New billing system "quantum leap," says Rocom chief

Rocom Wireless won't be drawn on whether it wants to become a reseller of CDMA or GPRS mobile services.

Rocom Wireless won't be drawn on whether it wants to become a reseller of CDMA or GPRS mobile services.

However, the company has acquired a packet data billing system that would make such a move possible.

Rocom bought the system from Newcall Technology in exchange for Newcall’s parent company, Newcall Group, taking a 3.3% stake in Rocom.

The billing system is based on PCMS (proxy cache monitoring suite) developed by French company Idea System, and includes customer management software from New Zealand software developer Scimitar. It will enable Rocom to bill according to how many packets of data a customer uses rather than on how long the call lasted.

It can be applied to anything, including CDMA, GPRS and energy billing, says Rocom executive director Richard Guy, and in the future will enable micro-revenue sharing; that is, where many intellectual property owners in a payment process take a small transaction fee.

The PCMS-based system is a “quantum leap”, from the current system, custom-made for Rocom when its customer base was far smaller than today, he says.

Rocom will establish a wholly owned standalone company within a few months to operate the system and Rocom Satellite will be the first customer.

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