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Is the Cloud fuelling a pricing revolution?

Is the Cloud fuelling a pricing revolution?

Written by on March 21, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

When Alexander McCall Smith finished his latest novel, ‘The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon,’ he tweeted “the sky has been cloudless, quite empty, and yet I managed to save my manuscript to the Cloud; quite amazing…” The Cloud is quite amazing. If you ask Peter Cochrane, futurologist and one time CTO of BT, he will tell […]

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Toll-free data plans – the next billing challenge?

Toll-free data plans – the next billing challenge?

Written by on January 17, 2014 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

First published in June 2013 Six years ago, just before the smartphone era, mobile network operators (MNOs) were trying to get people to use their networks for data transfers, but they weren’t having much luck. There were plenty of reasons why this was the case. Attempts to access the internet using GPRS via substandard handsets […]

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Dynamic pricing is already here

Dynamic pricing is already here

Written by on November 26, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 3 Comments

For our industry there is only one problem with this headline. It is not in our industry. Nor is it airlines or hotels, where ‘dynamic’ pricing has been annoying customers at busy times for many years. It is retail – B&Q are trialing dynamic pricing at a flagship store in France. It works by like […]

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Will Governments accidentally spur innovation?

Will Governments accidentally spur innovation?

Written by on November 15, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 0 Comments

Whether it is a trend that will be followed by other countries or not, the UK is moving to put caps on utility spending. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, has summoned the heads of all major utilities to a summit. His aim, and the task of his Culture Secretary Maria Miller, is to bang said […]

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Real-time will unlock the potential of data

Real-time will unlock the potential of data

Written by on November 12, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 2 Comments

Wherever you go and whoever you ask – operators, consultants or vendors – everyone agrees that we now live in a data centric world. This is fine but it is nebulous. It is like saying we live in an oil world, or a coal one. Data, like oil or coal, is not about the substance […]

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Data is not a product!

Data is not a product!

Written by on October 10, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

You would be forgiven for saying that not much has changed in the world of billing. At the Next Generation BSS Summit, hosted by Informa in London this week, there was talk of data centricity, real-time, more real-time, centralization (or was it consolidation) and Cloud. You could, of course, talk about any and all of […]

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Differential Pricing – the next challenge?

Differential Pricing – the next challenge?

Written by on October 3, 2013 in BillingViews, Opinion with 0 Comments

We are all aware that the digital revolution is disrupting every industry but it is also creating new possibilities and changing the way business is done. The challenges of providing new services and working with new partners are putting strain on all departments, none less than billing and revenue management. It’s not just the range […]

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The Impact of the European Union’s Connected Continent Proposal

The Impact of the European Union’s Connected Continent Proposal

Written by on September 17, 2013 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 1 Comment

Roaming and Net Neutrality No more roaming charges – great. Not many complaints from consumers on that one. Goodbye to operators blocking Skype and YouTube on low speed connections – hooray it’s party time. Or maybe not. The European Union’s proposed legislation to enable a single European telecoms market is ambitious and, if passed into […]

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Operators’ Charging Plans – a Practical Approach

Operators’ Charging Plans – a Practical Approach

Written by on September 9, 2013 in BillingViews, News with 2 Comments

There are some real insights in Openet’s report, Charging for the Digital Economy. To find them takes a little digging but it is worthwhile. The top line findings are interesting enough: all operators agree that pre-paid charging platforms will need to be replaced within 10 years 43 percent see this happening inside two years 46 […]

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Wi-Fi Offload – Do you Want Quality with That?

Wi-Fi Offload – Do you Want Quality with That?

Written by on August 20, 2013 in BillingViews, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

At the start of summer I joined the throng in Nice for the annual TM Forum get together and catch up with old friends and hear about the latest and greatest happenings in the telecoms world. I asked fellow attendees what they thought of the event and the general view was that ‘the event was […]

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