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Telefonica O2 Czech Republic selects Comverse for Mobile ICQ Instant Messaging

Comverse, a leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication and billing services, today announced that Telefonica O2 Czech Republic, a Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) company, has selected Comverse Mobile Instant Messaging to enable its five million users to enjoy mobile IM with the ICQ community on their mobile handsets.

“We are pleased to be the first operator in the country to introduce Instant Messaging into the mobile environment to responsively meet growing consumer demand,” said Jan Karas, director for residential segment marketing at Telefonica O2 Czech Republic. “In order to make the service easy to use, we are launching the mobile IM service with ICQ, a personal communication tool that is popular with our users, and we are providing the ICQ community an affordable and compelling mobile experience that is similar to the familiar PC experience.

”Comverse’s presence-enabled Instant Messaging (IM) application supports and enhances a wide range of differentiating communication and content services. Comverse handset clients ensure the best possible PC-like “always-on” user experience with a chat-like interface showing dialogue history, contact presence indication, and multimedia capabilities (picture, audio and video).

"ICQ is pleased to present an online community with a mobile service that allows the users to stay in touch with everybody everywhere,” said Ofer Oved, VP business affairs ICQ.  “The new mobile service complements the ICQ offering in the Czech Republic, providing a communications, services and content centre for an extensive community of nearly two million users."  

“Comverse’s leading Mobile IM solution currently powers mobile Instant Messaging for operators around the world, giving tens of millions of users convenient mobile access to wireless operator-based IM as well as to the most popular IM communities,” said Benny Einhorn, president of Comverse EMEA. “The flexible, hosted option benefits operators with quick time to market. The clear roadmap to Comverse Converged IP messaging solution gives operators an edge that ensures that they can continue to meet business and technology needs as they evolve in the converging communications arena.”

With approximately five million registered customers at the end of September 2006 and over 20 years of wireless expertise, Telefonica 02 Czech Republic is the largest provider of wireless voice and data services in the Czech Republic. The company's GSM and T!P networks cover 99 percent of the Czech Republic's more than 10 million residents. Telefonica 02 Czech Republic has worked hard at gaining this position through the delivery of advanced solutions that enhance end-user experience.

ICQ

ICQ is a leading instant messaging service provider with a global online communications community. The company's robust instant messaging software, enhanced communications features and dynamic community are available in 29 languages free of charge at www.icq.com. ICQ, created in 1996 by the Israel-based company, Mirabilis, is now wholly owned by AOL LLC. ICQ and the flower logo are registered trademarks of AOL LLC in the USA and other countries in the world.

Comverse
Comverse is the world’s leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based messaging and content value-added services, prepaid, postpaid and converged billing and IP communications. Comverse solutions generate revenues, strengthen customer loyalty and improve operational efficiency for over 500 communication service providers in more than 130 countries. The company's Total Communication portfolio facilitates personalised lifestyles in an evolving connected world and is based on the InSight Open Services Environment. Comverse’s solutions support flexible deployment models, including in-network, hosted and managed services, and can run on circuit-switched, VoIP, IMS and converged network environments. Comverse is a subsidiary of Comverse Technology, Inc. (CMVT.PK).