Microsoft and SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Collaborate to Deliver End-to-End Billing Services to Operators


Newly formed alliance results in successful integration of Vodafone Czech's essential line-of-business applications.

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 12 -- Today at 3GSM World Congress 2007, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) and SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Czech Republic (formerly STROM Telecom) announced that they will work together to offer operators an end-to-end billing solution that integrates with their primary line-of-business applications, customer care and billing solutions. The first customer to benefit from the alliance is Vodafone Czech Republic, which is using the integrated managed services solution to enhance its billing, customer care and ordering processes to deliver new, more sophisticated packaged services to market faster.

SITRONICS Telecom Solutions (SITRONICS TS) is a developer and producer of high-end communications equipment and business and operations support systems (BSS/OSS). The collaboration brings together Microsoft® Customer Care Framework and Microsoft Dynamics(TM) CRM 3.0 with the FORIS NG BSS/OSS real- time convergent billing system from SITRONICS TS, and the solution will be available to customers in Western, Central and Eastern Europe; the Asia Pacific region; the Middle East; and Africa.

"The increasing demand for content-intensive services is opening up new revenue streams, and operators must be able to provide a superior experience to their customers to take advantage of this," said Rainer Grumann, executive vice president of sales and marketing from SITRONICS TS. "Working with Microsoft, we are making it easier for operators by helping them streamline processes and integrate their back-end systems so that they can focus on the most important thing: providing a good quality of service to their customers."

Vodafone Czech Republic selected the SITRONICS TS/Microsoft solution for its focus on business processes and for its inherent scalability and flexibility in defining service bundles. In addition, it is based on industry standards. The solution is designed to help Vodafone retain its leadership position among enterprise customers by facilitating the effective creation of tailor-made fixed and mobile convergent offerings. The implementation will also include IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) platform integration. Customer Care Framework will help Vodafone's customer care processes by simplifying and speeding up the time taken to fulfill complex orders from its corporate subscribers. Call center agents, through a single sign-on and a user-friendly interface, will get a 360-degree view of the person they are speaking to and, as a result, can help reduce call handling times. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0, a powerful marketing and sales tool, is also providing users with customer intelligence, within a familiar Microsoft Office environment.

"Mobile operators are increasingly expected to deliver personalized services to their customers, and advances in technology have made this possible to do quickly and easily," said Michael O'Hara, general manager for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. "We must not forget, however, that for any service to be rolled out successfully, it must be accompanied by a seamless and informed customer relations strategy. The contact center is still the main point of interaction between an operator and its customers and is therefore a key component for any services strategy."

The FORIS NG solution provides Vodafone Czech Republic with increased flexibility for creating unique, individually tailored offerings for corporate customers, combining both new and existing fixed and mobile services, including IMS-based services. Customers can create personalized tariff schemes and allow operators to provide numerous combinations of tariffs and special offers depending on, for example, the time of day or the region.

The joint solution is interoperable with different types of networks, combining the benefits of Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), the public switched telephone network (PSTN), Next Generation Networking (NGN) and IMS. FORIS BSS/OSS provides Vodafone with a cost-effective, dependable platform that allows for the easy and rapid deployment of new services and tariffs.

About SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Czech Republic

Founded in the Czech Republic in 1993, SITRONICS Telecom Solutions Czech Republic develops and produces high-end communications equipment and ICT systems with proven performance and reliability. The company also provides diverse services to enable its customers to effectively plan network development and to optimise business processes. SITRONICS TS Czech Republic now has over 1300 employees, 70% of whom are dedicated specialists and developers working at the company's locations in the Czech Republic, Russia, France, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. SITRONICS TS Czech Republic products are installed in over 50 networks in 14 countries, serving over 65 million subscribers. The company is a member of SITRONICS a subsidiary of AFK SISTEMA, the largest diversified holding company in Russia.

About Microsoft

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Source: Microsoft Corp.

CONTACT:

Jana Kuliskova

CoLin

+420-283-890-139

jana.kuliskova@colin.cz, for SITRONICS TS

Rose Tucker

+1-425-452-5463

rtucker@webershandwick.com

Robin Clark

+44-20-7067-0522

rclark@webershandwick.com, both of Weber Shandwick, for Microsoft

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