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What’s En Route for 2017?

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The first fiscal quarter is a crucial time for any business executive. This is the time when meetings are held and strategies are set into motion, helping to shape the trends of the year ahead.

As the telecom industry continues to speed past an exhilarating 2016, it’s time to look at the new year. Here are my top three predictions for 2017:

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Broadband Service Trends – A Year In Review

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2016 has been a dynamic year for network service providers. We’ve compiled a number of articles regarding the current state and future outlook of broadband service innovation. Let us know what you think of 2016 and what you are thinking about for service innovation in 2017.

Learn more about how Active Broadband can enable service innovation with policy and charging control at http://www.incognito.com/products/active-broadband/.

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Are Lawful Intercept Requests Keeping You Up at Night?

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It’s a familiar scenario that every service provider is likely to face: legal authorities request IP usage records and information about the subscribers associated with those IPs to fulfil lawful intercept or copyright infringement violations. Given the sensitive nature of these requests, it is vital that the information you provide is completely accurate. Can you make that guarantee?

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Prepaid Services — Increasing Revenue and Improving QoS without Inflating CAPEX

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Like any good business, communication service providers (CSPs) are constantly searching for new ways to increase average revenue per user (ARPU). For a long time this was achieved by offering new service options such as IPTV or mobile subscriptions, which could be packaged into an Internet services contract to increase monthly charges. The challenge with this method of back-to-base is that at a certain point subscribers are going to turn down service enhancements that either aren’t affordable, or they may decide they don’t need anything beyond triple-play and become a static source of revenue. In addition, the trend towards all-IP services has resulted in long-time subscribers dropping traditional video and phone subscriptions in favour mobile data and over-the-top (OTT) content.

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Successful Projects: What’s Your S.E.C.R.E.T?

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Getting projects done on-time and accurately can be a minefield of trouble. With all the good intention in the world, projects can still go south quickly.

Why should this be so? Why do projects fail? A lot of the reasons can be traced back to the team relationships. Why do people get upset during projects? Why do relationships degrade? Why are attitudes called into questioned?

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Improve CSR Performance Through Gamification

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This blog was co-authored with Maik Hassel, Product Manager at Incognito

What are your biggest support costs? For most service providers, maintaining high quality support through a call center can be difficult — and expensive. Although the purpose of a customer service representative (CSR) is to provide assistance to subscribers, containing costs is one of the major goals at most call centers.

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Capacity Planning Survey: Are Your Numbers Accurate?

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Better management of network congestion and accurate capacity planning is crucial for keeping your customers’ happy, but inaccurate data and manual processes are slowing down organizational decisions for network capacity upgrades.

While voice, video, and Internet bandwidth usage continues to skyrocket, accurate capacity planning for broadband networks has become a vital topic in the industry.

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Best Practices for Usage Based Billing

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For those of us who have been involved in usage based billing since the early 2000’s, 2016 feels like “deja vu all over again”. While this is the year Internet service providers globally began to embrace usage tiered services, Canadian service providers pioneered usage based billing over 5 years ago and there are many lessons to be learned from their pioneering efforts.

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