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* Enhanced billing support for next-generation revenue streams
* Lower cost of ownership, faster time-to-market and improved usability

April 20th, 2004: Intec Telecom Systems today announced the general availability of InterconnecT v7, a substantially enhanced new version of its market leading interconnect billing solution. InterconnecT v7 provides telecoms operators with a wide range of new capabilities for next-generation services, plus many enhancements to existing functions for voice, data, IP and mobile operators. Combined, InterconnecT v7’s new features offer many benefits to operators, particularly next generation and broadband service providers. They include lower cost of ownership and increased productivity through greater automation and ease of use, improved time to market for new services, and comprehensive billing support for new revenue streams such as multimedia content.

“InterconnecT v7 combines Intec’s unmatched experience of customer requirements in over 60 countries with the latest technologies to produce a truly outstanding product,” explains Kevin Adams, Intec’s CEO. “Version 7 incorporates everything we have learned in 200 fixed, wireless and IP customer sites, combined with the feedback we have from the marketplace on next-generation requirements. This is a future-proof product which raises the bar on interconnect billing. I think customers will be hugely impressed with what this system can do for their future service revenue flows.”

InterconnecT is already deployed by over 200 of the world’s leading carriers and Intec expects rapid acceptance and take up of version 7 from both new and existing customers. Enhancements in InterconnecT v7 include powerful new rating capabilities to cater for next-generation services, an enhanced GUI which promotes ease of use and system management, and a new discounting module which supports all types of discounting scenarios, including monetary, call count, usage and threshold discounts. Furthermore, architectural enhancements deliver a cost-effective, robust and scalable system, together with advanced data storage techniques to reduce cost of ownership.

InterconnecT and content/data services

The emergence of content billing requirements and the launch of 3G and broadband services around the world are two of the many drivers behind the development of InterconnecT v7. Operators are looking for an application which can manage and control much more complex product scenarios. InterconnecT v7’s enhanced technology responds to this requirement by offering seamless settlement support for multiple customer services such as voice, data, SMS/MMS, GPRS, xDSL, content and IP access.

“InterconnecT v7 overcomes the limitations and auditability issues of rules-based rating systems to provide a new paradigm in interconnect billing technologies,” adds Gary Bunney, Intec’s Director of Product Operations. “The solution achieves this by allowing the use of many additional data fields on the CDR to influence the choice of rates and the calculation of elements of the price. Innovative deployment of such additional fields ensures that any product or service scenario is readily capable of being rated, making it easier for time-conscious operators such as 3G providers to conceive and launch new products ahead of the competition.”

Among the many billing scenarios supported by InterconnecT v7 is the ability to offer convergent bills for services over mobile phones or multiple devices and pricing of new services based on value, usage or quality of service. Furthermore, InterconnecT v7 can support multi-party settlement where a single event record can be used to settle with any number of partners, as well as real-time, web-based partner access to accruing settlement statements through interfaces to Content Partner Management. In short, InterconnecT v7 supports any type of settlement model, making it the most adaptable next generation settlement solution in the OSS market today.

InterconnecT v7 is a natural evolution of Intec’s best of breed interconnect product, which currently supports over 200 customers around the world including Tier One companies such as France Telecom, Vodafone, Orange and Hutchison’s ‘3’ Mobile Group. All aspects of the application have been improved, based on Intec’s extensive experience in billing, leading to the following key benefits:

Low Cost of Ownership & Increased Productivity

InterconnecT v7 uses advanced data management techniques, including compression, to reduce storage costs. It also offers substantially enhanced Reference data management for lower cost of ownership as well as supporting File level Undo for secure, simplified error processing. In addition, the application can deploy additional rating engines running on low cost commodity hardware to achieve a highly effective and readily scalable rating solution.

Increased productivity is another benefit of InterconnecT v7. This is achieved by server side processing of interconnect agreement data which greatly increases the speed of data load. The new, integrated bulk loaders are server-based components. All the work is now done on the more powerful multi-CPU server where data can be imported through a common set of validation components.

InterconnecT v7 also features a brand new Graphical User Interface, with the ability to control all system administration as well as user tasks. The GUI, which is based on current best practice in user interface design, also features full, context-sensitive on-line help and system documentation. The system also offers guided correction of errors, allowing the user to rectify CDR processing errors with maximum efficiency.

Time to Market

InterconnecT v7 can improve time to market for new and more complex business scenarios by allowing the use of a host of additional data fields on the CDR to influence the choice of rates and the calculation of elements of the price. Any service scenario can be readily rated making it easier for a customer’s marketing department to conceive and launch new products faster than competitors. In addition, InterconnecT v7 provides a very flexible discounting module which supports all types of discounting scenarios including monetary, call count, usage, tiered and threshold discounts as well as penalty rates. The concept of Cross Product Discounting provides triggers in the system which allow for certain types of traffic to be cross-discounted (e.g., if mobile is less than 5% of fixed traffic then a discount of 1.5% is given on all traffic). The Volume Based Rating features allow users to negotiate/offer extremely flexible agreements and define rates based on traffic volumes, inclu
ding committed volumes and a host of other user definable criteria.

InterconnecT v7 speeds up invoice production by enabling the segregation of the Billing Period into revenue and expense elements such that the revenue elements can be closed off and invoiced immediately without having to wait for outstanding rating information to be in place before the billing period can be closed. A flexible summarisation function now enables the user to specify how and at what level data should be summarised before financial export takes place, thereby reducing data storage needs. This, combined with advanced data storage techniques, reduces overall cost of ownership through lower system costs.


Billing for New Revenue Streams

The emergence of next generation content billing requirements is one of the many drivers behind InterconnecT v7. As a result, the application is designed to provide full support for rating data (e.g. SMS) and content (e.g. MMS) traffic, in addition to traditional voice traffic, for a variety of different scenarios including complex multi-step and multi-component rating rules. A new module supports the charging of non-usage events such as leased lines and facility rentals, as well as one-off charges for IP peering agreements. Furthermore, InterconnecT V7’s sophisticated cross product and cross-partner discounting features combine to produce a highly developed platform for the modelling of intricate business to business content settlement agreements. InterconnecT v7 also offers real time, web based partner access. This allows other partners to access the system securely over the Internet and query their balances, agreement and set-up information.

For more information about the latest version of InterconnecT v7 and its range of features and functionality, visit Intec Telecom Systems today at www.intec-telecom-systems.com

About Intec Telecom Systems

Intec Telecom Systems is an award-winning worldwide Operations Support Systems (“OSS”) vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks (i.e. 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
• Intec CPM™ - end-to-end content partner management
• Intec DCP™ (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), Vivo (Brasil) and Verizon. For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the website at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com




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