Intec Telecom Systems, one of the world’s leading providers of Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions, has announced that Grameenphone, the largest network operator in Bangladesh, has deployed Intec’s market-leading InterconnecT software to assist in regulatory compliance while driving operational efficiencies.
Grameenphone, whose network offers coverage for nearly 98 percent of Bangladesh’s population, is widely acknowledged as one of the most innovative operators in the region; the first operator to introduce pre-paid services, its entire network is EDGE/GPRS enabled, allowing access to high-speed Internet and data services from anywhere in the coverage area. There are currently nearly three million EDGE/GPRS users on the Grameenphone network.
Following deregulation of the Bangladesh wholesale telecom market, interconnect traffic levels continue to rise significantly. By implementing Intec’s market-leading InterconnecT software, Grameenphone will significantly increase efficiency of settlement for domestic, inter-operator and international traffic, essential for a dynamic operator such as Grameenphone dealing with both traditional and next-generation IP-based products and services, on a single system. This includes multi-party settlement with a variety of third party service providers for services such as content downloads and multi-media messaging.
“With changing regulatory requirements, accurate and prompt intercarrier reports are vital,” commented Mr. Raihan Shamsi, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Acting CFO, Grameenphone. “Not only is Intec’s expert technology among the best in class and gives us improved operational efficiencies, but we also enjoy relations that are core to our own values.”
“Grameenphone is an operator of great integrity, operating in an increasingly competitive market. It is an honor to continue to work with the team, using our expertise and powerful, world-class solutions that make a tangible difference to operational efficiency,” concluded Graeme Paynter, Intec VP for Asia Pacific.
Grameenphone had previously elected to install Intec’s Inter-mediatE, a robust and fully scalable mediation system in order to manage voice and data traffic. The key driver for this was to future proof the business by ensuring the ability to manage not only existing levels of traffic, but vastly increased levels in future years. Intec has a strong reputation as the global leader for mediation, along with an enviable customer base across Asia-Pacific, and is supported by a highly accomplished professional services team. These were both important factors in Grameenphone’s decision process for InterconnecT.
Grameenphone Ltd. is the largest telecommunications service provider in Bangladesh with more than 23 million subscribers as of December 2010. Grameenphone was the first company to introduce GSM technology in Bangladesh when it launched its services in March 1997. With a nationwide network that covers almost 100 percent of the population, Grameenphone’s entire network is EDGE/GPRS enabled and so all our subscribers have access to the internet and approximately 4.5 million people are using our internet services. Grameenphone is a joint venture between Telenor (56%) of Norway and Grameen Telecom (34%) of Bangladesh.
Grameenphone is a public limited company listed with the Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited and Chittagong Stock Exchange Limited.
Intec supplies solutions to over 60 of the world’s top 100 telecoms carriers, and is one of the world’s fastest growing suppliers of Business Support Systems (BSS) solutions.
Intec’s 400 plus customers include AT&T, Antel, Cable & Wireless, The Carphone Warehouse (UK), China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Eircom (Ireland), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Vivo and Verizon. Intec works closely with its customers, many of whom have been with Intec since its inception, to add real value and ROI to their business by providing the highest standards of performance, flexibility and robustness to help communications service providers service their customers effectively and profitably. Intec’s comprehensive and expanding range of products, solutions and services includes:
— Retail billing and customer management
— Multi-service mediation and activation
— Inter-carrier billing settlements including US CABS and ITU-based settlement
— End-to-end content partner management
— Optimized wholesale routing and trading
— Real-time pre/post-paid mediation and charging
— Pre-integrated solutions for wholesale, wireless and core IMS charging functions
Founded in 1997, Intec is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ITL.L) and has over 1,600 staff and 31 offices in 24 countries. For more information, visit the Intec website at www.intecbilling.com.
SOURCE: Intec Telecom Systems