Boston-based African Communications Group , a company providing telecommunications services in Tanzania, will deploy more than 150 payphones from Intellicall, Inc. later this month.
The ACG Tanzanian order is the second to Intellicall since March 1996 and will bring deployment of Intellicall phones in Tanzania to more than 350.
The phones will be connected to existing Intellicall Intelligent Network Platform (INP) technology, which can process prepaid calls from “smart” chip cards, magnetic stripe cards and debit cards, and remote database memory.
“Our success in Tanzania is a direct reflection of the sophistication and functionality of Intellicall technology,” said John J. McDonald, Jr., president and chief operating officer of Intellicall. “Tanzania is a showcase for the versatility of our products in international markets.”
As the Tanzanian network grows, further orders are expected from ACG in the upcoming months. “We have been extremely pleased with the performance of the switching platform and phones,” said Monique Maddi, ACG chief executive officer. “Intellicall’s reliable technology has helped create a new demand from our customers, most of whom have never had the opportunity to experience telecommunications services.”
The $200,000-plus order exemplifies the growing popularity of prepaid phone platforms worldwide. The payphones will be installed in several major cities throughout Tanzania, where access to telecommunications services for the population of about 30 million is severely limited. ACG is licensed to install payphones across the 348,000 square-mile country.
“We have barely scratched the surface of the potential in the telecommunication markets in Tanzania and other African countries,” said Bill Brooks, Intellicall vice president of global sales. “Tanzania is a country with a developing economy, sorely in need of advanced telecommunications capabilities, and Intellicall, in partnership with ACG, is leading the way to providing those capabilities.”
Intellicall is a leading manufacturer of advanced public access telecommunications 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.”Details