Intec eases Telecom Egypt's billing pain

Egypt’s recently deployed ‘free’ Internet model has meant significant changes to Telecom Egypt’s billing structure. To ease this revenue sharing, the PPT has signed a Dhs5 million plus agreement with Intec Telecom Systems for its billing solutions.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  January 16, 2002

Egypt’s recently deployed ‘free’ Internet model has meant significant changes to Telecom Egypt’s billing structure, as revenues now have to be shared at source between the PPT and various Internet service providers (ISPs).

To ease this revenue sharing, the telecommunications service provider has signed a Dhs5 million plus agreement with Intec Telecom Systems for its InterconnecT and Inter-mediatE billing solutions, which will facilitate settlements between its ISP business partners and provide mediation features for all the company’s billing systems.

Compatible across fixed, wireless and Internet networks, the billing solutions should give Telecom Egypt the flexibility to charge any type of business partner for using its network and services as other forms of communications increase in popularity, such as GSM.

In practice, Inter-mediatE — the company’s carrier-grade convergent mediation solution — will support the InterconnecT system by providing a platform that can track, measure and charge for the use of Telecom Egypt’s entire network. This will be performed by gathering raw data from switches, routers and servers and transforming it into comprehensive billing information

Tarek Mneimneh, country manager for Lebanon and the man charged with developing Intec’s Middle East business, believes that “Intec’s interconnect and mediation solutions will play an integral part in optimising Telecom Egypt’s revenue stream as it continues to develop interconnect partnership agreements with content and Internet service providers.” says

“This agreement will heighten our exposure in the Middle East and show other carriers and service providers that we have the technology and experience to support the complex billing requirements of any type of network,” adds Intec’s CEO, Kevin Adams.

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