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[August 24, 2005]

Veraz Networks Dials into Latin American Prepaid Market


By TED GLANZER
TMCnet Communications and Broadband Columnist

Veraz Networks, a global provider of softswitch-based packet telephony solutions, announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Verso Technologies and IP Unity to deploy an advanced prepaid solution to deliver innovative services to residential and business customers in Latin America.

According to a prepared statement, the companies have already deployed their solution at international telecommunications company Cable & Wireless for 600,000 pre-paid residential and calling card subscribers in Panama.

The solution, according to the press release, makes available to Cable & Wireless subscribers the following: pre-paid local service and Internet access (ADSL) to homes and kiosks, reminder services, streaming audio information services, contest and voting applications, special promotional marketing campaigns and customer service renewals through an IVR solution.

The solution includes Veraz Networks' ControlSwitch softswitch and service delivery platform and its I-Gate 4000 PRO media gateway.

Also included in the solution are Verso's I-Master Service and Revenue Assurance Platform and IP Unity's Mereon 6000 Media Server, Mereon Applications Server and Interactive Voice Response Application.

"We're very excited about an operator like Cable & Wireless deploying our solution," Veraz Senior Director of Product Marketing Ed Camanera told TMCnet in an interview today, noting that today's news ties in with announcements that it released in June and April regarding an end-to-end pre-paid solution.

It is the first solution of its kind to be provided in Latin America, according to the press release.

"For any operator in a developing market, a prepaid solution becomes a good vehicle to increase teledensity," Camanera said, adding that Cable and Wireless' solution takes it a step further by providing not just voice, but data as well.

For its part, Cable & Wireless is thrilled with the results. Indeed, according to Camanera, the operator's voice and data traffic have increased 20 to 30 percent.

"This is another fantastic example of the flexibility of the Veraz ControlSwitch and how service providers can leverage the platform's extensibility to introduce converged services into their networks," said Carlos Linares, vice president of sales, CALA, Veraz Networks, in a prepared statement. "We have combined on-demand, innovative features and the preferred payment option of daily, weekly or block of minutes prepaid services to help carriers increase customer loyalty and generate new revenues. This is critical for customer retention and revenue assurance."

This is the second piece of good news to come out of Veraz Networks in as many days. Indeed, on Tuesday the company announced that it received the 2005 Frost & Sullivan award for Product Line Strategy in Global Carrier Infrastructure.

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Ted Glanzer is assistant editor for TMCnet. For more articles by Ted Glanzer, please visit: http://www.tmcnet.com/tmcnet/columnists/columnist.aspx?id=100033&nm=Ted%20Glanzer

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