* Latest Version 6.0.7 of InterconnecT shows both performance and scalability increases; throughput substantially in excess of even largest carrier needs
London, October 15th, 2003: Operations Support Systems (OSS) specialist Intec Telecom Systems has announced new performance figures for the latest version of Intec’s market-leading InterconnecT billing system on Hewlett-Packard’s Superdome server that shatter existing records. On the fastest server configuration InterconnecT processed billing records equal to the daily combined output of five national PTTs in just 8 hours. Even on a much smaller server, InterconnecT Version 6.0.7, the latest release, handled over 100 million billing records in 8 hours, well in excess of the needs of a tier one GSM operator or major fixed line carrier.
Running on a powerful 64 way HP-UX Superdome server, and using real-world network data, InterconnecT processed the equivalent of 554.2 million Call Detail Records (CDRs) in one eight-hour period. For comparison a large fixed-line or major mobile carrier typically generates call volumes in the region of 20-100 million CDRs per day. Even on a much smaller HP server configuration, an 8-way rp8000, InterconnecT 6.0.7 processed 101.6 million CDRs per eight-hour period. Doubling the number of installed CPUs to 16 also doubled performance to 202.8 million CDRs, demonstrating almost 100% scalability, the ‘holy grail’ of high-end processing applications like telecoms billing.
Interconnect or wholesale billing, the bills passed between operators for carrying each other’s traffic, typically makes up the first or second largest source of revenue for a telecoms carrier. Interconnect bills can run to hundreds of millons of Pounds annually, and the speed and accuracy of processing the complex calculations needed to generate bills can make a substantial difference to operator profitability. Intec’s InterconnecT family is the worlds’s most successful product in this market, with more than 200 installations worldwide.
“These are impressive results that demonstrate why so many of the world’s major carriers choose InterconnecT on HP platforms for their billing needs,” said Intec CEO, Kevin Adams. “Intec has the industry’s most widely used and highly-developed interconnect system and the current levels of investment we are making are extending our lead. The 6.0.7 release, which includes many enhancements requested by our worldwide customer base, is fast, reliable and highly functional.”
“More carriers using Intec’s InterconnecT products run HP servers for their interconnect billing requirements than any other platform,” said Carl D’Costa, director of alliances for the Network & Service Provider segment of HP. “Although Intec’s testing shows that levels of performance exceed today’s requirements by a factor of five or more, traffic levels are rising all the time and next-generation services have significantly higher processing volume requirements. This benchmark has demonstrated that Intec InterconnecT running on HP servers is able to offer a solution to meet today and tomorrow’s volumes for any size of carrier.”
The InterconnecT family is the market leader in interconnect billing with 60 per cent global market share and over 200 customer installations worldwide. InterconnecT is in use by fixed, mobile, IP and 3G companies that include France Telecom, Vodafone, BellSouth, Orange, T-Mobile International, Verizon, COLT and ‘3’.
The benchmark was completed at HP’s Performance Centre in Boblingen, Germany. Hardware used included 1) an HP Superdome 64-way with 64 PA8700+ 875 MHz CPU, XP1024 disk array. 2) HP rp8400 with up to 16 PA8700+ 875 MHz CPUs, seven HP StorageWorks Disk System 2405 (ds2405) trays for the disk storage. Software configuration was HP-UX 11i (64-bit), Oracle 22.214.171.124 Enterprise Edition(32-bit), InterconnecT 6.0.7. The benchmark Reference Data is based upon an European operator's data. The same Reference Data and CDR files have been used for all InterconnecT benchmarks. The CDRs are composed of 20% Transit calls.
Intec Telecom Systems is an award-winning worldwide Operations Support Systems (“OSS”) vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks (ie. WLAN, 3G and IP), with more than 500 installations of its products worldwide. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange (Code: ITL.L) in June 2000. Intec is the market leader in intercarrier billing systems and convergent mediation software, and a recent winner of the 2003 Global Billing Award – Best Overall Contribution, and Telestrategies ‘Mediation Excellence Award’.
Intec’s portfolio includes:
· Inter-mediatE™- convergent mediation solution
· InterconnecT™- intercarrier billing including US CABS and ITU
· Inter-activatE™- flow-through provisioning and activation
· Inter-contenT™- end-to-end content revenue management
· Intec Dynamic Charging Platform™–a real-time pre/post-paid charging interface between the network and the back office
· Intec Digiquant - end-to-end management for advanced data services
Intec’s customer base includes, among others, BellSouth, BellSouth Peru, Brazil Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic), China Unicom, COLT Telecommunications, EBT (Taiwan), Eircom (Ireland), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Maxis (Malaysia), Singtel Optus (Australia), Orange, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia, Tiscali, TPSA (Poland), Swisscom, T-Mobile International, Telia (Sweden), Telefonica, Telkom South Africa, Telstra, US Cellular, Westel (Hungary), Vodafone, VimpelCom (Russia) and Verizon. For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the website at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com.
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