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LOGICA AND GENEVA ARE ‘ONE’ STEP CLOSER TO 3G

Added: (Thu Feb 15 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Logica today announces it has implemented a new billing system, Geneva, for ONE in Austria, bringing the leading telecoms operator a step closer to GPRS and third generation mobile services.

The system has been delivered within a record timeframe of only three months.
Logica is prime contractor responsible for installing; configuring and integrating Geneva Technology’s Geneva billing system into ONE’s existing CRM and IT environment. It will work with GPRS services that demand a completely different billing structure to handle rating for content, cross-service discounting and also complex service packages

The flexible and future-proofed billing system from Geneva Technology supports ONE in becoming market leader in GPRS mobile services which go live in Austria in the first quarter of 2001.

Peter Pedersen, CIO of ONE, said: “There is no time for a long learning curve in third generation”.

“Competitive pressures demand that we need to work with partners who have proven success in GPRS. And because some of the 3G services are still not wholly defined we need partners who understand how to integrate a new generation billing solution like Geneva into our existing IT environment, so that we have a smooth transition as we introduce GPRS and then UMTS-based services.

“We chose Logica because we knew it could deliver against these requirements within the critical time frame we have set.”

The system is also specifically designed to be flexible enough to cope with any eventuality in the upcoming 3G services - particularly important for ONE, which has recently acquired a UMTS license.

Joachim Himmer, Divisional Director Telecoms at Logica, said: “Logica has delivered several GPRS mediation and billing solutions, including one of the worlds first installations, in the Czech Republic.

“Although we had committed to a very tight time scale, our delivery track record - including over 25 billing migrations in the past four years - gave us the confidence to believe that delivery against these high expectations was feasible.

“A rapid mobilisation team started the project within days following the go-ahead from ONE, allowing the project the flying start it needed to meet the challenging time frame.”

Logica has now won five joint projects with Geneva Technology since the partnership began last year.

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Note TO EDITORS:
Logica
Logica is a leading global solutions company providing IT consultancy, systems integration, products, services and support. Logica’s clients operate across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services, energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector. The company has over 10,000 staff in 27 countries worldwide. Founded in 1969, Logica is listed on the London Stock Exchange where it is part of the FTSE100 index of the largest UK listed companies.
About Logica in messaging
Logica is the leading supplier of messaging systems to over 100 of the world's top operators; these systems serve over 150m active subscribers. Logica's market leading position will be further enhanced by the imminent deployment of the world's first 'live' 3G messaging systems; in addition Logica is fast becoming a market leader in the emerging world of multi-media messaging services.

ONE
In October 1998, the communications company ONE launched Austria's only nation-wide GSM-1800 mobile telephony network. At the end of the year 2000, ONE had 1,400 employees and 1.3 million customers (mobile, fixed line and Internet). Net turnover in 2000 amounts to ATS 5.8. ONE has a population coverage of 97%. Besides mobile telephony, ONE also offers the Internet product i-ONE, the fixed-line solution f-ONE, and - together with Priority Telecom - the convergence product Take Two. ONE is the only mobile telephony operator in all of Austria to offer HSCSD (ONE High Speed), and with myONE it has a communication manager which combines W@P, Web and SMS. To date ONE has invested ATS 18 billion in Austria, another 4 billion are planned for the year 2001.

For further information:
Will Cameron
Logica
Tel: +44 (0)20 7446 1786
Mobile: +44 (0)7771 815414
Email: cameronw@logica.com
Web Page www.logica.com
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