Delivers agile online charging for high-growth mobile, cloud and IoT services
Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 22, 2018 Oracle today announced the latest version of Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (NCC), a key product in Oracle’s complete digital monetization portfolio which addresses communications, cloud and IoT services. A modern, standards-based online charging system for prepaid dominant mobile markets, Oracle Communications NCC expands the reach of Oracle’s digital monetization portfolio to help service providers, mobile virtual network enablers (MVNEs) and operators (MVNOs) in high growth markets, introduce innovative and interactive mobile offers to rapidly and cost effectively monetize their brands. Key capabilities introduced in this new release include 3GPP advanced data charging and policy integration together with support for contemporary, cost effective deployments on Oracle Linux.
The pre-paid market for consumer mobile broadband and Intelligent-Network (IN) voice services continues to grow globally. Ovum forecasts1 that the market for pre-paid mobile voice and data subscriptions will grow from 5.5B subscriptions in 2017 to 6.0B subscriptions in 2022 with highest net growth in developing markets. In addition, the GSMA estimates there to be almost 1,000 MVNOs globally with more than 250 mobile network operator (MNO) sub-brands, all seeking growth through brand differentiation.
For such operators, Oracle Communications NCC provides advanced mobile broadband and IN monetization, intuitive graphical service logic design and complete prepaid business management in a single solution. It supports flexible recharge and targeted real-time promotions, complete and secure voucher lifecycle management, and a large set of pre-built and configurable service templates for the rapid launch of new innovative offers. This is critical as competitive pressures and customer expectations mount, requiring service providers to rethink their services and how they can increase brand engagement and loyalty. With this evolution in services, it’s imperative that underlying charging systems evolve to meet these changing business requirements—across digital, cloud and IoT services.
“ASPIDER-NGI builds, supports and operates innovative MVNO and IoT platforms for Operator, Manufacturer and Enterprise sectors,” said David Traynor, Chief Marketing Officer, ASPIDER-NGI. “We use Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control as part of our MVNE infrastructure, allowing our clients to quickly deploy new mobile data and intelligent network services. Our clients demand the controls to deliver competitive offerings to specific customer segments and to support their own IoT business models. This release provides us the agility to accelerate our pace of innovation with an online charging platform that supports the latest 3GPP technologies.”
Oracle Communications NCC aligns with 3GPP Release 14 Policy and Charging Control (PCC) standards, including Diameter Gy data services charging, and supports comprehensive SS7 Service Control (CAP, INAP, and MAP) for IN services. In addition, it supports integration with Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) deployments, including Oracle Communications Policy Management, via the Diameter Sy interface. Such integration provides support for a wide range of value added scenarios from on-demand bandwidth purchases for video or data intensive services to fair usage policies that gracefully reduce mobile bandwidth as threshold quotas are met to ensure an optimal customer experience. Oracle Communications NCC may be deployed in a virtualized or bare metal configuration on Oracle Linux using the Oracle Database to provide a highly cost effective, performant and scalable online charging solution.
“This major release of Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control reiterates Oracle’s continued commitment to provide a complete and cost effective online charging and business management platform for the pre-paid consumer mobile market,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “With new features including support for policy integration and deployment flexibility on a contemporary, open platform, we are offering our customers a modern alternative to traditional IN platforms, enabling them to differentiate and grow their brands, and in turn, delight their customers.”
In addition to Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control, Oracle’s digital monetization portfolio also includes Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management and Oracle Monetization Cloud, which collectively support the rapid introduction and monetization of subscription and consumption based offerings.
Oracle Communications provides the integrated communications and cloud solutions that enable users to accelerate their digital transformation journey—from customer experience to digital business to network evolution. See Oracle Communications NCC in action at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 26–March 1, 2018, Hall 3, Booth 3B30. Ovum, TMT Intelligence, Informa, Active Users, Prepaid and Postpaid Mobile Subscriptions, February 09, 2018
1. GSMA Intelligence—Segmenting the global MVNO footprint—https://www.gsmaintelligence.com/research/2015/03/infographic-segmenting-the-global-mvno-footprint/482/