By Nick Wennekers, Director Online Business Management Solutions
The GSMA has been adopting increasing use of RAEX for document exchange and update between GSMA operator members. The GSMA plans to expand the scope of current RAEX usage in order to enable operators to further benefit from the convenience of RAEX, by making it a required standard for agreement exchange and update.
GSMA rules indicate that all IOTs issued on or after 1st March 2013 must follow the rules defined in the relevant PRD published 19th September 2012. Even in cases where no changes are required to the contents of an IOT, GSMA operator members are still expected to create and exchange a RAEX IOT with all of their roaming partners before 1st September 2013. In support of the GSMA initiative, MACH will be offering maintenance and upload services, supporting IOT plan creation. The MACH service ensures that an XML file in the format defined by the GSMA is exchanged between operators and their partners, via the RAEX mechanism. This service will be supported from March 2013, in conjunction with GSMA schedules to extend the scope of RAEX support for all GSMA operators.
When operators outsource the TAP creation process or the IOT validation to MACH, MACH will be able to create their RAEX IOT files, thus saving their time and avoiding double input of IOT information in different systems, letting MACH manage their IOTs in a central place.
The GSMA rules are mandatory and bring efficiency to roaming agreement and tariff management, however, if operators agree bilaterally not to use RAEX, they cannot be forced to do so. MACH’s service helps operators to meet the compliance, without undue disruption to their operational processes.
Compliance to new rules and regulations can always seem to create an extra burden for operators to have to deal with. MACH provides a service to ease this burden, with its RAEX maintenance and upload service, thus minimising cost and disruption for GSM operators who need to comply with the extended scope of RAEX.