The Connectem VCM software running on IBM PureFlex platform is a part of a key initiative that can dramatically reduce the time to deploy new services as software applications on general -purpose computing platforms. Australia's Optus is looking at the new technology to explore opportunities that cloud services can enable in delivering outstanding customer experience."As we continue to expand Optus 4G across Australia, we are also exploring ideas such as flexible network infrastructure and how that can potentially fit into our long-term network strategy to deliver even more benefits to our customers," said Gunther Ottendorfer, Managing Director of Networks at Optus. Connectem VCM architecture and software have been developed to comply with the best practices to meet the strict service requirements expected of the Mobile Broadband carriers. This new software architecture, combined with the powerful, high-performance virtualization built into the PureFlex platform, will help enable the quick adoption of new services and business models which are critical for Mobile carriers. "Connectem looks forward to working with IBM," said Barry Hill, VP Sales & Marketing, Connectem. "We are excited about the potential to re-define the economics and innovation in the Mobile Broadband market with this solution running on the IBM PureFlex platform." For more information on IBM PureSystems visit: www.ibm.com/press/pure For more information on Connectem Inc. visit: www.connectem.net IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, PureSystems, PureFlex, PureApplication, PureData, Smarter Planet and the planet icon are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. For a current list of IBM trademarks, please see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml. All other company, product or service names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of others. Statements concerning IBM's future development plans and schedules are made for planning purposes only, and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Reseller prices may vary.