London, 8 June 2004: Algeria's leading mobile operator, Orascom Telecom (OTA), has signed a contract with Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) for fixed, wireless, IP and next generation networks. Under the term of the agreement, which is valued at over US$2 million, Intec will supply OTA with its InterconnecT(TM) billing and Inter-mediatE(TM) convergent mediation solutions to enable the GSM operator to effectively manage intercarrier billing and settlement. The deal is the third large contract Intec has announced in Africa this year, providing further evidence of the continent's growing demand for OSS solutions as well as Intec's leading position in this large telecoms market.
InterconnecT, the world's leading intercarrier billing system, will offer OTA the capability to handle the growing volume of network traffic generated by new mobile and fixed line intercarrier partnerships. Inter-mediatE, a carrier-grade convergent mediation solution, will support the InterconnecT system by delivering a platform that can collect and process usage information from OTA's entire network. This will be performed by gathering raw data from switches, routers and servers and transforming it into detailed, accurate billing information.
"Our contract win in Algeria is significant for a number of reasons," explains Kevin Adams, Intec's CEO. "It positions Intec as one of the key OSS players in Africa, a continent which has many of the world's dynamic telecoms markets. Secondly, securing a deal with Orascom Telecom group, one of the region's most influential communications players, bodes well for securing further business opportunities in other countries where the company operates. Intec is therefore committed to providing the best possible service to Orascom's operations in Algeria, and to building a successful and long term relationship with the telecoms group."
The implementation of two Intec solutions at OTA highlights a growing trend among operators in developing markets: "Intec is benefiting from a strong OSS replacement market," adds Intec's Christian Ciupek. "Once again Intec has been selected by leading operators to upgrade their legacy billing systems with our cutting edge technology.
About Orascom Telecom Algeria
Orascom Telecom Algeria (OTA) was founded in 2002 by the Orascom Telecoms Group, a major private conglomerate in Egypt.
Operating under the brand name DJEZZY, OTA is one of the most successful operations of its kind, and is a major contributor to OTHs scale, growth and mobile telecommunications leadership in the region. OTA commenced commercial operations under its brand in February 2002 and is already Algeria’s leading telecommunications services provider. The company already has more than 1.7 million subscribers representing over 88 percent of the country’s mobile market and a network coverage area serving over 70 percent of Algeria’s roughly 31.8 million inhabitants.
The transaction underscores OTA commitment to enhance its services, to extend its high quality network, and to continue to drive the rapid development of the mobile market.
OTA is poised to capture an even greater subscriber base in Algeria as the country enters a period of political stability and economic rejuvenation. Since launching its services in 2002, OTA has become the leading GSM operator in the country with over 1.7 million subscribers. With a population of over 30 million people, there is tremendous potential for business growth as Algeria prepares for a mobile boom. According to the latest figures published by the country’s Information and Communication Technologies Ministry, the number of wireless phone users in Algeria will soar to 8 million by 2005 with OTA securing the majority of subscribers.
About Intec Telecom Systems
Intec Telecom Systems is the world’s leading Operations Support Systems (“OSS”) product vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks (i.e. WLAN, 3G and IP), with more than 570 installations of its products worldwide in over 400 customers. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange (Code: ITL.L) in June 2000. In 2003 Intec reported revenues of £50.7 million, with adjusted net earnings after tax of £4.1 million.
Intec’s product portfolio includes:
• Inter-mediatE™ - convergent mediation solution
• InterconnecT™ - inter-carrier billing including US CABS and ITU-based settlement
• 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), Nitel (Nigeria), Reliance (India), Singtel Optus (Australia), O2 Ireland, 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.
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