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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.
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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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With the massive wave of IoT devices and sensors spread about everywhere, IoT and M2M have become an increasingly popular topic of discussion. Many predict that this hottest new trend will create new markets and new opportunities, and increase business efficiency. However, technology thought leaders still face the perpetual dilemma of how to monetize all these devices.
We’ve begun to witness early adopters riding the IoT wave, in such industries as healthcare, transportation, utilities, and others. One such example is smart cities that are already using IoT sensors to monitor street lights, traffic, water supply and parking lots.
However, considerable investment is still required in this technology until it can provide consumers with significant value for which they would be willing to pay. Given the extent of investment required - starting from the individual device level, to communication infrastructure, through data collection and analytics - there is a key dilemma which must be resolved before reaping the gains of this new space: What will be the rate of return on such investment?
At this early stage, in the absence of proven business models or best practices for this market, it is essential for companies entering this arena to have an affordable, flexible billing solution that will enable easy and quick adaption to future business models.
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The decision, in July, by the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) to make high-frequency bandwidth spectrum available for 5G technology, was greeted by the U.S telecom industry with great delight, placing the U.S. on the path to lead global deployment of 5G.
There has been a lot of talk recently about 5G wireless technology - which will likely be available for consumers sometime around 2020. The underlying agility and elastic nature of 5G will significantly increase transmission speed and capacity of all consumer devices, resulting in devices that will run 10 or even 100 times faster.
Adapting in real-time to changes in end-user applications, 5G technology will support vast amounts of IoT devices and connected vehicles using cellular networks, while smart-city energy grids, water systems, and immersive education and entertainment will become a daily reality. Transitioning to this technology will naturally make cable-based infrastructure - superfluous.
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Mobile subscribers across Africa have reached over half a billion - presenting a new frontier with vast opportunities for MNOs. This certainly explains the current hype around the AfricaCom conference scheduled for mid-November in Cape Town, South Africa. BillRun, of course, will be there too. Will you?
Lower smartphone prices are driving a digital revolution in Africa. According to a recent report, there are over half a billion smartphone users across the continent – a number expected to reach 725 million by 2020. This poses a huge opportunity in the next few years for mobile data services, as mobile internet access reaches unprecedented levels.
In fact, Africa is the fastest growing market worldwide in adopting new mobile technologies - a result, mainly, of lack of fixed-line Internet connectivity. Notably, mobile technology is already contributing to Africa’s economic growth and productivity, as telcos develop new products to boost their user base. Services in such areas as health, agriculture, education, energy and water management are being transformed entirely. Mobile internet connectivity is unlocking vast opportunities for consumers, increasing employment; enhancing financial services and businesses; and powering entrepreneurship.
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BillRun Cloud Billing-as-a-Service, launching in August 2016, provides per-subscription billing, rather than per transaction, providing cost savings and maximizing customer LTV (lifetime value)
Running a business poses unceasing challenges, such as: managing and growing your customer base; ensuring that your employees stay motivated; keeping your suppliers and partners on their toes to support your business; and making sure your shareholders are happy.
Yet, early stage businesses, in addition to all these struggles, must also justify their bare existence; gain the trust of initial customers; and establish a platform for success. This is quite a mission to handle!
Here is some good news for new businesses:
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BillRun provides billing for international roaming, ensuring seamless implementation of intricate calling and data plans for both postpaid and prepaid subscribers.
Roaming abroad billing - as easy as one-two-three
Supporting even the most complex plans, BillRun enables mobile service providers to bill all subscribers who are travelling abroad and using a foreign network for calling or data usage. Examples of such plans may include: A fixed price for a specific date range in selected countries; or: A predefined data package size, defined for use in two specific countries, within certain dates, for a fixed price per day.
In addition to many roaming plans that are often based on a predefined duration abroad, here is an example of an innovative annual plan uniquely supported by BillRun: Free text messages and calls to any number in the home country, plus data usage abroad for a predefined number of days from the beginning of the year; usage exceeding that number of days is charged at normal rates.
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Embraced as a popular software delivery method by a growing number of businesses, SaaS (Software as a Service) has reshaped the entire software industry.
A service delivery model easily adoptable by practically any type of business application, SaaS is typically accessed through a web browser by users who subscribe to a service, and is often based on a centrally-hosted software.
Over the past few decades, several global software enterprise giants such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others, following in the footsteps of companies as Salesforce and Workday who are already dominating this market, have shifted their strategies, incorporating SaaS-based cloud products and services in their offerings. This trend has resulted in the emergence of SaaS into an eco-system with a market value expected to reach $33 Billion by the end of 2016, and double within the next decade.
When examining the key drivers that have prompted this significant shift to SaaS-based cloud services, there are several different factors which should be considered..
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BillRun’s online charging system (OCS) is flexible, fast, and easy to manage, enabling operators to process diversified billing rates in real-time both for prepaid and post-paid subscribers, encourage usage, and enhance customer loyalty.
Online charging enhances customer loyalty and increases revenues
BillRun’s online charging - a sophisticated system converging several data networks - identifies real-time calls and tracks data usage , calculating charges automatically according to geographic location, and generating call records visible to subscribers within a few milliseconds. The system immediately identifies whether a subscriber is prepaid or post-paid, and determines, in real time, whether they have exceeded their allocated data volume or calling plan, alerting them accordingly by sending a message.
Carriers can easily block access of prepaid subscribers to certain services, encouraging them to recharge. Alternatively, they may slow down internet connection for post-paid customers; send pre-configured offers to entice users to purchase a larger package; or inform them how much talk time is left in their package.
This can be particularly beneficial, for example, for carriers offering special calling plans during the summer vacation for travel abroad, whereby the system can identify the exact geographic location of mobile users, and seamlessly run complex calculations of calling costs according to local carrier rates in each country.
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BillRun implements billing and CRM systems at Monaco Telecom
Tel Aviv, June 15, 2016. BillRun Technologies Ltd., a Tel Aviv based billing company specializing in open-source and cloud solutions, has completed implementation of an advanced billing system for quad-play communication services at Monaco Telecom (MT). The financial scope of the project is worth several hundreds of thousands of Euros.
BillRun sets sail across the Mediterranean
MT services the Principality of Monaco - a territory of only 2.02 sq km with a population of 40,000 inhabitants, and the world’s most densely populated state. Located on the French Riviera, bordering Italy and Switzerland, Monaco hosts more than 300,000 tourists a year, of which approximately 100,000 are guests at conferences and meetings.
This demographic constraint presents a sizable challenge for MT - the principality's owned telecom company, which has chosen BillRun to implement its new comprehensive billing and customer care solution, following BillRun’s successful deployment of a billing system at Tel Aviv-based Golan Telecom.
Martin Péronnet, CEO of Monaco Telecom, says “We are carrying out a full transformation of our IT, from a legacy multi-vendor complex and CAPEX / OPEX-intensive system with 124 different applications and a lot of dependencies and rigidity - to a full open-source as a simple as possible solution. It is probably one of the first times in the world that an incumbent operator offering a complete B-to-B and B-to-C telecom solution for mobile, fixed, television, voice, data and hosting has accomplished such a transformation. Our purpose, in time, is to master all developments in house, to cut our IT costs by 75%, and to provide an efficient, simple and flexible system to our customers. We have chosen BillRun as our partner because BillRun is one of the best open-source billing systems, and, with the BillRun team, we have been able to deliver almost all the B-to-C in a year and a half. We are confident we will reach full project completion and that the choice of BillRun was the right one.”