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TELENOR PAKISTAN SELECTS AZURE SOLUTIONS FOR LDI BILLING
[January 04, 2006]

TELENOR PAKISTAN SELECTS AZURE SOLUTIONS FOR LDI BILLING


Azure Solutions, the revenue assurance company, today announced that Telenor Pakistan has implemented Azure’s interconnect billing solution to provide billing and rating for its LDI (Long Distance International) services.

Telenor secured a license to provide mobile and international interconnect services in Pakistan in 2004 and subsequently required an effective billing solution. Due to its work within Telenor Global Services and ability to deploy in short timescales, Azure Solutions was selected to provide the operational billing solution for the new Telenor Pakistan business.

Azure Interconnect helps operators to manage their costs effectively by being able to settle quickly and accurately with interconnect partners. The system provides operators with visibility of CDRs (call detail records) and the ability to adapt to rate changes quickly to ensure billing accuracy. Azure Interconnect also provides support for new challenges such as IP or SMS interconnect.

The Telenor Pakistan deal is Azure’s fourth customer announcement in the region over the last 12 months highlighting the need for revenue assurance solutions in the market. “Pakistan is currently the fastest growing mobile market in the world”, commented Paul Budde from leading telecoms analysts Paul Budde Communications.


Ahmad Sayed, sales director at Azure Solutions in Pakistan, said: “We are delighted to be working with Telenor Pakistan. Azure Interconnect provides Telenor with a best-of-breed LDI billing and rating solution, which will enable it to maximise its revenues. Telenor is a valued customer for Azure as we have already deployed interconnect solutions for other parts of the Telenor group.”

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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, Melbourne and Mexico City. 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 and Azure Fraud Control System as the first products 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 65 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.

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.


Further information:

In Europe or Asia please contact Alex Crawshaw at Catalysis Communications
tel: +44 (0)20 7101 7333
alex.crawshaw@catalysis.co.uk

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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