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Openet Telecom Signs Global Alliance Agreement with CMG

April 23, 2000 - Openet

Utrecht, Netherlands and Dublin, Ireland, April 23, 2000 - Openet Telecom, the world leader in convergent mediation, today announced a global alliance with CMG Telecommunications and Utilities B.V. (Utrecht, Netherlands). CMG is a global Systems Integrator and a provider of business information solutions, mobile messaging and billing products. This global alliance positions FusionWork™, Openet Telecom's convergent mediation solution, as one of the key components in CMG's next-generation billing solution.

FusionWork™ is the preferred convergent mediation component for next-generation mobile and broadband communication providers, offering the ability to enable billing of voice, data, entertainment and other content-based services. CMG has already integrated FusionWorks™ with their Wireless Service Broker system and have demonstrated real-time mediation and billing based on volumetric criteria (for example, the quantity of data downloaded) and content for mobile users. CMG will also integrate FusionWorks™ with the EPPIX Customer Care and Billing system to further extend the capabilities of this global billing solution. Other proof-of-concept demonstrations in the pipeline include integration of real-time mediation and billing with an online gaming portal and an internet-based content distribution system for the publishing and education markets.
 
Philip Hogan, Openet Telecom Vice President for Strategic Alliances commented, "We are delighted that CMG has selected FusionWork™ as a key component in their next-generation billing solutions. CMG's impressive infrastructure plans and business requirements demand a future-proof solution. FusionWorks™ provides a very comprehensive solution in the convergent mediation market for CMG."
 
"CMG is working today to help operators prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. This relationship with Openet Telecom will be especially significant in the mobile telephony marketplace, as operators upgrade their infrastructures to support new 3G technologies and billing concepts," explained Hans Gompelman, Associate Director for CMG Telecommunications and Utilities Group. "We recognise that Openet Telecom is a key technology partner in enabling our vision of becoming a leading ICT company for tomorrows communication solutions."
 
Following on the heels of major sales success in North America and Europe, this agreement firmly positions Openet Telecom as a significant player in the next-generation mobile telephony market.

About CMG
 
CMG is a global Information & Communications Technology (ICT) group, with leading positions in the provision of business information services and wireless data solutions. Through management consultancy, systems development and integration, software applications and the outsourced management of key business processes, CMG helps organisations to generate revenues, improve competitive positioning and enhance operational efficiency. Today that process includes building secure ICT platforms that enable the adoption of electronic and mobile business models (e&mCommerce).
 
Established in 1964, CMG is headquartered in London and Hoofddorp (near Amsterdam) and now implements and supports applications for customers worldwide from bases in 16 countries. CMG has proven knowledge, solutions and products across a wide spectrum of markets, including finance, transport, telecommunications, media, petrochemicals, utilities, retail, manufacturing and governments. The Group also provides long-term management of business processes ranging from payroll, call centres and networks to infrastructure management, application maintenance and hosting services.
 
CMG Wireless Data Solutions has established a leading position in wireless messaging and gateway products, mobile Internet and e-mail, cell broadcast and customer care & billing systems. These products are provided to mobile telecommunication operators and service providers worldwide from offices in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. They also underpin the Group's ability to advise organisations on mCommerce strategies and implement them effectively.
 
CMG works alongside its customers in long-term relationships to generate success for them. Through the quality of its services, products and professionally committed people, CMG adds value to its customers' businesses. This creates a basis for the Group's sustained success.
 
CMG is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (FTSE 100 and techMARK 100) and Amsterdam Exchanges (AEX Midcap and Euronext 100).

About 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
 

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