Scalability beats costs for convergent charging

Staff writer
telecomasia.net
More global operators are prioritizing scalability and reliability over price when selecting a convergent charging solution, a new survey said.
 
The survey by Infonetics Research also said this trend among operators is “creating new opportunities for the larger, more established vendors with strong services and support organizations.”
 
“Skyrocketing mobile growth has led to a dramatic increase in mobile transactions, driving some convergent charging systems to the limit and, in many cases, driving operators to replace the systems they already have in place,” Shira Levine, directing analyst for Infonetics Research, said. 

The research firm further said new service offerings and hybrid (prepaid and postpaid) accounts are highly rated applications driving convergent charging system deployments. About 95% of survey respondents plan to support payment convergence and convergence across mobile networks by 2014, Infonetics said.

In terms of vendors, Infonetics said global operators named Amdocs, Ericsson, and Huawei top three convergent charging solution suppliers.
 
Infonetics interviewed some 20 mobile, convergent, and fixed line operators in North America, Asia Pacific, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), and Latin America for the survey.
 

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