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    China Distance Education Holdings Limited Reports First Quarter 2009 Results

    Revenue Increased by 171% Year-Over-Year Total Course Enrollments Increased by 137% Year-Over-Year

    BEIJING, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Distance Education Holdings Limited ("CDEL", or the "Company"), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, reported today its unaudited financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 ended December 31, 2008.

    First Quarter Fiscal 2009 Business and Financial Highlights: -- Total course enrollments exceeded 341,000, an increase of 137.0% from the first quarter of fiscal 2008. -- Net revenues increased 171.2% over the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to US$4.9 million. -- Gross profit increased 200.6% over the first quarter of fiscal 2008 to US$2.4 million. -- Gross profit margin was 49.2%, compared to 44.4% in the fiscal first quarter of 2008. Non-GAAP gross margin was 58.2%, compared to 44.4% in the same period of 2008. -- Net loss was US$0.5 million, compared to net income of US$19,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. -- Non-GAAP net income excluding share-based compensation was US$0.4 million, an increase of 2257.9% as compared to US$19,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Non-GAAP net income margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was 9.1% excluding the impact of share-based compensation(1). -- Basic and diluted net loss per American Depositary Share ("ADS") were US$0.01 and US$0.01, respectively, compared to basic and diluted net loss per ADS of US$0.02 and US$0.02, respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Each ADS represents four ordinary shares. -- Basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS excluding share-based compensation charge and the charge for the accretion of Series A convertible contingently redeemable preferred shares (the "Series A Shares") to redemption amount and accretion of beneficial conversion feature of Series A Shares were US$0.01 and US$0.01, compared to basic and diluted non-GAAP net income per ADS of US$ nil and US$ nil, respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. -- Deferred revenue and refundable fees balance was US$9.7 million, a 46.3% increase from the balance of US$6.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Notes (1) For more information about the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release, please see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below. Recent Business Developments: -- Successfully transferred listing to the NYSE main board and commenced trading on the NYSE. -- Replicating the success in Tianjin, signed a contract with Beijing City University to provide study process monitoring program for self-taught higher education students in Beijing. -- To pursue new business opportunities in a softening economy, the Company, through an affiliated entity, entered into an agreement with Beijing Yinglun Yucai Education to provide business start up training for aspired entrepreneurs. Under the agreement, the Company will invest RMB 36 million in the new company and will hold 60% interest in the new company. The new program will target university students, the unemployed and any individuals who are interested in learning to start up businesses. The provision of such practical training is strongly encouraged by the Chinese government to promote employment opportunities in the country.

    Commenting on the results, Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, CDEL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, "We are very pleased with our results for the quarter. We delivered a strong performance despite the recent general economic slowdown, demonstrating our ability to execute on our growth strategy. Supported in part by an increasingly competitive job market, we witnessed strong demand for our services and enjoyed increasing margin levels due to our scalable business model."

    Mr. Zhu further remarked, "Following the launch of a self-taught higher education studying process monitoring program in Tianjin last year, we signed a contract with Beijing City University to provide self-taught higher education studying process monitoring programs in Beijing. We believe this is a clear recognition of our strong brand name and high quality services. Leveraging on our leading position in the market, we are confident that we will continue to gain traction in this space in the future.

    "Looking ahead, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on the robust growth opportunities in the online education market. We will continue to focus on execution and innovation, and believe our well recognized brand name, diversified course offerings and high quality services all position us well to capitalize on the immense growth potential of the market. We will also continue to invest in the business in support of our growth strategy, as demonstrated by our newly announced investment in Yu Cai."

    Ms. Ping Wei, Chief Financial Officer of CDEL, commented, "The fiscal first quarter is typically a seasonally low quarter as a significant portion of course participants take exams in May and September, and as a result, we typically are not profitable in the first quarter. Nevertheless, we were able to deliver strong revenue growth as we continued to see robust demand across most of our product lines. The extraordinary revenue growth in the quarter was also partially a function of students enrolling earlier to take advantage of a half-price promotion we held during the quarter. And, to help leverage the benefits of the promotion, we also invested in a major marketing campaign during the quarter in support of the half price offer."

    Fiscal First Quarter 2009 Unaudited Financial Results

    Net Revenues. Total net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were US$4.9 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 171.2% from US$1.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Excluding the recognition of US$0.9 million of Elite Class revenues due to the delayed timing of APQE exams caused by the Sichuan earthquake in fiscal 2008, net revenues would have increased 121.1% as compared to the same period of fiscal year 2008.

    Online education services net revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were US$4.4 million, an increase of 188.4% from the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Excluding the recognition of US$0.9 million of Elite Class revenues, online education services net revenues would have increased 128.1%. Such increase was primarily driven by robust enrollment growth in most of our business lines, as total enrollments grew to approximately 341,000 from 144,000 in the first quarter of fiscal 2008.

    The growth momentum of our complementary businesses continued as revenue from books and reference materials sales increased 58.3% to US$0.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, from US$0.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Other revenues, primarily comprised of platform production and related services, increased 121.0% year-over-year to US$0.3 million for the fiscal first quarter of 2009 from US$0.1 million in the corresponding period of last year.

    Cost of Sales. Cost of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$2.5 million, representing a 147.8% increase over the first quarter 2008. Excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP), cost of sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$2.1 million, an increase of 103.7% over the same period last year. The increase in cost of sales was primarily due to increased lecture fees as we delivered more courses in the quarter. Additionally, an increase in personnel in course production and tutoring services personnel also contributed to the increase as compared to the same period last year. Server management fees also increased due to a higher volume of traffic resulting from an increase in the usage of online infrastructure by a larger number of course participants than the first quarter of 2008.

    Gross Profit and Gross Margin. Gross profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$2.4 million, representing a 200.6% increase from US$0.8 million in the same period last year. Excluding share-based compensation, non- GAAP gross profit was US$2.9 million, an increase of 256.0% year-over-year. Gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 improved to 49.2%, from 44.4% in the fiscal first quarter of 2008. Excluding share-based compensation, the non-GAAP gross margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was 58.2%, compared to 44.4% in the same period of 2008. The expansion in gross margin was primarily due to a slower increase in staff expenses, server management fees and lecture fees relative to sales, demonstrating the scalability of our online business model.

    Operating Expenses. Total operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 were US$3.4 million, an increase of 257.9% year-over-year and an increase of 49.8% over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Excluding share- based compensation (non-GAAP), operating expenses were US$2.9 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 207.7% and a sequential increase of 67.3%.

    Selling expenses amounted to US$1.3 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, representing a 243.2% increase year-over-year and a 76.0% increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Excluding share-based compensation (non-GAAP), selling expenses were US$1.2 million, a 216.4% increase from the same period last year and a 86.3% increase from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. The increase in selling expenses was primarily due to a major marketing campaign in the quarter, promotional costs for ITAT, and increased commissions to our online agents.

    General and administrative expenses were US$2.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, representing a 267.9% year-over-year increase and a 36.9% sequential increase. Excluding share-based compensation charge (non- GAAP), general and administrative expenses were US$1.7 million, an increase of 201.8% year-over-year and an increase of 56.0% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Such increase was primarily the result of the booking of a significant annual audit fee in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, and additional expenses associated with being a publicly traded company in the US.

    Income Tax Benefit/Expense. Income tax benefit for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$0.2 million, compared with an expense of US$4,000 in the same period last year.

    Net Income/Loss. Net loss was US$0.5 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009, compared to net income of US$19,000 in the same period of 2008. Excluding share-based compensation, non-GAAP net income for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$0.4 million, compared to US$19,000 in the corresponding quarter in 2008.

    Operating Cash Flow. Net operating cash flow for the first quarter of fiscal 2009 was US$0.6 million, a decrease of 68.2% over the same period last year, primarily due to an increase in the accounts receivable balance as we continued to expand our accounting continuous education and self-taught higher education study process monitoring programs.

    Cash and Cash Equivalents. Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2008 decreased to US$64.4 million from US$66.2 million as of September 30, 2008. This decrease was mainly due to the capital expenditure for the purchase of electronic equipment and intangible assets, initial public offering expenses and the repurchase of our ADS from the open market in the amount of US$1.0 million, US$0.9 million and US$0.5 million, respectively, despite US$0.6 million generated from operating cash flow.

    Second Quarter Fiscal 2009 Guidance -- Due to the seasonality of our business, we typically experience fluctuations in our results. As such, CDEL expects to generate total net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2009 in the range of US$6.8 million to US$7.7 million, as compared to net revenues of US$3.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. This represents our current and preliminary view, which is subject to change.

    Conference Call

    China Distance Education Holdings Limited senior management will host a conference call at 8:00 am (Eastern) / 5:00 am (Pacific) / 9:00 pm (Beijing) on February 17, 2009 to discuss its fiscal first quarter 2009 financial results and recent business activity. The conference call may be accessed by calling +1-888-895-0424 (US), +852-3006-8101 (Hong Kong), 800-876-5011 (China), or 0-808-101-5347 (UK). A telephone replay will be available shortly after the call until February 24, 2009 at +1-888-895-0424 (US), +852-3006- 8101 (Hong Kong), 800-876-5011 (China) or 0-808-101-5347 (UK). Pass code 821188.

    A live webcast of the conference call and replay will be available on the investor relations page of China Distance Education Holdings Limited's website at: http://ir.cdeledu.com/versions/Financials_en/EarningsAnnouncements_en.html .

    About China Distance Education Holdings Limited

    China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. The courses offered by the Company through its websites are designed to help professionals and other course participants obtain and maintain the skills, licenses and certifications necessary to pursue careers in China in the areas of accounting, law, healthcare, construction engineering, information technology and other industries. The Company also offers online test preparation courses to self- taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees and to secondary school and college students preparing for various academic and entrance exams. In addition, the Company offers online foreign language courses.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as "will," "may," "should," "potential," "continue," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "intend," "plan," "believe," "is/are likely to," "estimate" and similar statements. Among other things, the outlook for the second quarter of the fiscal year 2009 and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as the Company's strategic and operational plans, and the new investment, contain forward-looking statements. The Company may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the SEC in its annual report to shareholders, in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward- looking statement, including but not limited to the following: our goals and growth strategies; our future prospects and market acceptance of our online courses and other products and services; our future business development and results of operations; projected revenues, profits, earnings and other estimated financial information; projected enrollment numbers; our plans to expand and enhance our online courses and other products and services; competition in the online education and test preparation markets; and Chinese laws, regulations and policies, including those applicable to the Internet and Internet content providers, the education and telecommunications industries, mergers and acquisitions taxation and foreign exchange.

    Further information regarding these and other risks is included in our registration statement on Form F-1 and other documents filed with the SEC. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release.

    Statement Regarding Unaudited Financial Information

    The unaudited financial information set forth above is preliminary and subject to adjustments. Adjustments to the financial statements may be identified when audit work is performed for the year-end audit, which could result in significant differences from this preliminary unaudited financial information.

    Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    To supplement the Company's consolidated financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, the Company uses the following measures defined as non-GAAP financial measures by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC: net income excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating income excluding share-based compensation expenses, gross profit excluding share-based compensation expenses, cost of sales excluding share-based compensation expenses, selling expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, general and administrative expenses excluding share-based compensation expenses, net income margin excluding share-based compensation expenses, operating margin excluding share-based compensation expenses, gross profit margin excluding share-based compensation expenses and basic and diluted earnings per ADS and per share excluding share-based compensation expenses, and the nonrecurring charge for the accretion of Series A Shares to redemption amount and accretion of beneficial conversion feature of Series A Shares. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned "Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP measures" set forth at the end of this release.

    The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide meaningful supplemental information regarding its performance and liquidity by excluding share-based expenses that may not be indicative of its operating performance from a cash perspective. The Company believes that both management and investors benefit from these non-GAAP financial measures in assessing its performance and when planning and forecasting future periods. These non-GAAP financial measures also facilitate management's internal comparisons to the Company's historical performance and liquidity. The Company computes its non- GAAP financial measures using the same consistent method from quarter to quarter, except basic and diluted earnings per ADS and per share excluding share-based compensation expenses, and the nonrecurring charge for the accretion of Series A convertible contingently redeemable preferred shares to redemption amount and accretion of beneficial conversion feature of Series A convertible contingently redeemable preferred shares. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making. A limitation of excluding share-based compensation expenses from the above-mentioned line items and presenting these non-GAAP measures is that share-based compensation charges will continue to be for the foreseeable future a significant recurring expense in our business. Management compensates for this limitation by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from each non-GAAP measure. The accompanying table at the end of this release provides more detail on the reconciliations between GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures.

