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Billing services company Amdocs has extended its contract with Japanese cable provider Jupiter Telecommunications through 2009, the Ra'anana-founded company said late last week. Jupiter has been using Amdocs' billing and customer care platform since its inception in 1995, a relationship that becomes even more promising as the Japanese company bundles its cable TV, broadband Internet, fixed, mobile and IP-based voice offerings. Jupiter reportedly has a 30 percent market share of the Japanese market. Tel Aviv-based wireless broadband solutions provider Alvarion has won a contract with New Zealand telecommunications company CallPlus to supply its WiMAX offering to areas in southeast New Zealand. Alvarion said it would implement its Breezemax 3500 solution to provide WiMAX data, voice and video services, mainly to businesses and residents in the district of Whangarei in the Northland region. Alvarion has teamed up with Siemens New Zealand for the project, which will be the local partner for the WiMAX network responsible for systems integration and ongoing support. MobiMate, a provider of travel services for mobile devices, has released its WorldMate 2006 professional edition for BlackBerry. The Lod-based company said the new generation of WorldMate for BlackBerry featured a series of new services, including a real-time flight status service covering more than 80 leading airlines. Other new features include enabling Blackberrys, and other smartphone platforms, to provide flight schedules and status, weather forecasts and world clocks. Mobimate said it was selling the service via subscriptions to business travelers and corporations and that existing WorldMate professional edition subscribers would get the upgrade for free. Multimedia solutions provider Mobixell Networks said it had raised $8 million in an investment round led by Intel Capital. Other participants in the round included Apax, TempoPark Fund and CTI Capital. The Ra'anana-based company said the funding would provide it with resources to expand and further develop and deploy its portfolio of multimedia value-added solutions. Mobixell develops and markets network-based multimedia technologies and business solutions for mobile network operators, service and content providers.