Orange France Buys SMS-to-Voice Solution

RAMSEY, NJ - Bogen Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ:BOGN) ("Bogen") announced that the French wireless operator, Orange France, has implemented an SMS-to-Voice Solution delivered by HP Consulting & Integration France jointly with Bogen's Speech Design subsidiary. SMS-to-Voice (Short Message Services) enables SMS messages, previously only viewable on a mobile phone's screen, to be received by traditional fixed-line telephones. An SMS sent to a fixed-line subscriber is detected within the GSM network and routed to the SMS-to-Voice Thor platform, which calls the destination phone number and reads the message by using TTS (Text to Speech) technology. Marc Rotthier, Hewlett-Packard General Manager EMEA Network & Service Providers Business Unit, stated, "Speech Design's unique SMS-to-Voice solution increases the SMS revenue of any mobile operator by enlarging the access base to additional end users with a seamless introduction of the service in the existing infrastructure. I am happy that Orange France, one of our largest customers, took advantage of this pre-packaged solution combining different HP capabilities tailored for mobile operator benefits: solution design with our technology, pre sales consulting, integration and delivery as well as support and project management with HP's best in class partners." Jan Martens, Speech Design Carrier Systems´ Managing Director, and Renaud Munier, Speech Design´s VP International Sales, jointly stated, "We are very happy with both the Orange project win and our expanding relationship with HP, which led to another smooth and rapid service launch. In today's economic environment, mobile carriers seek services that combine a modest level of investment with a quick return on investment. Our ThorTM product clearly provides such an opportunity, and HP´s global presence has proven helpful in introducing it to several major international carriers." "Once deployed, ThorTM platform can be upgraded toward Unified Messaging services and other advanced voice enabled applications with the required scalability. The French SMS-to-Voice service is our first project within the Orange SA group and we are looking forward to expanding this important relationship."
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