A recent survey by Telecoms.com Intelligence showed that 66% of operators have deployed or are planning to deploy virtualized BSS by 2016. Beyond the cost optimization that virtualization promises, operators are leveraging virtualization concepts to transform their BSS environments in order to innovate more rapidly, drive new revenues and better compete.
Mobile operators could boost annual global data revenues by $47 billion through brushing up their upsell strategies, according to a report by BSS solution provider Openet. The report said telcos should have a system in place which, by taking into account the customer context, automatically triggers the most relevant offer to be sent to the customer device, allowing the immediate purchase and activation of the product.
Telefónica Argentina and Amdocs have announced an extension to their existing partnership. Amdocs, the BSS specialist, will assume responsibility for a wider array of BSS services transformation for the telco, including billing and ordering, and legacy systems integration.
BSS specialist Openet said Thursday that it has virtualized its real-time charging system, realising an agile and flexible system capable of testing, developing, launching and amending new services and business models much more quickly. The aim is to help operators accelerate the availability of innovative new use cases and applications to generate faster ROI for their network technology investments as they battle decreasing revenues from traditional services and pressure from OTT players.
Arguably the most disruptive telco in the UK market today, Three UK is looking to leverage insights generated from its vast troves of network data in a bid to improve customer satisfaction and how the business caters to segmented customer needs, as well as derive incremental value from existing customers.
Ilkka Aura, Chief Commercial Officer at telecom IT solutions provider Tecnotree, speaks about how Communication Service Providers can prepare themselves for the explosion of digital services. He also discusses the role that Business Support Systems play in the transformation to digital marketplaces , and how Tecnotree can help in the transition.
‘Agility’, a word used to gauge a company’s ability to respond to the market with flexibility, has become the operator watchword of 2014. It highlights the dawn of an era when operators require not only real-time visibility of their customer’s activity but also the ability to react in real-time to succeed.
An operator’s approach to BSS (business support systems) – including billing, charging and policy – can determine how easy or challenging it is to respond to the market and maximise revenue opportunities. In a recent survey of over 100 operators by Telecoms.com Intelligence, 85 per cent acknowledged that market conditions require increasingly agile BSS systems enabling operators to provide service diversity and faster time to market.
Stavros Vougas, Regional Vice President, MEA & APAC at Tecnotree, talks to Telecoms.com at MWC2014 about convergent billing and customer relationship management.
The majority of operators have not yet made the call on whether to migrate their BSS environment to the cloud. More than a third have decided against the movement and less than 20 per cent have actually put initiatives in place to accomplish such a shift. The findings of the Telecoms.com Industry Survey 2014 sought to establish which elements of the BSS environment are being addressed with the most urgency along with how and where operators are looking to the cloud to enhance their performance.
NSN and Huawei have become the first vendors to cross licence their OSS interfaces as part of a multi vendor interoperability initiative announced last year.
George Fraser, VP – EMEA, at BSS provider CSG International, talks to Telecoms.com about the huge pressures of cost management in terms of service deployment.
Chinese telecoms software provider AsiaInfo Linkage has announced a supply deal with Telenor Denmark, the vendor’s first European mobile operator win since its launch in the region last year. AsiaInfo described the project as a BSS transformation, which will include the provision of its proprietary billing, CRM and real-time analytics solutions, including its Veris BSS product.
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.
Continuing its lengthy acquisition spree, Ericsson this week entered into an agreement to acquire Canadian BSS consulting and systems integration company Telcocell.
B/OSS specialist Openet on Tuesday announced the acquisition of Irish policy management firm Forkstream, for an undisclosed sum.
The announcement that OSS rivals NSN, Ericsson and Huawei have signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement to cross-license their respective OSS interfaces to one another raised a few questions as well as a few eyebrows. That these players have decided to trust one another and adopt a simpler way of sharing proprietary interfaces is remarkable enough, but the timing of the announcement, coming as it did less than 24 hours before the opening of this year’s TeleManagement Forum’s flagship event was as surprising as it was, one suspects, deliberate.
Elitecore receives Most Innovative BSS Solution company award from Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General, ITU
Elitecore Technologies, the global provider of OSS/BSS solutions, has won the “most innovative BSS solutions company” award at the 7th NTA ICT World Communication Award Ceremony, 2013 for its next-generation BSS transformation suite.
Although there is widespread industry support for standardised and centralised BSS strategies for mobile operators, fears around operational disruption and cultural and political issues are so pronounced they are perhaps keeping operators from moving to implement such strategies. But a cloud implementation of a single BSS solution could represent a possible solution.
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.