Comverse To Replace Competitor’s Voicemail System For The Leading South African Mobile Carrier; Comverse ISMSC Also Selected
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the world’s leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services, today announced that Vodacom, South Africa’s largest mobile GSM network operator with a subscriber base of more than 10 million, has selected Comverse InSight™ to enable next-generation voicemail services. Vodacom also has chosen Comverse ISMSC (Intelligent Short Message Service Center) to handle SMS voicemail notifications.
InSight’s open environment for value-added voice and data (video and multimedia) services — united by a consistent user interface — will allow Vodacom to acquire and deploy a rich portfolio of Comverse Total Communication and infotainment services as well as third-party services. The improved efficiencies provided by InSight’s next generation IP architecture can translate into faster, cost-effective service deployments.
“Call completion and other enhanced services are an integral part of our service menu, so we had to act when our legacy voicemail system from a different supplier could no longer be upgraded to handle the increasing needs of our subscribers,” said Johan Engelbrecht, Director of Network Engineering and Support at Vodacom. “Our ongoing exceptional experience with Comverse services such as Voicemail and SMS validated our decision to complete the migration to Comverse InSight — an important step forward that will benefit our subscribers with exciting enhanced voice and data services far into the future.”
Stuart Eveleigh, Managing Director of Comverse Africa said, “We value the relationship we have developed with Vodacom throughout the continent of Africa. Vodacom is now advancing on two fronts: improving customer service and generating incremental ARPU, whilst laying a future-proof infrastructure for next-generation enhanced services, including 3G (housed on the InSight architecture). Each additional deployment of InSight around the world further underscores the value and timeliness of its high performance and open environment for next-generation services.”
Comverse InSight is an open environment for communication and infotainment services provided by Comverse and third parties over next-generation data networks. InSight utilizes a modular, standards-based, open IP architecture that integrates data network and smart handset capabilities. Its core components, including the multimedia message store, address book, media and presence servers, and subscriber profile database serve all associated applications, creating substantial operational efficiencies and accelerating the deployment of new services. Cohesive across all services, InSight’s enhanced multimodal user experience provides an attractive single point of access to all types of messages and personal files, enhancing the adoption and usage of newly introduced applications.
Vodacom is the leading cellular network operator in South Africa and one of the fastest-growing GSM networks in the world. With a market share of 60 percent, Vodacom serves more than 10 million customers in Africa's biggest and most profitable cellular market. The company's 4,500 base stations cover 92 percent of the South African population and 60 percent of the physical land surface. Employing 2,200 people, Vodacom currently has operations in South Africa, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Tanzania. Its strategic partner, Vodafone Group, is the world's largest mobile telecommunications network company, with interests in mobile networks in 29 countries on five continents, covering 83 million mobile users worldwide. For more information please refer to www.vodacom.co.za.
Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the world’s leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services. More than 400 wireless and wireline telecommunications network operators, in more than 100 countries, have selected Comverse’s enhanced services systems and software, which enable the provision of revenue-generating value-added services including call answering with one-touch call return, short messaging services, IP-based unified messaging (voice, fax, and email in a single mailbox), 2.5G/3G multimedia messaging (MMS), instant communications, wireless information and entertainment services, voice-controlled dialing, messaging and browsing, prepaid wireless services, and additional personal communication services. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic solutions for communications interception, digital video security and surveillance, and enterprise business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling network software for wireless, wireline, and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse web site at http://www.comverse.com.
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