iPoint-media (AIM:IPNT), a provider of live, interactive video applications and delivery platforms for web, 3G mobile and media, announces that dtms GmbH, a division of D+S europe AG, has signed a Software as a Service (‘SaaS’) agreement to deliver access, in Germany, to the interactive video calling service creation environment on iPoint-media’s Vitrage 3G (UMTS) video calling application platform. dtms and iPoint-media believe the agreement has the potential to generate several million premium rate video calling minutes on the Vitrage platform within the next 24 months.
dtms has selected iPoint-media to move aggressively into the rapidly growing mobile video entertainment market. According to a recent Juniper Research report, the global mobile entertainment market is expected to reach more than $3.5 billion by 2012. The Vitrage video application platform will enable dtms to offer its customers a wide range of advanced, interactive 3G/UMTS video calling entertainment services, including video chat and video dating, while helping dtms to capture a significant portion of the German mobile entertainment market.
Dr. Christian Kühl, spokesperson for dtms, commented: “We selected Vitrage for its wide range of interactive services and its flexibility to quickly and easily enable our customers to deploy new services. We believe Vitrage will offer a significant advantage in deploying innovative, interactive 3G/UMTS video calling services in the German market.”
Muki Geller, iPoint-media CEO, commented: “We are proud to add dtms to the growing list of carriers, aggregators and service providers that have chosen our Vitrage platform for the delivery of 3G mobile video calling entertainment services. The German market is strategically important for iPoint-media and the agreement with dtms, a significant German carrier, further demonstrates why iPoint-media is the leading vendor of 3G mobile video (UMTS) application platforms.”
iPoint-media believes that 3G mobile video entertainment offers the potential for significant revenue streams. To help advance the use of 3G video calling services, iPoint-media recently modified its business strategy from direct platform sales to a SaaS-based business model. The new model offers mobile operators, aggregators and service providers an easier means of entering this fast growing market. The new strategy has proven itself successful for iPoint-media, with several new Vitrage platforms implemented throughout Europe in the last few months.
As of July 2005, the dtms ‘Deutsche Telefon- und Marketing Services’ GmbH belongs to the business process management specialist group D+S in Hamburg with over 6,000 employees. D+S europe AG is listed on the SDAX (ISIN DE0005336804).
1998, dtms was founded in Mainz, Germany, by a small group of telecommunication specialists and is rooted in the world of value added services based on landline networks. Since the year 2000, dtms follows a special service philosophy for all business customers who have their own call centre organisation: Application Service Providing (ASP). The dtms approach builds a layer over all technical platforms of fixed, mobile and internet networks. Therefore the highest independence is reached from the effects of convergence, and the dialog organisation of the customer doesn’t need to invest in its own hard- and software solutions for voice based intersections.
Today, dtms AG (dtms.de) is an established force on the market for service telephony in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.