Billing

Internal politics stifling BSS standardisation

Cultural issues represent the greatest obstacle to the introduction of centralised BSS strategies for network operators according to data from the Telecoms.com Intelligence Industry Survey 2013. Internal politics and conflicting business cultures between a group operator’s HQ and its individual opcos was given the highest rating of severity by 21.6 per cent of respondents and rated severe or very severe by more than half.

T-Mobile UK calls time on unlimited data deals

UK operator T-Mobile, now part of Everything Everywhere, piqued the consumer press on Tuesday with a new mandate to curb multimedia downloads and save its network from congestion. But the all-you-can-eat data party has been over for some time already and with no adverse effects to users.

Cash on the hoof

Dennis Meurs, director of business intelligence at MACH, discusses the data roaming revenue generating options available to MNOs looking for new sources of revenue in a turbulent market.

Vodafone moves on data roaming prices

UK-based carrier Vodafone has unveiled a cross border roaming initiative that it says will bring simpler and lower pricing for smartphone and mobile data usage for customers travelling within Europe. Amid regulatory pressure to reduce the retail cost of mobile data usage while abroad, Vodafone said its new, simple and transparent pricing provides daily and monthly rates for customers to use their domestic handset data plans overseas.

Vodafone buys expense management firms

Vodafone Global Enterprise on Friday acquired two telecom expense management companies: Quickcomm and TnT Expense Management, giving the carrier an attractive toolset to help it target the enterprise space.

NSN invests in OpenCloud for billing tools

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) on Wednesday expanded its capabilities in the charging and service delivery markets with an investment in application server and service brokering firm OpenCloud.

Amdocs buys MX Telecom for $104m

Amdocs — the industry behemoth — swooped in and acquired the mighty MX Telecom, one of the best messaging providers on the planet. I got the news just as I was coming out of a meeting and had to stop everything and send a quick post up to the site here followed by a few more announcement details, including the price – $104m.

T-Mobile introduces carrier billing for Android apps

Wireless carrier T-Mobile strengthened its ties with the Android platform this week, revealing plans to roll out a T-Mobile channel in the Android Market and introduce carrier billing for these apps.

A real time opportunity

Alastair Hanlon, director for industry solutions at Convergys looks at how real time billing and customer service can revolutionise the telecoms industry.

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