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FORT MYERS, Fla.-EMBARGOED TILL Oct. 6, 2010-Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions, today announced it is furnishing multimedia messaging solutions to SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO).
Delivering messaging, device management and connectivity gateways, Interop Technologies develops and builds technology solutions for the wireless and telecommunications industries. SouthernLINC Wireless, a regional wireless carrier serving the southeastern U.S., recently deployed Interop Technologies' hosted Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC) solution to extend MMS capability, including inter-carrier connectivity for MMS traffic, to its subscribers for the first time.
"We are pleased to help SouthernLINC Wireless expand its offerings by providing our MMSC, as well as inter-carrier connectivity, to support the company's iDEN technology," said Fred Farrell, vice president sales, North America, for Interop Technologies. "Our solutions will help SouthernLINC Wireless further increase its competitive edge and capture available MMS revenue."
The world's most scalable MMSC, the Interop Technologies solution supports huge volume, enabling SouthernLINC Wireless to accommodate fast, dramatic growth for its MMS business. The new SouthernLINC Wireless service, Unlimited Picture Messaging, gives customers the ability to exchange multimedia files with wireless users on most other networks using their phones.
SouthernLINC Wireless selected Interop's technology to support its MMS offerings after conducting a successful technology trial of the product. The Interop MMSC supports all 3GPP/3GPP2 audio-video formats and MMS-capable handsets in CDMA, GSM, iDEN and mixed technology environments.
"With Interop's technology, SouthernLINC Wireless customers can now experience the latest multimedia messaging capabilities on their phones through our Unlimited Picture Messaging service," said Rodney Johnson, vice president of sales and distribution for SouthernLINC Wireless. "SouthernLINC Wireless built its reputation on bundling multiple communications options into one device, and picture messaging is a welcomed addition to the company's value-added service offerings."
Unlimited Picture Messaging is included with the Unlimited Cellular Advantage and Prepaid Unlimited Monthly plans. Users with compatible camera phones can add it to most other SouthernLINC Wireless service plans for just $8 per line per month. Unlimited services are only available within the SouthernLINC Wireless Regional Calling Area. Full terms of the Prepaid Unlimited Monthly plan, including permissible usage allowance information for unlimited services, can be found at www.southernlinc.com/promodetails.
About Interop Technologies
Interop Technologies (www.interoptechnologies.com) provides core wireless solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways. The company's unmatched deployment flexibility enables operators of all sizes to compete immediately, and 4G-ready architecture makes migration to next-generation technology simple. With a lengthy history in the wireless service provider business, Interop is a trusted partner to wireless and broadband operators worldwide. Interop provides the world's fastest SMSC, a massively scalable MMSC, next-gen 4G messaging solutions, “one-click fix” SCOPE™ Device Management, a state-of-the-art Common Short Code Gateway, and a WAP Gateway with comprehensive toolset. Interop Technologies maintains its headquarters and a network operations center (NOC) in Fort Myers, FL, with a fully redundant NOC and office in Dallas, TX, and offices in Hong Kong.
About SouthernLINC Wireless
SouthernLINC Wireless, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is an Atlanta-based regional wireless carrier with network coverage in the major metro and rural areas of Alabama, Georgia, southeast Mississippi and northwest Florida. SouthernLINC Wireless bundles multiple communication options, including Push To Talk two-way radio, cellular service, wireless Internet access, wireless data, and text and picture messaging, into one hand-held device. For more information, please call 1-800-818-LINC (5462) or visit www.southernlinc.com.
About Southern Company
With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company is consistently listed among the top U.S. electric service providers in customer satisfaction by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.
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