    China Distance Education Holdings Limited Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands of US Dollars, except number of shares and per share data) September 30, December 31, 2008 2008 Assets: (unaudited) (unaudited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents 66,223 64,414 Accounts receivable 715 1,692 Inventories 177 253 Prepayment and other current assets 1,469 1,585 Deferred tax assets, current portion 2,297 2,570 Deferred cost - current portion 448 914 Total current assets 71,329 71,428 Non-current assets: Property, plant and equipment, net 7,089 7,542 Goodwill 5,278 5,265 Other intangible assets, net 1,390 1,611 Deposit for non-current assets 151 161 Deferred tax assets, non-current portion 89 122 Total non-current assets 13,997 14,701 Total assets 85,326 86,129 Liabilities and shareholders' equity: Current liabilities: Accrued expenses and other liabilities 2,983 2,973 Income tax payable 1,014 786 Deferred revenue, current portion 3,728 6,758 Refundable fees 4,688 2,794 Total current liabilities 12,413 13,311 Non-current liabilities: Deferred revenue, non- current portion 163 139 Total non-current liabilities 163 139 Total liabilities 12,576 13,450 Commitments and contingencies -- -- Shareholders' equity Ordinary shares (par value of US$0.0001 per share at September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2008, respectively; Authorized - 480,000,000 shares at September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2008; Issued and outstanding -141,897,737 and 141,373,337 shares at September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2008, respectively) 14 14 Additional paid-in capital 76,811 77,261 Foreign currency translation 1,717 1,673 Cumulative deficits (5,792) (6,269) Total shareholders' equity 72,750 72,679 Total liabilities, preferred shares and shareholders' equity 85,326 86,129 China Distance Education Holdings Limited Unaudited Consolidated Statements Of Income (in thousands of US dollars, except number of shares, per share and per ADS data) Three Months Ended December 31, 2007 2008 Sales, net of business tax, value-added tax and related surcharges: Online education services 1,513 4,363 Books and reference materials 168 266 Others 138 305 Total net revenues 1,819 4,934 Cost of sales Cost of services (922) (2,354) Cost of tangible goods sold (90) (154) Total cost of sales (1,012) (2,508) Gross profit 807 2,426 Operating expenses Selling expenses (384) (1,318) General and administrative expenses (567) (2,086) Total operating expenses (951) (3,404) Other operating income 207 -- Operating income (loss) 63 (978) Interest income 15 255 Interest expense (13) -- Exchange (loss) gain (36) 3 Equity in loss of an affiliated company (6) -- Income (loss) before income taxes 23 (720) Income tax (expense) benefit (4) 243 Net income (loss) 19 (477) Accretion of Series A convertible contingently redeemable preferred shares to redemption amount and accretion of beneficial conversion feature of Series A convertible contingently redeemable preferred shares (404) -- Net loss attributable to ordinary shareholders (385) (477) Loss per share Basic nil nil Diluted nil nil Loss per ADS Basic (0.02) (0.01) Diluted (0.02) (0.01) Weighted average number of ordinary shares outstanding: Basic and diluted shares 91,877,000 141,874,940 China Distance Education Holdings Limited Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures (In thousands of US Dollars, except number of shares, per share and per ADS data) Three Months Ended December 31, 2007 2008 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Cost of sales 1,012 2,508 Share-based compensation expense in cost of sales -- 447 Non-GAAP cost of sales 1,012 2,061 Selling expenses 384 1,318 Share-based compensation expense in selling expenses -- 103 Non-GAAP selling expenses 384 1,215 General and administrative expenses 567 2,086 Share-based compensation expense in general and administrative expenses -- 375 Non-GAAP general and administrative expenses 567 1,711 Gross profit 807 2,426 Share-based compensation expenses -- 447 Non-GAAP gross profit 807 2,873 Gross profit margin 44.4% 49.2% Non-GAAP gross profit margin 44.4% 58.2% Operating income (loss) 63 (978) Share-based compensation expenses -- 925 Non-GAAP operating income (loss) 63 (53) Operating margin 3.5% (19.8%) Non-GAAP operating margin 3.5% (1.1%) Net income (loss) 19 (477) Share-based compensation expense -- 925 Non-GAAP net income 19 448 Net income (loss) margin 1.0% (9.7%) Non-GAAP net income margin 1.0% 9.1% Loss per share-basic nil nil Loss per share-diluted nil nil Non-GAAP earnings per share-basic nil nil Non-GAAP earnings per share-diluted nil nil Loss per ADS-basic (note 1) (0.02) (0.01) Loss per ADS-diluted (note 1) (0.02) (0.01) Non-GAAP earnings per ADS-basic (note 1) nil 0.01 Non-GAAP earnings per ADS-diluted (note 1) nil 0.01 Weighted average shares used in calculating basic earnings per share 91,877,000 141,874,940 Weighted average shares used in calculating diluted earnings per share 91,877,000 141,874,940 Weighted average shares used in calculating basic non-GAAP earnings per share 91,877,000 141,874,940 Weighted average shares used in calculating diluted non-GAAP earnings per share 91,877,000 141,874,940 Note: Each ADS represents four ordinary shares For further information, please contact: China Distance Education Holdings Limited Ping Wei, CFO Tel: +86-10-8233-3101 Email: IR@cdeledu.com Investor Relations (HK): Taylor Rafferty Ruby Yim, Managing Director Tel: +852-3196-3712 Email: cdel@taylor-rafferty.com Investor Relations (US): Taylor Rafferty Mahmoud Siddig, Director Tel: +1-212-889-4350 Email: cdel@taylor-rafferty.com Media Contact: Taylor Rafferty John Dudzinsky, Director Tel: +1-212-889-4350 Email: cdel@taylor-rafferty.com

    China Distance Education Holdings Limited

    CONTACT: China Distance Education Holdings Limited, Ping Wei, CFO, +86-
    10-8233-3101, IR@cdeledu.com; or Investor Relations (HK): Taylor Rafferty,
    Ruby Yim, Managing Director, +852-3196-3712, cdel@taylor-rafferty.com, or
    Investor Relations (US): Mahmoud Siddig, Director, +1-212-889-4350,
    cdel@taylor-rafferty.com, or Media Contact: John Dudzinsky, Director, +1-212-
    889-4350, cdel@taylor-rafferty.com all for China Distance Education Holdings
    Limited

    Web site:
    http://ir.cdeledu.com/versions/Financials_en/EarningsAnnouncements_en.html




    Mobile Web From Verizon Wireless Now Optimized to Give Customers Access to More Full-HTML Web Sites on Their Wireless Phones

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless, the nation's leading wireless service provider, announced today that customers who visit Web sites on their mobile phones using Verizon Wireless' Mobile Web service will now be able to get to the same sites they visit using personal computers and enjoy a similar experience on their mobile phones. The new Optimized View for Mobile Web, enabled by technology from Novarra, gives customers access to the majority of Web sites in full HTML view, regardless if their mobile device supports a full HTML Web browser.

    Verizon Wireless customers who were previously unable to view certain Web sites or Web images on their wireless phones because of certain restrictions and limitations can now access almost any Web site quickly, giving them the ability to better enjoy and interact with those Web sites.

    Customers can visit the same Web sites on their mobile phones as they do on their PCs, including e-mail, social networking, news, sports, e-commerce and blog sites, and now enjoy more functionality and a more complete view of those sites. With the new technology, which runs on the nation's most reliable wireless network, Web pages typically will load on wireless phones in an average of less than 10 seconds.

    "We recognize that customers want to have access to their favorite Web sites on their phones. We have incorporated the technology that allows for an optimized view to keep our customers informed and entertained no matter where they are," said Colson Hillier, executive director of product management at Verizon. "Combined with the nation's most reliable wireless network, Optimized View allows customers to enjoy virtually any Web site available on Mobile Web with this fast and improved service."

    Optimized View utilizes Novarra's Vision(TM) platform for mobile Internet and multimedia and allows customers to browse the majority of full HTML sites by optimizing Web sites to take advantage of the unique capabilities of each Verizon Wireless cell phone. The Optimized View technology works automatically when customers visit a Web site using Mobile Web. Software upgrades or application downloads are not necessary for customers to be able to view and experience full HTML Web pages. Optimized View also provides Web site owners with the ability to opt-out and users with the ability to turn off optimization.

    Unlimited Mobile Web usage is included with a $15.00 monthly V CAST VPak subscription, which also includes access to V CAST Video, V CAST Music and Media Center/Get It Now(R) applications. Alternatively, customers can access Mobile Web for free with a Nationwide Plan but will incur usage charges of $1.99 per megabyte.

    For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit http://www.verizonwireless.com/. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at http://www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

    About Novarra

    Novarra, the Internet Mobility Company, provides high performance mobile web platforms for operators and content providers to create new internet-based services and revenue streams. Novarra developed and patented the first server-client architecture for web content transformation and network optimization designed for mass-market, high volume mobile consumer deployments. Novarra's open standards-based platforms deliver a high quality mobile user experience for services like full rich web, search, premium portals, personalization, video and advertising as well as support for mobile sites. Global, commercial deployments over 6 years on both 2.5G and 3G networks have proven consumer satisfaction, uptake and increased data services revenues.

    Verizon Wireless

    CONTACT: Debra Lewis of Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7512,
    Debra.Lewis@verizonwireless.com

    Web Site: http://www.verizonwireless.com/




    Buongiorno S.p.A ("Buongiorno", "the Company" or "the Group") Pre-Close Statement

    LONDON and MILAN, February 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Buongiorno S.p.A. (MTA, Borsa Italiana: BNG), a leading multinational in digital entertainment, today provides a review of the Company's preliminary financial results for the year ended 31 December 2008.

    Highlights - Review reveals revenues of EUR 315 million and EBITDA of EUR40 million - at the upper end of guidance forecasts - Q4 2008 the most profitable quarter in the Group's history - Q4 revenue up 80% to EUR83 million (Q4 2007: EUR46 million) - Q4 EBITDA up 87% to EUR13.1 million (Q4 2007: EUR7 million) - Cost reduction objectives associated with acquisition of iTouch met 6 months in advance, resulting in EUR10 million in savings

    Despite several changes to the regulatory and competitive environment slowing demand in some of the European countries, Buongiorno experienced significant growth in Q4 2008. Buongiorno's revenue and profit growth has been primarily driven by the following factors:

    1. an overall increase in the number of customers subscribing to Mobile Content 1.0 - BlinkoGold services, which grew to more than 6 million unique subscribers, with a significant share of new subscribers in geographical areas where BlinkoGold was recently launched;

    2. the exclusive management on behalf of Movistar of mobile lottery initiatives called SuperContest in 12 Latin American countries and in Africa;

    3. the progressive growth of solutions for telephone carriers (called "Full Portal") offered by Buongiorno.

    "We are satisfied with the way 2008 ended and are moderately optimistic about our prospects in 2009," commented Andrea Casalini, Chief Executive Officer of Buongiorno S.p.A. "Despite the adverse macroeconomic environment, regulatory and industry trends that tend to slow down demand for first-generation mobile content services, and, strong competition in our segment of the market, we were still able to consolidate the 2007 pro-forma results with iTouch. This was achieved, through remaining highly commercially reactive, therefore able to provide timely guidance for growth opportunities in various geographical markets, and able to promptly cut costs to account for negative market dynamics in other countries or regions. We are especially pleased that we were able to integrate two complex Groups organized on an international level so successfully to have achieved the planned cost synergies without losing our commercial focus. Buongiorno's strength continues to lie in the team of professionals that comprise it. Thanks to them, we can look towards future developments, such as the launch of mobile content 2.0 services, with guarded confidence."

    The Group's preliminary net financial position stood at net debt of approximately EUR67 million as of 31 December 2008 - an improvement of over EUR10 million compared to 30 September 2008, and falling in line with 31 December 2007.

    For further information, please contact: ICIS UK Financial Press and Financial Analysts Tom Moriarty or Fiona Conroy Tel: +44-207-651-8688 Email: Fiona.Conroy@icisenet.com BUONGIORNO Eleonora Villanova Global PR & IR Executive Tel. +39-02-582131 Email: eleonora.villanova@buongiorno.com

    Buongiorno S.p.A

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    SEDONA Corporation Unveils New Corporate Website

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SEDONA(R) Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: SDNA) (http://www.sedonacorp.com/), a leading provider of Customer and Member Relationship Management (CRM/MRM) solutions for the financial services market, today announced that it has unveiled its new corporate website http://www.sedonacorp.com/.

    "While continuing to build on our industry recognized reputation for product development and customer service, SEDONA is also entering an exciting new phase of enhancing our business model to meet the growing demand for MRM/CRM in the financial industry," commented SEDONA President and CEO, Scott C. Edelman. "We are excited to communicate to the industry and marketplace the significant changes and the milestones we anticipate resulting from this transformation. This new website is designed to serve as a vehicle for enhanced communications with our customers, prospects, channel partners, and shareholders."

    Some of the SEDONA new website features include: -- A Comprehensive overview of the robust SEDONA CRM/MRM technology along with features and benefits and a quick contact form for a personalized demo -- Description, features and benefits of SEDONA professional services designed to enhance customer marketing, revenue, and profit metrics -- Resources, white papers, and frequently asked questions detailing SEDONA technology and professional services -- Partner endorsements, customer testimonials, and case studies -- Enhanced Investor Relations site including a letter from the President and CEO, and support for shareholder questions and inquiries -- Announcements of upcoming Corporate events and developments -- Relevant industry articles and information

    SEDONA Marketing Director, Ginger Gagen, commented, "SEDONA's continued penetration of the financial services marketplace now includes a customer base of SEDONA CRM users with more than $60 billion in combined assets. More than ever, the current challenging times require financial institutions to retain customers while continuing to acquire and foster profitable customers. This new website is an effective tool in further communicating to the industry that SEDONA CRM is proving to be the most effective, cost efficient way to increase profitability of customer portfolios and navigate their institution through these turbulent times."

    Please visit the SEDONA website at http://www.sedonacorp.com/

    For more information on SEDONA products or services, contact the Company at 1-800-815-3307.

    For investor relations questions, please contact Steve Ficyk at 1-216-373-6856.

    About SEDONA Corporation

    SEDONA(R) Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: SDNA) provides multi-vertical Customer/Member Relationship Management (CRM/MRM) solutions and services specifically tailored to the financial services market. SEDONA's CRM/MRM solution, SEDONA CRM, is designed and priced to support and meet the needs of the multiple lines of business of banks and credit unions. SEDONA CRM provides the entire financial services institution with a complete and accurate view of their customers' and prospects' relationships and interactions. By utilizing SEDONA's CRM/MRM solution and services, SEDONA's clients effectively identify, acquire, foster, and retain loyal, profitable customers. For additional information, visit the SEDONA web site at http://www.sedonacorp.com/ or call 1-800-815-3307.

