Intec launches Dynamic Charging Platform, allowing wireless carriers to deliver advanced network services against pre-paid and post-paid billing models
* A complete, configurable real-time interface between the network and the back office
* Carrier-grade technology for the most advanced next-generation services
London - June 23, 2003 - Intec Telecom Systems, a global leader in Operations Support Systems (OSS), today announced the Intec Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP), a new solution for wireless carriers that enables real-time, value based charging of advanced data network services such as content, mobile commerce and location-based services. Intec DCP bi-directionally connects and integrates, in real time, the network gateways, probes and servers that generate event information with the authentication, balance management and billing systems that form the basis of pre- and post-paid customer charging. Intec DCP, in conjunction with Intec’s Event Mediation Platform, Inter-mediatE, provides a complete, carrier-class solution for wireless service charging, from simple telephony to the most advanced next-generation services.
“Intec has many of the world’s largest wireless carriers as customers, for both mediation and billing systems. We know that charging for advanced services, particularly in a pre-paid environment, is right at the top of their agenda,” said Gary Bunney, the head of Intec’s Product Operations. “Customers, both pre and post-paid, need to be rapidly and securely authenticated to receive, or be barred from, high-value services, and carriers need to assure payment of all events. That means instant, two-way communication between network elements, pricing engines and customer billing systems, together with reliable post-event processing to ensure payment and service quality.”
As wireless operators focus on customer retention, acquisition and increases in ARPU they need to move away from commodity voice services towards the delivery of high-value wireless data services and applications. This applies to all network types including GSM/GPRS, CDMA, 1xRTT, UMTS and WLAN, covers all services types including voice, data and premium content, and all payment options including pre-paid, post paid and converged payment approaches. For post-paid this includes transitional post-paid as well as real-time post-paid for credit checks. Intec’s Dynamic Charging Platform is designed to solve these problems by acting as a complete, configurable, two-way real time interface between multiple network technologies and the back-office systems which ultimately permit profitable billing.
Intec Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP)
The Intec DCP is an enabling platform for active bi-directional control of real-time requests from the wireless network infrastructure to either enable or disable access to data services and premium content. Being an integral component of the transaction flow, Intec’s DCP is continuously available to reserve, monitor and update pre-paid balance credits, calculating the price through integration to third party rating engines or billing systems, providing advice of charge to the user, verifying service delivery, and providing service control logic to selectively signal session redirection to a customer service portal for subscribers that have reached a low balance threshold.
Network and OSS/BSS Integration
Intec’s DCP sits between the network infrastructure and the operators’ OSS/BSS components, bi-directionally interfacing with commercially available in-flow service inspection and control hardware platforms* such as Cisco CSG, P-Cube Service Engine, ProQuent MSSP, Volubill, Megisto MSDS, and others using open APIs and standard accounting and control protocols. It interfaces with existing pre-paid balance management systems for realtime balance retrieval and update. It also interfaces with rating systems for real time retrieval of subscriber information such as discounts, for advice of charge and payment mechanisms such as credit cards, or subscriber pre-paid and post-paid accounts. It works in unison with the existing infrastructure to act as an effective IP Service Control Point that interacts with key applications in real time through steering logic developed and optimised for the task
In a typical implementation DCP could be used with an event-based mediation system, such as Intec’s Inter-mediatE, to facilitate processing and distribution of final charging information to fraud systems, network planning systems, and possibly billing systems where combined pre-paid and post-paid payment plans are offered. When linked to Intec’s IntercontenT, Partner Management and Partner Revenue Sharing modules allow for complete business management of premium content services.
Intec’s DCP supports multiple payment methods, but particularly pre-paid wallet(s) for voice and data services in CDMA, GSM, GPRS, UMTS and WLAN networks. This allows a pre-paid subscriber to use any number of data services simultaneously such as a video download whilst browsing the web and sending email, with charges debited from a single pre-paid balance. Operators can now launch pre-paid data services without disrupting pre-paid voice operation.
Intec DCP enables service providers to deploy differentiated mobile data services, on a pre-paid basis, per transaction and per event. Charges can be based on any combination of criteria such as:
* Network elements including WAP Gateways, MMSC, GGSN, PDSN
* Premium content or class of content, such as sports, stock reports, news etc.
* URL of the web site visited, content accessed, ring-tone or Java app downloaded
* Duration or volume-based charging - Volume of data or the duration of the call
* Protocols used in the transaction, such as HTTP, POP3, SMTP, FTP, MMS, WAP, SIP – where charges can depend on number of messages sent, e-mail domains of recipients, size of picture or video message, etc.
* Location based charging – location of subscriber during the data session
* Time of Day Charging - peak and off-peak hours and time
For more information:
Andrew Rodaway +44 (0) 7768 808082
Intec Telecom Systems is an award-winning worldwide Operations Support Systems (“OSS”) vendor for fixed, mobile and next-generation networks (ie. WLAN, 3G and IP), with more than 330 customers for its products worldwide. Founded in 1997, Intec was listed on the London Stock Exchange (Code: ITL.L) in June 2000. Intec is the market leader in intercarrier billing systems and convergent mediation software. The company is currently listed in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu’s top 500 fastest growing companies in Europe, growing international sales by almost 400% in 3 years. Intec’s portfolio includes:
· Inter-mediatE™ - convergent mediation solution
· InterconnecT™ - intercarrier billing including US CABS and ITU
· Inter-activatE™ - flow-through provisioning and activation
· Inter-contenT™ - end-to-end content revenue management
Intec’s customer base includes, among others, BellSouth, BellSouth Peru, Brazil Telecom, Cable & Wireless, Cesky Telecom (Czech Republic), COLT Telecommunications, EBT (Taiwan), Eircom (Ireland), France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Maxis (Malaysia), Singtel Optus (Australia), Orange, Telecom Argentina, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia, TPSA (Poland), SBC, Swisscom, T-Mobile International, Telia (Sweden), Telkom South Africa, Telstra, US Cellular, Westel (Hungary), Vodafone and Verizon. For more information on Intec Telecom Systems, visit the website at http://www.intec-telecom-systems.com.
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