Four Questions to Ask Your Mediation Vendor

by Danniel Elmbear Apr 11, 2017

In this blog, I’ll look at application performance in the context of mediation drawing on experience from over 350 DigitalRoute deployments.  Rather than try to weigh up an extremely broad set of possible features and functions and modes of execution, many of which may be reasonably similar to each other among competing products on the market, I will try to suggest some questions the telco might ask itself when reviewing its purchasing alternatives or, indeed, ask the vendor of the products themselves what they actually make available (in this example, off-the-shelf). Here, thus, is a list to ponder:

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Re-Casting the Mediation Decision: It's More Than You Think

by Danniel Elmbear Apr 10, 2017

If you try to talk about mediation to pretty much anyone except those people who work in billing mediation you’re likely to be met with a blank stare and a rapid excuse about “having to run because I’m on my way to a meeting.” For those of us in the mediation vendor community, this could be depressing. I mean, talk to an industry analyst if you want to know how bad our lot is: they’ll tell you that next to mediation, researching billing applications is downright glamorous. Fortunately for us, though, they’re wrong. And if you take that view of the importance of mediation, you’re wrong too. Let me explain.

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How I see Billing Mediation 

by Danniel Elmbear Apr 07, 2017

I’m writing this blog, in my new role, mainly to introduce myself.  I’ve just taken over the Product Management of Billing Mediation here at DigitalRoute so, before getting into the nitty gritty of various specific topics in future articles, I thought it might be a good idea to start with a helicopter view; letting you know who I am and what, in a broad sense, I think.

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Reflections on Mobile World Congress 2017

by Keith Brody Mar 31, 2017

A month after the doors closed on MWC 2017, initial impressions having bedded in, seems a reasonable amount of time to have taken reflect upon the state on the telecoms nation in the wake of the industry’s annual benchmark event.

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Blog MWC. Experience-Based Charging 

by Keith Brody Mar 01, 2017

In my errant professional youth, which is to say early in my career, I spent some years as a circulation director in the magazine industry, back in the days when the news came printed on paper and publications were sent by mail to subscribers. Every Monday, the logistics business apparently being as nascent as the publishing one (at least in comparison to where we are now), we would brace ourselves for the inevitable volley of complaints from unhappy readers who hadn’t received their weekly digest in the post. You’d be surprised how upset many of them got.

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Blog MWC Day 1, part 2

by Keith Brody Feb 28, 2017

In the last blog, the first from Mobile World Congress, I outlined the exercise of creating a new taxonomy for telco infrastructure (BSS and OSS, or otherwise) and our thoughts on the subject. This, perhaps predictably, led into the question of who would supply the various components in the taxonomy and how would they do it.

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The Next Element – Mobile World Congress Day One

by Keith Brody Feb 27, 2017

Commercial life is a quest for repeat business and Mobile World Congress is nothing if not that. As Day 1 of the world’s largest telco gathering starts, for those of us in attendance there’s that lingering sense of déjà vu all over again! This year’s telco-fest is presented under the banner “The Next Element” to which, at DigitalRoute, we might add “…only represents progress if it can communicate with the one that came before it”. This observation might be cynical were the truth of it not so often taken for granted and the reality thus so often problematic.

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Big Data and Football. No, Seriously

by Keith Brody Feb 24, 2017

Mid-February and the onset of Mobile World Congress once again finds me struggling to incorporate some sort of football angle into a blog about data integration. Think of it as my annual homage to Barcelona, or something like that.

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TMForum Live! Asia Blog Series - Digitization? Well, Yes and No. And Not Yet

by Keith Brody Dec 09, 2016

The second day of TMForum Live! in Singapore started with some sanguine observations about digitization, going beneath the headlines and plumbing the realities of what a sucessful digital transformation entails. Among the conclusions, flying solo isn’t going to be the best approach. 

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TMForum Live! Asia Blog Series - Prefacing the Internet of Things

by Keith Brody Dec 08, 2016

Discussions around the “hot” topic of the Internet of Things (IoT) at TMForum Live! in Singapore this week have displayed a refreshing lack of hubris given the telco industry’s collective predisposition for announcing every innovation as a game-changer. That may be because in the race to zero where the aspect of connectivity is concerned, there’s less of a vested interest in exaggeration but regardless, it’s clear that IoT remains embryonic and its prevalence is some time away yet.

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