Implementing a convergent and flexible charging for digital services
Digital services such as OTT platforms, video-on-demand, M2M communications, and IoT are experiencing tremendous growth in their subscriptions. To speed-up the delivery and management of these digital services, service providers in the Connectedness industry must leverage a real-time charging system. The Online Charging System (OCS) is a specially designed system that allows the service provider to charge an individual user for services in real-time. An OCS can handle the user’s account balance, correlation, and charging transactions. The OCS efficiently fills the current gaps by offering real-time charging for subscribers and flexibility in terms of service type, network technology, and payment method.
- Charging methods – Content-based, Volume-& Time-based, Real-time service control
- Service type – Voice, Data, Messaging, Video, Content
- Network technologies – Fixed, Wireless, Broadband
- Payment methods – Prepaid, Post-paid, and Hybrid
Although many service providers are embracing OCS, they cannot leverage its full potential and still face many operational challenges
Although many service providers are embracing OCS, they cannot leverage its full potential and still face many operational challenges. This insight discusses the typical challenges service providers face with OCS and recommends ideal solutions to overcome them.