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Issue 40(04/2008)

Let us COMMUNICATE beyond technology and together understand the latest industry trends, analyze successful cases, find out about leading technologies and much more.
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Editorial

Zhan Linkun, Director of Huawei A&S Technical Sales: The telecom industry changes on a daily basis with new and rapidly growing information services. An environment that integrates telecom, Internet, media and entertainment (TIME) will further promote convergence between the four.
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Experts' Forum

Tero Lehtonen, Chairman of OMA MCC: OMA is currently specifying a number of service enablers that utilize the charging enabler, and therefore it can be expected that realizations of OMA charging technologies will start emerging soon.
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As a development trend for the operation support system, convergent billing has a broad scope that is not limited by a single standard. Its development may follow different directions. However, which is the best direction?
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Cover Story

What's the best way to implement powerful real-time charging for a variety of new services? How to build a convergent billing system for future network support of personalized tariff packages and multi-service convergence? This cover story provides some insights.
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Main Topic

Entangled in the global mesh of network and service transformation, telecom operators have been forced to focus on enhancing their core competitiveness. This has in turn driven operation and maintenance (O&M) outsourcing in a new direction.
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The online charging system (OCS) provides far more functions than just online charging. It is a next-generation charging system significantly advanced in respect of the basic system model, core technology, and development mode.
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China Mobile has been using its Business Analysis Support System (BASS) to explore the huge potential of Business Intelligence (BI) technology.
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How to Operate

The operation support system (OSS) has played a significant role during the robust development of the telecom industry. It has proved invaluable in a number of aspects including customer services, service provision, service guarantees, forecasting, planning, charging, and accounting. What, then, is the OSS's development direction?
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What measures should be taken to avoid being downgraded to pipe providers and to tackle the challenges posed by increased customer retention costs, and decreased profitability?China Telecom is transforming to an integrated information service provider and has inspired many other operators by launching the Best Tone service.
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With over 36 million subscribers, China Mobile Shandong was ranked the nation's No. 2 regional operator in 2007 by the customer base and profitability. This achievement is attributed to the company's business and operation support system (BOSS).
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Interview

What is Huawei Software's mission? What are the new features embodied in its business scope, business model and organization structure? Find out the answers from the following interview.
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Solution

Huawei's NGIN) solution, based on its open, future-oriented architecture, is compatible with the traditional IN and delivers unified and convergent services. The solution also supports multiple network types including IMS, and integrates multiple external enablers to facilitate further service innovation.
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Huawei's convergent billing solution (CBS) offering high flexibility and open characteristic of IT systems, plus carrier-class reliability. With a core engine and modular design, it supports step-by-step implementation according to network status and future evolution strategies.
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Leading Edge

The next-generation broadband mobile network has greatly enriched mobile data services and accelerated its integration with the Internet. While mobile operators are providing richer and more diversified services, mobile charging support system has been confronted with a range of new challenges.
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