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FTS Selected as the Interconnect Billing Provider by Starcomms


Nigeria’s largest 3G CDMA Mobile Network Upgrades to FTS’ Leap Interconnect

Herzliya, Israel | March 17, 2009: FTS (LSE: FTS), a global provider of Billing, CRM and Business Control solutions for communications and content service providers, today announced that Starcomms Ltd., Nigeria’s largest 3G CDMA mobile network, has again selected FTS as its interconnect billing provider. Starcomms deployed FTS’ Leap™ Interconnect to support its rapidly growing subscriber base, and to ensure accounting accuracy of its growing interconnect revenues.

The new implementation offers Starcomms a range of interconnect services, including retrieval of mediation records from the operator’s mobile switch, rating of these records as well as generating and printing bills for Starcomms’ interconnect partners. Leap Interconnect also provides Starcomms with innovative reporting and settlements capabilities as a result of its ability to flexibly integrate with other Starcomms applications.

“Our focus on innovative solutions was the reason for selecting FTS’ interconnect billing solution a few years ago,” said Hashem Sallam, Starcomms’ Billing Manager. “As we expand the reach of our network and services, and our subscriber base continues to grow, our interconnect services have become a major revenue stream. Leap Interconnect provides us with all of the billing capabilities that we need as we continue to expand, and we are pleased to be working with a trusted vendor like FTS to ensure the accuracy of our interconnect accounting.”

“This upgrade to Leap Interconnect is testimony to the strength of our relationship with Starcomms,” said Shamir Efrony, Africa Sales Director, FTS. “In addition to expanding our relationship with Starcomms, it also illustrates our ongoing commitment to the Nigerian market in particular and the African continent in general. FTS’ strategic focus on Africa means that we spare no effort in continuing to support our African customers with world class solutions.”

About Starcomms Ltd.
Starcomms Ltd., Nigeria’s largest CDMA 3G mobile network, is a provider of one-stop telecommunication solutions for mobile and fixed market segments. Providing mobile, fixed, customized and value-added services to the Nigerian individual and corporate market, Starcomms has a subscriber base of over 1,000,000 and still growing. Starcomms is the first operator to launch 3G EVDO mobile broadband in Nigeria and West Africa. Starcomms is the first CDMA operator to introduce the use of RUIM cards, and the first operator to launch instant messenger on mobiles in Nigeria.

About FTS 
FTS (LSE: FTS) is a leading provider of Billing, CRM and Business Control solutions for communications, content and service providers. By analyzing events from a business standpoint rather than just billing them, FTS allows providers to better understand their customer base and leverage business value from every event and interaction. FTS deploys its full range of end-to-end, stand-alone and add-on solutions to customers in over 40 countries and has implemented solutions in wireless, wireline, cable, content and broadband markets including multiple cross-network installations. Serving the evolving needs of both traditional and next generation service providers, the company’s operations comprise four international R&D locations and strategically-located sales support offices worldwide.  For more information please visit


For further information please contact:
Sonus PR: Martin Smith, Tel. +44 20 7851 4821,
FTS: Moshe Peterfreund, Tel. +972-9-952-6500,