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Interconnect Settlement
With its extensive array of features, incredible flexibility and excellent performance, ITC is a solution that facilitates inter-carrier settlement and provides least-cost routing tools.

In the time of neck-to-neck competition, it is becoming increasingly important for telecom carriers to manage partner settlement efficiently. While growing rapidly, the communications market is heading towards a more challenging business environment in which a carrier's financial results depend not only on the volume of services it delivers or the rates it offers but, to a large extent, on its partners’ rates. With this in mind, it is appropriate to ask what the carrier should do to build transparent partnerships in the market and make the most of them.

Benefits

MANY YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

The product leverages industry best practices to facilitate inter-carrier settlement

RISK MINIMIZATION

The solution automates every stage of the partner settlement process, minimizing financial risks associated with non-payment or invoicing mistakes

HIGH PERFORMANCE

Solid performance (up to 35,000 CDRs per sec) and seamless scalability for your growing business

QUICK TO DEPLOY

Rapid step-by-step deployment driven by PMI methodologies to ensure full visibility and fast track to project goals

EASY TO INTEGRATE

An open data model facilitates integration into an existing IT infrastructure

EASY TO USE

An easy-to-use, intuitive interface helps employees get started quickly, while relatively modest hardware requirements mean less money spent on equipment

Features

  • Keeps track of services received and provided, determines the volume and price of services rendered
  • Keeps track of calls of all types, intelligent services, content services, SMS/MMS, telegraph/telex, VoIP, etc.
  • Enables flexible rate management and service pricing
  • Facilitates charging model modifications via a modular rate structure and use of existing rate plans as templates in creating new ones
  • Maintains a unified database of reference data on partners, rates, service parameters, equipment details, etc.
  • Ensures CDR/EDR data validation, filtering and pre-processing
  • Calculates traffic charges for any routes and distances
  • Ensures timely error detection and correction and enables CDR re-rating
  • On-demand billing, billing rollback and corrective billing (prior periods)
  • Two-stage rating, including quick pre-processing and CDR parsing followed by full-fledged rating
  • Ensures maximum hardware utilization with multi-thread rating
  • Enables real-time monitoring of rating processes via the graphical interface
  • Provides XML templates for customization of input CDR files as well as enables number normalization via the graphical interface
  • Statistics collection and rate modeling
  • Automated import of partners’ rates
  • Enables reconciliation of service volumes and charges with partners
  • Supports Least Cost Routing, which includes analyzing partners’ rate data, selecting least cost routes for traffic and creating routing tables based on partner rankings

Our Customers

Rostelecom

In 2002, Rostelecom started to look for a solution that would allow it to manage partner settlement in an efficient manner. ITC, a Peter-Service software product, was chosen to address this task; at the initial stage, the system was deployed at Rostelecom’s Corporate Center. Deployments in the macroregional branch offices followed. By 2008, Peter-Service ITC had been installed at each of Rostelecom’s macroregional branches. With the wide range of capabilities that the system offered, the operator could implement complex rating models, least cost routing and settlement reconciliation. In 2012, a large-scale integration project was launched at the operator’s Corporate Center with the aim of putting together the Peter-Service ITC installations into a single solution that would span the entire network and help the operator fully meet its interconnect settlement needs. A fine-grained access control mechanism that the solution was based on allowed each of Rostelecom’s macroregional branches to maintain its own reference database and use it, while enabling the company’s Corporate Center to get access to any data of any macroregional branch. In 2014, the operator began to build an analytical storage of data generated by the integrated ITC solution. After the project is completed, Rostelecom will get tools for deep traffic analysis, optimized domestic traffic routing and quick introduction of new rate offerings.

MegaFon

In 2003, Peter-Service ITC was successfully installed and put into operation at MegaFon’s Rostov branch. It was the first project of that kind. After that, it was installed at the rest of the operator’s branches; the last installation, at the Nizhny Novgorod branch, took place in 2008. In 2010, the operator started a global project aiming to put all of the ITC instances it was running into a single centralized solution with advanced access control features. The project was completed in 2011; it allowed MegaFon to reduce its operational costs dramatically, centralize its reporting functions and standardize the reference data in all of its branches. With the API that ITC offered, it became possible to automate the loading of reference data and partners’ rate plans at MegaFon branches and eliminate the need for any manual input.

MTS

In 2003, MTS, one of the largest communications service providers in Russia, launched a project aiming to create an integrated settlement solution. In that year, Peter-Service ITC, an interconnection billing solution, was installed, tested and put into operation. The service provider had been looking for a high-performance effective solution for inter-operator settlement with advanced data access control features. The solution that Peter-Service offered met all those requirements. In 2010, MTS expanded the solution by purchasing a module implementing reconciliation capabilities. This helped the service provider optimize its reconciliation processes though a higher level of automation and dramatically reduce the risk of financial loss. Peter-Service ITC is a reliable and robust tool that allows MTS, with its 70 million plus subscriber base, to settle charges with partners in a prompt and accurate manner. Benefiting from the smoothly running settlement mechanisms and advanced features the system offers, the service provider can easily implement various business scenarios on its own at a low cost; in addition, the solution seamlessly integrates with the provider’s ERP system (OeBS).