How cloud BSS helps telecom operators save costs

How cloud BSS helps telecom operators save costs

How cloud BSS helps telecom operators save costs

September 29, 2022

Operators are already seeing the benefits of digitization and BSS transformation. According to a report by Markets & Markets, the global OSS/BSS market is expected to reach USD 36.6  billion by 2027 at a CAGR of 12.8%1. Many telecom operators are taking the approach of Software as a Service (SaaS) models to pace out their investments as they modernize their infrastructure. An Analysys Mason report estimates that SaaS spending will likely rise by 11% by 20232 as CSPs continue to undertake digital transformation. However, a TM Forum report states that less than 5%3 have deployed their operations software in the public cloud. Here’s why this should change.

Telecommunications service providers today operate under pressure as their long-established value pools are gradually eroding, with growing competition and ever-increasing customer demands for more modern services. To thrive in spite of these economic and competitive challenges, they need to revolutionize their businesses. A modern and digital Business Support System (BSS) enables them to quickly reinvent their core offerings; deploying telecom BSS in the cloud significantly helps lower costs, eventually driving revenue.

Cloud BSS helps streamline end-to-end processes, from managing product offerings to sales and marketing activities. It also introduces technological changes that enable endless scalability, network availability, and security. It implements automations that not only optimize backend processes, but also digitize CX with 24x7x365 support offerings powered by AI chatbots. In addition, operators can provide advanced service personalization by leveraging advanced data insights.

How cloud BSS helps maximize savings

Modern telecom BSS stacks handle critical aspects of the business, including the launch, delivery, and monetization of services, billing and charging, customer support, revenue management, and more. Deploying BSS in the cloud results in significant savings and drives revenue for a host of reasons:

Ensures cost-effective deployment

Compared to on-premise deployments, cloud BSS is far more cost-effective to set up. Chip and hardware shortages can delay on-site deployment by 3-6 months, whereas cloud BSS can be ready for service in 30 days. Quicker deployment lets operators optimize their investments and begin deriving returns faster.

Reduces OPEX

In addition to keeping initial investments low, cloud deployment significantly lowers operational and maintenance costs due to factors such as reduction in data center real estate, power consumption, server maintenance, replacement of faulty parts, offloading network security, and more.

Optimizes investment

Instead of buying a large upfront capacity to plan for future growth, operators can opt and pay for only the licenses and infrastructure resources they need using pay-as-you-go SaaS deployment models, maximizing their investments and swiftly deriving ROI.

Provides support for 5G use cases

Cloud BSS acts as the backbone for next-gen monetization opportunities, letting service providers easily and swiftly introduce 5G services, monetizing them with support for advanced business models and partnerships. It supports advanced next-gen use cases that have high data, latency, and bandwidth requirements, as well as supports the large volumes of connected devices inherent to 5G.

Enables scalable business models

A cloud BSS can help scale a business with relatively lower investments, letting operators introduce new capabilities and modules without making costly changes to their core systems.

Conclusion

It’s clear that a cloud BSS helps telecom operators maximize their savings potential. It holds massive scope to enable them to differentiate themselves from and move ahead of their competitors.

Alepo’s cloud-native 5G-ready Digital BSS and SaaS BSS solution enable operators to capitalize on data network opportunities with affordable business models. Its comprehensive Digital BSS suite provides flexible cloud hosting options, advanced BI analytics, and a host of other features that streamline business operations, shorten time-to-market, ensure faster ROI, and maximize revenue.

Our experts can help you begin your cloud BSS journey today: market.development@alepo.com

Nitish Muley

Nitish Muley

Senior Engineer

Nitish has spent years developing use cases for technologies like VR, AR, IoT, and is currently working on Alepo’s newest products. Always up to speed with the latest in the industry, Nitish is a voracious reader – and fervent writer – about all things related to tech and wireless standards. After hours, he wears a traveler’s hat, pursuing his love for photography as he explores different countries.

