Telco billing system provider launches

Telco billing system provider launches

New platform offers integrated billing, provisioning and customer management

A new billing systems provider has launched an integrated platform for resellers, ISPs and wholesalers to use in conjunction with Australian telecoms services.

Utilibill managing director, Igor Green, who has worked in the billing space for the past eight years, claimed it was the first agency to offer an all-in-one Web-based billing system. It will come up against established providers such as Select Software and Nimble.

The Utilibill platform offers a full range of back office services, including bill processing and pricing and customer management. It integrated directly with Telstra's back-end systems (LOLIG), eliminating the need for resellers to enter information into two separate systems, Green said.

"This means our users can go into the system and modify a particular service straightaway, rather than have to go into Telstra's site to find it," he said.

"Providers get a wholesale agreement with the carrier, then we handle the processing for them: we'll pick up the call record files, process and price them, and then create the bills to send on to end customers."

The platform is based on Dell server clusters running MS-SQL, Apache, Java and AJAX with a Web objects layer.

Using its system, resellers can provision and bill customers for a raft of services, including fixed and mobile, dial-up, DSL, satellite, VoIP, Web hosting and email.

Utilibill supports various carriers, including Telstra, Optus, AAPT, Soul and Unitel. Green said several un-related services could be combined onto a single customer bill.

Since launching earlier this month, the company has already signed up 75 service providers. Green said these included small start-ups and medium-sized companies such as telecom franchiser, Telco In A Box. It was also undertaking billing and provisioning for broadband wholesaler, National Telco Network.

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