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Intec signs Interconnect ITU and Inter-mediatE deal in Africa with SOTELMA in Mali

Tuesday 11 November 2003 09:25 CET | News

Intec Telecom Systems has signed an agreement for its InterconnecT ITU billing and Inter-mediatE real-time convergent mediation systems with Malis telecommunications operator SOTELMA. Intecs combined solutions will help to overcome the technical difficulties currently preventing state-owned SOTELMA from supporting interconnection network activity with Malis recently launched new GSM mobile operator. SOTELMA will use InterconnecT ITU to seamlessly handle domestic interconnect and international settlements generated from the second operator and future intercarrier partners in Mali. The solution will also offer full compliance with the standards imposed by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and will be used to handle international settlements with all international operators that SOTELMA is interconnected with around the globe. Inter-mediatE will enable SOTELMA to acquire information on calls being provided over its network for use in producing accurate interconnect invoices and traffic statements. This will be achieved by feeding data into the existing retail and InterconnecT billing systems. With the help of InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE, SOTELMA will overcome its existing issues of invoicing interconnect fees at the domestic and international level. InterconnecT ITU provides a quick and efficient reference data table whereby SOTELMA can enter different pre-fix numbers and charging rates so that the calls of the second GSM operator can be easily processed. ITU standards can also be entered to ensure that the company complies with international regulations in dealing with international settlements. Inter-mediatE will allow SOTELMA to gain more control over the data records being processed by gathering network usage data and then validating, filtering and checking the data for errors. Finally, Inter-mediatE, by feeding the existing retail billing system, will also enable more accurate and more precise retail bill production. InterconnecT ITU and Inter-mediatE will not only support local interconnect fees with GSM operators like the second operator but also those generated from international calls. SOTELMA will be able to check the accuracy of the statements and invoices sent by other operators. SOTELMA already knows that some operators are under-declaring their traffic in order to reduce the amount it pays out to SOTELMA. In the near future, SOTELMA will have the means to check and to prove this kind of fraud. This will lead to an increase in yearly revenue, thereby giving SOLTEMA an opportunity to invest in network improvements and new services. This will also be a way to increase exportation from Mali. At the end of the day this will benefit the countrys overall economy.

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