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BT Global Services and BT Wholesale Select Openet Telecom to Provide Circuit-Switched Voice and IP Mediation for their Global Operations

April 2, 2004 - Openet

2nd April 2004; Dublin, Ireland and Reston VA; Openet Telecom, a world leader in real-time charging, convergent mediation and adjunct rating, today announced a joint decision by BT Global Services and BT Wholesale to deploy FusionWorks Mediation for ten of its affiliate sites in Europe and North America. Under this strategic contract, Openet's convergent mediation solution, FusionWorks Mediation, will mediate customer usage data for BT's voice and IP traffic throughout their global network which currently covers Belgium, Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Nordics, Spain, United Kingdom and the USA.

Implementation is due to start immediately with plans for FusionWorks Mediation to be fully deployed with all affiliates within the next twelve months. Mediation will take place in batch and real-time as required by BT's growing suite of service offerings.
 
“We are delighted with BT's decision to adopt FusionWorks Mediation across the group. Their decision was made on the basis of a thorough evaluation of the significant mediation solutions on the market,” stated John Rainger, CEO Openet Telecom. “This builds on our successful existing deployments within BT and reflects our ability to deliver true convergence and flexible configurability. As well as offering a deployment suited to the specific needs of BT in each country, Openet will also provide a unified mediation platform for BT's expanding global traffic.”
 
“FusionWorks Mediation answers BT's need for scalability and flexibility for a convergent mediation solution that will support both PSTN-based and new IP services,” stated Richard Jones, BT Wholesale, Manager, Billing Systems Development. “We have found Openet to be customer focussed, reacting to our requirements when necessary. They also have an excellent track record with other Tier One operators which was also a deciding factor in the ITT.”
 
“Openet offers a true convergent and network-independent architecture that will meet BT Global Services current and some future Mediation requirements. Openet Telecom offers BT high levels of flexibility in terms of usability and configurability through knowledge transfer and the establishment of a joint competence centre. This puts the power of FusionWorks Mediation directly into our hands, allowing BT to immediately benefit from enhanced revenues streams, unified operations and optimised network architecture,” commented Leena Magudia, Head of Billing, BT Global Services.“

About BT Group plc
 
BT Group plc is the listed holding company for an integrated group of businesses providing voice and data services in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. British Telecommunications plc, a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group, holds virtually all businesses and assets of the BT group.
 
BT is one of Europe's leading providers of telecommunications services. Its principal activities include local, national and international telecommunications services, higher-value broadband and internet products and services, and IT solutions. In the UK, BT serves over 20 million business and residential customers with more than 29 million exchange lines, as well as providing network services to other licensed operators.
BT consists principally of three lines of business:
  • Retail, serving businesses and residential customers and including BT Openworld, one of the UK's leading ISPs.
  • BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK, including ADSL, conveyance, transit, bulk delivery of private circuits, frame relay and ISDN connections.
  • BT Global Services, BT's managed services and solutions provider, serving multi-site organisations worldwide. Its core target market is the top 10,000 global multi-site organisations with European operations.
 
There are a number of other businesses within the BT group, including BT Exact, an internationally renowned centre of excellence in IT and networking technologies. It is also BT's technology and research and development business.
 
In the year ended 31 March 2003, BT's turnover was £18,727m, with profit before taxation of £1,829m. For more information, visit www.bt.com
 
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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