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Openet Telecom Selected by Makedonski Telekomunikacii for Convergent Mediation Deployment

February 13, 2003 - Openet

Dublin, Ireland February 13th 2003, Openet Telecom, a world-leading provider of real-time charging and convergent mediation solutions, today announced that Makedonski Telekomunikacii (Macedonia Telecom), Macedonia's incumbent wireline operator and a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom, has selected FusionWorks Mediation to support the convergent rollout of its voice and IP services to over 500,000 residential subscribers.

Makedonski Telekomunikacii is currently in the process of expanding its network to include IP services. In addition, their existing network has evolved over time to include a multi-vendor network with a complicated billing scenario. Billing information is currently received from multiple collection point protocols from a variety of legacy switches. This high-growth scenario has stretched Makedonski Telekomunikacii's in-house mediation solution to the point where they realised that it was time to invest in an outsourced convergent mediation solution.
 
"Openet Telecom's solution, FusionWorks Mediation, was our first choice due to the high levels of flexibility it gives through its configurable, rules-driven architecture. Since it is a fully convergent solution, FusionWorks Mediation will also allow us to use the same mediation system for both our present voice services and our planned introduction of IP services," said Dimitar Marinovski, BSS Programme Manager, Macedonia Telecom. "This scalable, future-proof mediation solution will form a foundation for the easy integration of future network elements and services, enabling us to maximise our return on investment," he added.
 
"Many operators like Makedonski Telekomunikacii are facing the challenges raised by implementing new IP-based services," commented John Rainger, CEO, Openet Telecom. "While traditional in-house mediation systems are useful for routing simple CDRs, they cannot cope with the significantly increased volumes of data from an IP network. FusionWorks Mediation is widely recognised as one of the very best mediation solutions on the market today and is the choice of many operators. We are pleased to announce our relationship with Makedonski Telekomunikacii."
 
Makedonski Telekomunikacii's installation of FusionWorks Mediation will be used to correlate information from their network, supporting a variety of BSS and OSS applications including the Geneva billing system.

About Makedonski Telekomunikacii
 
Makedonski Telekomunikacii AD is a national telecom operator providing public telecommunication services in the Republic of Macedonia. As a modern company it keeps pace with the latest worldwide trends. It offers its customers a comprehensive set of telecommunication services that include: telephony, telegraph and telex services, public payphone services, leased lines services, mobile telephony services, data transmission services, value-added services, directory services, VSAT and other satellite services.
 
In 1997, Makedonski Telekomunikacii AD separated from the existing company PTT Makedonija and became a telecom provider in its own right. In 1998, it was registered as a joint-stock company in state ownership in order to prepare itself for privatisation. In 2000, a Consortium led by the Hungarian Telecommunications MATAV purchased 51% of MT's shares, thus becoming the major shareholder of the Company. Deutsche Telekom owns 59.53% of MATAV.
 
To provide a better customer focus, MT has decentralized its services and created a number of functional units with separate profit centres. These are MTLine, MTNet, and MTCom. Since June 1, 2001, MobiMak has also been functioning as a separate legal entity.

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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