2/19/2003 - NMS Communications, trusted supplier of communications products and services, SONORYS Technology GmbH, an Austrian company providing professional services for speech enabled applications, and SWAPCOM, the European leader in mobile messaging software have joined forces to create an enhanced service platform that allows Short Message Service (SMS) text messages to be sent between fixed line phones and other fixed line phones or wireless devices. Using the Wireline SMS Platform, operators and communication equipment providers can now tap the 1 billion worldwide wireline customer installed base with this valuable service extension. The Wireline SMS Platform is available now.
Compatible fixed-line phones will receive SMS text, whereas legacy phones will receive the message automatically converted to voice via text-to-speech technology. To send a text message using a fixed line phone, users simply type their message on their fixed touchtone phone as they would on their mobile phone and enter the fixed or mobile phone number to which they wish to send a message. Messages pass through the network via an intelligent fixed line SMS gateway. NMS and Swapcom have incorporated all of the standards and technology required for carrier grade deployment and interoperability between wireless and wireline networks into the Wireline SMS Platform.
"This opens the door for significant added revenue opportunities for operators," said Gerrold Walker, vice president and general manager of NMS' Platform Solutions business. "Wireless SMS is a staple of communications in Europe and beyond, and now, as a result of Swapcom's Wireline SMS Platform, operators can extend that lucrative subscriber base to include wireline customers. We're thrilled that Swapcom took advantage of our experience in helping operators and communication equipment providers deliver enhanced voice and data services over wireline and wireless networks."
"Swapcom has joined its cutting-edge wireless technology with NMS' experience in telecom hardware and software, and to Sonorys for text-to-speech savoir-faire. By selecting this combined solution, telecom operators and ISPs have new opportunities to increase ARPU. Therefore, the Wireline SMS platform will enable them to capture new revenues from SMS traffic, fixed customers and extend SMS coverage with additional addressable phones," said Olivier GraŽff, Swapcom CEO.
SWAPCOM (http://www.swapcom.fr), based in Lyon, France, is the leading European provider of software systems and services. Founded in 1999 by a team of telecommunications experts, is recognized today as a pioneer in SMS, EMS/MMS and Cell Broadcast technologies. Swapcom products enable telecom operators and services providers to design and upgrade mobile network services in order to conduct simple and reliable electronic commerce and communications on wireless devices.
Strategic partnerships with industry leaders such as Oracle, Nokia, and NMS ensure its firm holds on emerging markets for innovative mobile applications. SWAPCOM is a member of the ETSI Association and 3GPP whose mission is to define European telecom standards on mobile telephone networks (GSM, GPRS, UMTS) and is also co-founder of the Cell Broadcast Forum. Swapcom is composed of 50 employees and has a sales office in Paris
About SONORYS Technology
SONORYS Technology GmbH, an Austrian Company located near Vienna, Austria, offers Professional Services and Voice Application Services for Voice Portals dedicated to enterprises and service providers. The Sonorys team consists of experts in voice and speech processing, user interface design and telephony application integration. Current key addressed markets are the German speaking European countries, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as the traditional Austrian eastern neighborhood countries. For further information about Sonorys visit www.sonorys.at or call us at +43 2262 71071 0.
About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (Nasdaq:NMSS) helps its customers increase revenues and returns on investments by rapidly deploying new carrier-grade communications products and services. Every telecom operator and communications equipment provider on the Global Fortune 50 list relies on NMS Communications for technology-leading products and services, including system building blocks, systems, consulting, and support. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.
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