May 25, 2007

C&W Jamaica sees GSM customer base grow to 545,000

Telecom.paper.nl is is reporting that C&W Jamaica has sees its GSM customer base grow to 545,000 users for March 2007, up 47 percent vs end-March 2006. This would be great news for them and a real sign of life after taking a drubbing in the headlines from Digicel for the last several years (their UK operations also had some good news). Unfortunately the article is for subscribers only. If you are a member and get to read it leave us a comment.

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May 21, 2007

CALA OPERATORS INTRODUCE EV-DO REV. A, THE MOST ADVANCED MOBILE BROADBAND DATA SOLUTION AVAILABLE TODAY

CANCUN, Mexico, May 15, 2007 -- Today, at the 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that CDMA2000(r) continues to expand and is the leading 3G and mobile broadband technology in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA). There are 43 commercial CDMA2000 operators in 25 countries in the region, and 11 more are building networks. In terms of service providers, CALA is the second largest market after Asia Pacific in providing EV-DO broadband data services, with 21 live networks and 11 more being deployed. There are 63 million CDMA2000 users in CALA, with 2.6 million of them accessing EV-DO broadband data services and this number is growing rapidly. CDMA2000 operators are now accelerating the introduction of advanced mobile broadband data services enabled by CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A technology. This technology was first launched by Sprint Nextel in the United States and Puerto Rico in October 2006 and up to 30 operators will have deployed it by the summer of 2007, 9 of which are in Latin America.

"The CDG is pleased to see CDMA2000 continue its leadership in providing the latest wireless technologies and services in the industry," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "As we have seen from the success of CDMA2000 operators in the Caribbean and Latin America, there is burgeoning demand and opportunity for 3G mobile broadband services in the region. Simply providing prepaid phones and short message services has proven to be insufficient in meeting the demands of enterprises, small businesses and consumers in the region. CDMA2000 has a strong track record in delivering a large selection of revenue-generating 3G services profitability in developing markets."

Rev. A is the most advanced wireless broadband technology commercially available today, providing peak broadband data speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps in the forward link and 1.8 Mbps in the reverse link, substantially lower network latencies, greater bi-directional symmetry, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms. With these capabilities, operators can offer enhanced services such as real-time broadband access to the Internet, email with large file transfers (in both directions), multimedia multicasting and delay sensitive services such as voice over IP (VoIP), Push-to-Multimedia (PTM), video conferencing, social multimedia networking, and rich 3D gaming with multiple players. Rev. A's video uplink capabilities will also help CALA economies by enabling remote medicine, distance learning, public safety and location-based security monitoring services.

CALA operators have been very successful in leveraging their performance and time-to-market advantage with CDMA2000 technologies to differentiate their services, drive revenues and enter new markets. They offer a broad range of services to consumers, small business and enterprise customers as well as the public sector. Examples of CDMA2000 services now available in CALA include:


* Centennial Puerto Rico -- Mobile broadband access ("Instant
Internet" and "go Broadband") with flat rate plans; voice, SMS, MMS
and multimedia entertainment ("on the go"); email and access to
information and telecommunications everywhere with Internet access
("Aptus"). www.centennialpr.com

* IUSACELL, Mexico -- Mobile broadband access ("BAM"), mobile office
("MovilOffice"), online video monitoring ("Iusacam"), online video
traffic information ("TrafiCam"), location-based services
("UBICACEL"); mobile TV ("IusaTV"), fixed wireless voice and
broadband data services to the home ("BLAST"); MMS; and multimedia
entertainment. www.iusacell.com.mx

* Movilnet Venezuela -- Mobile broadband access ("Aba Movil");
location-based services ("Donde estas"); MMS; communication,
information and entertainment services (NEO"). www.movilnet.com.ve

* Telefonica, Guatemala -- Fixed and mobile broadband access (Speedy).
http://www.telefonica.com.gt/speedy/comofunciona.html

* Teluga, Guatemala -- Suburban and rural fixed wireless voice and
broadband data connectivity. www.telgua.com.gt

* VIVO Brazil -- Mobile Internet access ("VIVO Wap"), mobile broadband
access using 1X ("VIVO Zap") or using EV-DO ("VIVO Zap 3G"); music,
video, TV, entertainment ("VIVO Play 3G"); location-based services
("VIVO Encontra"); mobile office ("Escritorio Movel"); and
push-to-talk ("VIVO Direto"). www.vivo.com.br

Operators have seen a significant uptake and positive return from these services. IUSACELL, for example, reported 66-126% higher ARPU and 4.7 to 5.3 times more post-paid subscribers than its competitors in Mexico. Movilnet in Venezuela reported that at the end of the first quarter of 2007, it had 529,000 broadband customers, a 54% increase from last year.

