PAUL UK choose Olive Communications for new mobile telecoms service

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

29th August 2014: Paul UK, the French Family Bakery and Patisserie, has chosen Olive Communications to manage their mobile telecoms estate following a competitive three-way tender process. Paul UK is a growing high street brand with over 30 London stores, including Covent Garden, Kings Road and Canary Wharf. The new mobile contract, delivered over the Vodafone network, covers connectivity and devices for head office staff, delivery drivers and operations teams.

Paul UK will be able to monitor their mobile spend in real time, and set policies for individual users, via Olive's OBM online tool. The tool provides dashboard-style management information and the ability to create detailed reporting as required.

Susanne Sauerland, Finance Director, Paul UK, said: "Olive's detail-oriented and committed approach stood out over the other service providers we evaluated in the tender process. They took the time to fully understand our specific needs and requirements, and then devised a commercially attractive contract which will help us operate as effectively as possible."

Sauerland continues: "As a relatively small, but growing organisation, responsiveness to our needs and quality of account management is really important to us. This is why we choose to work with a managed service provider rather than with one of the big networks directly. Olive has demonstrated that they have what it takes to offer us the best possible customer service, and we are looking forward to working with them as we grow our business."

Martin Flick, CEO, Olive Communications, said: "The telecoms market is fast moving with many deployment models and options, making it difficult for buyers to navigate with assurance. We seek to understand our customer's objectives, and then map the most appropriate and cost-effective solution from our broad portfolio of products and services, to suit. That's what's we've done with Paul UK, and we're delighted to be supporting them as a trusted partner."

About Olive
Olive provides innovative and integrated communications solutions for UK businesses, across the four cornerstones of IT infrastructure: voice, data, mobility, and applications. We work with our customers to build and implement the right solution for their unique requirements, making use of existing infrastructure where possible.

Source: RealWire

LTE Asia Awards 2014 Shortlist Announced

Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Singapore, 29 August 2014 - The organisers of LTE Asia have today announced the shortlist for the first LTE Asia Awards 2014. The 9th Annual LTE Asia event serves as the setting for the awards, which will reward key achievements and advances across the LTE ecosystem in Asia. This year's awards have received a high number of entries with eight categories up for grabs!

Taking place at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore, this luxurious setting will provide a backdrop to the awards ceremony which will bring together the experts responsible for driving LTE forwards in the region over the past year. Considered a mark of industry excellence, the awards are judged by a panel of senior analysts who have a vast amount of knowledge about the Asian LTE market.

This year's judging panel will include Ajay Sunder, Senior Director - Telecom, Frost & Sullivan, Dimitris Mavrakis, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Guang Yang, Senior Analyst - Wireless Operator Strategies, Strategy Analytics and Alan Quayle, Owner, Alan Quayle Business & Service Development.

The awards will be presented during a cocktails reception on the evening of 24 September, the final day of the event itself. The reception is open to all attendees of the LTE Asia conference.

The awards ensure industry recognition for those shortlisted. Congratulations go to this year's shortlisted companies, seen below:

Best Test/Measurement LTE Product

  • Anite, Network Testing Division -Nemo CEM Observer
  • Gemalto- NxRay
  • JDSU- JDSU CellAdvisor™ Base Station Analyzer
  • PCTEL- PCTEL's RAN Mobile Testing Suite.
  • Polystar- Solver (for VoLTE - SRVCC testing)

Most Significant Development of a Commercial LTE Network (Operators Only)

  • Optus- LTE 700 MHz commercial launch
  • Singtel- Commercial LTE
  • SK Telecom- World's First Commercial 225Mbps LTE-Advanced and Pre-5G trials

Best LTE Core Network Product

  • Alcatel-Lucent- 7750 Service Router Mobile Gateway
  • Cisco Systems, Inc. - ASR5000 Series
  • Dialogic, Inc. - Dialogic® BorderNet™ Diameter Services Helix
  • Huawei Technology- Huawei SingleEPC MSE Solution
  • Mavenir Systems- Mavenir's Converged Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Session Border Controller

Best Traffic Management Product

  • Ascom Network Testing- TEMSTM Capacity Manager
  • Gigamon- GigaVUE-HC2 Multi-Purpose Visibility Fabric Node
  • Polystar- Network and Customer Insight Solutions

Best LTE Roaming Product

  • Mavenir Systems- Interconnect Session Border Controller I-SBC)
  • Polystar- Network and Customer Insight Solutions
  • SAP Mobile Services, a division of SAP- SAP IPX 365
  • Telstra Corporation- Telstra Internet Package Exchange

Best VoLTE Innovation

  • HKT Limited- Voice over LTE Service
  • LG Uplus.- LG Uplus.
  • Mavenir Systems- Mavenir's Multi-Device, Multi-Access network Service Ubiquity Solution
  • Samsung Electronics- Smart VoLTE with InteractiV
  • Singtel- VoLTE

Innovation in HetNet Development

  • Cisco Systems,Inc- Small Cell Design and Technology Innovation
  • Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.- Huawei LampSite Solution
  • Samsung Electronics- Samsung Advanced HetNet

NFV Innovation of the Year

  • Cisco Systems, Inc- Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core - Orchestrated
  • Mavenir Systems- Virtualized RCS based on NFV

ENDS

About LTE Asia
LTE Asia provides an opportunity to meet and network with leaders in the Asian LTE community and is recognised by the entire industry as the place to learn from and meet key decision-makers and thought-leaders. This leading 4G event attracts 1000+ high level attendees from across the APAC region, bringing together the ecosystem to discuss a wide range of issues including monetising LTE, hetnets, network optimisation, LTE evolution, 5G.

About Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms and Media (http://www.informatandm.com/) organises 125 global annual events, attended by more than 70,000 executives worldwide. With a focus on quality content, Informa Telecoms and Media deliver a key audience of decision-makers from the mobile, fixed, alternative, wholesale, MVNO, broadband and satellite operator communities. Informa Telecoms and Media is also the leading provider of business intelligence and strategic services to the global telecoms and media markets. Driven by constant first-hand contact with the industry, its 90 analysts and researchers produce a range of intelligence services including news and analytical products, in depth market reports and datasets focussed on technology, strategy and content.

For media information please contact Dana Hare at dana.hare@proactive-pr.com or Holly Leonardi at holly.leonardi@proactive-pr.com or Matthew Dunkling at matthew.dunkling@proactive-pr.com or call on +44 1636 812152.

Source: RealWire

Tech Trailblazers Awards Announce "Firestarter" Bursary for Non-VC Funded Early Stage Startups

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

New deadline of September 19th to reflect new categories of IoT and FinTech

London, UK - August 28th 2014 - The highly successful Tech Trailblazers Awards today announced a new bursary for early stage non VC backed startups, the Firestarter program. This has been created to ensure that entry fees are not a barrier for the new lean startups who are still securing major funding from VCs. This new program will attract more earlier stage startups within the accelerator and incubator communities as well as those self-funding or with angel, seed and crowdfunding as their primary source of investment.

The recent Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index surveyed the funding environment for nearly 200 enterprise tech startups. 35% of those surveyed indicated that raising funds took considerably longer than anticipated and 31% said that it was considerably harder than expected. The bursary aims to ease that pressure in the early stages for a startup. It ensures that these tech firestarters get a shot at recognition with all eligible entrants 2 years or younger who are pre-VC funding can receive a bursary for the $295 entry fee to their chosen Tech Trailblazers category as well as a chance to also win the new cross category early stage "Firestarter" award.

The other startup awards include the following categories: big data, cloud, emerging markets, FinTech, IoT, mobile technology, networking, IT security, storage, sustainable IT and virtualization. All startups up to and including "series C" VC backed funding who are younger than 6 years old have until September 19th as the final extended deadline to complete their entries.

Rose Ross, Chief Trailblazer and founder of the awards, explained "We had some amazing winners over the last two years, who have gone on to very successful exits, major funding rounds and commercial success and we are delighted that we have been part of their exciting journey. But a comment from one of last year's contestants has echoed in my ears. "How can an early stage startup compete with someone with major VC backing?" Yes they can and we have seen early stage startups like SaaSID, Ventisys and Iceotope crowned as Tech Trailblazers in their field. However, it feels that the time is right to give more of the newest kids on the tech startup block more help and greater opportunity for hard earned reward and recognition. That's what the Firestarter bursary program is all about."

All entrants will also be automatically entered free of charge for Regional Trailblazers Cups - a further chance to win an award, and be crowned Trailblazer for their geographical region as well as the new Firestarter Award if eligible.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards will be determined by a combination of public voting and an extensive expert panel of judges from around the world. Industry analysts, editors, entrepreneurs, startup specialists and CTO's from all backgrounds in enterprise technology make up this year's panel, and are eager to review a new wave of startup talent and crown this year's Tech Trailblazers.

Notes to editors:
Media briefings and more information on awards and the Tech Trailblazers Tech Startup Index is available upon request.

Media Contacts

For Tech Trailblazers
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About the Tech Trailblazers Awards
www.techtrailblazers.com @techtrailblaze

Tech Trailblazers is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for smaller businesses and startups that are five years old or less and at C-series funding or below. The awards have low barriers to entry and prizes that not only recognize startup innovation, but also proactively help startups grow their business with access to exclusive coaching, mentoring and development and prizes. The awards include the following categories:

  • Big Data Trailblazers
  • Cloud Trailblazers
  • Emerging Markets Trailblazers
  • FinTech Trailblazers
  • IoT Trailblazers
  • Mobile Trailblazers
  • Networking Trailblazers
  • Security Trailblazers
  • Storage Trailblazers
  • Sustainable IT Trailblazers
  • Virtualization Trailblazers

In addition to the above categories, all entrants are automatically entered into the Regional Trailblazers Cup competition free of charge. The Regional Cups will be announced at the end of November and the individual Cups are:

  • African and Middle East Trailblazers Cup
  • Asian-Pacific Trailblazers Cup
  • European Trailblazers Cup
  • Latin American Trailblazers Cup
  • North American Trailblazers Cup

Early stage startups (2 years and younger without VC funding) will be able to apply for a chosen tech category free of charge via the new bursary and will also be automatically for the new Firestarter award as well as their Regional Cup.

