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PREPAID PRODUCTS

Posted: 03/2002

PREPAID PRODUCTS

CMG Introduces First Real-Time Prepaid Rating, Charging System

CMG Wireless Data Solutions launched in January a real-time product to rate and charge for prepaid messaging, services and content, enabling operators to generate new revenue streams by allowing real-time charging and control of premium prepaid services such as global SMS roaming, enhanced messaging services (EMS), ring tones/logos and data-based services.

Prepaid mCharger supports 2G, 2.5G and 3G messaging services and up to 5,000 transactions per second in real-time. This real-time capability means operators can avoid billing delays and the risk of revenue leakage associated with the “batch processing” of records wherein subscribers who have exhausted their account credit can continue to send messages until the next batch of records is processed.

Prepaid mCharger solves this by integrating with voice-prepaid infrastructures to share load balance and dynamically charge for SMS. When the SMS service center (SMSC) receives a request to send a message, Prepaid mCharger checks the SMS balance assigned to that account. If enough credit is available, the transaction is allowed to progress. If there are not enough funds to support the transaction, the service will not be released and the user can be sent a top-up reminder.

Prepaid mCharger enables operators to charge for high value mobile terminated services, something that has not been possible to date. Prepaid customers can subscribe to premium rate services and get these sent to their mobile phone e.g. news, weather, city guides and stock market information. Subscribers can have more than 30 balances for services like SMS, chat and GPRS, facilitating loyalty and promotions schemes (e.g. 100 messages free of charge upon joining or additional credit awarded based on first time usage of new services).

Prepaid mCharger meets the demands of multimedia messaging (MMS), wireless Internet access and mCommerce. The provision of MMS, a picture-based (and in future video-based) messaging

solution to prepaid users is a key requirement for operators to generate revenues from next generation services. MMS can be rated against message type, size and ASP. Similar functionality is offered for WAP and i-mode based wireless Internet access enabling operators to assess pricing based on URL, required security level and user location. Prepaid mCharger provides an open framework architecture, which means that operators can create their preferred solution from either CMG components or through integration with other billing products.

CMG Wireless Data Solutions
Merweplein 5
3432 GN Nieuwegein
+31 30 210 3333
www.cmgwds.com

Kabira, HighDeal Create
Adapter

Kabira(Technologies Inc., a provider of adaptive real-time infrastructure software for the creation of revenue-generating network-based services, announced that HighDeal, a provider of software that manages value-based pricing, rating, and billing for telecommunications, content and online services, has joined the Kabira Ecosystem Partner Program. The result of the partnership is the creation of a full-featured adapter between the Kabira ObjectSwitch platform and HighDeal’s convergent rating engine, one of three modules that comprise HighDeal Software Suite.

The HighDeal-Kabira adapter will enable telecommunications and online services customers to price, rate and bill for convergent service packages that include prepaid content and online services. In addition, HighDeal’s powerful GUI provides a common platform that IT, marketing, sales, and finance departments can use to create, test, and implement flexible pricing offers.

HighDeal
Suite 500, 303 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
+1 650 620 9970
www.highdeal.com

Kabira Technologies Inc.
One McInnis Parkway
San Rafael ,CA 94903
+1 415 446 5000
www.kabira.com

Self-Service Recharge System Debuts

US
South/Incomm and Opal Manufacturing have introduced a self-service kiosk version of Fast PIN, enabling consumers to purchase prepaid airtime from one or more carriers without assistance.

The kiosk, which debuted in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, features a full color touch screen with multiple carriers and products available. It delivers a PIN printed “on site” and retrieved in real time from the US South/Incomm server system.

Opal’s president Garnet Rich says many of its customers have been requesting this type of system in order to take pressure off their counters and eliminate waiting time for their prepaid customer base.

“A more convenient recharge results in less prepaid churn in the marketplace,” Rich adds. The companies say the system also limits inventory from an investment and a security perspective.

Opal Manufacturing
105 Brisbane Road, Unit 12
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 2K6
+1 416 665-6605
www.opal.on.ca


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