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Microsoft Launches Connected Services Sandbox

Today at ITU Telecom World 2006, Microsoft Corp. launched the Connected Services Sandbox, a new program designed to unite independent software vendors (ISVs), developers, systems integrators (SIs), network equipment providers (NEPs) and telecommunications service providers in developing and testing new compelling communications services and, ultimately, bringing these new services to market. The Sandbox will encourage the creation of “managed network mash-ups” in which Web services are combined with traditional telecommunications offerings, and then can be offered through the Software as a Service (SaaS) model and delivered across virtually any type of network or device.

“Currently, operators are offering network services such as voice, video and data services either individually or in service packages,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. “Operators now can open their networks to next-generation Web 2.0 applications that can be mashed together with traditional services to create new connected services — the foundation of Telco 2.0. The goal of the Sandbox is to facilitate the rapid development and market deployment of scores of new service offerings, creating new opportunities for Sandbox participants and delivering new options for consumers and businesses.”
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ITU Telecom World 2006, Connected Services Sandbox

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