Samsung is quickly becoming a big player in the enterprise market. It has signed a deal with 3 Hong Kong, making the carrier the first to offer split billing (separate billing for personal and corporate data).
In a press release, the Korean tech giant announced:
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and 3 Hong Kong, a leading Hong Kong telecoms operator, today announced a strategic partnership to provide a split billing solution in Hong Kong, separating personal data and corporate data usage on KNOX, Samsung’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution designed to provide advanced data and privacy protection for both enterprises and consumers.
“KNOX represents Samsung’s strong commitment to make our mobile devices BYOD ready with the necessary security and feature enhancements,” said Injong Rhee, Senior Vice President of KNOX Business, IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “By combining 3 Hong Kong’s intelligent APN infrastructure and the secured split billing management of the Samsung KNOX platform, enterprises can now increase security through dedicated mobile network pathways for enterprise data and increase productivity while employee’s personal data plans are left untouched.”
“We are delighted to support the Samsung KNOX platform and that 3 Hong Kong is proposed to be the first operator in the world to conduct Proof of Concept (PoC) and trials to develop ‘split billing management’ to cater for customer needs,” said Daniel Chung, Chief Technology Officer of 3 Hong Kong. “This will allow both enterprises and consumers to better manage their mobile data costs independently in ways best suited to their usage patterns by choosing among various value-added and competitive billing plans provided by carriers.”
Enterprises will be able to remotely configure and manage split billing of their employees’ Samsung Galaxy devices. They can also choose which applications they want to include into their billing. This allows them to seamlessly enable and operate split billing without the need for end-user intervention.
The Split Billing Solution of Samsung KNOX™ will send out two bills, one on corporate usage and one on personal usage, to 3 Hong Kong enterprise customers who have subscribed to KNOX services with supporting Samsung devices. Administration and bill management can be handled with great ease. The service also gives peace of mind to IT/administration managers in avoiding employees’ bill shocks and reimbursement hassles.
Samsung and 3 Hong Kong are starting a pilot programme to put the systems needed into place for end-to-end integration and interoperability. With this feature, Samsung and 3 Hong Kong are providing enterprises with a key piece of the puzzle needed to implement and manage an effective Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.
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