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XACCT’s Network-to-Business Platform Helps Drive Profit for VoIP and other IP Services

READING, UK, July 23, 2001 -TELUS Corporation, one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, has selected XACCT Technologies’ Network-to-Business (N2B™) platform as part of its back-office infrastructure to help improve customer service and the profitability of its Voice over IP (VoIP) and Point of Sale (POS) services. XACCT is the leading provider of business infrastructure software solutions for IP networks. TELUS plans to deploy XACCT’s solution throughout its nationwide network to support all of its IP services.

The XACCT N2B platform provides a real-time link between TELUS’ network, which includes equipment from multiple vendors such as Cisco Systems and Nortel Networks, and its back-office Business/Operational Support System (BSS/OSS) applications. The information produced by XACCT’s software platform enables TELUS to understand how customers use its VoIP and POS services and then translate this understanding into better service and increased revenue and profit. TELUS also plans on using XACCT’s solution to implement automated usage collection for its Web hosting and Web domain services. XACCT’s N2B platform allows TELUS to seamlessly integrate its existing multi-vendor infrastructure, both the physical network as well as the back-office OSS/BSS sides of their operation, comprising of applications from eight different vendors.

N2B Platform Enables New Services and Saves Time and Money

TELUS was looking for a VoIP business solution to collect data from multiple network devices. The solution needed to be both scalable and flexible enough to analyze the individual use of the VoIP service by multiple customers. By installing the XACCT N2B platform, TELUS eliminated the need to build individual scripts, links, and programs between each network device and the associated OSS/BSS applications saving considerable time and money.

“When we initially built our VoIP service we found a huge gap between our network and our business support systems. XACCT bridged that gap,” said Richard Polishak, service architect at TELUS. “XACCT’s N2B platform now gives us a complete infrastructure solution that we can use throughout our network for far more than VoIP services. We installed XACCT as a foundation under our VoIP service but now we are using it as a platform for other IP services, too.”

“Carriers and service providers like TELUS are finding that point solutions developed in-house take too long, cost too much, and don’t provide the detailed level of information they need,” said Eric Gries, president and CEO of XACCT Technologies. “XACCT has taken a platform approach to solving this problem. Once installed, our platform allows service providers to add new network and service elements as well as new OSS/BSS applications, with the ease of off-the-shelf plug-in software modules, significantly shortening their time to revenue.”

XACCT’s N2B platform has also enabled TELUS to offer a new POS service. One of the first customers is a gasoline company that uses touch pads at its gas stations for debit/credit authorization of customer purchases. TELUS is the link for capturing revenue between the gas stations and hosts at the debit/credit companies, charging a fee for each transaction. The N2B platform collects information about the transactions and forwards it to TELUS’ BSS/OSS to allow revenue to be captured quickly and completely. TELUS plans to add more applications, such as ATM machines, to its POS service in the future.


About Telus

TELUS Corporation (TSE: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is one of Canada's leading telecommunications companies, providing a full range of telecommunications products and services that connect Canadians to the world. The company is the leading service provider in Western Canada and provides data, Internet Protocol, voice and wireless services to Central and Eastern Canada. For more information about TELUS, visit http://www.telus.com.


About XACCT Technologies

XACCT Technologies is the market and technology leader in intelligent business infrastructure software for Internet carriers and network service providers. XACCT’s award-winning, carrier-class Network-to-Business (N2B™) platform speeds time to market and time to revenue for new Internet services while lowering service provider costs. XACCT offers the industry’s first and only platform that enables real-time data capture and enhancement; seamless integration with any upstream business or operations application; and instantaneous, flow-through service provisioning. XACCT was recently named by Red Herring magazine as one of the “Top 50 private companies most likely to change the world.” XACCT investors include Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Dell Computer (NASDAQ:DELL), Deutsche Bank (DTBKY:OTC US), Technology Crossover Ventures, Trident Capital, Ampal (NASDAQ:AMPL), Eucalyptus Ventures, and Israel Seed Partners. With offices around the globe, XACCT has more than 60 customers, including Bell Canada (NYSE:BCE), British Telecom (NYSE:BT), Broadwing (NYSE:BRW), Cable & Wireless (NYSE:CWP), COLT (NASDAQ:COLT), Global One, Genuity (NASDAQ:GENU), Interland (NASDAQ:ILND), Siemens (NYSE:SIE), Teleglobe (NYSE:BCE), TV Cabo, Verio (NYSE:NTT), and WorldCom (NASDAQ:WCOM).


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