Econet Wireless Kenya Implements New Interconnect Solution from Cerillion

London, 11th November 2008 – Start-up mobile communications provider, Econet Wireless Kenya is set to go live with the Interconnect Manager solution from convergent billing and interconnect specialist, Cerillion Technologies.

Econet is part of Econet Wireless International, a well-established diversified telecommunications group, with operations in more than nine countries in Africa, Europe and the East Asia Pacific Rim.  The expansion into Kenya has been made possible due to substantial investment by Indian telecoms company, Essar Communications Holdings.

Under the agreement, Cerillion Interconnect Manager will support Econet in achieving its revenue assurance goals by enabling it to bill interconnect partners accurately and to efficiently reconcile invoices received.  “Cerillion stood out as providing the ideal interconnect solution for our demanding requirements,” confirms Michael Foley, CEO, Econet Wireless Kenya. “As a start-up operation, it is essential that we generate interconnect revenues and effectively manage our national and international interconnect costs from day one” he added. 

With an existing customer base in West Africa, the agreement with Econet provides the opportunity for Cerillion to expand its footprint into East Africa for the first time.  “The fast-growing African telecoms market offers many exciting opportunities,” says Louis Hall, Cerillion’s chief executive. ”The need for efficient interconnect management is becoming an increasingly urgent issue for operators requiring revenue assurance and efficient settlement.”

Hall believes that this marks the first step in what he hopes will be an expanding and mutually beneficial relationship: “The agreement is based on a group licensing model, which will enable Econet Wireless to roll out similar schemes into other African countries in the future,” he confirms.         
               
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About Essar Global


Essar Global Limited (EGL) is a diversified corporate group with businesses in the manufacturing and services sectors of Steel, Energy, Power, Telecommunications, Shipping, Ports & Logistics, Mining & Mineral Resources, and Construction.  EGL has a firm value of approximately USD 50 billion and employs 38,000 people worldwide.  More than 15 percent of Essar’s workforce is in the Americas.

Privately owned and professionally managed, EGL has an excellent track record, having succeeded in the capital intensive and competitive manufacturing sectors. Better focus through integration, incorporation of state-of-the-art technology and innovative in-house research has made Essar Global a leading player in each of its businesses.