T-Mobile Austria seeks billing edge with virtualised Openet system

T-Mobile Austria future-proofed its billing systems with a deal to deploy an Openet fully converged and virtualised billing system, the Ireland-based BSS company said.

The Austrian subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom is set to deploy Openet's Evolved Charging Solution (ECS), a move the BSS company said provides a next-generation rating and charging system for T-Mobile Austra's existing services while enabling the operator to fully monetise new services moving forward.

Openet said it will supply the ECS for T-Mobile Austria's pre-pay and post-pay customers in the consumer and enterprise segments. The company added that the fully virtualised solution allows T-Mobile to create dynamic, personalised, services for its subscriber.

Niall Norton, Openet CEO, expanded on the statement, noting that the deal provides T-Mobile Austria with a "host of new functionality" that will enable the operator to improve customer engagement and "rapidly introduce a new advanced data tariff portfolio later this year."

For Openet, the T-Mobile Austria deal "validates the quality of our technology" and highlights the "technical strength of our team and its ability to carefully articulate the future value of virtualisation to MNOs globally," Norton added.

T-Mobile Austria CTO Ruediger Koester said the operator will utilise Openet's ECS to "launch differentiating new products in our increasingly competitive marketplace."

Austria has long been noted as one of Europe's most competitive markets. However, consumer prices are beginning to rise in the market after the number of full MNO's in the market was cut from four to three following Three Austria's acquisition of Orange Austria in early 2013.

According to figures from Arbeiterkammer Wien (AK)--the Vienna Chamber of Labour--the cost for average phone and SMS users increased by around 29 per cent between September 2013 and December 2014, while the average cost for mobile data users increased 78 per cent over the same period.

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