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    SEDONA(R) and Intarsia(R) are registered trademarks of SEDONA Corporation. All other trade names are the property of their respective owners.

    This press release and prior releases are available on the SEDONA Corporation web site at http://www.sedonacorp.com/.

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    Texas Instruments extends OMAP(TM) 3 family with 45-nm products to address a broad range of mobile performance needsAdvanced 45nm CMOS process technology dramatically boosts performance while reducing power consumption in Smartphones and Mobile Internet Devices

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- To answer handset manufacturers' diverse requirements in the rapidly-evolving Smartphone and Mobile Internet Device (MID) markets, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) announced today that it has extended its popular OMAP(TM) 3 family with new 45-nanometer (nm) products. The new OMAP36x application processor family allows mobile device manufacturers to reuse their software investment in TI's popular 65-nm OMAP34x processor family and deliver higher performance computing with lower power consumption. The OMAP36x family of products will offer a range of performance levels, including speeds up to 1GHz, to address increased high performance needs of the MID market all while delivering the low power consumption required by these battery-powered products. The migration to 45-nm technology will also deliver more affordable solutions for mainstream Smartphones. (Visit http://www.ti.com/omap36x for more information.)

    Features and benefits of OMAP36x family: -- 45-nm CMOS process technology delivers higher performance with lower power consumption versus the OMAP34x family, including an approximately 25% reduction in power and 75% improvement in graphics performance. -- Robust multi-tasking platform that supports running multiple applications in parallel by simultaneously exercising the CPU, multimedia performance and 2D/3D graphics engines. -- Dedicated 2D/3D graphics hardware accelerator, enabling more immersive user interfaces and compelling graphics for applications like realistic 3D gaming. -- Smart pixel technology via OpenGL ES 2.0 delivers stunning imaging capabilities through advanced reflection effects and life-like facial features. -- Supports multi-standard 720p HD functionality for HD video recording and playback. -- Integrated image signal processor (ISP) supporting up to 12 megapixel (MP) imaging for enhanced photographic image quality and fast shot-to-shot camera performance. -- Pre-integrated support for mobile connectivity, including TI's current and future combo WiLink(TM) Wi-Fi solutions, NaviLink(TM) GPS solutions, and BlueLink(TM) Bluetooth(R) solutions. OMAP36x family overview: Part Process ARM Graphics Video Imaging Availabil- Node Cortex-A8 Acceler- Perfor- Perfor- ity Clock ation mance mance Speed (per second) OMAP3610 45nm 720MHz In software VGA/DVD 12 MP Samples in 3Q 2009. OMAP3620 45nm 720MHz Hardware VGA/DVD 12 MP Samples in Accelerated 3Q 2009. OMAP3630 45nm 720MHz Hardware 720p HD 12 MP Samples in Accelerated 3Q 2009. OMAP3640 45nm 1GHz Hardware 720p HD 12 MP Samples in Accelerated 3Q 2009. Availability

    The OMAP36x family of products is scheduled to sample in the third quarter of 2009. These products are intended for high-volume wireless OEMs and ODMs and are not available through distributors.

    To find out more about the OMAP 36x family, visit the links below: -- Technical information on the OMAP36x family: http://www.ti.com/omap36x_technical -- Information on TI's 45nm process technology: http://www.ti.com/45nm_omap3 -- OMAP36x family product bulletin: http://www.ti.com/omap36x_pb What they're saying about the OMAP 3 platform:

    "NEC plans to use TI's OMAP 3 platform for our near-term handset solutions, and we are pleased to see TI continue to invest in this family of products to address a range of performance needs and help us continue to deliver leading-edge, multimedia rich handsets to the market. TI also makes it easy for us to support popular mobile operating systems like LiMo, further spurring innovative, creating applications to meet the appetites of consumers around the globe," said Mr. Yoshiharu Tamura, Executive General Manager, Mobile Terminals Business Unit, NEC.

    About Texas Instruments

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    Video: New multi-core OMAP(TM) 4 applications platform from Texas Instruments ushers in a new era of mobile computing performanceFuture-proof, high-performance, low-power platform makes the vision of the mobile tomorrow a reality

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Helping Smartphone and Mobile Internet Device (MID) manufacturers shape the future of the mobile market with innovative devices, Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) today announced the new OMAP(TM) 4 mobile applications platform. The OMAP 4 platform delivers new, stunning, multimedia-rich user experiences such as 1080p video record and playback, 20 megapixel (MP) imaging and approximately a week of audio play time. The new platform provides significant improvements in performance and play time compared to today's most popular Smartphones, with 10x faster Web page loading times, more than 7x higher computing performance, 6x higher video resolution, 10x better graphics performance and 6x longer audio play time. (For more information, visit: http://www.ti.com/omap4_product_info).

    To view the Multimedia News Release, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/ti/36966/

    At the heart of the OMAP 4 platform is a powerful system-on-chip that includes the perfect balance of power efficiency and high performance. The OMAP 4 processor balances processing across four main engines: a programmable multimedia engine based on TI's C64x DSP and power-efficient, multi-format hardware accelerators; general-purpose processing based on the dual-core ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) supporting symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and capable of speeds of more than 1GHz per core; a high-performance programmable graphics engine; and an Image Signal Processor (ISP) for unparalleled video and imaging performance. The OMAP 4 platform also includes a comprehensive software suite, power management technology and other supporting components, providing the foundation necessary to create devices with mobile computing performance at low power.

    "For the past decade, TI has focused on providing an optimal balance of high performance and low power consumption in our OMAP product line to address our customers' needs to quickly and easily address new market trends," said Greg Delagi, senior vice president and head of TI's Wireless Business Unit. "The OMAP 4 platform will enable a new class of mobile devices that will redefine the boundaries of Smartphones and MIDs."

    The OMAP 4 platform, built in 45-nanometer (nm) process technology, enables mobile device manufacturers to address the expected applications of tomorrow's handsets, while also providing headroom and programmability to support applications that have yet to be imagined. The new platform will support popular leading mobile operating systems and is validated for real-world use cases, taking into account the many elements of the mobile consumer's experience to simplify application creation and help handset manufacturers get to market quickly.

    OMAP 4 platform highlights: -- Mobile computing performance and advanced multimedia, with extra headroom and flexibility needed to address next-generation applications. The powerful combination of programmability and multi-core performance provides flexibility to support new and emerging applications and standards. The first members of the family are the OMAP4430 and OMAP4440, with features including: -- Four powerful, high-performance processing engines: -- General-purpose processing leveraging the dual-core Cortex-A9 MPCore, supporting SMP -- Programmable multimedia engine based on TI's C64x DSP and power-efficient, multi-format hardware accelerators -- POWERVR(TM) SGX540 graphics engine -- Dedicated ISP -- Full 1080p multi-standard HD record and playback -- Digital SLR-like performance with 20 MP imaging -- 3D user interfaces supporting life-like graphics, intuitive touch screens, large local displays beyond WSXGA and HDMI compatible external displays -- Industry-leading power management technology, delivering great multimedia performance while maximizing battery life: -- 10+ hours of 1080p HD video playback, 4+ hours of 1080p HD record -- 140+ hours of CD quality audio playback -- Broadest support for leading mobile operating systems, and a comprehensive software suite that is tested for real world-uses cases, accelerating time to market. The OMAP 4 platform will support Linux variants such as the Android Mobile Platform and LiMo, as well as Symbian OS(TM) and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Mobile. Additionally, software for the OMAP 4 platform is tested and validated up to the application level, dramatically reducing development time. Further easing the design process, the OMAP 4 platform includes: -- Pre-integrated support for mobile connectivity, including TI's current and future combo WiLink(TM) Wi-Fi solutions, NaviLink(TM) GPS solutions, and BlueLink(TM) Bluetooth(R) solutions; -- Pre-validated modem interface software to easily connect the OMAP 4 platform to any external modem; -- New companion power and audio management solutions (TWL6030 and TWL6040) specifically designed to address the performance needs of the OMAP 4 platform; and -- Broad portfolio of other hardware solutions optimized for the OMAP 4 platform, including: DLP(R) Pico projection technology, analog components and other complementary technologies. -- Flexible, open platform for innovation, delivering stunning user experiences and breakthrough mobile computing performance. TI's commitment to open source software, development tools and a vast third party network has helped build a large worldwide community of OMAP mobile application developers. As a result of this commitment and robust development tools like the Zoom OMAP Mobile Development Platform, developers will be able to create exciting new user experiences that have yet to be imagined. Availability

    TI's OMAP 4 platform and development tools are expected to sample in the second half of 2009, with production expected by the second half of 2010. These products are intended for high-volume wireless OEMs and ODMs and are not available through distributors.

    To find out more about the OMAP 4 platform, visit the links below: -- Technical details on the OMAP 4 platform: http://www.ti.com/omap4 -- OMAP 4 platform product bulletin: http://www.ti.com/omap4pb -- Videos about the OMAP 4 platform: http://www.ti.com/omap4 What they're saying about the OMAP 4 platform:

    "The announcement of the OMAP 4 platform, which utilizes the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor, is significant for the industry as it represents a new era in mobile computing based on Symmetric Multi Processing. This will enable a step change in performance but retain the power envelope required for mobile devices and compatibility with other Cortex family products," said Ian Drew, EVP Marketing, ARM. "Mobile devices powered by Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processors will delight end users with a more responsive, higher performance user experience and provide an extended battery life they will appreciate."

    "TI's OMAP technology has long been renowned for its leading-edge performance and support of new exciting features. Handset manufacturers have often chosen the combination of OMAP technology and Infineon modems when launching new innovative devices," stated WK Tan, Division President, Infineon Wireless Solutions. "We've been pleased with the ease of integration of our modem technology on the OMAP 3 platform to further facilitate customers in this choice and look forward to working with their next generation, OMAP 4 solutions. By integrating our modem, handset OEMs can develop powerful devices with compelling form factors and battery life."

    "With the Internet becoming a common factor for communication, entertainment, and computing, the performance of mobile devices is being pushed to new levels. In addition, the lines between existing devices is blurring while new devices and categories are emerging," said Jim McGregor, chief technology strategist, In-Stat. "The OMAP 4 platform offers a flexible architecture grounded in performance with the dual-core ARM Coretex-A9 MPCore and combined with extensive software support, highly flexible I/O interfaces, and high-end multimedia features, such as 1080p HD video and 20MP camera, that can enable these next generation devices."

    "TI's OMAP 4 advanced multimedia capabilities combined with InterDigital's HSPA modem makes a very compelling solution for the fast growing smartphone and MID markets," commented Mark Lemmo, Executive Vice President, Business Development for InterDigital. "InterDigital's integration of the compact SlimChip MID Module adds instant wireless connectivity to the superior performance of the OMAP4 platform, enabling a variety of tomorrow's innovative devices."

    "Microsoft is excited to see TI advance its OMAP processor technology. The combination of Windows Mobile and the OMAP platform has created much opportunity for the smartphone category in years past, and today the combination of TI's OMAP 3 processor and Windows Mobile 6.5 is an impressive example of the possibilities we will continue to deliver," said Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president, Microsoft Corp. "We look forward to further cooperation with TI on the OMAP 4 processor family."

    "TI has long supported Symbian OS and, as a founding member of the Symbian Foundation, is committed to future innovation for the platform," said Lee Williams, Executive Director, Symbian Foundation. "Today's announcement is a very welcome expansion to the OMAP portfolio, as it provides support for hardware architectures such as SMP, which is crucial to advancing the performance of mobile products and services."

    About Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to http://www.ti.com/.

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    AT&T to Add 70 New Cell Sites in Louisiana This YearAdditionally, AT&T Continues to Expand Nation's Fastest 3G Wireless in Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T* today announced its wireless network expansion plans for Louisiana in the coming year. The planned sites are part of AT&T's ongoing expansion of its third-generation (3G) network, the nation's fastest 3G network, according to recent data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms.

    "Our mission is to connect people with their world, everywhere they live and work, and to do it better than anyone else," said William A. Oliver, president, AT&T Louisiana. "The investment we're planning in Louisiana will help us fulfill this vision."

    AT&T invested more than $375 million in its Louisiana wireless network from 2006 to 2008. As part of its 2009 investment, AT&T plans to introduce 3G service in Alexandria, Houma and Monroe, and expand its 3G footprint in Lafayette. In other parts of the state, roughly 70 new cell sites are planned to enhance coverage.

    The AT&T 3G network delivers to LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps), and faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The super-charged network opens the door to a new era of advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content, such as AT&T Video Share(SM), a first-of-its-kind technology that allows users to share live video during a wireless call.

    Some of the areas that will benefit from the 2009 network build-out plan include:

    NORTH & CENTRAL LOUISIANA -- 4 sites in Evangeline Parish including areas near Turkey Creek, Ville Platte and Mamou -- 2 sites in Allen Parish near Kinder and Reeves -- Multiple sites in addition to 3G service in Monroe -- 3 sites in Shreveport -- An expansion of both 3G and new sites in Alexandria and southwest of the city SOUTHEAST AND SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA -- 3 sites near DeQuincy -- 4 sites around Simmesport and Moreauville -- 5 sites in St. Landry Parish including Mellville, Palmetto, Port Barre and Washington -- 1 site near Thibodaux -- 4 sites around Baton Rouge including Baker, Monticello, The Mall of Louisiana and Siegen Lane -- 4 sites in Iberia Parish including Avery Island and Lydia -- 1 site in Reserve -- 1 site east of Slidell -- 1 site in Port Fouchon -- 5 sites in Iberville Parish including St. Gabriel, Plaquemine and Highway 1 -- 1 site in Morse -- 7 sites in St. Martin Parish -- 3 sites in Vermillion -- 3 sites in St. Mary Parish -- In addition to a significant 3G expansion, the Houma area will receive a number of new cell sites to boost coverage in Terrebone Parish -- New cell sites in Greater New Orleans -- New cell sites also are planned for Lafayette and Lake Charles.

