Vipnet Croatia taps Neostratus for public cloud

The Croatian subsidiary of operator group Telekom Austria, Vipnet, has tapped up cloud services provider Neostratus to provide a fully customisable, white-labelled public cloud platform for the operator to provision and manage a range of messaging, communication and collaboration solutions.

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud

Half Baked Policy Requires Secret Sauce

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud, discusses how policy and pricing are just two dimensions along which telecoms operators can differentiate their propositions. By adding a third dimension, the service behaviour itself, operators can define and bring true innovation to the market that surpasses the traditional approaches of the past, he says.

Telefónica has deployed field management technology

Telco infrastructure players standardise OSS interface

The three biggest infrastructure players, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Huawei, this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate with a view to reducing Operations Support Systems (OSS) integration costs for carriers and enabling shorter time-to-market for new services.

Mobile money services are popular in Africa

Opera Mobile gets carrier billing hook

Internet browser developer Opera Software has teamed up with mobile commerce firm Neomobile to bring m-payment services to users of Opera Mobile.


Wind prepay users top-up on Facebook

Italian carrier Wind this week introduced a Facebook application that enables its prepay customers to top up their credit directly through the social networking platform.

Shared data bundles are becoming more popular

80 per cent of operators lack real-time data for postpaid billing

More than three quarters of mobile operators do not have real-time data available in their billing systems even though 88 per cent of operators believe it to be essential to the future of mobile data billing. The discrepancy emerged from an industry survey carried out by Intelligence, in association with Openet.

Will LTE deliver?

Visa wins m-payment backing from Telefonica

Financial services firm Visa continued its expansion into the mobile payments space by announcing a preferential partnership with Telefónica in Europe.

Mobile Internet industry sees money being thrown about

VimpelCom intros carrier billing for Google apps

Russia’s second largest mobile operator, VimpelCom, has implemented a carrier billing model with Google, allowing users to purchase app store content via their mobile phone bill.

Sprint Nextel has blamed delays by equipment vendors stifling the rollout of its Network Vision project

Ad-supported mobile broadband service launched in UK

An MVNO that offers free mobile data in return for viewing adverts has launched in the UK. Samba Mobile is available for tablet and laptop owners and offers users a range of interactive adverts to drive engagement.

Another European carrier goes for the prepaid card option

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has followed in the footsteps of other major European carrier groups in unveiling plans to launch a prepaid card in association with one of the big card-payment networks. The German incumbent – which has 90 million mobile subscribers in Europe through its T-Mobile subsidiary – has partnered with MasterCard to enable payments from a stored-value account linked to both a mobile wallet and a plastic card.

The FTC claims users were mis-charged

Carrier billing proving popular in Europe

More than a third of smartphone users in Europe are thought to pay for applications via operator billing, according to research released on Wednesday.

Diameter is considered as an interface between the business side of mobile operator to the network side and is also associated with monetization

Diameter a hot topic at the LTE World Summit

Last week’s LTE World Summit included a pre-focus day on signaling for the first time. It was also one of the few times a pre-focus day meant a full room with several standing delegates, many more than the conference team had predicted.

So what made this day particularly interesting? The focus of the signaling day was split in two broad categories: RAN generated signaling and Diameter.

Authorities in Niger have deactivated a third of mobile phone connections in the country in a bid to curb criminal activity

The case for pan regional roaming on the African continent

The opportunity for roaming in Africa is tied to the available audience which is limited by factors that include the available audience for such services based on national expenditures and the GDP PPP of would-be roamers and travel patterns in the region. On the positive-side Africa’s roamers are biased toward enterprise users who generally have higher expendable incomes and greater resistance to price fluctuations (price inelastic).

The FTC claims users were mis-charged

Zong founder takes helm of Paypal

Online payment giant Paypal has named entrepreneur and founder of Zong, David Marcus, as its president. Marcus had held the position of VP of mobile since the acquisition of Zong last year.

Mobile operators worldwide are set to face a decline in revenue by 2018, according to Ovum

Operators losing $58bn on poor billing systems, finds report

The mobile industry lost more than $58bn in 2011, due to inadequate operator billing systems, according to a report published this week. The figure, which represents over six per cent of operators’ global revenues, was attributable to inadequate fraud management and revenue assurance processes, according to Juniper Research. And it is a figure that currently looks set to grow.

The largest number of job cuts were in the Swedish capital Stockholm.

Swedish operators to replicate m-payment strategy in Norway, Denmark

Swedish operators Telia, Telenor, Tele2 and 3 are planning to replicate their 4T mobile payment joint venture in Norway and Denmark, where some or all of them are present in the market. Swedish firm 4T was created in November last year and is 25 per cent owned by each operator.

Germany is up for carrier billing

Telefonica invests in m-payment venture

The Digital arm of Spain-based carrier Telefónica clearly sees opportunity in the mobile payments space, on Thursday announcing investment in, and a strategic agreement with, m-payment firm Boku.


Gold in the hills for m-payment players

Service revenues or fees from m-commerce transactions are expected to reach $37bn by 2016, bolstered by mobile remote payments for physical goods and services and international mobile money transfers. These two elements together will be worth over $25bn in 2016, accounting for two thirds of the total m-commerce market, according to statistics released this week.

MVNO Giffgaff is owned by O2

Giffgaff kicks out data hungry users

UK MVNO Giffgaff has revealed that it is kicking data-hungry users off its network after discovering that less than one per cent of its customers are accounting for over a third of its total mobile internet data use across its entire network. The firm said that it has been looking into the usage patterns of mobile internet traffic on its network over the past few months, and has decided to put into place some new procedures as a result of its findings.

Mobile operators in New Zealand have joined forces to clamp down on the use of stolen handsets in the country

UK MPs lobby for stolen phone cost protection

Several UK politicians have supported a call to lower the cost of phone calls made from stolen handsets for which the handset owner is liable. The Early Day Motion – a motion tabled by MPs for debate but holds no legal weight – was put forward on the back of research from consumer magazine Which? That revealed nearly six million people were victims of mobile telephone theft in the past five years.


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