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Cellular One of East Central Illinois Continues to Rely on Equinox


Nashville, TN - July 26, 2012 - Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems reports that Cellular One of East Central Illinois recently purchased additional data licensing for their TeleLink mediation and revenue assurance solution. Cellular One of East Central Illinois is a privately-owned wireless provider serving customers in Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, and Vermilion counties of Illinois.

Since 2006, Cellular One has been using the Collector and TeleLink solutions from Equinox. Collector establishes connectivity with their switches and retrieves call records as they are created. Once it collects usage records, it moves them to a designated network device or location. From there, TeleLink mediates the records—filtering, converting, and transforming the data—for delivery to downstream processes, in this case, a billing system.

Based on the billing process efficiencies achieved with TeleLink over the previous 6+ years, Cellular One turned to Equinox for help extracting and mediating data from a new Nokia switch. The data is transmitted in the ASN.1 standard (Abstract Syntax Notation One). To meet Cellular One's mediation requirements, Equinox enhanced TeleLink to process the Basic Encoding Rules (BER) format that is part of the ASN.1 standard.

"We had an urgent need to begin mediating ASN.1-formatted data and this required a great amount of technical expertise to develop," said Ed King, Chief Financial Officer for Cellular One of East Central Illinois. "Our long-standing relationship with Equinox provided us with the history necessary to know they were the obvious choice that would assure us the job would get done right. Despite a very short timeline and complex requirements, they delivered exactly what we needed, and they did it ahead of schedule!"

"Our primary goal is to deliver the industry's most complete and competitive mediation platform," explained David West, Executive Vice President for Equinox Information Systems. "To that end, we designed TeleLink to rapidly and efficiently accommodate industry changes and technological advancements, including new data standards and formats, such as ASN.1. Our ability to meet Cellular One's tight schedule and address their complex needs illustrates our commitment to achieving this goal."

About About Cellular One of East Central Illinois
Cellular One of East Central Illinois is a privately-owned and locally-operated company that provides wireless service to 11 counties in Illinois. Since their inception in 1991, Cellular One has focused on differentiating themselves from large corporate competitors by providing outstanding customer service and the best technology for their local customers. They pride themselves on being one of the few independent cellular service providers in the country that has operated continually under the same owners since first opening for business. While other cellular service providers in the area have changed ownership and names multiple times, Cellular One of East Central Illinois has remained constant—both in name and quality of service. For more information, please visit www.cellular1.net.

About Equinox
Founded in 1986, Equinox Information Systems provides software solutions to telecommunications customers worldwide. Providing a full range of software applications, which are backed by exceptional customer support, the company offers solutions in areas critical to profitability and network efficiency, including revenue assurance, fraud management, mediation, network analysis, and custom application development. Equinox has encountered and had experience processing 250+ of data formats in their tenure serving the telecom industry. For a complete list of supported switch and data formats, go to www.equinoxis.com/supported-switches-data-formats.php. For more information about the company, its products, and staff, visit www.equinoxis.com.