Comverse Looks Forward as SMS Turns 20 and Enters a New Era

Comverse Positions Service Providers to Become Their Customers' Choice Provider of IP Communications

New York, New York, UNITED STATES

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Dec. 20, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comverse®, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNSI), the global leader in business enablement through BSS, mobile Internet, value-added and managed services wishes a happy 20th bday 2 txt msging.

The world's first text message was sent 20 years ago, in December 1992. SMS offered an inelegant yet somehow inviting user experience: short (160 characters), fast, direct, and universal with just-there-and-just-works availability on all handsets.

SMS texting began to really take off in the late 1990s, growing to rival, and in some cases even surpass, voice usage. It profoundly impacted the way we relate and communicate; touching all aspects of life: friendship, love, business, political activity and more. With an estimated four billion active users of all ages sending and receiving about 8 trillion messages a year, user-to-user and application-related SMS is a key revenue generator for communication service providers (CSPs).

Comverse – A Global Leader in Messaging

Comverse has played a key historical role in the SMS success story. Ranked #1 in overall VAS messaging market share worldwide with a strong second-place SMSC global market share position, Comverse systems annually handle trillions of messages for hundreds of service providers around the globe – including in the world's most messaging-intensive markets.

Looking Ahead: Unleashing New Messaging Value

Alternative types of textual communications, such as instant messaging, social network and other over-the-top messaging options are now augmenting the messaging experience with additional features. These offerings have much merit, yet often lack cross-network interoperability and require a specific brand of device, data plan, proprietary app download and learning curve. For that reason, operator-based messaging continues to hold a key advantage.

"Comverse, which has been delivering significant value to leading CSPs around the globe throughout the history of messaging, now, in the evolution to all-IP environments, leads the way to unleashing new messaging value," said Gani Nayak, Senior Vice President, Systems & Solutions at Comverse.

Nayak continued, "By integrating GSMA's Rich Communication Suite initiative (RCS 5, joyn) into our comprehensive portfolio, Comverse, with unparalleled global experience in both the TDM and IP worlds, is enabling CSPs to evolve their messaging towards a fresh, innovative dynamic omni-device experience powered by interaction with Internet-based services, chat capabilities, social presence information, geo-location services and more."

Click for more information on how Comverse positions CSPs to leverage inherent advantages – which silo over-the-top services cannot duplicate – to become their customers' first choice for IP Communications.

About Comverse

Comverse is the world's leading provider of software and systems for business enablement through converged billing and active customer management, mobile Internet, value-added and managed services. Comverse's extensive customer base spans more than 125 countries and covers over 450 communication service providers serving more than two billion subscribers. The company's innovative product portfolio enables communication service providers to unleash the value of the network for their customers by making their networks smarter. Comverse's solutions support flexible deployment models, including in-network, cloud, hosted and managed services. Comverse is ranked number 55 in PwC's Global 100 Software Leaders based on research by Pierre Audoin Consultants. For more information, visit

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