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Telstra kicks off BigPond billing trial

Telstra BigPond has kicked off the pilot of a new billing and activation platform, with 100 internal staff being used to help the Internet service provider test its functionality ahead of a wider launch in the second quarter this year.A Telstra spokesperson confirmed today that the pilot -- with staff who either had or were looking to set up BigPond accounts -- kicked off on Friday afternoon, in line with a revised schedule but a month to six weeks later than originally scheduled.

Telstra BigPond has kicked off the pilot of a new billing and activation platform, with 100 internal staff being used to help the Internet service provider test its functionality ahead of a wider launch in the second quarter this year.

A Telstra spokesperson confirmed today that the pilot -- with staff who either had or were looking to set up BigPond accounts -- kicked off on Friday afternoon, in line with a revised schedule but a month to six weeks later than originally scheduled.

He said despite the delay, the telecommunications provider was still on-course for a wider launch "in the April quarter".

BigPond -- Australia's largest Internet service provider -- is planning to consolidate its existing hotch-potch of billing systems to the single platform under a migration process expected to take about a year. Full commissioning of the new platform will allow the carrier to offer a wider range of bill payment options, expedite the process by which users can shift between Internet access technologies and introduce pricing initiatives more quickly.