India’s Vodafone Idea (Vi) has become one of the largest customers for Ericsson Charging integrated with Ericsson Policy after the successful completion of a charging consolidation programme for the leading operator.
The consolidation programme replaces three existing online charging solutions (OCS), with Ericsson Charging as the single OCS solution across India.
Ericsson Charging is a scalable, flexible BSS solution with a strong user-experience focus and future-proof product roadmap, enabling real-time convergent charging, policy control, decoupling and fast service creation.
The consolidation programme is described as one of the industry’s largest successful installations of this type to date globally. Ericsson says this consolidated online charging solution with integrated data policy architecture enables faster product launches and better, more efficient ways of working.
Vi now has a simplified prepaid charging stack, which brings uniformity of architecture in charging and data policy and charging rules function (PCRF), customer experience, life cycle management, product modelling and configuration, features and functions.
The solution takes advantage of the pre-integration of Ericsson Charging and Ericsson Policy portfolio (in this case Ericsson Service Aware Policy Controller).
The sheer volume of subscribers – over 30 million – migrated in this consolidation project makes it one of the largest global reference cases. With this solution implementation, Vi has consolidated all other OCS to Ericsson Charging.
Ericsson says the project successfully navigated risks and complexities across multi-vendor network integrations and IT integrations, enabling streamlining and rationalisation of business configurations.
With a unified architecture and solution for integrated charging and data policy, the consolidated solution empowers Vi to launch new products faster with more efficiency as well as with the agility to meet the demands of today’s digital environment and future business needs more effectively.
The implemented solution provides a single system for offer creation and user communication, leading to simplified provisioning and consistency. The architecture setup not only simplifies Vi’s operations but also enhances the end customer experience, says Ericsson.