Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rare disease day: Boehringer Ingelheim announces initiation of pivotal trial investigating volasertib* in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia

Boehringer Ingelheim invests in rare diseases with high unmet medical need. Volasertib* is in Phase III clinical development for acute myeloid leukaemia and nintedanib* is in Phase III clinical development for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

INGELHEIM, Germany - Thursday, February 28th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

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With the enrollment of the first patient, Boehringer Ingelheim is pleased to announce on international Rare Disease Day, the initiation of a Phase III study (POLO-AML-2) investigating volasertib*, a selective and potent polo-like kinase (Plk) inhibitor, in combination with chemotherapy, in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) ineligible for intensive therapy.

Acute leukaemias are rare diseases, with AML being the most deadly acute leukaemia in adults.1 Today marks the sixth international Rare Disease Day, and more than 60 countries around the world will join to raise awareness for those affected by rare diseases. In Europe, rare disease is defined as a life-threatening or chronically debilitating disease which affects fewer than five people per 10,000.2

“Rare diseases are often incorrectly diagnosed and even once they are correctly diagnosed, there is often a lack of viable treatment options” said Professor Klaus Dugi, Corporate Senior Vice President Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim. “The initiation of the POLO-AML-2 trial is a significant milestone as therapeutic options are limited in AML patients ineligible for intensive therapy.”

AML is characterised by the rapid proliferation of abnormal blood precursor cells that accumulate in the bone marrow and interfere with the production of normal blood cells. The primary endpoint of POLO-AML-2 is objective response to the combination treatment compared to the chemotherapy alone. The main secondary endpoint of POLO-AML-2 is overall survival.

The study was initiated following positive results from a Phase II study which demonstrated higher rates of objective response and an improvement in event free survival in patients receiving volasertib* in combination with chemotherapy versus chemotherapy alone.3

“Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to developing innovative medications that improve patients’ lives and has put considerable effort into research and development of treatments for orphan† diseases” said Professor Klaus Dugi, Corporate Senior Vice President Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim.

In addition to AML, Boehringer Ingelheim is investigating therapeutic approaches for other rare diseases including idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(IPF). IPF is a severely debilitating and fatal respiratory disease. It is characterised by progressive loss of lung function ultimately leading to the death of half of the patient population two to three years after diagnosis.

Nintedanib*, a small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI), targets growth factor receptors which have been shown to be potentially involved in the pathomechanism of pulmonary fibrosis. The pivotal INPULSISTM-1 and INPULSISTM-2Phase III trials have completed recruitment and are ongoing in study centres worldwide to assess the clinical outcomes in IPF patients treated with nintedanib*. The Phase III INPULSIS trials aim to build upon the promising results of the Phase II TOMORROW trial, which demonstrated a positive trend in reducing lung function decline in IPF patients treated with 150 mg of nintedanib* twice daily when compared to placebo.4 Additionally, nintedanib* has received orphan-drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2011 and by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan in September 2011.

For more information about Rare Disease Day, please visit

*Volasertib and nintedanib are investigational compounds and are not yet approved. Their safety and efficacy have not yet been fully established.

†An orphan disease is usually a rare disease or condition with limited treatment options.

**Afatinib is an investigational compound and is not yet approved. Its safety and efficacy have not yet been fully established.


1Deschler B, et al. Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Epidemiology and Etiology. Cancer. 2006. 2009-2107

2European Commission. Available at: [Last accessed: February 2013]

3Döhner H, Phase I/II study of volasertib (BI 6727), an intravenous Polo-like kinase (Plk) inhibitor, in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML): results from the randomized phase II part for volasertib in combination with low-dose cytarabine (LDAC) versus LDAC monotherapy in patients with previously untreated AML ineligible for intensive treatment. Oral Presentation at ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition 2012

4Richeldi L, et al. Efficacy of a tyrosine kinase inhibitor in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(12):1079-87


Boehringer Ingelheim

Corporate Communications

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Reinhard Malin

Phone: +49 6132 77 90815



Rory McIlroy Signs with Bose Corporation

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - Thursday, February 28th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, Bose Corporation announced at The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that Rory McIlroy will be a Global Brand Ambassador for the company’s headphones, portable speakers, home and automotive systems. McIlroy joins Bose in a multi-year agreement as he begins 2013 as the number one golfer in the world.

A lifelong music lover, McIlroy has been a Bose customer for years. “I’ve always chosen Bose because I’ve always wanted the best sound quality I could get,” said McIlroy. “Bose products are different. And Bose is different. They work hard at their innovations, they aren’t conventional, and they’re committed to doing things that haven’t been done before, just like I am.”

“Rory is a once-in-a-generation athlete,” said Bob Maresca, president of Bose Corporation. “Just like his millions of fans around the world, we’re amazed by his talent and his passion. We know a lot goes into his game even when he’s off the course. He loves music, just like we do, and we’re thrilled to be a part of how he competes and relaxes.”

This is the first endorsement for McIlroy involving a consumer electronics brand, and he will only be representing Bose products that he uses. “We want Rory’s fans and our customers to know that if they hear from Rory about Bose, it’s on behalf of something he chooses – not something we choose for him,” said Maresca.

Currently, McIlroy owns several Bose products, including the SoundLink® Mobile speaker II, the Bose® VideoWave® II entertainment system, the Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones, and the Bose® MIE2i mobile headset.

“I’m a huge headphone guy,” said McIlroy. “And Bose headphones are the best I’ve found. I use their in-ear headphones to work-out, and their noise cancelling headphones to travel. Whether I need motivation, or to tune-out, I reach for Bose. Their headphones go with me everywhere.”

The agreement was finalized after McIlroy visited the Bose R&D facility in Framingham, Massachusetts at the company’s world headquarters. “Rory got to see our commitment to research,” said Maresca. McIlroy commented that it became clearer why and how Bose products excel in such a crowded market. “They are driven. They innovate. They make the investments to outperform the competition. And I can relate to that.”

