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Soprano Commended at Global Mobile Messaging Awards

Leading Australian mobile infrastructure provider SOPRANO Design has received the judge’s commendation in the 2004 Global Messaging Awards, held in association with 160 Characters SMS and Mobile Messaging Association in the United Kingdom. “SOPRANO is excited to be commended in such a prestigious and globally-recognised award. We are pleased to be selected for our innovative and socially responsible SOPRANO MobileNanny product,” said Dr Richard Favero, CEO at SOPRANO.

SOPRANO’s MobileNanny allows Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to filter and label content before selection and distribution to their customers. “SOPRANO MobileNanny provides MNOs sophisticated fine-grained opt-in access control services over the Mobile Internet accessed by the mobile phone. Giving the consumer the ability to restrict access to certain content categories such as adult and gambling services, block SPAM, and block access to premium unmoderated mobile chat services” said Dr Richard Favero.

“With the increase in mobile phone SPAM and advent of unrestricted premium content services, SOPRANO MobileNanny allows mobile users to take complete control over their use of their mobile phones for themselves, their families and employees,” said Favero.

The adoption of SOPRANO MobileNanny will deter such people as the man dubbed the “Text Message Casanova” who reportedly conned Kaylene Grimes, a single mum into sending close to 1800 premium service text messages worth nearly $4.00 each over a one week period. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) Investigations manager, Deb Lusty reported recently in relation to the ‘Text Message Casanova’ about the increase in the number of complaints about Premium SMS chat services on mobiles causing financial issues for a number of Australians.

“We are in talks with a number of major MNOs in Australia and overseas about integrating our product into their service offering. This will give the operators and their customers peace of mind and the assurance that their mobiles will not be abused nor will they be adversely affected emotionally or financially by their use of their phones in the future”, said Dr Richard Favero.

About Matt Thompson

Matt joined Soprano in 2013 to create and lead Soprano’s global product management and marketing efforts across all regions, including Asia, Australia, Europe, LATAM and the US. He helps shape and execute Soprano’s product strategy both globally and with individual regions and MNO partners. He oversees Soprano’s carrier revenue acceleration model, which includes direct involvement in new product launch activities, carrier-branded industry websites, B2B digital marketing campaigns, and ongoing product marketing.

Matt brings more than 10 years of diverse leadership experience in the mobile messaging industry, with significant global product management success launching products for US mobile operators. His domain expertise in the wireless industry spans the enterprise mobile messaging landscape to include network-based wireless messaging and voice services as well as global wireless M2M (machine-to-machine) and the Internet of Things.

Prior joining Soprano he spent 8 years in B2B product management and product marketing with AT&T, Clearwire, and Nuance Communications. Matt has also founded and run two successful small businesses, and he holds an MBA from the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington.