Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced a new hosting agreement to provide real-time charging services for AT&T's popular GoPhone wireless pre-paid service in the US and Puerto Rico.
GoPhone has been hosted on Ericsson's convergent real-time charging system for the past several years and this new contract adds a further three-and-a-half years. As the leading alternative payment service in the US, GoPhone continues to grow in popularity among AT&T's wireless subscriber base.

Judy Cavalieri, Vice President, Marketing, for AT&T Mobility, says: "The rapid growth of our GoPhone service offering over the past four years has exceeded our expectations. Our new, multi-year contract with Ericsson provides AT&T with a hosted pre-paid solution that ensures that we have a scalable, proven, feature-rich charging platform that meets the needs of our end users."

Under the contract, Ericsson will be responsible for hosting, systems integration and management of the day-to-day operations of the pre-paid service for AT&T.

Angel Ruiz, President of Ericsson in North America, says: "We are delighted to continue working with AT&T to meet the growing need for pre-paid services. Ericsson has had a long, successful relationship with AT&T, and it is immensely satisfying to know that we have helped them grow this line of business and that they are pleased with our hosted pre-paid solution."

This contract highlights the industry trend towards bringing multimedia services to consumers as quickly and cost-effectively as possible, through a close partnership between vendors and service.

Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

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