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Azure and MBT deliver Interconnect Billing to Starhub


August 26, 2005, London - Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, and Mahindra-British Telecom Limited (MBT), an IT solutions provider to the telecommunications industry, today announced that they have implemented an interconnect system for StarHub, Singapore’s info-communications provider. The system will deliver interconnect billing for StarHub’s mobile services, improving flexibility of the settlement process, enhanced performance and a reduction in operational costs.

StarHub operates its own GSM/GPRS network and has recently launched its 3G network. It required an interconnect billing system carry out billing and settlements accurately for interconnect agreements with its partner operators. Under the terms of the agreement, MBT implemented Azure’s Interconnect system for StarHub.

Azure Interconnect incorporates rules-based rating capability and allows StarHub to analyse call data, bill more accurately and to verify interconnect traffic between itself and other network partners. The system collects inter-business event detail records (EDRs), which can be applied across existing voice, data and mobile products, and provides StarHub with greater flexibility when launching next-generation services.

With the launch of the Interconnect project at StarHub, MBT has once again demonstrated its strong Systems Integration capabilities. MBT with its strong telecom domain knowledge and deep understanding of Azure's Interconnect product has successfully implemented complex interconnect scenarios. MBT also helped StarHub to process all its backlog data thus ensuring a smooth migration from its legacy system.

John Cronin, president and CEO of Azure Solutions, said: “This is a really significant win for Azure and MBT and is great recognition of our interconnect solutions. The proliferation of operators and services across Asia means it is essential to have an effective and scaleable interconnect system in place, otherwise operators could experience significant revenue loss.”

Abhijit Lahiri, head of the BSS practice at MBT, said: “This is a great endorsement of MBT and Azure’s telecom expertise, and we hope to capitalise on further opportunities in an ever-increasing and diverse Asian telecom market.”

Mr James Woo, VP of information services at StarHub said: “We needed an interconnect system that is user friendly, highly robust and scalable to meet the complexities of future products and services. The combination of MBT’s telecoms expertise and Azure’s commitment and heritage in revenue assurance has clearly been the key ingredients in our selection of MBT and Azure for this critical task.”

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 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.

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