Leading operators, infrastructure and handset vendors, regulators and analysts are discussing the future of 3G and mobile broadband, and the benefits and evolution path to next generation CDMA2000 services at the 7th Annual 3G CDMA Regional Latin America Conference, which is taking place at the Le Meridien hotel in Cancun, Mexico, May 15 and 16th.

About CDMA2000

CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 215 operators in 95 countries, including 70 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 325 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne(tm) subscribers, there are more than 375 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne, TDMA, analog and greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 1,700 CDMA2000 devices from over 92 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 440 1xEV-DO and 26 Rev. A devices. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG

The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 130 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA2000 features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA2000-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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Veraz Chosen by ONEMAX for One of First Commercial IMS over WiMAX Networks in the Americas

ONEMAX uses Veraz’s ControlSwitch as an IMS core to offer wireless broadband applications

SAN JOSE, CA -- May 14, 2007 -- Veraz Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ: VRAZ), a leading global provider of IP softswitch and media gateway solutions, today announced that ONEMAX, an innovative broadband wireless provider, selected Veraz for its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) over WiMAX solution. ONEMAX is the first commercial mediacom operator to offer Internet, multimedia and Voice over IP (VoIP) services over mobile WiMAX (802.16e) in the Dominican Republic, and one of the first to offer IMS over WiMAX services in the Americas.

ONEMAX chose Veraz’s User Services Core™ to offer its subscribers VoIP and IP-based multimedia services while Veraz's ControlSwitch™ and I-Gate 4000 series of media gateways will enable ONEMAX to connect to other operators. Veraz provides key network and service delivery infrastructure that integrates with third-party components including application servers, end user devices, session border controllers and Business and Operational Support Systems for service delivery on the WiMAX network.

“The IMS piece is just so critical. The Veraz softswitch and media gateway is an efficient solution that guarantees interoperability for all our IP based services. We needed a system that is fundamentally built in order to handle the sophisticated interaction in a fast growing multi-vendor environment,” said Raoul Fontanez, CEO of ONEMAX. “We evaluated several vendors for the IMS component of our network and found that Veraz offered the best solution. It enables us to use the latest technology to provide advanced mobile, Voice over IP, data and multimedia services.”

“The ONEMAX network represents the essence of what IMS is supposed to be about -- a distributed, multi-vendor environment for the delivery of media rich IP-based services,” said Doug Sabella, CEO of Veraz. “To have been chosen for such an important part of this truly cutting edge network showcases the strength, flexibility and leadership of our platform, and cuts through the hype to demonstrate the viable reality of our IMS solution.”

In more technical terms, the solution that Veraz has delivered to ONEMAX is based upon 3GPP IMS release 7. It includes core IMS functionalities, for routing (Call Session & Call Control Function) and customer identification (Home Subscriber Server), plus key IMS service delivery components such as Application Server Function and SCIM (Service Capability Interaction Manager); as well as interconnect functions (PSTN) such as Signaling Gateway Function, and Media Gateway Control Function. Additionally, Veraz integrated this solution with third-party network and management components selected by ONEMAX.

About ONEMAX

ONEMAX is a pioneering service provider offering a wide range of wireless voices and data services including VoIP, high-speed wireless data connectivity and multimedia services to businesses and consumers. ONEMAX is one of the first in the Americas to deploy a commercial WiMAX network.

About Veraz Networks, Inc.

