Sun Microsystems has joined forces with three other web-related infrastructure companies to develop an integrated system to help service providers make money from value-added services.
The platform ties together Sun's hardware with products from web infrastructure developer Inktomi, billing software specialist Portal Software, and networking startup Redback Networks.
The product will be aimed at service providers that want to begin making money from the content they provide, rather than from basic internet access, said Sanjay Swarmy, Portal Software's senior director of market development.
"The big differentiator for access providers is going to be price, and they will begin to offer content or information on a premium model. For instance, they will offer basic access but customers can get sports highlights for extra payment," he said.
The offering from the four companies features Inktomi's content distribution and streaming media software, which puts popular content to the edge of the network and at areas nearest to where most of the audience is most likely to be. Portal Software will include its billing product, which enables service providers to bill for content or on a subscription basis. Redback's SMS networking product enables service providers to deliver services to their customers.
The companies have also signed up Cap Gemini Ernst & Young to act as system integrator.
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