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Acision Announces Seamless RCS-e Broadband Messaging

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Acision wins Acision Broadband Messaging Service Centre contract with Tier 1 operator

READING, England, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Acision, the global leader in mobile messaging, today announced the availability of its complete Rich Communication Suite-enhanced (RCS-e) implementation on its latest version of Acision Broadband Messaging Service Centre (BMSC). As a single integrated IP communications solution, the Acision BMSC builds on the company’s expertise in SMS and IP messaging and enables mobile operators to differentiate through rich, IP based messaging services which provide seamless interaction across messaging platforms and existing global mobile and internet communities. Acision has also contracted a commercial deployment of its RCS-e solution with a major mobile operator, serving over 50 million subscribers

Marco Wanders, EVP Product Division, at Acision, commented: “The take-up of over-the-top (OTT) services, alongside consumers’ demand for an increasingly enhanced communications experience, have drastically changed the mobile messaging landscape. Mobile operators are well positioned to harness consumer requirements and increase their relevance by introducing rich communication services with the same Quality of Experience (QoE), reach and reliability that users have become accustomed to with SMS, while leveraging the capabilities of their broadband IP networks. The RCS-e initiative, endorsed by the mobile industry and designed to deliver a more personalised and relevant communications experience, offers subscribers greater service capability, discovery (including status and location), as well as enhanced voice and messaging services.”

Acision’s end-to-end RCS-e solution includes a basic IMS core, RCS-e application server and RCS-e clients, and provides seamless messaging through interconnect of RCS-e with the global SMS community and social network chat services such as Facebook Messenger and Google Talk. The solution will enable operators to support the core services of the RCS-e initiative, including instant messaging, group chat, file transfer and video sharing, as well as a store and forward functionality in the event that the destination device is off-line. It extends the existing SMS user experience to RCS-e, while reducing CAPEX requirements by re-using existing messaging investments and monetising these assets.

“Faced with an increasingly competitive market landscape, RCS-e will enable operators to innovate their services portfolio with IP-based messaging services with the reach of SMS, and keep pace with the evolution of both the industry and individual subscribers’ demands. Consumers, meanwhile, will benefit from a wealth of new messaging capabilities and the ability to customise their communications experience through the creation of their own personal community through which they can interact with each member in real-time,” continued Wanders.

Jorgen Nilsson, Chief Executive at Acision, said: “As the global market leader in SMS, our heritage lies in the delivery and support of carrier grade messaging infrastructure. The Acision BMSC represents a core part of our messaging portfolio and complements the industry’s migration towards all-IP communications, providing operators with a unique service proposition to consumers which includes the best in SMS and IP. With our solution, operators will be able to seamlessly deploy richer, value-added communications capabilities and interaction with the global mobile community of 5 billion users from day one of RCS-e introduction.”

To find out more about Acision BMSC and its RCS-e capability, please visit Acision on stand A93 in Hall 8 or visit the GSMA’s RCS Showcase on stand C118 in Hall 8.

NOTES TO EDITORS

About Acision

As the pioneer of mobile messaging, Acision enables customers worldwide to drive new revenues with innovative services while monetising traffic.For more information, visit Acision at http://www.acision.com

SOURCE﹛Acision UK Ltd

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February 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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Booz & Company Elects Cesare Mainardi as Next CEO

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NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Booz & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, today announced that its board of directors has elected Cesare Mainardi to be the firm’s next chief executive officer. Mainardi will succeed Shumeet Banerji, who is nearing the completion of his four-year term as CEO. Mainardi is currently the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of its North American business and will transition into his new role by mid May 2012.

“We are thrilled that Cesare Mainardi will be the next CEO of Booz & Company,” said Joe Saddi, Chairman, Booz & Company. “Cesare has a strong track record of delivering performance and growth, as well as considerable experience in executing capabilities-driven strategic transformations, both within our firm and for our clients. I am confident that under his leadership, we will continue to build on our historic successes and our reputation as a firm that consistently helps the world’s leading institutions connect strategy to impact.”

Saddi continued, “At the same time, we are tremendously grateful for the enormous contributions Shumeet Banerji has made to our firm during his tenure as CEO. Shumeet has guided Booz & Company since 2008, growing our partnership and expanding our footprint, allowing the firm to thrive in major markets around the world.”

“I am honored to have led the firm through this formative period as a new/old firm. Today the firm is in exceptional condition, and has the capabilities to serve top clients around the world with real distinction. Cesare is a superb partner; the firm will thrive under his leadership,” said Shumeet Banerji, CEO, Booz & Company. “The success of our firm is a testament to the talent and experience of our excellent people, and it is my pleasure to have served them and the firm as CEO.”

