Intec Billing, a leading BSS/OSS software vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks, has won a major contract with Polandâ€™s leading mobile communications provider, Polkomtel S.A., to implement a comprehensive, convergent rating and billing system to support its fast-growing user base of over 11 million GSM, 3G and mobile IP access subscribers. The contract, worth in excess of â‚¬20 million, was won after a highly competitive tender focusing on proven ability to deliver truly convergent real-time rating and billing functionality in a high-volume, multi-service environment.
â€œThis is a key project for Polkomtel which will deliver many operational benefits for us and our customers,â€ said Miroslaw Bielicki, COO of Polkomtel S.A. â€œWe have established a reputation for technical innovation in areas like next-generation services and we believe the capabilities of Intec Convergent Billing are important to our leadership in the Polish market.â€
â€œThe competitive landscape in Polandâ€™s mobile industry is evolving towards convergence of networks and services. With Intec Convergent Billing, Polkomtel will be able to eradicate the traditional division between prepaid and postpaid services and replace it with a unified and convergent offer to our customers. This will allow us to achieve competitive advantage in the Polish market,â€ added Jaroslaw Bauc, the CEO of Polkomtel.
Polkomtel S.A. is one of three mobile telephony operators in Poland, marketing its services under two brand names: Plus and Sami Swoi. Polkomtel has pioneered innovative GSM-technology-based services on the Polish market. Among other notable achievements, it was the first company to offer MMS messaging, voice-based access to text messages (SMS), and GPRS and EDGE based data transmission services. In September 2004 Plus was the first operator in Poland to launch 3G mobile telephony services including UMTS. Polkomtel S.A. reported a record number of new network users in the first half of 2006. The company acquired 1,369,000 clients, i.e. a 60% increase relative to the same period of the previous year. As at the end of June 2006 the total number of network users reached 10,400,000, i.e. up 32% relative to last year’s figure.
Intec Convergent Billing will be implemented at Polkomtel by a multi-national team with a large Polish representation based out of Intecâ€™s new Poland office.
â€œBy signing the contract both Intec and Polkomtel have entered into a long-term and far-reaching partnership aimed at improving Polkomtelâ€™s billing operations. The new billing system from Intec will allow Polkomtel to launch advanced, added value services. The implementation of Intec Convergent Billing will be the largest billing site for Intec to date in Poland, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. The contract testifies to our commitment to the Polish market, where Intec is planning to establish a Central European Billing Competence Centre in the future, having a critical mass of billing implementations and an already well established customer base including leading operators such as Era, Exatel, GTS Energis and TPSA,â€ said Iwona Golinska, Intecâ€™s Regional Director for Poland.
Intec Convergent Billing – One billing platform: any service, on any network, for every customer
Over 60 leading global carriers and MVNOs, in fixed, wireless, 3G and IP, rely on Intec Convergent Billing to deliver pre-paid, post-paid and real-time billing, from a single platform, for all their services. Whether a customer is a new operator or MVNO looking for a state-of-the-art billing system, or an established player moving into next-generation services, or a service provider with multiple systems that need to converge towards a single, high-performance system, Intec Convergent Billing will meet their needs.
Intec Convergent Billing is designed to provide:
Flexibility â€“ to meet all present and future requirements
Configurability â€“ to let customers innovate and compete faster
Outstanding performance â€“ to handle tens of millions of subscribers
High availability â€“ to protect revenues and increase customer satisfaction
Low cost of ownership â€“ to cut costs and improve margins
Built using modern, industry-standard technologies, Intec Convergent Billing is proven in production at some of the worldâ€™s largest and most innovative carriers. Naturally, it is compatible with all major network technologies and services in use today and, as part of the wider Intec product family, is supported by carrier grade solutions in areas such as convergent mediation, activation and interconnect.
About Polkomtel S.A
Polkomtel S.A. (a joint stock company) is one of three mobile telephony operators in Poland, marketing its services under three brand names: Plus, Simplus and Sami Swoi. Following a tender held by the Minister of Communication, on 1 February 1996, the Company was awarded concession No. 1 for the provision of telecommunications services and a permit for the construction in Poland of a mobile GSM 900 MHz digital radio communication network with the 601 paging number.
Polkomtel has pioneered innovative GSM-technology-based services on the Polish market. Among other notable achievements, it was the first company to offer MMS messaging and voice-based access to SMS messages to its customers. The Company boasts a formidable network of showrooms and provides its services by direct selling. The Customer Service Division, employing highly-qualified consultants, is available to subscribers should they run up against any problems using their mobile phones.
iPlus, or cordless access to the Internet, developed by Polkomtel S.A. received the Golden Antenna Award granted by Åšwiat Telekomunikacji in the Best Service of 2005 Competition. The Chapter of the Competition agreed that iPlus is the most technologically comprehensive and customer-oriented solution available on the market. Golden Antenna awards are granted by Åšwiat Telekomunikacji monthly to individuals, corporations and products that make a difference in the telecommunications industry.
About Intec Telecom Systems PLC
Intec supplies billing software solutions to over 60 of the worldâ€™s top 100 telecoms carriers and is one of the worldâ€™s fastest growing major BSS/OSS (business and operations support systems) vendors. Intecâ€™s 350+ customers include AT&T, BellSouth, 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 has a comprehensive and expanding range of solutions and services ranging from market leading mediation and convergent billing products such as their Wholesale Business Management solution through to innovative IPTV solutions. Intec works closely with its customers, many of whom have been with Intec since its inception, to provide the highest standards of performance, flexibility and robustness to help carriers service their customers effectively and profitably. Founded in 1997, Intec is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ITL.L) and has over 1,600 staff and 31 offices in 25 countries. For more information visit ww.intecbilling.com