Intec deployed three significant billing installations for VimpelCom subsidiaries: at Ukrainian Radio Systems (CJSC), Unitel in Uzbekistan and ArmenTel in Armenia.
Last year, Intec signed a strategic group license agreement with VimpelCom, Russia’s leading GSM communications provider. This agreement increased Intec’s position as the number one supplier of intercarrier billing solutions in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The VimpelCom Group serves 240 million subscribers, making it one of the most important wireless providers in the world. Geographically, it covers 78 regions of Russia with 136.5 million people, representing 94% of Russia’s population. Aside from Russia, VimpelCom offers mobile services in Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Georgia.
Gary Bunney, Intec COO commented, “No other technology offers the same level of capability and scalability in interconnect billing as ours, giving these key VimpelCom subsidiaries the ability they require to optimize every opportunity to expand their business. Best of all, Intec Interconnect is a future-proof system with the flexibility to handle any type of traffic, from simple voice calls to advanced next generation services. This ensures that Unitel, ArmenTel, and Ukrainian Radio Systems, all three their respective market leaders, will be prepared to manage any type of new innovation that comes to market. These successful installations provide further proof of the effectiveness of our solutions, and enable us to create a stronger presence in one of the biggest mobile markets in Eastern Europe.”
“Intec has established a reputation for delivering solutions that are in a class of their own. They offer superior flexibility and scalability to adjust to the billing demands of today’s mobile providers,” concluded Evgeny Saburov, Head of Intercarrier Traffic and Billing for VimpelCom. “It was easy to implement Intec Interconnect across our network, the cost was minimal and the solution has already proven its reliability and performance. Thanks to Intec’s software, we now have close to 100 % accuracy in our intercarrier billing operations, which is already delivering us incremental revenue.”
The VimpelCom Group (NYSE: VIP) includes cellular companies operating in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and recently acquired companies in Georgia and Armenia. The company operates under the ‘Beeline’ brand. VimpelCom is recognized for introducing two digital cellular communications standards in Russia. It built the first dual band GSM-900/1800 cellular network in Russia and leads the development and emergence of the mass consumer market for wireless telecommunications in Russia with prepaid products.
The VimpelCom Group’s license portfolio covers approximately 240 million people. Geographically it covers 78 regions of Russia with 136.5 million people, representing 94% of Russia’s population as well as the entire territories of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, and Armenia.
As of 30 September 2006, VimpelCom’s total number of subscribers was 52.4 million, with 47.7 million subscribers in Russia, 3.2 million subscribers in Kazakhstan, 0.9 million subscribers in Ukraine, 0.5 million subscribers in Uzbekistan, and more than 14 thousand subscribers in Tajikistan. By 30 November 2006, there were approximately 53.3 million subscribers on VimpelCom’s network including 5.9 million subscribers in the CIS outside of Russia.
VimpelCom was the first Russian company to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in November 1996. Its ADSs (American Depositary Shares) are traded under the symbol “VIP”.
About Ukrainian Radio Systems CJSC
Ukrainian Radio Systems provides wireless communication services within the GSM 900/1800 standard under the Beeline brand in Ukraine. Ukrainian Radio Systems is a 100% subsidiary of VimpelCom OJCS.
For more information visit the website: http://www.beeline.ua
About Armenian Telephone Company (ArmenTel)
ArmenTel is a leading telecommunications provider of a wide range of affordable, high quality, innovative integrated products and services for business and residential customers in Armenia. The vision of ArmenTel is to be a customer-focused telecoms provider and driver for the country’s development. Led by this mission and vision, ArmenTel has formed its strategy based on the following values:
*** Team spirit;
*** Respect for the individual;
*** Integrity; and
*** Service Excellence.
For more information, please visit their website: http://www.armentel.com
About Unitel Uzbekistan
Unitel is the second largest mobile phone operator in Uzbekistan and is owned by VimpelCom Communications of Russia. Unitel holds national GSM-900 and 1800 licences and currently serves approximately 364,000 subscribers, representing, according to the company’s estimates, a 31% share of the Uzbek market. The transition impact achieved through the EBRD’s investment relates primarily to the successful restructuring of the company and expansion of Uzbekistan’s mobile communications infrastructure.
Intec supplies solutions to over 70 of the world’s top 100 telecoms carriers and is one of the world’s fastest growing major BSS/OSS (business and operations support systems) vendors.
Intec’s 400 customers include AT&T, 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 provide the highest standards of performance, flexibility and robustness to help carriers 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; and
*** 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 28 offices in 22 countries.
For more information, please visit their website: http://www.intecbilling.com