Orange Juices Watercove

Orange UK taps WaterCove Networks for real-time prepaid wireless data services

December 19, 2002

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CHELMSFORD, Mass. and BRISTOL, U.K. -- Representing a significant milestone in the adoption of wireless data services, WaterCove Networks today announced that its Mobile Data Service System has been deployed by Orange UK -- the largest operator in the UK serving 13.1 million subscribers -- to provide home network-based, prepaid data services billed in real time.

By doing so, Orange UK's prepaid customers are the first in the world to have access to a full suite of GPRS data services, such as mobile email, Internet access, alerts and photo messaging.

Until now, operators have been unable to provision GPRS data services for prepaid subscribers. This is an especially critical obstacle to overcome, since prepaid customers represent such a sizable percentage of wireless carrier revenues. The WaterCove Mobile Data Service System enables rapid time to market for new data services, including real-time prepaid data and multimedia messaging services (MMS), while providing a flexible and scalable platform that can be rapidly deployed and grow quickly to meet carriers' and subscribers' evolving needs.

In addition to providing the efficient management and accounting of prepaid subscribers' data usage and decrementing credit accounts in real time, the WaterCove system provides real-time metering , which helps operators protect against revenue loss due to fraud - a challenge that carriers have faced with prepaid services.

"Orange UK has established a reputation for constantly adding value for our subscribers," said Graham Baxter, Head of Network Design and System Infrastructure with Orange UK. "WaterCove Networks is helping us take a big step forward with home network-based prepaid data services. We look forward to using the WaterCove Mobile Data Service System as we consider a range of flexible service plans and wirefree(TM) data communication services for our contract and prepaid subscribers alike."

"We're honored that WaterCove's system is providing Orange with the capabilities it requires for creating new, revenue-generating mobile data services that enable it to maintain a competitive edge in the market," said WaterCove Networks President and CEO Peter Lojko.

Orange SA

WaterCove Networks Inc.

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