This photo is of a carved Koran holder masquerading as a mobile phone stand and was taken in Tashkent by Mary Loosemore.
It’s a great photo and serves as a nice illustration of the expansion of mobile services in Central Asia. To cope with this expansion Nokia Siemens Networks is working with UCell in Uzbekistan.
Providing transparent (and hopefully simple) billing systems is vital for operators. UCell (the brand name for GSM operator FE Coscom LLC) has selected our charge@once “convergent mediation” solution.
As explained clearly on Wikipedia: mediation platforms get their name from their behavior; they “mediate” between a variety of other systems.
Charge@once is essentially one of the vital, unsung “hero systems” in a telecom network that keeps track of all the calls people make and explain their billing clearly.
There’s a lot more to them than this. So watch this space for more insights into the nuts and bolts of telecoms networks.