Cesare Mainardi has built a 25-year career at Booz & Company serving some of the firm’s most significant clients in large-scale capabilities-driven transformation efforts, while, in parallel, making significant contributions to the firm’s intellectual capital and serving in a variety of leadership roles. He has co-authored the books The Essential Advantage( http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/books/essential_advantage ) and Cut Costs Grow Stronger( http://www.booz.com/global/home/what_we_think/books/books_article/46450161 ); both published by Harvard Business Review Press, and also authored several articles on business strategy published in leading journals such as Harvard Business Review and strategy+business.

“We’ve achieved a tremendous amount under Shumeet’s leadership,” said Cesare Mainardi, CEO-elect, Booz & Company. “We remain committed to helping our clients identify and build the capabilities most essential to their success. Our partnership is strong and ready to lead Booz & Company into our second century of distinguished service to clients.”

About Booz & Company Booz & Company is a leading global management consulting firm, helping the world’s top businesses, governments, and organizations. Our founder, Edwin Booz, defined the profession when he established the first management consulting firm in 1914.

Today, with more than 3,300 people in 60 offices around the world, we bring foresight and knowledge, deep functional expertise, and a practical approach to help our clients identify and build the capabilities and essential advantage they need to outperform. The independent White Space report ranked Booz & Company #1 among consulting firms for “the best thought leadership” in 2010 and 2011.

For our management magazine strategy+business, visit strategy-business.com( http://www.strategy-business.com ).

Visit booz.com( http://www.booz.com ) to learn more about Booz & Company.

Media Contact:
Scott Cade
Email: scott.cade@booz.com
Tel: +1-216-696-1738

SOURCE﹛Booz & Company

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February 13, 2012 at 5:01 pm

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Westcon Group Unveils New Security-Focused Business Practice in Asia Pacific

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Westcon Solutions Driven by Strong Local Relationships, Unique Go-to-Market Programs

SINGAPORE and TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Westcon Group, a value-added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center, and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers, today unveiled a new business unit dedicated to distribution of high-growth software and security technologies in Asia Pacific. The business, Westcon Solutions, is driven by strong local partnerships and unique go-to-market programs — backed by the power of Westcon Group’s global brand and footprint.

Westcon Solutions today also unveiled inaugural vendor relationships in the areas of security, business intelligence, network access control, VPN encryption, and WAN optimization. The newly formed operation extends Westcon’s successful strategy of developing separate, security-focused business units.

“Our business is designed to meet the needs and best-practices of each individual market. This allows Westcon to operate a number of separate business units dedicated to specific vendors or technologies,” said Wendy O’Keeffe, Executive Vice President of Asia Pacific, Westcon Group. “Westcon Solutions is fully consistent with this strategy — building on a strong global presence while allowing for development of unique, country specific go-to-market programs targeted at the Asian market.”

According to IDC, the market for security software will continue to demonstrate significant growth in Asia Pacific during 2012: “Driven by enhanced security threats and new high-profile attacks, companies are taking a closer look at how they protect their infrastructures. This presents a unique opportunity for partners who can offer in-depth security expertise with an understanding of the local market,” said Naveen Hegde, Senior Market Analyst of Software Research, International Data Corporation (IDC).

Westcon Solutions addresses partner requirements for value-added distribution alongside local support. The business offers a customized approach to channel development and focused selling and is investing heavily in personnel for sales and technical certifications – as well as marketing for lead generation, user education and partner enablement.

“When you look closely at the Asian market, what’s clear is there’s a huge growth opportunity for a regional value added distributor like Westcon Solutions,” said Wilson Ho, Managing Director, Westcon Solutions. “We are focused on nurturing high-growth, niche market technology vendors. With dedicated technology expertise, a strong local presence, and the resources of a global brand – Westcon Solutions is perfectly aligned to capture an opportunity not often addressed by many broad-line distributors.”

For more information on Westcon Solutions or Westcon Group, please visit
http://www.westconsolutions.com or http://www.westcongroup.com. For the most up-to-date discussions on Westcon, please login to LinkedIn, copy, and paste this link to join the Westcon Fan Page at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4148912&trk=hb_side_g.

About Westcon Group

Westcon Group, Inc. is a value added distributor of category-leading unified communications, network infrastructure, data center and security solutions with a global network of specialty resellers. Westcon’s teams create unique programs and provide exceptional support to accelerate the business of its global partners. Strong relationships at every level of the Westcon Group organization enable partners to receive support tailored to their needs. From global logistics and flexible customized financing solutions to pre-sales, technical and engineering assistance, the company works with partners to respond with agility and speed to changing market conditions so they can achieve the fastest time to revenue. Westcon Group’s portfolio of market-leading vendors includes: Brocade, Cisco, Polycom, Juniper Networks, F5, Avaya, Check Point, and Blue Coat. For more information, please visit: http://www.westcongroup.com.