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ETI Guinea selects Alepo Digital BSS to transform FTTH services and support upcoming LTE launch

ETI Guinea selects Alepo Digital BSS to transform FTTH services and support upcoming LTE launch

  • Alepo’s Digital BSS will provide a unified billing and charging platform for all ETI prepaid and postpaid
    services, including its existing fiber offerings
  • The platform will support advanced policy control, enabling the operator to introduce innovative new
    services
  • In addition, Alepo’s AAA will enhance network security and ensure scalability to support the operator’s
    growing subscriber base
  • The fixed LTE network will be deployed in phases, first as a data network and later introducing voice

Monday, September 26, 2022, Conakry, Guinea – Responding to growing demand for high-quality data
services, Guinea’s leading service provider ETI SA is transforming its network by implementing digital enablement expert Alepo’s industry-leading BSS Transformation. The advanced platform will modernize the operator’s existing FTTH services, as well as provide support for the future launch of its fixed LTE network.

The deployment will replace ETI’s legacy BSS with Alepo’s convergent Digital BSS, providing a unified billing and
charging platform for all of ETI’s prepaid and postpaid services. ETI will be able to introduce a range of advanced new offerings, including limited and unlimited plans, pay-as-you-go offers, high-spending and referral discounts, time- and volume-based offers, and more.

Alepo’s Digital BSS will enable advanced invoicing with support for invoices in different currencies, issued in advance and at different frequencies, and issued on demand. The solution will integrate seamlessly with the operator’s IT and core infrastructure, introducing digitization and automating key processes to streamline network management.

The platform also includes policy control for different services, dynamic offer creation, CRM, online payments, and more. In addition, Alepo’s AAA will bolster network security and enable a scalable network to support expansion as the subscriber base grows.

Alepo’s solution also includes a real-time reporting system that will enable the operator to gain advanced BI insights. These reports will enable ETI to create personalized and contextual plans based on customer usage patterns.

Alepo’s platform will also support data and voice services for the operator’s future fixed LTE network, for which the operator has recently acquired a license from the Guinea government. Over the next few years, the operator will roll out these services in phases, beginning with a pure data network and eventually introducing voice.

“We have plans to launch our LTE network in the pipeline, but we also wanted to modernize our existing offerings to quickly meet demand from our customers for advanced and innovative data services. Given Alepo’s reputation of rapid and seamless BSS deployment, we’re certain they will enable us to seize monetization opportunities now and into the future as we expand our network,” said Latif Taleb, Chairman and Founder, ETI.

Derrick Gross, President, Alepo, said, “We’re proud to partner with ETI in enabling increasingly digital lifestyles in
Guinea. The deployment will empower ETI to modernize their customer experience with enhanced offerings, while better monetizing their network. Alepo’s futureproof Digital BSS will support service innovation as the market evolves and we look forward to being a part of ETI’s growth for years to come.”

About ETI

ETI SA is a telecom operator, integrator, and application developer in Guinea. The designs, installs, operates, and maintains critical telecommunications and IT infrastructure for all sizes of companies, from small businesses to multinationals, ensuring their clients can drive operational success through service continuity and performance. ETI has extensive experience in difficult environments and geographical areas at risk where access, energy, climate, socio- political environment, and logistics, can be problematic.

For more information, please visit https://eti.net.gn/

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Kurdtel Communications modernizes its network with Alepo’s fixed IN solution

Kurdtel Communications modernizes its network with Alepo’s fixed IN solution

  • The convergent fixed IN system helps Kurdtel Communications streamline charging and network management for all its services
  • Alepo’s system has helped overcome the limitations of the operator’s legacy system, plugging revenue leaks by introducing automation
  • Alepo migrated the operator’s existing subscribers to the new system without disrupting services
  • The operator can introduce advanced prepaid and postpaid plans for residential, government, commercial, and enterprise services

Tuesday, August 02, 2022, SULAIMANIAYH – Leading fixed-line operator Kurdtel Communications has transformed its network with an advanced solution from digital enablement expert Alepo. The modernization has implemented automation that ensures the operator can fully and accurately charge for residential and enterprise services with no revenue leaks.

Kurdtel Communications’ legacy system required manual processes that left the operator susceptible. Alepo replaced this legacy infrastructure with its convergent and automated fixed IN system for all its services, streamlining network management and preventing revenue loss.

