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Poland's Polkomtel Selects Intec Convergent Billing for Comprehensive Legacy Replacement Project across GSM, 3G and IP Services.

[euro]20 Million Contract Won after a Highly Competitive Tender Focusing on Performance and Convergence

ATLANTA & LONDON -- Intec, a leading BSS/OSS software vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks, has won a major contract with Poland's leading mobile communications provider, Polkomtel S.A., to implement a comprehensive, convergent rating and billing system to support its fast-growing user base of over 11 million GSM, 3G and mobile IP access subscribers. The contract, worth in excess of [euro]20 million, was won after a highly competitive tender focusing on proven ability to deliver truly convergent real-time rating and billing functionality in a high-volume, multi-service environment.

"This is a key project for Polkomtel which will deliver many operational benefits for us and our customers," said Miroslaw Bielicki, COO of Polkomtel S.A. "We have established a reputation for technical innovation in areas like next-generation services and we believe the capabilities of Intec Convergent Billing are important to our leadership in the Polish market."

"The competitive landscape in Poland's mobile industry is evolving towards convergence of networks and services. With Intec Convergent Billing, Polkomtel will be able to eradicate the traditional division between pre-paid and post-paid services and replace it with a unified and convergent offer to our customers. This will allow us to achieve competitive advantage in the Polish market," added Jaroslaw Bauc, the CEO of Polkomtel.

Intec's CEO, Kevin Adams commented, "Convergence between fixed, mobile and IP services is inevitable. In the future, profitability and innovation will be defined by how quickly carriers can adapt to the convergent business model and how easily they can bill for services in near real time. This is why the Intec Convergent Billing solution we are delivering to Polkomtel will be not just for billing but also for real-time rating and charging."

"By choosing Intec Convergent Billing, Polkomtel is embracing the convergent business model that will enable our company to maintain a competitive edge over its rivals and to reinforce Polkomtel's position as a true technology leader in Poland. It also will introduce operational and cost efficiencies," said Tomasz Kibil, IT Director of Polkomtel.

Polkomtel S.A. is one of three mobile telephony operators in Poland, marketing its services under two brand names: Plus and Sami Swoi. Polkomtel has pioneered innovative GSM-technology-based services on the Polish market. Among other notable achievements, it was the first company to offer MMS messaging, voice-based access to text messages (SMS), and GPRS and EDGE based data transmission services. In September 2004 Plus was the first operator in Poland to launch 3G mobile telephony services including UMTS. Polkomtel S.A. reported a record number of new network users in the first half of 2006. The company acquired 1,369,000 clients, i.e. a 60% increase relative to the same period of the previous year. As at the end of June 2006 the total number of network users reached 10,400,000, i.e. up 32% relative to last year's figure.

"Polkomtel is a good example of the kind of operator where Intec Convergent Billing is an ideal choice for a major billing upgrade project," said Kevin Adams. "It has a fast growing customer base, a wide range of convergent products, and a competitive, service-focused environment. It needed a flexible, scalable solution with a strong track record in convergent, mobile billing, supplied by a vendor with local expertise and a visible, long-term commitment to the Polish market."

Intec Convergent Billing will be implemented at Polkomtel by a multi-national team with a large Polish representation based out of Intec's new Poland office.

"By signing the contract both Intec and Polkomtel have entered into a long-term and far-reaching partnership aimed at improving Polkomtel's billing operations. The new billing system from Intec will allow Polkomtel to launch advanced, added value services. The implementation of Intec Convergent Billing will be the largest billing site for Intec to date in Poland, as well as Central and Eastern Europe. The contract testifies to our commitment to the Polish market, where Intec is planning to establish a Central European Billing Competence Center in the future, having a critical mass of billing implementations and an already well established customer base including leading operators such as Era, Exatel, GTS Energis and TPSA," said Iwona Golinska, Intec's Regional Director for Poland.

Over 60 leading global carriers and MVNOs, in fixed, wireless, 3G and IP, rely on Intec Convergent Billing to deliver pre-paid, post-paid and real-time billing, from a single platform, for all their services. Built using modern, industry-standard technologies, Intec Convergent Billing is proven in production at some of the world's largest and most innovative carriers. It is compatible with all major network technologies and services in use today and, as part of the wider Intec product family, is supported by carrier grade solutions in areas such as convergent mediation, activation and interconnect.

About Intec

Intec supplies solutions to over 60 of the world's top 100 telecoms carriers and is one of the world's fastest growing major BSS/OSS (business and operations support systems) vendors, offering a comprehensive and expanding range of products, solutions and services. Intec's 400+ customers include AT&T, Cable & Wireless, The Carphone Warehouse (UK), China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Eircom (Ireland), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, O2, Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Vivo and Verizon. Founded in 1997, Intec is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ITL) and has over 1,800 staff and 33 offices in 25 countries. For more information, visit the Intec website at www.intecbilling.com.
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