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2.5-3G Data Billing Technology Implementation

Objective

The Free-G project is aimed at stimulating 2.5-3G mobile data traffic by implementing advanced mobile data billing technologies on pan-European level. The project will implement mi800 - a billing solution that brings the principle of the successful wire-line free-phone 0800 to the realm of 2.5-3G mobile-Internet: business enterprises offer their customers subsidized air-access to their mobile web sites. Unlike 0800, mi800 requires sophisticated data billing technologies implemented at the infrastructures of the operator and enterprise offering the service. The fact that these parties are scattered across Europe, creates major interoperability, inter-working and roaming issues between different networks and service platforms. The Free-G project will demonstrate coherent and harmonized data billing for consumer appealing services. The results will be exploited for implementing a whole range of usage and content-based data billing solutions. The Free-G project is aimed at stimulating 2.5-3G mobile data traffic by implementing advanced mobile data billing technologies on pan-European level.

The project will implement mi800 - a billing solution that brings the principle of the successful wire-line free-phone 0800 to the realm of 2.5-3G mobile-Internet: business enterprises offer their customers subsidized air-access to their mobile web sites. Unlike 0800, mi800 requires sophisticated data billing technologies implemented at the infrastructures of the operator and enterprise offering the service. The fact that these parties are scattered across Europe, creates major interoperability, inter-working and roaming issues between different networks and service platforms. The Free-G project will demonstrate coherent and harmonized data billing for consumer appealing services. The results will be exploited for implementing a whole range of usage and content-based data billing solutions.

OBJECTIVES
The project objective is to implement mobile data billing technologies while addressing related pan-European interoperability issues and demonstrating:
- seamless integration of the data billing technologies with different operators' environments comprising billing and pre-paid systems, 2.5-3G infrastructures and mobile-Internet gateways;
- seamless integration of the data billing technologies with different business enterprise/content provider's mobile web sites;
- interoperability of the data billing technologies in a pan-European "many-to-many" environment, i.e. many mi800 web site accessed via many networks;
- interoperability of the data billing technologies in a pan-European roaming environment, i.e. a roaming subscriber visits home or foreign mi800 web sites;
- the mi800 business model, i.e. end-users spend more time in mi800 web sites; mi800 stimulates the overall 2.5-3G mobile data traffic.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Overall, the project will conduct interrelated trials and business validations of 2.5G "0800"-type mobile data billing, carried out in 4 European countries- Norway, Greece, Israel, and the UK. It consists of 4 phases. A site survey will be carried out for studying the mobile operators' and business enterprises' technological environments and identifying the necessary infrastructure adaptations, customizations and integration requirements. The second phase will consist of the actual adaptation and customization work. IT billing/pre-paid systems, their 2.5-3G infrastructures and mobile-Internet gateways and the mobile web sites technological platforms. The third phase will consist of the actual validation tests. End-users in those regions will enjoy subsidized air-access during the trial. An on-screen icon will indicate to them that they are not charged. The entire mi800 service cycle will be simulated and tested including scenarios demonstrating the technology interoperability and roaming between different operators, web sites and countries. The last phase will include research work aimed at validating the mi800 business concept. Test results will be analyzed and end-user patterns at the tested web sites before and after implementing mi800 will be compared. This phase will also include developing exploitation and dissemination strategies for the test results on a pan-European level.

Funding Scheme

BUR - Bursaries, grants, fellowships

Coordinator

ATOS ORIGIN IT SERVICES UK LIMITED
Address
4 Triton Square, Regents Place
NW1 3HG London
United Kingdom

Participants (11)

BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Waterside
UB7 0GB Harmondsworth, West Drayton
CELLCOM ISRAEL LTD.
Israel
Address
3 Hagalim Ave.
46131 Herzliya Pituah
EL AL ISRAEL AIRLINES LTD.
Israel
Address
Ben Gurion Airport
70100 Lod
FILMWEB AS
Norway
Address
Colosseum Kino 3.Etg
0369 Oslo
GARTNER UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Tamesis, The Glanty
TW20 9AW Egham (Surrey)
MOBILE ECONOMY LTD
Israel
Address
23 Hamelaha St. Ind. Park.
48091 Rosh Ha'ayin
MUNICIPALITY OF ATHENS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY S.A.
Greece
Address
5, Favierou & Mayer Str.
10438 Athens
NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE S.A.
Greece
Address
86 Eolou Street
10232 Athens
O2 (UK) LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
260 Bath Road
SL1 4DX Slough Berkshire
STET HELLAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS S.A.
Greece
Address
Kifissias Avenue 60
15125 Maroussi - Athens
STOCKNET - ASTON SECURITIES ASA
Norway
Address
Sommerogata 17
0255 Oslo