Techwatch: Emblaze wins Virgin Mobile tender

Tender said to be worth $100m. annually; Emblaze beats out competition from Britain's leading mobile manufacturers.

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Emblaze Mobile has won a tender from one of the UK's major cellular providers, Virgin Mobile Ltd., said to be worth $100m. annually, beating out competition from Britain's leading mobile manufacturers. The contract gives Emblaze exclusive management of Virgin's new Lobster mobile phone range, which company sources said would amount to an order of 500,000 mobile devices in the first year, and similar follow up orders thereafter. The deal will see the Ra'anana-based company act as a 'Virtual Manufacturer' for Virgin and it will be responsible for sourcing, designing, customizing and supplying a range of products to form the Lobster phone range across all market segments. Also spreading its international wings, Petah Tikva-based Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. will provide communications equipment and services to Angola Telecom, one of the largest operators in Sub-Saharan Africa, for an undisclosed amount. Gilat will provide an integrated redundant satellite solution to expand Angola Telecom's existing fixed and cellular infrastructure. Back in Europe, electronic monitoring technologies provider Dmatek Ltd. won a contract to provide the French Ministry of Justice with its global positioning system (GPS) offender tracking equipment. The lease-based pilot was awarded to Dmatek's wholly owned subsidiary Elmo-Tech, which operates in the corrections and law enforcement markets. It will be serviced by ADT France in cooperation with a leading mobile telephony provider. The new program will be applied to sex offenders who have completed their prison sentence and follows a recent French legislation requiring released sex offenders to undergo four-to- seven years of active remote supervision by GPS. Meanwhile, Petah Tikva-based ECI Telecom was awarded a contract with Yadkin Valley Telecom, a cooperative that serves six counties and 660 square miles in North Carolina with telecommunications services, to supply its service edge routers Yadkin's DSL subscribers. ECI said it will streamline delivery of advanced, high-speed Internet services, including video on demand and other triple play services. Tel Aviv-based Telit Communications plc., a wireless communications developer and distributor, has bought 75% of South Korean company Bellwave m2m Co. Ltd. for $6.18m. The acquired company is the machine-to-machine ("m2m") division of Bellwave Co Ltd. and had $21m. revenues in 2005 with a market share in South Korea close to 50%. The deal is intended to expand Tellit's product range and give it stronger access to the Asia Pacific market. Bellwave m2m developed and marketed the world's smallest CDMA data communications module and has 40 employees. CDMA, or code division multiple access, networks are a low-cost and high-frequency method for transmitting simultaneous signals over a shared portion of a wireless spectrum. Telit has a call option to purchase the remaining 25% for $2m., exercisable until December 2006.