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Argent Secures Intercell In Guinea Conakry

Argent Secures Intercell In Guinea Conakry

Auckland, 5 June 2006 – New Zealand technology and telecommunications solutions company, Argent Networks announced today that it has secured a contract with Intercell in Guinea Conakry, West Africa.

With a population of 9.4 million, Intercell is one of Guinea Conakry’s major telecommunications providers. Guinea Conakry, a former French colony has a rapidly developing telecommunications infrastructure with five mobile phones for every land line. Argent Networks will supply Intercell with its latest ArgentEclipse® billing and CRM solution which has also been specifically converted to the French language.

Chris Jones, CEO of Argent Networks, says that the Intercell deal is strategically important because it represents another growing African telecommunications market that the company has secured.

“Guinea Conakry is a developing market and the ArgentEclipse® solution provides Intercell with the ability to get the latest and most efficient solution in both customer care as well as back office systems – Intercell will leapfrog from Third World to First World with the adoption of Argent’s technology,” says Jones.

Jones says ArgentEclipse® is based on a Java application platform, and offers service providers like Intercell a completely streamlined and service-focused approach to postpaid billing, customer care and mediation.

Latif Taleb-Mazeh, CEO of Intercell says that Argent’s solution beat off several other competitors because it provided an easy way to add value to the carrier’s network and significant savings by being efficient, reliable and extensible to any platform or content.

“The beauty of Argent’ solution for Intercell is that it is real-time event based billing and so we can not only can integrate all of our rating and provisioning activities but also have the added flexibility to bill any event, anytime, across any medium. Argent’s product delivers Intercell a significant competitive advantage in this market,” says Taleb-Mazeh.

Jones also says that Argent’s solution provides a complete package with a quick implementation and roll out time so Intercell can soon start delivering its subscribers a superior service. In addition he says that Argent’s regional centre in Beirut Lebanon as well as the company’s staff in West Africa will provide ongoing support for Intercell’s growing network .

“We go live with Intercell at the end of April and this is based on a GSM network. Argent is actively working with major telecommunications providers throughout Africa, and so we are confident of increasing our reach into other emerging markets in the region.”


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