The Tech Trailblazers Awards prize fund, projected to be worth in excess of $1m, is supported by sponsors and industry partners including AfriLabs, Amoo Venture Capital Advisory, beSUCCESS, bnetTV, BigDataStartups, China AXLR8R, the Cloud Security Alliance, Computing, The Data Chain, ExecEvent, GFT, Gigaom, GoMoNews, The Green Grid, GSMA, The Icehouse, Innovation Warehouse, Internet of Things Events, IP EXPO Europe, Launchpad Europe, L'Informaticien, Lissted, MIT/Stanford Venture Lab, Mynewsdesk, The Next Silicon Valley, Outsource, Prezi, RealWire, Seed Forum, Silicon Cape Initiative, Skolkovo, StarTau, Startup America, Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), Tech in Asia, TechNode, TiE Silicon Valley, Wazoku, Ventureburn and VMware.

Source: RealWire

Telstra extends Whispir Conversation Platform to global businesses to create and automate targeted communication

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

28 AUGUST 2014 - Telstra today announced the launch of the Whispir Conversation Platform, a cloud-based enterprise service that allows organisations to quickly reach and communicate with customers, employees and the community via SMS, voice, web, email, mobile data and social media networks.

Nathan Bell, Telstra Global Enterprise and Services, Director of Marketing, Portfolio and Pricing said Telstra currently offered the Whispir Conversation Platform to many of its enterprise and government customers in Australia and would be using this experience to deliver the service to new international customers.

"In less than two years, Whispir's customer base has quadrupled to more than 1.6 million users and with today's expansion, we see significant growth opportunities for this service, particularly when delivered over Telstra's global network extending to more than 2,000 Points of Presence.

"From a major bank using the platform to communicate with staff about IT incidents, critical events and business continuity to a rail operator sharing targeted information about their train network with a local community, or a HR department coordinating the flow of information to job seekers in their network, Whispir can be used across complex operational environments within any industry and organisation, big or small.

"This is just one of many cloud-based applications now integrated into our global network and available on-demand, enabling customers to respond quickly to changing business priorities and better anticipate challenges ahead," Nathan said.

Jeromy Wells, Chief Executive Officer at Whispir, said the scalable, intuitive and easy-to-use nature of the service, combined with Telstra's global reach, would further accelerate Whispir's international growth, particularly across key vertical markets such as banking and finance, media, transportation and emergency services.

"Organisations need to ensure that critical communications to customers, employees or the community is timely, consistent and delivered as efficiently as possible. Using the Whispir Conversation Platform, customers can send and receive content and information over any channel at scale, and make it personalised and actionable, including more than 50 language options and geographic targeting.

"In partnership with Telstra, we're looking forward to continuing our global expansion and working with their international customers to transform and enrich the way they communicate with key stakeholders," Jeromy said.

The Whispir Conversation Platform will be available in global locations from the end of August via a range of packages and pricing.

Media contact:
Proactive PR

Martyn Gettings
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E: telstra@proactive-pr.com

Whispir
Jeremy Matthews
T: +61 417 149 658
E: jmatthews@whispir.com

About Telstra
Telstra is the leading telecommunications and information services company in Australia. We provide end-to-end solutions including managed network services, global connectivity, cloud, voice, colocation, conferencing and satellite solutions. We have licenses in Asia, Europe and the US and offer access to more than 2,000 PoPs in 230 countries and territories across the globe. Our extended reach means that we can offer customers smarter technology solutions to support sustainable business growth.

About Whispir
Whispir is a leader in the provision of a secure SaaS platform that threads together the daily flow of communications across many channels into rich and useful conversations. Whispir's conversation platform matches and connects the right people to the right information. Rich content creation, contextual automation and cross-channel interaction, from one secure platform.

Source: RealWire

Opera’s Skyfire unit adds streaming audio optimization to Rocket Optimizer

Thu, 28 Aug 2014

New technology enables mobile operators to quickly deliver high-quality audio streaming to subscribers without buffering or stalling

Oslo, Norway and Mountain View, Calif. - August 28th 2014 - Opera Software's Skyfire unit has added streaming audio optimization as a new feature to Rocket Optimizer, its NFV-ready video and data optimization platform for mobile operators, the company announced today.

A recent study by research firm Strategy Analytics into consumers' mobile music habits in the United States, China, France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom [1] found that 77 percent of mobile users listen to music on their phones - with 70 percent claiming to do so at least once per week or more. Seventy-two per cent also said that they use their mobile phones to listen to music at least once a week when the service is bundled into their operator data plan.

