31, January 2002; Openet Telecom, the world leader in convergent mediation, and ICL, part of the Fujitsu group, today announced the signing of a global alliance agreement. Under this joint business initiative, Openet becomes a preferred ICL partner. ICL will sell and integrate solutions based on FusionWorks™, Openet's convergent mediation system. Openet and ICL are already working on their first joint client, a pan-European business carrier offering traditional and next-generation IP services.
Many communication service providers are currently restricted in their ability to deliver next generation services because of their inflexible legacy mediation systems. Openet's FusionWorks™ resolves this problem since it has the capability to handle traditional circuit-switched infrastructure as well as the wide variety of emerging next generation networks including GPRS, UMTS and other IP network infrastructures. Openet's software easily interfaces with applications and provides a unified, real-time view of each customer and their usage habits, enabling service providers to target strategic sales and marketing campaigns that lead to increased revenues and improved value added services.
"This agreement complements ICL's customer-centric solution set for next generation revenue management. It is a critical part of our stated strategy to focus on consultancy and systems integration services and our commitment to offer our clients solutions based on best-of-breed technology", stated Christopher Mellor, head of revenue management solutions at ICL.
ICL has developed unparalleled experience in delivering mediation systems to major clients including BT, which has been using ICL's own mediation system for the past 16 years. This is the industry's longest-running mediation contract. The new partnership with Openet allows ICL to offer compelling next generation mediation solutions, marrying world-class services with FusionWorks™ to enable communication service providers to manage the growing complexity of their business infrastructure.
"ICL clients using FusionWorks™ will be able to quickly and efficiently enhance their billing capabilities and fully leverage their network resources. Our powerful solution consolidates any level of usage and billing data across multiple, diverse networks and speeds up the deployment of new services and applications," explained Peter Galloway, director of business development at Openet.
Openet is a leading worldwide provider of event processing and transaction management solutions. The Transactional Intelligence of the company's solutions extracts increased value from diverse service provider networks, enabling rapid introduction of new services and reliable, cost-effective management of existing services. Openet is focused on delivering best-in-class network edge solutions and specialized engagement processes that create business value from network activity. A global company, Openet's implementations include long-running engagements with the world's leading service providers such as British Telecom, Orange, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. For more information, visit www.openet.com