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? Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
As we approach the end of 2016, everyone starts to think about their new year’s resolutions and what they hope to achieve in 2017. While we all have some personal goals and resolutions, I believe that one of the top resolutions in the cable world is to become fraud free. Continue Reading
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? Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
It may sound simple but sometimes when we’ve worked in an organization for a long time, we can miss the obvious. It’s a sentiment captured well in the saying “cannot see the forest for the trees”. How does this apply to a business? Well, the reason that we go into business is to make money. It’s pretty obvious, right? However, I’ve noticed that sometimes different departments can get so wrapped up in the day-to-day running of the business that the bigger picture can be missed.
Even if the day-to-day operations of a business runs smoothly, it doesn’t automatically mean that the company will be profitable. The key to success is to identify areas that will either generate or save money. For a service provider, this can mean many things. Continue Reading
Global Internet penetration is at an all time high, with rates in mature markets such as North America and Europe exceeding 80%. These statistics indicate clearly that demand for IP services is being met wherever it’s needed, but how can operators continue to maximize profits as markets become more and more saturated? Continue Reading
Think your organization is exempt from in-house network abuse? Think again. A CFCA Global Fraud Survey of communication service providers found that dealer fraud was one of the top five methods of fraud, costing $US 3.35 billion annually.
In this scenario, customer service representatives (CSRs) or administrators with access to account information may upgrade friends or family to a premium service package or even provide free access to services. Continue Reading
Last summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposed new rules on carriers that intend to turn off copper networks and replace them with fiber, but said that carriers should feel free to make the switch as long as they keep providing the same service to customers. Continue Reading
Adding multiple layers of security is essential for any DOCSIS network. Service theft represents not only a lost revenue opportunity, but also may affect a provider’s bandwidth capacity, reducing quality of service for paying subscribers.
With this is mind, Incognito has implemented various security measures into our fraud protection solution to protect MSPs from threats like hacking and attacks, theft of service or speed boosts, and DoS attacks. These features include: Continue Reading