* Deal valued at 1.5 million euros
* Solutions to support interconnect activity with recently launched new GSM mobile operator
* Provide full compliance with ITU standards for international settlements between telecom operators
* Solutions to support collection and mediation for the existing Retail Billing System and InterconnecT
London/Bamako, November 11th, 2003: Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) for the communications industry, today announced it has signed an agreement for its InterconnecT™ ITU billing and Inter-mediatE™ real-time convergent mediation systems with Mali’s incumbent telecommunications operator SOTELMA. Intec’s combined solutions will help to overcome the technical difficulties currently preventing state-owned SOTELMA from supporting interconnection network activity with Mali’s recently launched new GSM mobile operator.
SOTELMA will use InterconnecT ITU to seamlessly handle domestic interconnect and international settlements generated from the second operator and future intercarrier partners in Mali. The solution will also offer full compliance with the standards imposed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and will be used to handle international settlements with all international operators that SOTELMA is interconnected with around the globe. Inter-mediatE will enable SOTELMA to acquire information on calls being provided over its network for use in producing accurate interconnect invoices and traffic statements. This will be achieved by feeding data into the existing retail and InterconnecT billing systems.
“With the liberalisation of the market SOTELMA decided to gain the capability to support interconnectivity between operators through the use of quick and efficient billing systems,” explains Sheik Sidi-Mohamed Nimaga, CEO of SOTELMA. “At present we do not have the means to manage interconnection fees for calls generated from customers using the second GSM’s mobile services. The only efficient way to solve this problem is to implement effective OSS systems such as Intec’s InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE. These solutions, which have been proposed by Intec Telecom Systems, were selected following an Open Request For Proposal for their performance in supporting Call Detail Records (CDRs), summarising traffic data and creating accurate billing information for use in checking accounts between operators—all with total ease and complete serenity.”
With the help of InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE, SOTELMA will overcome its existing issues of invoicing interconnect fees at the domestic and international level. InterconnecT ITU provides a quick and efficient reference data table whereby SOTELMA can enter different pre-fix numbers and charging rates so that the calls of the second GSM operator can be easily processed. ITU standards can also be entered to ensure that the company complies with international regulations in dealing with international settlements. Inter-mediatE will allow SOTELMA to gain more control over the data records being processed by gathering network usage data and then validating, filtering and checking the data for errors. Finally, Inter-mediatE, by feeding the existing retail billing system, will also enable more accurate and more precise retail bill production.
“SOTELMA will benefit from the same level of billing technology that western operators currently use,”” said Christian Ciupek, Intec’s Regional Director. “InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE will not only support local interconnect fees with GSM operators like the second operator but also those generated from international calls. SOTELMA will be able to check the accuracy of the statements and invoices sent by other operators. SOTELMA already knows that some operators are under-declaring their traffic in order to reduce the amount it pays out to SOTELMA. In the near future, SOTELMA will have the means to check and to prove this kind of fraud. This will lead to an increase in yearly revenue, thereby giving SOLTEMA an opportunity to invest in network improvements and new services. This will also be a way to increase exportation from Mali. At the end of the day this will benefit the country’s overall economy.
Intec’s commitment to Africa’s telecoms growth has led to the company joining ITU's Telecommunication Development Bureau, which creates programmes and activities to facilitate connectivity and access in the developing world. Intec also has a major Research and Development centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
“This agreement increases Intec’s customer base in Africa, which already includes Maroc Telecom, Cell C Mobile, Telkom South Africa, Telecom Egypt, M-Tel Nigeria, Orange Madagascar, Orange Reunion Island and Senegal’s Sonatel,” said Intec’s CEO, Kevin Adams. “We are confident that InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE will prove critical assets in the future success of SOTELMA. These solutions offer an impressive combination of functionality and flexibility that ensures rapid deployment can be achieved and present and future requirements are met.”
La Société des Télécommunications du Mali (SOTELMA) is the government-controlled incumbent telecommunications operator in Mali, offering fixed, wireless and Internet services. Its GSM900 mobile wing Malitel provides pre and post-paid solutions to a growing customer base. Since 1996 SOTELMA has established an Internet hub, supporting 64 Mbits of broadband and a set of about 20 ISPs which market internet services to end-users.
For more information visit the website http://mali.viky.net/sotelma
About Intec Telecom Systems
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 ‘2003 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 Content Partner Management™ - content revenue 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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