TMF, GBA to Merge

The TM Forum announced today that the Global Billing Association (GBA) will become part of its organization

May 23, 2007

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- The TM Forum announced today that the Global Billing Association (GBA) will become part of its organization. The merging of GBA into the TM Forum underscores the Forum’s commitment to business support systems, particularly in areas associated with billing and revenue management. As part of the new arrangement, the GBA will retain its name, identity and strategic business focus, and will become the BSS community within the TM Forum. Its on-going initiatives will form a major working program within TM Forum’s Collaboration Program.

This arrangement will enable both the GBA and existing TM Forum programs to mesh ideas and create an integrated OSS/BSS roadmap for the industry. GBA’s expertise includes helping communications companies maximize the efficiency of the whole billing process, and assessing the impact of new services and technologies to better understand the billing issues surrounding them.

“Bringing the GBA into the TM Forum will allow us to provide the industry with a single operational roadmap and enhances our expertise in the BSS arena,” said Keith Willetts, Chairman of the TeleManagement Forum. “Today’s fiercely competitive market demands as much integration and automation as possible at the operational level. Joining with the GBA is part of a number of coordinated steps we are taking to ensure that any gaps or duplication within the organization are eliminated.”

“From an industry perspective, the time is absolutely right for this move, for the OSS and BSS communities to come together,” said Alex Leslie, CEO of the GBA. “It also strengthens both organizations, and significantly enhances the value that can be delivered to the industry.”

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