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BT selects Openet’s charging solution for MVNO venture

Openet’s BSS to allow the launch of new mobile services

Irish company Openet, a provider of real-time business support systems, today announced U.K. operator BT installed its network functions virtualization-ready Evolved Charging solution to monetize its consumer mobile service.

With its new mobile virtual network operator venture, BT said it become a converged operator offering quad-play capabilities of mobile, fixed broadband, pay-TV and fixed telephony services. By deploying Openet’s virtualized charging platform, BT is said to be able to rapidly test and introduce new mobile services, quickly adopt new business models and minimize associated costs. The operator will also be able to provide immediate visibility to balances, usage notifications and manage customer usage allowances. Customer bundle plans and associated add-ons can be prioritized and recalculated mid-bill cycle and allow subscribers to be auto-upgraded to higher allowances.

The Irish company said the overall business outlook for 2016 is good as operators are looking for more innovative use cases from their BSS systems.

“The move to real-time data, as well as the impact of digital transformation, is good for Openet as it is driving change in how people use their BSS,” Openet’s marketing VP Martin Morgan, told RCR Wireless News. “At Openet we’re continually developing new use cases for our real-time BSS and we’re also investing in new product and solution development. Our real-time offer manager is an example of a recent solution that we’re rolling out to provide smarter customer engagement.”

Europe is also a key market for Openet in terms of revenue contribution.

“In terms of charging we’ve had some very successful recent implementations with T-Mobile Austria and T-Mobile Netherlands, to name just two. The BT Mobile announcement underlines that the big name mobile operators want systems that drive innovation and change,” Morgan added.

Morgan also said Openet expects 2016 will be a good year for the company’s charging product.

“Our intelligent network replacement solution in particular is gaining a lot of significant interest,” Morgan said. “We’re also seeing operators increasingly adopt a fast track approach to charging implementations, where we integrate our real-time charging product into existing legacy billing systems. This strongly suggests that the market demand is growing”.

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Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro Tomás
Juan Pedro covers Global Carriers and Global Enterprise IoT. Prior to RCR, Juan Pedro worked for Business News Americas, covering telecoms and IT news in the Latin American markets. He also worked for Telecompaper as their Regional Editor for Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Juan Pedro has also contributed to Latin Trade magazine as the publication's correspondent in Argentina and with political risk consultancy firm Exclusive Analysis, writing reports and providing political and economic information from certain Latin American markets. He has a degree in International Relations and a master in Journalism and is married with two kids.

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