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Evolving Tackles SIM ActivationEvolving Tackles SIM Activation

Evolving Systems launches a new way to activate mobile phones with its Dynamic SIM Allocation solution

November 7, 2007

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  • No need to pre-allocate and pre-provision phone numbers and services

  • Overcomes SIM card supply chain inflexibility for regional number allocation

  • Improves mobile number utilization and resource efficiency

  • Enables pre-paid customers a choice of phone number and allows the carrier to monetize this

  • Provides significant cost savings both in network elements and SIM card logistics

Evolving Systems, Inc. (NasdaqCM:EVOL - News), a leading provider of software solutions and services to the wireless, wireline and IP carrier market, today announced that it is launching its Dynamic SIM Allocation(TM) solution worldwide.

In countries around the world, mobile phone Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards are either pre-provisioned before they are distributed to the retail environment or are provisioned at the point-of-sale. Pre-provisioned SIM cards are inflexible as the mobile phone number associated with them has already been defined long before the SIM card is sold. Provisioning the SIM card at point-of-sale or requiring the subscriber to use web-based portals can be more flexible but requires either the retailer to have expensive systems or the subscriber to have access to a PC and a broadband connection -- something not always available in many prepaid markets.

Evolving Systems' Dynamic SIM Allocation solution allows wireless carriers to offer resource efficiency benefits and improve their customer experience by provisioning at point-of-sale without the demands on the retailer or subscriber infrastructure. The platform allows mobile phone SIM cards to be activated when the phone is first switched on and used. The only interaction the subscriber needs to have with the carrier is in the palm of their hand, the handset itself.

Wireless carriers that use this solution can order and distribute SIM cards without needing to pre-allocate and provision various properties such as the mobile phone number. When these SIM cards are put into a mobile phone and the phone is switched on for the first time, the solution automatically detects it and takes over the allocation of the required properties taking into account the subscribers needs and location.

The Dynamic SIM Allocation platform addresses a variety of pain points that wireless carriers experience including:

  • Wireless carriers that have regional number allocation can overcome SIM card supply chain inflexibility to reduce SIM card logistical and capacity costs.

  • For wireless carriers that have a high proportion of SIM cards that are never activated, the solution improves the utilization of mobile phone numbers, reducing the cost of acquiring and owning number ranges while making sure new numbers are always available to meet demand.

  • Prepaid subscribers have traditionally been unable to choose their mobile phone number easily and from a wide range of available numbers. With this solution, prepaid subscribers can choose their number using just their mobile phone, and carriers can monetize their valuable stock of vanity or golden numbers.

"Our DSA solution gives carriers a competitive advantage by providing enhanced efficiency in SIM inventory management and improved customer experience by giving prepaid customers more choice when selecting their mobile phone number," said Thad Dupper, president and CEO of Evolving Systems. "In addition, we currently have a customer implementing Dynamic SIM who expects to achieve significant improvements in their SIM supply chain."

Evolving Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: EVOL)

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