Cisco, HP Dial For ISP Dollars

Cisco Systems Inc.
and Hewlett-Packard Co. Tuesday debuted a new program geared to
Internet service providers (ISPs) seeking alternatives to flat-rate pricing.

Dubbed “The HP and Cisco Internet Usage
the initiative is based upon the Internet usage platform,
announced in April that uses HP’s
smart Internet usage and Cisco NetFlow technology.

The companies say the program will allow ISPs to incorporate information on
subscriber usage into marketing and performance monitoring efforts. The
platform will also allow service providers to implement usage-based billing.

“With increased
competition, service providers struggle to differentiate themselves. This
innovative technology enables service providers to maximize profits,
increase service levels to customers–ultimately reducing customer
turnover,” said Bernard Guidon, senior vice president and general manager
of HP’s telecom business unit.

Cisco and HP have also set up a program to assist ISPs in choosing
applications and integration partners.

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