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Paktel and Pakcom to implement Azure’s Fraud Control System

Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, today announced that it had won two contracts to provide its Fraud Control System to Paktel and Pakcom, two Pakistani mobile telecommunications players operating in Pakistan since early 1990’s.

Instaphone’s (Pakcom) current TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) network covers more than 185 cities. Instaphone has maintained its position as trendsetter by being the first to introduce pre-paid mobile connections, covering all four provinces of Pakistan, introducing most economical packages as well prepaid card denominations. Instaphone now plans to introduce CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology in mobile telephony in Pakistan. CDMA right now is the highest growing technology globally. Paktel, the founder of the cellular industry in Pakistan, and operating the most extensive TDMA network in the country, recently launched its GSM network throughout Pakistan. It offers competitive packages with a variety of services. Both operators required a fraud-detection system that could detect a wide range of potentially fraudulent activity across their networks and be scaleable to their individual needs and requirements.

The Azure Fraud Control System allows operators to detect fraud across their network 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 delighted to be working with Paktel and Pakcom and further expanding Azure’s presence in Asia. The issue of fraud is becoming of increased importance for many operators and the Azure Fraud Control System provides operators with the flexibility to efficiently and effectively detect and reduce all types of fraud across their network. ”

Xavier Rocoplan of Paktel, said: “Having just been granted a GSM licence, it was vital that we had an effective fraud-detection system in place and this system will enable us to provide a better cellular service which will ultimately benefit the customers. Azure’s heritage and expertise in combating telecoms fraud made it a very attractive company to work with.”

Ian Williams of Pakcom, said: “Azure’s Fraud Control System gives our fraud management team the flexibility and control it requires. We now will be able to migrate customers across technology platforms in the knowledge that we have effective fraud detection in place. ”

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

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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 end-to-end revenue-assurance product portfolio for current-generation networks includes Data Integrity, Wholesale and Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Fraud Management, Mediation, Management, Translation and Rating, 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, Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures and Intel Capital.

Recently Azure won the ‘Best Revenue-Assurance Project’ award at the World Billing Awards 2005 in London, and ‘Most Promising Company’ at the TeleStrategies Billing & OSS World Excellence Awards 2005 in Philadelphia.


About Pakcom (www.instaphone.com)
Instaphone is amongst the pioneers in the mobile phone industry in Pakistan and has been in operation since 1991. Instaphone’s current subscriber base exceeds 600,000 users covering more than 185 cities across Pakistan. It offers an optimum combination of convenience & economy in cellular telephony though its Insta Xcite & Insta One Prepaid and Contract Postpaid brands to suit the needs of customer. The company has continuously evolved throughout the years from AMPS to TDMA and will soon be introducing CDMA technology which will lead to customer’s access to more affordable packages along with a plethora of high end value added data services.


About Paktel (www.paktel.com)
Paktel was the first cellular mobile service operator in Pakistan and for a long time the word Paktel was commonly used as another word for mobile phone. Currently it has a subscriber base of around 350,000. Paktel has entered the digital mobile network market with the launch of its GSM services and formed strategic alliances with mobile giants Samsung and Nokia. The company shall have a customer base of more than two million connections on its new network.

Further information
In Europe or Asia please contact Alex Crawshaw / David Pincott, Pirate Communications
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In the U.S. please contact Guy Murrel at Catapult PR-IR
tel +1 303-581-7760
gmurrel@catapultpr-ir.com

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