SOURCE: IBM

March 21, 2006 09:00 ET

Qpass Chooses IBM as a Preferred Technology Partner to Provide On Demand Solutions to Meet Telecom Industry Customer Needs

Digital Media Commerce Company Joins IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2006 -- Qpass, a leading digital commerce software and solutions company, today announced it has achieved industry optimized status in IBM's Partner World Industry Networks. Qpass can now take advantage of IBM's sales, marketing and technical expertise to develop and deliver on demand solutions that meet customer requirements in the telecom industry.

Customers are seeking solutions that can help them better integrate processes and applications and allow them to quickly respond to changing market opportunities -- all key elements in transforming to an On Demand business.

Qpass' integration to IBM WebSphere platform is live and deployed in a mobile operator environment today. Qpass customers can now deploy WebSphere in conjunction with Qpass solutions. Qpass has also ported and certified its platform to run on IBM eServer line and can use IBM middleware product portfolio for customer deployments.

"We are extremely happy to have achieved the optimized partner status with IBM," said Eric Harber, vice president of corporate and business development, Qpass. "This is a significant milestone in our relationship with IBM that will further help us deliver customized solutions based on open standards to our customers in the telecom industry. IBM's PartnerWorld Industry Networks coupled with our complete end-to-end solution allows us to give a more robust offering to our telecom customers."

As the most broadly deployed foundation for mobile and fixed-network commerce, Qpass serves 175 million mobile subscribers and more than 60 million Web portals, Wi-Fi and VoIP users worldwide.

"PartnerWorld Industry Networks is mobilizing thousands of ISVs, helping them to develop customized, industry solutions for customers," said Buell Duncan, general manager, ISV & Developer Relations, IBM. "Collaborating with Qpass will ensure that we develop open solutions that are easy to maintain and cost effective for our customers in the telecom industry."

The IBM PartnerWorld Industry Networks provide ISVs with comprehensive business insight, technical resources, networking opportunities, and marketing and sales support designed to help them reach more customers and close deals faster. Participants in the PartnerWorld Industry Networks can team with IBM to bring on demand solutions to market more easily and to ensure these solutions meet specific industry needs, reflecting how customers buy technology today.

ISVs can sign up for PartnerWorld Industry Networks at www.ibm.com/isv.

About Qpass

Qpass is a leading digital commerce software and solutions company that enables the buying and selling of digital goods and services over any network. The Qpass platform manages hundreds of thousands of content applications and services across mobile, VoIP, and Wi-Fi networks. The company manages the entire digital commerce value chain including content management, merchandising, delivery, billing, settlement and customer care integration.

Qpass customers include Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile International, Vodafone, Sprint, SunCom, Alltel, US Cellular, and Skype. Qpass serves more than 175 million mobile subscribers and more than 60 million Web portal, Wi-Fi and VoIP users worldwide. Qpass processes tens of millions of premium services transactions per month and has processed more than 400 million premium downloads since inception, representing more than US$1Billion in gross retail consumer sales.

Qpass is privately held and has headquarters in Seattle, Washington, and Vienna, Austria.

Contact Information

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    Minou Nguyen
    Corporate Marketing
    Qpass
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