TheMarker, October 20, 2003
XACCT platform integrating Amdocs, Convergys billing systems at Czech Telecom

Single Multi-service mediation platform lowers operational cost, shortens time-to-market for DSL, VoIP & IP VPN services.

PRAGUE, Czech Republic and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct 20, 2003 - XACCT Technologies, a leading provider of network data management platform for global communications service providers, today announced that Czech Telecom, the national telecom provider in the Czech Republic, has deployed XACCT’s Network-to-Business (N2B™) platform to consolidate the mediation functions for all its IP services including ADSL, VoIP, Wholesale Dial-up, and IP VPN services. With the implementation of XACCT’s Network to Business (N2B) Platform, Czech Telecom expects to improve its operational efficiency by reducing operational support costs as well as shorten the time-to market for new services

“Standardizing on XACCT gives us the opportunity to quickly roll out differentiated IP-based services to our customers and open up new opportunities to generate added value.” said Peter Slovacek, Executive Vice-President, Network Services Group, Czech Telecom. “We selected XACCT’s solution because it met our scalability and flexibility requirements for change orders, which aligns with our goals for lower operational costs and long-term growth strategy for IP services.”

Over the past two years several carriers, around the globe, have initiated consolidation projects as part of their efforts to reduce OpEx associated with maintaining multiple, custom-developed mediation silos. There is a clear trend to move towards a platform-based approach to solving their mediation needs. XACCT’s N2B convergent mediation platform is ideally suited for such consolidation efforts because of it’s highly scalable and easily extensible architecture that allows concurrent processing of circuit-switch voice and packet network data on the same platform.

Unified system for Network Data
The Frame Relay, ATM and Leased Circuit data services, along with the Czech Telecom’s own IP and integrated services such as IP Connect, IP VPN and IP Call, IOL Dial-up, and IOL Broadband are among the most successful products from Czech Telecom. XACCT provides a single-point interface between the Czech Telecom IP Network and its business support systems, replacing multiple one-off mediation solutions. In the Czech Telecom operations infrastructure, XACCT N2B platform is integrated with Amdocs Ensemble billing system to handle usage information for its retail customers. XACCT is also integrated with Convergys Geneva Billing System to handle usage records for its business customers. This enabled Czech Telecom to deploy a low risk solution because the platform provides all of the functionality required for the mediation of IP services in an off-the-shelf commercial package allowing them to bypass expensive software development and implementation costs that come with customized environments.

“We see this project as the beginning of a long-term business relationship with Czech Telecom,” commented Eric Gries, President and CEO of XACCT Technologies. “The N2B platform distinguishes Czech Telecom from its competitors by enabling them to differentiate and accelerate deployment of IP services to quickly realize revenue potential and gives them the capabilities to move adeptly in a fast paced market.”

About Czech Telecom
Czech Telecom is local incumbent telecommunication operator with a dominant position in voice services and important market share in data transmissions and Internet access. Is the largest provider of telecommunications services in the Czech Republic and one of the most prominent telecommunications companies in Central Europe. With nearly four million telephone lines in operation, Czech Telecom is the leading telecommunications company in the Czech Republic. Czech Telecom provides a comprehensive range of fast and reliable telecommunications services. Choice and availability of fixed-line voice services grows. The demand for euroISDN provides customers with fast and high-quality voice, data and image transmission capabilities. Converging voice and data via "Next Generation Networks" and other data transmission services, including ATM and International Frame Relay, produced equally impressive results. Czech Telecom employs over 14,000 people.

About XACCT Technologies
XACCT Technologies provides the leading network data management platform for telecommunications service providers such as network backbone providers, mobile operators, cable operators and managed services providers. XACCT's carrier-class Network-to-Business (N2B™) Platform enables service providers to monetize their network traffic by harnessing network information to create new value-based services and lower operational costs. XACCT offers the industry's first and only platform that enables real-time data capture and enhancement; seamless integration with any business or operations application; and instantaneous, flow-through service provisioning.

XACCT has received numerous awards including Upside magazine’s ‘HOT100’, ‘Product of the Year’ by Internet Telephony and ‘Top 50 private companies most likely to change the world’ by Red Herring magazine. XACCT investors include Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Dell Computer (NASDAQ:DELL), Deutsche Bank, Technology Crossover Ventures, Trident Capital, Ampal (NASDAQ:AMPL), Eucalyptus Ventures and Israel Seed Partners. With offices around the globe, XACCT has more than 70 customers, including Bell Canada (NYSE:BCE), Boeing (NYSE: BA), Cable & Wireless (NYSE:CWP), Cegetel France, COLT (NASDAQ:COLT), Equant (NYSE:ENT), Genuity-Level (3) Communications (NASDAQ: LVLT), Motorola (NYSE: MOT), SingTel Optus, Sprint (NYSE:FON/PCS), Teleglobe, (NYSE:BCE), TELUS (NYSE: TU), TV Cabo, Verio-NTT (NYSE:NTT), Vodafone-Ireland and Vodafone-Italy. The XACCT N2B platform links the network to the business.

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