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Analysis: Embarrassments in electronic billing -- what century is this? 

When it comes to the benefits of 'greening' customer communications, it's time to come down from the moral high ground and into the cellars of finance and think about the costs involved. ...

Are energy/smart grid providers ready for telecom-style billing? 

The move to smart grids isn’t only a network challenge – energy providers need to reinvent how they create services and bill customers, including shifting meter reading from once-per-month to once-every-fifteen-minutes, says billing vendor Orga Systems...

Analysis: M2M -- huge, diverse and complex. But where is the money? 

The 'Internet of things' may feature billions of connections -- but finding the real business opportunities may be a challenge....

Infonetics: Policy knits together billing, OSS 

In the process, successful policy management can also turn network problems into opportunities...

RedKnee goes cloud globally with Microsoft and Tech Mahindra 

The company's expanded relationship with Microsoft revolves around RedKnee's adoption of Microsoft's next-generation SQL Server product, 'Denali'...

New telco billing models attract new names to the game 

Aria Systems offers subscription billing; Mozy, online backup. Together, they may represent the future of ‘service provider’ billing...

The tipping point for M2M and NFC -- are we ready for the bad guys? 

These two emerging and potentially profitable network-based technologies look ready to explode. But are network providers, and their networks, ready for them?...

CMO Council: The ghosts of the past (legacy mindsets) still haunt telcos 

Network resource and customer data issues at risk of 'spiraling out of control'...

Spirent: Testing in cloud 'tests' line between provider, customer 

Vendor wins deal with Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom as service providers explore what’s required to properly test and deliver apps in multi-tenant cloud environments...

Volubill Q&A: How -- and why -- mobile charging is changing 

From more complex rules-based bundles to scenarios based on real-time policy enforcement, mobile operators in the U.S. – but particularly abroad – are forging new ground...

Analysis: How near is near field communications? 

Near field communications have been under discussion and in trials for many years, is it finally ready for prime time? ...

What is propensity analytics -- and why is it important for carriers? 

If you can measure it, you can predict it, says IBM exec in this Q&A on how to do data-crunching right ...

Looking down a dumb pipe from the other end 

Familiar news from the GSM Association Mobile Money Summit in Singapore this week, with presentations from players at various points in the mobile money value chain...

Subex scores ROC deal in the Middle East 

In a competitive market, service providers need every advantage; improving efficiencies, collecting revenue and limiting fraud all add to the bottom line...

Service provider partners critical to Office 365 strategy 

The launch of Microsoft's cloud-based application platform hinges on distribution by service providers and other resellers ...

Evolving opportunities for telcos: finding the third way 

The panic that seizes carriers worried about missing content or advertising opportunities lessens when they consider the many ways to leverage their legacy network business in new directions...

Amdocs helps Telenor manage capacity on mobile network 

Deployment is a key part of larger OSS transformation project that is on-going at Telenor Serbia, the sixth largest mobile operator in the world...

Lognet lands smart meter billing deal 

UK’s First Utility selects traditional telecom billing vendor to help it deliver smart energy services today, additional services tomorrow...

IDC: Spending on public cloud will be $72.9 billion in 2015 

Firm sees 50 percent of that revenue coming from within the U.S., representing a potential boon for cloud service providers and cloud platform vendors...

Analysis: Are vendors consolidating -- or expanding? 

Depends how you look at it of course, the vendor ranks may be shrinking with recent deals but it’s really more about individual vendors rounding out their capabilities to meet service provider needs....

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