August 18, 2008

Batelco in Bahrain Opted for Ascade’s Real Time Mediation

STOCKHOLM, August 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascade; a leading OSS/BSS provider for the Interconnect Market, today announced that Batelco; the Bahrain based world-class full service provider, has awarded a mediation contract to Ascade, and successfully implemented Ascade's next generation mediation platform, Real Time Mediation.

Batelco made a thorough evaluation of the existing systems and implementation project options in the market and found Real Time Mediation to be the most flexible solution to handle Batelco's expanding and advanced service portfolio.

Important factors in Batelco's decision process were to identify a mediation platform that provides true capabilities to manage any type of communication networks and services with full flexibility. Another key component was to identify the right implementation partner that could meet the tight project schedule without compromising Batelco's high quality demands. Moreover, with Real Time Mediation from Ascade, Batelco found a solution that provides a high degree of self-sufficiency and a low cost of ownership over years to come.

"We are proud to be working with one of the leading service providers in the Middle East. Over the past two years Ascade has experienced a strong growth in the region and advanced implementation projects like at Batelco help us to gradually build up our resources in the Middle East" says Paul Ekberg, Regional Director, Ascade Middle East.

"The implementation project started in November 2007 and was successfully delivered by May 2008; on time and on budget - Ascade has proven to be the efficient product and implementation partner that we were looking for" says, Ebrahim Zainal, Networks & Technology General Manager at Batelco.

About Batelco

Bahrain Telecommunications Company (Batelco) is the leading integrated communications' provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain and a significant force among the regions key telecommunications players.

Batelco serves both the corporate and consumer markets in the most liberalised and competitive environment in the Middle East, and remains committed to delivering cutting-edge telecommunications to its customers in Bahrain and the MENA region. The Company ' s management and staff are driven by an enthusiasm for delivering the best customer experience based on innovation, affordability and reliability of products and services.

Batelco offers complete, end-to-end telecommunications solutions for its residential, business and government customers. The comprehensive solutions portfolio covers mobile services, international roaming, Broadband Internet, satellite services, WiFi, and MPLS IP-VPN based network services utilising our Next Generation all IP Network providing Datacoms services over fixed and wireless platforms in addition to managed services including systems integration and management.

With an ongoing strategy to grow overseas, the Batelco Group incorporates joint venture operations in Jordan, Kuwait, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

   For more information please visit:   About Ascade AB  

Ascade is the global market-leader of Interconnect Solutions for Carriers and Mobile Operators. Our software, Carrier Cockpit(TM) Suite, enables customers worldwide to increase profitability and revenue growth. It optimizes and automates all aspects of the Interconnect Business including route quality testing and integrated interconnect billing, while providing management with real-time business planning and steering capabilities.

Carrier Cockpit(TM) Suite is the most advanced, mature and widely used Interconnect Solution for managing the wholesale business worldwide. Customers include Etisalat, M1, Reach, Qtel, Telenor Global Services, SingTel, Telekom Malaysia, Reach, Allstream, Elisa, Gateway, TEO, Rostelecom, PT Telkom, Korea Telecom, Hrvatski Telekom, Telekom Serbia, Lattelecom, Bell Canada, Sunrise, Telekom Austria, MobileOne, VSNL, TeliaSonera IC and more.

Ascade AB is a privately held company owned by founders and leading Nordic investment firms CapMan, listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange, and SEB Venture Capital, the venture capital division of Nordic financial services group SEB, listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Through its presence in Sweden, US, Dubai, and Singapore, Ascade provides support to its customers worldwide.

   For more information please visit:    Contact:   Patrik Ferlenius,   Ascade AB   Email: [email protected]    Ascade AB   Soder Malarstrand 29   P.O. Box 38176   SE-100 64 Stockholm,   Sweden   Tel: +46-8-616-73-00   Fax: +46-8-545-90-427  

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CONTACT: Contact: Patrik Ferlenius, Ascade AB, Email:[email protected] Ascade AB, Soder Malarstrand 29, P.O. Box 38176,SE-100 64 Stockholm, Sweden, Tel: +46-8-616-73-00, Fax: +46-8-545-90-427