June 29, 2007

Digicel First to Launch BlackBerry Curve

KINGSTON, JAMAICA -- 06/27/07 -- Digicel, the fastest-growing mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and new entrant to the Central American market, is working with Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM) (TSX: RIM) to expand its impressive suite of BlackBerry smartphone offerings with the launch of the new, cutting-edge and stylish BlackBerry® Curve(TM) to Digicel customers across the Caribbean and El Salvador.

Digicel is the first mobile operator in the Caribbean, Bermuda and El Salvador to offer the Blackberry Curve with Bermuda being the first of Digicel's 22 markets to make the impressive new smartphone available to customers.

The BlackBerry Curve is the smallest and lightest full QWERTY BlackBerry smartphone, yet it delivers the full, renowned BlackBerry email and messaging experience with premium phone features, powerful web browsing and advanced multimedia capabilities. The smartphone includes RIM's intuitive trackball navigation system, 2 mega-pixel camera, enhanced media player and high-performance browser in a smooth and friendly design.

Encased in a liquid silver finish with chrome highlights and smooth edges, the BlackBerry Curve blends a unique combination of high-end features, usability and design.

"We are pleased to now offer the BlackBerry Curve as part of our family of BlackBerry smartphones," said Ben Atherton, Digicel Group Marketing Director. "The BlackBerry Curve, with its powerful blend of communications, multimedia and web features in a small and lightweight design, will be a compelling mobile offering for both businesses and consumers."

"The BlackBerry solution continues to grow in popularity around the globe and we are very pleased to work with Digicel to offer this new smartphone to their customers across the Caribbean and El Salvador," said Mark Guibert, Vice President, Corporate Marketing at Research In Motion. "The Blackberry Curve broadens the appeal of the BlackBerry solution with the introduction of enhanced multimedia capabilities and a 2 megapixel camera."

Bermuda is a very successful market for Digicel BlackBerry usage and Digicel Bermuda is the only cellular provider in Bermuda that has a fully certified BlackBerry Support Team, including specially trained BlackBerry Professionals who have attained various levels of the BlackBerry Professional designate.

ABOUT RESEARCH IN MOTION (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organisations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (NASDAQ: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

ABOUT DIGICEL

Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become the fastest-growing wireless telecommunications operator in the Caribbean. After five years, Digicel is renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, and superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services, and state-of-the-art handsets. It is the largest GSM operator in the region.

By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand in the Caribbean and has placed the region at the cutting-edge of wireless communications.

Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and has operations in 22 markets, including Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, Curaçao, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. Digicel also has a license in Guatemala and coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths.

The company is the lead sponsor of Caribbean sports teams including the West Indies Cricket Team, Special Olympics teams across the Caribbean and is title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Football Union Cup, which involves 30 Caribbean countries and is an important qualifier towards the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Visit www.digiceljamaica.com for more information.

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited. RIM, Research In Motion and BlackBerry are registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and may be pending or registered in other countries. RIM assumes no liability and makes no representation, warranty or guarantee in relation to third party products or services.

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Contacts:
Marcia Bowen
Digicel
+1 (876) 470-7479 (Jamaica)
Marcia.bowen@digicelgroup.com

Dacrie Brooks
Cohn & Wolfe for Digicel
+1 (212) 798 9804 (New York)
Dacrie_Brooks@cohnwolfe.com

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June 26, 2007

Occam Networks Named by Centennial de Puerto Rico To Expand Telco’s FTTB Services

Occam’s First Caribbean and First SIP-Based Metro Ethernet Customer

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Centennial de Puerto Rico, the second largest telecommunications service provider in the commonwealth, has selected Occam’s Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC) system, including Occam’s new Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) voice functionality, as part of its strategy to expand its fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) Ethernet solution. Occam Networks Inc. (NASDAQ:OCNW) is a leading supplier of innovative Ethernet and IP-based loop carrier equipment to telecommunications companies. Centennial is Occam Networks’ first customer in the Caribbean region and its first business-only customer that is SIP based.

