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LogicaCMG and Cisco Demonstrate Significant Growth in Next Generation IP-Enabled Messaging Networks

  • 22 March, 2004 09:38

<p>22 March 2004</p>
<p>LogicaCMG and Cisco Systems Inc. today announced significant growth in IP-enabled messaging networks as demonstrated by a number of mobile operators deploying an all-IP Next Generation Messaging architecture. Six new contracts in the last six months have underlined the increasing acceptance by mobile operators of LogicaCMG’s Next Generation Messaging architecture, which is based on the Cisco IP Transfer Point (ITP).</p>
<p>Mobile operators including Globe Telecom, TA Orange, Dobson Communications and STC Saudi have deployed new all-IP Next Generation Messaging architecture from LogicaCMG and Cisco. It is designed to help carriers achieve their strategic goals to improve messaging margins and reduce complexity of the network while allowing maximum flexibility to introduce new advanced messaging and browsing services. It also allows messaging services to utilise IP and gain access to existing SS7 Networks based on the Cisco ITP.</p>
<p>The LogicaCMG Next Generation Messaging solution consists of an integrated, open standards-based framework for messaging and browsing services. These include Short Message Service (SMS), Multi-Media Messaging Service (MMS), voicemail, videomail and instant messaging. The architecture further utilises multiple common components such as messaging and voice access gateways, central management, provisioning, transcoding and storage, as well as distributed message delivery and intelligent charging.</p>
<p>Emmanuel R. Estrada, Head of Globe’s Wireless Network Master Planning, Globe Telecom, said: “Next generation messaging services are crucial to our business as they generate almost 40 per cent of our revenues. We needed a solution that could offer increased capacity to enable us to accommodate the rapid growth in messaging services. Having worked with LogicaCMG for a number of years, we knew that it would deliver a reliable, high performance solution that would scale to our needs in the future.”</p>
<p>Lee Dalton, managing director, telecoms, LogicaCMG Australia, said: “The decision to combine our strength in messaging with the power of Cisco in IP routing was the right one. Mobile operators deploying IP-based messaging network now gain the benefit of distributed IP intelligence such as advanced message control and delivery capabilities for their subscribers. Our relationship with Cisco is part of our commitment to making next generation messaging services work for our customers.”</p>
<p>“The proliferation of applications such as caller ID, wireless roaming and SMS built on the scalable Cisco ITP infrastructure provides a cost-effective option for operators to offload outbound signalling to more efficient and lower-cost IP networks,” said Larry Lang, Vice President of Cisco’s Mobile Wireless Group. “Mobile operators worldwide are combining traditional and new wireless technologies as they migrate toward all-IP, data-based networks and drive to rapidly add more users and more effectively compete in markets where the demand for all things wireless continues to boom.”</p>
<p>LogicaCMG is the global leader in telecom messaging and payments, delivering two out of every three-text messages and supplying next generation messaging and billing solutions to 250 of the world's top operators in over 70 countries. These solutions serve more than 500 million active mobile phone subscribers. LogicaCMG also delivers one out of every four multimedia messaging systems, with commercially deployed MMS solutions serving over 114 million subscribers around the world.</p>
<p>About LogicaCMG
LogicaCMG is a major international force in IT services and wireless telecoms. It provides management and IT consultancy, systems integration and outsourcing services to clients across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. Formed in December 2002, through the merger of Logica and CMG, the company employs around 20,000 staff in offices across 34 countries and has nearly 40 years of experience in IT services. Headquartered in Europe, LogicaCMG is listed on both the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG). More information is available from www.logicacmg.com</p>
<p>LogicaCMG offers a unique all-IP messaging architecture that combines advanced messaging services such as SMS and MMS with state of the art voice messaging services based on LogicaCMG's uOne(TM). The Next Generation Messaging architecture provides network operators with a cost-effective solution in every phase of market development whilst preparing their networks to accommodate future service demands.</p>
<p>About Cisco Systems
Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco news and information are available at http://www.cisco.com.</p>
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Angela Eggleton
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E: Angela.Eggleton@augustone.com.au
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