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Press release 9 December 2004


AZURE WINS FRAUD-CONTROL CONTRACT WITH CELLTEL


Azure Solutions, the revenue assurance company, today announced that it has won the contract to provide Celltel, Sri Lanka’s pioneer cellular operator, with its Fraud Control System.

Celltel owns Sri Lanka’s first cellular network which commenced operations in 1989. It provides a wide range of services and value-added facilities, including personalised answering, international roaming and pre-paid card services. As Celltel was looking to further expand its services, it required a fraud-detection system that could detect a wide range of potentially fraudulent activity across its network.

The Azure Fraud Control System allows operators to detect fraud across their networks effectively and efficiently. It uses intelligent and unique detection technology, and accepts multiple data feeds to allow all types of products or service to be monitored (fixed, mobile, interconnect, IP etc).

The Azure Fraud Control System enables operators to:
· flexibly configure, control and define fraud-detection rules
· intelligently detect anomalous and unusual behaviour
· identify fraudsters and criminal activity through event fingerprinting
· monitor SMS and IP content to provide fraud detection for e-commerce and next-generation technologies
· improve efficiency and effectiveness of fraud detection teams through comprehensive case management workflow and report generation.
· enhance their visualisation capabilities allowing for ease of identification of fraud issues.

John Cronin, president and CEO of Azure, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Celltel, and this further increases Azure’s footprint across Asia. The Fraud Control System will provide accurate fraud detection specific to Celltel’s needs and requirements.”

Dumindra Ratnayaka, CEO of Celltel, said: “We are continually looking to expand our mobile services, so it was essential that we have an effective fraud detection system in place. Azure’s Fraud Control System provides us with the flexibility to monitor different services and reduce potential losses from fraud.”

For further information regarding Azure and its products and services, please go to www.azuresolutions.com.

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About Azure (www.azuresolutions.com)
Azure is one of the world’s leading revenue assurance companies. It is headquartered in London, with people in Ipswich UK, Colorado, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Singapore and Sydney. Azure’s solutions include End-to-End Revenue Assurance, Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Security and Fraud Management, Mediation Management, Event Integrity and Route Optimisation. Azure provides individual products or complete revenue assurance solutions using a common platform and any combination of products that a customer might need. Customers can choose a system that they own and operate themselves or a bureau that Azure manages on their behalf. Amongst Azure’s customers are PTTs, mobile operators, national operators, carrier’s carrier and cable TV companies; Azure has significant carrier experience and understands the problems faced by all these operators. The company’s heritage is based on the fundamental technology and skills developed whilst in BT
in the early 1990s with many of the world-class technical experts remaining at Azure today.

Azure was spun out of BT in April 2003 and is backed by New Venture Partners (www.nvpllc.com).


About Celltel (www.celltel.lk)
Celltel Lanka (Private) Limited is a Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI) approved company with flagship status. It is the first company to operate a cellular network in Sri Lanka, having launched its cellular services in 1989 and has led the way in the development of the Cellular industry in Sri Lanka in many ways including introduction of prepaid services in 1997. Today, the company operates two cellular networks - a GSM900 network and an ETACS network with a subscriber base exceeding half a million. In addition to the Cellular license Celltel holds licenses to provide International Gateway Services and Internet Services.


Further information
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tel +1 303-581-7760
gmurrel@catapultpr-ir.com.

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