* Orange Côte d’Ivoire latest mobile operator to benefit from service
March 30th, 2004: Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of operations support systems (OSS) for fixed, wireless, and next generation/IP networks, today announced that the mobile operator Orange has gone live with Intec’s InterconnecT™ solution in the west African country of Côte d’Ivoire. The successful implementation of Intec’s intercarrier billing system was made possible by an extended global partnership agreement with France Telecom.
The partnership deal enables the leading French operator to create a centralised InterconnecT bureau service in France which can support the intercarrier billing requirements for any of its Orange subsidiaries around the world. The latest country to become part of this complex settlement initiative is Côte D’Ivoire. Over one million call detail records (CDRs) are sent from Orange’s operations in the West African country to France Telecom’s central bureau in France, which relies on local service hardware to support Intec’s InterconnecT solution. The CDR information received from Orange’s Cote D’Ivoire operation is gathered by the French central bureau and then used to produce accurate intercarrier billing settlements for the African affiliate.
“The numerous opportunities France Telecom provides to increase InterconnecT’s installed base creates a dynamic and exciting partnership for Intec,” says Kevin Adams, Intec’s CEO. “As part of a global co-operative agreement signed with Intec in 2000, France Telecom promotes and supports InterconnecT among its subsidiary companies. An amendment to the agreement in 2003 has helped to integrate the billing operations of France Telecom’s Orange subsidiaries worldwide, while generating new market opportunities for Intec’s core product, particularly in African countries such as Reunion Island, Madagascar, and now Côte D’Ivoire.”
By creating InterconnecT bureau services for its new Orange subsidiaries, France Telecom provide these companies with identical, cutting-edge OSS billing technology and maintenance support, with the help of Intec. This is important, especially in Africa where companies across the continent are struggling to cope with interconnect partner settlement issues due to the lack of proper network systems. This includes problems that include the inability to stop fraudulent billing activities such as the under-declaration of network traffic and inflated interconnect tariffs.
Explains Christian Ciupek, Intec’s Regional Director, “African operators are losing substantial revenue streams as a result of poor network infrastructures - there may be a difficult future for many of these businesses in a few years time if this level of loss continues. The companies that are now making the decisions to invest in reliable interconnect systems such as Intec’s InterconnecT are the ones who will quickly overcome their intercarrier billing challenges and eventually dominate the market in a few years time. This includes France Telecoms’ Orange affiliate in Côte D’Ivoire, which will immediately benefit from InterconnecT’s flexibility and scalability in handling regional and international settlements.”
InterconnecT is the world's leading intercarrier solution with over 200 installations worldwide. Its customer base includes the biggest telecoms operators in Africa such as Telecom Egypt, MTN South Africa, Nitel and Telkom SA as well as mid-size operators in emerging markets such as SOTELMA Mali and Sonatel Senegal.
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 560 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 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’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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