FTS Enters Strategic Partnership with Systems Integrator RT2i for African Telco Market


London, United Kingdom | July 9, 2007: FTS (LSE: FTS), a global provider of Business Control, Billing & CRM solutions for communications service providers (CSP), has announced that it is working with Distributor of IT and Hardware and Systems Integrator RT2i in the African CSP market.

Systems Integrator RT2i is dedicated to the African market and has built an impressive client list in the African telco sector. RT2i will now market FTS' solutions alongside its current portfolio, giving both companies increased depth in the African Service Provider market. In particular, the partnership with FTS will see RT2i resell and support the hardware required for FTS' solutions as well as provide system integration capabilities to support FTS' end-to-end converged solutions with HP OpenCall.

Service Providers in Africa now have increased access to FTS' portfolio of Business Control, Billing and CRM solutions. This includes FTS' flagship product, Leap(tm) Billing, which enables providers to charge in real-time for any type of service - voice, video, data or content. It is also a truly integrated pre/postpaid converged solution with fully integrated CRM and billing.

Leap Billing is built upon FTS' Leap Business Control and Charging Function (Leap BCCF) patented technology, a highly flexible business rule engine. Furthermore, Leap Billing and Leap CRM comply with the most demanding performance, robustness and availability required from a mission critical system.

Yair Sakov, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, FTS commented: "This is an encouraging move for the African provider market - Service Providers in the region can now access RT2i's expertise and FTS' solutions in the same place. Whilst FTS already has a strong portfolio of African customers as well as an excellent reputation, this partnership will serve to strengthen our profile in the region even further."

Antoine Kareh, Managing Director, RT2i said: "The African Service Provider market is buoyant as take-up of services is increasing across the region. With this partnership in place, we look forward to cementing our reputation as the foremost Systems Integrator for Service Providers on the African continent."

About RT2i
SMS/RT2i is a leading technology solutions provider to business and institutions and is part of an international group operating in Africa and the Middle East. SMS/RT2i offers complete turnkey solutions integrating hardware, middleware and vertical solutions. Its responsibilities encompass the design, installation and after sales services of complex systems with multi-vendor configurations and project management. It is composed of experienced professionals with complementary skills in the field of data communication servicing a complete line of information systems solutions tailored to the needs of the African and Middle East market, totaling 26 countries and servicing 4000 customers. At the local level sales and support activities are carried out by selected local companies (+42 in Africa and Middle East).SMS/RT2i developed partnership with worldwide leading ICT vendors to meet the needs of the different sectors (Finance, Telco, Government and Extended Manufacturing) in computing, software and networking equipment. For more information about SMS/RT2i please contact Samy Lalilèche, Tel. +331 41 27 22 22, samy_lalileche@Rt2i.com or visit RT2i/SMS website www.Rt2i.com and for the group: groupcis.com.

About FTS
FTS (LSE: FTS) is a leading provider of Business Control, Billing and CRM solutions for communications service providers. FTS pioneered the Business Control Layer market and is the leading player in the space. 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. FTS is one of EMEA's fastest growing technology companies, consistently earning a place within the Deloitte Technology Fast-500 EMEA listing.

FTS was recently voted the 'Most Promising Company' at the prestigious 2007 TeleStrategies Billing and OSS World industry event. The award was presented to FTS as it was felt the company will have the biggest impact on the sector in the coming year. For more information please visit http://www.fts-soft.com/.

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