NeuStar Announces Telefonica O2 Germany Selected NeuStar’s Next Generation Messaging (NGM) Services to Power its Mobile Instant Messaging (IM) Service in Germany
NeuStar Delivers Mobile Instant Messaging Service to Telefonica O2 Germany Customers
LONDON, NeuStar (NYSE: NSR – News) today announced that mobile operator Telefonica O2 Germany has selected NeuStar’s Next Generation Messaging (NGM) services to power its mobile Instant Messaging (IM) service in Germany. The launch follows positive user feedback from a successful mobile IM trial carried out in 2008.
Specifically, O2 will deploy NeuStar’s industry-leading Mobile Messaging Gateway (MMG) to deliver mobile IM solutions to O2′s 14.7 million customers in Germany. Working closely with popular IM provider ICQ, NeuStar will enable O2′s customers in Germany to communicate with ICQ’s 42 million IM users worldwide.
O2 subscribers in Germany will be able to access the ICQ mobile IM client instantly from their mobile handsets, enjoying similar functionality to the one they have come to expect with PC-based IM.
“Our aim is to meet our customers’ needs and to provide them with the very best mobile service,” said Oliver Schmitt, head of mobile Internet and content at Telefonica O2 Germany. “Following the successful results of the 2008 trial, it is clear that mobile IM is emerging as a popular service with our subscribers. We selected NeuStar for their extensive experience delivering IM; for their ability to build customized, compelling services; and for their willingness to work with us to ensure success.”
The service will be promoted nationwide to all subscribers, and is available at launch as a downloadable client on handsets including Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung devices.
“The demand for mobile IM is growing dramatically as users want to stay connected while on the go,” said Ofer Oved, vice president of ICQ. “The partnership with NeuStar enables ICQ to offer users trusted mobile IM connectivity through their mobile devices. The collaboration with NeuStar through Telefonica O2 Germany is another step for ICQ towards building a loyal base of regular mobile IM users and providing them with all their communication needs.”
“Mobile IM is a core service that provides users with ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to their online contacts,” added Guenter Krauss, senior vice president and general manager of NeuStar Next Generation Messaging (NGM). “It is also an evolving service, as users increasingly want access to their IM contacts, social networks and other communities all from one central place on the handset. Telefonica O2 Germany’s investment in NeuStar’s solutions demonstrates its confidence not only in Mobile IM, but also in a whole host of next generation services.”
About NeuStar, Inc. and NeuStar Next Generation Messaging
NeuStar (NYSE: NSR – News) provides market-leading and innovative services that enable trusted communication across networks, applications, and enterprises around the world. Mobile network operators around the world trust NeuStar to enable real-time communications using presence information.
About Telefonica O2 Germany
Telefonica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG belongs to Telefonica Europe and is part of the Spanish telecommunication group Telefonica S.A. The Company offers its German private and business customers postpaid and prepaid mobile telecom products as well as innovative mobile data services based on the GPRS and UMTS technologies. In addition, the integrated communications provider also offers DSL fixed network telephony and high-speed internet. Telefonica Europe has more than 47 million mobile and fixed network customers in Great Britain, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. For more information, please visit www.de.o2.com.
ICQ is a leading instant messaging service provider with a global online communications community. The company’s robust instant messaging software, enhanced communications features and dynamic community are available in 17 languages free of charge at www.ICQ.com. ICQ, created in 1996 by the Israel-based company, Mirabilis, is now wholly owned by AOL LLC. ICQ and the flower logo are registered trademarks of AOL LLC in the USA and other countries in the world.