In today’s communications marketplace, personalization and targeting of unique services to individual subscribers ultimately drives success. MNOs are exploring ways to leverage their assets, primarily subscriber information, to create highly personalized mobile services like subscriber data management.
The mobile phone has become a highly valuable item for the end-user for the storage of their contacts, messages and favorite content; it is an integral part of their personal & business life. The phone and its data are vulnerable to loss or theft, putting at risk the business that it generates for the MNO.
Whether it’s for personal or business communication, over 4 billion mobile phone users worldwide are benefiting from the constant networked connections available to them via mobile operator services. The mobile handset and SIM have become important devices to manage your contacts and organize daily activities. Nowadays, our mobile phone often stores not only our contacts’ phone numbers, but also pictures, Mp3 files, birthdays, and much more. What happens if the handset and consequently the SIM Card are damaged or lost?
According to studies, it takes about 6 months on an average, for the subscriber to completely rebuild the contacts and have the same usage level as before the loss. This results in substantial loss of revenue that the mobile operator could have earned. Effective subscriber data management is therefore essential for a mobile operator’s continued revenue generation. The Subscriber Data Management solution covers several key areas of data sharing, protection and management to ease customer concerns and provide optimized performance and service reliability from the mobile operator.
SDM software facilitates the collection and aggregation of subscriber data across a range of networks, applications, and databases, and serves as a centralized repository for aggregated subscriber data. This is a remote backup service that allows users to save their contact numbers and photos and other data from the Handset and SIM card over the air to a centralized, protected storage site.
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The solution uses SyncML, the mobile data synchronization (DS) standard used by mobile device manufacturers worldwide, to synchronize the mobile device data with the backend server. Once the subscriber registers, the mobile device is detected and SyncML setting are sent to configure the device. On the other side, there is a Java™ applet on the subscriber (U)SIM cards, which detects any changes in the (U)SIM phonebook and allows to synchronize with the backend server.
The state-of-art web portal allows the subscribers to synchronize and manage their contacts and personal data.
Operator benefits –
• Support for a varying range of mobile devices based on SyncML standards
• Easy and convenient phonebook (SIM and Handset) synchronization
• Coverage for the complete range of mobile content, including text, multimedia, contacts, tasks, notes etc
• Self-care interface for easy access, receiving operator services and including updates or value-added services
• Effective, total backup services lifecycle management according to customer preferences (renewals, activations etc)
End User Benefits
• Easy to use data synchronization
• Device-independent data accessibility
• Peace of mind due to assurance of personal data safety, regardless of handset loss or damage
• Convenient access to personal data and centralized data management
As subscriber mobile data usage and quality expectations grow, the capabilities that SDM technology offers, combined with advanced policy controls and subscriber data analysis, will be essential for operators to proactively meet customer needs, manage network resources, and maintain high-quality service. After all, who wants to run the risk of losing all or part of one’s most vital data?