PRESS RELEASE

Openet Issues Comment on Net Neutrality Ruling

April 8, 2010 - Openet

DUBLIN, Ireland – April 8, 2010 – Openet, the leading provider of Transactional Intelligence for the world’s largest and most innovative network service providers, today commented on the April 6, 2010 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Net Neutrality. The decision focused on the FCC’s authority to cite operators for actively managing subscriber’s resources available in the context of certain services.

The decision supports broadband as a service operating as part of a healthy, open marketplace with competitive pressure driving innovation and pricing that benefits the consumer. The decision reaffirms broadband operators’ ability to define their position within the marketplace in any way they choose. This freedom enables operators to compete with new business models that provide for lower overall fees for most subscribers with offerings that guarantee higher resource availability with significantly higher bandwidth requirements.

While this ruling protects the innovation and consumer choice enabled by competing business models, it also represents significant network management challenges for operators who must now implement these models. Operators must deploy real-time Transactional Intelligence to support business logic within every facet of the network, to manage traffic dynamically in response to context and to charge for resource consumption fairly and in real time. Airtight policy management and convergent charging strategies and solutions remain critical to operator success.

“This week’s court ruling against the FCC’s authority to set Net Neutrality regulations does not impact the challenge of network management. It reaffirms the importance of new business models based on competition and on serving the needs of consumers,” said Mike Manzo, Openet CMO. “Subscribers will ultimately dictate the success—or failure—of individual operator business models. Policy control and charging tools are the key to intelligently managing network resources and enforcing operator pricing and rules. It will be interesting to see how the market responds when network assets begin to generate revenue, instead of only managing it.”
For more information on Openet’s stance on how the court ruling will impact the market, please visit: http://178.128.46.162/net-neutrality/index.html.

About Openet
Openet is a leading worldwide provider of event processing and transaction management solutions.  The Transactional Intelligence of the company’s solutions extracts increased value from diverse service provider networks, enabling rapid introduction of new services and reliable, cost-effective management of existing services.  Openet is focused on delivering best-in-class network edge solutions and specialized engagement processes that create business value from network activity.  A global company, Openet’s implementations include long-running engagements with the world’s leading service providers such as BT, Orange, AT&T and Verizon Wireless.  For more information, visit www.openet.com.
 

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