Openet has announced that its policy and charging control (PCC) solution for voice over LTE (VoLTE) services has been successfully deployed on multiple operator networks worldwide. The standards compliant PCC solution is deployed as adjunct to current PCC to handle all IMS traffic and enables operators to configure policies and develop new charging and billing models for VoLTE service rollouts.
A 2013 Heavy Reading survey of 80 operators found more than 60 percent of respondents must upgrade or replace their current PCC systems to handle the additional demands placed by VoLTE services. Openet’s VoLTE solution can be deployed side-by-side with existing policy, charging and billing systems to meet time-to-market needs with minimal impact on existing infrastructure.
The challenges to PCC systems are not limited to data quality. New charging rules add additional complexity to existing pricing models because charging systems must rate VoLTE data traffic as voice calls with separate pricing for other data services, said Openet.
It added that demand for VoLTE services means virtualization will play a key role to ensure ease of configuration and speed of VoLTE deployments and it has extensive experience with virtualized PCC deployments, working with a tier one North American operator who is using Openet’s PCC solutions in a virtualized environment.