Oi (which apparently means 'hi' in Portugese -- isn't that cute?) implements CSG systems billing solution for new PCS mobile services in Brazil

August 20, 2002

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- CSG Systems (Nasdaq: CSGS), a global provider of customer care and billing solutions, today announced that Oi, the mobile subsidiary of Telemar, the largest telecommunications company in Brazil, has implemented the CSG Kenan(R)/BP billing platform for its recently launched mobile services. Oi, which means "hi" in Portugese, is the first operator in Brazil to use GSM technology running on a GPRS network. The company expects to reach 500,000 customers in its first year of operations and 10 million mobile subscribers by 2010. The CSG Kenan/BP product has already been successfully deployed to support GPRS services in Europe, Asia and Latin America. CSG's proven expertise in billing for next generation services around the globe was one of the key reasons why Oi chose the CSG solution to support its new GSM mobile service. The CSG Kenan/BP solution will enable Oi to offer flexible pricing strategies, including charging customers per byte used for their GPRS services, rather than the traditional per-minute pricing packages that are typical for voice services. Using the flexibility in pricing and promotions that the CSG Kenan/BP solution allows, Oi has also been able to offer features such as rollable minutes (whereby unused minutes from one month are rolled over to the next two months), as well as 30 percent discounts on calls directed to the most frequently dialed fixed or mobile phones of the client's choice. "We have chosen to deploy CSG's Kenan/BP billing engine for our mobile services because it offered us the ideal convergent solution to address this new and exciting market. The CSG billing solution has proven capabilities in the mobile market in Latin America, as well as both Europe and Asia, which further influenced our decision. We believe that CSG's Kenan/BP solution will answer our business needs both today and in the future," said Marise de Sa de Luca, chief information officer for Oi. Oi commercially launched the new service on June 25 in 10 states, including Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Sergipe, Pernambuco, Ceara, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraiba, Alagoas and Para -- comprising 200 cities. CSG Systems International Inc.

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