    AT&T added nearly 70 new cell sites in Louisiana last year. Also in 2008, AT&T completed 3G network expansions along the 10/12 Corridor (New Orleans, St. Tammany Parish, Hammond, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Lake Charles) and Shreveport. AT&T's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas.

    AT&T's network is built on the GSM standard -- the most open and widely used technology in the world -- and its devices work in more than 200 countries and regions.

    For more information about AT&T's coverage in Louisiana or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

    *AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

    About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE(R) magazine's lists of the World's Most Admired Companies and America's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.

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    Alcatel-Lucent Receives WiMAX(TM) 3.5GHz Certification From the WiMAX Forum(R)Alcatel-Lucent Receives WiMAX(TM) 3.5GHz Certification From the WiMAX Forum(R)

    Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, February 16 /PRNewswire/ --

    - The Award Underlines Standard-Based Interoperability of Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX(TM) Rev-e Solution

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has received the WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) seal of approval for the 3.5GHz band version of its WiMAX Rev-e (802.16-2005 standard) compact base station. This achievement is recognition of the high quality and reliability of the company's WiMAX(TM) equipment.

    "We're pleased to certify Alcatel-Lucent's equipment in the 3.5GHz band, particularly given that breadth of the company's presence in WiMAX deployments worldwide in this frequency," said Ron Resnick, the president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "The company's solution met all specifications in a series of tests at the labs of AT4 wireless, surpassing the WiMAX Forum's stringent certification requirements."

    The certification reinforces Alcatel-Lucent's leadership position in WiMAX globally and in particular in the 3.5 GHz band, where the vendor has a commanding share of Rev-e network contracts awarded to date worldwide. Out of 34 Alcatel-Lucent Rev-e commercial deployments worldwide, 21 are in the 3.5GHz band, and seven of these are already in commercial service. Key to its commercial success has been implementation of advanced technologies such as beam forming, which extends cell range and thus reduces operators' deployment costs.

    This new milestone follows the WiMAX Forum's certification of Alcatel-Lucent's 2.5GHz base station portfolio last summer and marks a significant step toward the certification of the company's entire portfolio of WiMAX solutions.

    "Alcatel-Lucent is proud to receive WiMAX Forum Certification, which acknowledges the development efforts we've made over the last four and a half years," said Paul Larbey, Head of the Next Generation Mobile Access activities for Alcatel-Lucent."Thanks to our rigorous R&D process and our unique Open Device Program, customers can be confident that Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX equipment will interoperate with any WiMAX Forum(R) certified device."

    Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e, having shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations and installed equipment that already supports tens of thousands of paying subscribers.

    In December, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology's dominant market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL - which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as residential and nomadic PC use. Alcatel-Lucent market research indicates that close to 90% of WiMAX Rev-e subscribers to 2013 will fall in this service category.

    Prior to certification, Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure portfolio as a whole already strictly complied with the Rev-e standard. The company guarantees strict alignment of features and compliance in all three recognized frequencies as part of its global WiMAX strategy. The company's "Open Device Program" helped pave the way for certification ensuring interoperability testing between Alcatel-Lucent infrastructure and WiMAX chipsets and end-user devices from diverse players.

    Currently the WiMAX Forum(R) has more than 500 member companies including service providers, regulators, equipment vendors, chip vendors and content providers. Alcatel-Lucent is a member of the WiMAX Forum(R) board. It is also a founding member of the Open Patent Alliance, formed with other key industry players to advance WiMAX technology through more transparent intellectual property rights.

    About WiMAX Forum(R)

    The WiMAX Forum(R) is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16/ETSI HiperMAN standard. WiMAX Forum Certified products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum(R) works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. Through the WiMAX Forum Congress Events Series of global trade shows and events, the WiMAX Forum is committed to furthering education, training and collaboration to expand the reach of the WiMAX ecosystem. For more information, visit the trade show link at http://www.wimaxforum.org.

    "WiMAX Forum" is a registered trademark of the WiMAX Forum. "WiMAX," the WiMAX Forum logo, "WiMAX Forum Certified," and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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    Onstream Media Corporation to Report Fiscal 2009 First Quarter Financial Results on February 17Management to Discuss Financial Results During 4:30 p.m. ET Conference Call on February 18

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Onstream Media Corporation , a leading online service provider of live and on-demand digital media communications and applications, today announced that its management will conduct a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, to discuss its fiscal 2009 first quarter financial results for the period ended December 31, 2008. The Company anticipates releasing financial results and filing its Form 10-Q after the close of trading on February 17.

    During this conference call, Mr. Randy Selman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onstream Media Corporation and the Company's CFO, Mr. Robert Tomlinson, will discuss the Company's financial results as well as provide an outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2009. Management discussion will be followed by an open Q&A session.

    The teleconference and related webcast will occur on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties may listen to the presentation live online at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=56015 or by calling 1-888-645-4404 or 1-201-604-0169. It is recommended to dial in approximately 10 to 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. An audio rebroadcast of the conference call will be archived for one year online at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/event.asp?id=56015.

    About Onstream Media:

    Onstream Media Corporation is an online service provider of live and on-demand internet video, corporate web communications and content management applications. Onstream Media's pioneering Digital Media Services Platform (DMSP) provides customers with cost effective tools for encoding, managing, indexing, and publishing content via the Internet. The DMSP provides our clients with intelligent delivery and syndication of video advertising, and supports pay-per-view for online video and other rich media assets. The DMSP also provides an efficient workflow for transcoding and publishing user-generated content in combination with social networks and online video classifieds, utilizing Onstream Media's Auction Video(TM) (patent pending) technology. In addition, Onstream Media provides live and on-demand webcasting, webinars, web and audio conferencing services. In fact, almost half of the Fortune 1000 companies and 78% of the Fortune 100 CEOs and CFOs have used Onstream Media's services.

    Select Onstream Media customers include: AAA, AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, Bonnier Corporation, Dell, Disney, National Press Club, NHL, MGM, PR Newswire, BT Conferencing, Shareholder.com (NASDAQ), and the U.S. Government. Onstream Media's strategic relationships include Akamai, Adobe, eBay, FiveAcross/Cisco and Qwest. For more information, visit Onstream Media at http://www.onstreammedia.com/ or call 954-917-6655.

    CONTACTS: Onstream Media: Investor Relations: Chris Faust Brett Maas FastLane Communications Hayden IR 973-226-4379 646-536-7331 cfaust@fast-lane.net brett@haydenir.com

    Onstream Media Corporation

    CONTACT: Chris Faust of FastLane Communications, +1-973-226-4379,
    cfaust@fast-lane.net; or Investors, Brett Maas of Hayden IR, +1-646-536-7331,
    brett@haydenir.com, both for Onstream Media Corporation

    Web Site: http://www.onstreammedia.com/




    ZeroG Wireless Teams With Microchip Technology to Introduce ZeroG Wi-Fi Development Kits for PIC(R) Microcontrollers

    SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeroG Wireless, Inc., an innovator in low-power embedded Wi-Fi design, today announced the ZeroG "Wi-Fi I/O" development kits for Microchip Technology Inc.'s PIC(R) microcontrollers. The ZeroG development kits are based on the standard Microchip PICtail(TM) and PICtail Plus daughter-board connectors, which allows a designer to easily plug Wi-Fi connectivity into a variety of Microchip development kits. The Wi-Fi I/O kits are now available to select customers as part of an early-access program, with general availability expected in April. Interested customers can register on the ZeroG Web site at http://www.zerogwireless.com/.

    "We needed to develop a solution that would enable customers to easily and seamlessly add Wi-Fi to their existing designs," said David Friedman, vice president of Business Development for ZeroG. "Teaming with Microchip to develop a tightly integrated PICtail daughter board approach ensures that there is no need to buy a lot of additional hardware or software, or do a lot of re-engineering to make it work. Customers can begin prototyping with Wi-Fi the very same day they receive their ZeroG Wi-Fi PICtail Daughter Board."

    The PICtail daughter board-based kits contain a ZeroG Wi-Fi module mounted to a PICtail daughter board, along with software drivers. As a result of the joint development by ZeroG and Microchip, the ZeroG software stack runs on the 8-bit PIC18, 16-bit PIC24 and 32-bit PIC32 microcontrollers as well as the dsPIC(R) digital signal controller families, requiring little additional system resource to add Wi-Fi connectivity. The driver is highly integrated with Microchip's royalty-free TCP/IP networking stack, so customers that have used the stack can easily migrate from wired Ethernet to Wi-Fi communication. The module is being FCC certified and has an onboard antenna, with options for several external antennas for production.

    "We have seen a growing interest in Wi-Fi from our customers, over the last two years," said Rodger Richey, director of applications for Microchip's Advanced Microcontroller Architecture Division. "Working with ZeroG, we are jointly engineering a solution that leverages our customers' existing investments in hardware and software. Their PICtail daughter board and module is an easy-to-use Wi-Fi prototyping system with a fast path to production."

    Pricing and Availability

    The ZeroG development kits are currently available to customers as part of an early-access program. General availability is expected to follow at the beginning of April 2009. Development kit pricing ranges from $219 to $595 (U.S.), and is dependent on the configuration of the kit. Interested customers can register on the ZeroG Web site at http://www.zerogwireless.com/.

    The kits will be on display at ZeroG's Booth #541, at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, March 31-April 3.

    About Microchip

    Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at http://www.microchip.com/.

    About ZeroG Wireless, Inc.

    ZeroG Wireless is a fabless semiconductor company focused on creating a world of connected devices, the "Internet of Things." With ZeroG low-power Wi-Fi chips, there is no limit to the type of device that can now leverage the massive and rapidly growing Wi-Fi infrastructure. The Company's products are designed from the ground up to enable simple, low-cost connectivity for nearly any system, regardless of architecture. The result: faster time to market and significantly lower overall system cost.

    Privately held, ZeroG Wireless is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. Investors include Battery Ventures, Greylock Partners, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Miven. Additional information may be found at http://www.zerogwireless.com/

    Note: PIC, and dsPIC are registered trademarks of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. PICtail is a trademark of Microchip Technology Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are property of their respective companies.

    ZeroG Wireless, Inc.

    CONTACT: Lien Nguyen of ZeroG Wireless, +1-408-738-7546,
    lnguyen@zerogwireless.com; or Hillary Cain of Dynamic Flow Marketing,
    +1-831-439-2071, hcain@dynamicflow.com, for ZeroG Wireless

    Web Site: http://www.zerogwireless.com/




    AT&T to Add 75 New Cell Sites in North Carolina This YearAT&T Continues to Expand Nation's Fastest 3G Wireless in North Carolina

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As people's lives become increasingly mobile and fast-paced, AT&T* is expanding its North Carolina network to help customers keep up with the speed of life. AT&T announced today it plans to add some 75 new cell sites throughout North Carolina in 2009, and nearly 600 throughout the Southeast Region. The planned sites are part of AT&T's ongoing expansion of its 3G network, the nation's fastest 3G network, according to recent data compiled by leading independent wireless research firms.

    AT&T invested more than $200 million in its North Carolina wireless network from 2006 to 2008. As part of the its 2009 investment, AT&T plans to launch 3G service in Wilmington, Asheville, Hickory, Greenville and Havelock and expand its 3G footprint in Charlotte, Concord, Raleigh and Greensboro, totaling more than 220 cell site activations.

    "North Carolinians have known for generations that they can depend on AT&T to continually deliver the most advanced communications services and technologies," said Cynthia Marshall, president, AT&T North Carolina. "Today's announcement illustrates that even though our industry and technologies have changed over the years, our commitment remains strong. Continuing to grow and enhance our networks enables us to fulfill our mission of connecting customers with their world, everywhere they live and work, and doing it better than anyone else."

    Some of the counties that will benefit from the 2009 network build-out plan include:

    -- Piedmont/Triad -- Forsyth, Guilford, Caswell -- Piedmont/Greater Charlotte Metro -- Mecklenburg, Gaston, Union, Lincoln -- Mountains/Western NC -- Buncombe, Henderson -- Coastal Plain -- New Hanover -- Coastal Plain/Eastern NC -- Hyde, Carteret, Craven, Onslow, Pitt -- Coastal Plain/Eastern NC -- Cumberland -- Piedmont/Greater Triangle Area -- Wake, Durham, Wilson, Franklin, Halifax, Harnett, Northampton, Orange, Person

    "AT&T's 3G wireless network gives our customers the ability to stay connected to the information and content that is most important to them," said Alison Hall, vice president and general manager, (Carolinas) AT&T Mobility and Consumer Services. "We will continue to bring the world of converged wireline and wireless services to our customers in North Carolina."

    In addition to AT&T's recent wireless network enhancements, customers have access to the wireless network with the best global coverage, as well as the nation's premier lineup of innovative wireless and wireline products and services, including iPhone 3G, an AT&T exclusive. With the expansion of AT&T's retail services in North Carolina, customers have a new way to shop and experience AT&T's extensive portfolio of wireless, broadband, wireline and video products and services.

    AT&T added nearly 200 new cell sites in North Carolina last year and launched its high speed 3G network in Jacksonville and Fayetteville.

    AT&T's 3G network is now available in nearly 350 U.S. major metropolitan areas including Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Jacksonville, N.C., Fayetteville, N.C., Columbia, S.C., Greenville, S.C., Charleston, S.C., Spartanburg, S.C., and Clemson, S.C., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The AT&T 3G wireless network delivers LaptopConnect users typical downlink speeds ranging between 700 kilobits per second (Kbps) and 1.7 megabits per second (Mbps), and faster uplink speeds ranging between 500 Kbps and 1.2 Mbps. The super-charged network opens the door to a new era of advanced mobile services, devices and feature-rich audio and video content, such as AT&T Video Share(SM), a first-of-its-kind technology that allows users to share live video during a wireless call.

