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
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.
The Justice Department has decided to pursue an in-depth investigation of AT&T's plan to buy of T-Mobile USA, according to a source familiar with the deal.
The decision was widely expected as antitrust enforcers typically give close scrutiny to big deals that involve large market shares.
Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona declined to confirm that the antitrust division had deepened its probe. "Our investigation is ongoing," she added.
4G millimeter wave backhaul solutions supplier BridgeWave Communications Tuesday announced the international expansion of the company's presence and expertise with the addition of several new partners across Western Europe and the Middle East, specifically in France, Germany, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
Nortel Networks Corp, the fallen Canadian telecom giant, said Monday it had received court approvals for the "stalking horse" bid made by a unit of Google Inc for its portfolio of technology patents for $900 million.
Nortel also said the courts allowed others bidders to submit their offers for the highly coveted patent portfolio by June 13.
Nortel said the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the sale agreement with Ranger Inc, a unit of Google.
Wireless backhaul services provider FiberTower Corporation announced last week that it received its second early termination notice from Clearwire to discontinue service effective April 30, 2011, representing approximately $434,000 in monthly service revenue.
Upon termination of these services, the customer's early termination charges are expected to be approximately $1.9 million payable immediately.
Payment of the early termination charges of approximately $1.5 million associated with service terminated in February has been received by the company.
Network testing and measurement solutions provider Sunrise Telecom today announced the release of a new spectrum analyzer. The AT2500RQ4, a portable CATV spectrum analyzer, is designed to provide enhanced Modulation Error Rate (MER) performance and improve impairment detection in the head end to ensure that operators can eliminate problems in the network before they affect the end customer experience, according to Sunrise Telecom's press release.
Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.
The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.
Myriad Group AG last week announced Telefónica Movistar has launched Myriad Social Network Services, marking the first phase of Myriad's 5-year partnership with Telefónica to provide social networking to its 13 mobile operations across Latin America.
As part of the commercial launch, Telefónica Movistar customers can now, for the first time, quickly access their social networks, viewing all their friends' latest messages while updating their own status across all of their social network communities simultaneously via one mobile screen.