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Open-source is emerging as a game-changing technology, replacing old world business models. Telecom companies - realizing they can no longer address their customer needs by patching their legacy technologies - are embracing this new paradigm shift.

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Many outdated billing systems provide data packages only if purchased as individual plans. However, BillRun’s open-source technology offers advanced usage-sharing, enabling operators to reduce subscribers’ monthly bills, by sharing data or other pooled resources.

“I predict we will be witnessing two major trends in the coming year: The first, is that of large CSPs (communications service providers) who will begin to replace their costly, cumbersome billing solutions they've been using in the last two decades.

 

These old systems can no longer handle rapid changes, which include the embracing of new products, services and technologies introduced to the market, such as LTE, 5G, IoT, and LoRa (Low-Range)”, says Koby Lif, Head of Sales and Marketing at BillRun. “Implementing these changes in old billing systems is becoming increasingly complex, resulting in millions of dollars spent on billing systems that lack the sufficient speed and agility”, added Lif.

The second major trend Lif foresees in the coming year is cloud billing.

There are many players in the evolving ecosystem of connected cars. The natural players - automobile manufacturers - are now competing against companies such as Apple and Google, not just in the autonomous car market – which is still in its infancy – but in the entire industry of connected cars.

BillRun’s management team participated in the AfricaCom exhibition and conference for telecommunications which took place in Cape Town, South Africa in mid-November.

“I had just landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion airport in May of 2012, after returning from a J & Beyond conference about open-source technology. When I switched on my phone I had numerous urgent messages from the IT team of Golan Telecom – a leading Israeli mobile operator. This would be the official beginning of a snowball effect, which would result eventually in the phenomenon known today as BillRun.

Two years later, in October 2014 we signed the MT contract - our first international client - and expanded our workforce to 10 employees, including developers and project managers. In addition to replacing MT’s billing and CRM systems, we provided guidance on open-source ESB Apache ServiceMix, as well as consulting on Joomla CMS. In May 2015 we launched our first open-source landline and internet system - in MT - and in November we replaced the remaining 2Play for mobile and VOD. The transition to a unified billing system enabled MT to offer its customers more diverse, comprehensive plans.

Ariel Halperin – recruited recently as BillRun’s development and QA manager – shares his insights on how ‘Scrum’ – a term deriving from rugby – helps instill an esprit de corps to build teams that operate effectively as one force in the dynamic cloud and IoT environments.

Tel Aviv, September 21, 2016. Installed at Pelephone, the new system – the only one of its kind in Israel – enables instantaneous usage computation, and the management of both prepaid and post-paid customers, while also supporting IoT services. The estimated cost of the entire project is 500,000 euro.

Pelephone has upgraded its billing system for Prepaid mobile subscribers, to an advanced, state-of-the-art open-source system developed by BillRun Technologies – based also Israel. In the near future, Pelephone plans to expand the system’s capabilities, to enable real-time calculation of data usage of all the company’s subscribers. The system, designed to handle a vast number of access points, will support IoT devices, with the expansion of coverage of IoT infrastructure.

The new billing system is part of the company’s implementation of an entire infrastructure designed to meet the growing demand for online charging systems (OCS). Notably, online charging requires the assessment and processing  of all components of the transaction, including data usage computation - in real time. The same technology will serve as a framework for billing for IoT services, as well as charging postpaid customers and other areas of billing.

With BillRun Cloud, MVNEs/MVNOs, VoIP providers, and digital SMBs gain a complete, flexible cloud-based billing solution, enabling them to streamline their billing and offer new services . BillRun Cloud is available for beta testing by carriers until the end of September 2016, with a soft launch preview release scheduled for early October.

 

 

Suitable for a variety of environments and services which require persistent, usage-based billing, BillRun Cloud simplifies the management of all billing operations that telecom communications service providers need, including: Handling subscriber accounts and payment plans; managing product pricing; tracking consumption data; computing charges and billing; invoicing and payment; debt collection; and credit card clearing.

Designed for the processing of big data, and utilizing an advanced rule-based open-source architecture, BillRun Cloud’s robust scale-out capabilities and sophisticated features provide a competitive edge – at affordable cost - for young, early-stage businesses.

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