Veraz (www.veraznetworks.com) is a leading global provider of IP softswitches, media gateways and digital compression products that enable voice, video and other multimedia services. Wireline, broadband and wireless service providers in over 50 countries have deployed Veraz’s IP product suite to transport, convert and manage voice and multimedia traffic over both legacy and IP networks. Veraz products allow service providers to quickly and efficiently migrate from traditional voice networks to all-IP, fixed-mobile and multimedia networks consistent with emerging IMS standards.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as assumptions that if they do not fully materialize or prove incorrect, could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include but are not limited to, future sales of Veraz products in a Latin America and the sales of Veraz products in a WiMAX network and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in our documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. More information about these and other risks that may impact Veraz’ business are set forth in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 filed with the SEC, including the “Risk Factors” section in our final Prospectus dated April 4, 2007. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof, and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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May 16, 2007

Digicel ends fiscal 2007 year with 144% growth in subscribers to 4.7 million

Digicel's amazing growth story continues:

"Digicel, the fastest-growing telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, today announced that it has ended its fiscal year with a record 4.7 million subscribers as of March 31, 2007, representing a 144 percent increase when compared to the same quarter in the previous fiscal year.

Digicel Haiti also set new records of mobile growth in the region. Celebrating its first year anniversary since launching new service on May 3rd 2006, Digicel Haiti achieved a milestone of 1.4 million customers.

Operating in 22 markets, Digicel, which was founded by Irish entrepreneur in 2001, says that it continues to experience sustained growth in existing markets as well as new markets. In April 2007, Digicel first entered the Central American market with the launch of mobile service in El Salvador. Later this year, Digicel plans to further expand its presence with a pending launch in Suriname."

More here, including a rundown of their newest markets and partnerships.

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CDMA Operators in the Caribbean and Latin America Providing Advanced Mobile Broadband Services

CDMA Operators in the Caribbean and Latin America are Providing Advanced Mobile Broadband Services to Users Throughout the Region

CALA Operators Introduce EV-DO Rev. A, the Most Advanced Mobile Broadband Data Solution Available Today

CANCUN, Mexico, May 15, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Today, at the 3G CDMA Latin America Regional Conference, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) announced that CDMA2000(r) continues to expand and is the leading 3G and mobile broadband technology in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA). There are 43 commercial CDMA2000 operators in 25 countries in the region, and 11 more are building networks. In terms of service providers, CALA is the second largest market after Asia Pacific in providing EV-DO broadband data services, with 21 live networks and 11 more being deployed. There are 63 million CDMA2000 users in CALA, with 2.6 million of them accessing EV-DO broadband data services and this number is growing rapidly. CDMA2000 operators are now accelerating the introduction of advanced mobile broadband data services enabled by CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A technology. This technology was first launched by Sprint Nextel in the United States and Puerto Rico in October 2006 and up to 30 operators will have deployed it by the summer of 2007, 9 of which are in Latin America.

"The CDG is pleased to see CDMA2000 continue its leadership in providing the latest wireless technologies and services in the industry," said Perry LaForge, executive director of the CDG. "As we have seen from the success of CDMA2000 operators in the Caribbean and Latin America, there is burgeoning demand and opportunity for 3G mobile broadband services in the region. Simply providing prepaid phones and short message services has proven to be insufficient in meeting the demands of enterprises, small businesses and consumers in the region. CDMA2000 has a strong track record in delivering a large selection of revenue-generating 3G services profitability in developing markets."

Rev. A is the most advanced wireless broadband technology commercially available today, providing peak broadband data speeds of up to 3.1 Mbps in the forward link and 1.8 Mbps in the reverse link, substantially lower network latencies, greater bi-directional symmetry, and advanced Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms. With these capabilities, operators can offer enhanced services such as real-time broadband access to the Internet, email with large file transfers (in both directions), multimedia multicasting and delay sensitive services such as voice over IP (VoIP), Push-to-Multimedia (PTM), video conferencing, social multimedia networking, and rich 3D gaming with multiple players. Rev. A's video uplink capabilities will also help CALA economies by enabling remote medicine, distance learning, public safety and location-based security monitoring services.