    AT&T's wireless network is built on the GSM standard -- the most open and widely used technology in the world. AT&T's wireless devices work in more than 200 countries and regions.

    For more information about AT&T's coverage in North Carolina or anywhere in the United States, consumers can go to http://www.wireless.att.com/coverageviewer/. The online tool can measure the quality of coverage based on a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

    * AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. About AT&T

    AT&T Inc. is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates, AT&T operating companies, are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. Among their offerings are the world's most advanced IP-based business communications services, the nation's fastest 3G network and the best wireless coverage worldwide, and the nation's leading high speed Internet access and voice services. In domestic markets, AT&T is known for the directory publishing and advertising sales leadership of its Yellow Pages and YELLOWPAGES.COM organizations, and the AT&T brand is licensed to innovators in such fields as communications equipment. As part of their three-screen integration strategy, AT&T operating companies are expanding their TV entertainment offerings. In 2008, AT&T again ranked No. 1 in the telecommunications industry on FORTUNE(R) magazine's lists of the World's Most Admired Companies and America's Most Admired Companies. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com/.

    (C) 2009 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies.

    All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

    AT&T Inc.

    CONTACT: Della Bowling of AT&T Inc., +1-704-423-5143, Mobile,
    +1-843-290-4252, della.bowling@att.com

    Web site: http://www.att.com/




    Verizon Adds 18 New Channels to FiOS TV Lineup for California Area CustomersNew FiOS TV Customers Eligible for a High-Def or Home Media Digital Video Recorder -- Free for 6 Months

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon FiOS TV continues delivering the ultimate home entertainment experience, with the addition of 18 new channels to its California lineup. FiOS TV customers in the area now have a total of 110 high-definition (HD) channels available, and more than 1,200 HD video-on-demand (VOD) titles, which are offered each month.

    "Only Verizon delivers all-digital TV over an all-fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes," said Shawne Angelle, vice president of marketing and sales for Verizon's West Coast region. "Our advanced network creates the ultimate home-entertainment experience, with an ever-expanding channel lineup, the most HD channels, the best picture-and-sound quality and interactive features that go beyond old-fashioned cable."

    New customers who subscribe to FiOS TV between now and Feb. 21 will also receive their choice of free use for six months of either a high-definition (HD) digital video recorder (DVR) or an HD Home Media DVR. Customers who take advantage of this offer will save between $95 and $119 for the first six months, depending upon the DVR customers choose.

    Customers who take advantage of Verizon's multi-room DVR can use one DVR to record programming that can be watched on up to six other TV sets in the home. This includes viewing up to three separately recorded programs simultaneously on different TV sets, and the ability to pause recorded programming on one set and continue watching it on another. Verizon's Home Media DVR also allows customers to access photos and music from their personal computers and play them on their TV or home theater systems.

    New Content

    The 18 new channels available to subscribers in the California area offer more movie and sports content, with channels such as Encore HD, Cinemax HD East and HBO HD East, which provide a great selection of movie choices; Chiller, a 24-hour channel devoted to suspense and horror movies; and sports channels including CBS College Sports Network. Customers will also have access to The Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Blue Highways, a channel highlighting music, neighborhoods, art, festivals and celebrations that define American culture.

    FiOS TV also continues to expand its diverse content with the addition of eight new multicultural content channels: CCTV-9, Deutsche Welle, Zee TV, ProSiebenSat.1Welt, Jus Punjabi, SET Asia, Starz Indie and Starz Retro, leading channels for multicultural audiences as well as Asian, Indian, German and European audiences.

    FiOS TV's innovative interactive media guide (IMG) helps customers quickly and easily find and enjoy content from TV listings, VOD catalogs and their DVR, as well as personal music and photos from a home network. Among the features of the IMG are:

    -- Remote DVR management -- Subscribers can remotely control their Home Media DVRs either online or via select Verizon Wireless handsets. On-the-go FiOS TV subscribers can use the service to remotely review, change or add recording requests, delete recorded programs, browse and search TV and video-on-demand listings, set parental controls, and more. -- Widgets -- Customers have one-touch, on-demand access to local weather and traffic reports shown on TV screens. Widgets provide local traffic and weather reports, daily local and national news headlines, daily national sports headlines, community news, and daily horoscopes. -- Free casual games -- With the remote control and an HD set-top box, customers can access chess, solitaire and wordplay. -- "What's Hot on FiOS TV" -- Features information on the most-popular programs currently being broadcast in the region and the most popular VOD titles. -- Return to paused programming -- Allows customers to pause live programming, change channels, and then return to the paused program and pick up where they left off. -- Channel sorting options -- Customers can create two separate lists of favorite channels for family members. Customers also can filter channels in the guide by genre, for instances where a customer only may want to see HD content, international channels or kids programming, among others.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 80 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

    Verizon

    CONTACT: Jon Davies, +1-805-372-6969, jon.davies@verizon.com, or Deidre
    Mulcahy, +1-908-559-3483, deidre.m.mulcahy@verizon.com, both of Verizon

    Web Site: http://www.verizon.com/

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    Alcatel-Lucent Receives WiMAX(TM) 3.5GHz Certification From the WiMAX Forum(R)The Award Underlines Standard-Based Interoperability of Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX(TM) Rev-e Solution

    Mobile World Congress, BARCELONA, February 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has received the WiMAX Forum Certified(TM) seal of approval for the 3.5GHz band version of its WiMAX Rev-e (802.16-2005 standard) compact base station. This achievement is recognition of the high quality and reliability of the company's WiMAX(TM) equipment.

    "We're pleased to certify Alcatel-Lucent's equipment in the 3.5GHz band, particularly given that breadth of the company's presence in WiMAX deployments worldwide in this frequency," said Ron Resnick, the president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "The company's solution met all specifications in a series of tests at the labs of AT4 wireless, surpassing the WiMAX Forum's stringent certification requirements."

    The certification reinforces Alcatel-Lucent's leadership position in WiMAX globally and in particular in the 3.5 GHz band, where the vendor has a commanding share of Rev-e network contracts awarded to date worldwide. Out of 34 Alcatel-Lucent Rev-e commercial deployments worldwide, 21 are in the 3.5GHz band, and seven of these are already in commercial service. Key to its commercial success has been implementation of advanced technologies such as beam forming, which extends cell range and thus reduces operators' deployment costs.

    This new milestone follows the WiMAX Forum's certification of Alcatel-Lucent's 2.5GHz base station portfolio last summer and marks a significant step toward the certification of the company's entire portfolio of WiMAX solutions.

    "Alcatel-Lucent is proud to receive WiMAX Forum Certification, which acknowledges the development efforts we've made over the last four and a half years," said Paul Larbey, Head of the Next Generation Mobile Access activities for Alcatel-Lucent."Thanks to our rigorous R&D process and our unique Open Device Program, customers can be confident that Alcatel-Lucent's WiMAX equipment will interoperate with any WiMAX Forum(R) certified device."

    Alcatel-Lucent is the commercial leader in WiMAX Rev-e, having shipped more than 10,000 Rev-e base stations and installed equipment that already supports tens of thousands of paying subscribers.

    In December, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it was refocusing its WiMAX R&D efforts on the technology's dominant market opportunity, enhanced wireless DSL - which includes data-centric mobility usage on netbooks and mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) as well as residential and nomadic PC use. Alcatel-Lucent market research indicates that close to 90% of WiMAX Rev-e subscribers to 2013 will fall in this service category.

    Prior to certification, Alcatel-Lucent's infrastructure portfolio as a whole already strictly complied with the Rev-e standard. The company guarantees strict alignment of features and compliance in all three recognized frequencies as part of its global WiMAX strategy. The company's "Open Device Program" helped pave the way for certification ensuring interoperability testing between Alcatel-Lucent infrastructure and WiMAX chipsets and end-user devices from diverse players.

    Currently the WiMAX Forum(R) has more than 500 member companies including service providers, regulators, equipment vendors, chip vendors and content providers. Alcatel-Lucent is a member of the WiMAX Forum(R) board. It is also a founding member of the Open Patent Alliance, formed with other key industry players to advance WiMAX technology through more transparent intellectual property rights.

    About WiMAX Forum(R)

    The WiMAX Forum(R) is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16/ETSI HiperMAN standard. WiMAX Forum Certified products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum(R) works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements. Through the WiMAX Forum Congress Events Series of global trade shows and events, the WiMAX Forum is committed to furthering education, training and collaboration to expand the reach of the WiMAX ecosystem. For more information, visit the trade show link at http://www.wimaxforum.org/.

    "WiMAX Forum" is a registered trademark of the WiMAX Forum. "WiMAX," the WiMAX Forum logo, "WiMAX Forum Certified," and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About Alcatel-Lucent

    Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is the trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments worldwide, providing solutions to deliver voice, data and video communication services to end-users. A leader in fixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services, Alcatel-Lucent leverages the unrivalled technical and scientific expertise of Bell Labs, one of the largest innovation powerhouses in the communications industry. With operations in more than 130 countries and the most experienced global services organization in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with a global reach. Alcatel-Lucent achieved revenues of Euro 16.98 billion in 2008 and is incorporated in France, with executive offices located in Paris. For more information, visit Alcatel-Lucent on the Internet: http://www.alcatel-lucent.com/

    All trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    Alcatel-Lucent

    CONTACT: Alcatel-Lucent Press Contacts: Regine Coqueran, Tel:
    +33(0)1-40-76-49-24, regine.coqueran@alcatel-lucent.com; Christine de
    Monfreid, Tel: +33(0)1-30-77-59-14, christine.de_monfreid@alcatel-lucent.fr;
    Alcatel-Lucent Investor Relations: Remi Thomas, Tel: +33(0)1-40-76-50-61,
    remi.thomas@alcatel-lucent.com; Tom Bevilacqua, Tel: +1-908-582-7998,
    bevilacqua@alcatel-lucent.com; Tony Lucido, Tel: +33(0)1-40-76-49-80,
    alucido@alcatel-lucent.com; Don Sweeney, Tel: +1-908-582-6153,
    dsweeney@alcatel-lucent.com




    Marshall and West Virginia Universities Build Endowment Fund With $500,000 Grant from Verizon West VirginiaGrant to Support Schools' 'Bucks for Brains' Programs Designed to Hire Faculty to Conduct Scientific Research That Will Attract Businesses to the State

    CHARLESTON, W. Va., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- With a $500,000 grant from Verizon West Virginia, Marshall University and West Virginia University are one step closer to raising the necessary funds to hire faculty to conduct scientific research that would be used to strengthen West Virginia's economy by attracting new businesses to the state.

    Marshall and WVU, two of the state's research universities, created endowments that will be matched with state funds. Through the schools' "Bucks for Brains" programs, newly hired faculty will also find ways to patent, license and commercialize products that result from their research. The ultimate goal is for West Virginians to reap financial benefits from industries this investment creates -- from bioscience to health care to manufacturing to technology.

    "Verizon has been a leading proponent of economic development in West Virginia for decades," said B. Keith Fulton, president of Verizon West Virginia. "Technology will play an important role in our state's continued growth and future success. Our goal in supporting this program is to improve the communities we serve and live in by helping to create new, technology-based jobs right here at home."

    According to the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, studies show that regions populated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals have more intellectual property creation, higher wages, positive health care statistics, and more new business startups and jobs. In areas like North Carolina, where colleges and universities receive federal and state funding to attract the right people who can get grants and conduct research, the effort has generated billions of dollars into the state, although it can take time.

    Through "Bucks for Brains," Marshall and WVU can compete on an international level for up-and-coming scientists. Both schools have already developed plans for their respective shares of the funds, which they can start to receive by the first part of this year through 2010.

    Verizon Communications Inc. , headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 80 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 224,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $97 billion. For more information, visit http://www.verizon.com/.

    VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at http://www.verizon.com/news. To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

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    CONTACT: Sandra Arnette, Verizon, +1-410-393-7109,
    sandra.u.arnette@verizon.com

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    OAG Airline Flight Schedule and Status Information Now Available Via New GPS Navigation Service from NAVITIME(R) JAPAN

    SINGAPORE, February 16 /PRNewswire/ --

    - OAG's Timetable and Flight Status Content Enables Searches on Commercial Airline Flights for NAVITIME Customers

    Global flight information and data solutions company OAG (Official Airline Guide, www.oagcorporate.com), part of UBM Aviation ( www.ubmaviation.com), announced today it is the content provider for the new commercial airline flights travel option on the latest release of the NAVITIME mobile GPS navigation and route search service for business and leisure travellers.

    OAG has partnered with NAVITIME JAPAN CO., LTD., to give customers the GPS navigation service easy access to flight schedules and the latest updates on flight arrivals and departures.

    Mario M. Hardy, OAG's Vice President Asia Pacific, said: "OAG is the world's authority on global flight information and we are proud to be the airline content partner for an innovative brand like NAVITIME. The combination of OAG's flight data with this multi-modal route navigation solution will deliver a valuable service to consumers who wish to travel by air."

    Dr. Keisuke Onishi, NAVITIME JAPAN's CEO and President, says: "By adopting OAG's commercial airline data for the NAVITIME service, our users now have a wider variation of transportation methods. Navigation to a distant, unfamiliar destination can be easily achieved with assurance using such data."

    The new flight search service is available for both mobile and web interfaces within each of NAVITIME's U.S. and European service areas. Users will be able to search the OAG online flight timetable for routes available within the U.S. for the U.S. area service, and within 19 European countries for the European service area. The search will show all convenient direct and connecting flight options, and provide an aircraft's flight status between 2 airports at a given time.

