3G billing systems on the mind of Aussie telcos

Two of Australia's leading telcos have already readied themselves for third-generation wireless (3G) services with the implementation of a data compatible billing system.

Cable & Wireless Optus has implemented an ADC billing system for its GPRS network, which is currently available for corporate customers.

David Hislop, vice president, consulting services for ADC, said Optus had been using various versions of its Singl.eView billing system for at least five years and had modified this system to cope with the next generation of mobile services coming online.

Hutchison Telecoms has also appointed ADC to supply the billing system for its 3G business.

In a five-year deal worth more than $10 million, announced in May, Hutchison said the new system would be operational by early next year.

Susan Buttsworth, director of billing and IT at Hutchison, said the business had changed enormously over the past 12 months and, as the business grew, so had the needs of the billing system and the IT department.

"The new system will allow us to be very responsive to the market, develop new products quickly and offer innovative billing services and solutions to our customers in both the short and long term."

Licences for the 3G networks were announced in March and will take effect from October 2002. Surprise bidders ArrayComm and Qualcomm have not yet announced plans for their billing system, while established Australian carriers Telstra and Vodafone declined to comment on their plans.

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