Belgacom’s wholesale arm BICS has unveiled a new solution for the monitoring, tracking, tracing and reporting of 2G, 3G and 4G roaming traffic on SS7 Signalling.
SMART Webvision has been designed to enable operators to modify their data roaming service proposition and develop new tariffs to counteract pricing caps and drive additional revenues from international roaming, the telco said.
It also provides information to support targeted marketing and promotion campaigns.
According to BICS, the new solution will address “crucial concerns” operators have about roaming, such as identifying and tracking how much roaming traffic is currently on the network, which services subscribers are using and their location.
From an infrastructure perspective it can identify if the network is experiencing any SS7/LTE/GRX interconnection problems and the quality of service delivered to each end user.
SMART Webvision is composed of different modules for SS7 Signalling, LTE Diameter Signalling, IP Data on GRX and IPX transport that can be activated separately on three levels: monitoring functionalities, track and trace capabilities and business intelligence.
It can also identify revenue leakage and if the capacity roadmap is aligned with forecasts.
Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business at BICS, claims SMART Webvision will give operators a 360-degree view on their roaming business.
“Mobile data roaming revenues will grow significantly over the next five years, mainly driven by an increasing usage of data services by subscribers travelling abroad,” he said.
“Operators are acutely aware of this evolution and are looking at different ways to monitor inbound and outbound roaming traffic on different technologies and levels. Ultimately they want to guarantee the quality of the user roaming experience, anticipate traffic changes and define the right roaming strategy.”
The European Union has introduced new roaming regulation that means mobile operators must make technical enhancements to their networks to allow subscribers to move some or all of their services to an alternative provider or providers while roaming from July 2014.
“Roaming price caps and new legislation that will open up the market to specialist roaming providers has created a need for operators to introduce tiered service offerings with different pricing options,” said Schachne.