Azure Interconnect provides Global Crossing UK with an automated and flexible interconnect rating system that works with existing tools and practices for enhanced operational performance and reduced costs.
Global Crossing provides a suite of converged telecommunications services over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network delivers services to nearly 600 major cities, 60 countries and six continents around the globe. The company's UK operation offers a full range of managed IP services to customers in the government, rail transportation and corporate sectors.
Global Crossing is now able to process a month's worth of traffic end-to-end, totalling approximately 190 million CDRs (call detail records) in just 17 hours, which has saved it considerable time and money administering its interconnect arrangements.
The system's open architecture and automation has allowed Global Crossing to manage tariff information in varying formats from different carriers. This has enabled Global Crossing to reconcile with customers and vendors much more efficiently.
Mike Fiddler, head of applications development at Global Crossing UK, said: "The Azure interconnect rating system has improved our efficiency. We've been able to generate interconnect bills more quickly and have increased customer satisfaction. We're very pleased by the way that Azure has managed the implementation of our new interconnect rating system."
Saul Nurtman, senior vice president products at Azure Solutions, said: "We are delighted to be working with Global Crossing. Interconnect can be very complex, given carriers' different pricing mechanisms. Our implementation for Global Crossing is further recognition of our solutions and expertise in this area."
About Azure Solutions
Azure Solutions is the world's largest revenue-assurance company. It is headquartered in London, with people in Westminster (Colorado), Ipswich, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Islamabad, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Mexico City. Azure's end-to-end revenue-assurance product portfolio for current-generation networks includes Data Integrity, Wholesale and Interconnect Billing, International Settlements, Fraud Management, Mediation Management, Translation and Rating, Event Integrity and Route Optimisation.
Inter-Party Management and Azure Fraud Control System as the first products in its next-generation portfolio. Azure provides individual products or complete revenue-assurance solutions using a common platform and any combination of products that a customer might need. Customers can choose a system that they own and operate themselves or a bureau that Azure manages on their behalf. Azure has over 65 customers across the world comprising PTTs, mobile operators, national operators, carrier's carrier and cable TV companies. Azure has significant carrier experience and understands the problems faced by all these operators.
The company's heritage can be traced back to BT in the early 1990s. Azure was spun out of BT in April 2003 and is backed by New Venture Partners, Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures and Intel Capital.
Azure won the 'Best Revenue-Assurance Project' award at the World Billing Awards 2005 in London, and 'Most Promising Company' at the TeleStrategies Billing & OSS World Excellence Awards 2005 in Philadelphia.
About Global Crossing
Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities and 30 countries worldwide, and delivers services to nearly 600 major cities, 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.
Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services, to 36 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.