The addition of optimized audio streaming to Rocket Optimizer also comes as increasing numbers of mobile operators partner with digital music streaming services as a way to differentiate themselves in the market, improve customer loyalty and reduce churn. It is for this reason that an increasing number of operators don't count music streaming against their customers' data plans.

Rocket Optimizer manages streaming audio traffic in the same way that it optimizes mobile video traffic. It uses its built-in Experience Assurance functionality to automatically detect when the end-user's live audio stream is about to stall, buffer or drop off entirely due to a poor connection - in real-time, before the problem starts. Rocket Optimizer then instantly adapts the audio stream to fit the available capacity in the network, in order to ensure the end user receives a smooth, uninterrupted, high-quality streaming audio experience.

Rocket Optimizer's streaming audio optimization works with most of the world's most popular streaming music services, as well as with "long tail" streaming content hosted on myriad web sites. It supports both MP3 and MP4 stream formats, and - unlike competing optimization solutions - can also convert streams to the more efficient AAC+ codec, which is able to deliver high audio quality over a low bitrate connection to any compatible device.

"With devices getting smarter and networks getting faster, streamed music - like video - is rapidly growing in popularity among consumers, and operators need to prepare their networks to deliver the superior quality of experience that consumers expect," says Nitin Bhandari, Skyfire CEO and Opera SVP of Operator Products. "While audio is generally streamed at a lower bitrate than video, users often stream audio for hours at a time - consuming significant network bandwidth. Furthermore, quality assurance is hugely important, as users are extremely sensitive to stalling in audio streams. Rocket Optimizer's audio optimization saves bandwidth where it is needed, while improving the overall consumer experience."

- Ends -

About Opera Software ASA
Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers worldwide to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them, no matter what device, network or location. In turn, we help advertisers reach the audiences that build value for their businesses. Opera also delivers products and services to more than 120 mobile operators around the world, enabling them to provide a faster, more economical and better network experience to their subscribers.

Opera Software ASA is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. 'Opera', 'Opera Software', 'Opera Mini' and the 'O' logo are trademarks of Opera Software ASA. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.

[1] "Listening to the Listeners: Mobile Music Survey Results", May 2014 (Author: Nitesh Patel)

Source: RealWire

EPiServer positioned for growth as UK demand for ecommerce and digital solutions increases

Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, EPiServer continues to build momentum with digital leaders in the UK

London UK, 27 August 2014: EPiServer, a global software provider of innovative ecommerce and digital marketing solutions, today released a series of figures showcasing the organisation's continued expansion over the last 12 months. With multiple new hires, fresh partnerships and strong brand customers, EPiServer attributes its recent growth to an increase in demand for combined content and commerce solutions amongst UK businesses. In addition, the recent launch of EPiServer Find, an innovative search solution that helps businesses bridge the data gap from acquisition, retention to conversions for digital marketing and ecommerce sites, has contributed to further growth.

Over the last eight years, EPiServer has seen a 29% compound annual growth rate, with the UK market proving to be a key contributor to this expansion. Throughout the first half of 2014, EPiServer saw a 105% increase in UK licence sales compared to the previous year. This in turn helped to generate a 72% rise in total revenue.

This increase was largely driven by the company's rapidly growing customer base, which this year expanded to include such names as The Royal Society of Chemistry, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Experian and Morrisons. The ecommerce and digital solution provider also extended its relationship with WPP agency POSSIBLE and tightened its technology partnerships with Silverpop (an IBM company) and Microsoft. These relationships are part of EPiServer's long term strategy to bring together the entire digital ecosystem across WCM, e-commerce, marketing automation, CRM and ERP to enable brands to create truly connected customer experience for their customers.

In addition to this external growth, EPiServer has also expanded its internal team, recently hiring Trevor Salmon as Sales Director to spearhead the continued growth. With a longstanding background in digital marketing and sales, Salmon boasts previous experience from Day Software and Adobe Digital Marketing.

Commenting on the company's recent growth, EPiServer's UK Managing Director Johan Jardevall said: "Over the last 20 years EPiServer has gone from strength to strength as a business and as a product and services provider. Since becoming the first .NET based platform to integrate content and commerce in 2010, we've seen great success as a result of the strong - and growing - demand for intuitive, integrated digital marketing and ecommerce solutions. The UK has proven to be an increasingly vital market for us, showing a strong appreciation of the combined solution's ability to improve customer experience and multi-channel marketing."

EPiServer has made giant leaps forward in the past few years, securing over 70 dedicated partnerships with fully integrated global agencies and specialist system integrators. The company now works with partners that are specialists in e-commerce and digital marketing to ensure clients receive maximum impact as a result of its solutions. EPiServer's platform is now at the centre of over 20,000 websites including high-profile clients such as House of Parliament, Pizza Hut Restaurants, Moonpig, Kenwood, and Gatwick Airport.

