LONDON, February 3 /PRNewswire/ -- European mobile operators are in the process of adapting their networks to comply with the new EU regulation that comes into effect on July 1, 2010 and will prohibit operators from charging roaming customers for redirecting calls into voicemail while on a visiting network.
Roamware estimates that European operators will collectively incur an annual cost of between euro 130m and euro 150m for re-bounding international voicemail calls*, known in the telecoms industry as 'tromboning'. To reduce the costs of tromboning, Roamware has introduced its patented solution, Voicemail Call Completion (VMCC), and is working with European mobile operators on its deployment. The EU regulation has seen increased interest among mobile operators. So far, 40 mobile operators have implemented the solution.
The EU's fundamental issue was that roamers could not exercise discretion in accepting voicemail messages, unlike a phone call which they can refuse to answer. Using Roamware's enhanced Voicemail Call Completion service in the home network, the Roamware software recognises when the customer is not available to answer a call and deposits it into voicemail without the call ever leaving the home country and incurring roaming charges, said John Jiang, CTO and EVP - Product Management at Roamware.
The EU regulation aims to ensure that subscribers are not charged an additional fee for receiving voicemail messages while abroad. Subscribers are frequently charged for two international call legs for receiving voicemail in a different country as the call is first directed from the home network to the visited location and then back to home network where the voicemail is located.
Jiang continued: The Voicemail Call Completion service has not only ensured compliance ahead of the deadline, but enabled several European operators to achieve considerable savings. Deployment costs are recovered in less than six months with the additional savings.
The cost of compliance, without VMCC in place, in terms of payout to roaming partners for trombone calls would be several million euros. In addition, this new technology has enabled us to accrue savings from terminating the voicemail calls to non-EU roamers locally. For mobile customers, it's all about an improved roaming experience.
*Based on the level of roaming traffic in Europe as reported by the GSM Association.
About Roamware, Inc.
Roamware, Inc. is the leading provider of roaming and mobile financial services solutions with a customer base of over 400 mobile operators across 150 countries.. The company is the global leader in mobile roaming solutions with an estimated 60 per cent market share of the voice and data roaming segments for GSM, 3G and CDMA technology platforms. Roamware m-commerce and mobile banking solutions have been successfully deployed by major banks and global operators around the world, including: Vodafone, Permanent TSB and Bank of Ireland. Its solutions range from credit transfers, international remittance, person to person transactions to top-up and bill payment. The company is headquartered in San Jose with operations in Brussels, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi Singapore, Dublin, Johannesburg, Amman and Hong Kong.
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