“Vipnet Croatia goes live with latest LHS’ BSCS iX billing and customer care system implemented by Atos Origin”
Frankfurt, Paris, 23 October 2007
New software solution enables mobile communications innovator Vipnet Croatia fast and easy deployment of new services
Atos Origin, an international IT services provider, and LHS, a leading provider of telecom billing and customer care systems across the wireless, wireline, and IP telecom markets worldwide, announced today that Vipnet Croatia has migrated its billing and customer care system from BSCS 8 to BSCS iX Release 2. Atos Origin, a global Platinum Partner of LHS, was in charge of the implementation of this upgrade at Vipnet with support from the customer itself and LHS experts.
Vipnet is the first private GSM operator in Croatia. Following the launch of its operation, mobile communication prices have been halved while the quality level of services has been optimized. As a result Vipnet has been highly effective in competition with the local incumbent operator and has become recognized as one of the most successful GSM operators in Europe. The company was the first to offer new technologies, such as GPRS, EDGE and UMTS, finally HSDPA in April 2006.
“We are recognized as the leading innovator on the Croatian mobile communications market. “We have found the LHS products to be the best possible solutions for our varied and constantly expanding rating, billing and customer service needs. This is why we opted to upgrade our old LHS solution to BSCS iX Release 2.”, said Zvonimir Pavic, Head of Business Support Information Systems at Vipnet.
The selection of Atos Origin as a Systems Integrator was motivated by the excellent delivery record in the past as well as the flexibility both during the project and the internal structures” he added.
“Vipnet made an excellent decision by upgrading to the BSCS iX Release 2 solution. The real-time and convergence capability as well as its advanced functionality allows Vipnet to maintain its leadership position in the Croatian mobile communications market” said Luigi Giacalone, EMA Executive Vice President of Atos Origin.
“We are glad to continue our cooperation with Vipnet, a valued customer whose product mix and innovative power can benefit from all aspects of our advanced solutions,” said Wolfgang Kroh, Chief Executive Officer of LHS. “BSCS iX Release 2 offers new functions, especially in the area of product bundling and content catalog handling. The solution will enable Vipnet to bundle various products and offer them at promotional tariffs. This can help them stay ahead in a competitive market. Additionally, a new web-based client helps to efficiently manage content catalogs and to quickly adjust the pricing and promotions structure accordingly,” he added.
BSCS iX Release 2 is a fully convergent end-to-end system that enables efficient customer management and real-time billing for voice, data, content, and other Internet services. The system contains iX Rating, iX Billing, and web-based applications for customer self-care and partner management all based on LHS' leading edge iX architecture.
LHS is a leading provider of telecom billing and customer care systems across the wireless, wireline, and IP telecom markets worldwide.
LHS Business Support Systems offer full convergence on various levels, supporting the complete range of business models both across the mix of fixed and mobile services, as well as prepaid and postpaid services.
LHS builds innovative systems that enable our customers to introduce new services fast, helping drive revenues up, while keeping operational costs to a minimum. LHS was awarded “Best Billing or Customer Care Solution” by the GSM Association in Cannes in 2005, and won the IIR World Billing Awards for its "Overall Best Contribution to Billing" in London in 2005 and 2006 as well as the “Stratecast Global Investment of R&D Resources to Address Core Billing Needs Award“ by Frost & Sullivan in 2007.
LHS is an independent software vendor (ISV) with headquarters in Germany, and offices in Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Malaysia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. LHS is part of the LHS Group, and LHS Aktiengesellschaft as the Group's Holding company is a public company listed on the Frankfurter Stock Exchange (LHS400).
About VIPnet d.o.o Croatia
VIPnet is the first private mobile network operator in Croatia. They have been operating a GSM network since 1999.
Since its arrival, VIPnet broke the monopoly of the state's CRONET operator (since renamed to T-Mobile Hrvatska, and owned by Hrvatski Telekom) and introduced many new services unknown before - SMS, prepaid etc. At that time the penetration rate in Croatia was just 4.6%, and by 2006 it reached 85%.
Today VIPnet is still best known for its mobile network. It is a 900 MHz GSM network which supports GPRS, MMS, EDGE, 3G and HSDPA technologies. They were the first to introduce a number of these technologies to the Croatian market and remain a technological leader in the field.
VIPnet's network code is 219 (CC) 10 (NC). It is the Vodafone partner in Croatia. They have recently (2006) obtained their WiMAX and fixed telephone network licenses. VIPnet is owned by the mobilkom austria group, composed of Mobilkom Austria, VIPnet, Si.mobil, Mobilkom Liechtenstein and Mobiltel.
About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are EUR 5.4 billion and it employs 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Euronext Market Solutions, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.
Atos Origin is one of the key players in the European Telecom and Finance arena with revenues in these sectors of more than €1.6 billion and over 20 years experience. Through the expertise of Atos Worldline, a major European player in the processing of large-volume electronic transactions, Atos Consulting and the systems integration and managed operations capability of Atos Origin, the company helps over 350 customers around the world with complex telecom and finance projects.
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