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Cleartel Communications Installs Equinox Information Systems' Mediation Platform


Nashville, TN - January 10, 2006 - Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems today announced that Cleartel Communications has licensed and installed a mediation platform from Equinox Information Systems. The software platform, comprised of Collector and TeleLink, facilitates the delivery of usage records by filtering and converting call data to the appropriate data format for import into billing and other operational support systems (OSS).

"Cleartel Communications faced a data integration challenge because of the inconsistencies between the native data formats of usage records from Nortel and Siemens switches," said Scott Gilbert, Vice President of Information Technology at Cleartel. "The Equinox mediation platform allows us to download usage records in real-time and format the data so that everything is consistent."

Collector downloads usage records in real-time through standard communication protocols, such as X.25, TCP/IP, and FTP. TeleLink saves carriers time and money by automating the flow and ensuring the data integrity of usage records as they travel from switches to billing and other downstream OSS processes.

"We are pleased that Cleartel Communications has selected the Equinox mediation platform to process its usage records, and we look forward to a long customer relationship." stated David West, Equinox Executive Vice President.

About Cleartel Communications
Established in 1994, Cleartel Communications is a leading provider of voice and data solutions serving customers in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Midwestern United States. Cleartel offers local, Internet and long distance services to both residential and business users. In 2003 Cleartel acquired NOW Communications, a prepaid provider of local and long distance solutions to the home telephone market. NOW Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cleartel, provides home telephone service in 27 states. For more information, visit Cleartel at www.cleartel.com.

About Equinox
Founded in 1986, with hundreds of customers worldwide, Equinox Information Systems is a global provider of software solutions for the telecommunications industry. 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 mediation, fraud detection, CDR and switch administration, and network management, as well as custom application development. For more information, visit Equinox at www.equinoxis.com.