In answering the crucial requirements of modern communication service providers, Comarch has rebuilt the architecture of its flagship product suite – Comarch BSS – to support operators in optimizing IT architectures and cost savings, unlimited innovation, acceleration of business and shortening of time-to-market.
The BSS Suite is designed to support the core B2C business of mobile, fixed and cable operators. However, it also enables entering new markets such as B2B and M2M and allows for increasing the revenue in these areas, which is very important.
Comarch BSS Suite consists of a set of products which support various domains: marketing/sales, product management, billing, supplier/partner management, service control and application integration infrastructure. An important fact is that it has been prepared with integration of OSS in mind. Together with Comarch OSS or an existing OSS system, it can provide for unique BSS/OSS convergence.
Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, BSS Product Manager, at Comarch’s Telecommunications Business Unit, said: “From the IT perspective the optimal architecture is very important. And that’s why our entire BSS architecture is modular and perfectly integrated. BSS is developed as a consistent product but all its components are open for integration with other systems. For example, the crucial component – Central Product Manager – is an integral part of the architecture. It enables managing offers, specifications, and product lifecycle in one place and is perfectly integrated with all other BSS modules as well as with the OSS service catalog. However it provides many open interfaces which can be used for integration with legacy systems. It is the same with other components such as Convergent Billing or CRM. This approach allows us to deploy only products which are needed by the customer and integrate them with existing infrastructure, while still keeping the architecture very consistent.”
Products within the Comarch BSS Suite have been designed and developed in-house, meaning that CSPs can count on shorter delivery times, as well as better quality and more secure deployment, as compared to suites from large vendors that arose as a result of mergers and acquisitions. All BSS products are based on a unified data model for reference data and product catalog. This provides a short time to market, while facilitating system management and configuration. Mass and real-time, rule-based data processing is the core of Comarch’s competences. This includes service-agnostic and multi-industry rating, charging and billing.
Business process orientation based on TMForum eTOM means that there are no limits to workflows and business processes, as they are delivered out-of-the-box or configured during the implementation process. It is always possible to reconfigure business processes and workflows to suit particular needs of the customer.
Comarch BSS Suite is already implemented at KPN – Netherlands, Auchan SA – France, Bite Latvia and Lithuania, OnePhone – Germany, DTMS – Germany, Belize Telemedia Limited – Belize, Cable Onda – Panama and many others. In 2010 the following operators also decided to use Comarch BSS Suite: GTS Poland, Fring, OXYCOM and five others including Tier-1.