The deployment enables the operator to charge for its PSTN fixed-line service, manage its interconnect partners, and charge for interconnect calls, as well as enabling new and existing subscribers to make calls seamlessly.

As part of the project, Alepo migrated Kurdtel’s prepaid and postpaid subscribers to the new system without disruptions or downtime.

The new system enables Kurdtel Communications to support a host of advanced prepaid and postpaid plans for its ADSL and FTTH offerings, including residential, government, and commercial services. The operator will also be able to introduce enterprise DID plans.

The deployment included Alepo’s SCP, CRM, OCS, billing, mediation, interconnect partner management system, product catalog, voucher management, IVR, and other key BSS modules.

“Our objective was to ensure smooth operations of our PSTN network and implement convergent charging. Most important, we needed to immediately prevent revenue loss by overcoming the limitations of our legacy system. We’re already pleased with the results we’re seeing with Alepo’s FIN system. Its advanced revenue management capabilities and robust security measures have equipped us to swiftly drive ROI,” said Jameela T Shareef, Director of Planning and Development, Kurdtel Communications.

Vishal Mathur, VP – Solution Integration, Alepo, said, “Our solution is system-agnostic, and we made all necessary provisions to seamlessly integrate our offering with Kurdtel Communication’s existing infrastructure. This included ensuring that our SCP is compatible with their NGN, and that our CRM supports invoices and payment receipts in the local language. The futureproof system will support the operator’s growing business, enabling them to introduce new plans and services as the market evolves.”

The deployment is one of Alepo’s long list of successful deployments in the Middle East, including leading networks in the region.

About Kurdtel Communications

Kurdtel Communications is the first leading company in Iraq and Kurdistan providing fixed telecommunication services widely. Established in 2001 as a joint effort between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the private sector to operate and develop Sulaimaniayh PSTN, introducing efficient and effective services that help build long-term relationships with customers. Its network now covers most of Sulaimaniayh city, providing internet access to all subscribers in mutual cooperation with the (ADSL) provider company. It also provides international access and interconnect services within Sulaimaniayh through a reliable fiber optics network.

For more information, please visit https://www.kurdtel.net/.

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Telma upgrades to Alepo’s Broadband AAA to modernize its fiber network

Telma upgrades to Alepo’s Broadband AAA to modernize its fiber network

  • Telma has used Alepo’s network infrastructure for nearly two decades; this latest AAA upgrade will help the operator in further innovating its FTTx service capabilities
  • Alepo’s solution will implement a centralized system for Telma’s prepaid and postpaid customers and an integrated policy server function
  • The modernization will bolster security, prevent revenue leaks, improve customer experience, and provide detailed data insights to enable revenue-driving business decisions
  • The futureproof system will support the network’s traffic needs as it continues to grow

Friday, June 10, 2022, Antananarivo, Madagascar – As demand for high-speed internet services in Madagascar continues to grow, the country’s leading operator, Telma, is modernizing its fiber broadband network. The operator will upgrade to the latest version of digital enablement expert Alepo’s Broadband AAA.

Telma has been using Alepo’s network infrastructure for nearly two decades. Given their longstanding successful association, they decided to update their system with the newest features and enhancements supported by Alepo. The upgrade will enable Telma to introduce more differentiated and innovative FTTx services. The operator will be able to support unlimited data plans with and without caps, specific validity capped plans, and more advanced speed- and volume-based offerings.

Alepo will implement a centralized system for Telma’s prepaid and postpaid customers, as well as an integrated policy server function within the AAA. The solution includes Alepo’s high-performance AAA server, convergent billing, self-care, and more.

Alepo’s solution will bolster security and prevent revenue leaks, helping drive business success. Its high scalability makes the system futureproof, ensuring support for the network as it grows.

“Data consumption has surged in Madagascar over the past few years and demand for quality high-speed services continues to grow. Upgrading to the latest version of Alepo’s Broadband AAA will enable us to continue providing a superior customer experience to our ever-increasing subscriber base. Alepo is a seasoned and reputed AAA vendor, and we’re certain it will help us drive ROI while bolstering our network capabilities,” said Patrick Pisal-Hamida, CEO, Telma Madagascar.