    Information about NAVITIME products, including the online flight timetable and flight status services from OAG, is available at www.navitime.com.

    Images of screenshots to illustrate how live OAG flight information appears on the NAVITIME web site and on the mobile application are available at www.oag.com/graphics/navitime.htm.

    More information about OAG is available at www.oagcorporate.com.

    About OAG (Official Airline Guide)

    OAG (www.oagcorporate.com) is a global flight information and data solutions company. The business is underpinned by its data management expertise. OAG is best known for its airline schedules database which feeds the world's global distribution systems and travel portals and drives the internal systems of many airlines, air traffic control systems, aircraft manufacturers, airport planners and government agencies. OAG is part of UBM Aviation (www.ubmaviation.com), a global data and information business for the air transport industry serving the passenger aviation, air cargo logistics, maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) and business travel communities with flight and fleet information products, market intelligence, news and events. UBM Aviation operates from offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, China and The Netherlands. It is a division of United Business Media Limited (UBM).

    About UBM (www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

    United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewellery dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses include CMPMedica, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb, Think Services, UBM Aviation and UBM Global Trade. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of US$2.5 billion.

    About NAVITIME (www.navitime.com)

    NAVITIME JAPAN CO., LTD. is a leading mobile phone-based navigation solution provider, with live implementations around the world. In 1998, NAVITIME introduced the world's first multi-modal navigation -- an award-winning point-to-point navigation function that gives you the fastest and most practical travel route using a combination of walking, driving, and public transportation (trains, subways, buses, taxis, and airplanes).

    OAG

    Alison Pickering, Head of Corporate Communications of UBM Aviation, +44(0)1582-695477 (UK), apickering@ubmaviation.com




    Teledata Networks Wins $16.2M Multiservice Access Network Project From ICE Costa Rica

    HERZLIYA, Israel, February 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Teledata Networks, a leading global provider of innovative Multiservice Access solutions for Next Generation Networks (NGN), has signed a contract of $16.2M for the delivery of BroadAccess-1000E Multiservice Access Gateways (MSAG) to ICE, Costa Rica's National Electricity and Telecommunications Company. The award follows an international public tender issued by ICE, in which BroadAccess-1000E was selected as the exclusive solution.

    Teledata Networks will supply ICE with its new BroadAccess-1000E platform, an advanced IP -MSAG for delivery of voice and broadband services. Implementing state-of-the-art technology, the BroadAccess-1000E is an industry leading platform due to its superior architecture and powerful performance.

    The project will enable ICE to transform its current network to IP-based NGN architecture for the provisioning of Triple Play services. The BroadAccess-1000E system offers an ideal solution for ICE's network migration by implementing ultra high-speed Ethernet design, advanced VoIP and IP capabilities, and resilient Ethernet transmission. Hundreds of BroadAccess-1000E systems will be deployed across the country to provide a complete range of services to residential, business and corporate customers. The systems will be installed in a Fiber to the Remote (FTTR) network architecture within hardened street cabinets.

    "Teledata Networks is a leading provider for the Latin-American market, with a long standing customer base, covering the entire region. This award highlights the company's growing stronghold in the area." said Mauricio Tepper, Associate VP of Sales, Teledata Networks. "We are proud to be selected by ICE for this important project and to take part in their progress towards a new era of NGN.

    "The outstanding capabilities of our new BroadAccess-1000E platform and

    About BroadAccess

    BroadAccess-1000E(TM) is an IP-based Multiservice Access Gateway (MSAG) designed for the delivery of Triple Play services and migration to NGN. With a multiple 10Gig-E architecture and advanced IP functionality, BroadAccess-1000E provides an optimal solution for broadband services such as IP-TV. The system incorporates diverse functionalities, including those of an Access Gateway and IP- DSLAM, and supports a complete set of services over copper and fiber.

    About Teledata Networks

    Teledata Networks is a leading global provider of innovative Multiservice Access solutions for Next Generation Networks. The company provides unique solutions for telecom operators and service providers in accordance with their needs, to enhance their competitive edge.

    Teledata Networks has accumulated a wide installed base, spanning millions of lines in over 55 countries worldwide. Its twenty seven years of experience have yielded outstanding technological leadership, a high level of expertise and a strong foundation of intellectual property.

    Teledata Networks is a private company, in which the major shareholders are the Kardan group (Euronext: KARD), Elron Electronic Industries and Infinity Venture Capital Fund. Learn more about Teledata Networks at http://www.teledata-networks.com/.

    About ICE

    ICE is Costa Rica's sole telecommunications operator and electricity supplier, fully owned by the government. ICE has been providing telecommunications services throughout the country since 1963.

    For further details, please contact: Valerie Behrman Tel: +972-9-959-1761 E mail: press@teledata-networks.com

    Teledata Networks Ltd

    CONTACT: For further details, please contact: Valerie Behrman, Tel:
    +972-9-959-1761, E mail: press@teledata-networks.com




    Orange is First to Launch LG Touch Watch Phone in Europe

    PARIS, February 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Orange today announces it will be the first operator to offer the world's first Touch Watch phone (LG G910) in Europe, bringing customers the latest in breakthrough mobile technology in this tiny, wearable device from LG Electronics. This market-first innovation, available from flagship stores across Orange's European footprint later this year, will give Orange customers the chance to enjoy a whole new way of communicating.

    Yves Maitre, Senior VP of Devices at Orange says, "At Orange, we are always finding new ways to bring mobility to our customers, from the simplest phones to feature rich devices. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Orange, and LG shares that vision. Together, we are pleased to offer Orange customers the first opportunity to experience this market leading Watch phone."

    The compact and stylish wrist watch style phone comes with a blue-tooth headset and features a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA and video-calling capabilities. Whether it is searching for restaurants and making video conference calls, or watching sports clips and listening to music on the built-in MP3 player, Orange customers will be able to enjoy the same multimedia experience on a watch, as they do on other mobile phones.

    Yves continues, "This phone really manages to combine form with functionality and its chic styling and mobile broadband connectivity will no doubt appeal to all the early adopters out there. It is a great addition to our range, showing that we can give customers the latest in high-tech design for a totally new kind of mobile multimedia experience, or if they choose, a simple device for calling and texting."

    Mr Harrison Lee, Senior Vice President & Head of European Mobile Business, LG Electronics says, "Orange's long heritage in mobile innovation and its proven success at bringing such technologies to its customers means it is an ideal partner to bring the world's first Touch Watch Phone to Europe."

    For more information about Orange visit http://www.orange.com/en_EN/group/

    Orange

    CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Orange, Vanessa
    Clarke, +44(0)7891-056-593, vanessa.clarke@orange-ftgroup.com; Georgina Hart,
    +44-7730-989-693, georgina.hart@orange-ftgroup.com




    Orange is First to Launch LG Touch Watch Phone in Europe

    PARIS, February 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Orange today announces it will be the first operator to offer the world's first Touch Watch phone (LG G910) in Europe, bringing customers the latest in breakthrough mobile technology in this tiny, wearable device from LG Electronics. This market-first innovation, available from flagship stores across Orange's European footprint later this year, will give Orange customers the chance to enjoy a whole new way of communicating.

    Yves Maitre, Senior VP of Devices at Orange says, "At Orange, we are always finding new ways to bring mobility to our customers, from the simplest phones to feature rich devices. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Orange, and LG shares that vision. Together, we are pleased to offer Orange customers the first opportunity to experience this market leading Watch phone."

    The compact and stylish wrist watch style phone comes with a blue-tooth headset and features a full touch-screen interface, 3G HSDPA and video-calling capabilities. Whether it is searching for restaurants and making video conference calls, or watching sports clips and listening to music on the built-in MP3 player, Orange customers will be able to enjoy the same multimedia experience on a watch, as they do on other mobile phones.

    Yves continues, "This phone really manages to combine form with functionality and its chic styling and mobile broadband connectivity will no doubt appeal to all the early adopters out there. It is a great addition to our range, showing that we can give customers the latest in high-tech design for a totally new kind of mobile multimedia experience, or if they choose, a simple device for calling and texting."

    Mr Harrison Lee, Senior Vice President & Head of European Mobile Business, LG Electronics says, "Orange's long heritage in mobile innovation and its proven success at bringing such technologies to its customers means it is an ideal partner to bring the world's first Touch Watch Phone to Europe."

    For more information about Orange visit http://www.orange.com/en_EN/group/

    Orange

    For further information, please contact: Orange, Vanessa Clarke, +44(0)7891-056-593, vanessa.clarke@orange-ftgroup.com; Georgina Hart, +44-7730-989-693, georgina.hart@orange-ftgroup.com




    SRA Appoints Stewart Simonson as Vice President, Government Affairs

    FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SRA International, Inc. , a leading provider of technology and strategic consulting services and solutions to government organizations and commercial clients, today announced that Stewart Simonson has assumed the role of vice president, government affairs. Simonson will report to SRA President and CEO Stan Sloane and will be the senior corporate executive responsible for maintaining effective relations between the company and the U.S. government.

    Simonson has more than 18 years of experience, serving in leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Simonson was previously SRA's vice president and director of strategic initiatives within the Global Health business, where he managed thought leadership on key health topics and provided strategic consulting for health-related projects and proposals.

    "Stewart has the knowledge, experience and vision we need in this strategic role," said Sloane. "He is a public policy expert and relationship builder, and I am certain he will be a tremendous addition to our executive team."

    Prior to joining SRA through the acquisition of Constella Group, LLC, in August 2007, Simonson led Constella's preparedness practice by launching initiatives to broaden the company's extensive preparedness expertise and its support of both public and private sector constituents. Before Constella, Simonson spent nearly five years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he served in several senior positions, including deputy general counsel and assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness. Earlier in his career, he was chief legal counsel to the governor of Wisconsin. Simonson is a member of the D.C. and Wisconsin bars.

    About SRA International, Inc.

    SRA and its subsidiaries are dedicated to solving complex problems of global significance for government organizations serving the national security, civil government and global health markets. Founded in 1978, the company and its subsidiaries have expertise in such areas as air surveillance and air traffic management; contract research organization (CRO) services; cybersecurity; disaster response planning; enterprise resource planning; environmental strategies; IT systems, infrastructure and managed services; logistics; public health preparedness; strategic management consulting; systems engineering; and wireless integration.

    FORTUNE(R) magazine has chosen SRA as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" for ten consecutive years. The company and its subsidiaries employ more than 6,900 employees serving clients from headquarters in Fairfax, Va., and offices around the world. For additional information on SRA, please visit http://www.sra.com/.

    Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans, and prospects for SRA, including statements about the estimated value of the contract and work to be performed, and other statements containing the words "estimates," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of February 16, 2009. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to February 16, 2009.

    SRA International, Inc.

    CONTACT: Sheila Blackwell, +1-703-227-8345, sheila_blackwell@sra.com, or
    Kelly Batalle, +1-703-284-5083, kelly_batalle@sra.com, both of SRA
    International, Inc.

    Web Site: http://www.sra.com/




    EXFO's Ethernet/IP Handheld Tester Raises Bar in Carrier Ethernet Services TestingInnovative, all-in-one Ethernet services test suite with unique graphical data display brings powerful yet intuitive testing capabilities to front- line technicians

    QUEBEC CITY, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc. announced today the release of a new software suite that brings powerful capabilities to the AXS-200/850 - a handheld Ethernet and IP tester that dramatically simplifies the testing processes used by field technicians when turning-up metro Ethernet and IP services. Available as a software option for existing or new AXS-200/850 testers, the new features allow field technicians to perform one-step, multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring to emulate tiered-service offerings and establish base-line quality-of-service (QoS) metrics that are critical to any service level agreement (SLA).

    The continuing popularity of bandwidth-intensive residential triple-play, mobile data, and IP-based business services is driving the proliferation of carrier Ethernet in access and metro networks. As these services have evolved, the need for more stringent SLA metrics and tiered-service offerings have risen, in turn requiring stronger testing capabilities by front-line field technicians. Novice and expert technicians alike must not only turn up and test these new Ethernet connections, but they are also being called upon to monitor and measure QoS performance to quickly and efficiently establish baseline metrics for SLAs.

    EXFO's AXS-200/850 handheld tester puts powerful, yet intuitive multi-stream traffic generation and monitoring tools into the hands of field technicians. A quick glance at the AXS-200/850's exclusive graphical multi-stream traffic generation gauges allows any technician to immediately and accurately interpret real-time pass/fail thresholds. The innovative GUI uses speedometer-like images to display real-time test results that eliminate errors in data interpretation with clear, easily recognizable color-coded graphics. Full-line rate throughput, packet jitter, real-time latency, frame loss, out-of-sequence statistics and on-the-fly adjustment of throughput and frame size give all technicians the power to quickly and easily determine if the Ethernet and IP services are meeting expected SLAs.

    "Even as networks and component configurations continue to grow in complexity, the current economic climate is forcing service providers to drive more productivity out of their resources," said Etienne Gagnon, EXFO's Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing. "The latest AXS-200/850 software suite supports our customers' business initiatives with focused functionality that expands their field-testing capabilities, while enabling them to meet stringent SLAs. It is another example of EXFO's commitment to deliver innovative, relevant testing solutions that address real-world challenges."

    For further information on the AXS-200/850 Ethernet Testing Module, please visit http://www.exfo.com/.

    About EXFO

    EXFO is a leading provider of test and service assurance solutions for network service providers and equipment manufacturers in the global telecommunications industry. The Telecom Division offers a wide range of innovative solutions extending across the full technology lifecycle - from design to technology deployment and onto service assurance - and covering all layers on a network infrastructure to enable triple-play services and next-generation, converged IP networking. The Life Sciences and Industrial Division offers solutions in medical device and opto-electronics assembly, fluorescence microscopy and other life science sectors. For more information, visit http://www.exfo.com/.

