Leading Nigerian private telecoms operator, ZOOMmobile (formerly Reltel Wireless) has gone live with Interconnect Manager from convergent billing and interconnect specialist, Cerillion Technologies. The implementation marks an extension of the existing relationship between the two companies, which began in 2006 with the successful delivery of Cerillion’s Mediator product on ZOOMmobile’s CDMA network.
Under the terms of the new agreement, Cerillion Interconnect Manager will support ZOOMmobile in achieving its revenue assurance goals by enabling it to bill interconnect partners accurately and to efficiently reconcile invoices received.
This implementation represents the first time Cerillion has delivered its Interconnect Manager product on an Intel-based Sun platform running the Solaris operating system. The use of this platform enables Cerillion to deliver an enhanced price performance ratio for its customers. In line with this, Cerillion is comfortably able to process 25 million interconnect call detail records (CDRs) per hour for ZOOMmobile.
The Nigerian interconnect market is more complex than most because of the use of third-party clearing houses as well as direct operator-to-operator agreements. The versatility of Cerillion’s solution enables operators to manage both models very effectively.
“The rapidly growing African telecoms market offers exciting opportunities for technology companies,” says Louis Hall, Cerillion’s chief executive.
“Providers capable of delivering effective interconnect management functionality continue to be in demand from operators with an urgent requirement for revenue assurance and efficient settlement.”
Kenneth Aigbinode, vice chairman, ZOOMmobile, says: “For us, the Cerillion implementation is part of an ongoing programme to increase efficiency and manage costs. Cerillion’s Mediator solution has played an important role in helping to enhance our revenue assurance over recent years. Further building on this success, Cerillion’s Interconnect Manager will allow us to exercise close control over our interconnect costs and optimise on the best available interconnect routes.”
ZOOMmobile was incorporated on August 25, 1998, as Reliance Telecommunications Limited (Reltel Wireless), taking advantage of the deregulation of the sector by the then Federal Government of Nigeria. The company subsequently obtained a national licence to provide fixed wireless telephone Services in Nigeria.
Huawei Technologies Limited deployed the state-of-the-art Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) equipment operating on 1900 MHz frequency. Full commercial operations commenced in Nigeria in November 2001. With the expiration of exclusive mobility period enjoyed by the GSM operators, ZOOMmobile successfully applied for the Unified Access Service License, enabling it to provide full roaming services in all its areas of coverage.
According to recent figures, ZOOMmobile has sold over 1.5 million lines and has a total of 1.2 million active subscribers.
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