Centennial maintains more than 400,000 lines and provides wireline, wireless and broadband data services in Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Centennial also provides wireless service in parts of the U.S. Midwest and South.

“We selected Occam based on the performance, reliability and compatibility of the system,” said Naji Khoury, assistant vice president of product management for Centennial. “Their products enable us to offer fiber and copper based services to our business customers using common SIP call control.”

The CLEC maintains an extensive fiber layout and is deploying a metro Ethernet solution to its business customer base for VoIP and data, including private VLANs for E-LAN services. Centennial has purchased and deployed Occam’s BLC 6312 Optical Line Terminal Blades, BLC 6440-01 Optical Packet Transport Blades and 2342 Optical Fiber Network Terminals (ONTs).

“As a telco innovator in the Caribbean region, Centennial is an important part of Occam’s growth strategy in North America,” said Nathan Harrell, vice president of sales for Occam Networks. “Occam is eager to expand its representation in the Caribbean and is committed to providing the products that will enable these telcos to offer new, exciting IP-based broadband services.”

“SIP is rapidly becoming the VoIP control protocol of choice due to the wide variety of traditional and value-add features and services it enables telcos to offer. SIP reflects Occam’s ongoing value of delivering advanced solutions to our telco customers to help them expand their product offerings and revenue opportunities.”

About Occam Networks Inc.

Occam Networks' broadband loop carrier (BLC) solutions enable telecommunications and other service providers to offer innovative voice, broadband, IPTV and full triple play services over copper or fiber. Occam solutions give telco service providers the flexibility and scalability to continuously expand their offerings, with simplicity of service deployment. Occam's BLC products and services are currently deployed at over 225 service providers in North America. For more information, please visit www.occamnetworks.com.

Contacts
Occam Networks
Kirsten McGregor, 1-805-692-2917
kmcgregor@occamnetworks.com
or
Stearns Johnson Communications
Tim Johnson, 1-415-397-7600
tjohnson@stearnsjohnson.com

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June 24, 2007

Jinny Expands Caribbean and Central American Footprint

Jinny Software offers solutions that meet the challenges faced by wireless operators in the Caribbean and Central America.

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) June 20, 2007 -- Jinny Software, a leading supplier of messaging infrastructure to mobile network operators, today announced it has consolidated its Caribbean coverage through its presence in over 17 different islands and mainland countries in the region. Jinny Software has built this presence on the back of its ability to solve a number of key challenges for operators in the Caribbean and Central America.

One of these key challenges has been the ability to support multiple network technologies. From a single platform, the Jinny solution set supports all key technologies currently operating in the Caribbean/Latin American market - GSM, CDMA,TDMA and iDEN - thereby making it a very attractive investment for operators in the region. This was particularly useful for one particular customer, which was introducing a GSM network to operate alongside its existing TDMA network. This is a trend that is set to continue as GSM roll-outs are dominant in these markets.

Operators in the Caribbean are also faced with another challenge: that of supporting networks across a geographically dispersed region. As the market has grown and matured, consolidation among wireless operators has taken place and it is now dominated by key wireless network groups. Messaging solutions from Jinny respond to the problem of managing and supporting network operations that are geographically dispersed, as they offer operators the ability to centralise this critical function. The feature known as 'SMSC Sharing' offers a centralised SMSC approach; enabling an operator who owns many networks to share the same SMSC. This solution offers convergence of messaging across all business units (individual networks), reducing overhead spend and maximising profits.

Commenting on Jinny's market position in the Caribbean, Fintan Supple, Regional Sales Manager Americas, Jinny Software, said, "We are delighted to see our steady market growth on the back of practical and sensible software solutions to real problems posed to mobile operators in the Caribbean Region.

"Our cost-effective solutions support customers with a single platform for multi-technologies and combines Message Centre sharing, which is perfect for group operators with a number of geographically dispersed networks. We are committed to continuing to work offering revenue-generating solutions to garner the most from our customers' subscriber bases," Supple concluded.

