PRESS RELEASE

Meteor Selects Openet Products to Meet Growing Data Demands, EU Regulations

March 17, 2010 - Openet

DUBLIN, Ireland – March 17, 2010 – Openet, the leading provider of Transactional Intelligence for the world’s largest and most innovative network service providers, today announced that Meteor Mobile Communications Limited has selected Openet’s FusionWorks™ Convergent Charging and Network Edge Rating products to upgrade and strengthen its data, charging and rating infrastructure.  As part of this deployment, Openet is also enabling Meteor to meet EU roaming regulations. 

As the demand for data and data traffic continues to grow, legacy voice-based infrastructures are unable to meet the increasing data loads plaguing today’s wireless networks. Operators need flexible, scalable infrastructures to deliver on the growing demand for competitive data products.

With the introduction of data roaming regulations by the European Union in July 2009, Meteor, Ireland’s third largest wireless provider owned by the eircom Group, reviewed its existing charging and rating infrastructure.  The new roaming regulations, which limit the price for calls, texting and data services for subscribers roaming in EU member states, gave Meteor the incentive to upgrade its network.  During this review, Meteor chose to augment its existing charging infrastructure with Openet's Convergent Charging & Network Edge Rating products to address both current and future needs.   With this new infrastructure in place, Meteor is able to address the immediate need of the roaming regulations and also have the necessary tools in place to meet the growing data demands of its 1.4 million subscribers.

“In the wireless world, pricing is the key to profitability, and we needed to provide flexible pricing and promotion models to meet consumer demand for data access,” said Helene Graham, head of service design for  Meteor.  “Openet understood our need to create a charging and rating infrastructure that would meet our needs today and in the future.  In choosing Openet’s scalable network infrastructure platform, we’re confident that we’ll be able to meet subscriber demands now while continuing to provide the best possible wireless experience for our customers.  It’s a win-win for all.”

Built on Openet’s award winning FusionWorks Framework, Network Edge Rating enables Meteor to calculate the correct rate for the event or session and deliver it to billing systems or a charging solution.

Working alongside Network Edge Rating, Convergent Charging allows Meteor to manage the real-time use of data for roaming subscribers and enforce data volumes and network caps according to a subscriber’s plan.  Meteor is also able to notify subscribers when pre-defined limits have been met and offer options to extend usage beyond the cap.  This transparency is key in eliminating the instances of “bill shock” that the EU roaming regulations seek to end.

“Meteor’s selection of Openet to implement a real-time charging and rating infrastructure indicates its determination to select the very best products for its network and customer needs,” said Mike Manzo, CMO at Openet.  “Openet’s pedigree in network data management, as well as charging and rating functionality, has been clearly displayed, and our ability to implement this project quickly and seamlessly has helped Meteor prime its network to immediately meet the EU roaming regulations.”

For more information on Openet’s FusionWorks Convergent Charging and Network Edge Rating products, please visit: http://178.128.46.162/offerings/software/platform.

About eircom Group and Meteor

eircom is the principal provider of fixed-line telecommunications services in Ireland with approximately 2.5 million voice and data access channels in service. eircom has the most extensive fixed-line telecommunications network in Ireland in terms of both capacity and geographic reach.  The company has over 1.2 million customers and provides a comprehensive range of advanced voice, data and Internet services to the residential, business and enterprise markets. Its mobile division, Meteor, which was acquired on November 23, 2005, is the third largest mobile operator in Ireland and its total mobile customer numbers stood at 1,086,000 by the end of December 2009.

On the 4th of January 2010 Singapore Technologies Telemedia’s (ST Telemedia) acquired the controlling interest in eircom in a €140 million cash and shares deal from the Australian based eircom Holdings Ltd. Singapore Technologies Telemedia (ST Telemedia) invests in and manages an innovative group of information-communications companies across the globe. Its core competencies are in mobile communications and global IP services. ST Telemedia has operations in the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Europe. Key companies in the ST Telemedia group include Global Crossing, TeleChoice, and Asia Mobile Holdings which holds interests in StarHub and Shenington Investment, which in turn owns stakes in Lao Telecommunications Company and Mfone in Cambodia.

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 BT, Orange, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.  For more information, visit www.openet.com.
 

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