NetCracker BSS Consolidates C Spire’s Billing
C Spire Wireless, which serves the southern United States, is using NetCracker Technology’s convergent BSS solution to consolidate and manage all billing, customer account and service activation activities for prepaid, postpaid and hybrid customers. The new system aims to eliminate third-party components, to streamline and optimize operations, to reduce the need for customization, and to support the launch of complex new products and services.

Ericsson Hired To ‘Transform’ MetroPCS Network
Dallas-based wireless carrier MetroPCS Communications Inc. (which soon could be merging with T-Mobile USA) selected Ericsson as the equipment and services supplier for its distributed nationwide Evolved Packet Core network to enhance such key services as high-speed data, voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Rich Communication Services for MetroPCS customers across the country. Ericsson will be the project’s prime integrator with responsibility for design, installation and commissioning, and post-launch customer support. The Swedish giant plans to deploy its Evolved Packet Gateway on the SSR 8000 family of Smart Service Routers; its Mobility Management Entity on the Ericsson Blade System, MkVIII platform; and its integrated multitechnology OSS.
 
Aurora Signs Final Harmonic Paperwork
Aurora Networks Inc. signed the documents cementing its previously announced asset purchase of Harmonic’s optical-transmission-equipment business. Comments Scott Weinstein, vice president/New Business at Aurora, “We have already started the integration process, with many of the former Harmonic employees who will assist Aurora’s efforts to achieve an integration goal of four months joining our team. We firmly believe that this acquisition will increase our ability to innovate new technologies enabling us to continue to grow and provide our customers with solutions that will ensure their potential to meet future challenges.”

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