Irish billing firm signs global deal with BT


2 Apr 2004

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Dublin-based Openet Telecom, which specialises in real-time billing and convergent mediation technologies, has signed a joint deal with BT Global Services and BT Wholesale to deploy its technology at 10 of BT’s sites in Europe and North America.

The deal will see Openet’s FusionWorks Mediation technology mediate customer usage data for BT’s voice and IP (internet protocol) traffic throughout Belgium, Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, Spain, the UK and the US.

Implementation is due to start immediately and the technology is expected to be fully deployed within 12 months.

“Their [BT’s] decision was made on the basis of a thorough evaluation of the significant mediation solutions on the market,” stated John Rainger, CEO Openet Telecom. “This builds on our successful existing deployments within BT and reflects our ability to deliver true convergence and flexible configurability. As well as offering a deployment suited to the specific needs of BT in each country, Openet will also provide a unified mediation platform for BT’s expanding global traffic.”

BT is one of the world’s largest telecom providers, and in the UK alone, it serves more than 20m business and residential customers with more than 29m exchange lines.

Established in 1999, Openet is one of Ireland’s foremost young technology hopefuls, serving telecoms companies like Verizon, Orange and Telecom Italia Mobile. Last October, Openet acquired Dublin-based billing firm Sepro for an undisclosed sum, netting it a further customer base that includes Vodafone, T-Mobile and Eurotel.

By John Kennedy