The decision, in July, by the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) to make high-frequency bandwidth spectrum available for 5G technology, was greeted by the U.S telecom industry with great delight, placing the U.S. on the path to lead global deployment of 5G. 

There has been a lot of talk recently about 5G wireless technology - which will likely be available for consumers sometime around 2020. The underlying agility and elastic nature of 5G will significantly increase transmission speed and capacity of all consumer devices, resulting in devices that will run 10 or even 100 times faster.

Adapting in real-time to changes in end-user applications, 5G technology will support vast amounts of IoT devices and connected vehicles using cellular networks, while smart-city energy grids, water systems, and immersive education and entertainment will become a daily reality. Transitioning to this technology will naturally make cable-based infrastructure - superfluous.

Mobile subscribers across Africa have reached over half a billion - presenting a new frontier with vast opportunities for MNOs. This certainly explains the current hype around the AfricaCom conference scheduled for mid-November in Cape Town, South Africa. BillRun, of course, will be there too. Will you?

Lower smartphone prices are driving a digital revolution in Africa. According to a recent report, there are over half a billion smartphone users across the continent – a number expected to reach 725 million by 2020. This poses a huge opportunity in the next few years for mobile data services, as mobile internet access reaches unprecedented levels.

In fact, Africa is the fastest growing market worldwide in adopting new mobile technologies - a result, mainly, of lack of fixed-line Internet connectivity. Notably, mobile technology is already contributing to Africa’s economic growth and productivity, as telcos develop new products to boost their user base. Services in such areas as health, agriculture, education, energy and water management are being transformed entirely. Mobile internet connectivity is unlocking vast opportunities for consumers, increasing employment; enhancing financial services and businesses; and powering entrepreneurship.

BillRun provides billing for international roaming, ensuring seamless implementation of intricate calling and data plans for both postpaid and prepaid subscribers.

Roaming abroad billing - as easy as one-two-three

Supporting even the most complex plans, BillRun enables mobile service providers to bill all subscribers who are travelling abroad and using a foreign network for calling or data usage. Examples of such plans may include: A fixed price for a specific date range in selected countries; or: A predefined data package size, defined for use in two specific countries, within certain dates, for a fixed price per day.

In addition to many roaming plans that are often based on a predefined duration abroad, here is an example of an innovative annual plan uniquely supported by BillRun: Free text messages and calls to any number in the home country, plus data usage abroad for a predefined number of days from the beginning of the year; usage exceeding that number of days is charged at normal rates.

BillRun Cloud Billing-as-a-Service, launching in August 2016, provides per-subscription billing, rather than per transaction, providing cost savings and maximizing customer LTV (lifetime value)

Running a business poses unceasing challenges, such as: managing and growing your customer base; ensuring that your employees stay motivated; keeping your suppliers and partners on their toes to support your business; and making sure your shareholders are happy.

Yet, early stage businesses, in addition to all these struggles, must also justify their bare existence; gain the trust of initial customers; and establish a platform for success. This is quite a mission to handle!

Here is some good news for new businesses:

Embraced as a popular software delivery method by a growing number of businesses, SaaS (Software as a Service) has reshaped the entire software industry.   

A service delivery model easily adoptable by practically any type of business application, SaaS is typically accessed through a web browser by users who subscribe to a service, and is often based on a centrally-hosted software.

Over the past few decades, several global software enterprise giants such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and others, following in the footsteps of companies as Salesforce and Workday who are already dominating this market, have shifted their strategies, incorporating SaaS-based cloud products and services in their offerings. This trend has resulted in the emergence of SaaS into an eco-system with a market value expected to reach $33 Billion by the end of 2016, and double within the next decade.

When examining the key drivers that have prompted this significant shift to SaaS-based cloud services, there are several different factors which should be considered..

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