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Nigeria's Starcomms Evolves To All-IP Next-Gen Network With PT's SEGway™ Solution

ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PT (Nasdaq: PTIX), the recently rebranded Performance Technologies, a leading global provider of advanced network communications solutions, today announced that its SEGway™ Signalling Solution was selected to upgrade Starcomms' network in Nigeria. A full service CDMA carrier in the country, Starcomms serves 3.2 million customers in Nigeria with mobile services, Internet broadband services, and fixed wireless services.  

A leader in its field, Starcomms is the first telecommunications operator in Nigeria to be listed publicly on the domestic stock exchange, and states 'PRIDE' as its key corporate value. Ever forward thinking and responsible to its subscribers, Starcomms is transitioning its network to a complete IP architecture. The carrier designed a hierarchical network topology using PT's SEGway signalling solution at the core, which allows effortless interconnection of IP elements to existing equipment.

SEGway's highly reliable and efficient solution reduces signalling complexity and provides the ability to view and manage the network from a central location. The robust platform provides a single point of interconnect with other networks, and centralized administration of routing, resulting in the most cost-effective transport between cities. This technology avoids all the inherent pitfalls of legacy mesh networks, such as single points of failure, signalling traffic congestion, and costly operations, administration, and management.

"It is paramount to us that we work with a supplier that possesses exceptional SS7 expertise," said Trino Guzman, head of Engineering from Starcomms. "PT's technology delivers exceptional performance, and their team made our network migration easy, transparent, and seamless. PT meets our high standard of pride when it comes to top performance."

"PT's versatile signalling platform places the core network in an advantageous position with regard to the looming number portability regulation in Nigeria," said Patt Rice, senior vice president, Sales, Marketing, and Service for PT. "SEGway enables any operator to quickly, efficiently, and seamlessly introduce Mobile Number Portability to meet the December 2010 deadline."

PT's state-of-the art SEGway platform is a highly reliable signalling system that provides operators a smooth migration to IP and SIP Next-Generation Networks. In addition to number portability, it enables message accounting, and advanced routing.

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