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ng Connect Program Expands Mobile Broadband

Five diverse companies work together to enhance the next broadband end user experience

Wireless Developer's Journal

The ng Connect Program announced that five new members - Creative Labs, Inc., Gemalto, Kabillion, R360 and V-Gate - have joined its diverse ecosystem of infrastructure, device, content and applications companies working to enhance the next generation broadband end user experience. The program is also launching two new next generation service Proofs of Concept (PoC) for secure access to mobile networks and interactive digital signage. ng Connect PoCs are now available in two new labs in the Paris area for demonstration to European operators. The announcement brings total membership in the program to 26 and completed PoCs to eight in less than a year after its launch.

The ng Connect Program, founded by Alcatel-Lucent continues to develop innovative application and solution PoCs to drive adoption of next generation broadband networks as they become commercially available. The PoCs illustrate the user benefits provided by next generation networks to a wide range of industries including consumer media and entertainment, enterprise collaboration and e-Healthcare, automotive connectivity, digital signage and network-based computing. ng Connect Program members are collaborating on the development of these sample services which illustrate the performance benefits of 4G and LTE networks as service providers and network operators begin to deploy their next generation networks.

The new members include:

Creative Labs, Inc.

Famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN MP3 and portable media players.

Gemalto

Gemalto supplies governments, wireless operators, banks and enterprises with a wide range of secure personal devices, such as Subscriber Identification Modules (SIM), Universal Identity Circuit Cards (UICC) in mobile phones, smart banking cards, smart card access badges, electronic passports, and USB tokens for online identity protection.

Kabillion

Initially launched on Comcast Cable's Select On Demand across the U.S., the VOD platform is now also available to digital cable subscribers nationwide on Charter and Bresnan cable systems, with more to be added soon. Kabillion offers high-quality animated and live-action kids' series entertainment on both platforms.

R360

The company is developing and rolling out the R360 mobile handheld software that features all the capabilities of the R360 online productivity tool for businesses and groups and is powered by the coRe(TM) computing platform. This cloud computing approach offers mobile and PC-based access to secure and private business productivity suites on higher end phones and mobile devices.

V-Gate

A new division of Scientific Computers GmbH offers two key products: metaport, a new procedure for transmitting 3D content in real time to mobile devices, and caribo, a mobile location-based service that allows users to find a rideshare or another mode of transportation via their mobile handsets.

Expanding Laboratories Around the World

To ignite collaboration between the various members, ng Connect - through founding member Alcatel-Lucent - now offers access to R&D and proof-of-concept demonstration facilities in six locations around the world, including: Ottawa, Canada; Dallas, TX; Murray Hill, NJ; Stuttgart, Germany, and now Paris and Villaceaux, France.

Since February 2009, these collaborations have created eight compelling demonstrations that showcase future applications over next generation networks for the education, healthcare, advertising, digital signage and entertainment industries. Service providers and network operators interested in better understanding how to deploy cutting-edge rich services to attract and retain customers can now see these prototypes in action in labs and development centers worldwide.

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