Outsourcing of IT systems to third-parties operating in the 'cloud' is emerging as a viable option for cash-strapped and time-poor providers seeking a quick fix.

Most recently, VoIP/video calling firm fring has inked a deal with Comarch in which the latter firm is offering cloud-based billing services to support fring's new fringOut service, which enables low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles over its network. Billing counts in VoIP. Comarch provides real-time billing support across the product process, with payment solutions including those from PayPal and G2S.

Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, BSS product manager at Comarch, explained that the system needed to deliver a geographically distributed service capable of scaling to different devices, different vendors and different operating systems. Like many in the cloud-based billing sector, he says his systems can be assembled with "very short implementation time" and at much lower cost than developing in-house converged B/OSS systems. Comarch has other deals in the pipeline, he says.

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