VAS Products: SDP

A comprehensive solution for the management of the Value Added Services (VAS) lifecycle: creation, management, control, development and deployment.

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A unified platform to handle the interaction between Operators, SP and Subscriber

Operators that implement their VAS without SDP have no control over the services offered by the VASPs and they may face possible intrusive campaigns, lack of control of the messages sent or, even, fraud scenarios. All of them redound in user complaints about the charging of non-purchased services. But, introducing the SDP in the network, operators have complete control over those services and apply its own business logic.

Iquall SDP is a comprehensive solution for the management of the life cycle of Value Added Services (VAS): creation, administration, control, development and deployment From a unified platform it relates the interaction between: Operators, Service / content providers and Subscribers

Benefits

SDP adds a layer of abstraction between network elements and Value Added Service Providers (VASP) . VASPs access the network through standardized interfaces exposed by the SDP, where the SDP applies the different business rules and logics according to the needs of each VAS. The SDP has integration and access to network resources, such as: SMSC, MMSC, GMLC (Location), OCS, USSD GW, etc.

It is important to point out that technical and administrative obstacles are reduced, favoring and simplifying the interaction between the different actors It allows to simplify the administration and control of the service provider environment and to maximize the existing resources in the network 

Time-to-market is considerably reduced, which allows adapting to business or regulatory changes quickly and effectively – CAPEX is decreased and New options are opened for VASPs when offering services (Generation of new applications in a flexible way that increase the operator’s revenue)

These characteristics of the SDP allow to solve the requirements of the different areas of the operator in an agile, economical and highly scalable way

  • Simple Management And Control Of The Service Providers’ Environment
  • Maximize The Resources Available On The Network.
  • Considerable Reduction Of The Time-to-market
  • CAPEX and OPEX savings
  • New options for VASPs in the services’ offering
  • Flexible creation of new apps that increase the operators’ revenue

Functionalities

Iquall’s SDP has functionalities that cover the needs of the different sectors who use the platform
From operators point of view, it provides control, reporting, fraud prevention, ABM of suppliers and services, business logic, smart billing, etc.
From service and content providers point of view, it provides self-management, creation of landing pages, statistics, etc.
Finally, from subscribers point of view, it provides customer care, transaction registry, offer portals, etc.

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Operators
  • Create and update providers and services.
  • Access to statistics and real-time reports on use, traffic and status of the configured providers
  • Conduct anti-fraud controls over the subscriptions.
  • Provide a notification system that allows to give notice to the VASPs about problems
  • May delegate the management of the service to the VASP, keeping approval of each change before it is applied.
  • Handle smart charging policies and business logics: types of messages allowed, timings, prices, etc.
  • Access to auditing functionalities storing and assessing all the transactions conducted by the platform
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Subscribers and customers
  • Management of subscription logic
  • Internal database with records of each subscription.
  • Customer care interface: assignment and deletion of services, restarts of lines, management of whitelists and blacklists, etc.
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Content and Service Providers
  • Friendly web interface for the VASP to view the technical conditions of the service, statistics, logging and billing.
  • Self-provisioning of the service to configure the business model, costs and subscriptions, length of the service, etc.
  • Own web interface for the creation of sites for the activation of subscribers and management (the modifications are notified to the operator who validates them).

Architecture

SDP adds a layer of abstraction between the network elements and the value added service providers (VASP), giving them access to the network resources, like SMSC, MMSC, GMLC (Location), OCS, USSD GW, etc, through standard interfaces.

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Exposes different network services in the form of APIs. The main benefit it provides is the possibility of having all the capacities easily integrated to the required business logic, i.e. Connection with enablers/interfaces, Access to information about the subscribers, etc.

Direct Carrier Billing – OTT

Allows to offer prepaid services and subscriptions to third parties using the operator’s infrastructure. ts main objective is to provide payment mechanisms and OTT services to the unbanked; i.e.: Netflix or Spotify subscription.

Direct Carrier Billing – IoT

Allows to provide payment services integrated to platforms and providers of IoT solutions. Its main objective is to provide payment mechanisms via multiple IoT platforms, beginning the purchase either through the IoT platform, or by the user via SMS and apps; and confirming the charge through them.

Mobile Identity Provider (MIP)

Offers the operator the possibility to provide centralized identity services to be used with web services and APPs integrated to the operator. It is used in cases as single sign-on, MSISDN as authorization method and Anonymous Customer Reference (ACR)

The protocols used by location service clients are mainly based on web technologies such as Palay-X-Location. SDP will translate the messages into a language that can be used by the core of the messaging network, such as MLP 3.0 or MLP 3.2. In the case that it is not necessary to carry out protocol conversion, it simply takes care of routing the location messages

Solutions and Use cases

Consumption control

Some regulators require operators to control the balance and payment of SMS content services.
The objective is to be able to verify that the maximum payment limit to the subscriber per month defined in the regulation is not exceeded. With the SDP Framework and the modules provided by the platform, it is possible to develop the logic to be applied in a simple way and in a reduced Time-to-Market.

911 geolocation service

Before MO messages sent to 911, it is necessary to obtain the location of a subscriber and send it to the involved body (police, regulatory body, etc.)
With the SDP Framework it is possible to execute a routing callback when messages are received to 911.
This process triggers a series of actions that allow obtaining the location of the subscriber regardless of the network in which it is located and sending said information to the authorities.

Other Use Cases
  • Data Analytics
  • First Delivery Attempt (FDA)
  • Application-Driven Policy and charging
  • Customer-oriented Data Plan Manager
  • Consumption control