About Rory McIlroy

McIlroy had a standout year in 2012, becoming the world’s No. 1 golfer, securing five global wins, a Ryder Cup victory for Team Europe and taking countless season titles across the PGA and European PGA Tours. His five global wins in 2012 include his second Major Championship victory (PGA Championship) and two PGA Tour playoff events (Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship). He won the 2012 PGA Championship with the largest margin of victory in the event's history.

McIlroy and Tiger Woods are the only two active players under the age of 40 with multiple Major wins.

McIlroy also earned the 2012 U.S. PGA Tour Player of the Year award and led both the PGA Tour and PGA European Tour money lists for 2012. To cap off a sensational season that saw McIlroy post career-highs in earnings and wins, he closed his year with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship and became the second youngest athlete to achieve the top spot as No. 1 in the world golf rankings. McIlroy has 10 global career wins on his resume, including two Major Championships.

About Bose Corporation

Bose Corporation was founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, the company is primarily known for acoustics; however, its research has resulted in products for non-audio fields. Bose inventions have improved the performance of:

    Home entertainment systems
    Automotive music systems designed for the interior acoustics of each car model (first introduced by Bose)
    Noise-reducing headsets for pilots and the public (first introduced by Bose)
    Headphones and headsets for music
    Sound in public spaces
    The production of sound for musicians requiring electronic amplification of their instruments
    Materials testing and durability simulation instruments for biomedical, industrial and commercial applications
    Driver suspension systems for heavy-duty trucks


Bose Corporation

Jonathan Previtera, (508) 766-7888

Sales Performance International Announces Solution Selling® 2.0

Major Revision Adapts Proven Sales Methodology to New Buyer Paradigm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thursday, February 28th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sales Performance International (SPI) announced today the availability of Solution Selling® 2.0, the most significant update and revision to the industry leading sales methodology in the last decade. This major release reflects more than two years of research and piloting of both new methodology content and effective techniques for adult learning.

According to Jimmy Touchstone, Director of Learning Programs at SPI, “We’ve witnessed a rapid evolution in buyer behavior - the volume of information that buyers have access to has major implications for sales methodology. By the time the average B2B customer reaches out to a company or is contacted by a sales person, that customer’s purchase decision is well under way. Sales organizations have to adapt their thinking about sales process and methodology to keep pace.”

Solution Selling® 2.0 meets the demands of this new environment by defining and teaching three distinct sub-roles or “personas” for sales professionals:

    The “micro-marketer” – a capable user of new social media tools and technologies to get back to the “front” of the sales cycle
    The “situational expert” – a highly fluent consultant who can quickly and objectively validate or re-frame a buyers existing premise
    The “risk manager” – adept at skillfully positioning and demonstrating defensible value to increasingly sophisticated buyer organizations

“We are absolutely committed to keeping our customers on the forefront of sales process, methodology, and enablement,” says Keith Eades, SPI Founder and CEO. “This major update to our methodology will allow our customers to successfully meet the new sales challenges of today’s buyer environment.”

For more information about Solution Selling® 2.0 click here:

About Sales Performance International

SPI is a global sales training and performance improvement firm dedicated to helping the world’s leading company’s drive measurable and sustainable revenue growth. SPI has assisted more than 1,000,000 sales and management professionals in more than 50 countries and 14 languages achieve higher levels of performance.

SPI has offices in Charlotte North Carolina, Brussels Europe, and Beijing China; clients include: Compuware, Dell, Emerson Process Management, IBM, Maersk, Manpower, Microsoft, Office Depot, and Verizon. For more information, please visit or


Sales Performance International

Andrea Cinq-Mars, 704-227-6500

Marketing Communications


ZTE Selected by STC Group as Preferred Global Vendor

ZTE strengthens accord with biggest operator in Middle East & North Africa

SHENZHEN, China - Thursday, February 28th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

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(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, was selected as one of the preferred global vendors by STC Group, the largest telecommunication services provider in the Middle East & North Africa.

The agreement between ZTE and STC Group, announced at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, will allow ZTE to offer its portfolio of network infrastructure equipment through a global price structure based on total business located in Bahrain, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey.

In the 2012 financial year, STC Group reported revenue increased 6.7% to US$15.8 billion.

About ZTE

ZTE is a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions with the most comprehensive product range covering virtually every telecommunications sector, including wireless, access & bearer, VAS, terminals and professional services. The company delivers innovative, custom-made products and services to over 500 operators in more than 140 countries, helping them to meet the changing needs of their customers while growing revenue. In 2011, ZTE’s revenue increased by 29 per cent to USD13.7 billion. Its overseas operating revenue grew 30 per cent to USD 7.4 billion during the period, accounting for 54.2 per cent of overall operating revenue. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in several international bodies devoted to developing telecommunications industry standards. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. The company is China’s only listed telecom manufacturer that is publicly traded on both the Hong Kong and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ). For more information, please visit