CALA operators have been very successful in leveraging their performance and time-to-market advantage with CDMA2000 technologies to differentiate their services, drive revenues and enter new markets. They offer a broad range of services to consumers, small business and enterprise customers as well as the public sector. Examples of CDMA2000 services now available in CALA include:

* Centennial Puerto Rico -- Mobile broadband access ("Instant
Internet" and "go Broadband") with flat rate plans; voice, SMS, MMS
and multimedia entertainment ("on the go"); email and access to
information and telecommunications everywhere with Internet access
("Aptus"). www.centennialpr.com

* IUSACELL, Mexico -- Mobile broadband access ("BAM"), mobile office
("MovilOffice"), online video monitoring ("Iusacam"), online video
traffic information ("TrafiCam"), location-based services
("UBICACEL"); mobile TV ("IusaTV"), fixed wireless voice and
broadband data services to the home ("BLAST"); MMS; and multimedia
entertainment. www.iusacell.com.mx

* Movilnet Venezuela -- Mobile broadband access ("Aba Movil");
location-based services ("Donde estas"); MMS; communication,
information and entertainment services (NEO"). www.movilnet.com.ve

* Telefonica, Guatemala -- Fixed and mobile broadband access (Speedy).
http://www.telefonica.com.gt/speedy/comofunciona.html

* Teluga, Guatemala -- Suburban and rural fixed wireless voice and
broadband data connectivity. www.telgua.com.gt

* VIVO Brazil -- Mobile Internet access ("VIVO Wap"), mobile broadband
access using 1X ("VIVO Zap") or using EV-DO ("VIVO Zap 3G"); music,
video, TV, entertainment ("VIVO Play 3G"); location-based services
("VIVO Encontra"); mobile office ("Escritorio Movel"); and
push-to-talk ("VIVO Direto"). www.vivo.com.br

Operators have seen a significant uptake and positive return from these services. IUSACELL, for example, reported 66-126% higher ARPU and 4.7 to 5.3 times more post-paid subscribers than its competitors in Mexico. Movilnet in Venezuela reported that at the end of the first quarter of 2007, it had 529,000 broadband customers, a 54% increase from last year.

Leading operators, infrastructure and handset vendors, regulators and analysts are discussing the future of 3G and mobile broadband, and the benefits and evolution path to next generation CDMA2000 services at the 7th Annual 3G CDMA Regional Latin America Conference, which is taking place at the Le Meridien hotel in Cancun, Mexico, May 15 and 16th.

About CDMA2000

CDMA2000 is the most widely deployed 3G technology, with 215 operators in 95 countries, including 70 CDMA2000 1xEV-DO systems, serving more than 325 million subscribers. Counting 2G cdmaOne(tm) subscribers, there are more than 375 million CDMA users worldwide. CDMA2000 has become the technology of choice for cdmaOne, TDMA, analog and greenfield operators, and is deployed in the 450, 700, 800, 1700, 1900 and 2100 MHz bands. More than 1,700 CDMA2000 devices from over 92 suppliers have been introduced to the market, including more than 440 1xEV-DO and 26 Rev. A devices. More information on CDMA2000 is available on the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

About CDG

The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA2000 technologies. The more than 130 member companies of the CDG include many of the world's largest wireless carriers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of CDMA2000 features and services, public relations, education and seminars, regulatory affairs and international support. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG subcommittees on CDMA2000-related matters. For more information about the CDG, contact the CDG News Bureau at +1-714-540-1030, or visit the CDG Web site at www.cdg.org.

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The Caribbean: Sunny Beaches and Call Centers

This article has a good run down on Caribbean call centers and call centers service providers:

"The sunny Caribbean islands are being billed to take a part of the worldwide market for customer-service outsourcing, which is set to grow from $8.4 billion in 2004 to $12.2 billion in 2007. The signs are already showing — the contact-center agent population in the Caribbean has more than doubled to 25,000 in the past two years."
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May 3, 2007

Cable & Wireless Jamaica loses financial officer

From the Jamaica Gleaner:

Cable and Wireless Jamaica (C&WJ) has lost its chief financial officer Mark Thompson, a year and a half after he first joined the telecom.

C&WJ said Thompson leftto pursue "other opportunities", which insiders say is reference to his being offered participation in a venture that apparently "was too good to pass up."

Thompson's resignation took effect Monday having guided the finance division capably through the transition that C&WJ is undertaking to enhance its competitiveness in an increasingly crowded telecoms sector.

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