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[January 03, 2013]

PortaBilling Oracularius Powering New Era For Russia's Largest Independent Telecom Company

COQUITLAM, British Columbia, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Simply put, MTT (Multiregional Transit Telecom) is helping to re-define Russian telecommunications. In 2006, the Russian government broke the industry monopoly on long distance and international calling services. MTT was the first to seize the opportunity--and as a result, is today one of the biggest domestic and international long distance carriers in the country. It is a formidable rival to Rostelecom, the incumbent.

Nor is MTT resting on its laurels. For the past year, MTT has been moving its customer management and billing infrastructure to a new software platform. The major project will give MTT new competitive advantages in virtually every corner of the telecom landscape, from flexible service bundles to consolidated billing statements and unlimited scalability, for years to come.

Its software choice: PortaOne's PortaBilling Oracularius.

"We believe PortaBilling Oracularius has the super-reliability we need to support our pattern of growth," said Evgeny Vasiliev, MTT General Director. "With new competitors and the continual introduction of new services and technologies, we needed a customer management infrastructure that can keep up. PortaBilling Oracularius is meeting that challenge." PortaBilling Oracularius is a carrier-grade converged billing software system designed to meet the needs of Tier 1 and fast-growing Tier 2 telecoms. Built specifically for Oracle Real Application Cluster (RAC) environments, the system supports the broadest possible range of billing strategies including real-time mediation and rating, multiple services billing, programmable discounts, prepaid/postpaid business models, and the flexibility to support event-based, usage-based and periodic charging, among others.

Yet at another level, PortaBilling Oracularius also allows carriers to bundle any combination of traditional and emerging services from residential and IP Centrex services and wholesale/international termination to mobile services, WiFi/WiMAX/broadband, IPTV and triple-play. An embedded license for Oracle RAC is supplied with PortaBilling Oracularius, enabling nodes to be added at a lower cost than through direct Oracle licensing; what's more, due to the platform's virtual cluster orientation, users can depend on PortaBilling Oracularius to deliver seamless redundancy and availability.

For MTT, PortaBilling Oracularius was an ideal fit for the company's evolving menu of services. "MTT is addressing the changing telecom landscape in Russia at numerous levels. We offer IP telephony for social networks and a diverse mobile network lineup as well as hosted IPPBX and IP-based residential text/voice/video," noted Vasiliev. "PortaBilling Oracularius helps us market these services in attractive packages for different customer segments." MTT's confidence in PortaOne's high-end customer management system was in evidence even before installation. In order for PortaOne and MTT to complete their transaction, PortaBilling Oracularius had to be formally certified with the Russian federal regulatory authorities. MTT assisted PortaOne in its certification process, generously clearing the way for the platform's purchase and use not only by MTT, but also any other Russian operator.

Since it began using PortaBilling Oracularius over a year ago, MTT has been steadily migrating customer accounts to the system. Its biggest initiative to date has been the switchover of more than one million end-user accounts held by Mail.ru, Russia's largest free email service, to PortaOne's premier platform. Eventually, all of Mail.ru's 25 million users will be served by PortaBilling Oracularius.

At every step PortaOne has supported MTT through its Premium PortaCare technical support program. PortaOne was onsite in Moscow to train MTT personnel before, during and after installation, and has returned for assistance visits whenever necessary. MTT technical personnel also receive preferred, 24/7 consultation from PortaOne's most experienced engineers.

"MTT's long-term strategy is to expand our offerings beyond our nation's borders to other customer bases and through additional sales channels. Our success so far with Mail.ru is indicative of how we can pursue Russian-speaking customers in Europe and North America through various social networks," Vasiliev stated. "It's evident that PortaBilling Oracularius will be a prime enabler for these pursuits." About PortaOne:Based in Canada, PortaOne is a leading global provider of software for the telecommunications and utility industries. The company's products enable service providers and carriers to run a broad line of retail and wholesale services within a single software package. PortaOne's flagship products, PortaSwitch and PortaMDM (www.portamdm.com) are a fundamental part of the business infrastructure for over 360 service providers and telcos in 80 countries worldwide. Over two-thirds of PortaOne staff are support engineers providing the best-in-industry 24/7 technical support services for clients involved in hosted IP PBX and SIP trunking services, calling cards, wholesale exchange and termination, residential triple-play, MVNO/MVNE, callbacks and more. To learn more, visit www.portaone.com.

SOURCE PortaOne

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