Ericsson and Orange are expanding their business together in Switzerland. As part of the agreement, Ericsson will supply core components of the new hardware and software architecture supporting Orange Switzerland's business processes, or BSS. In addition, Ericsson will integrate the platforms into the Orange network and operate it over a five-year period under a managed services agreement. This cooperation expands the scope of the existing managed services agreement that was signed early this year and covers the operation and field service maintenance of the Orange network. Initially, the scope of the BSS project will comprise the billing of prepaid subscribers and the multi-mediation and multi-activation features, which will be harmonised on a common platform. Multi-mediation supports the retrieval and processing of user data from all network nodes, so that such data can be made available to IT back-end systems and billed in real time. Multi-activation provides Orange with fully automated real-time subscriber management capacities.