ZTE Corporation

Margrete Ma, +86 755 26775207


Edelman PR

Diana Pong / Andres Vejarano

+852 2837 4734 / 2837 4735

General Cable Reports Fourth Quarter Results

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Thursday, February 28th 2013 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- General Cable Corporation(NYSE: BGC), one of the most globally diversified industrial companies, reported today results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012. The Company’s businesses in North America and Rest of World (ROW) finished the year with a positive operating performance in the fourth quarter resulting in consolidated adjusted operating income of $48.2 million, excluding certain items. Alcan Cable North America, Prestolite and Procables (Colombia) also contributed meaningfully in the fourth quarter, exceeding management’s expectations. Adjusted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.28, excluding certain items. For the fourth quarter, reported operating income was $5.5 million and reported loss per share was $0.35. A reconciliation of adjusted earnings per share to reported loss per share and adjusted operating income to reported operating income is included on page 4 of this press release.
  • Generated adjusted operating income of $48.2 million as North America and ROW finished the year with a positive operating performance despite a challenging environment and regional leadership transition in ROW
  • Volume as measured in metal pounds sold for General Cable’s legacy aerial transmission business in North America established an all-time quarterly high in the fourth quarter and established a new annual high in 2012
  • Generated reported operating cash flow of $206.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2012 and $288.6 million for the full year 2012
  • Completed the acquisition of Alcan Cable China on December 3, 2012 which brings an established sales infrastructure and premium brand with a strong reputation in the Chinese market; Alcan Cable China is expected to generate annual revenue in the range of $80 to $100 million
  • Completed the acquisition of Prestolite Wire, LLC on November 2, 2012 which brings a broad range of wire and cable products serving predominately transportation original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and distributors; Prestolite is expected to generate annual revenue in the range of $170 to $200 million
  • Transitioned regional leadership in ROW; Gregory J. Lampert assumed responsibility for all the Company’s operations in the Americas, which includes Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean as well as Central/South America; Peter A. Campbell was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific region which includes businesses principally in Australia, China, Fiji, India, New Zealand, the Philippines, and Thailand as well as investments in Oman and Pakistan
Fourth Quarter Results
Net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $1,603.1 million, an increase of $86.7 million, or 6%, compared to the third quarter of 2012 on a metal-adjusted basis. Volume based on metal pounds sold increased 17% in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2012 principally due to the impact of acquisitions and ongoing strength in North American metal-intensive aerial transmission product shipments. Excluding metal pounds attributable to acquisitions, global unit volume declined 4% in the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the third quarter principally due to seasonal declines. In addition to typical seasonal trends, OEM rod mill sales in ROW normalized in the fourth quarter following the strong demand experienced in the third quarter.
Adjusted operating income in the fourth quarter of 2012 of $48.2 million reflects seasonally lower results as compared to the third quarter and the absorption of $12 million of expenses related to the revised estimated profitability of certain submarine turnkey projects. Gregory B. Kenny, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Cable, said, “Adjusted operating results in our base businesses in North America and ROW for the fourth quarter were broadly ahead of our expectations despite the challenging global operating environment and the transition of regional leadership in ROW. Strength in Asia Pacific driven by construction and electrical infrastructure spending; housing related utility and construction product shipments in the U.S.; and strong aerial transmission demand in North America helped partially offset normal seasonal trends in these businesses. We are pleased with the fast start of our recent acquisitions, which generated results that were ahead of our expectations for the fourth quarter. We continue to make excellent progress integrating these acquisitions and remain focused on capturing manufacturing, logistics and purchasing synergies. In Europe and Mediterranean, our adjusted operating results were generally weaker than expected due to the ongoing recessionary conditions in Iberia and Europe generally, which were exacerbated in the fourth quarter by the absorption of expenses related to the revised estimated profitability of certain submarine turnkey projects. Our actions taken over the last several years to reduce our ongoing cost base as well as our pan-European go-to-market strategy which is providing better market coverage, improved logistics and plant optimization should help to offset some of the continuing weakness. We expect Spain to bottom in 2013.”
In North America, volume was consistent with management’s expectations for most businesses as seasonal demand patterns in the Company’s utility businesses coupled with slower industrial and data product shipments broadly reduced demand for wire and cable products during the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to the third quarter of 2012. Demand for electrical infrastructure products, particularly specialty cables tied to natural resource extraction, marine and transit applications, remains relatively stable year over year. Unit volume for metal-intensive aerial transmission products reached an all-time quarterly high in the fourth quarter as well as for the full year.
In ROW, volume was slightly below management’s expectation for the fourth quarter. Demand in Asia Pacific was more than offset by traditional seasonal declines and normalized order rates in Central and South America following the strong demand experienced in the third quarter, particularly in Venezuela and Brazil. Copper and aluminum rod shipments also declined in the fourth quarter following a strong third quarter, which benefitted from regional supply constraint issues.
In Europe and Mediterranean, volume was consistent with management’s expectations for the fourth quarter. Stronger electric utility product shipments in France and the Mediterranean coupled with the supply of specialty cables including offshore oil and gas products more than offset the ongoing weakness in the domestic markets in Spain. The Company’s backlog was around $650 million for submarine and land-based turnkey cable projects at the end of the fourth quarter.
Other expense was $5.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 which primarily consists of $4.5 million of mark to market losses on derivative instruments accounted for as economic hedges which are used to manage currency and commodity risk on the Company’s project business globally and $1.0 million of foreign currency transaction losses.
To view the full report and tables please click here

General Cable Corporation
Len Texter, Director, Investor Relations, 859-572-8684


MasterCard Extends Global Reach of Mobile Money Services for the Unbanked

Partnerships with eServGlobal and Oltio Expand MasterCard Program to Address Financial Inclusion in Developing Markets

BARCELONA - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

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(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At Mobile World Congress, MasterCard (NYSE:MA) today announced that leading mobile payment technology providers eServGlobal and Oltio have joined the MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership Program (MMPP), an initiative launched in February 2012 and is designed to help more than 2.5 billion financially-underserved consumers around the world use their mobile phones to access mainstream financial services.

The MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership Program extends the services of today’s mobile money offerings – mobile top-up, bill payments and P2P payments – to provide increased access and availability to electronic payments. In addition, the flexibility of the Program’s platform allows mobile money providers to leverage existing investments in closed-loop platforms, or in case of new deployments, choose the platform of preference. Working with eServGlobal and Oltio and existing partners Comviva, Gemalto, Sybase 365, Telepin and Utiba, MasterCard is helping accelerate and expand the development of financial services offerings in emerging markets via the use of mobile technology.

eServGlobal is an established technology provider, offering a comprehensive suite of end-to-end mobile financial services to more than 90 mobile and financial services customers in over 55 countries worldwide. The MasterCard Mobile Money Partnership program compliments eServGlobal’s open-loop mobile money solutions, which link mobile wallets to the MasterCard network via companion cards.

Oltio, a South African-based company focused on developing innovative products and services where payments and mobile technology converge, currently offers MasterCard open loop and remote payments solutions to merchants in South Africa in collaboration with IPS Electronic Payments (IPSEP). In formally joining the Program, Oltio will offer its customers a complete portfolio of interoperable MasterCard open loop solutions.

