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RE: Questions on the Draft
Tim Clifford noted that:
>...However another interpretation is found in the service
>gateway initiatives, which seem to say "as the operator i have access to
>services that you, the application/content community, do not." My hopefully
>favorable interpretation is that the operator could establish an location
>management service and sell that information to partners. this model could
>be replicated for prepay, authentication, network capability, etc.
>unfortunately i haven't seen operators talking about unbundling these types
>of services rather there's been more discussion, as hinted in Lars' comment,
>that the operators want to bundle all this stuff together into the access
>charges. i suspect such as strategy will severely crimp evolution
Some carriers are talking about unbundling, or rather, about having flexible business models that allow them to bundle or unbundle as they see fit. Formerly the system architecture explicitly prevented unbundling of proto-services like location or QoS could be unbundled; going forward, this must be strictly a matter of policy (e.g. ASP X makes a business arrangement with Carrier Y, whereby the ASP is allowed authenticated access to location information and the carrier charges the ASP according to a prearranged scheme, which might be flat-rate, per-access, or any other agreeable scheme).
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