About EPiServer
EPiServer connects ecommerce and digital marketing to help business create unique customer experiences, which generates business results. EPiServer's platform combines content, e-commerce and multi-channel marketing capabilities to work full-circle for businesses online, from intelligent optimization, lead-generation through to conversion and repeat business.

Sitting at the center of the digital marketing ecosystem, EPiServer empowers online and IT professionals to create superior customer experience for more than 20,000 websites worldwide. Built on .NET, and supported by a pioneering partner network of over 750 partners in over 30 countries, EPiServer's platform gives customers the ability to deliver the right content to the right person in the right format at a time that suits them. This approach means customers can maximize their investment in digital marketing and increase ROI. The company was founded in 1994 and has offices in the United States, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, Spain, UAE and the United Kingdom. EPiServer is controlled by the IK2007 Fund. IK Investment Partners is a European private equity firm with Nordic roots, managing €5.7 billion in fund commitments.

Media Contact
Ian McKee/Alex Warren
EML Wildfire
episerver@emlwildfire.com
0208 408 8000

Source: RealWire

Avaya and HP to Deliver Expanded Communications Services to the Enterprise

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Companies to sell a combined portfolio of unified communications, contact center as a service, and infrastructure modernization services

HP to assume service delivery of a significant portion of Avaya Private Cloud Services

Santa Clara, Calif. - August 26, 2014 - Avaya and HP (NYSE: HPQ) Enterprise Services (ES) today announced a multi-year agreement to offer cloud-based unified communications and contact center technology, and management solutions for enterprises.

Together, the companies will sell a combined portfolio of Unified Communications-as-a-Service, Contact Center-as-a-Service, and infrastructure modernization services. Combining HP's expertise in services delivery with Avaya's strong unified communications and contact center portfolio will create one of the most advanced solutions in the industry, including mobile applications, software, and networking for unified communications and customer experience management. These as-a-Service solutions will be delivered with the same standard of care that puts Avaya services above industry benchmarks[1] with the added benefit of HP's industry leading cloud capabilities.

The Avaya-HP agreement addresses growing global demand for comprehensive, secure, reliable business collaboration solutions, delivered as a service. HP ES will resell the as-a-Service offerings and in parallel, Avaya has the benefit of increased scale enabled by HP's highly flexible deployment models to quickly reach more customers and help simplify and transform business communications. Avaya will also apply its market leading communication and collaboration products to help HP improve the efficiency and performance of its contact center operations.

As part of the agreement, the HP ES Business Process Services organization will assume service delivery of a significant portion of Avaya Private Cloud Services[2] (APCS), including a limited transfer of APCS employees and contractors to HP ES. These services will be integrated into HP ES's existing Mobility and Workplace and Business Process Services practices and partner eco-systems to deliver private and hybrid cloud-based unified communications and contact center solutions to existing and future customers. Sales contracts, service level agreements, and overall client experience will remain with Avaya. HP ES will augment and amplify APCS by extending services to more customers, in more markets, with the speed and service performance needed to help grow demand for cloud-based solutions.

This agreement marks another major step in Avaya's transformation to a software and services company. HP Helion solutions will become a cornerstone of Avaya's cloud offerings deployed in HP's global infrastructure.

Quotes:

"Businesses are increasingly seeking alternative models for deploying and managing innovative communications and collaboration technologies. The agreement with HP is the right path at the right time to quickly address what is already one of the fastest growing areas of our business. Through our long-term relationship, we already share many customers. We expect that base to grow significantly with this new model, supporting the world's collaboration business environment."
Pierre-Paul Allard, SVP Worldwide Sales and President Global Field Operations, Avaya

"This agreement reinforces HP's commitment to the mobility and workplace market and helps to grow HP's presence in the end-user space. HP is also making an investment in Avaya's capabilities to improve our contact center infrastructure and significantly enhance business process services and customer engagement management. The partnership with Avaya supports HP's larger vision for the New Style of IT."
Mike Nefkens, EVP and General Manager, HP Enterprise Services

Additional Resources

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

About Avaya
Avaya is a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, providing unified communications, contact centers, networking and related services to companies of all sizes around the world. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will" or other similar terminology. The parties have based these forward-looking statements on their respective current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While the parties believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the parties' control. These and other important factors may cause the parties' actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, please refer to the parties' respective filings with the SEC that are available at www.sec.gov. Each of the parties disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

[1] According to the Aberdeen Group "State of Service Management: Outlook 2013", best in class companies in Service Management achieve SLA compliance at 89% or above. Avaya SLA compliance for year to date 2014 is 98%.
[2]Avaya Private Cloud Services was formerly known as Avaya Operations Services.

