Intec partners with LogicaCMG to support regional mobile service offering by Bridge Mobile Alliance
• Bridge Mobile Alliance uses Intec’s InterconnecT to enable pre-paid mobile roaming across Asia-Pacific, from India to Australia, for over 64 million subscribers
London/Kuala Lumpur, 14 June 2005 … Intec, a global provider of business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS), announced today that Bridge Mobile is going live with its regional mobile service offering using InterconnecT v7 billing and settlement. The system, developed in partnership with LogicaCMG as the systems integrator, will facilitate a regional mobile infrastructure and a common service platform for pre-paid subscribers across the Asia-Pacific region.
Bridge Mobile is an alliance encompassing eight leading Asia-Pacific mobile operators, with a combined subscriber base of 64 million. The new platform will enable the creation and seamless delivery of homogenous mobile services across all geographies, enhancing the quality of service to roaming subscribers of the member operators. The eight operators in the alliance are: Airtel (India), CSL (Hong Kong), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), SingTel Optus (Australia), SingTel Mobile (Singapore), Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan) and Telkomsel (Indonesia).
The service will enable the alliance member operators’ pre-paid subscribers, for the first time, to conveniently and quickly top-up their pre-paid accounts while roaming in any of the member countries. Currently this is only possible in the originating country, where a pre-paid subscriber must carry extra top-up cards, or ask someone in their home country to activate a top-up.
Dr Patrick Sim, CEO of Bridge Mobile, said: “Convergent billing and settlement solutions using InterconnecT v7 from Intec will help the member operators bill and settle seamlessly across geographies. We believe that Intec’s entrenched presence and expertise will enable Bridge Mobile to optimize its business model as well as facilitate the rapid launch of innovative products and services in the region, thereby creating competitive differentiation for our member operators.”
Boudewijn Pesch, managing director of LogicaCMG global telecoms in Asia, added: “LogicaCMG has unparalleled expertise working with more than 300 of the world’s operators in some 130 countries, and we have a strong relationship and solid reputation with each of the individual operators that form the Bridge Mobile Alliance. This was a key advantage for us, which gave the alliance members the confidence to invest in our solutions. This is a significant partnership win for LogicaCMG, which demonstrates that we are continuing to shape the Asia-Pacific market and helps to showcase our extensive expertise in systems integration and innovative solutions.”
InterconnecT is the world's most powerful, flexible and reliable system for domestic, international and ITU-based billing and settlements, and also the most widely used interconnection billing system globally. It is designed to meet the functionality and performance requirements of a dynamic telecommunications market by dealing with high event volumes and supporting a complex range of products and services. InterconnecT v7 takes settlement to the next level by also supporting inter-partner settlement for IP based services offered over next generation networks. This includes multi-party settlement with a variety of enterprises such as content providers and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), for services such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), content downloads and multi-media messaging.
John Rocca, managing director of Intec Asia-Pacific, said: “We are delighted to be working with LogicaCMG and Bridge Mobile to create a competitive differentiation to member operators of Asia’s foremost mobile alliance.”
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About Bridge Mobile Pte Ltd
Bridge Mobile Alliance, Asia-Pacific’s largest mobile joint venture company, was formed on 3 November 2004. Bridge Mobile Pte Ltd, a Singapore-incorporated company, is the commercial vehicle facilitating the development of a regional mobile infrastructure and service platform, as well as regional research and development collaborations.
The joint venture company comprises top mobile powerhouses: Airtel (India), CSL (Hong Kong), Globe Telecom (Philippines), Maxis (Malaysia), SingTel Optus (Australia), SingTel Mobile (Singapore), Taiwan Mobile (Taiwan) and Telkomsel (Indonesia). Currently, it boasts a combined base of over 60 million subscribers in the region.
Together, the group will invest up to US$30 million to US$40 million over the next three years to build and establish a regional mobile infrastructure that delivers seamless cross-border services for customers and develop innovative technology solutions to achieve greater economies of scales for member operators.
With the potential to reach 300 million subscribers represented by key markets in the Asia-Pacific region in the near future, Bridge will continue to grow undisputedly in both strength and size as the largest multi-market mobile alliance in the region.
LogicaCMG is a major international force in IT services and wireless telecoms. It provides management and IT consultancy, systems integration and outsourcing services to clients across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. The group holds a 60 per cent controlling interest in Edinfor, S.A. (Edinfor), one of the largest IT service providers in Portugal, with additional operations in Spain and Brazil.
LogicaCMG employs around 21,000 staff in offices across 34 countries and has more than 40 years of experience in IT services. Headquartered in Europe, LogicaCMG is listed on both the London and Amsterdam stock exchanges (LSE: LOG; Euronext: LOG).
More information is available from www.logicacmg.com
Intec is a leading Operations Support Systems (OSS) product vendor for fixed, mobile, MVNO and next-generation networks (e.g. WLAN, 3G and IP), with more than 680 installations of its products worldwide in 470 customers. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2000. Intec is a market leader in billing, mediation, mobile service charging and activation systems. For the year ended 30 September 2004, Intec reported revenues of £68.8 million, with adjusted net earnings after tax of £8.7 million.
Intec's product portfolio includes:
• Singl.eView™ - retail/customer billing and management
• Inter-mediatE™ - multi-service mediation solution;
• InterconnecT™ - inter-carrier billing including US CABS and ITU-based settlement;
• Inter-activatE™ - flow-through provisioning and activation;
• InterconnecT CPM™ - end-to-end content partner management;
• InterconnecT Optimised Routing™ - optimised wholesale routing and trading;
• Intec DCP™ (Dynamic Charging Platform) – real-time pre/post-paid charging
Intec’s customer base includes, among others, BellSouth, BellSouth Peru, Cable & Wireless, The Carphone Warehouse (UK), Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic), China Unicom, COLT Telecommunications, Deutsche Telekom, EBT (Taiwan), Eircom (Ireland), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Maxis (Malaysia), MTN, Nitel (Nigeria), Reliance (India), SingTel Optus (Australia), O2 Ireland, Orange, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia, Tiscali, TPSA (Poland), Swisscom, T-Mobile International, Telefonica, Telia (Sweden), Telkom South Africa, Telstra, US Cellular, Westel (Hungary), Vodafone, VimpelCom (Russia), Virgin Mobile, Vivo (Brasil), XO Communications and Verizon.
For more information, visit the Intec website at www.intecbilling.com
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