MetaSolv Software, Inc., a global leader in comprehensive operational support system solutions for next-generation communications service providers, today announced the release of Mediation 5, MetaSolvâ€™s carrier-class mediation application designed for multi-service 3G wireless, IP, VoIP and traditional voice networks. The Mediation 5 release delivers key enhancements that enable mobile and fixed line operators to support revenue assurance and enable IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) deployments.
Mediation 5 provides the ability to support service providerâ€™s revenue assurance processesâ€“ enabling the detection, correction and assurance that all billable activities are accurately captured, rated and billed. Mediation 5 also provides significant capability to support IMS deployments â€“ a critical component in enabling next-generation IP services and fixed-mobile convergence. MetaSolvâ€™s mediation solution is embedded as part of a major network equipment manufacturerâ€™s IMS solution offering and is currently in trial with a Tier 1 mobile service provider.
MetaSolv mediation enables multi-service revenue generation over both fixed and mobile networks supporting a variety of services including voice, VoIP, data and IPTV. This solution provides productized support for leading hardware and application vendors including Cisco, Ericsson, Nortel and Microsoft and is deployed at over 30 communications services providers worldwide including tier one operators such as mobilkom, O2 and T-Mobile.
With this release, MetaSolv mediation provides essential features and value required by operators as they transition their network to support advanced services, including:
- A convergent solution for 3G networks, with extensive support for data, voice, and content-based services. Mediation provides the 3GPP Charging Gateway Function (CGF) for GSM/GPRS/UMTS/IMS networks, plus goes beyond the basic CGF with extensive record processing features and the flexibility to be tailored to customerâ€™s requirements.
- Triple-Play solutions that enable an operator to deploy and charge for next generation IP-based voice and multimedia services. Subscriber services can be priced to help a carrier differentiate their offerings, including flat rate, tiered and usage-based pricing. The flexibility to support operators as they deploy pre-IMS solutions and migrate to standards-based IMS networks. Operators can minimize the impact of network and service churn on their existing upstream billing and network infrastructure.
- Revenue assurance features that target the mediation process to ensure no CDRs are lost, reducing revenue leakage. Detailed statistics are captured and reported, plus extensive monitoring ensures potential problems are detected so they can be addressed before becoming resulting in a financial impact.
- Extensibility through the MetaSolvâ€™s cartridge-based approach. Mediation leverages cartridges for collection, processing and distribution of records. Pre-built network hardware and service cartridges ensure rapid deployment, while also providing extensibility though simple GUI-based configuration and rules-based modification.
â€œAs service providers rapidly deploy IMS features such as instant messaging, push-to-talk and VoIP, Mediation 5 provides a multi-service, multi-vendor solution that enables them to rapidly realize revenue and speed time to market, leading to a faster return on their investment,â€ said David Sharpley, senior vice-president of marketing and product management at MetaSolv.