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December 4, 2011

NEC collaborates with MTS to launch cloud computing business application store

Suppliers can access applications through a web interface without users having to install additional software on their PC

By CBR Staff Writer

IT and network technologies provider NEC and telecommunications provider Mobile TeleSystems (MTS) OJSC and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has introduced the first cloud computing business application store for MTS subscribers.

With the new SaaS model, suppliers are provided with access to applications through a web interface without users having to install additional software on their PC and the SaaS model will help organisations to reduce expenditures on IT structure by cutting down on installation, modernisation and technical support costs for software.

NEC provides technical support and upgrades for the SaaS offering and plans to increase the number of cloud applications available via the portal and it is also responsible for the installation and integration of the SaaS platform with MTS’ network and billing system.

The new service covers a range of applications including a business accounting service "1C-Enterprise"; "Publiclick", a service for creation of advertisement web pages for mobile phones and their distribution to clients by sms.

In addition, the new service also covers "VideoBridge", a service for organisation of business web-conferences on any PC with Internet and "Spontania", an application for provision of online video-conferences with a wide range of functions.

MTS Information Technology vice-president Frederic Vanoosthuyze said the successful implementation of the SaaS project in Belarus was the first step towards large-scale provision of cloud services to MTS Group subscribers.

"We see interest in cloud services in the Russian market and we are active on the development of cloud solutions in Russia," said Vanoosthuyze.

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NEC CJSC Neva Communications Systems general director Raymond Armes said today cloud computing opens up new business opportunities for small businesses and large corporations worldwide.

"We are pleased to offer people in Belarus the best technological achievements of NEC and we plan to actively support the development of cloud services in the Russian and CIS markets," said Armes.

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