Amdocs buys Actix in $120m deal

Amdocs has acquired Actix

OSS/BSS firm Amdocs, which now positions itself as a customer experience specialist, on Wednesday announced the acquisition of network management firm Actix for $120m in cash.

AsiaInfo-Linkage touts Big Data contextual ad platform

Contextual advertising is more effective

Chinese BSS provider AsiaInfo-Linkage has teamed up with IBM to bring its Big Data appliance to Europe and other markets outside of China. The key to the Veris C3 (C cubed) offering is contextual awareness to ensure operators are only delivering relevant ads to their customers.

Ericsson buys Canadian BSS specialist

Continuing its lengthy acquisition spree, Ericsson this week entered into an agreement to acquire Canadian BSS consulting and systems integration company Telcocell.

US carriers look to tariff innovations

Sprint launches unlimited plans

Mobile operators continue to focus on more innovative billing and tariffing models, with US carrier Sprint launching a plan guaranteeing unlimited calls, texts and data for the lifetime of the line of service.

Trendium: Real time intelligence and analytics


Dr Sameh Yamany, President and CEO of Trendium, talks to at LTE World Summit in Amsterdam about real time data analysis and intelligence with a view to monetising LTE.

Vipnet Croatia taps Neostratus for public cloud

Vipnet's offering will be run from the public cloud

The Croatian subsidiary of operator group Telekom Austria, Vipnet, has tapped up cloud services provider Neostratus to provide a fully customisable, white-labelled public cloud platform for the operator to provision and manage a range of messaging, communication and collaboration solutions.

Half Baked Policy Requires Secret Sauce

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud

Jonathan Bell, VP of Marketing at OpenCloud, discusses how policy and pricing are just two dimensions along which telecoms operators can differentiate their propositions. By adding a third dimension, the service behaviour itself, operators can define and bring true innovation to the market that surpasses the traditional approaches of the past, he says.

Telco infrastructure players standardise OSS interface

The Big Three are looking to create interoperability between OSS

The three biggest infrastructure players, Nokia Siemens Networks, Ericsson and Huawei, this week signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate with a view to reducing Operations Support Systems (OSS) integration costs for carriers and enabling shorter time-to-market for new services.

Chasing Change: Innovation in BSS

Jaco Fourie, senior expert in BSS at Ericsson

Mobile operators need to know how to innovate in mobile broadband pricing and transformation is needed both in outlook and systems to make this happen, says Jaco Fourie, senior BSS expert at Ericsson.

Opera Mobile gets carrier billing hook

A new service targeted to banks could threaten mobile operators' wallet offerings

Internet browser developer Opera Software has teamed up with mobile commerce firm Neomobile to bring m-payment services to users of Opera Mobile.

Important lessons that 20 years of SMS can teach us


In common I suspect with many other longer-serving observers of the telecoms industry, the news that it has been all of 20 years since engineer Neil Papworth tapped out his seasonal text message to a friend and unwittingly launched what was to become next most successful service to voice, bought a wry smile to my face. It is tempting to look back and wonder just how we failed to see that one coming. The fact is however we didn’t see it coming and were collectively taken by surprise by the speed with which the world and his dog adopted text messaging as its second most favourite means of telecommunication. While we may find it deeply ironic that the fickleness of human nature could take a multi-trillion dollar global industry by surprise, we should look for the lessons to be learned from the experience.

Enterprise billing and the move to market efficiency

Dave Labuda, founder and CEO, Matrixx Software

Matrixx Software founder and CEO Dave Labuda tells why operators need to move to sophisticated, real-time billing solutions for the enterprise and, in doing so, claw back lost millions and create true market efficiency.

Wind prepay users top-up on Facebook

Wind's prepay customers can top up their credit directly through Facebook

Italian carrier Wind this week introduced a Facebook application that enables its prepay customers to top up their credit directly through the social networking platform.

80 per cent of operators lack real-time data for postpaid billing


More than three quarters of mobile operators do not have real-time data available in their billing systems even though 88 per cent of operators believe it to be essential to the future of mobile data billing. The discrepancy emerged from an industry survey carried out by Intelligence, in association with Openet.

Visa wins m-payment backing from Telefonica

Telefónica Digital and Visa Europe have agreed a wide ranging strategic partnership to drive new business opportunities

Financial services firm Visa continued its expansion into the mobile payments space by announcing a preferential partnership with Telefónica in Europe.

VimpelCom intros carrier billing for Google apps

Carrier billing is becoming popular in Russia

Russia’s second largest mobile operator, VimpelCom, has implemented a carrier billing model with Google, allowing users to purchase app store content via their mobile phone bill.

Ad-supported mobile broadband service launched in UK

Samba Mobile runs on 3UK's network

An MVNO that offers free mobile data in return for viewing adverts has launched in the UK. Samba Mobile is available for tablet and laptop owners and offers users a range of interactive adverts to drive engagement.

Another European carrier goes for the prepaid card option

Deutsche Telekom (DT) has followed in the footsteps of other major European carrier groups in unveiling plans to launch a prepaid card in association with one of the big card-payment networks. The German incumbent – which has 90 million mobile subscribers in Europe through its T-Mobile subsidiary – has partnered with MasterCard to enable payments from a stored-value account linked to both a mobile wallet and a plastic card.

Carrier billing proving popular in Europe

Convenience and speed of use are the top reasons behind the popularity of one-click billing

More than a third of smartphone users in Europe are thought to pay for applications via operator billing, according to research released on Wednesday.

Diameter a hot topic at the LTE World Summit

Diameter is considered as an interface between the business side of mobile operator to the network side and is also associated with monetization

Last week’s LTE World Summit included a pre-focus day on signaling for the first time. It was also one of the few times a pre-focus day meant a full room with several standing delegates, many more than the conference team had predicted.

So what made this day particularly interesting? The focus of the signaling day was split in two broad categories: RAN generated signaling and Diameter.