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Looking at the Adoption of NFV

April 18, 2017 6:33 AM | Category: Better ServicesCloud,  | by Damian Nowak

NFV, Network Function Virtualization, is an exciting topic. NFV means virtualizing network services to decouple network functions from hardware devices. This allows network services to be hosted on virtual machines resulting in cost reductions and additional flexibility to deploy multiple instances that are customized to serve different lines of business. The significant benefits are prompting many companies in traditional technology intensive industries such as telecommunications to deploy NFV technologies. While we are seeing more NFV deployments around the world, it has not yet been deployed on a mass scale. Many Tier 1 operators are still hesitant to commit to the new technology, with smaller operators likely to make the change once the larger players have deployed and rigorously tested the technology. 

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Policy Control in the ‘Now Economy’

April 13, 2017 9:00 AM | Category: Policy Control,  | by Manmohan Thampi

I was heading to the Annual Policy Control Conference – the only dedicated forum for Policy Control (PCRF) – and a forum where all PCRF players participate in sessions to promote the evolution of policy management software and its importance in the ‘Now Economy’. While at the airport in Bangalore waiting for my flight to Europe, I received a message offering 3GB of high speed data free of charge – a reward for being a frequent traveler. This was an excellent offer and an example of how sophisticated policy control solutions have become in recent years, but it also highlights how communications service providers are now proactive in their approach towards engaging customers. 

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How to Deliver the Digital Transformation Promise

November 2, 2016 11:46 AM | Category: Better Services,  | by Melahat Elis

On October 13-14 the annual ETIS event – a global Community Gathering - took place in Zagreb, Croatia. This year was the 25th anniversary and more than 160 participants attended, more than in recent years. The theme of this year’s event was ‘Delivering the Digital Transformation Promise’.

ETIS truly delivered on its promise for being the trusted forum for sharing knowledge, by creating an open atmosphere for discussion. Redknee followed this tradition of sharing and presented jointly with Hrvatski Telecom, the local Croatian affiliate of the Deutsche Telekom Group. The presentation discussed why the modernization of their convergent charging solution was necessary, how the upgrade was performed and new use cases for newly created business segments. Redknee highlighted how the new solution could help charging new application areas including the Internet of Things (IoT). The shared examples are based on Redknee’s expertise in current engagements in smart home system, healthcare services, in-vehicle services and prepaid energy services.

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Redknee Increased Market Share to Top 4 in 2015

October 19, 2016 7:00 AM | Category: Pricing Innovation,  | by Namit Garg

The converged billing market is experiencing strong demand as communications service providers seek agile products that can adapt to changing market conditions and a shift in consumer preferences. The strength of the converged billing market is well recognized, with two recent reports highlighting the strong growth. Analysys Mason recently released its Revenue Management Market Share Report which mentioned the converged billing market beat Analysys Mason’s growth expectations in 2015, with growth set to continue. This prediction is further confirmed by Research and Markets which forecasts growth in the converged billing market to be (CAGR) 18.52% for the period 2016-2020.

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Monetizing NFV

July 27, 2016 1:00 PM | Category: Cloud,  | by Damian Nowak

There have been a number of network transformation projects happening across the globe in recent months. These transformation projects range from smaller, friendly proof of concepts, e.g. in VIP Macedonia, as well as large multi-year projects, e.g. AT&T`s Domain 2.0 and Vodafone Ocean. According to Virtuapedia, an ongoing research project that defines the scope of the business opportunity that virtualization affords communications service providers (CSPs), approximately 37% of the communications industry is planning to virtualize a majority of network resources by 2019.

What do all these initiatives have in common?

The ultimate goal is to build a fully open, auto-scalable, virtualized network that is able to adapt to challenging market conditions in today`s fast-moving, always-online world. Adaptability being the key term. Revenue management systems are not exempt from the virtualization story; they need to be able to easily adapt to virtualized networks in order to monetize the new capabilities.

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The Evolving World Of Policy Control

April 19, 2016 10:59 PM | Category: Policy ControlSubscriber Analytics,  | by Manmohan Thampi

Earlier this month I attended the 6th Annual Policy Control Conference in Berlin, the only event dedicated to Policy Control in the world. This year it was an exciting event that looked towards the future, with discussions centered on the evolution of the policy landscape to 2020, and new use cases focusing on service enablement and subscriber intelligence. From the opening remarks it became clear that the future for Policy Control is bright. There was significant discussion around the role of Policy Management software and its increasing importance in the network domain, the shift from “pure PCRF to Policy Management”, and the role of policy in the evolution of next generation networks (NGN).

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Enjoy streaming with no limits, really?

November 24, 2015 8:09 PM | Category: Better ServicesSubscriber Analytics,  | by Melahat Elis

Over the last few years we have seen an explosion in OTT mobile entertainment options with many of mobile entertainment companies investing in marketing by operators. As streaming of entertainment has become more common, the reality is that consumers often don’t realize how fast their data packages can be consumed. Any operator that overcomes this flaw is put in the spotlight. It was no surprise that T-Mobile US’ launch of Binge On™ created a lot of attention, promising free video streams for subscribers of 24 OTT providers among them HBO, Hulu, Netflix, SHOWTIME, Sling TV, STARZ, and WatchESPN. John Legere, the T-Mobile CEO, even said that no one pays, not the customers nor the video streaming services. Is the streaming of content of these OTT providers indeed limitless and without anyone paying for it? Is this the start of a new era of mobile entertainment – an era when we can truly access entertainment anywhere at any time?

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