July 22, 2004: Intec Telecom Systems, a global provider of operations support systems (OSS) for fixed, mobile and IP/next-generation networks, today announced it has signed a contract with Kenya's leading mobile telephony provider, Safaricom, a Vodafone company. The agreement includes the purchase of Intec's Inter-mediatE(TM) solution for mediation and Intec's Inter-activatE(TM) solution for flow through activation of mobile services. The deal is the sixth contract announced in the past year by Intec in Africa, a continent that boasts some of the world's most dynamic telecoms markets. As part of the agreement Intec's support centre in Cape Town, South Africa will supply Safaricom with the technical and implementation expertise to ensure a swift and seamless integration of the solutions.
With Intec's Inter-mediatE solution Safaricom will gain fully convergent mediation capabilities to support the deployment of new mobile technologies. Inter-mediatE will help the company gather, process, and distribute usage data from its network in real time. It will also give Safaricom the flexibility to implement its own business rules for mediation processing, enabling the company to launch new products and services quickly in full support of marketing initiatives and changing regulatory requirements. Complementing the mediation solution will be Intec's Inter-activatE(TM) solution, which will automatically activate services for new subscribers and subscriber features. By automating this process Safaricom will be able to enjoy greater operational efficiency, enhanced revenue streams and faster time-to-market for new services.
"Our win in Kenya is further proof of the business opportunities that Africa provides for the OSS industry," explains Dave Baker, Director of Intec's operation in Southern Africa. "Kenya boasts a thriving mobile industry with two major operators vying for leadership and another contender recently awarded a license for services. Competition is therefore fierce and wireless providers require the right OSS support to ensure fast time to market for new services. Intec's Inter-mediatE and Inter-activatE solutions will provide Safaricom with this capability, helping the company roll out services faster and maintain its lead in Kenya's mobile market."
Intec was selected as the provider of Safaricom's mediation and service provisioning solutions as a result of the company's global reputation for proven performance and fast deployment of services. These are crucial requirements for Safaricom as the company expands its GSM network across the country. Intec's solutions will provide the necessary support for Safaricom to achieve its growth without any compromise in the quality and reliability of its wireless services.
"We are pleased to be working with Safaricom, a subsidiary of Telkom Kenya and Vodafone Group, the world's biggest mobile operator," said Kevin Adams, Intec's CEO. "Like many of our existing customers in Africa - including Telecom Egypt, Nitel, Vodacom South Africa and MTN Nigeria - Safaricom will install Intec's solutions to gain the required network reliability and support to maintain a significant competitive advantage in Kenya's fast-growing market."
Safaricom Ltd is Kenya's leading Mobile Telephony provider. Created in 1997 as a fully owned subsidiary of Telkom Kenya, Vodafone Group Plc, the world's biggest mobile company, acquired Safaricom in May 2000 with a 40 percent stake and management responsibility. Safaricom's objective is to remain the leading mobile network provider in Kenya by focusing on quality of service. Safaricom therefore implements best practices based on Vodafone's vast international experience and Telkom Kenya's unique knowledge of Kenyan market conditions. The result of this initiative ensures a superior quality of service that is customer focused and will benefit every user. For more information visit the website www.safaricom.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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