Paris, October 6, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP. PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by Jersey Telecom to deploy a new charging platform and a Short Message Service Centre (SMS-C), thus giving the incumbent operator in the Channel Island of Jersey the ability to deploy and charge for data, content and premium rate SMS. On this occasion, Alcatel is replacing Jersey Telecom’s existing SMS-C with an Alcatel solution that is capable of supporting Premium Rate SMS using the flexible rating capabilities of the OSP Rating Engine.
The Alcatel solution gives Jersey Telecom the ability to offer premium rate SMS as part of their portfolio. Jersey Telecom will also gain the ability to offer subscribers a variety of new services, which could include televoting and information services, music, ringtones, games and video clip downloads.
The solution is based on the Alcatel 8690 Open Services Platform (OSP), a market proven platform widely deployed for supporting rapid development and deployment of high value end user services. The Alcatel 8690 OSP hosts all the key components of the solution, including the Alcatel 8618 Convergent Rating Engine and the Alcatel 8686 Specialised Resource Point (SRP), and provides Jersey Telecom with a single and fully integrated services platform.
The Alcatel Convergent Rating Engine can allow any subscriber to be charged for any service from a unique real time system. Critical to the deployment of new services, it also gives Jersey Telecom the differentiating ability to define the ‘rating unit’ upon which services will be charged. In addition, the converged rating engine will allow Jersey Telecom to offer ‘service bundles’ based on innovative tariff structures to charge new services and launch new commercial offers in a short time-to-market timeframe, thus allowing the creation of loyalty incentive programs based on volume discounts. Jersey Telecom will then be able to customise its service offerings in order to strengthen client’s loyalty and enhance ARPU.
The Alcatel Specialised Resource Point (SRP) provides all the required announcement and IVR capabilities needed to support voice services within the Jersey Telecom network.
Commenting on the announcement, Jerry Rabaste, Technology & Planning Director of Jersey Telecom Group Ltd commented: “We are committed to providing the Channel Islands with world class telecommunications services. Today’s announcement with Alcatel is the latest in a series of ongoing infrastructure investments designed to ensure that Jersey and Guernsey customers are provided with state-of-the-art telecommunications services.”
“The Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey are centres of excellence in world markets,” Jean-Michel Cornille, President of Alcatel’s mobile solutions activities added. “Alcatel’s leadership in next generation services platforms will provide Jersey Telecom with the right framework to offer quality services, innovative pricing and cost efficiency to all their customers”.
Last year Alcatel enabled Wave Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jersey Telecom, to launch 3G multimedia services, like videophony, throughout Guernsey.
About Jersey Telecom Group Ltd
Through its subsidiary businesses Jersey Telcom and Wave Telecom, Jersey Telecom Group Ltd (JTGL) operates fixed, mobile and broadband networks in the Bailiwicks of Jersey and Guernsey (Channel Islands). The company is committed to providing world-class services to its broad base of business and residential customers.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks, applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56.000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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