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Telesur Deploys Azure's Certo For Automated Revenue Assurance


Certo helps Telesur analyze and protect usage revenue, as provider braces for new competition

August 22, 2005, London - Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, today announced that Telesur, the principal telecommunications service provider in Suriname, South America, has implemented its Certo revenue-assurance platform to monitor and analyze the usage data for all of its telecommunications services offerings to increase revenues and reduce potential revenue leakage.

Telesur is the government-owned telecommunication operator of Suriname and is readying for an eventual migration to 3G networks. Currently, Telesur is the sole provider of all fixed, mobile and Internet telecommunication services in the country, but it is facing the introduction of competition in the near future. The deployment of Certo comes soon after Telesur's recent selection of Nortel's [NYSE/TSX: NT] XA-Core for improved wireless service, and upgrades to both its nationwide wireline and wireless networks to increase capacity, improve quality of service and enable delivery of a large suite of advanced services.

Azure's Certo revenue-assurance platform will allow Telesur to monitor and correct revenue leakage problems on its networks in real time. Certo uses advanced process automation to provide end-to-end visibility and control of the entire revenue life cycle faster, more cost-effectively and with greater accuracy and fewer resources than any other solution on the market. The Certo revenue-assurance platform is part of Azure's comprehensive offering of revenue-assurance products and services, an award-winning portfolio that includes Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Fraud Management, Mediation Management, Event Integrity, Route Optimisation and Inter-Party Management.

"The integration of Certo will enable us to automate our usage analytics and reconciliation processes, ultimately improving workflow efficiencies and enabling us to better serve our customers," said Iris Struiken-Wijdenbosch, managing director of Telesur, who retired last month.

Steven Bruny, president of Azure's North American operations, Azure Solutions Inc., said: "Telesur is a solid addition to the growing roster of customers Azure is serving in South and Central America. As competition and network complexity continues to increase worldwide, our Certo revenue-assurance platform provides operators the ability to detect and correct potential revenue leakage, thereby maximizing profits and the ability to introduce new services more quickly."

For further information regarding Azure and its products and services, please go to www.azuresolutions.com.

About Telesur
Telesur is the government owned telecommunication operator of Suriname and is facing the introduction of competition in the near future. Telesur provides all possible telecommunication services to its customers. For more information visit Telesur on the Web at www.telesur.sr.

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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