Digital Charging System

Digital Charging System

Customers are becoming digital first and demanding flexible data offers, streaming content bundles and new ways to subscribe and pay. 5G, eSIM, B2C, B2B and IoT use cases are bringing in new business models and opportunities. In short the rules of telecoms monetization are changing quickly. Unfortunately traditional charging systems can not keep pace and are unsuited to the digital age.

Meet LotusFlare’s Digital Charging System (DCS), a cloud-native, 5G-ready solution that lets subscribers manage their spending, customize their plan, and even sell back unused balance. The LotusFlare DCS is at the heart of the Digital Network Operator IT platform for Telecom Operators.

The LotusFlare DCS is a cloud-native and 3GPP compliant converged charging system. It supports all 3G, 4G, 5G online and offline charging functions, and gives Telecom Operators a real-time engine for rating, balance management and charging for all services, payment methods and business segments.

Evolution of the Digital Charging System (DCS)

Comparison of Standard Charging System and LotusFlare DCS

STANDARD

OCS
  • Deployed on dedicated, on-prem hardware
  • Time-consuming integration
  • Long time to market with fixed amount of products and services
  • High cost to deploy and maintain

DCS
  • Cloud-based (Private, Hybrid, Public cloud)
  • Lower total cost of ownership
  • Speed to market with a bundle of products including data, voice, SMS, MMS, IMS applications, VAS, etc
  • Convergent (online and offline) rating and charging functions for different types of accounts (prepaid, postpaid, fixed or mobile)
  • Real-time rating and charging prevents revenue leakage
  • Ease of integration
  • Much faster feature iteration and upgrades
The LotusFlare DCS is digital and cloud native from the ground up, with dramatically lower cost than traditional charging systems. It allows a telecom operator to create ‘network slices’ with pre-defined QoS and network speeds.

How can you meet the growing needs of your customers and adapt to the evolving digital landscape?

USE CASES

With LotusFlare Digital Charging System, Telecom Operators are able to charge their customers by time duration and by product type (voice, data, SMS).

Example Use Cases

For example, if a customer has a $5.00 budget the various options could include:

  • 1 60 minute call duration
  • 2 Unlimited number of text messages for 1 hour
  • 3 Daily limit of 500 MB for 3G, 4G, 5G
  • 4 Unlimited voice, data, SMS from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am

Customers can choose the service they want, for the period of time they wish and their available budget.

BENEFITS OF THE DIGITAL CHARGING SYSTEM

Faster Time-to-Market​

Faster Time-to-Market​

Launch targeted offers to meet market and customer demands in minutes.

Convergent Charging

Convergent Charging

Highly scalable and reliable real-time charging for wireless and non-wireless service. 3GPP compliant, fully convergent across all online & offline states. Supports monetary and non-monetary units, designed for 3G, 4G and 5G, postpaid and prepaid, and enterprise and consumer segments.

Customize plans & usage control

Customize plans & usage control

Customization of plans, spending control and even sell-back unused balances. The improved experiences will attract new customers and maximize the satisfaction and retention of existing ones.

Significant CAPEX & OPEX savings

Significant CAPEX & OPEX savings

Designed using state-of-the-art OTT DevOps methodologies which significantly reduced CAPEX and OPEX expenditures.

Multi-carrier support for MVNOs

Multi-carrier support for MVNOs

MVNOs can now use one charging system across multiple carrier networks. This provides unified customer and balance tracking in real time.

Cloud native

Cloud native

Cloud native allows for rapid iteration, lower cost and a high degree of scalability.

Integrate to Any Network
Integrate to Any Network
Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF)

Policy controls the network resources and services to the user and device level. This ensures the best user experience while managing valuable network resources. Telecom Operators can set network performance characteristics, rules for quality of service and latency. Services like cloud based gaming and video streaming can now have built-in network performance levels. This opens up new markets and new opportunities.

Policy is fully unified with convergent charging on a single database enabling instant triggering.

Policy Use Cases Policy Use Cases

  • Charge subscribers based on their volume of data usage of various applications.
  • Charge extra for 5G QoS guarantees.
  • Limit app usage while a user is roaming.
  • Lower the bandwidth of wireless subscribers using heavy-bandwidth apps during peak usage times.
Sound interesting?

Contact us to discuss how we can help you to have a personalized, flexible and simple offering for your customers that allows them to easily transact and manage their spend.

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