“Mobile has the unique potential to provide financial inclusion in emerging markets like Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In fact, 16 percent of adults in Sub-Saharan Africa report having used a mobile phone in the past 12 months to pay bills or send or receive money,” said Mung Ki Woo, Group Executive, Mobile, MasterCard Worldwide. “The addition of eServGlobal and Oltio into the Mobile Money Partnership Program increases our collective reach and influence in emerging markets where better access to electronic payments is vital. Each of these partners brings its own unique contribution to the program, and we look forward to working with them to address one of the defining challenges of our time.”

The Mobile Money Partnership Program offers consumers the following MasterCard services:

    Prepaid companion cards that can be used at merchants that accept MasterCard cards.
    Virtual MasterCard accounts for consumers to make eCommerce payments with their mobile money account anywhere MasterCard is accepted online.
    Person-to-person payments between subscribers of two different participating mobile money services.
    Face-to-face or remote payments using mobile phones for goods and services at participating merchants that do not have traditional POS acceptance.

“We believe that mobile money is a service that can change people’s lives in developing countries, yet it requires the right infrastructure, ecosystem and marketing,” said Craig Halliday, CEO and Managing Director, eServGlobal. “We believe that by partnering with MasterCard, we can help to further the Mobile Money Partnership Program and in turn progress financial inclusion around the globe.”

“As cards and phones increasingly converge, the demand for interoperability, especially with wallets provided by mobile operators, will increase. Oltio’s focus on in-phone security and our exposure to both banks and mobile networks allows an innovative approach to resolving customer needs for access to safe mobile money,” said Terry Timson, CEO Oltio. “We look forward to expanding our relationship with MasterCard to provide convenient and secure payment experiences and opportunities for customers around the world.”

Find a complete list of MasterCard’s news announcements from Mobile World Congress in our Digital Press Kit and follow us @MasterCardNews #MWCashless #MAMobileSymp to join the conversation.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE: MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

About eServGlobal

eServGlobal specializes in Mobile Money solutions and Value-Added Services (VAS), to help Mobile Service Providers increase their revenue and gain and maintain customer ownership. eServGlobal invests heavily in product development, using carrier-grade, next-generation technology and aligning with the requirements of more than 80 customers in over 55 countries. For 30 years mobile and financial service providers have used eServGlobal solutions to lead and innovate in their local markets, leveraging their core assets and their trusted agent and subscriber relationships. With 12 offices globally, eServGlobal provides full “end-to-end” and “any account to any account” Mobile Money Services and International Remittance Services. Delivered in partnership with BICS, the HomeSend solution is the only mobile-centric international remittance hub to gain endorsement from the GSM Association.

eServGlobal’s Value-Added Services in promotions, loyalty and messaging enable service providers to engage with their subscribers in a personalized and dynamic manner. To reduce time-to market and to meet the needs of operators and banks, eServGlobal provides multiple licensing alternatives as well as SaaS-based products and services.

eServGlobal is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ESV) and the London Stock Exchange AIM (ESG). More information at:

About Oltio

Oltio (Pty) Ltd, formerly MTN Mobile Money South Africa (Pty) Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of MTN Mobile Money Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a joint venture company formed in 2004 between the MTN Group (50%), and the Standard Bank Group (50%). The Standard Bank Group is the largest African bank by assets and earnings and MTN Group is the largest African Mobile Network Operator (MNO).

Over the past eight years, Oltio has developed a number of products including payD. Branded as MasterCard Mobile, this product allows customers to buy airtime directly from mobile network operators and purchase goods on e-commerce sites using MasterCard PIN based products in a highly secure manner. payD was a finalist in the 2012 GSMA awards.



MasterCard Worldwide

Brian Gendron, 914-249-1284



Alison Cheek, +33 (0) 1 4612 7746



Dave Parratt, +27 (83) 209 1462

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Barber to Succeed Brutto as President of UPS International

ME Newswire / Business Wire

ATLANTA - Wednesday, February 27th 2013

Dan Brutto, a 38-year veteran and the architect of UPS’s international strategy for the past five-and-a-half years will retire at the end of April. Brutto, 56, will be succeeded as president of UPS International by 28-year UPS employee Jim Barber, currently president of UPS Europe.

In his new position, the 52-year-old Barber will join UPS’s Management Committee, comprised of the company’s 10 most senior executives.

“Dan is the epitome of a global leader who understands what it takes to be successful on the world stage,” said UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. “He sets a strategy and then enables people to get large ideas accomplished. Dan’s contributions will have a lasting impact on future generations of UPSers and we are grateful for his dedication.”

UPS has introduced innovative services and technologies to help solve global needs of business customers and consumers. Davis said, “We remain bullish on Europe for the long-term and we are near completion of the three-year expansion of our main European air hub in Cologne. In addition, we are well positioned in Asia and other regions of the world. Our focus remains on deploying leading technologies to support our operations and provide unique customer solutions while expanding our global network and serving the needs of end consumers around the world.”

“This is an exciting time,” Davis added. “We have a strong growth strategy and we will continue to look for growth opportunities either organic or through acquisition. Jim will be very effective in expanding our international business while driving innovation, new services and improving profitability. The transition to Jim will be seamless and demonstrates the strength and depth of our management team.”

Barber joined UPS in 1985 and has been a senior executive on the international management team since 2004. He has served in key operational and financial positions, including president of the UK & Ireland district, and chief operating officer for UPS Europe where he was responsible for the business performance across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), as well as the region’s sophisticated air and ground transportation network. In his current role he is responsible for all UPS operations in more than 120 EMEA countries and territories.

