Comverse: Service Providers Taking Steps Towards Introduction of Rich Communication (RCS)

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WAKEFIELD, Mass., May 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comverse (Nasdaq:CNSI), a global leader in telecom business enablement, today reported that key customers are taking steps towards introduction of enhanced communications to the market. Comverse is currently conducting and planning trials of Rich Communication Services (RCS) and additional digital services with leading communication service providers (CSPs) in the North America and other regions, giving designated users hands-on experience with the new capabilities.

Participants in trial groups have an opportunity to experience a range of advanced digital communication services powered by the Comverse Evolved Communication Suite (ECS). Feedback garnered from the early market activity reveals strong interest in and involvement with digital lifestyle services and features such as the seamless interworking with existing services, voice and video calls over IP, one-to-one and group chat, file transfer, video and image content sharing, and robust multi-device support.

Comverse ECS is additionally designed to support presence, integration with social networks and other capabilities and applications that are generating interest with CSPs and users in North America and worldwide.

"Widespread 4G/LTE adoption, smartphone penetration and growing user expertise with over-the-top (OTT) Internet offerings all make the timing right for CSPs to leverage their key asset – the ubiquitous existing voice and messaging services used by virtually everyone – to boost their relevance to customers, protect and expand their revenues and become an integral part of subscribers' digital lifestyle," said Aashu Virmani, VP Product Management and Product Marketing at Comverse.

Designed with multi-device/multi-platform clients, WebRTC gateway and centralized H-Base storage, Comverse ECS is focused on delivering a full and differentiating digital lifestyle service experience that can serve as a magnet for subscriber retention in the face of OTT competition. Full compliance with the latest GSMA standards promotes a ubiquitous user experience in a multi-device environment with seamless interworking of IP and legacy messaging.

"These trials of Comverse digital services in North America and other regions are a strong indication that CSPs are preparing to evolve their current communication offering and roll out attractive IP-based services that are becoming mainstream in today's world," said Virmani. "Comverse's Evolved Communication Suite, with on-premises, virtualized and cloud-based SaaS models, can help build a critical mass of users for the new services, creating an excellent opportunity for CSPs to emerge as players and leaders in digital communication."

Learn more about how Comverse Digital Services can help you become a successful digital lifestyle player and schedule a meeting to experience the Evolved Communication Suite at RCS Summit 2014 in Dallas May 21-22.

About Comverse

Comverse is a leading global provider of telecom business solutions that enable communication service provider success in the hyper-connected world through service innovation and smart monetization. The company's proven and innovative product portfolio includes BSS, Policy Management (PCRF) and Enforcement, and Digital Services – all backed by Managed and Professional Services. Comverse's extensive customer base spans more than 125 countries with solutions successfully delivered to over 450 communication service providers serving more than two billion subscribers. Comverse's solutions are available in a variety of delivery models, including on-site, cloud, hosted/SaaS and managed services. For more information, visit www.comverse.com.

Statements included or incorporated by reference in this press release may contain "forward-looking statements." There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. Important factors that could affect the company include the risks described in the section entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" Item 1A, "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on April 16, 2014 or in subsequently filed periodic, current or other reports. The company undertakes no commitment to update or revise forward-looking statements except as required by law.

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Source:Comverse, Inc.