Amdocs updates online charging system to support 5G network slicing

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Amdocs has announced what it’s pretty sure is the industry’s first 5G-ready online charging system, which enables service providers to process traffic from multiple network slices on the same system.

Network slicing is a key capability in 5G networks that allows service providers to run multiple logical networks that meet the varying performance needs of different services, from e-health and autonomous vehicles – which demand the lowest possible latency – to less-critical but bandwidth-demanding virtual and augmented reality applications.

The latest release of Amdocs’ digital monetization suite provides a centralized charging entity for the monetization of all service configurations made possible by network slicing. It includes an innovative isolation mechanism that ensures the level of activity in one network slice does not impact another. Deployed in the cloud with the OpenStack cloud framework, the solution provides the elasticity to scale on-demand in support of changing activity levels, said Anthony Goonetilleke, group president of Amdocs Technology.

“It will also help them ensure that a customer connected to a 24/7 vital eHealth service, delivered over one network slice, is not impacted by an overload of events from another network slice streaming a live football match,” he said.

Goonetilleke added that the new version of the digital monetization suite is compliant with 3GPP standards guidelines 32.899, which covers the charging aspects of 5G system architecture (phase 1), which was approved by the 3GPP in December.

“We are happy 3GPP has adopted guidelines that are consistent with the direction we have taken with our portfolio. This ability of our online charging system to support multiple network slices, coupled with its deployment in the cloud with the OpenStack cloud framework, is going to be critical to agility and the customer experience in 5G environments,” Goonetilleke said.

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