Rethinking Telco Data Sharing to Allow Faster, Cheaper Failures (and Occasional Successes Too!).

Posted by Peter Mueller on Jun 13, 2017 2:49:40 PM

At ATS, we work at the intersection of Telecom and IT and, in order to focus our efforts on what we’re really good at, we outsource our IT wherever possible.  So, naturally, we’ve turned to a few of the big cloud providers for help here.  If you’re using our services, you’re also using AWS’ and Google Cloud Platform -- they’re both too big and impressive for any mid-size software company like us to ignore, and we firmly believe our customers are better served when we focus on what we're really good at, which is developing software.   But, when you dig a little deeper, you realize that some of the cloud providers' tech offerings tell a tale of how they got big and impressive in the first place.  What can the Telco industry learn from the rise of these Retail and Search giants, given what they've exposed as cloud services?  

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Topics: Cloud, Cloud Computing, Telecom Data Analytics, Usage Based Billing

ATS Completes Analysis of Shentel DSL Usage Meter

Posted by Ryan Guthrie on Mar 8, 2017 9:27:14 AM
Shentel recently engaged ATS to perform an independent audit on the accuracy of the systems and procedures used to drive the usage meter for DSL subscribers. ATS deployed its stamper boxes to emulate Shentel DSL customers and generate internet data usage for one full billing cycle.  The data generated by the stamper boxes was then compared to the Shentel billing system to validate its accuracy.  The full report including details of the analysis and the results can be downloaded HERE.
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Topics: Usage Meter Accuracy, Usage Based Billing, Shentel, Broadband

Case Study: Usage Meter Accuracy

Posted by Ryan Guthrie on Feb 8, 2017 2:01:00 PM

Years ago, ‘all you can eat’ plans, the staple of internet service provider’s (ISP) high speed data billing, were great for attracting customers. But today the popularity of YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and countless other video outlets have turned the tables on service profitability. Thus, in the U.S. cable internet market, all signs now point to the widespread adoption of usage based billing.  The same kind of tiered, usage based billing plans that are now popular in cellular.

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Topics: Case Study, Broadband, Usage Meter Accuracy, Usage Based Billing

Ensuring Accuracy in Usage Based Billing for Broadband

Posted by Ryan Guthrie on Sep 10, 2014 10:05:00 AM

Interview with Ryan Guthrie by Dan Baker, Contributor to B/OSS

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Topics: Usage Meter Accuracy, Broadband, Usage Based Billing