UPS (NYSE:UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at and its corporate blog can be found at To get UPS news direct, visit

Note to editors: Bios and photos for Dan Brutto and Jim Barber can be found on

Except for historical information contained herein, the statements made in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations of UPS and its management regarding the company's strategic directions, prospects and future results, involve certain risks and uncertainties. Certain factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including economic and other conditions in the markets in which we operate, our competitive environment, increased security requirements, strikes, work stoppages and slowdowns, changes in energy prices, governmental regulations and other risks discussed in the company's Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which discussions are incorporated herein by reference.



Peggy Gardner, 404-828-6051
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Social Media Study Shows Interest and Confusion Over Mobile Payments

BARCELONA - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

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(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At Mobile World Congress, MasterCard (NYSE:MA), inpartnership with Prime Research, today released the first global Mobile Payments Social Media Study tracking 85,000 related social media comments across Twitter, Facebook, Online Blogs and Forums from around the world. The study shows a high volume of conversation and consumer interest in adopting mobile payments but cites security, customer support and confusion over the array of options available today as barriers to entry.

The study looked at social commentary over a six-month period and analyzed consumer conversations around mobile payments to assess people’s willingness to adopt mobile payment services.

The analysis across 43 markets and in 26 languages shows:

    Social media commentary concerning mobile payment technology among Early Adopters is mixed in tone (58% positive/factual) while those yet to adopt are more positive overall (76% positive/factual). Most posts praised aspects including innovation, convenience and speed.
    Users based in Europe are the most vocal in expressing opinions about mobile payment technology overall followed closely by Asia-Pacific and the United States. The most positive regions overall are Asia-Pacific (China and Australia) and the United States while the most skeptical regions overall are Europe (France, UK) and Canada.
    Some skepticism is evident in Europe as consumers discuss mobile payment security and general reservations about the feasibility of worldwide adoption as points of concern.
    Users in the UK express excitement about the convenience and innovation of mobile payments but report inconsistency in acceptance and uncertainty over the timeline for market-wide availability.
    Across the Latin America and Caribbean regions, non-adopters express a need for clarification on the mobile payment technologies offered as well as a clearer understanding of the cost implications mobile payments may have on their current lifestyles. While adopters mention convenience as a benefit, they also convey concerns for the safety of their payment information.
    China, Thailand, Australia, Japan and Singapore are the most active countries in mobile payment discussions across Asia. Of statements presenting unique commentary, users discuss product experiences and ask questions or share opinions about news stories originating in traditional print and broadcast media.
    Discussions in the Middle East and Africa tend to either retell or redistribute stories which originate in traditional media with the highest shares of discussion stemming from South Africa, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Nigeria.
    In the United States, users show interest in the compatibility of mobile payments with other payment systems during the transaction process. Other drivers of discussion center on value, longer-term benefits, as well as security. Similarly, conversations stemming from Canada present similar priorities despite lower volume.

MasterCard Launches MasterPass™

MasterCard today introduced MasterPass- the future of digital payments. MasterPass is a digital service that allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced shopping experiences that are as simple as a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere.

MasterPass is the evolution of PayPass Wallet Services which was announced in Spring of 2012 and has been in production trial with select merchants and issuers. Consumers around the world will now be able to sign up for the service through their preferred banks in Australia and Canada by the end of March, and in the United Sates and the United Kingdom later in the Spring and Summer respectively. Additionally, MasterPass availability in 2013 will expand to other markets worldwide, including: Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain and Sweden.

About the Study

PRIME Research conducted the Mobile Payments study across 43 markets in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Using PRIME’s proprietary social media analytics methods and technology, the research firm identified 85,000 relevant social media posts over the past six months on the subject of mobile payment innovation in the context of MasterCard and its industry peers; sentiment analysis shows the majority of posts were driven by news-story sharing (94% positive/factual, only 6% negative tone overall which is a reflection of the original content as it appeared in traditional news outlets). Within the 85,000 comments, 10,000 more substantive comments were subjected to PRIME Research’s more granular expert human-content analysis of which a condensed subset of 450 comments offered the deepest insight.

Of the 85,000 original social media posts, 28% were positive, 66% were neutral and 6% were negative.

Find a complete list of MasterCard’s news announcements from Mobile World Congress in our Digital Press Kit and follow us @MasterCardNews #MWCashless #MAMobileSymp to join the conversation.

About PRIME Research

PRIME Research,, provides research-based corporate and brand reputation counseling based on trends uncovered through social and traditional media content analysis. The firm, with offices around the world, marries the speed and consistency of technology with the insights and local cultural sensitivity derived from its international staff of 600 analysts and consultants.

About MasterCard

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Valimo Enables Finnish Mobile Operator Elisa to Offer Strong Authentication and Legally Recognized Mobile Digital Signature to Its Entire Subscriber Base

BARCELONA - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

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(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Valimo, a leading software solution provider for mobile authentication and digital signature, has been chosen to provide itsstrong mobile electronic identity solution to leading Finnish operator Elisa. Valimo’s Mobile ID will ensure enhanced security for service providers and end users alike, offering the ability to sign legally binding agreements and contracts via mobile phone. It also opens the door to a host of additional benefits, such as access to eGovernment services.

Elisa’s innovative Elisa Lompakko service is the first large scale mobile wallet initiative in Finland. Valimo’s security-proven Mobile ID software will be embedded in all Elisa’s UICC as they contain the SIM and other NFC applications to provide seamless user authentication. Furthermore, it allows users to create a legally binding electronic signature by using a self-select PIN code. As a result, Elisa’s Lompakko customers will be able to use their phones for any transaction including ones with amounts above the €25 limit commonly observed in some contactless payment services in other countries.

Henri Korpi, Executive Vice President, Subscription Business, Private Customers, Elisa Corporation, said: “We needed strong security and signature capabilities for our first mobile financial product and we needed a scalable solution that could be used by all our service providers. The Valimo Mobile ID did just that, as well as offering our customers complete peace of mind. Valimo’ solutions are highly secure, fully scalable, available from all UICC vendors and integrate easily into our innovative new service Elisa Lompakko.”

