Telecom Lead Asia: Bangladesh mobile operator Banglalink has
signed a five-year deal with Ericsson to upgrade its charging system.
The upgraded charging system including IN expansion,
consulting and systems integration services, as well as support will enable
Banglalink to offer subscribers new and innovative value-added services.
Ericsson’s consulting and systems integration services
enable Banglalink to upgraded solution that will feature geographical
redundancy, meaning that it will remain functional in the event of any natural
disasters or network outages.
At present, more than 90 percent of Bangladesh’s mobile
subscribers belong to the prepaid segment.
“This is why we wanted to get a powerful unified,
consolidated and standard solution that provides us with a competitive edge in
prepaid services,” said Mohammed Osman, acting CEO and chief financial officer
“This upgrade will also make it easier for us to adopt
a convergent prepaid and postpaid billing system in the future. More
importantly, it gives us the ability to quickly launch new value-added products
and services,” Osman added.
By integrating the Ericsson OSS Navigator with the Ericsson
Charging System, Banglalink will benefit from more effective network monitoring
and improved service-aware network management.
The Bangladesh telecom operator will have access to a
combination of business and network data that will provide a holistic overview
of end users and network efficiency. Banglalink will be able to develop
innovative subscriber plans based on end-user behaviors and network
We are pleased to provide Banglalink with a robust charging
system that will help bring more innovative services to its subscribers. We are
also confident that this upgrade to the charging system will strengthen
Banglalink’s relationships with its customers,” said Per-Henrik Nielsen, president
of Ericsson Bangladesh.
Banglalink has more than 25 million subscribers. It is also
one of the leading subsidiaries within the Vimpelcom Group, currently the
sixth-largest telecom group in the world with operations in the Middle East,
Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and a total subscriber base of
more than 200 million.