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Openet Announces Active Service Management Solution for IP-TV

August 22, 2005 - Openet

Dublin, Ireland and Reston, VA, 22nd August 2005; Openet Telecom, a world leader in advanced mediation, real-time charging and network-edge rating, announces that its FusionWorks platform now fully supports the delivery and management of digital TV and video services over broadband, commonly referred to as IP-TV.

Broadband operators worldwide are racing to exploit their investments in IP based technology by delivering new data services that will be valued by their customers and will create new sources of revenue.
 
Integrated IP services which combine communications and content in a user-configurable environment will help telecom operators to differentiate themselves from new entrants offering everything from basic internet access to VoIP, content and peer to peer services. IP-TV is shaping up to be a key element of this strategic response.
 
"IP-TV will sit in a much broader communications and commercial context than the simple pay-per-view services available today” commented John Rainger, CEO at Openet. “Having immediate access to a wide range and depth of usage information will be essential to provide the charging and management flexibility needed to nurture usage. Openet is already working closely with its wireline customers to develop value out of these innovative services”, Rainger added.
 
Openet already helps many of the world’s leading operators to deliver a wide range of IP services over 3G and broadband networks. In the US today, all of the country’s 3G services are mediated through Openet software. In Europe, Openet provides broadband service control and content charging capability to the France Telecom Group and is the strategic mediation supplier to BT for its 21CN network. As the first company to demonstrate compatibility with the emerging IMS Charging standards, as defined by the 3GPP, Openet is in the front line of delivering real-time event and session-based charging for interactive IP services.
 
Openet offers a proven solution for the management of IP-TV and interactive services which allows operators to:
  • monitor network traffic and identify service usage patterns, correlating the information needed to create meaningful records of use
  • introduce business policy controls allowing new charging options, enforcement of use restrictions, and recognition of customer activity and preferences
  • offer flexible, value-oriented charging utilising event, usage and session-based charging, bundle management, cross-service and volume related discounting and short-term promotions
 
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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