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Webinar: From Wholesale Settlement  to Global Partner Management

March 2016

Webinar: From Wholesale Settlement  to Global Partner Management

by Dan Baker

A 40 minute webinar providing a sweeping view of the challenges and opportunities service providers face as they try to manage a far more complex wholesale and partnering scene.

Special Report: Wholesale Systems for Advanced Services

August 2013

Special Report: Wholesale Systems for Advanced Services

by Dan Baker

Plenty of technology and market changes are disrupting the telecom wholesale market: advanced services, new kinds of partners,,and the need to monitor relationships and services more closely than was ever required in the circuit voice world.  This article introduces a TRI special report discussing the kind of Wholesale Systems needed in this challenging marketplace.

Data Integrity Issues Go Global in the Telecom Wholesale Exchange

April 2013

Data Integrity Issues Go Global in the Telecom Wholesale Exchange

interview with Vic Bozzo

Wholesale systems enable operators to expand their global reach and work efficiently with partners in an increasingly interdependent telco business.  In this article, you’ll learn about: how many subsystems work together in support of the global trading exchange, why data integrity has become critical, and how wholesale business trends are affecting wholesale systems at Tier 1 and mobile operators.

Network Asset Choreography: Subex Teaches Analytics to Dance with Discovery & Life Cycle Management

March 2013

Network Asset Choreography: Subex Teaches Analytics to Dance with Discovery & Life Cycle Management

interview with John Brooks

Network provisioning and asset life cycle management is a foreign world to most business assurance professionals because it’s a domain that lives outside the order-to-cash stream.  This article explains how new analytics and network discovery techniques are enabling operators to better track assets, plan capacity, and pave the way for strategic network deployments and decommissioning.

Atlanta-lytics: New Telecom Conference Features Revenue and Customer Analytics

December 2012

Atlanta-lytics: New Telecom Conference Features Revenue and Customer Analytics

by Dan Baker

A new telecom conference on analytics in Atlanta (January 29 — 31) is shaping up to be a key event for people who want to stay abreast of this fast moving field.  Black Swan is hosting a half-day, pre-conference workshop entitled, “Financial and Revenue Analytics” featuring seven speakers, many of whom are contributors to this magazine.  Detailed program guide is enclosed.

Big Data Financial Analytics: Creating Business Value for Tier 1 Telecoms

November 2012

Big Data Financial Analytics: Creating Business Value for Tier 1 Telecoms

interview with John Devolites & Atul Jain

What exactly is an analytics company?  This interview with executives at TEOCO helps defines this new breed of telecom solution vendor — a cross between software, consulting, and assurance supplier.  Along with a few Tier 1 case studies, the interview discusses: big-data vs. sampling, analytics project management, and the importance of data access.

Margin Analysis: Bolting Profit Assurance onto a Revenue Assurance Platform

October 2012

Margin Analysis: Bolting Profit Assurance onto a Revenue Assurance Platform

by Efrat Nissimov

Margin analysis is one of the hottest trends in business assurance.  But what’s all the excitement about?  This article explains the benefits, the market forces driving its adoption, and its advantages over Excel and heritage data warehouse approaches in terms of flexibility, data granularity and quicker time to access.  The author also touts major cost savings if margin analysis is deployed as a module within an existing revenue assurance suite.

Partner Settlement: The Adaptable Chameleon that Lives Between Wholesale and Retail Billing

October 2012

Partner Settlement: The Adaptable Chameleon that Lives Between Wholesale and Retail Billing

interview with Arun Kalavath

Partner settlement has been around a long time, but its profile is on the rise because wholesalers are offering new services and content services are bringing settlements into the retail sector.  In this article, you’ll learn about the market forces changing the wholesale business, the expanded portfolio of services that require settlement, and advice on how to pick a settlements solution vendor.

Carrier Usage Audits: Why Regular Checkups Are the Key to a CSP’s Bottom-Line Health

August 2012

Carrier Usage Audits: Why Regular Checkups Are the Key to a CSP’s Bottom-Line Health

by Brian Silvestri

Many telecoms are wholly unaware of the risks of not having a solid usage auditing program for interconnect bills.  Rather than a once-a-year or once-a-quarter audit, this article makes the case for regular monthly audits.  Also discussed are: the different types of audits and organizations involved; the dangers of not auditing often; and factors to consider when selecting a cost-management vendor.

Partners in Carrier Management: The Success Story Behind T-Mobile’s Fiber Rollout in Wireless Backhaul

August 2012

Partners in Carrier Management: The Success Story Behind T-Mobile’s Fiber Rollout in Wireless Backhaul

interview with Bryan Fleming

Wireless backhaul is the unsung hero of the smartphone’s success.  This interview with T-Mobile’s carrier management architect for backhaul reveals the behind the scenes game plan for one of the most ambitious wireless interconnect programs ever.  You’ll learn about: the reasons for adopting a full-scale fiber strategy; the challenge of finding carrier partners; the clever techniques T-Mobile used to simplify and cut costs; advice on building great relationships with suppliers; and the key role that analytics, assurance, and visualization software played.

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