ACE COMM CORP

ACE COMM CORP

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Company Overview
ACE*COMM Corp. is an American company that provides operations support systems (OSS) and network business intelligence solutions for telecom service providers and enterprises. The company is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ OTC Bulletin under the trading symbol ACEC. It was founded in 1965 as a service bureau for small, independent telephone companies.
The company’s solutions are applicable to a range of networks. The flagship product lines of the company include NetPlusr, an enterprise telemanagement system; Network Business Intelligence, a set of applications that provide business intelligence features to network environments; and Convergent Mediation SDP, a set of network mediation and service delivery applications for telecom and network service providers. These solutions provide the analytical tools required for extracting knowledge from operating networks, knowledge of the customers use for asset recovery and revenue assurance, cost reduction, improved operational efficiency, acceleration of time-to-market for services and effective customer care. For voice, data, fixed and mobile network operators, the company provides an interoperable suite of network business integration solutions.
The company also has international offices in London and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Montreal (Canada), Bundall (Queensland, Australia), and Shanghai (China). It serves some of the world’s leading enterprises, spanning 70 countries worldwide. Its customers include Level 3 Communications, Nextel, Frontier, Telecom Egypt, Beijing Telecom, BT, Telmex, Genesis Communications, Merrill Lynch, the U.S. Air Force, NASA, the State Of Texas Government, Boeing, and the U.S. Navy.
The company has also formed a number of strategic alliances and partnerships with telecommunication and Internet equipment manufacturers, computer equipment manufacturers, telecom systems integrators, and other organizations to further develop, market, and distribute its technology globally. Its partners include Alcatel, Cisco, Motorola, General Dynamics, Lucent Technologies, Verizon, Siemens AG, SAIC, Unisys, Northrup Grumman, Business Objects, Computer Associates, Experian, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Veritas.
The company is a member of ACUTA, the Association for Telecommunications Professionals in Higher Education; AeA (formerly the American Electronics Association); Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA); GSM Association (GSMA); International Alliance of Avaya Users; International Nortel Networks Meridian Users Group (INNMUG); National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA); Open Mobile Alliance (OMA); and United States Telecom Association (USTA).
Business Summary
ACE*COMM Corporation delivers enterprise telemanagement applications and Convergent Mediation solutions to wired and wireless voice, data, and Internet communications providers. The solutions consist of hardware, software and related services that enable the capture, security, validation, correlation, augmentation, and warehousing of data from network elements and the distribution of this data in appropriate formats to OSS and business support systems (BSS) operations. The two markets of the Company’s products include enterprises and telecom service providers. The products and services of the Company includes Advanced OSS – N*VISION2 (NV2), Enterprise OSS – NetPlus, ACE*COMM Network Business Intelligence (NBI), ACE*COMM’s Patrol Suite – Value-Added Services (VAS). The subsidiaries of the Company are Solutions ACE*COMM Corporation, ACE*COMM Solutions UK Limited, ACE*COMM Solutions Australia Pty Limited, i3 Mobile and Double Helix Solutions Limited.
Description and history
ACE*COMM Corporation, incorporated in 1983, delivers enterprise telemanagement applications and Convergent Mediation solutions to wired and wireless voice, data, and Internet communications providers. The solutions consist of hardware, software and related services that enable the capture, security, validation, correlation, augmentation, and warehousing of data from network elements and the distribution of this data in appropriate formats to OSS and business support systems (BSS) operations. The two markets of the Company’s products include enterprises and telecom service providers. The products and services of the Company includes Advanced OSS – N*VISION2 (NV2), Enterprise OSS – NetPlus, ACE*COMM Network Business Intelligence (NBI), ACE*COMM’s Patrol Suite – Value-Added Services (VAS). The subsidiaries of the Company are Solutions ACE*COMM Corporation, ACE*COMM Solutions UK Limited, ACE*COMM Solutions Australia Pty Limited, i3 Mobile and Double Helix Solutions Limited.

Advanced OSS – N*VISION2 (NV2)

The N*VISION2 (NV2) Advanced OSS platform is the next generation of ACE*COMM’s convergent mediation solution, which has evolved to meet the demands of carriers’ mediation and collection environments. The NV2 uses technologies and techniques to control, moderate, and facilitate the interactive communication between multiple network technologies and software support systems. The NV2 platform is composed of Data Collection, Activation Gateway, Intelligent Charging and Advanced Mediation.

Data Collection provides a single interface with the service provider’s network for the collection of all data relating to the elements deployed within that network. The Activation Gateway provides a single platform for the provisioning and activation of services on the physical network. It enables customers to control and secure network access so that only authorized individuals are granted access. Intelligent Charging provides the means to compute values based on current business intelligence. Advanced Mediation handles the acquisition, validation, transformation, and transportation of business intelligence data.

Enterprise OSS – NetPlus

NetPlus is an enterprise operations support system (EOSS) designed for enterprise-level convergent communications networks. NetPlus is installed in hundreds of government, military, and institutional systems in the United States and around the world.

ACE*COMM Network Business Intelligence (NBI)

Network Business Intelligence (NBI) is a suite of products and underlying application platform that collects, correlates, and transforms disparate data into actionable business information for operators. The NBI suite Network Business Intelligence (NBI) is a suite of products and underlying application platform that collects, correlates, and transforms disparate data into actionable business information for operators. The platform applications include solutions for Revenue Assurance, Asset Recovery, Market Optimization, Performance Management, and Data Quality Management.

ACE*COMM’s Patrol Suite- Value-Added Services (VAS)

The Patrol Suite includes new, real-time services that are designed to allow mobile service providers to offer new options for their subscribers to add to their service plans. Parent Patrol is an access control application that provides a simple Web interface for parents to manage their children’s phone usage. Enterprise Patrol is a service that mobile operators can offer to enterprise communications managers that enables them to specify and control company-owned mobile phone usage. Plan Patrol monitors a subscriber’s usage and warns when the user is approaching or has exceeded the included-minutes limit. Content Patrol provides content filters to ensure that subscribers have access only to content that conforms to their cultural, religious or personal definitions of appropriateness.

The Company competes with Comptel Corporation, Openet, Intec Telecom Systems PLC, EDB Telesciences, Lucent Technologies Inc., Ericsson, MetaSolv Software, Inc., Amdocs Limited, Convergys, Martin-Dawes, UshaComm, Portal Software, Inc., EDS, Inc., Computer Sciences Corporation, Azure, cVidya Networks, Inc., Elron Telesoft, Boston Communications Group, Inc. (bcgi), Redknee, Comverse, Paetec Communications, Inc., Veramark Technologies, Inc., Unique, Remedy Corp, Computer Associates International, Inc., Accenture, Capgemini, Ernst & Young, and KPMG.

Founded as a service bureau for small, independent telephone companies

Business Line
Provides operations support systems (OSS) and network business intelligence solutions for telecom service providers and enterprises
Subsidiary
VENTRAQ UK LIMITED
Advisor
GRANT THORNTON LLP
IPO date
8/1996
US SIC Code
3669
Company Address
Suite 100
704, Quince Orchard Road
City province or state postal code
20878, GAITHERSBURG, MD
Phone: +1 301 721 3000
Fax: +1 301 271 3001
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.acecomm.com