Yousaf Ghous, Managing Director for Valimo, added: “Security and convenience are linked and undoubtedly the first concerns for mobile operators looking to offer contactless electronic wallet services. Valimo’s Mobile ID products provide a comprehensive answer, and unlock the full potential of NFC mobile phones to deliver ticketing, insurance and eGovernment services. Once a Mobile ID is created on a UICC, end users are only a tap of the phone away from signing up to new services and contracts.”

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About Valimo

Valimo turns mobile phones into digital identification cards. The new breed of Mobile ID replaces the need for a multitude of passwords and tokens. With Valimo technology, mobile phone users can securely authenticate themselves and legally sign documents, just by using their mobile phone and a simple PIN code. Based on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology, Valimo Mobile ID works in every mobile phone with a SIM card inside.

Valimo's mobile signature solutions are global market leaders in terms of installation base and number of active users. Valimo solutions are used by mobile operators, banks, corporations, governments, public sector and other service providers. Founded in 2000, Valimo Wireless is headquartered in Vantaa, Finland. For further information, please visit


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Toshiba Unveils Industrial Direct Thermal B-EX4-D2 Auto ID Printer for Transportation/Logistics Services Requiring a Cost-Effective Solution

TOKYO & BRUSSELS - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

Visit Us at EuroCIS 2013, Europe's leading trade fair for retail technology, Dusseldorf, Germany, February 19-21, 2013, Hall 9 Stand A32/A36

Visit Us at LogiMAT 2013, International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow, Stuttgart, Germany, February 19-21, 2013, Hall 4 Stand 571

EuroCIS 2013 Booth Hall 9 Stand A32/A36 LogiMAT 2013 Booth Hall 4 Stand 571

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TOSHIBA TEC(TOKYO:6588) today announced the latest Auto ID printer addition to the multi-industry-adopted EX-Series. The new B-EX4-D2 is a 4" direct thermal printer for industrial operations as well as in supply chain, transportation/logistics and retail industries.

Accurate Performance & Compelling Value

"Toshiba TEC Products/Solutions are continuously updated with the latest technological innovations in order to propose the best product at the right price," - Hidetaka Nonami, General Manager of Toshiba Tec Products & Marketing Div said. "Our customers benefit from our unique position as a global manufacturing organisation with over 60 years of business experience."

The new B-EX4-D2 4" thermal paper industrial printer incorporates the latest in direct thermal print technology allowing smart mechanics, top of the line reliability as well as a perfect print quality.

"The EX Series of Auto ID printers allows each customer to define the printer he/she needs. With a multitude of options you are free to create an ideal printer you need at a reasonably low price."

The Toshiba TEC B-EX4-D2 incorporates the most advanced ruggedization and thermal printing technology available. As with all our Auto ID Printers it is constructed around five main principles which we apply from our long-term corporate policy: Sustainable Development, Environmental and Resource Management, Waste Management and Recycling. B-EX4 series obtained ENERGY STAR as one consequence of corporate policy.

The Toshiba TEC B-EX4-D2 new industrial-grade Auto ID thermal printer ticks all the boxes:

Performance Leader • Best in class print speed (12 ips), large DRAM & flash memory • High reliability designed for industrial printing

Low TCO (Total Cost of Operation) • Long life of thermal head • Less user intervention and print head replacement cost • Attractive Total Lifecycle Cost

Low energy consumption in idle and print mode • ENERGY STAR®

Flexibility • User installable snap-in print heads • Interchangeable print heads without tools or platens • Auto print head detection

Easy service and maintenance • Based on industrial standards and interoperability

Emulation Technology

Ease of Use • Easy media loading

Designed for single step loading without threading or multiple steps

Ensures maximum uptime • Network Printer Management Tool

Remote Monitor and Control built-in

The new Toshiba TEC B-EX4-D2 is a fine example of a smart Auto ID solution that provides Best in Class Value for every business that requires thermal paper applications with industrial grade strength.

The new Toshiba TEC B-EX4-D2 will be available from February 2013.

About Toshiba Tec Corporation

Toshiba Tec Corporation, a Toshiba company, designs and markets worldwide an extensive range of technology products, including POS (Point of Sales) systems and barcode printing equipment, label printing and RFID systems for the manufacturing, logistics and retail industries; and kiosk and self-service solutions for the retail, hospitality and transportation industries. Toshiba Tec is a leading global provider of copiers and MFP for office use. Please visit In the USA: In Europe:

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Trusted Labs Enables the First Security Certification of a Trusted Execution Environment

VERSAILLES, France - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Trusted Labs, a leading expert in security consulting and evaluation, today announced it has provided the expertise to achieve the world’s first security certification of a Trusted Execution Environment (TEE).

Trusted Labs supported Trustonic in identifying the security properties of their TEE product and developed the documentary evidence required by the CSPN(1) evaluation scheme. The Trustonic TEE certificate has been issued by the French IT security agency ANSSI(2) on January 2013.

A TEE is a secure execution environment for running sensitive operations on smart connected devices, isolated by hardware from the standard, general-purpose, operating system. TEEs have already been deployed in over one hundred million devices and many popular smartphones now include TEE technology as standard.

This achievement constitutes a milestone towards the TEE international Common Criteria certification. Since January 2012, Trusted Labs has been a major contributor to the TEE Protection Profile within the GlobalPlatform Device Committee; this profile is expected to enter a public review phase in March 2013.

“We are proud to contribute to building trust for the mobile industry”, saidClaire Loiseaux, President of Trusted Labs.“With this first certificate and the GlobalPlatform Protection Profile, we set the evaluation framework for TEE. Proven security of mobiles and services is launched. This opens new ways of thinking to security of mobile devices.”

Jon Geater, CTO of Trustonic, said: “Trustonic demonstrates a world first in obtaining a security certification on a Trusted Execution Environment and it marks an important step for the industry as we enable assured trust in smart connected devices. With a mature technology and independent assurance, Trustonic cements its position as a strategic technology option.”

