Ericsson is introducing a set of new system solutions and features providing GSM operators and users of mobile data communication simplified log on, charging and payment.
Simplified log on
With the introduction of Automatic Device Configuration, managed by the network operators, GPRS users will easily get started with their mobile data services. At the first call, the new GPRS network solution automatically configures the handset, and the user can start using their GPRS-based services immediately.
With Ericsson's new Single Sign On feature, users only need to log on once and the resulting authentication is valid for entrance to all different Mobile Internet services and service providers.
Simplified charging and payment
The Ericsson Charging System enables all users to benefit from the same content and services, whether they have pre- or postpaid subscriptions. Deducting money from the account in real-time gives users control over their spending and operators the possibility to prevent credit overruns. All services can also be accessed by pre- as well as postpaid users when roaming into other networks.
With Ericsson's Flexible Bearer Charging solution, operators will be able to differentiate the GPRS bearer charge for different services. This means tariffs can now be based on volume, content and/or service, enabling operators to offer their customers more flexible, easy to understand and competitive tariffs for new data services.Payments and revenue sharing are key to attracting independent content providers (e.g. media companies) to the mobile channel. The Ericsson Mobile Commerce Platform enables operators to handle purchases on behalf of the content provider and the user, providing the necessary authentication, 'contract signing' and payment services. Users are provided with attractive content and operators gain from increased traffic in their networks.