Virgin takes Telemedia into the core

Gearing up for its launch later this year, Cable & Wireless Optus-backed Virgin Mobile Australia has selected Telemedia Networks to supply its core billing and switching infrastructure.

According to a spokesperson from Virgin Mobile, Telemedia was selected for the five-year, $8 billion contract in a supplier selection process spanning about six weeks.

Several other unnamed suppliers were also considered, the spokesperson said.

Virgin Mobile was unable to reveal whether they considered technology used at its UK division, but said: "We are looking at the way things were done in the UK because it was such a successful launch, but we need to adapt things for the local market."

Telemedia will supply Virgin Mobile with a pre- and post-paid billing and switching platform, said Chris Jones, Telemedia's chief executive.

Virgin's customer details will be stored on the platform for billing and switching purposes, he said.

According to Jones, the deal with Virgin may provide opportunities to onsell other Telemedia solutions. More importantly, however, Telemedia is hoping to grow internationally with Virgin Mobile, as new subsidiaries are launched across the world.

"They have the intention to do this (launch) in many countries around the world . . . we'll do a good job here and duplicate it in other parts," Jones said.

"Obviously, this (solution) is the primary infrastructure solution . . . we are going to enjoy the success of this."

Telemedia has already begun implementing the infrastructure with Virgin's systems and networks, in preparation for the company's launch later this year.

Other Telemedia customers include AAPT, WorldXchange, Deutsche Telecom, France Telecom and Telstra in New Zealand.

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