Techwatch: Amdocs to offer new telecom solutions with IBM

"Triple-play solution designed to reduce time to market for new services, especially on bundled voice, data and video packages.

Billing software company Amdocs has teamed up with computer giant IBM to offer two new solutions to help telecommunications companies in their customer service solutions. The two companies will supply their "order to cash" system aimed at helping service providers reduce the cycle time and costs of delivering a new product after receiving a customer order, the companies said. Their "triple-play solution was designed to reduce time to market for new services, especially on bundled voice, data and video packages. Tel Aviv-based broadband solutions provider Alvarion has been commissioned by telecommunications provider Ukrainian High Technologies to build the first commercial WiMAX network in the Ukraine using its BreezeMAX 3500 product. Following Alvarion's successful deployments in Kiev and Kharkov, UHT plans to use its exclusive IEEE 802.16 license in 3.5 GHz spectrum to extend its WiMAX network starting with Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa and Lviv, the companies said. Alvarion's local partner systems integrator S&T Soft-Tronik has performed system delivery, network deployment and will provide ongoing support for the project. Beit Shemesh company Vringo launched its flagship product this week, bringing the popular video sharing trend to cellular phones with its new video ringtone technology. The product, which is currently available by invitation only to private beta users, allows mobile users to share video clips by sending it as a ringtone when making a call. "When you call your buddy they see your Vringo and you see theirs," said Dan Ciporin, Vringo chairman and former of "Vringo creates a deeper form of communication as our users share viral videos with each call they make." Funded by overseas angel investments of approximately $2 million to date, Vringo is expecting to go to market in the US and Europe around March, CEO Jon Medved told The Jerusalem Post, when it will offer the service directly to consumers and in partnership with mobile carriers. Content will include both licensed material from TV, movies, and music videos as well as user generated clips, the company added. As part of the launch, Vringo presented the service earlier this month at the AlwaysOn Media and Demo conferences in the US. Comverse, a subsidiary of Comverse Technology, was selected by mobile operator Telecom Serbia to expand its SMS (short message service) options. Comverse will supply its Comverse SMS Personal and SMS Router to add SMS personalization capabilities and broaden SMS service options for telecom Serbia. Some of the capabilities it will provide include personal signature allowing users to create a signature and other text that appear automatically on outgoing SMS messages. Also, Comverse's SMS Auto Reply gives users the option to set up "out-of-office" messages that respond automatically to text messages that arrive when the user is too busy to answer. Integrated application delivery solutions provider Radware has teamed up with Internet companyNetvision Business for the systems assimilation and securitization in the upgrade of credit card company Leumi-card's Internet site. The project, which also entails building a new data center for Leumi Card is valued at NIS 6.5m., Tel Aviv-based Radware said.