    EXFO Electro-Optical Engineering Inc.

    CONTACT: Vance Oliver, Manager, Investor Relations, (418) 683-0913, Ext.
    3733, vance.oliver@exfo.com




    Irvine Sensors Sets 1st Quarter Conference CallWebcast Scheduled for Monday, February 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM (Pacific Standard Time)

    COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Irvine Sensors Corporation today announced that it will host a conference call to discuss results of its first quarter of fiscal 2009, the 13 weeks ended December 28, 2008, on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 1:15 PM Pacific Standard Time. Analysts and Investors who would like to participate in the Q&A Session following the web cast, please request the dial-in number from Investor Relations at investorrelations@irvine-sensors.com before noon, Monday, February 23, 2009. If you are not able to participate in the Q&A Session, you may e-mail your questions to Investor Relations at investorrelations@irvine-sensors.com. All questions will be addressed as time permits.

    Irvine Sensors' CEO John C. Carson and CFO John Stuart will host the Company's call to discuss those results. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties via a link on Irvine Sensors' homepage at http://www.irvine-sensors.com/. To listen to the live call, please go to the Irvine Sensors website at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download, and install any necessary audio software. For those unable to monitor the live broadcast, a replay will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call, and remain archived on the Irvine Sensors site through March 6, 2009.

    Irvine Sensors Corporation http://www.irvine-sensors.com/ is a vision systems company engaged in the development and sale of miniaturized infrared and electro-optical cameras, image processors and stacked chip assemblies and research and development related to high density electronics, miniaturized sensors, optical interconnection technology, high speed network security, image processing and low-power analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for diverse systems applications.

    Irvine Sensors Corporation

    CONTACT: Investor Relations of Irvine Sensors Corporation,
    +1-714-444-8718, investorrelations@irvine-sensors.com

    Web Site: http://www.irvine-sensors.com/




    eTelecare Expands Agreement With Leading Telecommunications Provider

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eTelecare Global Solutions (Pink Sheets: ETEL), a leading provider of complex business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions, has expanded an agreement with a leading telecommunications provider whereby it will provide an additional queue to this longstanding client's inbound sales program. The additional services -- designed to help the client's U.S. customers add new communications lines or upgrade to newer or higher-tier phones -- will be delivered from a new contact center located outside Managua, Nicaragua operated by eTelecare Nicaragua, a joint venture between eTelecare and Almori BPO Services, Inc.

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    eTelecare's business philosophy, investing to outperform, creates real, sustainable value for clients by investing in people, processes, and technology -- leading to breakthrough results. By taking a consultative approach to identifying and meeting the needs of this client's customers, eTelecare has used its U.S. and Philippine delivery centers for more than four years to consistently deliver high customer satisfaction and high average revenue per user (ARPU). These same global best practices will be utilized in Nicaragua.

    "After visiting our facilities in Nicaragua, where we have access to a high-quality multilingual labor pool, this industry leader expressed confidence in eTelecare's ability to deliver high performance and significant value," said John Harris, President and CEO of eTelecare. Harris noted that this marks the first time that eTelecare will be delivering English-language services from a region other than the U.S. or the Philippines.

    Due to the time zone and geographic proximity to the U.S., its high-growth economy, strong U.S. and Canadian cultural affinity, robust telecommunications infrastructure, and large pool of skilled multi-lingual workers, Nicaragua offers an ideal location from which to meet the growing demand for Spanish and English contact center services.

    About eTelecare Global Solutions

    Founded in 1999, eTelecare Global Solutions is a leading provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) focusing on the complex, voice and non-voice based segment of customer-care services. It provides a range of services, including technical support, customer service, sales, customer retention, chat and email from both onshore and offshore locations. Services are provided from delivery centers in the Philippines, North America, and Latin America. Additional information is available at http://www.etelecare.com/.

    Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as "expects," "believes," "intends, "will," "estimates" and similar expressions identify such forward-looking statements. These are statements that relate to future events and include, but are not limited to, statements related to expanding our service delivery capabilities in Nicaragua. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our ability to manage growth, intense competition in the industry including those factors which may affect our cost advantage, wage increases, our ability to attract and retain customer service associates and other highly skilled professionals, client concentration, the underlying success of our clients and the resulting impact of any adverse developments in our clients' business including adverse litigation results as well as other risks detailed from time to time in our SEC filings, including those described in the "Risk Factors" section in our Quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. SEC on May 14, 2008 as supplemented in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q filed with the U.S. SEC on November 13, 2008. You can locate these filings on the Investor Relations page of our website, at http://www.etelecare.com/ under the About Us/Investor Relations link. Statements included in this release are based upon information known to eTelecare as of the date of this release, and eTelecare assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release.

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    CONTACT: North America, Mark Skoog, +1-480-707-5414, or Philippines,
    Ruby Pauron, 63 917 533 1926, for eTelecare Global Solutions

    Web Site: http://www.etelecare.com/




    Microsoft and America Movil to Extend Windows Live Mobile Services Across Latin AmericaRegional agreement will provide comprehensive suite of Windows Live, MSN and Live Search to 17 countries including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. and America Movil, the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America, announced that America Movil will adopt and deploy a comprehensive suite of Windows Live mobile services to its 172 million customers. Windows Live has a strong customer base in Latin America with millions of customers using the services on their PC, including the leading instant messaging and e-mail offerings in the region. Through this deal, America Movil will make it easier for its customers to extend the Windows Live and MSN experience from the PC to their mobile phone through its mobile Internet browser, text messages and client-based applications.

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    The Windows Live mobile services included in the agreement are Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Spaces. America Movil will also feature MSN Mobile and Live Search in its mobile portals. Together, these services make it easier for customers to connect and share with the people they care about, search for important information, and get the latest news, weather, sports and entertainment while on the go.

    Customers will benefit from the relationship in 17 Latin American countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Initial Windows Live mobile services are already available for America Movil customers in Brazil and Mexico and will soon be launched in a phased rollout to the other markets.

    "We're excited to partner with America Movil to extend the Windows Live experience to such a large portion of our customer base in Latin America," said Brian Arbogast, corporate vice president of Mobile Services for Microsoft. "Our customers want to communicate and share while mobile via Windows Live, as well as search and access mobile-optimized content via MSN. This partnership will make it easy for customers to take advantage of Microsoft's great suite of mobile offerings."

    "Extending our partnership with Microsoft is the next step for providing our mutual customers with access to the sophisticated and simple communication tools they want while on the go," said Carlos Cardenas, operations director, America Movil. "In addition, we expect this strategic move will help boost our average revenue per user."

    About America Movil

    America Movil is the leading provider of wireless services in Latin America. As of October 28, 2008, it had 172.6 million wireless subscribers and 3.9 million landlines in the Americas.

    About Windows Live

    More than 500 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for sharing e-mail, messaging, photos and files within their networks of friends, family, business associates and more. With localized versions being made available globally in 54 countries and 48 languages by early 2009, the next generation of Windows Live brings enhanced tools to make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. The new Windows Live experience is also enhanced by strategic alliances -- with feeds from third-party sites that enable users to stay up to date on what's new with friends and family and see information from other online services such as Flickr, LinkedIn and Pandora -- all in a single set of services where they already spend time every day. Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at http://www.windowslive.com/.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    CONTACT: Jaclyn Ruckle, jruckle@webershandwick.com, or MCB PR Team,
    wwmcb@webershandwick.com, both of Weber Shandwick Worldwide, +1-425-452-5400
    for Microsoft; or Araceli Ruiz, Public Relations of America Movil,
    +52 (55) 2581 3947

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Microsoft Reveals New Windows(R) Phones With Marketplace and My Phone ServicesMicrosoft mobile partners fly the Windows flag: HTC, LG and Orange preview first Windows(R) phones.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer along with key mobile partners, HTC, LG and Orange, unveiled new Windows(R) phones featuring new user-friendly software and services. The next generation of Windows(R) phones will be based on Windows Mobile 6.5 and feature a new user interface and a richer browsing experience. In addition, Windows(R) phones will feature two new services: My Phone, to sync text messages, photos, video, contacts and more to the Web; and Windows(R) Marketplace for Mobile, a new marketplace that will provide direct-to-phone mobile applications and can be accessed from both the phone and the Web.

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    "Windows(R) phones bring together the best of the Web, the PC and the phone so you can connect instantly to the experiences you care about, no matter where you are," Ballmer said. "We're working with partners across the industry to deliver a new generation of Windows(R) phones that break down the barriers between people, information and applications and provide great end- to-end experiences that span your entire life, at work and at home."

    Windows Mobile 6.5 Delivers New User Experience

    The new Windows Mobile 6.5 home screen keeps people up-to-date on important information by providing a dashboard-like experience to items such as new e-mails, texts, missed calls and calendar appointments. It also includes an improved touch-screen interface, making it easy to take action with a finger, and an updated version of the latest Internet Explorer Mobile browser, which in a third-party research study sponsored by Microsoft supported execution of up to 48 percent more assigned tasks than the other browsers and phones studied.

    My Phone Service Connects the Phone to the Web

    The free My Phone service will enable people to access, manage and back up their personal information on their device to a password-protected Web-based service, making it easier to upgrade phones without the worry of losing important information. With automatic syncing and backup, users can count on their contacts, appointments, text messages and other information being kept up to date and easily restored should they lose or upgrade their phone. Consumers also will be able to automatically upload photos and video from their Windows(R) phone directly to the My Phone service, making it simple to preserve content that, in the past, would have lived and died on the phone. The My Phone service is currently available in a limited invitation-only beta.

    Rich and Integrated Marketplace Service Will Offer Easy Access to Mobile Applications

    The new operating system features Windows(R) Marketplace for Mobile, a rich and integrated marketplace for searching, browsing and purchasing mobile applications from Windows(R) phones or from a PC by simply using a Windows Live ID. The new marketplace will be included with all Windows phones based on Windows Mobile 6.5, which will help consumers to easily find, install and experience those applications that fit their needs and make the phone truly personal. Developers, who have already built over 20,000 applications for Windows(R) phones, will be able to offer applications to customers through the marketplace via a simple security and compatibility check from Microsoft.

    Partners Showcase New Windows(R) Phones

    Leading mobile partners from around the world revealed some of the first Windows(R) phones showcasing the new operating system. In particular, mobile operator Orange will update its portfolio to offer new Windows phones with enhanced browsing, diverse personalization options and new user experiences. Similarly, two of the world's top phone manufacturers displayed their Windows(R) phones.

    -- The LG-GM7300 is a stylish, user-friendly phone with features such as one-click e-mail set up to help people stay connected to the information they care about most. Available first on Windows Mobile 6.1, LG will add a Windows Mobile 6.5 version to the family, complementing an expanded alliance to dramatically increase the number of LG phones running Windows.

    -- HTC's Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, announced today, will be upgradeable to Windows Mobile 6.5. New enhanced contact integration combined with new Internet capabilities deliver a people-centric approach to mobile communication. HTC's Touch Diamond 2 features TouchFLO 3D, a sleek and compact design with a large 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen display, while HTC Touch Pro 2 introduces one of the best-ever mobile productivity experiences on a phone highlighted by HTC's new Straight Talk technology, an integrated e- mail, voice and speakerphone experience.

    The new Windows(R) phones are expected to be available in the second half of 2009. Additional information on companies supporting Windows Mobile 6.5 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/mobileworldcongress/docs/partnerlist .doc.

    Additional Services and Partnerships

    The company also announced Microsoft Recite, a voice search technology for Windows(R) phones version 6.0 or later, which provides users with a fast and simple way to capture, search and retrieve spoken notes and reminders using just their voice without the need to navigate menus or type text. Microsoft Recite efficiently organizes a user's spoken thoughts based on same or similar terms and phrases, and is available as a free technology preview at http://recite.microsoft.com/.

    Microsoft announced that several European mobile publishers and network operators have chosen Microsoft as their mobile advertising partner: Mobistar (Orange Group) and BASE, the second and the third largest mobile operators in Belgium respectively; fast-growing mobile travel site WAYN; eFinancialNews and Private Equity News, the financial and private equity news sites, part of Dow Jones; Le Parisien.fr, the mobile site of Le Parisien-Aujourd'hui en France, the first daily newspaper in France; La Vanguardia, one of the leading Spanish daily newspapers; Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo; and Le Post.fr, the first interactive French mobile site. Microsoft offers full mobile advertising services including media sales, ad delivery and optimization in 12 countries, delivering mobile ads on both Microsoft and partner properties.

    Microsoft partners also announced support for mobile broadband enhancements in Windows 7, Microsoft's next-generation operating system. Mobile broadband enhancements include simple and reliable means to connect to the Internet, as well as a common infrastructure for partners to build on to create new, high-value mobile services. Partners announcing integration with the Windows 7 native mobile broadband include Acer, Asus, Birdstep Technology, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Huawei Communications Technologies, Option, Qualcomm, Sierra Wireless, Smith Micro, T-Mobile International and ZTE.

    Additional information about Microsoft at Mobile World Congress 2009 is available on the Microsoft MWC Web page at http://www.windowsmobile.com/mobileworldcongress.

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    CONTACT: Weber Shandwick Mobile Communications Business PR Team, +1-425-
    452-5400, usmcb@webershandwick.com; or EMEA: Weber Shandwick EMEA Mobile
    Communications Business PR Team, +44 207 067 0500, emeamcb@webershandwick.com;
    or APAC: Weber Shandwick APAC Mobile Communications Business PR Team, +65 6825
    8000, apacmcb@webershandwick.com

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Microsoft and Orascom Telecom to Distribute Windows Live Mobile ServicesNew alliance extends Windows Live experience to mobile customers in new territories.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at Mobile World Congress 2009, Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. and Microsoft Corp. announced a new alliance enabling them to distribute Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger on mobile phones in Orascom Telecom's key markets. The services will be introduced to customers in a phased rollout through Orascom's affiliate partners.

