Belgian multi-service operator Mobistar has reportedly contracted Alpha Networks to provide it with an integrated operational and business support system solution with a view to supporting the former’s to-be-launched cable-TV and broadband services. According to Broadband TV News, with Mobistar aiming to offer services via the cable networks belonging to the likes of Telenet and VOO by the end of this year, as per the agreement Alpha Networks will deploy its modular Alpha Network Services software suite and set-up the interfaces with the cablecos in terms of business systems as well as technical monitoring.
Access to the cable networks comes in the wake of new regulations in Belgium which requires operators of such infrastructure to open it up for wholesale access. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in January 2014 Mobistar said it had made the necessary payments to the country’s cable operators for the introduction of the cable regulation, noting that the development meant such providers had six months in which to open up their networks. At that date Mobistar confirmed that it had paid Telenet and VOO (including Brutele and Tecteo) EUR600,000 (USD732,000) each as an initial contribution to the costs associated with the opening of their respective networks. According to Mobistar, the payments determined the start of the six-month period in which the cable operators ‘must offer the necessary technical and operational systems to potential wholesale customers’.
Commenting on this latest development, Jean Marc Harion, Mobistar CEO, was cited as saying: ‘The collaboration with Alpha Networks, will enable us to offer the consumers competitive cable TV and broadband services … The Alpha Networks solution simplifies the management of the customer life cycle independent on the underlying cable network and the control of our revenue streams in a cost-effective and scalable manner.’