SOURCE: TierOne OSS Technologies

November 27, 2007 09:00 ET

MTS Allstream Turns to TierOne OSS Technologies for Complex Network Reconciliation Solution

TierOne Selected for Specific Knowledge of Network Architecture and Innovative Application of Lavastorm's Software Product

TORONTO--(Marketwire - November 27, 2007) - TierOne OSS Technologies Inc., a leading Operational Support Systems (OSS) consulting, integration and technology specialist, announced today the completion of a complex network reconciliation program at MTS Allstream, one of Canada's leading national communication solutions providers.

TierOne was initially selected by MTS Allstream because the company proposed a solution that would rapidly deliver actionable results to facilitate the ongoing network reconciliation across MTS Allstream's national IP-based network.

In partnership with Lavastorm Technologies, TierOne took an innovative approach to the adaptive deployment of Lavastorm's business and revenue assurance software product, BRAIN™. This approach reduced the time, cost and risk implications of coding a bespoke solution while ensuring the successful delivery of phase one results within a matter of weeks.

The first phase of the network reconciliation project involved proving that the adaptive application of Lavastorm's software solution would rapidly produce the information required to reconcile network elements with backend database information. Phase two of the project involved applying that solution more widely across the network, taking advantage of a new twelve-strong internal team that acted on the results of the network reconciliation project to minimize costs and maximize network effectiveness for customers.

"TierOne's expertise and understanding of transport network management and knowledge of the range of technology solutions available on the market meant we were able to adopt a unique approach to the problem," said Neil Hansen, Vice President Business Development. "By taking Lavastorm's business and revenue assurance product and applying it in a new domain, we were able to implement a solution that dramatically reduced the time, cost and risk implications of network reconciliation for MTS Allstream."

"Data consistency across the network is vital to the successful roll-out of existing and new services and to maintaining high levels of customer satisfaction," said Michael Strople, Vice-President of Technology Development at MTS Allstream. "Having evaluated a number of vendors and OSS consulting firms, we selected TierOne because they were able to show how MTS Allstream would see immediate benefits from their unique application of Lavastorm's software product."

"Lavastorm remains committed to building and delivering the industry's most advanced software platform to enable partners like TierOne to quickly deploy value-based business assurance solutions for their clients; helping companies like MTS Allstream validate that systems and processes, and therefore the business itself, is operating the way it was designed to operate," said Steve Allor, Vice President, Americas Sales and Business Development at Lavastorm. "We see the use of BRAIN, together with the deep expertise of TierOne, to be an unmatched combination to address any customer's Network Reconciliation or related data integrity problem."

TierOne OSS Technologies provides OSS-related services and solutions to telecom service providers around the world, and works with a network of partners that includes Axiom Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Lavastorm Technologies, MetaSolv and Telcordia Technologies.

About TierOne OSS Technologies Inc.

TierOne OSS Technologies Inc. is a private company founded in 1999, headquartered in Toronto with offices in Vancouver and Montreal. TierOne's mission is to be recognized as "the OSS experts of choice" by their customers, partners, and industry peers. TierOne delivers quality and business value through professionalism and innovation, and measure their success by customer satisfaction and long-term business relationships. Since their inception, TierOne has remained focused on delivering OSS solutions to communications service providers globally in the Service Fulfillment and Service Assurance domains. For more information, visit www.tieroneoss.com

About Lavastorm

Lavastorm, a Martin Dawes Systems Company is one of the world's leading business assurance software providers. Lavastorm offers the industry's most complete and advanced assurance software solutions, which are specifically designed to meet the demands of the global communications market. Lavastorm's software is currently optimizing financial results and preventing fraud for over 30 of the world's largest network operators and has offices in Boston, Stockholm and Warrington, GB (MDS).

About MTS Allstream Inc.

MTS Allstream Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., and is one of Canada's leading national communication solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through the Enterprise Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division, which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of rapidly evolving technology -- Internet protocol-based communications, unified communications, voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data, digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as small business services across Canada under the Allstream brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., an affiliate of MTS Allstream which also operates in other western provinces. MTS Allstream's extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.'s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit: www.mtsallstream.com.

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