Derrick Gross, President, Alepo, said, “We’re excited to enable a leading operator like Telma to modernize their AAA infrastructure. Their continued commitment to Alepo’s products and services is a testament to our commitment to customer success, and we hope to be their trusted partner for decades to come.”

Alepo’s 5G– and NFV-compliant AAA has played a decisive role in the success of dozens of service providers over the past two decades. It continues to power global networks of all sizes, including Tier 1 operators.

About Telma

Telma is the leading telecommunications service provider of Madagascar. The operator is committed to enabling every citizen to embrace a digital lifestyle. The operator provides consumer as well as enterprise services. Its modern and innovative offerings include mobile and broadband services. In 2020, Telma launched the country’s as well as Africa’s first 5G network.

For more information, please visit https://www.telma.mg/

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YOFC Peru to launch fiber broadband services in four regions using Alepo’s BSS/OSS

YOFC Peru to launch fiber broadband services in four regions using Alepo’s BSS/OSS

  • The project is part of a larger initiative to bridge the connectivity gap in Peru by providing high-quality internet
  • Alepo’s BSS/OSS solution will enable the operator to manage and monitor a wide range of connected devices
  • The solution will let YOFC swiftly launch services with the flexibility to deploy in phases
  • The project includes a transport network and an access network, as well as a central point in Lima to consolidate information
  • Alepo will provide comprehensive reports to help YOFC monitor the network and make sound business decisions

Monday, January 3, 2022, LIMA – Leading fiber provider Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable (YOFC) is entering the broadband market in four Peruvian regions using digital enablement expert Alepo’s BSS/OSS solution. The project will equip the operator with advanced billing, device monitoring, security and enterprise management capabilities.

YOFC will provide broadband services in rural areas of Peru, including Ancash, Arequipa, La Libertad, and San Martin. The project is part of the national telecommunications program PRONATEL’s endeavor to bridge the connectivity gap and enable high-quality services in Peru, particularly for underserved populations.

The deployment will include a transport network and an access network, which will be implemented with optical fiber. The project encompasses four sites with a central point in Lima for reporting, and facilitates interaction between the sites so YOFC can view consolidated information.

Alepo will provide its Business Support Systems and Operations Support Systems (BSS/OSS) infrastructure, enabling YOFC to manage the connections of individual subscribers, schools, government entities, companies, and the general public. The solution will let YOFC launch innovative new products and services as the market evolves. The operator will have the flexibility to deploy in a phased approach, so they can go to market quickly and continue to build the platform with more modules over time. Alepo’s vendor-agnostic platform provides interoperability as well as evolved network elements to integrate seamlessly with third-party systems in YOFC’s network.

In addition, Alepo will configure custom reports providing comprehensive device monitoring and BI insights to help YOFC optimize operations and modify their business strategy depending on customer usage patterns and demand.

“Alepo’s vast experience and extensive track record of proven successes with similar deployments in the region made them the ideal solution provider for this project. We’re confident that the project will enable us to forward our mission of connecting the unconnected by providing high-quality broadband services in Peru,” said Rick Zou, General Manager, YOFC Peru.

Juan Espinosa, Director LATAM at Alepo, said, “From experience, we’re aware that ensuring availability of all the sites poses a challenge. However, having acquired the expertise in mitigating these risks, we will ensure the deployment is implemented smoothly. Through recurrent monitoring and redirection of work to available sites, we are certain the system will operate seamlessly.”

About YOFC

Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company (YOFC) is a leading global provider and producer of optical fiber preforms, optical fibers, optical fiber cables, integrated solutions, and more. YOFC provides a variety of different products and solutions for telecommunications and other industries in over 70 countries. YOFC is committed to contributing to the rapid development of the optical communication industry by offering whole-process, whole-network and full series optical fibers, and other products and solutions. They work to enable more convenient living by providing special optical fibers, and applications, which are indispensable for sectors such as national defense, electric power and electric grid, medical care and health, smart cities, and more.

For more information, please visit https://en.yofc.com/

 

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