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Is maintaining dark revenue a symptom of an old-fashioned telco?

Is maintaining dark revenue a symptom of an old-fashioned telco?

Written by on May 15, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

It almost seems impolite to talk about dark revenue, but we should. Dark revenue arises in several different forms. There is the overage model. Keep your data caps low and your customers will break through their limit. You can then charge overage. There is the paper bill. In an effort to become sustainable, green and […]

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Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Roaming, Smart Charging, Payments and a meeting in Reading

Written by on April 25, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

Someone once said that ‘it all comes back to billing’. That someone was the CEO of a new entrant into the North American wireless market. While billing has now broadened in scope, it still holds true. Now you might say ‘it all comes back to Smart Charging and Payments’. The ETIS Smart Charging and Payments […]

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Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Launching an MVNO is now 10 times cheaper than five years ago, and a lot faster

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

In the last few years the MVNO arena has undergone a quiet but seismic change. The traditional way of launching an MVNO was to invest $10 million and spend months negotiating with the network operator, implementing systems and processes. And even when you had done all that, you were limited in the services you could […]

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Is it time for Policy Control to step out of the shadows?

Is it time for Policy Control to step out of the shadows?

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Policy Control has spent too long on the sidelines. This week, the 7th edition of the Policy Control event took place in Berlin.  While I am usually in attendance at this event, this year I couldn’t make it, but I was asked to judge this year’s awards. The process got me thinking about the challenges […]

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Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Some more stories from the billing wars – status: still a mess

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

There is a sentiment out there that says billing is boring. There is also a sentiment out there that says that when things go wrong, they become interesting again. So with billing. Last week we saw a frankly shocking – no, we did not say made up – report that billing is in a terrible mess, […]

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The billing systems mess is even worse than we thought

The billing systems mess is even worse than we thought

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

It seems, shockingly, that operators are no more on top of the billing systems mess than they were some years ago. In fact, the situation, according to a recent survey by Mobile Europe, has got dramatically worse. The reason for the mess, according to the report, is that telecoms has grown by acquisition rather than […]

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India’s electronic payments players and what they do

India’s electronic payments players and what they do

Written by on March 10, 2017 in Billing & Payments, News with 0 Comments

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s has launched a slew of electronic systems to encourage its 1.2 billion people to rely less on cash, and adopt digital services to buy everything from groceries to fuel. Here is an overview of India’s cash-less initiatives. United Payments Interface (UPI) The payments system was launched in August 2016 by state-run […]

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If you want some real reality, then why not try Pokemon Go

If you want some real reality, then why not try Pokemon Go

Written by on March 9, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 0 Comments

The consensus seems to be forming that the recent MWC in Barcelona was actually some weird virtual reality experience. Real reality seemed to have left the building. Even the hype was being hyped (presumably to keep investors investing until the hype becomes reality). Among the over-hyped hype, however, was one small note of sanity. Oddly, […]

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OSS and BSS vendor and contract announcements at MWC17

OSS and BSS vendor and contract announcements at MWC17

Written by on March 2, 2017 in Billing & Payments, News with 0 Comments

Globe Telecom Selects NEC and Netcracker to Accelerate Digital Transformation and Infrastructure Virtualization Globe Telecom is the leading mobile service operator in the Philippines, managing one of the nation’s largest networks which delivers sophisticated mobile, broadband and fixed-line services to consumers, small and medium businesses and large enterprises. Known for delivering innovative services and exceeding […]

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Niall Norton, fact, fiction, MWC – and strangers dancing in the dark

Niall Norton, fact, fiction, MWC – and strangers dancing in the dark

Written by on February 23, 2017 in Billing & Payments, Opinion with 1 Comment

Catching up with Openet CEO, Niall Norton (NN) is always a thought provoking half hour, but it turned out we were six months late for this particular rendez-vous. However, rendez-vous we did, just ahead of the MWC in Barcelona. Our mission: to sort the fact from the hype. DisruptiveViews (DV): Niall, good to talk to […]

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