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MACH and Upaid Partner to Offer Outsourced Prepaid Roaming Services to Mobile Operators
 
  18th February 2002
   
Multi-lateral Roaming Hub
   
  (PARIS, BERTRANGE and CANNES – February 18, 2002) – Upaid, a pioneer of real-time software solutions for next-generation wireless pay-as-you-use voice, data and payment services to mobile operators, service providers and financial institutions, and MACH, the world’s leading mobile Roaming & Clearing House, announced today a partnership to offer outsourced prepaid roaming services to mobile operators via an SS7-signaling hub. Using Upaid’s prepaid roaming solution, Upaid™ OnTheMove, MACH will build a multi-lateral, prepaid roaming community of operators, enabling mobile operators to offer advanced prepaid roaming services to their prepaid end-users. The company plans to target the European, African and Latin American markets.

Michel Schlüter, CEO of MACH, commented: "MACH’s partnership with Upaid will strengthen our position as the most innovative clearing house. By offering prepaid roaming services, MACH will add a key service to its already extensive service portfolio and will consolidate its strategy of a one-stop shopping solution. We strongly believe that Upaid’s expertise will be paramount in building the world’s largest network of operators offering real-time prepaid roaming."

Heinz Brasic, CEO of Upaid Systems, stated: "As a household name in the wireless industry, MACH is uniquely positioned to build a community of operators and offer seamless, outsourced prepaid roaming services through a multi-lateral framework. MACH’s choice of Upaid™ OnTheMove is a validation of Upaid as a pioneer of prepaid and real-time software solutions and of our vision that real-time solutions, whether for prepaid or postpaid services, are the future of the wireless services industry."

MACH will deploy Upaid™ OnTheMove at its central, SS7-signaling hub to enable real-time authorization, rating, call control, settlement management and recharge of prepaid roaming services for participating mobile operators. MACH will also use Upaid’s roaming solution to manage prepaid account recharge across multiple mobile networks and for its clients.


About MACH

MACH is the world's leading mobile Roaming and Clearing House offering services to mobile operators worldwide. With its head office located in Luxembourg and branch offices in the USA, India and Asia, MACH provides state-of-the-art services facilitating the roaming administration of more than 200 mobile operators.

Equipped to lead mobile operators into the future, MACH has the expertise to offer clients full support in every aspect of global roaming including for new 3rd Generation and UMTS requirements. Our full spectrum of roaming and clearing solutions supports all roaming needs from pre-call roaming implementation to post-call clearing and settlement, plus providing the additional benefit of advanced roaming management services.

MACH services provide an easy, one-stop shopping solution for mobile network operators worldwide by catering to all formats, all standards and all technologies and by answering the requirements of all categories of mobile operators. For more information, visit www.mach.com.

About Upaid

Voice went wireless, now data and money go wireless, and the mobile phone becomes the preferred multi-purpose device. Upaid paves the way for the convergence of mobile communications and financial services, through its real-time software solutions for next-generation wireless pay-as-you-use voice, data and payment services. Upaid enables from advanced prepaid voice roaming services to real-time data transactions, from multimedia communications to unified payment applications across multiple data networks and telecom infrastructures (GSM, GPRS, CAMEL, CDMA, TDMA, 3G).

Upaid operates in Europe, Asia and Latin America and holds U.S. patent rights, pending in an additional 46 countries. Upaid™ is a trademark of Upaid Systems, Ltd. For more information, visit www.upaid.net.

Contact:

Jaoid Azzouzi
Director, Sales & Account Management
MACH SA
Tel.: +352 27 756 280
MACH - Information

Mary Carol Harris
VP, Corporate Communications
Upaid Systems, Ltd.
Tel.: +33 (0)1 58 36 58 58
Mary Carol Harris
   
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