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Issue #2003 - 22 (August 2003)
(Updated August 13, 2003)


Comverse Announces Its Media Server For Delivering Next-Generation VoiceXML Speech Recognition Applications To Carrier Networks

Media Server Drives Carrier-Grade, Standards-Based Internet Technologies Into The Voice Network; 

WOODBURY, N.Y.--Aug. 11, 2003-- Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services, today announced the availability of Comverse Media Server 3.0, a modular, standards-based VoiceXML gateway for delivering voice-controlled and DTMF-driven services in carrier networks. Available today for deployment in any wireless or wireline network, the Comverse Media Server incorporates leading-edge, field-proven technologies to provide network service providers with an open platform for hosting best-of-breed voice-controlled applications.

Certified VoiceXML 2.0 Support 
The Comverse Media Server 3.0 fully supports VoiceXML 2.0 applications. VoiceXML is the standard that enables the delivery of voice-enabled Internet content and services to any phone. As the VoiceXML standard becomes more widely embraced, service providers looking to deploy feature-rich premium services in their networks have the potential to reap the rewards of standards compliance: new applications can be deployed more quickly and efficiently, platform resources can be shared among multiple network services, and services acquired from various application vendors can be rolled out more easily. 

The Comverse Media Server 3.0 was recently certified as compliant with the World Wide Web Consortium VoiceXML 2.0 specification and the most recently published standards. The Comverse Media Server's tight conformance to the internationally adopted standard significantly simplifies the process required to integrate the platform with third party applications, a key driver for the Comverse InSight Total Communications offering that embraces open platform technologies. 
Product Features

The Comverse Media Server is a carrier-grade platform based on field-proven technologies. It supports leading speech processing solutions from multiple sources, including both Nuance and SpeechWorks. 
"We are delighted to be working with Comverse in developing and deploying speech solutions that are designed for performance, scalability and accuracy in wireless environments," said Steve Chambers, Chief Marketing Officer at SpeechWorks. "SpeechWorks is committed to providing telecommunications carriers with robust speech solutions that leverage the performance capabilities of our standards-based OpenSpeech Recognizer engine, natural sounding Speechify TTS, and the Comverse Media Server platform. Our combined technology and Comverse's technological leadership and customer base of over 400 carriers worldwide brings together exceptional levels of experience, technology innovation, and market presence." 

To support the growth requirements of global service providers, the Comverse Media Server is modularly scalable from single server implementations to configurations supporting many thousands of ports. The Media Server boasts a variety of network connectivity options for both TDM-based Public Switched Telephone Networks and the new generation of SIP-based Voice-over-Packet networks. The Media Server also addresses the management requirements of network service providers by featuring full OMAP (Operations, Maintenance, Administration and Provisioning) functionality with SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) alarming, system monitoring, maintenance, system provisioning and configuration, reporting, and statistics.

Rapid Application Development and Complete Lifecycle Management 
Comverse is working with leading speech recognition application vendors to accelerate the creation of custom voice solutions. Karl-Heinz Land, Chief Executive Officer of VoiceObjects, a leader in Voice Application Management Systems, states, "With the Comverse Media Server, deploying revenue generating voice services is now a simple end-to-end process. Using VoiceObjects Factory and the Comverse Media Server, customers can develop and deploy services in hours where once it took months, enhancing the total cost of ownership." 

About Comverse
Comverse is a leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communications services. More than 400 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators in more than 100 countries have selected Comverse's enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax, and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), instant communications, wireless information and entertainment services, voice-controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. 

For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com

Source: Comverse press release

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: Voice XML is becoming a defacto way of speech enablement of we applications. Comverse, along with Voice Genie, is a leading player.

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