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Pricing wars – desperation in the morning?

Pricing wars – desperation in the morning?

Written by on December 16, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

No-one is under any illusion that the situation in the United States is becoming ever tenser. The battle to keep customers is forcing carriers to try tactics that seem seriously deranged. Just last week Sprint launched its ‘cut your bill in half’ which was analysed by our sister publication, DisruptiveViews – conclusion: the deal was not as […]

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Bundles, Big Macs and billing for stuff

Bundles, Big Macs and billing for stuff

Written by on October 14, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

50 percent of revenues in the automotive market come from premium services, according to Dr Ekkehard Stadie of Simon Kucher and Partners, speaker at the recent IIR pricing data and BSS conference. In telecoms, this figure is not quite ten percent. His presentation was full of examples of pricing pitfalls and billing blunders. How pricing […]

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The end of OTT and the risk of not partnering

The end of OTT and the risk of not partnering

Written by on October 13, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

“The risk now,” said industry strategist Hugh Roberts, “must be not partnering or considering it, rather than considering partnerships – against the tide.” This remark, made at last week’s IIR’s Pricing Data and BSS conference, rang true with the panel of ‘OTT’ players and operators. The tide has certainly turned. As well as the presentations […]

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Pricing and BSS come together in London

Pricing and BSS come together in London

Written by on September 24, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

In just two weeks time, the pricing and billing (BSS) worlds will congregate in London for their annual co-located conference. Both will share plenary sessions in order to benefit from an integrated view of the whole pricing and billing process. One of the big topics will clearly be pricing ‘data’ – and hopefully how we […]

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It started with Excel

It started with Excel

Written by on September 23, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

It happened with roaming partners and it will happen with OTT partners. In the early days, partnerships were put in place on a case by case basis. Spreadsheets like Excel were widely used. Then, when things got a little more complicated and the number of partners began to increase, vendor relationships were called in and […]

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Clarity in data pricing week continues, with a glass of wine

Clarity in data pricing week continues, with a glass of wine

Written by on August 27, 2014 in BillingViews, Opinion with 2 Comments

It seems to be ‘data pricing’ week at BillingViews Boulevard. And why not? Almost every day another example of plans that make no sense comes to light. So why should we not complain, compare and if necessary satirise the incomprehensible notion that customers are going know what 2 Gigabytes actually buys them. Take wine. Contemplating […]

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Stop the data pricing madness!

Stop the data pricing madness!

Written by on August 25, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 1 Comment

It seems our recent plea for more clarity in data pricing has fallen on deaf ears, at least among U.S. wireless operators. AT&T’s ever-present Mobile Share commercials use celebrities like Chef Gordon Ramsay and former NBA basketball star Grant Hill to tell us how cheap its mobile plans are. Verizon has also jumped on board […]

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Clarity in data pricing – a ‘must have’

Clarity in data pricing – a ‘must have’

Written by on August 22, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

The emerging discussion in the communications industry is how we get beyond data. Pricing data per megabyte, for example, does not make sense. Customers (even those who work in the communications industry) cannot tell you how much data a video consumes. Even an engineer would ask you technical questions about quality, jitter and who knows […]

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Data is made for sharing – and good business too

Data is made for sharing – and good business too

Written by on July 25, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

The concept of shared data has been around a while. Discussions at conferences revolved around ‘the family’ and a nominal father figure controlling the spending of his family, topping up his daughter’s texts before she went out and limiting his son’s Facebook time after 10 in the evening. Now shared data is here, bigger than […]

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Europe’s net neutrality ruling is in no one’s interest

Europe’s net neutrality ruling is in no one’s interest

Written by on April 8, 2014 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 1 Comment

EU parliamentarians voted last week for a far reaching net neutrality law that will bar telecom operators from charging extra for delivering faster services.   According to the press release issued by the European Parliament, “MEPs want clear rules to prevent internet access providers from promoting some services at the expense of others…internet access should […]

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