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Nokia launches new solution to accelerate on-line charging


June 07, 2006

Espoo, Finland - As the charging and billing landscape is being transformed by a surge of prepaid subscribers and the convergence of networks, Nokia is taking steps to strengthen its position as a provider of advanced charging solutions with its enhanced Unified Charging Suite.

“There is a sea-change underway in charging,” says Mika Vehviläinen, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Networks, Nokia. “Most of the next billion subscribers will be pre-paid users, presenting operators with huge challenges to keep their account information up-to-date. Real-time charging is an absolute must in this changing environment. At the same time, network convergence is forcing operators to retool their charging systems to meet the needs of different types of network access. They need an on-line charging system closely integrated to the network to provide up-to-the-second charging information in a harmonized way regardless of how subscribers are accessing their services.”

“Nokia is ready to help operators manage this technology shift,” continues Vehviläinen. “With a sharp focus on sales, increased resources for future product development, and our strong existing solution, we are well positioned to expand our presence in this space and substantially grow our share of the charging and billing system market.”

The first concrete step in this campaign is the launch of the Nokia Unified Charging Suite 2.0 at Billing and Information Management Systems 2006 in London. The Unified Charging Suite is Nokia’s convergent charging solution, which allows operators to flexibly meet their entire range of charging needs. It gives operators the real-time information they need about their subscribers’ current prepaid balance - information that can’t be provided by their existing IT-based back office systems.

The Nokia Unified Charging Suite allows operators to use the same charging processes regardless of whether subscribers are post- or prepaid, are using voice or data services, or are accessing services via fixed or mobile networks. Charging can be based on access method or content.

Release 2.0 brings a new streamlined and open architecture, savings in operational costs due to functionality such as easy service deployment, and increased ARPU through targeted service offerings and bonus and loyalty programs. Convergent charging services can be offered thanks to common rating, accounts and business logic. A complete view of the customer base allows operators to gain unique insight into subscribers’ usage patterns, and use that information to create services that truly meet their customers’ needs.

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