Follow Avaya
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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/company/1494

Media Contacts:
Deb Kline, Avaya
+1 908-953-6179
klined@avaya.com

Deborah Nazareth
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Deborah.nazareth@fleishmaneurope.com

Mari Hancock, HP
+1 281-518-1760
mari.hancock@hp.com

Investors
John Nunziati
+ 1408-562-3780
jnunziati@avaya.com

Source: RealWire

Advanced Technologies Enable Cable Operators To Embrace Mobile Service Offerings And New Revenue Opportunities

Tue, 26 Aug 2014

Movius Converged Messaging Services Help Make Mobile Possible for Cable Operators

ATLANTA - August 26, 2014, US Cable operators have a great opportunity to win a major slice of the wireless phone services market, according to mobile software company, Movius Corporation, a recognized leader in messaging and call completion technology for telecommunication providers around the world. Movius' mission is to personalize communications, and has developed industry leading converged messaging capabilities to manage multiple professional and personal phone lines, voicemails and applications all on a single mobile device. This technology is helping to make mobile service offerings possible for cable operators.

A recent study by Centers for Disease Control[i] (CDC) found that by the second half of 2013 41 percent of US households were wireless-only, with just over 8.5 percent landline-only households. This represents a huge shift in the market from fixed to mobile as consumers look to complete business and social activities anywhere - at home or when mobile.

"Cable MSOs should be looking to expand their mobile services to enable end users to have the same capabilities they have at home and at work on the go," says Jose Romero, VP of Marketing, Movius. "Pay TV providers are just beginning to delve into offering mobile to their customer base. With over 900 million global subscriber households, this represents a substantial revenue expansion opportunity for us to bundle mobile as well."

"Although Cable networks don't quite have the same room for maneuver as mobile network operators, implementing the right solutions with the correct infrastructure can be a success. A VoIP over Wi-Fi solution with TDM fallback is ideal as a safety net in case a connection is broken and provides customers with a reliable method of making/receiving calls and continuing to access their services/communication needs."

Movius has developed a unique split voice line and converged messaging service called myIdentities. It enables Cable companies to mobilize their fixed customers, leverage their content assets and seamlessly port user context, preferences and associated services to their mobiles, providing a truly personalized service for cable customers. These services are packaged together within a mobile identity branded by the cable service provider. By taking advantage of their own Wi-Fi networks, using myIdentities TDM and Wi-Fi capabilities, Cable MSOs can offer mobilized and unified services which add value for customers and in turn allow operators to increase revenue.

The myIdentities solution also enables end users to mobilize their home and work contact numbers on dual lines through a single mobile device, allowing them to complete both personal and business activities wherever and whenever they want. Its split line capability allows for two payment plans for each line to generate additional ARPU and integrates seamlessly on to exiting Wi-Fi networks.

Romero added: "Cable providers need to be more aggressive when moving into Mobile Network Operators' territory. So far there are very few who have completely synchronized mobility with content. By adding services with more value to the current market, Cable MSOs can increase revenue and reduce churn, improving customer loyalty and making customers stickier. A solution like myIdentities offers important capabilities to suit today's modern consumer by adding value and mobility."

For more information about Movius Interactive Corporation visit http://www.moviuscorp.com/.

[i] http://www.ustelecom.org/blog/americans-continue-dropping-landlines

About Movius
Movius Interactive Corporation is a recognized leader in messaging and call completion solutions technology for telecommunication providers around the world. Its applications for converged messaging, and mobile identities enable service providers in developed and emerging developing markets to increase ARPU and market share. By continually innovating new services, Movius delivers its mission of Personalizing Communications. For more information, visit www.moviuscorp.com.

For media information please contact Martyn Gettings at martyn.gettings@proactive-pr.com or matthew.dunkling@proactive-pr.com. Alternatively call +44 1636 812152.

Source: RealWire

Openwave Mobility Named Finalist in CTIA 2014 MobITs Awards

Tue, 19 Aug 2014

Openwave Mobility Recognized for Innovation in Mobile Customer Experience Management

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. August 19, 2014 - Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, announced today it was named a finalist in the Mobile Customer Experience Management of CTIA's MobITs Awards competition for its MOTIFY solution. Enhancing performance, efficiency and productivity inside the enterprise, the MobITs Awards feature the most innovative IT solutions that help companies secure their operations and improve their customers' experience.

MobITs Awards winners will be announced Wednesday, September 10 from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the MobileCON Thought Leadership Stage 3.

MOTIFY is a cloud-based context-aware mobile notification solution that enables operators to provide valuable real-time information to subscribers when it matters, where it matters. Customers can be notified via an App resident on the device that they are about to incur charges for example when roaming, reaching a data allowance limit, or for relevant promotions. MOTIFY provides operators the ability to broadcast these notifications to a community of targeted mobile users in a contextually-aware manner.

MOTIFY uses a rich media push interface which is far more engaging than traditional means like email or text. It provides ease of access to self-care so users can manage and purchase additional plans or take advantage of limited offers - it even includes analytics so that user response can be fully tracked.