Commenting on the multi-technology aspect of some of these deals, George Yazbek, Strategic Marketing Director, Jinny Software, said, "The modular architecture of our solutions and proven interoperability offers a perfect option to multi-country, multi-technology mobile operators facing the challenge of running different cellular network technologies, simultaneously, whether GSM, CDMA, TDMA or iDEN."

Notes to Editors
About Jinny Software - www.jinny.ie
Jinny enables network operators to deliver compelling personalised messaging and media processing platforms to subscribers that add value and increase operator revenues. The Jinny product range, built to open standards, is designed to drive converged messaging revenues. Together our Messaging, Media Processing, Filtering & Routing and Rating & Charging platforms give operators the opportunity to create innovative solutions tailored to the personal needs of their customers.

Jinny Software operates from its headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and regional headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with sales and support offices in Rome, Rio de Janeiro and Kuala Lumpur. Jinny Software is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Acotel Group S.p.A, headquartered in Rome, Italy and traded on the Milan stock market (ACO.MI).

Jinny Software's presence in the Caribbean includes the islands of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, British Virgin Islands (BVI), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Turks & Caicos, Martinique, St. Martin, Panama and others.

For further information please contact:
Eithne Hynes,
Marketing Communications Manager,
Jinny Software Ltd.,
29 North Anne Street,
Dublin 7, Ireland.
Tel: +353 1 887 2626
Email: info @ jinny.ie

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June 15, 2007

Orange Dominicana Commercially Launches Kodiac Visual Voice SMS

SAN RAMON, CA, USA—June 14, 2007—Kodiak Networks, a leading mobile solutions innovator, and Orange Dominicana (Orange), a national telecommunications operator, today announced that Orange has commercially deployed Kodiak Visual Voice SMS™ across the Dominican Republic (DR). This is the first commercial deployment of the Kodiak Networks Visual Voice SMS (VSMS) technology worldwide. Orange is now offering VSMS service to its customers throughout the DR.

Using the Kodiak Visual Voice SMS application, Orange customers can send one-to-one voice messages from their existing mobile phone to any mobile in the DR by dialing Star (**) plus the mobile number. Voice message delivery is faster and easier than text messaging.

VSMS recipients can receive SMS alerts and retrieve messages while in the DR or roaming abroad. Messages may be up to 20 seconds in length and are billed on a per-message basis.

“Kodiak Networks has partnered with Orange Dominicana to bring the innovative VSMS service to the Caribbean wireless market,” said F. Craig Farrill, president and CEO of Kodiak Networks. “The power of the Kodiak Visual Voice SMS application is in its simplicity, speed, and use of the spoken word. Hearing a person say a message carries all of the emotional content a simple SMS cannot deliver. Our research has clearly shown that customers place a higher value on VSMS over basic SMS text messaging.”

About Kodiak Networks
Kodiak Networks (www.kodiaknetworks.com) provides wireless operators with the Kodiak Connected Portfolio™, a comprehensive set of mobile solutions that help increase revenue, promote community/group-based communications, and improve customer retention. The Portfolio includes solutions targeted at business, family, and social networking communities; an integrated mobile applications suite; and client interfaces for open OS and embedded devices. Portfolio components are based on the Kodiak RTX, a flexible, multigenerational IMS platform, which easily scales from independent operators to multinational carriers utilizing 2G or 3G networks. Kodiak customers span the globe and include deployments in North America, Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) Europe, India, and Asia/Pacific.

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June 13, 2007

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority

The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority:

"The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority was established by the Governments of five Eastern Caribbean states (Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines) to promote market liberalization and competition in telecommunications of the contracting states."
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June 12, 2007

Digicel’s regional stride

Long love letter to Digicel in Cayman Net News today:

"The company has played a major role in changing people’s past experience of mobile technology, by making quality mobile service more accessible. Following Digicel’s entry into the Cayman Islands, local customers saw a dramatic decrease in both international and local calling rates. Gone are the days when customers paid a dollar a minute to call the USA. Rates are now a fraction of what they were as recently as the year prior to liberalisation."
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June 8, 2007

Texting Alerts Cayman Islands of Storms

From the AP:

GEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands — A Cayman Islands communication company is offering to alert residents of tropical storms and hurricanes via text messaging on their cell phones, weather officials said Wednesday.

