ZOOMmobile Nigeria upgrades interconnect billing and settlements systems

Nigerian private telecoms operator, ZOOMmobile is upgrading its interconnect billing and settlements systems. The new system means the operator can process 25 million interconnect call detail records (CDRs) per hour in one of the world’s most complex interconnect markets.

ZOOMmobile has over 1.5 million lines and around 1.2 million active subscribers. Originally launched in 1998 as Reliance Telecommunications Limited (Reltel Wireless) ZOOMmobile provides a fixed wireless telephone services in Nigeria using CDMA equipment from Chinese vendor Huawei operating on 1900 MHz frequency. ZOOMmobile now also offers customers full roaming services.

It has recently gone live with a new Interconnect Manager from convergent billing and interconnect specialist, Cerillion Technologies. The implementation marks an extension of the existing relationship between the two companies, which began in 2006 with the successful delivery of Cerillion’s Mediator product on ZOOMmobile’s CDMA network.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Cerillion Interconnect Manager will support ZOOMmobile in achieving its revenue assurance goals by enabling it to bill interconnect partners accurately and to efficiently reconcile invoices received.

This implementation represents the first time Cerillion has delivered its Interconnect Manager product on an Intel-based Sun platform running the Solaris operating system. The use of this platform enables Cerillion to deliver an enhanced price performance ratio for its customers. In line with this, Cerillion is comfortably able to process 25 million interconnect call detail records (CDRs) per hour for ZOOMmobile.

The Nigerian interconnect market is more complex than most because of the use of third-party clearing houses as well as direct operator-to-operator agreements. The versatility of Cerillion’s solution enables operators to manage both models very effectively.

“The rapidly growing African telecoms market offers exciting opportunities for technology companies,” says Louis Hall, Cerillion’s chief executive. “Providers capable of delivering effective interconnect management functionality continue to be in demand from operators with an urgent requirement for revenue assurance and efficient settlement.” 

Kenneth Aigbinode, vice chairman, ZOOMmobile, says: “For us, the Cerillion implementation is part of an ongoing programme to increase efficiency and manage costs. Cerillion’s Mediator solution has played an important role in helping to enhance our revenue assurance over recent years. Further building on this success, Cerillion’s Interconnect Manager will allow us to exercise close control over our interconnect costs and optimise on the best available interconnect routes.”

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