BARCELONA—Mobile operators and their supporting vendors used the recently opened Mobile World Congress (MWC) to announce newly secured agreements. Among these are:
Turkish mobile operators Avea is using Telenity's Canvas Short Message Service Center (SMSC) to serve its roughly 10 million subscribers. K'cell, GSM operator in Kazakhstan with 6 million subscribers, also deployed Telenity's SMSC as well as its Multimedia Messaging Service Center, Canvas MMSC, in its GSM network.
SK Telecom extended its contract with RealNetworks to power its MelOn digital music service.
Telefonica O2 began an initial period of live femtocell testing with NEC Europe, a subsidiary of NEC Corporation. If successful, the trial will be rolled out in more markets in the U.K. this summer, with commercial launch in early 2009. NEC is providing O2 with its Femtocell Solution, which includes 3G Femtocell Access Point for direct subscriber use, Femtocell Gateway and Access Point Management and Provisioning System.
3 Italia, the Italian Mobile Media Company of Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, selected ZTE to produce the MD2 and MD3 handsets. The MD2 is a fashionable UMTS clamshell handset, while the MD3 is a DVB-H and HSDPA videophone that uses Qualcomm's MSM 6280 chipset, and features touchscreen functions and a screen that rotates 360 degrees.
T-Mobile International selected Visto Mobile for its Mobile E-Mail Pro push e-mail service. Mobile E-Mail Pro is currently available in Germany and is expected to roll out across Europe over the next 18 months. It will provide instant access to all types of Internet accounts as well as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes e-mail accounts from a broad range of consumer and business mobile devices including Symbian Series 40/60, UIQ, Windows Mobile 5/6 and Java enabled phones.
Vodafone New Zealand outsourced its operations and management of mobile games to End2End. End2End is providing its Content Retailing Solution, managed and hosted mobile games retailing service, including content sourcing and deployment, retail management and settlement. The operator also has the option to run an operator-branded Club Zone with global cross-operator connected gaming, community and multiplayer.