Aricent Group Launches Applications Practice to Drive Innovation Across Infrastructure and Devices in the Connected World

EAST BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY, February 28th, 2012 - The Aricent Group, a global innovation and technology services company, today announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona the launch of a new Applications practice to help clients in both the infrastructure and devices segments deliver compelling solutions and services for both enterprise and retail customers, across multiple vertical markets.

According to the February 2012 Cisco VNI Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2011-2016, by 2016 mobile video will represent 71% of all mobile data traffic and tablets will account for more than 10% of global mobile data traffic. With the convergence of services and applications, users are now expecting the delivery of various types of content to all the devices they own, such as smart phones, tablets, smart televisions, etc.

The realization of convergence, with a focus on not only the end devices to which the content is delivered, but also of the type of content sources that can be delivered, has opened up unprecedented opportunities to meet the end-user expectation of ‘anytime, anywhere’ experiences. Moreover, the connected ecosystem has evolved beyond core telecom into vertical industries that are all leveraging always-on connectivity to offer added-value services - from smart grids to smart home, mHealth, and more.

Tim Leberecht, Chief Marketing Officer at the Aricent Group, said, “Applications are transforming the way that the network is utilized, and are increasingly becoming the differentiating component for effectively monetizing network infrastructure investments. With our new Applications practice, we want to help device makers and infrastructure players create highly differentiated telecom applications as well as mobile applications across multiple industries such as energy, media, healthcare, and financials.”

Jinu Koshy, Vice President, Applications & Devices Practice at the Aricent Group, said, “Drawing from our deep domain expertise in telecom, feature-rich software frameworks, and a strong partner ecosystem comprising of semiconductor manufacturers, device vendors, service providers, and network equipment manufacturers, we are uniquely positioned to provide this new offering to our clients.”

At MWC 2012 (February 27-March 1, 2012), the Aricent Group will be showcasing demos of applications designed to simplify the convergence of different content sources, including application stores, over-the-top video content, managed TV content, and social media for delivery to various types of Internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets, and televisions.

The company will exhibit at its hospitality suite located at AV86.

About the Aricent Group

The Aricent Group is a global innovation and technology services company that helps clients imagine, commercialize, and evolve products and services for the connected world. Bringing together the communications technology expertise of Aricent with the creative vision and user experience prowess of frog, the Aricent Group provides a unique portfolio of innovation capabilities that seamlessly combines consumer insights, strategy, design, software engineering, and systems integration. The client base includes communications service providers, equipment manufacturers, independent software vendors, device makers, and many other Fortune 500 brands. The company’s investors are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office, Delta Partners, and The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

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