Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Cable & Wireless Deploys Prepaid Service with Verso, Veraz, IP Unity

Cable and Wireless has deployed an advanced prepaid services solution using equipment and software from Veraz Networks, Verso Technologies and IP Unity. The service, which supports 600,000 pre-paid residential and calling card subscribers in Panama, is based on a fully-integrated turnkey solution provided by Veraz Networks which includes the ControlSwitch softswitch and service delivery platform and I-Gate 4000 PRO media gateway as well as Verso's I-Master Service and Revenue Assurance Platform, IP Unity's Mereon 6000 Media Server, Mereon Applications Server and Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Application.

Cable and Wireless's subscribers will now have available pre-paid local service and Internet access (ADSL) to homes and kiosks, reminder services, streaming audio information services, contest and voting applications, special promotional marketing campaigns and customer service renewals through an IVR solution. In addition to pre-paid fixed line and ADSL, this solution also carries all of Cable and Wireless's pre-paid calling card traffic.

Call Volumes for these services, including basic pre-paid traffic, have already peaked in excess of 60,000 BHCA (busy hour call attempts) and continue to increase, reflecting the robustness and scalability of the solution.

The companies said Cable and Wireless Panama has now begun to reverse an industry-wide wireline user migration to mobile telephony and grown its subscriber usage volume through flexible pricing and new pre-paid service innovation.

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