Kevin Gillick, GlobalPlatform Executive Director said: “GlobalPlatform has worked to standardise the TEE over recent years, as we recognise the security and functional capabilities it has to offer the secure mobile services landscape. With GlobalPlatform’s compliance program able to confirm TEE product compliance to our specifications, we are well placed to support the TEE industry in establishing its security certification framework. We look forward to the continued contribution of our members, such as Trusted Labs, in this activity and announcing further details in the coming months.”

(1) Certification de Sécurité de Premier Niveau (First Level Security Certification).

(2) Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information (French National Agency for IT Security).


About Trusted Labs

Trusted Labs is a world leader in security consulting and evaluation services with 14 years of experience in embedded systems and applications. We support network and transport operators, service providers, certification entities, silicon vendors, manufacturers of secure devices, terminals and Trusted Execution Environment (TEE) worldwide in defining, evaluating and achieving the security goals of their multi-applicative products, connected services and remote management solutions and infrastructures.

An expert in security for the components and devices involved in digital services – from mobile payment to e-ticketing, from identification to access control – Trusted Labs also helps customers imagine, formalize, design, and deploy their new services.

With a deep knowledge of embedded systems security and a strong ability to innovate, Trusted Labs integrates the latest research breakthroughs to efficiently address complex industrial issues, from security analysis to certification.

For more information, visit

About Trustonic

Trust. It’s a simple word but a critical concept – especially when it comes to our connected lives... Without trust, the world is a more difficult place; when we can’t trust it’s harder to work, socialise, shop and even enjoy the entertainment we love. Bolt-on security causes friction and slows down our mobile lives, but with integral trust, we speed freely on our way to doing some pretty amazing things.

Trustonic integrates a new level of security directly into the connected devices closest to us. By securing trust directly into the devices through which we access our connected world, Trustonic is simplifying everything from mobile shopping to entertainment to collaborating with colleagues. That foundation of trust means it’s even easier to do more of the things that make us who we are.

That’s why companies like 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, Cisco, Discretix, Good Technology, INSIDE Secure, Irdeto, MasterCard, NVIDIA, Samsung Electronics, Sprint, Symantec, and Wave Systems count on Trustonic to protect and unleash a wide variety of powerful, personalised services on your devices.

To learn more about Trustonic and how it’s making your connected world a better place visit us at


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Glimmerglass Announces CyberSweep™ Path Manager 2.0

Centralized Control and Visibility for Increased Speed and Agility to Actionable Information

HAYWARD, Calif. - Wednesday, February 27th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Glimmerglass, the leader in fully integrated, Intelligent cyber solutions, today announced version 2.0 of CyberSweep™ Path Manager. Path Manager software provides a management environment for CyberSweep™, a fully integrated platform that provides Cyber Security customers with the most agile architecture for the extraction and analysis of actionable information from optical signals.

“Path Manager 2.0 responds to customer needs for full visibility and control of each element in the CyberSweep,” said Robert Lundy, CEO of Glimmerglass. “CyberSweep is the premier solution for countering cyber crime and cyber terrorism delivering near instant access to actionable information.”

In 2012, Glimmerglass delivered the world’s first agile optical layer for sweeping signals for analysis. CyberSweep Path Manager 2.0 extends its signal path and network management capabilities through the entire path or network to analytics. Path Manger provides total visibility and unified management of all CyberSweep elements, including Intelligent Optical Systems, signal processors, probes, deep packet inspection (DPI) and storage devices. Benefits include:

    Provisioning, system administration and maintenance from a single GUI
    Centralized visibility of all alarms and events across all elements
    Unified and secure user access control and full auditing of user activity

Cyber Security customers benefit from an integrated solution that provides:

    Rapid response to requests through simplified configuration and provisioning
    Reduced OPEX through unified monitoring and management of all elements
    Reduced CAPEX from the ability to share physical resources

About Glimmerglass

Glimmerglass develops and integrates fast and agile cyber solutions to derive actionable information from optical and electronic signals. These advanced solutions dramatically reduce complexity and enhance analysis. Glimmerglass serves a global customer base in Cyber Security, Defense, and Telecommunications. For further information, please visit



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Gemalto Expands Secure Cloud Authentication Options for Exostar

SAN FRANCISCO - Tuesday, February 26th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

RSA Conference 2013

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regulatory News:

RSA Conference-- Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, today announced its Protiva Cloud Confirm solutions are being used by Exostar to help secure applications connected to the company’s cloud-based Identity Hubs for aerospace and life sciences communities. Gemalto Protiva Cloud solutions include IDProve one-time password (OTP) tokens and the IDConfirm strong authentication server.

Exostar’s Identity Hubs offer a connect-once environment that allows companies and their suppliers, partners, and customers to conduct business securely, effectively, and seamlessly. In addition to its federated identity management services, Exostar delivers a single sign-on user experience and controlled access to applications, be they Exostar applications, customer applications/portals, or third-party applications. Today, Exostar’s Identity Hubs support over 300,000 organizations and individuals located in upwards of 100 countries worldwide.

With the Protiva Cloud Confirm solution, Exostar has augmented its strong authentication options (which include Government-compliant hardware and software digital certificates and Common Access Cards) with OTP tokens. Gemalto’s scaleable, open standard solutions have empowered Exostar to program, provision, and support all OTP tokens in-house.

”Our customers must be able to conduct business and collaborate across enterprise boundaries with great ease and efficiency. They also require the certainty that their sensitive information and intellectual property are protected at all times,” said Vijay Takanti, Exostar’s Vice President of Security and Collaboration Solutions.“That’s why more of our customers are demanding strong authentication access controls. By adding the OTP solution from Gemalto to our arsenal, we’re reinforcing our objective of enabling our customers to reduce risk, improve agility, and collaborate securely and confidently throughout their communities.”

“When you’re dealing with some of the world’s largest companies in aerospace and life sciences, it is paramount that the security solutions in place match the intricate and proprietary caliber of business interactions,” said Tom Flynn, Vice President Online Authentication at Gemalto North America. “Gemalto’s Protiva Cloud Confirm offerings are specifically suited to meet the rigorous access requirements inherent in the everyday workings of Exostar’s customer base.”

