Subscriber billing models, better known as pricing plans, are hot topics around the world today. And why wouldn't they be? Subscribers want to save money, operators want to make money and everyone wants to go home happy. However, there is a chasm between subscriber expectations and an operator's ability to profitably meet those expectations, and that's the driver behind the evolution of billing plans.
Recent history of subscriber billing
Oracle today announced that its Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution is the first to complete the new TM Forum Frameworx Solution Certification process.
TM Forum is an industry association focused on enabling best-in-class IT for service providers in the communications, media and cloud service markets.
The TM Forum Solution Certification awarded to Oracle’s Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution demonstrates full conformance to the leading industry standards of Frameworx 10 from the TM Forum, down to Level 3 processes.
As the selection of wireless products, networks and services grows, so does the challenge of assembling a solution that meets each enterprise's unique, frequently challenging in-building requirements. To help CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers make smart choices, Integer Wireless Tuesday founded the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 100 vendors, application developers and service providers.
Several prominent vendors in the M2M industry have reported quarterly earnings during April and May. M2M earnings were mostly up for the first quarter of 2011 for vendors mentioned in this roundup, although Sierra Wireless reported a loss which the company's President and CEO, Jason Cohenour, called a "short-term situation" in a press release.
Sprint today announced that it is teaming with Trimble, a provider of location-based technology solutions, to provide U.S. government agencies a broad range of fleet management capabilities and solutions as part of a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).
The BPA will be administered by GSA Fleet, which provides fleet management services to more than 75 participating federal agencies. With more than 217,000 vehicles, GSA Fleet manages one of the largest non-tactical federal fleets in the U.S. government.
Verizon Wireless and USA Technologies, Inc. announced in April a collaboration that further accelerates the adoption of wireless cash payment services and machine-to-machine applications via USA Technologies' patented ePort Connect Service. USA Technologies solution will now include the Verizon Wireless network for connectivity that enables wireless point-of-sale payments at vending machines via credit and debit cards.
ABB, the global power and automation technology group, has agreed to acquire Mincom to broaden its software portfolio and establish the Group as a market leader in enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services.
ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.
Comptel Corporation, vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, today announced a second phase of its Enhanced Cloud Service Management Catalyst initiative that will explore how communications service providers (CSPs) can develop, monetize and assure a portfolio of innovative and unique cloud computing-based services like hosted video conferencing.
Increased industry interest in mobile payments has resulted in membership numbers continuing to rise at Mobey Forum. The not-for-profit global leader in defining a sustainable and prosperous mobile financial services ecosystem has welcomed six new members since the beginning of the year.
Openmind Networks, provider of VoIP and messaging solutions, Wednesday announced results of a recent market study of mobile VoIP users. Openmind found that subscribers of its mobile VoIP and messaging solution, Portico, are talking on average over two and a half times longer than the average mobile voice call. This trend is significant as it points to valuable revenue opportunities for mobile operators as they compete with Skype and other over-the-top service providers.