Oracle says its Elastic Charging Engine can process more than 3 billion events per hour on a single Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud system. At this level of performance, the Oracle Communications Elastic Charging Engine is capable of rating and charging every phone call made in the world each day in real-time.
Skyrocketing data usage, smartphone and tablet proliferation, and consumers’ increasing demand for choice and control, are forcing communications service providers (CSPs) to evaluate their current rating and charging capabilities for voice, data, cloud and machine-to-machine services. Thus, CSPs must consider factors including system performance and scalability, efficiency and business flexibility, Oracle said.
The solution processes all rating events rapidly by colocating data and processing logic within cluster nodes; it provides automatic high availability through the low level replication of data and process; enables CSPs to accommodate peak demand (e.g., high call volumes on New Year’s Eve) by quickly expanding capacity without service interruption and retracting capacity when demand spikes subside; and has been tested, benchmarked and certified to run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.
“With the mobile market growing rapidly and moving away from ‘all-you-can-eat’ pricing plans, communications service providers must invest in operational capabilities to better position themselves to deliver a personalized user experience and monetize new service offerings. As a result, features such as high availability, scalability and flexible rating rules are becoming must-haves in the real-time charging market to support CSPs’ new business models," said Shira Levine, directing analyst for next gen OSS and policy, Infonetics Research.