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Tcil Bellsouth Bags Palestine Telecom Deal


The Delhi-based TCIL BellSouth Ltd (TBL) has bagged a software contract from Paltel, the telecom operator in Palestine, to implement the latters billing, accounting and customer service modules. The contract is worth close to $800,000 (Rs 3.2 crore).

Paltel provides a wide range of telecom services including basic and mobile telephony, paging and Internet in Palestine. TBL is a 40:40 joint venture between Telecom Consultants of India Ltd and BellSouth International. SBI Mutuals holds 11 per cent in the companys Rs 2-crore equity and DSS Enterprises has a 9 per cent stake.

Under the terms of the contract, TBL will supply and implement TelcoAdministrator, the software. The joint venture will supply and implement billing and accounting and customer service modules worth $350,000 (Rs 1.4 crore) in the first phase of the project.

TelcoAdministrator was developed by TBL to target domestic and international telecom service providers. Modular in design, it integrates customer service, call processing, billing and accounting, fault management, facility assignment, force management and directory assistance functions.

TBL will install Telco-Administrator at West Bank in Palestine and the system will be operational in both West Bank and Gaza regions of the Arab state. After completion of the first phase, the second phase of the project will be implemented to cover remaining areas. The value of the second phase is estimated at $450,000 (Rs 1.8 crore).

A Rs 4.5-crore company, TBL is targeting the telecom software business and hopes to grow with the domestic telecom services industry. It has software contracts with four paging projects in the country.

TBL has a Rs 7.2-crore technology transfer agreement with Telesoft, the software arm of Telecom Italia.

First Published: Wed, April 15 1998. 00:00 IST