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BSS

Redknee acquires Orga to boost billing offering

Canadian BSS company Redknee Solutions has announced it will be acquiring German converged billing specialist Orga Systems for €38 million to enhance its real-time monetization and subscriber management platform.

Amdocs acquires Comverse BSS business for $272m

Amdocs has announced the acquisition of Comverse’s BSS business units for $272 million in cash. Amdocs is positioning the deal as a consolidation and customer acquisition play, while Comverse says it wants to focus on digital services.

Tigo converges OTT services with billing systems

Millicom, the Latin American and African telco, has confirmed a content distribution partnership with Dutch media solutions vendor Momac. The agreement will see Tigo, Millicom’s Latin American subsidiary, bundle together its wide range of data packages alongside various third party apps.

T-Mobile Austria virtualizes BSS, targets new data tariffs

T-Mobile Austria has announced that it will be implementing a virtualized charging system solution as part of a wider virtualized BSS strategy. The solution, provided by BSS specialist Openet, will be responsible for creating personalised offers to T-Mobile Austria’s pay-as-you-go, contract, consumer and enterprise subscribers.

Ericsson and Orange Poland partner on OSS transformation

Ericsson has announced that it will be partnering with Orange Polska, the French telco’s Polish subsidiary, to help deliver an upgrade of its operation support systems (OSS) over the next six years. The agreement between the two parties will see Ericsson help to drive the transformation and optimization of processes and information systems for the telco.

Telefónica looks to self-service CEM

Spanish telco Telefónica has turned to self-service based CEM tools for residential European and Latin American customers, in order to ease pressure on OSS being caused by increased data consumption over broadband. Alcatel-Lucent and Accenture announced a four year strategic partnership in order to facilitate the transformation of Telefónica’s CEM processes.

Tecnotree CTO says operators need more agility in BSS environments

The CTO of Finnish business support systems specialist Tecnotree has said the traditional approach to BSS can hold operators back and solutions that work now might be unworkable in five years’ time. Talking to Telecoms.com at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Timo Ahomäki said telcos need to focus their thinking on where their business is going and build a system around that vision.

CSG launches Ascendon digital services platform

US business support solutions player CSG has unveiled its new digital services platform – Ascendon – that is designed to help any company looking to offer digital services to consumers.

Ericsson pre-empts MWC 2015 with seven product mega launch

Giant telecoms vendor Ericsson just couldn’t wait until Mobile World Congress 2015 to reveal not one but seven product launches. The broad theme of these launches concerned how to help telcos to adapt to digital market realities.

AsiaInfo founder calls for greater integration between telcos and OTTs

Operators should rethink their strategy and open their businesses more to OTTs according to Edward Tian, President and co-founder of Chinese BSS vendor AsiaInfo. In an interview with Telecoms.com he said providing OTT services as a partner offering is not fully benefiting operators, and they should adopt a more integrated approach to collaboration.

US Cellular CEO says network quality key to 2015 success

The CEO of US Cellular, Ken Meyers, believes the telco’s success in 2015 relies on the importance of network quality. While the USA’s fifth largest operator intends to roll out limited trials of VoLTE services in the next few months, Meyers conceded poor or incomparable network quality will quickly deter customers.

$47 billion global mobile operator revenue boost untapped – report

Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.

Telefónica Argentina hires Amdocs for BSS transformation

Telefónica Argentina and Amdocs have announced an extension to their existing partnership. Amdocs, the BSS specialist, will assume responsibility for a wider array of BSS services transformation for the telco, including billing and ordering, and legacy systems integration.

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