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Altice Selects Netcracker Cloud BSS for Revenue Management

Netcracker Technology | June 23, 2022

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Altice has chosen Netcracker Cloud BSS and Professional Services to offer a SaaS-based solution with improved revenue management capabilities for its affiliates in Portugal, France, Israel, the United States, and the Dominican Republic, according to Netcracker Technology.

Altice will implement Netcracker Cloud BSS on AWS to give the operator with cloud-native technology, a SaaS deployment model with evergreen upgrades, and future-proofed capabilities, allowing the operator to reduce on-premise gear and increase flexibility.

Netcracker will also provide complete services, such as analysis, design, integration, migration, DevOps, cloud operations, and training, to assist the operator in smoothly migrating, integrating, and operating the solution across its global subsidiaries. For new services, the new revenue management solution will cut costs, enhance billing accuracy, minimize time to market, and enhance order to cash.

“We are excited to start this new chapter with such an innovative and global industry leader. Our advanced portfolio of cloud products and services will drastically accelerate and streamline Altice’s billing capabilities to help achieve seamless growth in all markets,”

Sylvain Seignour, President of Netcracker

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In order to document the evolutionary software design implications for virtualized services,in this section we briefly examine the traditional telecom services software design model and then concider the changes inherent with the emerging distributed virtualized model.

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Netcracker Receives Top Ranking in Telco Republic’s Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems Market Assessment

Netcracker Technology | July 21, 2022

Netcracker Technology announced today that it has been ranked as the leader in Telco Republic’s inaugural Disrupter Quintant for Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems. The report evaluated eight of the leading technology suppliers in the BSS/OSS market across a number of key strategy and execution criteria. Telco Republic has positioned Netcracker as the leader in the Disrupter category due to a number of factors, including future-proof technology innovations; the ability to address all next-generation BSS and OSS requirements in a single suite supported by professional services; and the expertise to guide CSPs toward forward-looking architectures and use cases. “Netcracker’s work with leading-edge digital service providers, its integrated digital platform and strong innovation strategy were just a few of the reasons that we placed the company in the leading position of our first-ever Disrupter Quintant, a competitive ranking of vendors that specialize in innovation and disruption in the emerging Next-Generation Telecom Operations and Business Support Systems market,” said Martina Kurth, CEO and Founder of Telco Republic. “With the market trending towards automation, AI, analytics, machine learning, omnichannel customer experience and critical partner ecosystems, Netcracker has the technology and foundational knowledge to remain extremely competitive going forward.” “Netcracker has been a leader in BSS and OSS for many years and is constantly pushing the boundaries of innovation, CSPs are concerned about challenges such as monetizing 5G services, delivering convergent bundles, deploying solutions in the public cloud and providing a consistent customer experience, and Netcracker’s expertise and background can help them navigate these new challenges.” Norbert Scholz, Head of Telco Research & Advisory at Telco Republic “This market-leading ranking from Telco Republic is strong validation of the successes we have enjoyed in recent years,” said Ari Banerjee, SVP of Strategy at Netcracker. “We have been signing high-profile deals that are based on the results of our commitment to research and development, working with partners across the industry and recognizing the critical role security, multi-cloud and customer experience play in the success of our customers.” About Netcracker Technology Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical digital transformation solutions to service providers around the globe. Our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions and professional services enables large-scale digital transformations, unlocking the opportunities of the cloud, virtualization and the changing mobile ecosystem. With an unbroken service delivery track record of more than 25 years, our unique combination of technology, people and expertise helps companies transform their networks and enable better experiences for their customers.

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VMware Report Warns of Deepfake Attacks and Cyber Extortion

VMware | August 09, 2022

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VMware | September 22, 2022

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