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CMG has signed up with filtering company Brightmail to build spam and virus filtering software into its wireless systems.

In much the same way as email has attracted numerous damaging or irritating proponents, the forthcoming boom in wireless communications is expected to produce its own variants.

CMG offers a large array of mobile messaging services and is attempting to nip the spam/virus problem in the bud before it becomes a problem. Brightmail produces systems that will prevent such unsolicited messages from entering the network.

"Mobile messaging grew over 400% last year and this, together with developing next generation networks, will add even more high value traffic," said CMG's VP of sales and marketing Peter Maathuis. "We are aligning ourselves with innovative companies such as Brightmail to enable mobile network operators the ability to protect the growing revenue streams being built on mobile messaging applications."

"Spam and viruses have the potential to become a tremendous problem on wireless networks. Not only from fast growing messaging services such as SMS, but also from the huge growth in the number of people who use mobile devices to access traditional mail systems," said wireless analyst Don Longueuil in a press release. "The more satisfied the customer is with wireless messaging, the more they use it which leads to more revenue for the wireless operator." ®

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