what is OCS?

Accurate real-time usage metering is essential in most telecoms markets today, and it is especially important where prepaid models are dominant. An Online Charging System (OCS) can be thought of as the heart of a telecommunication network architecture; all the transactions within the system are linked with and processed by the OCS, such as the subscriber’s account balance and charging transactions. The network operator or service provider can use the OCS to enforce credit limits by automatically controlling service access and producing call data records (CDRs) in order to apply the correct charges to the billing platform.

Lifecycle’s cloud ready OCS is a highly available, resilient, supplier agnostic solution with real-time rating functionality that empowers providers to monetise 5G, maximise digital opportunity and enable business growth. Our carrier-grade solutions automate mission critical rating and are easily integrated and scalable, catering for huge volume increases as your business grows. Our microservice strategy allows us to quickly build and deploy new monetisation and service propositions, enabling you to win customers with innovative, flexible rating solutions tailored to your business goals.

commercial and competitive edge

Our innovative, flexible rating solutions are highly configurable to support endless possibilities for delivering new disruptive service, 5G and IoT propositions to the market.

minimised risk, real-time capability

Extensive real-time control empowers operators to manage converged rating and charging of end user activities. Give spending assurance to end users while still delivering revenue protection to providers.

ability to work with anyone

Our network and supplier agnostic solutions are cloud ready and multi-tenanted, enabling you to work with any network or partner, anywhere in the world.

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flexible, 5G ready and fully integratable

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product benefits

monetise 5G

Support for large service request quotas to supply 5G bandwiths and adaptive real-time service control enables providers to monetise new 5G opportunities while providing an optimal end user experience.

reduce capital expenditure

OCS is public cloud compatible offering a greater choice of hosting and service management options, optimised for your operations.

disrupt markets

Our microservice strategy enables you to quickly build and deploy innovative new monetisation and service propositions.

minimise risk

Our cutting edge rating capability, coupled with real-time service management gives spending assurance to end users, while protecting provider revenues.

customise deployment

We offer a range of scalable deployment options; on-premise, private or public cloud accessed via a flexible business API gateway, so you can deploy in a way that suits your business.

optimise operations

Our OCS solution automates and optimises rating processes, and will scale with your business.

accelerate growth

Our carrier-grade solutions are ready to work with any network and our flexible APIs can be configured for any supplier. It is cloud ready and multi-tenanted, making it easy to adopt by wholesale partners for accelerated business growth.

integrate seamlessly

Diameter or API driven interfaces maximise compatibility with existing business or third party infrastructure.

key product features

real-time rated service control

Unlock a variety of features such as discrete allowance offers, grant access to services and differentiate types of usage within a service.

cloud & 5G ready

Support for the large service request quotas expected from 5G bandwiths with adaptive service control that flexes the quotas.

network & service agnostic

No matter which network and service providers you choose to work with, our platform is interoperable with any supplier.

additional fraud prevention

Bespoke monitoring built exclusively for the OCS environment with customised alerts, SIM cloning detection and internal fraud auditing.

highly configurable

Offers a wide range of end user propositions, including package allowance bundles, regional tiered ratings and flexible allowance duration periods.

adaptable deployment & integration

Customisable hosting options for the OCS on private cloud, public cloud or embedded into the provider’s existing architecture.

business use cases

A series of use cases about the competitive advantage Lifecycle's OCS can provide your business.

membership scheme

Launch a mobile phone service to a membership programme or loyalty scheme.

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payback

Pay end users back for unused bundles.

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family plans

Reward end users for adding friends and family to a group plan.

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loyalty incentives

Provide a recurring data or service usage gift to incentivise service or contract subscription or renewal.

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charity

Launch a mobile phone service for charity members and supporters.

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gift bundles

Gift bundles of free data to celebrate or promote products, services or events.

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roaming

Offer bespoke roaming add-ons tailored to different customer segments.

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rewards

Reward on-time payers with bonus data and boost the number of end users who pay their bills on time.

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