Edward Finegold

Edward Finegold

Ed Finegold is CSO for Validas, a company that specializes in personalized user experiences that leverage analytics-as-a-service to simplify mobile buying, selling, pricing & billing. Ed has been a regular contributor to BillingViews.

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Should we Unify Policy & Charging and Does 3GPP Help or Hurt? (Part 1)

Written by on May 31, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

There is an increasing level of debate around the convergence or divergence of policy and charging functionality. Questions abound like whether or when should they reside on a common platform, be integrated, or remain on separate paths? Where should a CSP draw the line between the two sets of functionality? Does the market adhere to […]

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How Lobbyists Crushed the ’96 Act and US Broadband With It

How Lobbyists Crushed the ’96 Act and US Broadband With It

Written by on May 29, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Professor Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Obama, claims in her new book “Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age” that the US telecom and cable market is sliding towards a de-facto monopoly. Telecom TV’s Martyn Warwick provides an excellent summary here. While reading this summary, it […]

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Why Out-of-Band Authentication is a Money Maker for Mobile Operators

Why Out-of-Band Authentication is a Money Maker for Mobile Operators

Written by on May 25, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 3 Comments

The BadNews virus’ now infamous infiltration of the Google Play store is just one example of how security isn’t keeping up with innovations in online and mobile technology. BadNews is particularly interesting because it used a relatively new mobile phenomenon – an app store – to exploit an aging and oft targeted channel, Premium SMS. […]

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Do Call Centers Have a Future?

Do Call Centers Have a Future?

Written by on May 22, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Call centers may have been a staple of customer care operations for decades, but changes in communications culture will change their role as a primary channel. The following is a list of forces and factors that will impact call centers’ ultimate place in an evolving customer experience. 1-      Cost. Maybe no other factor will have as great […]

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Why NFV is Good for BSS

Why NFV is Good for BSS

Written by on May 15, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has been a consistent topic of conversation thus far at Management World 2013. For the as-yet uninitiated, NFV is the technology being used to virtualize the network’s control plane, as Amdocs’ Shannon Bell aptly describes. So, things like policy management, diameter signalling control, session border control, and maybe even real-time charging, […]

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How Telcos Can Crush YouTube in Premium Content

How Telcos Can Crush YouTube in Premium Content

Written by on May 13, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Google has entered the premium content era, but its a la carte subscription approach is weak and looks backwards.  It was announced late last week that YouTube would begin rolling out pay-per premium content services with video from producers ranging from Sesame Street and National Geographic to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. YouTube now allows these producers […]

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What do Intel-Aepona and Oracle-Acme-Tekelec Have in Common?

What do Intel-Aepona and Oracle-Acme-Tekelec Have in Common?

Written by on May 6, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 1 Comment

Intel bought Aepona and many onlookers have been wondering why. It strikes me that it might make a bit more sense in the context of Oracle’s recent acquisitions of Acme Packet and Tekelec. It’s important to keep in mind that for a behemoth like Intel, there’s not much risk here. Aepona’s $40MM in revenue is […]

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Why DISH is the Best Buyer for Sprint

Why DISH is the Best Buyer for Sprint

Written by on May 1, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

The DISH-Sprint-Softbank-Clear drama is a corporate soap opera and I find myself rooting for the handsome entertainment exec over the mysterious foreign investor (and certainly over the litigious, spurned banker). DISH is ultimately the best owner for Sprint because Charlie Ergen (here I go again) truly understands the convergence of entertainment and communications. Ergen is […]

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T-Mobile’s Gaffe An Object Lesson for Mobile Industry

T-Mobile’s Gaffe An Object Lesson for Mobile Industry

Written by on April 26, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

While T-Mobile USA has been the trailer among the U.S.’s Big 4 mobile operators, it always had a reputation for being something of a good guy underdog; no longer. When you use that reputation to bait and switch customers, you’re asking for trouble. And that’s what T-Mobile has found. You’ve probably heard the news by […]

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Five Things That Make Operating an MVNO Tough to Do Right

Five Things That Make Operating an MVNO Tough to Do Right

Written by on April 23, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

We’re in the midst of a new wave of MVNOs. There’s a resurgence of interest in this once-thought-to-be-debunked business model. It is fueled in part by growing demand for contract-free prepaid services and competitively priced mobile broadband (or just wireless broadband, because at 4G speeds, any broadband might as well be wireless). The immutable fact […]

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