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Azure Solutions Opens North American Revenue-Assurance Service Bureau - Now telecommunications operators can develop and deploy enterprise-wide revenue-assurance programs faster and at lower cost than before
Azure Solutions Opens North American Revenue-Assurance Service Bureau


NewswireToday - /newswire/ - London, United Kingdom, 2006/03/07 - Now telecommunications operators can develop and deploy enterprise-wide revenue-assurance programs faster and at lower cost than before.

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Azure Solutions, the revenue-assurance company, today announced it will offer complete revenue-assurance, fraud and interconnect capabilities through a new world-class service and data bureau established in Colorado. Azure's new service bureau complements the company's robust European centre to meet increased customer demand from a growing roster of North American telecommunications operators.

As in Europe, the centre will incorporate the company's existing fraud, interconnect and enterprise data integrity (Certo 2) offerings as a web-based, managed service. The new service is quick to deploy, reduces the need for capital expenditures and IT resources, and further automates the monitoring, tracking and revenue collection of existing and next-generation telecommunications services. With more than 30 of its 80 telecommunications customers worldwide, including BT, using its bureau offerings, Azure has extensive experience in developing web-based revenue-assurance solutions.

At the heart of Azure's revenue-assurance product strategy is its ability to provision and manage multiple revenue-assurance programs via a single web-based management application. Currently, Azure has seven customer implementations starting or currently running on the North American service bureau. The components of the Azure service bureau can be employed separately or together as a unified solution. They are:

· Integrity Management Bureau - based on the Certo 2 platform, this bureau represents the future of enterprise-wide revenue assurance. Certo 2 is the latest version of Azure's award-winning revenue-assurance solution. The Integrity Management Bureau offers operators the ability to deploy, manage and grow multiple revenue-assurance programs based on a common, easy-to-use software architecture. It provides the performance, flexibility and breadth of functionality needed to restore data integrity and certainty to any operator - wireline, wireless, data and cable. It uses advanced process automation to provide end-to-end visibility and control of the entire revenue lifecycle - faster, more cost-effectively and with greater accuracy and fewer resources than any other solution on the market. Because Certo 2 is integrated with Azure's other hosted service offerings, it can interface with these modules and present results through a single monitoring and control mechanism.

· Azure's Fraud Bureau - provides high quality, effective counter-fraud monitoring together with the operational expertise required to maximise operator revenues and profits. The Fraud Bureau receives data from operators' network(s) and service(s), and then processes the information for analysis either by Azure or the customer. Data feeds are taken from an operator's network and processed through a fraud-monitoring engine where expert rules and intelligent techniques are applied. Rule sets deployed within the fraud-monitoring engine are tailored to individual operator's needs and complimented by the application of intelligent tools to profile accounts and prioritise alarms. Powerful off-line analytical reporting and expert support compliment the Azure Fraud Bureau.

· Azure's Interconnect Bureau - allows operators to quickly and accurately settle charges with interconnecting partners without the need to implement and operate an expensive interconnect billing system in-house. Azure connects to the customer's mediation system and collects interconnect call detail records (CDRs). These CDRs are then transferred to the Azure Interconnect Bureau. The CDRs then pass through a detailed validation and verification process that ensures there is no data loss or duplication, and highlights potential problems that might have occurred within the customer's network. The Azure Interconnect Bureau processes each CDR to ascertain which operators and service providers have been involved in the transaction. It then goes on to rate the CDRs according to the commercial agreements that are in place with the customer's interconnecting partners.

"It was necessary to establish a state-of-the-art service bureau in North America to meet the demands of customers that want to build their revenue-assurance programs via a managed-service model," said Steven Bruny, president of Azure Solutions' North American operations. "The 'pay as you go', value-driven alternative to traditional licenses provides customers with a low-risk, low-cost deployment option to large, up-front capital expenditures. Customers can choose a system that they own and operate themselves or a bureau that Azure manages on their behalf."

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 Optimization. Over the last 12 months Azure has launched Azure Inter-Party Management, Azure Fraud Control System and Azure Certo 2 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 80 customers in 32 countries 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.

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