LISBON (Portugal), NEW YORK and ST. LOUIS – JUNE 18, 2001 – Oni Way, a new operator in the Portuguese mobile telecommunications market and recent winner of a UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) license for third generation (or 3G) wireless services, today announced it has selected Accenture as the primary systems integrator to deploy Oni Way’s integrated billing solution. The winning solution, which was selected from a shortlist of leading system integrators, includes the Amdocs 3G billing platform, which will be implemented as part of the business architecture integration. Amdocs (NYSE: DOX) is a leading provider of CRM, billing and order management solutions.
The scope of the project will include the delivery of an end-to-end integrated billing platform. The complete solution is expected to be delivered on time to achieve Oni Way’s objective of being the first telecommunications company to offer 3G services in Portugal.
“By implementing 3G technology we are providing customers with immediate Internet access via their cell phones,” said António Vidigal, CEO of Oni Way. “This will allow us to deliver a variety of services directly to a wireless device, including e-mail, remote networking access and streaming video. To do this, we needed a comprehensive billing system that had the scalability and flexibility needed to effectively support these powerful third generation services.”
Third generation mobile communication, which is based on the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) standard and represents the next step in the evolution of wireless technology, will allow broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video, and multimedia at data rates up to and possibly higher than two megabits per second (Mbps), to mobile phone users no matter where they are located in the world.
“Third generation wireless technology represents an opportunity for operators and other companies around the world to move into a range of business models beyond the delivery of voice and basic data,” said Raul Mascarenhas, Accenture – partner, Communications and High Tech industry group. “We are helping companies like Oni Way, address those new opportunities by rapidly delivering complementary and often complex business infrastructures that can support advanced wireless services.”
“This win reinforces our global alliance with Accenture and our position as the world’s leading provider of a fully convergent platform that is able to support voice and IP for the mobile market,” said Paul Atkinson, senior vice president of Marketing at Amdocs. “Our rapid delivery capabilities combined with new functionality introduced in the Amdocs 3G billing platform will allow mobile operators, such as Oni Way, to effectively launch and manage their third generation services.”
Amdocs’ 3G billing platform allows operators to launch innovative mobile IP services as well as bill, rate and manage customer data. In addition, the platform allows customers to register for services online. For this solution, the Accenture/Amdocs team will provide Oni Way with a unified view of each customer, enabling single billing for voice, data and commerce transactions.
Oni Way is a new UMTS company, which positions itself as the Mobile Internet operator in Portugal. The two major shareholders are the ONI Group and Telenor and the company is therefore supported by a strong shareholder structure that combines off-line and on-line world expertise. Oni Way is positioning itself to be the first operator to launch 3G services in Portugal.
Through a fast and innovative deployment of 3G, Oni Way is committed to put Portugal among the leading countries in the development of the Information Society, thus fostering a better quality of life, in addition to a greater economic progress.
Accenture is the world’s leading provider of management and technology consulting services and solutions, with more than 75,000 people in 46 countries delivering a wide range of specialized capabilities and solutions to clients across all industries. Accenture operates globally with one common brand and business model designed to enable the company to serve its clients on a consistent basis around the world. Under its strategy, Accenture is building a network of businesses to meet the full range of any organization’s needs -- consulting, technology, outsourcing, alliances and venture capital. The company generated revenues of $9.75 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2000 and $5.71 billion for the six months ended February 28, 2001. Its home page is http://www.accenture.com.
Amdocs is a leading provider of CRM, billing and order management solutions to the communications and IP industry. Amdocs has an unparalleled success record in project delivery of its mission-critical products. With human resources of more than 8,150 information systems professionals, Amdocs supports a global customer base. For more information visit our Web site at http://www.amdocs.com.