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Combined knowledge and technology of leading interconnect billing experts provides operators with 'next-generation' ready solution

Azure Solutions (stand E4), the revenue assurance company, today announced the launch of Azure Interconnect version 9.0 at Billing Systems 2005, taking place at Olympia, London, UK 4th-7th April 2005.

Azure Interconnect version 9.0 is the latest version of the Azure's award-winning interconnect system and bureau service, which allows operators to analyse call data, bill more accurately and verify interconnect traffic between themselves and other network partners. This latest iteration merges Azure's existing interconnect technology with the Calculus Interconnect settlements system which was obtained, along with its experienced engineering team, as part of Azure's acquisition of Anite Calculus in November 2004.

Azure Interconnect version 9.0 combines the proven high-volume carrier-grade functionality of version 8.0 with the rich features and next-generation settlement functions of Calculus Interconnect, providing operators with a flexible and effective platform to manage complex interconnect agreements. Azure Interconnect version 9.0 will now enable operators to rate and bill for IP/VoIP services in addition to traditional voice services.

Azure Interconnect version 9.0 new functions include:

· next-generation support for IP revenue sharing agreements

· a full suite of invoicing functions including multi-lingual and multi-currency bill creation, payments tracking and test billing

· support for recurring and one-off service charges: billing other operators for unbundled network charges, rentals and maintenance fees

· automatic reconciliation support: loading of external invoices, reconciliation and authorisation of outgoing payments

· ITU settlement functionality: support for reconciliation and declaration, ITU accounting routes and volume agreements.

Saul Nurtman, Azure's senior vice president of products, said: "Interconnect is continuing to be a major area of revenue loss for many telecom operators, and operators need to start equipping themselves for the next-generation IP sharing products that are fast becoming commonplace. The combined technology and expertise that has gone into developing Azure Interconnect version 9.0 product, means that operators can now have an effective tool to manage their interconnect agreements, improve reconciliation with partners and start to become next-generation ready."

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About Azure Solutions (www.azuresolutions.com)

Azure Solutions is the world's largest revenue-assurance company. It is headquartered in London, with people in Westminster (Colorado), Ipswich, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. Azure's solutions for current -generation networks include End-to-End Revenue Assurance, Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Fraud Management, Mediation Management, Event Integrity and Route Optimisation. Azure has launched Azure Inter-Party Management as the first product in its next-generation portfolio. 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. Azure has over 60 customers across the world comprising 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 can be traced back to BT in the early 1990s.

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

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