· Intec WLAN Solution integrates convergent mediation and settlement solutions to provide complete collection, rating, revenue sharing, and multi-ledger support for WLAN network operators, fixed and mobile carriers, credit card companies and third-party data and financial clearing houses.
March 13, 2003 - Intec Telecom Systems has announced the immediate availability of a solution to the problem of generating real revenue from consumer Wireless LAN (WLAN, 802.11a/b/g or Wi-Fi) networks. The Intec WLAN Solution allows network usage capture, pricing and billing for a broad range of WLAN services consumed by roaming WLAN users. These services include WLAN user authentication, simple internet access, data traffic, VoWLAN, messaging, content delivery and many other IP based services. It can also integrate WLAN charging with the roaming wholesale charging on 3G, GSM, CDMA and conventional networks, allowing providers a solution to revenue generation across multiple access technologies.
The Intec WLAN solution integrates fully with a leading WLAN network access control system from TRANSAT, the Wireless Access Internet Node (WAIN). WAIN uses a variety of methods to authenticate WLAN users, including legacy RADIUS and SIM based authentication. The WAIN system solves the problem of closely controlling and metering network usage of WLAN roamers over the public IP network. For the mobile operator Transat’s WAIN allows high bandwidth services to be delivered through any Wi-Fi hotspot to the mobile customer.
Publicly accessible WLAN is growing rapidly, with many large communications providers announcing substantial rollout programs. The consulting firm In-Stat/MDR estimates that the number of WLAN ‘hotspots,’ or wireless access points, has grown from under 2,000 locations worldwide at the end of 2001 to more than 12,000 locations at the end of 2002.
The Intec WLAN Solution supports end-to-end financial transaction processing for:
* WLAN Network Operators, to capture any type of end-user activity on their networks, and to generate wholesale charges against mobile carriers, credit card companies, or other subscriber billing organisations.
* Organisations such as mobile carriers, wireline carriers, WISPs (Wireless ISPs), ISPs, credit card companies, or subscription resellers, to settle wholesale activity or roaming charges with partners
* WLAN Clearing Houses, to capture and price end-user authentication requests and service access, and to clear transactions for multi-lateral agreements between WLAN Network Operators and end-user organisations.
The Intec WLAN Solution is based on a combination of convergent mediation, settlement, payment management and roaming technology that is already proven in many current and next generation carrier networks.
Generating revenue from new services:
Publicly accessible WLAN is growing rapidly, with many large communications providers, including AT&T Wireless, BT and T-Mobile, announcing substantial rollout programs. Generating revenue from these networks is much less straightforward than it appears. Simple time or volume based charging on home networks using an ‘ISP’ model does not address the problem of customers wanting to roam onto other providers’ networks or hotspots. In addition, more complex charging and revenue sharing activities, such as for premium content or transactions, are not available with flat-rate, access-based models.
The Intec WLAN Solution solves these problems. By collecting and processing usage and traffic data from WAIN servers, or other charging gateways, then interfacing with a variety of roaming and billing systems, it allows all customer activity to be securely and proactively identified, rated and billed. The Intec WLAN Solution also includes full capabilities for dealing with roaming users, pre-paid, post-paid and current-paid models, balance management and authentication, rating and revenue sharing, and content and transaction identification. It can also be linked into financial systems such as SAP and Oracle Financials and operated within or alongside existing subscriber billing systems.
“WLAN represents a major challenge to existing mobile communications business models,” said Intec CEO Kevin Adams. “By using the public IP network to deliver service and capture billing data, the WLAN market provides exciting opportunities for providers both inside and outside of the existing telco sector to extend a new kind of service to customers. We believe it will happily co-exist with 3G and GSM/CDMA access as it has unique strengths, but it is never going to be a complete answer to mobile access. The Intec WLAN Solution has be designed to help providers solve the technical issues of revenue generation from WLAN users who want to roam across networks and who will be generating significant revenue potential from activities that are not easily billed using flat-rate type models.”
The Intec WLAN Solution is built using a number of existing Intec systems, each of which has been extensively proved in major production sites, including the world’s major wireless providers and the first production 3G networks. Intec’s convergent mediation system, Inter-mediatE, collects usage information from any kind of WLAN login and transaction server, charging gateway, switch, or roaming and billing system, and processes it according to user-defined business rules to generate complete, accurate, error-free records that contain all the information required to initiate rating and revenue sharing activities. At this stage any necessary third-party authentication, balance management and payment validation can be made using Intec’s Active Payment Mediation component before confirmation to content delivery or transaction servers that the user request is allowable.
Validated usage records are then passed to InterconnecT, Intec’s market-leading partner-to-partner billing system for rating, revenue allocation, and billing. At this stage the Intec WLAN Solution can incorporate roaming data provided by other WLAN access companies to ensure that customers enjoy a seamless experience and accurate billing regardless of location or home network. Billing data can also be sent for processing by other systems, such as those used for GSM, CDMA, 3G or ISP customers, if the WLAN access is billed in that way.
“The Intec WLAN Solution will allow providers to ensure that have both service flexibility and maximum revenue potential as this exciting opportunity develops alongside existing access technologies,” said Intec’s CEO Kevin Adams, “The industry expects rapid growth in this area but it will stall if the revenue isn’t there to support it in the longer term. The Intec WLAN Solution is an end-to-end solution that customers can rely on, because it uses components that are already proven worldwide in high-volume networks.”
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Intec Telecom Systems
Intec Telecom Systems is an award-winning worldwide Operations Support Systems (“OSS”) vendor for fixed, mobile and IP/next-generation networks, with more than 320 customers for its products worldwide. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange (Code: ITL.L) in June 2000. Intec is the market leader in intercarrier billing systems and one of the top 2 suppliers of convergent mediation software. The company is currently listed in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s top 500 fastest growing companies in Europe, growing international sales by almost 400% in 3 years. Intec’s portfolio includes:
· Inter-mediatE™ - convergent mediation solution
· InterconnecT™ - intercarrier billing including US CABS and ITU
· Inter-activatE™ - flow-through provisioning and activation
· Inter-contenT™ - end-to-end content settlement
Intec’s customer base includes, among others, AT&T, BellSouth, BellSouth Peru, Brazil Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic), COLT Telecommunications, EBT (Taiwan), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Maxis (Malaysia), Singtel Optus (Australia), Orange, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia, TPSA (Poland), SBC, Swisscom, T-Mobile International, Telia (Sweden), Telkom South Africa, Telstra, US Cellular, Westel (Hungary), Vodafone and Verizon. For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the website at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com.
Transat provides carrier-grade software systems for the integration of wireless LAN and carrier grade networks. Transat’s software is in commercial service today, enabling SIM, smart-card based, prepaid and pin and password authentication, controlling network access and inter-network roaming. Uniquely, Transat creates transparency of services between wireless and WLAN networks enabling carriers to create a simple, secure user experience similar to a cellular phone. Public access and enterprise systems are supported. Transat is headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, and is funded by Acorn Campus, Bay Partners, Genesis Campus and Intel Capital. More information about Transat Technologies is available at http://www.transat-tech.com.
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