Israeli telecommunications company Star*home is moving into the UK market to enable mobile phone users to access voicemail using mobile telephone from any location.
As a result, the firm is on the verge of deploying its first socalled Intelligate platform in the UK, which will enable mobile operators to join its global Internet Protocol (IP) network.
The network comprises intelligent gateways or Intelligate platforms, which are connected to each mobile network via telephony interfaces and IP addresses.
Star*home intends to install Intelligate platforms in at least ten countries by the end of 2000, starting with the UK and is already in discussions with a number of mobile operators. It expects to name names by the first quarter of next year.
Carmel Sofer, Star*home?s chief executive, said: "Britain will become an important cornerstone in the Star*home worldwide network. Now that the first Intelligate platform in Britain is scheduled to be deployed, mobile operators will soon be able to connect easily to our 'network of networks' and offer attractive services to their subscribers roaming abroad."
The network enables mobile phone users to access voicemail and customer care services by dialling '*h-o-m-e' or their home network short codes.
The company, a subsidiary of Comverse Network Systems, said the Star*home network will benefit mobile operators by increasing call volumes - and associated revenue - as travellers call home regardless of location.
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