Telma has selected Ericsson’s real-time charging solution, Charging System, for the launch of its fixed pre- and post-paid convergent system in Madagascar. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will migrate 150 000 prepaid fixed subscribers, currently on a FERMA service node, to Ericsson’s Charging System.

Ericsson Charging System will provide Telma with a robust solution that will allow expansion of its services, improve current services including prepaid roaming, and increase revenues. Through the installation of a Media Gateway, all network traffic will move over from Telma Fixed network on to Ericsson’s Charging System allowing for tariff plan migration and call flow development for fixed subscribers.
The solution is in full commercial service in Telma’s network giving the company a distinctive competitive position in the Malagasy market by being able to offer convergent services to their subscribers.
Patrick Pisal Hamida, CEO of Telma, says: “With the successful implementation of this project, Ericsson has proven that it is a partner in which we can have full delivery confidence. With faster time to revenue and organisational effectiveness provided by Ericsson’s Charging System, we are able to continue to deliver innovative and precise customer propositions.”
Positive developments in the Internet and broadband sector in Madagascar are expected from the arrival of the EASSY Submarine cable, which will be available in the second quarter of 2010, connecting the island to the world.
This will end the country’s dependency on satellites for international connections, bringing down the cost of international bandwidth and making Internet access more affordable to a wider part of the population.
In addition, a national fibre backbone is being implemented connecting the major cities and wireless broadband access networks are being rolled out, enabling converged voice, data and entertainment services – making such a solution, ever more important for the GSM operator going forward.
Lars Lindén, president of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, says: “We are proud that Telma has selected Ericsson as its partner for this business-critical project. Capable and efficient convergent systems are key to reducing costs and Ericsson is fully committed in its support for Telma’s initiatives to deliver a wide range of new, differentiated services to its Madagascar customers.”