Irish software firms are as plentiful as pints of Guinness in their homeland, so two of them getting together might not seem like big news, but service delivery platform vendor Aepona's acquisition of fellow Ireland-based payments and settlements vendor Valista comes at a time when service providers may finally be ready to stretch how content is made available, charged for and consumed on their networks.
The future model the companies are pursuing is one in which carriers open their networks to all kinds of third-party application developers and end users customize their own flexible subscription packages to receive the content and services they most want. Light Reading Europe notes that Aepona customers like Telus and TDC may be further ahead than others in embracing this future, and Aepona partnered with several other companies recently to start the Service Broker Forum to address some of the complex issues presented by the new model. A flexible payments system from Valista also will help perfect the model.
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Aepona is one of the founding members of the Service Broker Forum