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Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control 12.0.3.0.0 - Release Announcement (Doc ID 2621411.1)

Last updated on DECEMBER 27, 2019

Applies to:

Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control - Version 12.0.0.0.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Details

Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (NCC) 12.0 (Version 12.0.3.0.0) was released on December 5th, 2019.

This announcement lists various functional and operational enhancements delivered in this release.

64-bit Capability Enhancement

From 12.0.2.0, NCC has been optimized for 64-bit operating systems (OS’) and this release extends on this by further utilizing this architecture to lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for our customers. This feature drives an increase in the range of below mentioned elements so that a higher range of elements can fit in a product installation:

Charging Control Services (CCS)

Gy Tariff Time Change (TTC) Support

This feature ensures that any charging related change during an ongoing session is honoured when consumed units are charged.

The criteria which the reservation engine bases its decision to send a TTC (or not) are:

  • Favorable: If the rate is going to decrease during an ongoing session, then TTC will be sent.
  • Adverse: If the rate is going to increase during an ongoing session, then TTC will not be sent.
  • Neutral: If there is no rate change during an ongoing session, then TTC will not be sent.

Gy Threshold Exposure

Dynamic Quota Configurations (GY – Threshold configurations) are used to manage quota reservation. Validity Time (VT), Quota Holding Time (QHT) and Volume Quota Threshold (VQT) are configurable based on the reservation configuration and service types used.

With NCC Dynamic Quota, it is already possible to manage VT, additional management aspects are:

  • QHT – Determines the length of time a granted-quota is allowed to be idle before the reservation is needed to be released.
  • VQT – Determines the threshold value of the granted quota when the customer should request additional resources.

Advanced Control Services (ACS)

Redirection Information Parameter

In case of call forwarding scenario, Redirection Information parameter is now captured from Initial Detection Point (IDP) onto incoming data profile tags so that any business processing logic can be implemented based on those parameters.

Parameters read from Redirection Information are: 

Sample Diameter Control Agent (DCA) Redirection to Uniform Resource Locator (URL) Control Plan (CPL)

As part of this release, an updated Session Redirect CPL is now shipped. The redirection CPL is now enhanced to support redirection to a configured URL in both initial and update reservations. Different URL servers can be configured for each scenario.

Counters can be configured to limit the redirection attempts to the redirection server to handle scenarios where a customer has insufficient balance.

Charging based on Rating Group (RG) or Service Identifier (SI)

As part of this release both Service-Identifier and the Rating-Group Attribute Value Pairs (AVPs) are read Out Of the Box (OOTB) and stored in pre-defined profile tags so that business specific use cases can be derived based on these AVPs.

Voucher Management

As part of this release, Voucher related actions and effects are made applicable across different interfaces like User Interface (UI), Provisioning Interface (PI) and through external simulators like Service Logic Program Instance Tester (SLPIT).Changes have been made to capture Voucher Recharge state visibility in Voucher History tab, when recharge happens through PI or SLPIT/Control Plan.  

[Important Note:] The complete list and description of these new features and a Bug fixes is available in the Release notes. See references for more details.

Actions

 Product Download

Updated documentation and packages are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  See reference provided for detailed instructions on accessing the Documentation Media Pack (includes release notes).  

Customers migrating from legacy platform versions should contact Support before attempting upgrade.  In many case it will be recommended that consulting is involved to design and end-to-end upgrade plan. Consulting contact details can be found through the Oracle Global Contacts site.

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 64-bit Capability Enhancement
 Charging Control Services (CCS)
 Advanced Control Services (ACS)
 Voucher Management
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