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June 19, 2008

Time to Ditch the Switch?

By Eve Sullivan, TMCnet Editor


With large IP carriers now providing comprehensive, economical PSTN interconnection and service inter-working, and service delivery platforms supporting cost-effective, margin-friendly IP service delivery, prepaid service providers are increasingly asking if now is the time to migrate.
 
This topic will be discussed during a Webinar, “Time to Ditch the Switch? For Prepaid Service Providers, the Economics of IP Migration Are Increasingly Compelling,” which will be held Wed., June 25 at 11 a.m.
 
This informative one-hour session will examine several of the shifting factors that are making IP migration increasingly compelling for prepaid service providers, including: The Basics of Prepaid Service Delivery Platforms: a look at the costs and components that enable IP service migration.
 
Also being discussed is: New IP-Enabled Business Model Control: how IP-based controls and innovations give service providers unprecedented control over margins and services to: easily, quickly self-customize services and rates by inserting new service logic, without waiting for and paying for vendor upgrades; expand service products while collapsing costs with IP-based capabilities, such as sharing access numbers across multiple service products and diverse rate plans; and maximize rates with new control to vary rates based on service provider defined factors.
 
Other topics are: The Wholesaler Migration to IP and its Negative Effects on TDM-Based Prepaid Providers; Upward Expansion: a look at how and why TDM-based service providers first migrated to IP, and then expanded into wholesale; and a look at the relative investments, risks and rewards of IP migration, cap-and-grow strategies, and TDM stasis.
 
After the presentation, the Webinar will be open for a live question-and-answer session with Kenneth Osowski, vice president of marketing and product management at Pactolus Communications (News - Alert) Software Corp; Brian Partridge, director of the Yankee Group; and Erik Linask, group managing editor of the Technology Marketing Corporation.
 
Eve Sullivan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Eve’s articles, please visit her columnist page.



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