"We are delighted that MOTIFY has been selected as a finalist in CTIA's MobITs and that it has been recognized for its innovation so shortly after its launch," said John Giere, CEO at Openwave Mobility. "This highlights the importance of keeping subscribers informed in real-time and the need for operators to adopt new monetization strategies."

"CTIA awards recognize the best and most innovative products and services for wireless companies looking to improve their operations and their engagement with their customers," said Robert Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director.

Along with CTIA's two other awards programs, E-Tech Awards and Hot for the Holidays, there were almost 300 entries submitted and scored by more than 50 industry experts, analysts and media.

Super Mobility Week attendees and online users will also have the opportunity to choose a "Crowd Favorite" by voting for their favorite product, not just finalists, in each program. Online voting is open now and runs until Monday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Super Mobility Week attendees can still vote via text onsite starting September 8 until 10:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, September 10.

Super Mobility Week will take place September 9, 10 & 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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About CTIA Shows
CTIA Shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. Super Mobility Week (www.supermobilityweek.com) takes place Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Twitter: @ctiashows | Facebook: www.ctiashows.com/facebook | LinkedIn: www.ctiashows.com/linkedin

About CTIA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

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About Openwave Mobility
Openwave Mobility enables operators to manage and monetize mobile data using the industry's most scalable, Layer7 SDN/NFV platform. The company operates within the policy control and charging (PCC) space and delivers Policy Engagement with solutions that include Video Optimization to eliminate data congestion, and Mobile Data Monetization and Analytics to increase ARPU through personalized data plans. These solutions are supplemented by Subscriber Data Management, providing a single consolidated store for policy and subscriber data, and Mobile Analytics, providing subscriber segmentation and Business Intelligence.

Openwave Mobility delivers over 40 billion transactions daily and over half a billion subscribers worldwide use data services powered by its solutions. The company's global customer base consists of over 40 of the largest communication service providers including AT&T, Du, KDDI, Rogers, Sprint, Telus, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telstra, Virgin Mobile & Vodafone. Openwave Mobility is owned by Marlin Equity Partners, a leading investment firm with over a billion dollars of capital under management that has publicly committed to building the company through expanded investment in R&D. The company has built a robust portfolio of Intellectual Property, which is growing month-by-month, and has been recognized by Gartner as a 'Cool Vendor' in Communications Service Provider Operational and Business Infrastructure.

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Openwave Mobility and the Openwave Mobility logo are trademarks of Openwave Mobility Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

For More Information
Sonus PR for Openwave Mobility
Johnny Truong
Johnny.Truong@sonuspr.com
Tel: +1-415-830-4530

For APAC and EMEA Inquiries
Chevaan Seresinhe
Sonus PR for Openwave Mobility
Chevaan.Seresinhe@sonuspr.com
Tel: +44 20 7300 7216

Source: RealWire

Digital Impact Awards 2014 shortlist

Mon, 18 Aug 2014

18 August, London - As digital becomes increasingly integral to every aspect of communications there is ample opportunity for innovation and originality. It is important to define what makes a digital strategy successful and to gain inspiration from other pieces of work. The largest event in the digital calendar, the Digital Impact Awards, recognises outstanding work done by digital and communications professionals, and allows them to meet with each other and share ideas.

The Digital Impact Awards has announced the shortlist for its fifth annual awards ceremony, to be held on 21 October. The awards contain 32 different categories, including 'Digital agency of the year', and 'Digital campaign of the year'. The quality and quantity of those shortlisted is testament to the wealth of talent that currently proliferates the industry.

Among those shortlisted are Royal Navy and E3, in the 'Best corporate website', 'Best digital rebrand', 'Best use of digital in the public sector', and 'Best use of digital in the charity, NGO or NFP sector'. Beats by Dr. Dre and R/GA London are nominated for two categories for their Beats Pills campaign. IKEA and iProspect are also nominated twice for a Facebook campaign that used mobile data to prove its effectiveness.

Other brands to make the shortlist include Barclays Bank PLC, Samsung Electronics, Tesco, Emirates Airline and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. 'Digital agency of the year' and 'Digital campaign of the year' winners will be announced on the night. Last year, AMVBBDO won best agency, and Nike (AKQA) won best campaign for its 'Nike Academy' campaign.

Beth Brown, investor relations and corporate communications executive at Taylor Wimpey, and a Digital Impact judge says, "I really enjoyed being a judge for the Digital Impact Awards 2014 - the quality of all the entries was very high, so it was no easy task selecting which entries should be shortlisted!"

Neil Barnett, digital communications manager at Canon Europe, and Digital Impact judge adds, "This year is probably one of the most creative and varied in terms of the entries we reviewed as part of the judging process. The views from around the table are always varied and some heated discussions were necessary to select those worthy of an award. Those shortlisted should be complemented on the quality and creativity of their outstanding work."

For the full shortlist, see below.

