Partner Communications Selects Jungo’s OpenRG™ Software for New SmartBox™ Gateway
* Partner Communications has selected Jungo’s OpenRG™ residential gateway software for its new SmartBox™ home gateway which launched to Israeli subscribers in December 2008
* Gateway software is a key service differentiator and Jungo’s OpenRG software is helping Partner Communications to launch innovative new services, giving customers a true digital home experience
* Partner Communications will benefit from best-of-breed software, including the opportunity to increase ARPU, while reducing support and maintenance costs
SAN JOSE, CA – Jungo Ltd, a leading provider of broadband residential gateway software solutions, and Partner Communications, a leading Israeli mobile telecoms operator, have reached an agreement that sees Jungo integrating its OpenRG™ residential gateway software into Partner’s new SmartBox™ home gateway, part of the operator’s innovative new home communications offering.
OpenRG software delivers Partner Communications a range of capabilities as well as a platform for introducing and launching new value added services. With Jungo’s remote upgrade capability, an operator can load customized middleware onto deployed gateways from almost any vendor, and therefore can introduce new services without the need to replace its installed base. OpenRG also provides a suite of functionalities to substantially reduce operational costs. These include transparent fault-finding, and user-focused troubleshooting that helps minimize support calls.
With SmartBox, launched in December 2008, Partner Communications’ customers will enjoy advanced broadband services such as 802.11n wireless network, advanced VoIP capabilities including integrated DECT, call hijacking between cellular and fixed line, home media sharing and other services.
“The ability to offer new innovative services to our customers is central to Partner Communications’ strategy,” said Alon Berman, Partner Communications VP Internet and Broadband. “The residential gateway is now at the heart of the digital home, and key enabler of the advanced services that our customers want. We chose Jungo OpenRG for the new SmartBox because Jungo’s proven, flexible and open software allows us to offer our subscribers new levels of seamlessly-integrated access and interaction with a wide range of entertainment and communication services.”
“Jungo is proud to have been chosen to be part of this bold new venture, and to support Partner Communications with our feature-rich, reliable, high-quality residential gateway software,” said Eran Rom, Jungo’s CEO. “We look forward to helping Partner Communications customers experience the benefits of a truly digital home, enabled by our OpenRG software.”
OpenRG is a hardware-agnostic gateway software platform which gives operators maximum freedom in selecting gateway hardware, and thanks to its remote upgrade capability, OpenRG provides full flexibility for future service enhancements. This saves operators substantial costs when expanding and upgrading existing and future gateway designs.
About Partner Communications
Partner Communications is a leading Israeli mobile communications operator providing GSM / GPRS / UMTS / HSDPA services and wire free applications. Partner Communications provides quality service and a range of features to 2.882 million subscribers in Israel (as of September 30, 2008). Partner’s ADSs are quoted on the NASDAQ Global Select Market™ and its shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (NASDAQ and TASE: PTNR).
Partner is a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecommunications International Limited (“Hutchison Telecom”), a leading global provider of telecommunications services. Hutchison Telecom currently offers mobile and fixed line telecommunications services in Hong Kong, and operates mobile telecommunications services in Israel, Macau, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Indonesia. It was the first provider of 3G mobile services in Hong Kong and Israel and operates brands including “Hutch”, “3”
Hutchison Telecom, a subsidiary of Hutchison Whampoa Limited, is a listed company with American Depositary Shares quoted on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “HTX” and shares listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong under the stock code “2332”.
Jungo’s OpenRG™ software for residential gateways enables delivery of innovative, usable and manageable value-added services to the evolving digital home, while minimizing the Operator’s support cost and VAS time-to-market. OpenRG supports all popular home networks and access networks, and includes high-performance feature-rich VAS enablers, such as QoS, VoIP, Firewall and Remote management, as well as a growing set of value-added services. Millions of Jungo-based gateways are deployed worldwide. Operators deploying Jungo-powered gateways can rapidly and easily introduce new value added services that drive revenues and increase ARPU.
Jungo Ltd., an NDS Group company, is a provider of broadband home value-added service solutions. Jungo’s flagship products, OpenRG (residential gateway software platform) and OpenSMB™ (small and medium business gateway software platform) enable broadband operators to deliver managed revenue-generating services to the digital home.
Jungo also offers extensive connectivity software solutions for USB and PCI, including WinDriver™, a driver development toolkit that enables developers to quickly create custom device drivers that can run on a multitude of operating systems without modification, and USBware™, a complete, high-quality embedded USB software protocol stack, allowing device manufacturers to easily incorporate standard USB OTG/Host/Device connectivity in their designs.
To find out more about Jungo Ltd. and our products, please visit www.jungo.com
NDS Group plc (NASDAQ: NNDS), a majority owned subsidiary of News Corporation, supplies open end-to-end digital technology and services to digital pay-television platform operators and content providers. See www.nds.com for more information about NDS.
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