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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – TapRoot Systems, RFMD and Tekelec are just three of North Carolina-based firms that are making news at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Exhibitors include:

• Red Hat
• Tekelec
• Aviat (formerly known as Harris Stratex Networks)
• TapRoot

Companies with importance presences in RTP also will be participating: Qualcomm, which developed one of its newest chips in the Triangle; Cisco and IBM.

However, PocketGear, another major player in the region’s growing mobile applications and services industry, won’t be making any announcements at the event, a company spokesperson told Local Tech Wire and

The MWC event opened Monday with a flurry of announcements ().

• TapRoot launches analytics product

RTP-based , a developer of software for smart phones, is launching its Embedded Mobile Analytics product. The service is designed to provide carriers with in-depth data about mobile content usage, network performance and also user experience.

The service includes downloadable software to devices as well as a server to collect information.

According to TapRoot, its new offering will help network providers improve network performance, increase customer billings and reduce churn among subscribers.

“TapRoot is excited to launch its revolutionary EMA platform.” said Bob Bicksler, TapRoot’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

“We have excellent traction with our early customers and are now looking forward to rolling out this valuable solution to a wider customer base,” he added.

TapRoot’s offering supports Symbian, Microsoft, Research In Motion (BlackBerry) and other software. The company plans to support Google’s Android by mid-year.

• Tekelec wins new deals

Meanwhile, Morrisville-based (Nasdaq: TKLC) has landed two deals to open the week.

Optimus, a telecommunications provider based in Portugal, will use Tekelec services to monitor its network as it combines wireless and mobile assets into a single network.

Optimus will utilize a Linux-based management service from Tekelec.

Also, Tekelec will provide short message service (SMS) to Numerex, a provider of machine-to-machine messaging technology.

Financial terms of neither deal were disclosed.

"Organizations are constantly searching for new ways to lower costs, automate tasks and track their products," said Jeffrey Smith, chief technology officer at Numerex. "As we are continuing to build out our infrastructure to provide a secure and reliable end-to-end enabling solution for our customers, Tekelec opens up new M2M SMS options that have the power to expedite services and lower the costs of doing business across the most complex markets."

• RF Micro Devices launches power product

Greensboro-based (Nadaq: RFMD) is rolling out a new power product for mobile devices called PowerSmart.

The technology is designed to support smart phones and mobile Internet devices for use on 3G and 4G wireless networks across all existing technologies, including WiMAX and Long Term Evolution (LTE) for new fourth-generation networks.

“PowerSmart platforms process all known cellular modulations at optimum performance, with superior energy efficiency and at the industry’s lowest total cost of ownership,” said Eric Creviston, president of RFMD’s Cellular Products Group.