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MVNGO, EUR Systems solution for MVNOs, has introduced a range of consulting services for its MVNOs, including business planning, marketing and product creation. The services offered to MVNOs will be delivered through a strategic partnership with MCR Partners, a Plano, Texasbased consultancy specializing in product marketing strategies. MVNGO provides operational infrastructure for launching wireless services.

Wholesale IP operator CommPartners has certified CPE from providers including Adtran, CITEL, Quintum, Sipura Technology and UTStarcom. CommPartners certification program includes lab testing, field-deployed testing, and overall feature and functionality testing. The company so far has certified the CITELlink SIP gateway, which customers can use with CommPartners hosted IP telephony services; the Quintum Tenor DX MultiPath Switch for VoIP; the Adtran Total Access 900 Series, which supports applications including PRI; the Sipura SPA-841 IP telephone; and the UTStarcom portable Wi-Fi handset.

Sun Microsystems Inc. and its partners Echoworx and Lucent Technologies Inc. have launched Sun Secure Mail, a fully hosted managed service for ISPs, cablecos and other service providers to private-label and offer to their subscribers. Sun Secure Mail gives individuals the ability to encrypt their e-mails at their desktops without changing their e-mail applications. Sun Secure Mail is managed by Sun and Lucent and uses Echoworx e-mail encryption software technology. Lucent will host the service at its Global Network Operations Centers worldwide.

Q Comm International Inc., a provider of prepaid transaction processing and electronic point-of-sale distribution platforms, has partnered with Movida Communications, an MVNO targeting the Hispanic marketplace. Q Comms prepaid products now include Movida Wireless prepaid airtime cards, PINs and handsets, which resellers can offer. Movida Communications uses Sprint Nextel Corp.s digital PCS network to offer service nationwide.

Faith in Power Users

Japanese content provider Faith Inc., which made its name in the U.S. wireless market by licensing the technology for polyphonic ringtones, is rolling out an MVNO targeting upscale users. Called, Voce, the wireless reseller will launch service initially in New York and Los Angeles, with plans to expand to the top 10 U.S. metropolitan markets by the end of 2006.

A $1,500 entry fee just to sign on will certainly keep the riff-raff out, and a $500 monthly fee for unlimited usage will keep the intelligent wireless subscribers away, too, says analyst Joseph Lazlo, a research director for JupiterResearch.

Still though, the rich-and-stupid audience segment is not a bad one. Theyre out there, and Voce doesnt need to convince many of em that more expensive = better to have a very viable business model.

EUR Systems
Faith Inc.
Lucent Technologies Inc.
MCR Partners
Movida Communications
Q Comm International Inc.
Sipura Technology
Sprint Nextel Corp.
Sun Microsystems Inc.

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