Intellicall, Inc. announced that Western Wireless International has ordered and taken delivery of an N-Genius intelligent network platform switching system and 200 card operated payphones to be installed in Ghana. The order, in excess of $600,000, is the first from Western Wireless. Western Wireless International leads a consortium which successfully bid on the Second Network Operator’s (SNO) license during 1997. The consortium includes the Ghana National Petroleum Company, located in Tema, Ghana, and ACG, Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based company which provides paging and payphone services in Tanzania. Intellicall’s N-Genius can process prepaid calls from “smart” chip cards, magnetic stripe cards and debit cards. Intellicall’s equipment will connect directly into the remainder of the SNO’s Ghanaian wireless and wireline network and provide prepaid billing services.
The initial order is a reflection of the demand in Ghana for telecommunications products. A recent report on telecommunications in Ghana stated there were only 35 payphones servicing the entire country, 32 of which were located in the capital city of Accra.
“We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Western Wireless,” said John J. McDonald, Jr., president and chief operating officer of Intellicall. “Their involvement in the Ghanaian market guarantees this will be a successful partnership. As the report states, payphones in Ghana are scarce — as a result of our agreement with Western Wireless, the people of Ghana will have access to telecommunications as never before. We look forward to being part of this success story.”
“We are extremely pleased to be in partnership with Intellicall. It is one of the leaders in the public access telecommunications industry, and has extensive experience in the African market,” said Brad Horwitz, Western Wireless International president and chairman of the SNO. “The Ghanaian market offers vast opportunity upon which we are prepared to capitalize. It is our plan to introduce telecommunications products and services using the latest wireless technology throughout the country.”
Intellicall is a leading provider of advanced public access communications systems, including intelligent payphones, prepaid and call processing systems, and network control and business management systems. Intellicall’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICL” and is listed in alphabetical quotations as “Intellicall” or “Intel Cal.”
Western Wireless International, a subsidiary of Western Wireless Corp., was formed in 1995 to acquire interests in wireless licenses, form operating companies and pursue other telecommunications investments outside the United States. The company’s principal objective is to become a leading provider of wireless communications services in selected emerging markets. Based in Issaquah, Wash., Western Wireless Corp. is a leading provider of wireless communication services in the western United States.Details