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    "With Orascom, we will be able to tap the great growth potential of the mobile market in the Middle East," said Tom Bailey, senior director of product management for Windows Live for Mobile services at Microsoft. "Through our new alliance, we have the ability to extend the mobile Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger experience for our mutual customers."

    "From text messaging to the mobile Internet, our customers will be able to easily access the Windows Live experiences from the mobile phone," said Emad Farid, group chief operating officer at Orascom Telecom. "This alliance with Microsoft is a part of our strategy to offer our subscribers first-rate mobile services."

    About Windows Live

    More than 500 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for e-mail, messaging, and sharing photos and files within their networks of friends, family, business associates and more. With localized versions being made available globally in 54 countries and 48 languages by early 2009, the next generation of Windows Live brings enhanced tools to make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. The new Windows Live experience is also enhanced by alliances - with feeds from third-party sites that enable users to stay up to date on what's new with friends and family and see information from other online services such as Flickr, LinkedIn and Pandora - all in a single set of services where they already spend time every day. Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at http://www.windowslive.com/.

    About Orascom Telecom

    Orascom Telecom is a leading international telecommunications company operating GSM networks in high growth markets in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, having a total population under license of approximately 453 million with an average mobile telephony penetration of approximately 46% as of September 30th, 2008. Orascom Telecom operates GSM networks in Algeria ("OTA"), Pakistan ("Mobilink"), Egypt ("Mobinil"), Tunisia ("Tunisiana"), Bangladesh ("banglalink"), Zimbabwe ("Telecel Zimbabwe"), and North Korea ("Koryolink"). Through its subsidiary Telecel Globe, OTH also operates in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Namibia. Orascom Telecom had over 79 million subscribers as of September 30th, 2008.

    Orascom Telecom is traded on the Cairo & Alexandria Stock Exchange under the symbol (ORTE.CA, ORAT EY), and on the London Stock Exchange its GDR is traded under the symbol (ORTEq.L, OTLD LI).

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Microsoft and Personal Provide Windows Live Services to All Personal CustomersLaunch of new service will provide consumers with easy access to Windows Live offerings through their mobile phone.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Personal S.A., a leading mobile operator in Argentina and Paraguay, announced the recent launch of SIMessenger to Personal's customer base of 14.5 million people.

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    SIMessenger provides innovative and easy-to-use access to the Windows Live Messenger service for mobile phones, allowing Personal's customers to receive and send instant messages, add entries to their contact list and change their status. The launch allows Personal to make Windows Live Messenger available to its customers via SIM card on the mobile operator's line of handsets. Personal is the second mobile operator in the world to launch the service.

    The companies are building on an existing agreement in which Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces are available through the user's mobile Internet browser. The new agreement to add SIMessenger, along with a Java client version, will make it easier for consumers to access the people and information they care about from their mobile phones, and enhance their user experience.

    To raise awareness of the new service, the companies are launching a new online campaign targeted at teenagers that allows customers to easily access Windows Live services through their mobile phones. Our mutual customers just need to visit the campaign Web site and send a link to their mobile phones to access the Windows Live services. Online users also can share the access links with their contacts, and see funny videos explaining how to use Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Hotmail in different outdoor situations.

    "Our collaboration with Personal is an important part of fulfilling our vision to mobilize our broad Windows Live PC customer base," said Tom Bailey, senior director of product management for Windows Live for Mobile services at Microsoft. "By offering the services in several formats, we're tightly integrating with our partners and eradicating some of the top barriers for consumers to try to adopt a full suite of mobile entertainment options."

    About Personal

    PERSONAL is the leading company in innovation in cellular technology. It operates since 1996 and its main shareholder is Telecom Argentina S.A.

    With more than 12.5 million clients in the country, it offers services of mobile telephony through technologies GSM and 3G by means of the standard UMTS/HSDPA.

    In order to obtain more data, visit http://www.personal.com.ar/. About Windows Live

    More than 500 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for sharing e-mail, messaging, photos and files within their networks of friends, family, business associates and more. With localized versions being made available globally in 54 countries and 48 languages by early 2009, the next generation of Windows Live brings enhanced tools to make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. The new Windows Live experience is also enhanced by strategic alliances - with feeds from third-party sites that enable users to stay up to date on what's new with friends and family and see information from other online services such as Flickr, LinkedIn and Pandora - all in a single set of services where they already spend time every day. Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at http://www.windowslive.com/.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    or Personal Press Office, +54 (11) 4968-4499/6511/3204,
    prensa.personal@personal.com.ar

    Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/




    Microsoft and Gemalto Partner to Bring Windows Live Messenger to the Mass Market of Mobile SubscribersCustomers can keep in touch with friends and communities on the go through any handset that allows SIM cards.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. and Gemalto today announced they are collaborating to offer Windows Live Messenger services to the mass market of mobile subscribers through a new Windows Live Messenger client application that comes pre-installed on phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards. The Gemalto application, named SIMessenger, is the world's first Microsoft-certified instant messaging SIM client solution.

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    Gemalto's SIMessenger enables users to easily keep in touch with their Windows Live Messenger contacts from their mobile phone. SIMessenger offers an intuitive menu that allows subscribers to access their Windows Live Messenger environment with an experience similar to what they get when accessing it from a PC. SIMessenger also automatically launches when they switch their handset on, so they can start chatting immediately. SIMessenger's user-friendly interface enables quick and easy navigation, so that users retrieve the messaging service they are familiar with while on the move.

    To date, three operators have successfully deployed SIMessenger: Oi in Brazil, Personal S.A. in Argentina and Movistar in Peru. Gemalto has already delivered close to 5 million SIM cards embedding the Windows Live instant messaging application.

    "Through our alliance with Gemalto, we are able to greatly expand the reach of the Windows Live Messenger experience on mobile to new markets and more consumers," said Tom Bailey, senior director of product management for Windows Live for Mobile services. "SIMessenger will enable the masses to easily use the popular Windows Live Messenger to communicate with the people they care about while on the go."

    "Worldwide, people who own a mobile phone widely outnumber those who have Internet access," added Philippe Vallee, executive vice president of the Telecommunications Business Unit at Gemalto. "With more than 320 million active Windows Live Messenger accounts worldwide, combined with 3.6 billion SIM cards currently in use, there is strong growth potential for SIMessenger, and Gemalto is proud to join forces with Microsoft to make messaging available to all."

    About Windows Live

    More than 500 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for sharing e-mail, messaging, photos and files within their networks of friends, family, business associates and more. With localized versions being made available globally in 54 countries and 48 languages by early 2009, the next generation of Windows Live brings enhanced tools to make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. The new Windows Live experience is also enhanced by partnerships -- with feeds from third-party sites that enable users to stay up to date on what's new with friends and family and see information from other online services such as Flickr, LinkedIn and Pandora -- all in a single set of services where they already spend time every day. Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at http://www.windowslive.com/.

    About Gemalto

    Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2008 annual revenues of euro 1.68 billion, and 10,000 employees operating out of 75 offices, research and service centers in 40 countries.

    Gemalto is at the heart of our evolving digital society. The freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain, and work -- anytime, anywhere -- has become an integral part of what people want and expect, in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure.

    Gemalto delivers on the growing demands of billions of people worldwide for mobile connectivity, identity and data protection, credit card safety, health and transportation services, e-government and national security. We do this by supplying to governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises a wide range of secure personal devices, such as subscriber identification modules (SIM) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection. To complete the solution we also provide software, systems and services to help our customers achieve their goals.

    As the use of Gemalto's software and secure devices increases with the number of people interacting in the digital and wireless world, the company is poised to thrive over the coming years.

    For more information please visit http://www.gemalto.com/. About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

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    Synaptics Granted Patent for ChiralMotion(R) Gesture TechnologySynaptics continues to drive innovation for human interface technology with strong IP portfolio

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Synaptics Inc. , a leading developer of human interface solutions for mobile computing, communications, and entertainment devices, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted it U.S. Patent #. 7,446,754, which protects Synaptics' widely acclaimed ChiralMotion(R) gesture technology intellectual property (IP).

    Synaptics' ChiralMotion gesture technology is well-suited for devices such as notebooks, feature-rich mobile handsets, personal navigation systems, and personal media players that require easy control of entertainment, music, and other digital files. For example, ChiralMotion on a TouchPad(R) interface makes scrolling through long documents or WebPages on a notebook PC intuitive and easy. To reverse the direction of controls such as scrolling or zooming, users simply reverse the circular motion of their finger.

    "The ChiralMotion patent is yet another indicator of Synaptics' industry leadership, innovation, and strong IP portfolio that spans far beyond the notebook PC," said Tom Tiernan, Synaptics president and COO. "As users have come to expect a better user experience and expanded capabilities from their devices, Synaptics is ready with a wide range of flexible, innovative human interface solutions to improve the end-user experience."

    "Synaptics leads the industry by delivering next-generation human interface solutions that are meeting high consumer demands for a better user experience while allowing OEMs to differentiate their products with advanced features and functionality," said Gopal Garg, senior vice president of handheld business and corporate marketing for Synaptics. "The adoption of gesture technology by many of the world's most innovative and fast-paced OEMs is another example of how they continue to drive us to deliver advanced touch technologies in our solution stack."

    To see Synaptics' ChiralMotion gesture technology in action, please visit http://www.synaptics.com/go/ChiralMotion

    About Synaptics

    Synaptics is a leading developer of interface solutions for the mobile computing, communications, and entertainment industries. The company creates interface solutions for a variety of devices including notebook PCs, PC peripherals, digital music players, and mobile phones. The TouchPad(TM), Synaptics' flagship product, is integrated into a majority of today's notebook computers. Consumer electronics and computing manufacturers use Synaptics' solutions to enrich the interaction between humans and intelligent devices through improved usability, functionality, and industrial design. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. http://www.synaptics.com/

    Synaptics, ChiralMotion, TouchPad, and the Synaptics logo are trademarks of Synaptics in the United States and/or other countries.

    All other marks are the property of their respective owners. For further information, please contact: Rebecca Parr Tara Yingst Synaptics Edelman 408-454-5178 650-762-2942 rparr@synaptics.com tara.yingst@edelman.com

    Synaptics Inc.

    CONTACT: Rebecca Parr of Synaptics, +1-408-454-5178,
    rparr@synaptics.com; or Tara Yingst of Edelman, +1-650-762-2942,
    tara.yingst@edelman.com, for Synaptics Inc.

    Web site: http://www.synaptics.com/




    Telefonica and Microsoft Extend Reach of Windows Live Services to Millions of Mobile Customers in Latin AmericaExtension of regional agreement delivers new ways for customers to connect to Windows Live.

    BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Extending the strategic alliance that was first announced last year, Telefonica and Microsoft Corp. today announced that the companies are deploying a range of Windows Live for Mobile client application services that offer an enhanced experience for their mutual customers on their mobile devices. Telefonica, one of the leading mobile operators in Latin America with more than 100 million customers in Latin America, will enable its customers to download a Java-based client application that gives them access to Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Spaces to communicate and share with the people they care about from their mobile phone. The announcement was made at Mobile World Congress 2009.

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    In addition, Telefonica and Microsoft will also introduce a Windows Live Messenger client pre-installed on a mobile phone SIM card to provide the broadest set of customers with easy access to Windows Live Messenger directly from their mobile phone.* This offering targets the mass market of mobile phone users by embedding the Windows Live Messenger client on the device and enabling it to work over short message service (SMS), which is readily available on most mobile phones today.

    "We are extremely excited to extend our strong relationship with Telefonica and make Windows Live mobile offerings available to our mutual customers," said Brian Arbogast, corporate vice president of Mobile Services at Microsoft. "By enabling customers to choose the best solution for their mobile needs, we are opening the door for many of our 500 million global customers to extend their Windows Live experience to their mobile phone."

    "At Telefonica we believe one of the best ways to maintain customer loyalty is to provide access to Microsoft's very large Hotmail and Messenger customer base," said Luis Miguel Gilperez, director of Mobile Business at Telefonica Latianoamerica. "By partnering with Microsoft, we will grow mobile data use on our network and provide great value for our customers."

    These Windows Live mobile services will become available early this year in a phased rollout across Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. Initially customers will need to download the Java client, but over time these services will be preinstalled on the mobile phone device or SIM card.

    About Windows Live

    More than 500 million customers around the world rely on Windows Live for sharing e-mail, messaging, photos and files within their networks of friends, family, business associates and more. With localized versions being made available globally in 54 countries and 48 languages by early 2009, the next generation of Windows Live brings enhanced tools to make online activities easier, more integrated and more intuitive. The new Windows Live experience is also enhanced by strategic alliances - with feeds from third-party sites that enable users to stay up to date on what's new with friends and family and see information from other online services such as Flickr, LinkedIn and Pandora - all in a single set of services where they already spend time every day. Over the coming weeks, the next generation of Windows Live will become available at http://www.windowslive.com/.

    About Telefonica

    Telefonica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalisation. Its activities are centered mainly on the fixed and mobile telephony businesses with broadband as the key tool for the development of both.

    The company has a significant presence in 25 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 252 million accesses around the world. Telefonica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

    Telefonica is a 100% listed company, with more than 1.5 million direct shareholders. Its share capital currently comprises 4,704,996,485 ordinary shares traded on the Spanish Stock Market (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia) and on those in London, Tokyo, New York, Lima, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    * Mobile providers may charge a fee for placing calls.

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