Ericsson Reaches Charging & Billing Milestone


Ericsson announced Wednesday that it has surpassed the 2 billion mark in the number of worldwide subscriptions served by its charging and billing solutions.

That figure is aggregated from subscriptions of Ericsson's charging systems, BSCS, CBiO (Charging and Billing in One) and charging solutions from the acquired Telcordia. These solutions comprise a mix of converged, prepaid and postpaid deployments around the world.

Ericsson says its charging and billing solutions allow communication service providers (CSPs) to handle all customers, partners and services in a streamlined, convergent process, covering prepaid and postpaid, voice and data, fixed and mobile, retail and wholesale in real-time. Traditional telecom services such as SMS, MMS, voice and broadband including bundled quadruple play offerings are all supported. Ericsson also supports new machine-to-machine offerings and advanced subscriber and partner management capabilities, which creates vast opportunities for operators to innovate, the company said.

"[Ericsson] is well-positioned with the right mix of OSS/BSS assurance, fulfillment and billing products and corresponding support, consulting and systems integration services to further expand on its No. 1 market-share ranking," noted Larry Goldman, partner, head of telecoms software research, Analysys Mason.

Data from the World Cellular Information Service (WCIS) shows that Ericsson has nearly one-third (31 percent) of global charging and billing solutions subscriptions.

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