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Convergent Charging solutions

Take advantage of 5G monetization opportunities with Nokia Convergent Charging solutions

Are you ready for 5G monetization?

The evolution of mobile networks from 4G to 5G to 5G SA (Stand Alone) has created significant cost pressures on Communication Service Providers (CSPs). As such, they seek new ways to get return on their investment and better monetize their assets. 

5G evolution: new revenue streams in 5G

Additionally, 5G is revolutionizing the telecom industry through innovative use cases ranging from cloud gaming for consumers, to machine remote control for enterprises. To unlock the commercial value of these use cases, they need to be offered through new value driven business models beyond traditional session and volume-based products.

Nokia’s 5G monetization survey: transforming BSS systems 

Nokia’s recent 5G monetization survey uncovered some startling facts. A staggering 98% of operators surveyed realize that they need to alter their existing BSS systems to support new 5G use cases. The primary objective of BSS transformation would be to offer new and innovative pricing models based on quality of service, location, network slice, and API usage, among other parameters.

How Nokia Policy Controller improves 5G monetization for CSPs

Selecting Nokia Policy Controller along with the Nokia Charging Function can improve your monetization opportunities and widen your business services. Lower implementation, integration, and operational costs can be achieved with a single vendor solution. And all this can reduce your total cost of ownership (TCO).

Current charging systems don’t support effective 5G monetization

To enable effective 5G monetization, CSPs need an agile, future-ready monetization system, and at the heart of this is the charging engine. Our survey found that two thirds of CSP’s rate real time charging as the top investment area for 5G monetization. A highly configurable charging solution which drives fast automated offer creation through proven integration with 5G SA Core network functions is the need of the hour.

Unlocking 5G monetization opportunities with Convergent Charging

Convergent charging brings together online and off-line charging systems to address new and emerging 5G monetization use cases. Introduced by 3GPP, the charging function (CHF) collects all network and service usage data. 

The 5G charging function (5G CHF) enables payments (understands how much a user should be charged for services consumed) and allows CSPs to create new services and offers and roll these out quickly and efficiently to consumers.

Convergent charging for any 5G use case

Unlocking the monetization potential of 5G demands high flexibility of the charging solution to support future rating and charging models. Triggers for charging could include quality of service, slices, API events, IoT device streams – essentially the new 5G charging solution should be capable of “Charging Anything”. In addition, the new charging system should simplify and automate new product and offer creation for the 5G ecosystem. No-code or low-code monetization systems can catalyze this offer creation process speeding up time to market.

Nokia's Convergent Charging solutions

Nokia's Convergent Charging solutions are built for the dynamic needs of the 5G economy. It provides real-time rating and charging capabilities, enabling CSPs to effectively monetize all new revenue opportunities and provide a better experience for their consumer and enterprise customers. To cater to the needs of our different customers, Nokia Charging solutions are available in two deployment models:

Flexibility in 5G monetization: no-code functionality in converged charging

Nokia Converged Charging (NCC) is a cloud native charging solution that provides real-time rating and charging capabilities, enabling new monetization opportunities for communication service providers (CSPs) and enterprises. NCC covers the role of OCS in 4G network, CCS in 5G, and with its flexible product and no code functionality offers can be used to rate and charge for any type of usage.

Fast integration with 5G SA: BSS transformation with Convergent Charging

AVA Charging as a Service - The SaaS evolution of our proven Nokia Converged Charging (NCC) solution accelerates 5G BSS transformation, offers fast proven integration with 5G SA network functions, and provides CSPs the capability to rapidly bring new commercial product offers to market through automation, product catalog with pre-defined use cases and GUI driven no-code charging configuration.

Benefits of Nokia's Convergent Charging solutions

Nokia's Convergent Charging solutions are designed to support all current and future services and offers and help CSPs effectively monetize 5G. Built on a cloud native architecture using microservices, it can be deployed over public cloud or operator defined Container as a Service (CaaS) environments.

Proven to scale, our Charging solutions are commercially deployed in customer environments exceeding 100+ million subscribers. Carrier grade performance is assured - charging records for more than 1.5 billion customers are handled by Nokia Charging solutions across the globe today.

AI/ML analytics and flexibility in 5G SA and NSA

Our Charging solutions are augmented by adjacent BSS capabilities such as mediation, billing and policy control, as well as Nokia’s rich set of AI/ML enabled customer and business analytics capabilities. In addition, Nokia can offer a complete 5G Digital Monetization solution.

Pre-integrated as part of Nokia 5G core solutions, it is also field proven with multi-vendor deployments for both 5G Standalone (SA) and 5G Non-Standalone (NSA).

Agile configuration to charge for anything

With our no code charging configurator, we have removed the usual obstacles to a smooth workflow and developed something truly easy to use with pre-defined components and simple and intuitive UI. It’s very quick to create and modify offers, with highly flexible rules to allow both your priorities and your markets the space to evolve. These offers can be extended towards any vertical (think utilities, smart cities or logistics), providing our flexible no-code based rating and charging for ‘non connectivity’ streams and API events.

Easy integration: open APIs and Software Development Kit (SDK)

Integrate Nokia’s 5G Convergent Charging solution to your existing BSS environment through our easily to implement open API’s and SDK. Or we can help you build out a complete 5G BSS Digital monetization solution bringing Nokia’s Convergent Charging, Mediation, Policy and other monetization capabilities pre-integrated with partner BSS solutions such as Qvantel Flex BSS.

Flexible deployment for 5G charging

Our solution is agile and flexible and can be tailored to specific customer requirements. We support all infrastructure needs; public, hybrid, private, business models, fro CAPEX to SaaS, and the deployment model (full swap, hybrid, separate stack) can also be chosen based on customer needs ensuring no interruption to the business. Our charging function (CHF) can also be deployed at the edge (eCHF), for greater control and efficiency of the charging function.

Enterprise Edge Charging

Our Enterprise Edge charging solution to drive new monetization capabilities, comes with the ability to intelligently rate and charge at the edge as well as usage management and re-rating functionality. The solution includes:

  • Edge charging: Go beyond connectivity with the deployment of a charging module at the edge (eCHF) for simple charging and intelligent aggregation. The solution enables greater flexibility (control of what is processed at the edge, and what at the central charging function) and efficiency (efficient charging for low business value devices leading to savings of up to 40%) of the charging function. 
  • Monetization Manager: Increased rating and charging flexibility and accuracy with Usage and Re-Rate Manager.

This further enhances NCC as a future-ready 5G charging solution enabling charging beyond and giving CSPs and Enterprises greater monetization flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy.

SaaS: The next evolution of BSS

Built on Nokia’s Telecom SaaS delivery framework, AVA Charging as a Service is an evolution of our proven Nokia Converged Charging (NCC) solution and can be deployed over a choice of hyperscaler public clouds. Proven carrier grade charging with inbuilt catalog for fast 5G and IoT monetization for increased business agility and to accelerate BSS transformation.

AVA Charging helps you commercialize new offers quickly and flexibly. If your business grows, the service grows with you and remains reliable, thanks to the carrier grade scalability.

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