Shortlist

Deliverables

Best corporate website
BG Group and Addison Group
Interserve Plc and Purestone
Lloyds Banking Group and DigitasLBi
Nutreco and eFocus
Royal Navy and E3
Tesco

Best corporate app
Arup and Wardour
Brandtone and Beem
Orange and E3
Turkcell
Turkcell Platinum

Best use of mobile and portable devices
Barclays Bank PLC
Microsoft Xbox and UM London
PayPal and Purestone
Sony and Isobar

Best use of digital to aid a CR campaign
Aviva plc
Samsung Electronics

Best digital rebrand
Fliks.co.uk and Impero
Ooredoo and Havas Media Middle East
Royal Navy and E3
Tesco
Turkcell and R/GA London

Best use of online video
Danone Waters - Volvic and Kameleon Worldwide
The Kings Fund
Microsoft and UM London
NATS
Sony Mobile and DigitasLBi

Best corporate viral campaign
Beats by Dr. Dre and R/GA London
Compassion in World Farming and Catsnake Film
Historic Scotland and Storm ID
Xbox ('Keycode') and UM London

Best digital communication as part of an integrated campaign
3M Scotch and Escapade
Beats By Dr. Dre and R/GA London
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Microsoft Office 365 and UM London
Xbox and UM London

Social media

Best use of existing social media platforms: small budget
DigitasLBi #RaveCave
Expedia Media Solutions
IKEA and iProspect
Museum of London and Bloom Worldwide
Philips and Emanate for OneVoiceConnect
University of Cambridge Judge Business School Executive Education and Touchpoint Digital

Best use of existing social media platforms: medium budget
Carlsberg UK and DigitasLBI
Kellogg's Krave and Isobar
Nectar and Freestyle Interactive
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Way To Blue

Best development of proprietary social media platforms
Autism West Midlands

Best development of proprietary social media tools
Commetric

Best community development
Autism West Midlands
Creativepool
NATS and MSLGROUP
element14
RenewableUK and Hill + Knowlton

Best use of digital to an internal audience

Best intranet
Dana Petroleum and KW Digital
Healthwatch England
International Personal Finance and Branded3

Best digital employee communication
Associated British Foods and MSLGROUP
Brandtone and Beem
Post Office and GRDD & AB
Roche Products Ltd and theblueballroomltd
Tesco and Mandarin Kite
Willis Group and Omobono

Best use of digital to an investment audience

Best online annual report
BT and MSLGROUP
Centrica plc and Addison Group
Legal & General and Nexxar
Standard Chartered Bank and MSLGROUP
Tesco

Best use of digital to aid media relations

Best online newsroom
adidas and TheNewsMarket
Centrica plc and Addison Group
Panasonic UK and mynewsdesk

Evaluation

Best evaluation strategy
VimpelCom and Ex Libris MRA

Sector

Best use digital in the Charity, NGO or NFP sector
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Royal Navy and E3
Science Museum and Redweb
Team GB and Tamar
UNICEF UK and IgnitionOne

Best use of digital in the energy and utilities sector
Peabody energy
RenewableUK and Hill+Knowlton

Best use of digital in the financial services sector
Barclays Bank PLC
City Index and Branded3
NatWest Auto and SapientNitro
NatWest Intention and SapientNitro
PayPal and Purestone

Best use of digital in the professional services sector
Foosle and Hill+Knowlton
PA Consulting Group and Omobono
WYG and 9xb

Best use of digital in the media, telecoms and technology sector
Google UK Ltd and R/GA London
ITV Studios and Rawnet
Turkcell and R/GA London
Warner Bros.and TH_NK
Xbox ('Keycode') and UM London

Best use of digital in the engineering and manufacturing sector
Arup and Wardour
Infineum International Ltd and Bray Leino
RS Components and Freestyle Interactive

Best use of digital in the food and beverage sector
Brancott Estate Pioneers and Impero
Diageo Baileys and R/GA London
Kellogg's Krave and Isobar
Pepsi Max and AMV BBDO

Best use of digital in the retail sector
Bathstore and 9xb
IKEA and iProspect
Philips and Emanate for OneVoiceConnect
Sainsbury's and AMV BBDO

Best use of digital in the travel and leisure sector
Emirates Airline and Havas Media Middle East
NATS and SAS MSLGROUP
South African Tourism Board and UM London
The R&A and Storm ID
Tourism Ireland and iProspect
Virgin Holiday Cruises and Branded3

Best use of digital in the healthcare sector
AXA PPP healthcare and BOTTLE
skn and Tamar

Best use of digital in the property sector
Express Bi-folding Doors and 9xb
Interserve Plc and Purestone
Lend Lease and Kolab Digital
Willmott Dixon and MadeByPi

Best use of digital in the public sector
Royal Navy and E3
The National Galleries of Scotland and Storm ID
The Scottish Government and Storm ID

Digital agency of the year
To be announced on 21 October

Digital campaign of year
To be announced on 21 October

For more information please visit the Digital Impact Awards website at digitalimpactawards.com or contact Hannah Hodges on 02074987008.

Source: RealWire