Tucows’ Platypus Evolves to Bring Back-office Automation to Web Hosting Providers

Niche Software Takes Care of Subscriber Management, Billing and Provisioning

TORONTO – November 27, 2006 – Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC)
a leading provider of Internet services to web hosting companies, ISPs and other service providers worldwide, has released a new version of Platypus, its class-leading billing and subscriber management software for providers of Internet-related services.

While staying true to its roots providing subscriber management, billing and provisioning for ISPs and access providers, Platypus 6.0 is designed to also alleviate the billing challenges shared and dedicated web hosting providers face, saving time and money.

“By automating and driving business processes with Platypus our customers are better able to sell and provision additional services to new and existing customers,” said Elliot Noss, President and CEO, Tucows.

“Platypus delivers an unprecedented level of niche functionality,” said Bill Ford, Director, Billing Solutions. “Our expertise is rooted in an intimate understanding of our customers and the business of providing Internet-related services.”

Platypus 6.0 features include:

  • Integration with leading web hosting control panels: Integration with cPanel, Plesk, H-Sphere, Hostopia and Ensim make provisioning easy. New two-way communication abilities lets web hosts send information and receive it for storage in customer records.
  • Nested services: Platypus 6.0 lets web hosts tie multiple services to one rate or product out of the box, with no custom configuration required. This makes it easy to provision or deprovision multiple services for a customer.
  • Service contracts: Hosting companies can enforce contract terms with early cancellation penalties, and contract penalties can be fixed or scaled.
  • Logic-driven provisioning: Platypus’s provisioning integration system now supports VB scripting, giving web hosts the ability to develop logic-driven provisioning rules without complicated external coding.
  • Server pooling: Platypus 6.0 can perform load balanced provisioning of end user control panels on web hosting servers.

About Tucows

Tucows Inc. (AMEX:TCX, TSX:TC) provides Internet services through a global distribution network of 6,000 web hosting companies, ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and other Internet related service companies. Our partners use Tucows’ provisioned services to offer solutions to their customers: enterprises, small and medium businesses and consumers. Tucows is an accredited registrar with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and provides domain name registration services, hosted email, spam and virus protection, Blogware, website building tools, the Platypus Billing System and digital certificates. Tucows also provides software download libraries. For more information, please visit: www.tucowsinc.com


Leona Hobbs
Communications Manager
Tucows Inc.
(416) 538-5450

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