October 18, 2001 β Intec Telecom Systems, a leading worldwide provider of Operational Support Systems (OSS) for fixed, mobile and IP/next-generation networks, has announced that ITXC, the worldβs largest wholesale Voice over IP (VoIP) provider, has gone into production with Intecβs Inter-mediatEΓ platform for IP mediation. The solution was quickly and successfully integrated into the network with minimal risk, delivering accurate results from the first day of production. ITXC can now effectively bill for voice calls travelling across the companyβs global ITXC.net VoIP network, which reaches 349 cities and 133 countries across the world.
βWith implementation now complete, Inter-mediatE is already saving us time and money,β says Less Cascio, vice president of development for ITXC. βOur network is growing at about 20% a quarter. As a result of that growth, quick response is one of our main competitive advantages. Now we donβt have to spend several weeks analysing the impact of adding a new switch or gateway to the network, because we know Inter-mediatE can handle all of the changes. Intec is the best, most customer-oriented vendor Iβve ever worked with.β
Inter-mediatE, the market leader in convergent mediation, collects and aggregates all of the usage data from the ITXC network and transforms it into consistent records that ITXC can use to produce an accurate customer billing statement. The bulk of ITXCβs network traffic originates on a traditional voice switch, and travels through an IP telephony gateway, across the public Internet and through another IP telephony gateway to reach its final destination. Inter-mediatEβs sophisticated technology can support this complicated process, helping to identify any duplication of data and incorrect information resulting from misconfigured gateways and incomplete CDRs.
NB β a Case Study on ITXCβs use of Inter-mediatE is available from Intec.
βAccurate billing has been a big challenge in the fast-growing VoIP marketplace, because the Internet wasnβt originally designed for carrying voice calls, and there is no inherent billing mechanism,β said Jim Meginley, Director of Intec Products. βInter-mediatE simplifies the complex process of collecting and billing for IP-based usage data while also providing the flexibility and scalability to ensure that the mediation process handles the unique needs of each customer and the volume of billing data in IP networks.β
Flexibility is a critical feature within the Inter-mediatE software. A scripting language allows service providers such as ITXC to apply their own business rules to the mediation process. In ITXCβs case, Intecβs mediation system is set up to conduct filtering and duplicate record detection so that ITXCβs customers are billed accurately for only the calls they actually make. Inter-mediatE also feeds ITXCβs 7/24 network operations centre (NOC) with data for quality monitoring purposes. In addition, the solution facilitates network expansion through its scalability and its ability to protect downstream systems in the OSS environment from changes in network elements.
βCollecting and transforming our usage records is no small feat when you consider the sheer volume of data produced, often in duplicate, by all of our network elements,β Cascio says. βIntecβs Inter-mediatE software has a proven track record of handling high volumes of usage records βprocessing more than half a billion records per day in some major carriers β so we knew that it could meet our bill processing needs both now and in the future.β
For more information:
Georgia Hanias/Andrew Rodaway
Intec Telecom Systems PLC UK
+44 (0) 1483 745954
Fergus Wylie/Barney Jones
+44 (0) 20 7367 5100
ITXC Corp (NASDAQ:ITXC) is the largest global carrier based in the US dedicated exclusively to carrying voice calls on behalf of other carriers. ITXC has permanently changed the economics of international long distance by establishing and operating ITXC.net(SM), the company's Internet-based voice network of over 645 PoPs in 349 cities and 133 countries, which delivers carrier-grade voice quality. ITXC's patented and patent pending BestValue Routingβ’ technology provides such high voice quality that tier one carriers use ITXC for worldwide phone-to-phone traffic without needing to tell their customers that the calls are actually travelling over the Internet. Customers include almost all major carriers and most RBOCs in the US, many major traditional carriers worldwide, new competitive carriers in deregulating countries including local exchange operators (LECs) who outsource their new domestic and international long distance services to ITXC and Internet-based Web-to-phone prov!
For more information, visit http://www.itxc.com
Intec Telecom Systems
Intec Telecom Systems is a leading worldwide Operations Support Systems (βOSSβ) vendor for fixed, mobile and IP/next-generation networks, with more than 240 customers for its products worldwide. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange (Code: ITL.L) in June 2000. Intec is the most successful supplier of packaged intercarrier billing and convergent mediation software, with more installations, and more major telecom operators using its solutions than any other supplier. Intecβs portfolio includes:
Β· Inter-venEβ’ -- telecom fraud management software
Β· Inter-mediatEβ’-- convergent mediation solution
Β· InterconnecTβ’ - inter carrier billing including CABS and ITU
Β· Maxi-routEβ’ - least cost routing solution
Β· Omni-chargEβ’ β billing for all types of non-call telecom services
Intecβs customer base includes, among others, BellSouth, AT&T, MCI Worldcom, Verizon, US Cellular, ITXC, Axtel (Mexico), Hutchison 3G, Telecom Italia, TPSA (Poland), Maroc Telecom, Westel (Hungary), Telecom Argentina, BellSouth Peru, Brazil Telecom, Cable & Wireless, COLT Telecommunications, France Telecom, Orange, Optus (Australia), Swisscom, Stentor (Canada), T-Mobile International, Telia (Sweden), Telkom South Africa, EBT (Taiwan), Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic) and Telstra.
For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the Web site at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com
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