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Leading International Operator Deploys Comverse Real-Time Billing And SMS Solutions In Latin America.

NEW YORK -- Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), and the world's leading supplier of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services, today announced that Millicom International Cellular, a leading international operator of cellular telephony services, has implemented both Comverse's prepaid billing solution and SMS solution in five of its Latin American properties. Comverse is Millicom's Regional Partner, providing prepaid billing platforms in Bolivia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Paraguay, and also provides a bundled Intelligent Short Message Service Center (ISMSC) to manage Millicom's GSM overlays and existing TDMA and CDMA networks throughout Central America.

"With Latin America's prepaid subscriber base reaching almost 80 percent of total subscribers, the prepaid billing supplier plays a critical role within the business of mobile operators in the region. Much of the operator's marketing success directly depends on the power and agility of the billing solution," stated Javier Jimenez, Vice President and General Manager, Latin America at Comverse. "We are pleased to provide a "future-proof" solution that enables Millicom to charge for current voice and data services in real-time, as well as to introduce emerging data and content services as they become available in the future."

The Comverse Real-time Billing & Prepaid Solutions deliver dynamic control of telephony services and can manage many millions of active subscriber accounts simultaneously. The Comverse solutions can authorize, rate, charge and control voice calls, data sessions and emerging m-payment transactions in real-time. The built-in capability to impose real-time credit limits on accounts reduces the operator's risk when deploying new services. The Comverse solution is both flexible and reliable, operating with all major switch types and networks (GSM, GPRS, CDMA, and TDMA 2G, 2.5G, and 3G), and supports the latest standards, including CAMEL 2&3, WIN/IS-826 and OSA/parlay.

Comverse's ISMSC offers throughput of 2,500 messages per second, cost-saving connectivity options, and the ability to optimize system resources and delivery mechanisms to match the different kinds of SMS traffic in the network, such as person-to-person messaging, notification, push, Comverse Who Called and other applications. The ISMSC integrates into all major mobile network types. Moreover, its support for prepaid SMS allows mobile carriers to provide the same level of SMS service to both prepaid and contract subscribers. Comverse also offers a Dual Network SMSC, which provides seamless cross-network SMS messaging for carriers operating two different networks. Another valuable add-on to the ISMSC is the GSM Emulator Mobile Terminated Gateway for CDMA and TDMA networks. The GSM Emulator creates a seamless interface to the GSM network environment, enabling IS-41 subscribers to exchange messages with their GSM counterparts. The Comverse ISMSC is 2.5G and 3G compliant.

About Millicom

Millicom International Cellular S.A. is a global telecommunications investor with cellular operations in Asia, Latin America and Africa. It currently has a total of 17 cellular operations and licenses in 16 countries. The Group's cellular operations have a combined population under license of approximately 391 million people.

About Comverse

Comverse, a unit of Comverse Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: CMVT), is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling network-based multimedia enhanced communication services. These value-added enhanced services solutions, along with the company's real-time billing solutions, comprise the company's Total Communication(TM) portfolio. Comverse's Total Communication portfolio addresses four primary categories: call completion and call management solutions; advanced messaging for groups, communities and person-to-person communication; solutions and enablers for the management and delivery of data and content-based services; and real-time billing and account management solutions for dynamic service environments. Other Comverse Technology business units include: Verint Systems, a leading provider of analytic software-based solutions for communications interception, networked video security and business intelligence; and Ulticom, a leading provider of service enabling signaling software for wireline, wireless and Internet communications. Comverse Technology is an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company. For additional information, visit the Comverse Web site at www.comverse.com or Comverse Technology's Web site at www.cmvt.com.

All product and company names mentioned herein may be registered trademarks or trademarks of Comverse or the respective referenced company(s).

Note: This release may contain "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurances that forward-looking statements will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, among others: risks associated with integrating the business and employees of the GSS division of CSG Systems, International; changes in the demand for the Company's products; changes in capital spending among the Company's current and prospective customers; the risks associated with the sale of large, complex, high capacity systems and with new product introductions as well as the uncertainty of customer acceptance of these new or enhanced products from either the Company or its competition; risks associated with rapidly changing technology and the ability of the Company to introduce new products on a timely and cost-effective basis; aggressive competition may force the Company to reduce prices; a failure to compensate any decrease in the sale of the Company's traditional products with a corresponding increase in sales of new products; risks associated with changes in the competitive or regulatory environment in which the Company operates; risks associated with prosecuting or defending allegations or claims of infringement of intellectual property rights; risks associated with significant foreign operations and international sales and investment activities, including fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, interest rates, and valuations of public and private equity; the volatility of macroeconomic and industry conditions and the international marketplace; risks associated with the Company's ability to retain existing personnel and recruit and retain qualified personnel; and other risks described in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in the filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q These documents are available through the Company, or its website, www.cmvt.com, or through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov. The Company makes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statement in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is made.
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