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CMG and SignalSoft to include Location-Based Services on CMG WAP Service BrokerTM

SignalSoft and CMG Telecommunications sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Cannes, 2 February 2000. CMG Telecommunications and SignalSoft have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding their agreement to cooperate on the development of location-based services for mobile network operators. Initially the cooperation will focus on combining SignalSofts Location Manager and local.info application with CMGs WAP Service BrokerTM product.

The Location Manager is a versatile software hub that allows multiple wireless location technologies to interoperate. It provides a crucial link in location-finding technologies, wireless networks and wireless location applications. In addition, it fuses data from differing location-determination technologies to form the most accurate location for each subscriber in the network. The local.info application combines location with content to deliver personalised, real-time information to mobile users in proximity to their calling location.

The added value SignalSoft brings to CMGs WAP Service BrokerTM is knowing the location of a handset in terms of longitude and latitude, translating that data and then advising the mobile user of the street location, nearest ATM, restaurant, etc. The handsets position is known by the network through the cell-id or calculated from another vendors positioning equipment (e.g. GPS). Subscribers are then provided with information relevant to where they are.

Knowing the location of a mobile handset will allow carriers to provide location-specific solutions and services. For example, the new solution can use location data in order to determine the direction in which a car is travelling and then send information on the traffic conditions that lie ahead. A regular service only tells the driver what the situation is in that area; thus, the same information is sent to all drivers even though they are travelling in opposite directions. As Peter Maathuis, CMGs VP Global Sales & Marketing said, "I am convinced that location-enhanced services will become a key differentiator for mobile network carriers during 2000. This cooperation with SignalSoft will bring us the technology needed in the value chain of complete solutions, to which CMG brings products as well as wide experience as a system integrator." CMG will initially resell SignalSofts products integrated into its WAP Service BrokerTM system. The actual services provided will be on an individual basis, tailored to the users specific requirements.

David Pearce, Director of Business Development EMEA for SignalSoft Corporation said, "SignalSoft is delighted and excited by the opportunity to work closely with a world-leading provider of scalable mobile Internet and messaging solutions. CMG is an innovator of long-standing in the wireless industry and we look forward to developing a wide range of location-based data and mobile commerce solutions with them through our partnership."

About CMG
CMG Telecommunications, is the leading global supplier of messaging and gateway solutions for the wireless telecom industry. CMG develops high-end solutions in close co-operation with network operators. To date, more than 100 of these quality solutions have been delivered to over 65 operators world wide. They are widely recognised to be the best around, combining minimum operator intervention with maximum performance and availability. The product portfolio includes the WAP Service BrokerTM, Mobile E-mail, Short Message Service Centre and the Cell Broadcast System. More information about CMG Telecommunications can be found on the Internet at www.cmgtelecom.com.

CMG Telecommunications is a division of CMG plc, a leading European IT services group, providing business information solutions around the world through consultancy, systems development, software applications and managed services. CMG is established in 1964 and nowadays employs over 8,000 employees. The Group is listed on the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges.

For more information please contact:

Renate van Berchum
Tel: +31 30 23 39 300
Fax: +31 30 23 39 490
E-mail: [email protected]

About SignalSoft
SignalSoft Corporation is a leading international applications developer of location-based services. The Company has pioneered a suite of Wireless Location Services® that allows wireless network operators to use the location of mobile devices to create value-added services for their subscribers. The voice and data solutions enable a broad range of services in the areas of safety, billing, information and tracking. They promote differentiation, build customer loyalty and generate revenue for wireless network operators. Since its founding in 1995, SignalSoft has established partnerships with a broad range of equipment, content and Internet companies and its products interface with multiple technologies. For more information about SignalSoft and its products, please visit the companys web site at www.signalsoftcorp.com.

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Sixth Sense Limited
Caroline Barber
Tel: +44 1635 552 694
Fax: +44 1635 551 621
Mob: +44 585 575 815
Email: [email protected]