Ktone will issue short warnings of storms and any emergency preparations for free during this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which began this month and runs through Nov. 30 and is forecast to be very active.

"It certainly helps lessen some of that anxiety brought by the approach of a tropical storm or hurricane," said Donovan Ebanks, chairman of the British dependency's National Hurricane Center.

Ktone manager Neil de Vere encouraged islanders to sign up for the service, which proved to be the only reliable form of communication when Hurricane Ivan pummeled the islands in 2004.

"It is extremely important when there are severe weather conditions that everyone is aware of how the situation is unfolding," de Vere said. "And if there is any breaking news, the people of Cayman have the information as soon as possible"

This is an interesting thing to do - I am wondering if more companies are thinking about adding a service like this. Of course the inherent problems of losing your service in any kind of storm tend to make this more of a novelty than something to rely on.

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June 7, 2007

Bahamas Telecom Chooses Subex Azure Solutions

Bahamas Telecom (BTC) has chosen three softwares from Subex Azure Limited to maximise its financial positions and reduce fraud.

Subex Azure, based in Bangalore was formed after the merger of Subex Systems and Azure, a British software firm.

Bahamas Telecom has selected Subex Azure’s Nikira, Moneta and Concilia revenue maximisation products to improve its financial performance.

A Subex company statement said, Subex Azure's products would monitor BTC's wireless and wireline networks to reduce potential fraud activity and revenue leakage, enhance customer service and improve inter-carrier settlements.

BTC is an advanced wireline and wireless operator serving Bahamas islands in the Caribbean and is one of the largest telecom operators in the region with over 200,000 wireless customers. The company operates on the GSM technology platform.

BTC chose Subex Azure's industry leading revenue maximisation tools to build out a fully integrated programme that will address the increased threat of leakage and fraud that persists among global wireless operators.

BTC will also improve its inter-carrier settlements with the Concilia solution

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June 6, 2007

NXTComm07

NXTComm07

Dates
Conferences: June 18 – 21, 2007
Exhibits: June 19 - 21, 2007

Location
McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago Il, USA

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CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Subscriber Base More than Doubled in the Past Year

From 3G.co.uk:

"83% annual growth makes the Caribbean and Latin America the fastest growth region: At the end of 1Q 2007, there were 63 million CDMA2000 subscribers in the Caribbean and Latin America, including 2.6 million EV-DO users. In the four years since the first deployment, CDMA2000 has captured 20% of the market share and is the second largest technology in the region."
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June 5, 2007

New ‘Pay from the USA’ from bmobile and Western Union

From Cayman Net News:

Cable & Wireless bmobile customers and members of the Caribbean diaspora now have a new option for topping-up wireless accounts with the announcement of an agreement between bmobile parent company Cable & Wireless, and Western Union.

From last week, any bmobile customer could visit one of more than 48,000 participating Western Union Agent locations across the United States to top-up their own bmobile pay-as-you-go account, or the account of a friend or family member. This capability is available only from bmobile in the Caribbean – marking another innovative first from Cable & Wireless.

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June 4, 2007

Digicel challenges competitor to substantiate market claims

Digicel throws down a challenge:

KINGSTON, Jamaica: Caribbean mobile operator Digicel Group, and new entrant to Central America, has raised concerns over competitor Cable & Wireless’ recent End of Financial Year (March 31, 2007) claims with regard to C&W’s market share in the region.

“We are very proud of taking and growing the market in the Caribbean and, as a result, cannot understand how the former monopolist in those markets has recently made claims of achieving the number one market position in Grenada and being only 1 percent behind us in St Vincent & the Grenadines. All of our own data and third-party research refutes this. I challenge C&W to substantiate these claims,” said Colm Delves, Digicel Group CEO.

More here.

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