LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wi-Fi Global Congress – The explosively expanding Wi-Fi market was brought closer to parity with traditional cellular markets today with the introduction of a new cloud-based Wi-Fi mediation, rating, billing, clearing and settlement service from Wi-Fi-offload and roaming leader Accuris Networks. Offered as a managed service extension to the award-winning AccuROAM™ platform and made possible through a strategic alliance with Total Software Solutions, Inc. (TSS), it will be available to mobile carriers, enabling them to ensure consistent billing when their subscribers roam or offload to Wi-Fi. The new service lets carriers maximize revenue generation and utilizes a secure, reliable international standard to capture and report Wi-Fi access usage. The announcement was made at the Wireless Broadband Association's (WBA) Wi-Fi Global Congress taking place on May 18-21 in London at the Tower Hotel.
Wi-Fi has become a critical technology for mobile devices, providing high-performance, low-cost IP access in parallel with LTE. Yet for mobile carriers to truly harness the capacity and coverage of Wi-Fi, it must become as simple to use as cellular with the appropriate industry standards for billing and charging. Now AccuROAM delivers one-stop shopping for Wi-Fi offload and roaming, simplifying service plans for the mobile carriers and communications service providers that rely on the platform.
“Accuris Networks' new cloud-based online settlement and charging service uses the WBA’s Wireless Roaming Intermediary (WRIX), an industry standard for bringing seamless and comprehensive revenue assurance to Wi-Fi service providers. The WRIX standard is an important part in connecting the worlds of Wi-Fi and cellular,“ said Shrikant Shenwai, chief executive officer of the WBA.
“Wi-Fi is becoming a critical and increasingly ubiquitous element in using mobile devices," explained Jeff Brown, CEO of Accuris Networks. "Adding seamless billing and settlement for Wi-Fi offload and roaming suppliers further strengthens the policy, charging and control features of AccuROAM and is a natural extension of this product family. We already provide detailed access, authentication and accounting for Wi-Fi network hub providers like AT&T and China Mobile International, so this new service creates an even richer, more compelling product and service portfolio.
"Our new alliance with TSS is what has made these service extensions possible. They are veterans of the industry with a long-standing and proven track record serving mobile operators and enterprise services providers worldwide. We are confident that our alliance is going to be a significant game changer for the industry.”
“We are proud of the opportunity to serve Accuris Networks,” explained Michael A. Browne, CEO of TSS. “Accuris Networks has been integrally involved with the WBA and other industry groups to ensure Wi-Fi services are as fully monetizable as other IP network and mobile services. Together, we will be delivering a comprehensive solution suite that is totally designed to ensure the success of mobile operators for Wi-Fi-to-cellular mediation, rating, billing, clearing and settlement. United, we are committed to delivering innovative products and services of the highest possible quality.”
The new billing and settlement service includes:
• Cloud-based scale-up and scale-out to support service providers of any size.
• Robust, web-based reporting and analytics.
• Support for legacy systems, regardless of protocol (TAP, CIBER, proprietary, RADIUS, etc.).
• Dynamic rating capabilities that support current forms of event monetization.
• Intelligent edit & validation (E&V) to manage and maintain data and event integrity.
• Built-in audit and system control processes, including rejection assurance mechanisms.
• Industry-approved SAS70/SSAE16-compliant security features to ensure subscriber and data privacy.
The new service is available now. For more information, visit www.accuris-networks.com
About Accuris Networks
With a deep heritage in mobile network policy and control, Accuris Networks is a global leader in connecting networks. Deployed by more than 100 customers, including the top 10 largest carriers in the world, the company is committed to simplifying Wi-Fi access. Its AccuROAM platform provides mobile carriers with a Wi-Fi offload and Wi-Fi roaming solution that includes smartphone client software, access server/gateway technology and billing integration designed to provide a seamless and secure user experience for data, voice and messaging services. For more information, visit Accuris Networks at www.accuris-networks.com.
About Total Software Solutions, Inc. (TSS)
TSS is a global leading provider of Operational & Business Support Systems (OSS/BSS). Serving the wireless industry for over 20 years and with +300 worldwide implementations today for 3G/4G wireless networks, their products and services are proven in the market to enable operators to increase revenues, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies. For more information, visit www.totalsoftware.com.