St. Petersburg, October 29th, 2008 — Spb Software, world’s leading Windows Mobile applications developer, announces first commercial implementation of its Spb Online - a set of premium online services for 3G networks, designed to stimulate subscriber uptake of streaming content on handsets. In close cooperation with Sky Link - Russia’s largest CDMA mobile operator - Spb Software delivered SkyTouch - a customized Spb Mobile Shell-based UI solution, integrated with Spb Online and tuned to local preferences of SkyLink subscribers. SkyTouch comes preinstalled on Sky Link’s new 3G-smartphone AnyData ASP-505, and acts as a clear single entry point to device features and an array of advanced online services, ranging from Mobile TV, to online games, to local GPS-based navigation, to popular social networks.
The AnyData ASP-505 is expected to hit the vast Russian market in the beginning of November, taking advantage of the fast-paces roll-out of next-generation mobile networks by Sky Link. “Today, 80% of our subscribers get access to mobile internet with USB-modems and only 20% of them browse the Internet from their handsets. Our new smartphone, fitted with SkyTouch by Spb Software, targets this growing segment of customers, by turning their handsets into very user-friendly, powerful, but compact mobile Internet-centers. Being a leader in fast-growing Russian market of mobile Internet, SkyLink has made the next step forward to offer its subscribers the best services and products,” - comments Albert Safiullin, Deputy Director in Commerce, CJSC Sky Link.
“I believe that Sky Link, as one of the most innovative players on the Russian mobile communications market, is strategically right by offering subscribers not just devices equipped with fast Internet access, but devices with preinstalled online services, which facilitate the use of such fast access,” - comments Vassili Philippov, Spb Software House COO.
In less than a month of open market presence, Spb Online supported over 1,000,000 of Mobile TV viewing sessions, over 160,000 Online Games sessions, in over 50 countries.
View screenshots and a video demonstration of SkyTouch interface and Spb Online package for SkyLink here:
Sky Link is the largest Russian CDMA operator which provides mobile data and voice 3G services to 850 000 subscribers (according to the company’s information by September 2008) in regions of Russian Federation with 80% of population in total. Sky Link network is based on the CDMA2000 1X EV-DO technology (radio interface 450 MHz).Technological advantages of the new digital standard give Sky Link subscribers the highest mobile Internet speed and data transfer (up to 1.8 Mbs for data sending and 3.1 Mbs for data receiving), high-quality voice communications and the ability to store and access any information and multimedia services (from streaming video to data attachments for a business) that are not accessible in the functioning 2G networks. Closed Joint Stock Company Sky Link was founded in June 2003. The company strategy is further underscored by the development of mobile services based on data transfer. Sky Link is a member of The CDMA Development Group (CDG) and Infocommunications Union (ICO).
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Spb Software is the global leader in the design of Windows Mobile applications, with R&D and design centers in Russia and Thailand, and presence in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and USA. Spb combines a unique line of popular consumer products and cooperation with the world's leading OEMs and carriers, such as ASUSTeK, BenQ Siemens, E-TEN, Fly, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gigabyte, HTC, O2, Optimus, Palm, Pharos, SingTel, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Swisscom Mobile, Toshiba, T-Mobile, and VimpelCom.