More information about Gemalto’s Protiva Cloud solution offerings can be found at

More information about Exostar’s Identity Hubs and identity management solutions can be found at

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable. Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit,,, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.


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China Unicom Selects Gemalto in China's First NFC Payment Service

Gemalto's UpTeq NFC SIM To Secure The Unicom Merchants’ Bank Mobile Wallet

BARCELONA - Tuesday, February 26th 2013 [ME NewsWire]

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announced that its UpTeq NFC SIMcard has been selected by China Unicom to secure its mobile wallet program. China Unicom is the nation’s second-largest wireless operator, with more than 220 million subscribers in which over 60 million are on 3G. The Unicom Merchants’ Bank mobile wallet is the first NFC payment service being launched in China, in a joint collaboration between China Unicom and China Merchants Bank (CMB) for the mobile wallet itself.

China Unicom’s mobile wallet enables consumers to make purchases at food and beverage outlets, including retailers and merchants who accept China Union Pay’s QuickPass contactless cards. There are currently over 162,000 QuickPass point-of-sale terminals in Shanghai that are compatible with the mobile wallet. The mobile wallet enables that China Unicom subscribers with a CMB credit card can securely store their card details in the SIM card of their NFC enabled mobile phone. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM is already chosen by mobile operators in 25 NFC projects globally and provides banking-grade security equivalent to an integrated-chip payment card.

The UpTeq NFC SIM is designed as a high-end security device to handle the processing, storage and verification of confidential and sensitive data. It contains an expanded capacity for hosting a broad range of NFC services that can include payment, as well as transportation, logical and/ or physical access and loyalty programs. In addition, it enables mobile network operators to easily deploy and manage new services and install additional applications post-issuance. This unique flexibility is key to attracting more service providers looking to harness NFC technologies and to ensure successful deployment and adoption of NFC services beyond payments.

“Following China’s decision to adopt NFC, this launch is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of end-user services that will be developed,” said Michael Au, Senior Vice President of Telecommunications at Gemalto Asia. “The mobile payment sector in China is set for explosive growth in the near term. Our experience in over 50 mobile NFC deployments around the globe places us well to support China Unicom’s rollout of its Unicom Merchants’ Bank mobile wallet to tens of millions of customers. Gemalto’s UpTeq NFC SIM can also readily support an expanded ecosystem of NFC services to provide significant value add to consumers.”

Gemalto NFC projects include KDDI in Japan, the Singapore Consortium, ISIS and Chase in the U.S, as well as Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone in Europe.

About Gemalto

Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers, located in 43 countries.

We are at the heart of the rapidly evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, payment security, authenticated cloud access, identity and privacy protection, eHealthcare and eGovernment efficiency, convenient ticketing and dependable machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Gemalto develops secure embedded software and secure products which we design and personalize. Our platforms and services manage these secure products, the confidential data they contain and the trusted end-user services they enable. Our innovations enable our clients to offer trusted and convenient digital services to billions of individuals.

Gemalto thrives with the growing number of people using its solutions to interact with the digital and wireless world.

For more information visit,,, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.


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Asia Pacific

Yvonne Lim, +65 6317 3730


North America

Nicole Smith, +1 512 758 8921


Latin America

Ernesto Haikewitsch, +55 11 51 05 92 20



LUXEMBOURG - Tuesday, February 26th 2013 [ME NewsWire]
(BUSINESS WIRE/ME NewsWire)-- SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that it has signed a three year contract with CET for NSS-12 Ku-band capacity linking Europe and East Africa. CET has seen substantial demand for satellite services in this region and the East Africa beam has proved immensely popular with both operators and end-users.
CET has been steadily building up its portfolio of satellite capacity and expanding its coverage over Africa. Adding NSS-12 to the map completes CET’s goal of having the African continent covered with Ku- and C-band.
CET is already providing services on the Ku-Band South Africa beam of NSS-7 and is delighted to expand its partnership with SES, with the addition of NSS-12 East Africa beam. Services on both satellites are provided as SCPC links or through one of CET’s iDirect Evolution hubs at its teleport in Hameln.
"Some of the services CET Teleport provides are for remote parts of Africa, which are best served by satellites. The high-powered NSS-12 satellite with its comprehensive coverage over East Africa and uplink beam over Europe has enabled SES to support CET as it continues to roll out of VSAT enterprise services across the region," said Simon Gatty Saunt, Vice President for data and mobility services, at SES.
Africa is a vibrant market and there is a constant need to provide broadband and VoIP connectivity for government, commerce and individuals in both the urban areas where the infrastructure has been damaged and also in rural areas which have not been properly served in the past.
Ken Armstrong, the CEO of CET Teleport said “This new service will perfectly complement our existing coverage of Africa. With the addition of the NSS-12 East Africa footprint we are proud to announce that we have the whole continent covered with both Ku and C-band. We can serve any country in Africa, any customer at any given time.”
About CET Teleport
CET Teleport GmbH is one of the largest teleports in Europe delivering a wide range of corporate VSAT and media broadcast services. The teleport sits in 160 acres of land and has extensive disaster recovery facilities, a 24/7 Help Desk and with over 50 antennas ranging from 15m diameter downwards, allows access to more than 200 geostationary satellites located from 58°W to 76.5°E and provides a major Ka-band gateway.
CET's satellite links cover Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caribbean and South America and provide SCPC and contended services through the iDirect Evolution® and Infinity® platforms to support enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO’s and many other customer groups.
Besides the German Headquarters, CET has offices in the United Kingdom, West Africa, and India, which is in the process of being relocated to Dubai for customers in the Middle East and East Africa. Customers are supported with a network of qualified engineers based in a large number of countries within the CET footprint.
CET was constructed on the main east-west and north-south German fibre network and, in addition to multi-gigabit Internet access. CET has redundant dedicated access to BT's Global Media Network (GMN) considerably increasing CET's reach to the worldwide fibre network.
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About SES
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under:
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