Specialist interconnect billing solutions vendor iCONX Solutions has announced it has successfully completed the on-site deployment of its interconnect billing solution to the Sudanese fixed-line operator Canar Telecommunication Co. Ltd.

Canar will use the iCONX system to rate and bill its interconnect traffic for both domestic and international scenarios. The operator selected iCONX as part of a strategic review to replace its previous interconnect billing system.

Canar provides voice, data, internet and satellite services to consumers, organisations and telecom providers in Sudan and the region. Originally launched in 2005 as Sudan’s second fixed-line operator, the company has achieved impressive market gains to acquire 58% of the fixed line market. Canar also became one of the first telcos in Africa to deploy an NGN base via the deployment of a state of the art 3500km fiber network across Sudan.

Speaking on behalf of Canar, Chief Executive Officer Ali Bin Jarsh commented : “As the Sudanese market becomes more competitive, so the implementation of a modern interconnect billing solution is recognised as a key requirement for Canar to maintain its leading status. The iCONX solution has been thoroughly tested, and found to provide a capable platform to support the continued growth of our wholesale business”.

Announcing the news, iCONX CEO Brendan Rogan commented : “The entry into live operations of the iCONX system is the culmination of a delivery project which originally commenced in 2007 with the deployment of iCONX project managers on-site in Khartoum, Sudan”

“We are proud to be associated with Canar, one of the region’s most forward-thinking and technically progressive telcos, and we are confident that the iCONX system has the capabilities to meet the advanced challenges posed by Canar’s interconnect business”.

Canar joins the growing list of iCONX regional customers in Africa and the Middle East. In total iCONX supports 26 customers in 17 countries worldwide, and deploys its solution either on-site or via outsourced a-s-p/managed services.

Canar is a subsidiary of Etisalat which has an international subscriber base of more than 94 million with operations covering nearly two billion people across its eighteen markets around the world. Etisalat has currently the largest international roaming network in the region with more than 520 operators.

Canar Client base include a large number of prestigious companies in Sudan, Africa and the Middle East. This lists Canar as one of the leading telecommunication companies in the Region. One of Canar’s major achievements since its establishment is the launch of its milestone landing station in Port Sudan. Canar’s landing station has opened great opportunities for Sudan and Africa to be linked to the entire world through a vast network of submarine fiber optic cables such as Flag – Falcon, Eassy and others. The landing station is one of the largest in Africa and has contributed to the development of the telecommunication sector in the region