Press Release Summary:
With optimized processing speeds, NRTRDE Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange Service provides GSM operators with continuous data on roaming calls and enables them to optimize management of international roaming fraud by closing time window in which losses can occur. Service will also transfer and validate 90% of call data within 10 min of its receipt from client and all data within 40 min. Basic NRTRDE service provides optional service for creation of TD.35 call records.
Original Press Release:
BSG Launches High Performance Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange (NRTRDE) Solution
avea, Cellcom and Geocell choose BSG to minimize their exposure to roaming-related fraud
New Delhi, India - GSM Association BARG/Roamfest Meeting - September 11,
2007 - BSG Clearing Solutions, a subsidiary of Billing Services Group Limited (AIM: BILL), the telecom industry's clearing and settlement provider, today announced the launch of its Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange (NRTRDE) service. BSG's NRTRDE solution exceeds industry standards by offering processing speeds that greatly minimize GSM mobile operators' exposure to roaming-related fraud. Additionally, BSG announced that avea (Turkey), Cellcom (Israel) and Geocell (Georgia) have all selected BSG's new NRTRDE solution.
The GSM Association (GSMA) recommends that all GSM mobile operators switch to the NRTRDE system by October 1, 2008 in order to combat roaming fraud, which causes significant revenue loss for mobile operators. NRTRDE provides GSM operators with continuous data on roaming calls and enables them to improve their management of international roaming fraud by closing the "time window" in which losses can occur.
Current NRTRDE industry reporting standards can expose operators to roaming fraud for up to 36 hours. In contrast, BSG's NRTRDE reporting capability can reduce this window to less than four hours. BSG's NRTRDE service will also transfer and validate 90% of call data within 10 minutes of its receipt from a client and all data within 40 minutes.
"With operators aiming to meet new GSMA standards, we developed our NRTRDE solution to go above and beyond data transfer speeds required by the market," said Atul Devani, CEO of BSG's wireless division. "The quicker an operator can transfer call data for roamers on their network to the relevant partner operator, the shorter the fraud exposure for both operators. We have a number of clients that have already contracted for this service and are continuing to develop new tools that allow them to make full use of the incoming NRTRDE data stream for wider fraud detection and billing applications."
BSG has been a key player in the development of the GSMA standards for NRTRDE and recognizes the dual challenge that mobile operators face in both fulfilling their obligations as a visited operator according to GSMA standards and in analyzing incoming NRTRDE data for fraud management purposes.
Additional services such as the creation of TD.35 records (the GSMA standard format) from raw operator data will not add to this processing in a way that threatens the client's meeting of GSMA standards. The basic NRTRDE service provides an optional service for the creation of TD.35 call records. For the operator receiving the data (the HPMN), BSG also offers the facility for rating TD.35 records allowing a real time picture of potential financial loss, as well as the option for conversion into the record format of the HPMN's existing fraud management system.
About BSG Clearing Solutions
BSG Clearing Solutions is a leading global provider of clearing and settlement, payment services, and financial risk management solutions for communications service providers. The company processes over 20 billion transactions annually for 750 of the world's largest communications companies throughout North America, Europe and Asia. With a ubiquitous, scalable platform and an extensive portfolio of clearinghouse services for fixed-line, wireless, Wi-Fi, and broadband networks, BSG monetizes network transactions by facilitating the financial exchange of its customers' services. BSG meets the needs of today's complex network interconnections and anticipates the requirements of converging technologies, allowing for rapid and reliable deployment. BSG Clearing Solutions is an operating subsidiary of Billing Services Group Limited, which is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) under the ticker symbol BILL. For more information, visit www.bsgclearing.com.
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