Turkcell Selects Followap’s Presence and IM Solution; Turkcell Messenger Enables Innovative Presence-Aware Communication Services

April 19, 2005 09:24 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–April 19, 2005–Followap, the leading provider of standard based carrier-class Presence solutions, announced today that Turkcell has launched TurkcellMessenger using iFollow Presence Solution. Turkcell is among the top 5 GSM operators in Europe, by number of subscribers, and is the leading mobile operator in Turkey with over 24.3 million subscribers.

Turkcell has licensed the iFollow Solution which includes:

“TurkcellMessenger provides a new, richer way of messaging for Turkcell customers. We also consider TurkcellMessenger as an important part of our presence services strategy”

— Presence Platform – including Presence Management and Group Management capabilities. The presence capabilities consist of collection, management and distribution of multi-source Presence information to users and services, providing complete control over their presence information

— IMS-Ready Solution – the iFollow platform serves as a key Application Server over IMS Core networks, providing a SIP-based Presence infrastructure

— Presence aware Services – iFollow includes a built-in Instant Messaging Service in addition to Chat and Mobile Locator Services

— Presence Development Environment – allowing operators and third parties to easily integrate Presence into existing and new services, such as Push-to-Talk over Cellular (PoC), Dynamic Addressbook, Multiplayer Gaming and Live Content using iFollow Presence Server.

— Presence and IM clients – available on a variety devices allowing subscribers to use TurkcellMessenger with their device of choice

— Compliance with industry standards – supports OMA, 3GPP and IETF standards for Presence, IM and Group Management (GLMS), including Wireless Village, SIP/SIMPLE, PAM, XMPP and others.

“We are very glad to create a Presence infrastructure together with Turkcell, and help to introduce Presence-enhanced services to its subscribers.” said Dotan Volach, Followap’s CEO. “TurkcellMessenger, the most extensive Presence and IM service available to date, reflects our mutual vision of a Presence centric service environment.”

“TurkcellMessenger provides a new, richer way of messaging for Turkcell customers. We also consider TurkcellMessenger as an important part of our presence services strategy” said Ruhi Dogusoy, Chief Operations Officer of Turkcell. “By introducing Followap’s solution in our network and enhancing our portfolio of services with TurkcellMessenger, we expect to provide our subscribers with unprecedented ease-of-use and accessibility to new services as well as existing ones.”

About Followap, Inc.

Followap is the leading provider of Presence technology and solutions to the telecommunications industry. Pioneering this field, Followap’s customer base today consists of over 10 network operators, including several tier-one mobile operators. Followap’s solutions enable operators to establish advanced Presence enhanced communication services, increasing ARPU whilst also creating the infrastructure for revenue generating voice and data services for next-generation networks.

For additional information please visit Followap’s Web site at www.followap.com

About Turkcell

Turkcell is the leading GSM operator in Turkey with 24.3 million postpaid and prepaid customers. Turkcell provides high-quality wireless telephone services throughout Turkey and has coverage of 100% of the towns with more than 10,000 inhabitants. Turkcell provides roaming with 443 operators in 176 countries as of April 15, 2004. Turkcell is the only NYSE listed company in Turkey. Turkcell has interests in international GSM operations in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova and Northern Cyprus, which have a total of 3.9 million subscribers as of December 31, 2004.

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