Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control 22.214.171.124.0 - Release Announcement
(Doc ID 2621411.1)
Last updated on DECEMBER 27, 2019
Applies to:Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control - Version 126.96.36.199.0 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (NCC) 12.0 (Version 188.8.131.52.0) was released on December 5th, 2019.
This announcement lists various functional and operational enhancements delivered in this release.
64-bit Capability Enhancement
From 184.108.40.206, 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:
- 64-bit Subscriber ID
- 64-bit Wallet ID
- 64-bit Balance limits
- 64-bit Voucher ID
- 64-bit Statistics value
- 64-bit Service Logic Execution Environment (SLEE) Call ID
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:
- Redirection indicator
- Original redirection reason
- Redirection counter
- Redirection reason
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.
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.
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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In this Document
|64-bit Capability Enhancement|
|Charging Control Services (CCS)|
|Advanced Control Services (ACS)|