP, GPRS and soon UMTS. But there is just one goal: to offer clear services that are relevant to customers now - whether they are consumers or business users. Because the ease and pleasure of the personal mobile experience is the focus at O2. It is not for nothing that O2 has targeted mobile data.

O2 has 15,000 employees serving around 17.2 million customers. O2 has about 1.3 million customers in the Netherlands and is also active in the UK, Germany, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The financial world knows O2 as mmO2 plc, with stock exchange listings in London and New York.

About mBalance - wireless network solutions
mBalance provides OEM's and GSM operators with various products and services, mostly related to SS.7 and messaging. As the telecom industry technology partner for message routing, probing and network querying in wireless networks, mBalance provides solutions for GSM, CDMA and TDMA networks with the versatility and performance that is required in tomorrow's wireless world.

The mBalance SS.7 solution platform, TextPass[tm], is deployed in various GSM networks throughout Europe and Asia, in most cases as a core component of the messaging systems of mBalance's customers and OEM partners.

For additional information about mBalance and TextPass[tm] logos, product collateral and executive photos, please direct inquiries to or visit the Internet at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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