Policy and charging control (PCC) vendor Openet, based in Dublin, Ireland, has beaten off major competition to win a contract from T-Mobile Austria. The contract calls for the supply of Openet’s fully converged and virtualized charging solution. Openet’s Evolved Charging Solution (ECS) will provide T-Mobile Austria with next-generation rating and charging capabilities to manage its existing services as well as support and monetize new services.
Openet win heralds significant market developments in the charging market
The announcement on April 17, that Openet has won a contract to supply a virtualized charging platform to T-Mobile Austria, is highly significant for two reasons. First, it demonstrates that independent software vendors (ISVs) such as Openet can not only win against their peers, but also measure up to major vendors in a very competitive market. In winning the contract, Openet has displaced T-Mobile Austria’s incumbent charging solution supplier and beaten off one of the leading ISVs in the policy and charging sector. Openet has been quicker to market than most with its virtualized charging solution, and it is reaping the rewards.
Second, the Openet announcement demonstrates that the move toward virtualization is gathering pace. The vendor’s virtualized, end-to-end intelligent network (IN)-replacement solution includes a next-generation service delivery platform and a multi-tenant convergent online charging system. The solution is capable of creating dynamic, group-based, and personalized offers for pre-pay, post-pay, and hybrid customers in both the consumer and enterprise sectors. This is something that the industry has been talking about for a number of years, but it is only now beginning to deliver, and independent, agile companies such as Openet are leading the way.
Virtualized solutions, being largely technology- and vendor-agnostic, are set to revolutionize the market for business support systems (BSS). As a result, ISVs such as Openet are able to compete with the major vendors on equal terms and win, and despite continuing consolidation in the BSS sector, it means that companies with the right products that have a forward-looking philosophy can survive and prosper in an increasingly competitive market.
Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Policy Control and Charging (PCC) Solution, 2014–15, IT0024-000122 (December 2014)
Peter Dykes, Senior Analyst, Telco Operations and IT