BTL Deploys Lucent Technologies’ Real-Time Rating and Charging Platform for Enhanced Services for Prepaid and SMS Users in Belize
SEPTEMBER 19, 2006 - Belize City, Belize – Belize Telecommunications Limited (BTL), the leading provider of telecommunication services in the Country of Belize, and Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU), today announced an agreement for Lucent to deploy a real-time rating and charging solution for BTL voice and data services.
BTL will be launching soon a range of new and enhanced services to its prepaid customers using Lucent’s SurePay® Real Time Rating and Charging Engine, which has been commercially deployed in networks worldwide with a base of more than 135 million subscribers.
The Lucent SurePay® solution is a highly scalable, converged pre-paid/post-paid billing solution that provides support for a wide variety of voice, data, content charging and e-commerce services.
“As we roll-out our advanced features and service packages to our growing prepaid customer base, we will leverage Lucent’s SurePay platform to support a wide range of flexible payment plans, service bundles and promotions targeted to particular customer segments,”said Dean Boyce, Chairman of the Executive Committee of BTL. “This will enable BTL to respond to the needs of the market and deliver enhanced value proposition, as well as to maximize the return on our investment.”
Lucent is also supplying BTL with a Short Message Service Center (SMSC) platform with the Wireless Messaging Gateway (WMG) module that allows users to send and receive short messages to and from email addresses.
Lucent Worldwide Services is in charge of integrating the SurePay® application with the customer’s current infrastructure and provide complete installation and integration of the Lucent applications suite.
“We are very pleased and honoured to work with BTL to provide a flexible prepaid platform that will allow them to offer real-time rating services such as voice, data, content downloads and e-commerce with a variety of discount bundles, incentives and buckets. We look forward to strengthening our business relationship,”said Heidy Frank, Business Development Director for Lucent Technologies in Caribbean and Central America. “Lucent is a leading developer of prepaid solutions that are deployed in networks globally.”
BTL selected Lucent’s SurePay platform because of the quality of the solution and its flexibility to offer prepaid services and functionalities through the Company’s GSM, AMPS and wireline infrastructure.
BTL is the leading supplier of high quality communication services in Belize. In using the most modern technology available, BTL provides first class telecommunication solutions encompassing Wireline, Wireless, High-Speed Data Services (National and International, GSM Mobile Cellular, International Cellular Roaming, Fixed Wireless, and High -Speed Internet Services (DSL, Wireless, and Dedicated circuits).
Belize Telecommunications Limited has been serving residential, business and government customers in Belize since December 31, 1987, with an ongoing expansion and improvements to its infrastructure, providing telecommunication services to cutsomers in both the rural districts and surrounding cayes, as well as the more populated urban locations. Today BTL has some 35,000 wireline customers, 110,000 mobile customers, and more than 7,000 high speed Internet customers. A recent addition to its capabilities includes the purchase of a site now being used to provide call-centre facilities to international customers.
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Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Supported by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent’s customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit www.lucent.com.
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