Korek Telecom, Ericsson ink Iraq deal
Baghdad, November 24, 2009
Korek Telecom, one of Iraq’s three national telecom operators, has awarded a contract to Ericsson, a leading provider of telecommunication equipment and services to operators, for the deployment of a billing post-paid system in the country.
The new system will help deliver billing accuracy and enriched functionality enabling various promotions and enhanced reporting capabilities, said a Korek Telecom official.
Deputy CEO of Korek Dr Abdul Hameed Akrawi said, 'Deploying the new billing system is the first phase of a larger project related to the upgrading of our billing infrastructure.'
'We are putting in place the elements required to achieve billing and charging convergence from a pre-paid and post-paid perspective, incorporating aspects such as rating & CRM. This will enable us to provide a wide range of services and features to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers,' he noted.
The deal comes following Korek Telecom’s expansion strategy to provide nation-wide coverage with ongoing roll-outs in the central and southern parts of the country.
“This platform will allow Korek to have a rich post-paid billing platform that would improve billing accuracy and allow the necessary flexibility to provide a diverse set of packages and promotions specifically tailored to this important set of subscribers,” explained Asif Salam, Key Account manager, Ericsson.
'A key reason for the contract was Ericsson’s ability to execute and have appropriate staff and expertise on the ground. In the last six years, Korek Telecom and Ericsson have developed a close working relationship,' he noted.
Ericsson has been providing Korek Telecom with network infrastructure, including the switching, radio, transmission and IN platforms, deployment and support services.
“The platform was perceived as robust and reliable, with the ability to grow as the network, coverage and requirements expand. The flexibility of the solution from the end-user point of view was an important element,” Salam added.
The new agreement, Salam stated, would further enhance the partnership between Korek and Ericsson.
According to Elie Takchi, Ericsson’s Multimedia director North Middle East, the billing system will ensure billing accuracy and will enable more appealing promotions and packages, in addition to creating an opportunity for interconnect billing consolidation with other operators.-TradeArabia News Service
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