LONDON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ --

- New Offering Packages Unified Communications and Fixed to Mobile Convergence for Wireless Operators to Deliver Value Added Services (VAS) to Small and Medium Businesses

LONDON, April 22 /PRNewswire/ --

CommuniGate Systems, the leader in carrier-class Mobile Unified Communications, today announced the launch of its new offering - CommuniGate Systems Mobile Office Mobile Office addresses the market shift from fixed to mobile convergence for broadband and communications and will help the mobile operator deliver Value Added Services (VAS) through mobile unified communications to the lucrative business subscriber market.

Mobile Office empowers mobile operators to deliver a Virtualised Office with Unified Communications as Software as a Service (SaaS) to small and medium sized businesses. CommuniGate Systems Mobile Office is a fixed to mobile convergence solution that includes a Flash based Web 2.0 client called Pronto! that works on PCs, Mac, or Linux laptops or computers with no installation needed. Pronto! delivers messaging, contacts and collaboration tools such as shared folders and shared calendars in a single dashboard The mobile device access for Mobile Office is supported natively for the iPhone 3G, Nokia, and WinMobile devices.

Custom-branded mash-up interfaces are packaged with CommuniGate Systems Mobile Office to enable fast setup and registration of services from mobile retail shop kiosks or directly from an operator's website. Operators will gain enhanced subscriber loyalty and dramatically reduce churn rates by hosting the core business communications and services for the company. The turnkey package is ideal for small businesses that want to virtualise communications, and consolidate telecom and data rate plans. Most SMEs cannot manage and have little desire to invest in premise-based UC solutions. A fixed to mobile convergence solution is perfect to drive broadband access offered in a bundle with USB based 3G adapters delivering access anywhere.

A recent IDC study stated that 75% of the global workforce would be mobile by 2011. Enterprises are investing in mobile unified communications solutions that increase worker productivity and can help shed costs from operations. A survey by CommuniGate Systems among fixed-line and wireless providers found that Mobile Business Subscribers have six times less churn rates than consumer or residential subscribers and on average result in four times higher ARPU

We see many businesses shifting to mobile broadband services, explains Simon Paton, managing director of CommuniGate Systems UK, Small companies want Unified Communications, but they need it delivered by SaaS as mobility is the key feature businesses want today. With a fixed to mobile convergence solution, such as Mobile Office, mobile operators will be able to extract value from the huge investments they made in building out their 3G network with the highest value customer - the business subscriber, and deliver the mobile unified communications organisations demand.

We see data ARPU growing at a 20-30% annual rate, and robust increases in Internet access revenues and multimedia messaging volumes, which all indicate that data will be the key catalyst for future ARPU growth says Ronald Gruia, Program Leader of Emerging Telecoms at Frost Sullivan, CommuniGate Systems Mobile Office is well positioned to enable operators to capture some of that data growth opportunity within the VAS segment.

The complete line of value added services via CommuniGate Systems Mobile Office is built upon the CommuniGate Pro Unified Communications platform, the most reliable SaaS delivery platform that delivers virtualisation of domains with a modular feature set, powerful class of service provisioning, and a live rolling updates change management capability not found in other solutions. The platform's exclusive Dynamic Clustering architecture provides 99.999% uptime in a multi-tenant architecture with no single point of failure, and allows SaaS providers to add front-end or back-end nodes as needed without any downtime or service interruption CommuniGate Pro makes it easy for service providers and operators to offer business class services with costs that decline as virtualised client volume increases. CommuniGate Pro is the only truly integrated mobile unified communications platform that was built to power all forms of IP communications in one integrated platform.

About CommuniGate Systems

Based in London, CommuniGate UK is a business unit of GAP Internet Communications - the sole distributor for CommuniGate Systems within the UK. Founded in 1991 and based in Mill Valley, California, CommuniGate Systems develops carrier-class Unified Communications and media delivery software for broadband and mobile operators to deliver value-added services and SaaS solutions. CommuniGate Systems delivers powerful mashups of Unified Communications technology mixed with media and entertainment applications for portals, social networks, enterprises and mobile communities. CommuniGate Systems is revolutionising the Unified Communications industry with a unique Flash-based client framework Pronto! bringing together all forms of communication and breaking the leash to the desktop with Web 2.0 mobility.

CommuniGate Systems is the first choice in technology solutions for over 12,000 customers with over 130 million subscribers unifying e-mail, collaboration, IM, presence and VoIP with a single identity. The Unified Communications platform provides flexibility, performance, and scalability with benchmark proven architecture remaining unchallenged in the industry. Our technology powers OEM partner products ranging from embedded real time systems to powerful unified messaging platforms at top tier global network operators. The open development environment's simple APIs deliver extensible flexibility with a unique clustering technology for 99.999% uptime for the most demanding application environments.

The company is a trusted and financially stable vendor, maintaining the highest customer satisfaction levels in the Unified Communications industry with over 175 members in its partner network worldwide.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Williams, itpr, t. +44(0)1932-57-88-00.

For further information, please contact: Lisa Williams, itpr, t. +44(0)1932-57-88-00.