Media Contact:
Alicia Sim
Westcon Solutions
(65) 94361433
alicia.sim@westcon.com( mailto:alicia.sim@westcon.com )

Craig Librett
Westcon Group
(914) 357-1747
craig.librett@westcon.com( mailto:craig.librett@westcon.com )

SOURCE﹛Westcon Group

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February 13, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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MediaTek Launches MT6575 Android Platform

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New platform addresses the growing market for entry to mid-level smartphones

HSINCHU, Feb. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, today announced the availability of the MT6575, its 3rd generation platform for entry to mid-level Android smartphones. The MT6575 platform offers a 1GHz ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 processor, a proven 3G/HSPA modem and runs the latest “Ice-Cream Sandwich” Android 4.0 release.

“We expect significant growth in entry and mid-level smartphones, with wholesale prices under US$190, over the coming years. We forecast that this segment will almost triple in size from 191 million shipments in 2012 to 551 million by 2016. At that time, we also expect approximately 75% of those entry and mid-level smartphones to ship to emerging markets,” said Neil Mawston, Executive Director, Global Wireless Practice, at Strategy Analytics. The MediaTek MT6575 platform is ideally suited to cater to a wide range of smartphone devices that target this growing segment in multiple markets around the world.

“Leveraging the energy-efficient, high-performance Cortex(TM)-A9 processor in Android smartphone applications is an extremely compelling proposition and a great proof point for the scalability of the ARM architecture. During 2011 the Cortex(TM)-A9 processor has powered many of the most up-to-date and highest performance smartphones. The proliferation of Cortex-A Series processors into lower cost, mainstream mobile devices will deliver a significant uplift in the user experience,” said Laurence Bryant, Director of Mobile, ARM.

For mid-range smartphones, the MT6575 platform supports 720p high-definition video playback and recording with an 8MP camera and qHD (960×540) high-resolution displays via a PowerVR(TM) SGX Series5 GPU (graphics processing unit) from Imagination Technologies. In industry-standard benchmark testing, the MT6575 offered over 35% improvement for browser applications and over 20% improvement in graphics capabilities for gaming when compared to competitors’ best offerings in these segments.

Additionally, the MT6575 platform provides built-in support for advanced features such as integrated capabilities to drive 3D displays and proprietary algorithms for mobile display picture processing. In sum, the MT6575 provides DTV-grade picture quality on a smartphone by leveraging MediaTek’s proven technology as a world-leading DTV platform provider.

The MT6575 platform also supports entry-level smartphones with smaller display sizes, lower resolution, less memory and reduced multimedia requirements.

In addition, the MT6575 boasts the world’s lowest power consumption and most comprehensive integration of hot swap dual-SIM capability compatible with the Android platform. With the MT6575 dual-SIM solution, consumers will no longer have to worry about dropped calls while active data transfer is happening on either SIM card, and will experience automatic resumption of data exchange once calls on the other SIM card have ended, in addition, with the hot swap feature enabled, the SIM card can be inserted without switching off the mobile.

The 3G/HSPA modem integrated in the MT6575 platform has been qualified at major 3G operators world-wide.

The MT6575, delivered in 40nm CMOS technology, builds on the proven track record of the 2nd generation MT6573 platform — i.e., the platform that powers the Lenovo A60, China Unicom’s top selling handset in the sub-RMB 1000 (approx. US$160) smartphone category.

“We are very excited by the prospects of the MT6575 platform. It combines MediaTek’s innovative chipset technology with our proven reference design and complete software solution model. We believe this platform is ideally suited to enable our customers to address entry to mid-level smartphone cost and performance needs on a global basis — today and tomorrow,” said Ching-Jiang Hsieh, President of MediaTek.

The MT6575 is currently being incorporated into the latest smartphone offerings by many of MediaTek’s leading customers and the first smartphone models based on this new platform will hit the market in the first quarter of 2012.

About MediaTek Inc.

MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The company is a market leader and pioneer in cutting-edge SOC system solutions for wireless communications, high-definition TV, optical storage, and DVD and Blu-ray products. Founded in 1997 and listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code “2454”, MediaTek is headquartered in Taiwan and has sales or research subsidiaries in Mainland China, Singapore, India, U.S., Japan, South Korea, Denmark, England and Dubai. For more information, please visit MediaTek’s website at http://www.mediatek.com.

SOURCE﹛MediaTek Inc.

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February 13, 2012 at 4:40 pm

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