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Logica Signals Record Deals, Shares Jump
Posted: 23-Feb-2000 [Source: Reuters]

[SMS software provider sees mobile network business grow by 157 percent.]

London -- "Teenagers bombarding each other with text messages on their mobile phones helped British software company Logica Plc boost its half-year profits by 62 percent.

"The results released on Wednesday inflated its share price and Logica told investors to look out for several deals in the pipeline that would be the biggest in the company's history.

"``The board is confident of achieving superior revenue and earnings per share growth for the full year,'' said Logica, whose fastest growth came in services for mobile telecommunications -- especially in the software for short messaging services (SMS).

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"Telecommunications almost doubled revenues and raised margins by half to 15 percent, thanks to the mobile networks business which grew by 157 percent.

"Logica's mobile business provides intelligent call handling, text and data messaging and wireless Internet to some 150 carriers in 50 countries.

"Its SMS products serve over 100 million subscribers worldwide who send 1.5 billion messages a month -- more than half the world market, Logica said.

"Messaging is growing by 20 percent a month. It is most popular amongst young users but can also be a boon to businesses. One message can be sent out to a whole group -- a sales team on the road, for example, like a pager system.

"Japan, southeast Asia and Scandinavia are SMS hotspots.

"Logica also launched its m-WorldPortal platform earlier this year, which enables operators to let customers with ordinary mobile phones access Internet content.

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