Friday, 7 October 2011

Clarity extends Mobinil Infrastructure Management Solution

Sydney, Australia; 6 October 2011 – Clarity, the award winning provider of unified telecommunications solutions designed to simplify operations, today announced that Mobinil, Egypt’s leading mobile operator, is upgrading and extending its deployment of Clarity’s Infrastructure Management solution.
Mobinil currently uses Clarity’s solution to support its network site rollout processes across two departments. The upgrade will see the latest version of Clarity’s Infrastructure Management suite replace many disparate third-party systems and enable end-to-end tracking of infrastructure changes across all of Mobinil’s divisions.
The Clarity solution provides improved planning, purchasing and workforce deployment, providing Mobinil with greater control over resource allocation and analysis. Mobinil will be able to reduce both the costs and timescales for network rollouts, upgrades and decommissions across its network. Importantly, Clarity’s Infrastructure Management solution will increase return on asset investment by reducing the time between initial infrastructure investment and first revenue generation. The solution will integrate with other OSS components using standards-based interfaces – providing Mobinil with the necessary data and automated processes framework to efficiently manage all the activities associated with complex, multiple site construction.
Moustafa Hegazi (Director, network planning & rollout) Mobinil, commented “The Clarity solution will streamline network change programs, helping us meet timescales and budgets. It will ensure that we have consistent communication across our business. Rather than having to work with many different systems across multiple departments, all divisions will soon be able to hand over tasks seamlessly. The system ensures the correct data is captured, so employees always have the information readily available to accurately complete their tasks. The statistics and forecast information from the system also means that managers have business intelligence data available so they can continue to drive improved performance well into the future.”
“Effectively managing the substantial investment made in network upgrades and changes is a logistical challenge for most service providers,” added Tony Garcia at Clarity. “Investing in tools that guide and manage the deployment of these assets has a direct impact on the bottom line - the sooner an asset is operational, the sooner revenue is generated. Our comprehensive Infrastructure Management solution provides just that; ensuring consistency in the information and processes used throughout all divisions, suppliers and contractors so that assets are deployed faster.”

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Vodacom Tanzania offers flexible bill payment options to its customers

Vodacom Tanzania offers flexible bill payment options to its customers

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania – October 06, 2011

Partners with Nokia Siemens Networks to introduce the first convergent charging and billing platform in Africa

Nokia Siemens Networks has migrated the existing charging and billing system of Vodacom Tanzania to its own charge@once unified* platform. As a result of a long-term, trusted partnership, Vodacom Tanzania has commissioned Nokia Siemens Networks for this project. With the charge@once unified platform, Vodacom Tanzania’s customers can now flexibly choose either prepaid, post paid or a combination of both payment options for their voice, data and SMS services. The platform also offers a wide set of pre-defined modules that can be used to create marketing campaigns with minimal efforts and more flexibility in a shorter turnaround time.

“We wanted our customers to be the first to enjoy flexibility in bill payments, and we have become the first one to implement this flexibility in Africa,” said Dietlof Mare, managing director of Vodacom Tanzania. “Nokia Siemens Networks’ exceptional delivery capabilities ensured fast rollout of flexible payment methods for all services used by our individual and enterprise customers. The new platform also significantly reduced the efforts required for the implementation of these flexible payment options.”

“With a customer base of over ten million subscribers, we are always committed to bringing world-class solutions to our customers in the Tanzanian market,” added Dietlof.

“Implementing Nokia Siemens Networks’ unified charging and billing platform is an example of Vodacom’s commitment to introduce the latest technology in the market, offering a wide range of services with flexible payment methods,” said Deon Geyser, customer team head at Nokia Siemens Networks. “The platform provides flexible bill payment options for both fixed and mobile network services for all customers.”

With migration to Nokia Siemens Networks’ charge@once unified platform, the customers of Vodacom Tanzania can now choose postpaid method for using services for business purposes, and prepaid option for private voice calls or SMS. In addition, the platform enables family contracts, where parents can opt for postpaid payment for their voice services and use their phones to recharge their children’s prepaid subscriptions.

Nokia Siemens Networks’ charging and billing platform has a variety of features including self administration, which allows customers to set bill limits and receive alerts on exceeding it. It also allows them various options for recharging their prepaid accounts. With this platform, the operator can also offer special SMS plans as well as customized tariff schemes to its subscribers for internet use.