* Combined value of contracts close to US $1 million
29 June 2004, London: Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of operations support systems for the telecommunications industry, today announced that it has signed two contracts in Africa and Asia for its real-time charging solution, Intec DCP. Cameroon’s Douala1, the country’s leading Network Solution Provider (NSP), and WorldCall Telecom Ltd, a major telecoms operator in Pakistan, have purchased the Intec Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP) to assist in their IP billing initiatives. The combined value of the contracts is estimated at nearly $1 million US.
“Intec DCP was selected by WorldCall and Douala1.com for a number of strategic reasons,” explains John Aalbers, Director, Next Generation Solutions Business at Intec. “At the top of the list was the versatility of the solution. We showed our new clients that Intec DCP has the flexibility to support any type of business model, including retail and wholesale, as well as different types of payment methods and services. The solution is also easy to install and comes with a pay as you grow licensing model, which provides a limited initial investment, a quick ROI and a reduced long term total cost of ownership.”
Intec DCP is a key requirement in the age of advanced IP services, providing a real-time pre/post-paid charging interface between the network and the back office, enabling operators to charge customers for any type of IP based service. Intec DCP ensures that services can be set up between partners, brought into service, recognised on the network, and accurately and securely billed. The solution can also accurately authenticate consumer details in real-time for payment, and determine how content or transactions can be priced, delivered and charged using different business models.
According to George Tuma, Executive Chairman at Douala1.com, Intec DCP will play an integral part in the company’s plans to offer Broadband Internet Services using IP Wireless Mobile Technology, a packet data implementation of the international 3GPP Universal Mobile Telecommunication System (UMTS) standard.
This technology is an ideal solution for countries such as Cameroon, where landline infrastructure is not sufficient to deliver broadband services based on DSL or cable, as the cost and the time required to connect a new customer are much smaller than with other broadband technologies. It is expected that the Douala1.com wireless initiative will boost the use of broadband Internet in the West African country.
“Intec DCP has been selected for our IP wireless technology initiative for many reasons such as the versatility and flexibility of the solution and its ability to support different payment plans and services,” explains Tuma. “Another reason for choosing Intec DCP is its reputation as a proven technology, one that is backed by a highly regarded, experienced company. Intec has an impressive level of knowledge about the IP wireless technology sector which we can directly apply to our business plans.”
Intec DCP will be used to control access to Douala1.com’s network for pre paid and post paid customers as well as to allocate bandwidth to customers according to their contract and bill for services. During the first phase of the project the company will provide the IP wireless service to its own corporate and residential users. Future initiatives include working with other ISPs to resell its access services to new customers.
Douala1.com will initially roll out its technology in the Cameroonian cities of Douala and Yaoundé this year, with later plans to extend its operations to other countries throughout Africa. Intec will provide maintenance and technical expertise to ensure the successful delivery of its solution, while the network integration of Intec DCP will be managed by AXCERA, a premier provider of equipment and systems for television broadcast and broadband wireless/MMDS industries.
In Pakistan Intec DCP has been selected by leading local telecoms operator WorldCall Telecom Ltd to support VoIP billing for its long distance international business. This is Intec’s first deal in the country, which currently has one of the fastest growing mobile markets in Asia.
Founded in 1995, WorldCALL Telecommunications has become the largest payphone operator in Pakistan, with over 22 per cent market share. The country currently boasts 141,000 payphones nationwide. Over the years WorldCALL has invested in new technologies and new businesses. In 1998 Prepaid Calling Cards were launched by WorldCALL phonecards under the brand name "Hello". In the private sector HELLO has now become the number one card used for international calls. The telecoms company also offers dial-up Internet services through WorldCALL Dot Com.
WorldCall selected IntecDCP as its strategic solution following a comprehensive evaluation and review of available technologies. “Our solution had all the requirements that WorldCall was looking for,” explains Intec’s Zakir Yussoff. “Of great importance was the fact that Intec DCP is a comprehensive IP service management and billing solution that can manage and account for all the elements of Internet telephony service - from provisioning and deployment through mediation, rating and billing - all within a single platform. From the moment the system goes live, WorldCall will have complete control over its entire IP billing operations to maximize its revenue potential for international call services.”
With IntecDCP, WorldCall will gain the capability to quickly define and efficiently manage users via IP addresses, user names, addresses, and departments or payment method. Intec DCP will also enable WorldCall to manage customers by service type. By combining user and service profiles, WorldCall Network administrators will be able to create and deploy common user groups with which they can associate rating schemes. These user/service profiles can also be used to authenticate and manage access to the WorldCall Network and its services, as well as to automate mediation, billing, and collection.
“We are extremely pleased to have won these deals in Cameroon and Pakistan,” said Kevin Adams, CEO of Intec. “Our extensive experience in managing IP technology, coupled with our highly-sophisticated, best-of-breed charging platform, will ensure the smooth and successful deployment of Douala1.com and WorldCall’s new services.”
About Douala1.com SA
Douala.com1 is a leading Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Cameroon. It was founded in 1998 by George Fon Tuma and Paolo Bosc as a provider of dial up Internet services. The company is currently working on implementing a high-speed wireless Internet network to support its growing customer base.
On 6th June 2000, Douala1.com was incorporated as Douala1.com S.A. with George FON TUMA as Executive Chairman and Emmanuel KIJEM as Director General. The company is licensed by the Cameroon Telecom Regulatory Board (A.R.T.) to operate VSAT and fixed wireless networks in Douala. A license will soon be obtained for similar operations in Yaoundé as Douala1.com continues its expansion nationwide. For more information visit the website at http://www.douala1.com
About WorldCall Communications Pakistan
WorldCALL Telecommunications Group was founded in 1995 when First Capital Securities Corporation Ltd. started incubating WorldCALL Payphones, now WorldCALL Communications Limited. The next few years were spent in expanding payphone network across Pakistan, creating new businesses and drawing investor attention to the value of WorldCALL businesses. Today WorldCALL Communications Limited is the largest payphone operator in Pakistan. It is part of a larger conglomerate and along with First Capital Securities Corporation Ltd. Owns a mix of telecom, print & media, technology, financial services, retail and property development businesses with national and international coverage.
For more information please visit the website www.worldcall.com.pk
AXCERA is a premier provider of equipment and systems for the television broadcast and broadband wireless/MMDS industries throughout the world. Founded in 1982 by three former RCA engineers, the company was formed as ITS Corporation and quickly became an industry leader. The company earned its reputation as a high quality supplier with the focus on meeting customers' needs. Today, AXCERA provides the most comprehensive line of television transmitter systems available from any manufacturer, as well as complete broadband wireless/MMDS solutions, including network planning, design and integration services. For more information visit the website at www.axcera.com
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.
For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the website at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com
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