Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control 184.108.40.206.0 - Release Announcement
(Doc ID 2798684.1)
Last updated on AUGUST 11, 2021
Applies to:Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control - Version 220.127.116.11.0 and later
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (32-bit)
Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)
Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (NCC) 12.0 (Version 18.104.22.168.0) was released on July 30th, 2021.
This announcement lists various functional and operational enhancements delivered in this release.
64-bit Capability Enhancement
Release 12.0.2 was already 64 bit in terms of build and in the release 12.0.3 several key elements were extended to support higher range of elements to fit in the 64-bit architecture.
As part of this 12.0.4 release, the following elements are also now 64-bit compliant
• USSD Balance Query
• Balance Buckets
• Grants (Reservation Units)
• Used Service Units
Charging Control Services (CCS)
Charge Period Precision in GUI
As part of this release, NCC now supports entering value of charge period till 7 decimal places in the SMS GUI
Alternate Wallet Lookup for B-Party (Called Party)
As part of this release, existing APIs have been enhanced to determine the wallet state of the B party(Called party)
With this customers would be able to do credit transfers between active subscribers only if required.
Advanced Control Services (ACS)
Support for FCI- BillingChargingCharacteristics
In NCC, we support sending FurnishChargingInformation (FCI) in Initial DP. This FurnishChargingInformation will be sent to MSC in the TCAP message.
As part of this release, we can have FurnishChargingInformation [FCI] to be added in a proper format and will be sent in a standard response for InitialDP.
Enhanced SLEE event size for Connect Messages
As part of this release, NCC supports extending the size of SLEE event if the message length is beyond the allocated size in minimumSizeOfConnectSleeEvent.
When the event size is more than minimum slee-event size, it will get extended till the maximum slee-event size configured.
Support for CAPv1 Roaming
NCC is already supporting CAPv3 for roaming and non-roaming scenarios where we send "ApplyCharging" to network and receive "ApplyChargingReport" from network.
As part of this release a new SMInap Control Agent (SmInapCA) interface has been developed to provide a solution which supports CAPv1 for roaming calls.
Support of locationInformationEPS parameter to access in Control Plan
NCC now supports sending locationInformationEPS element in the InitialDP to ACS. This data is available during the control plan execution.
New Error Exit for Number Normalization Feature Node
With this release, a new error exit is added for the number normalization feature node. Whenever the profile field is having a NULL or empty or long value, then Error exit is followed.
User Interface Enhancements
LDAP Authentication for SMS GUI Users
As part of this release, NCC GUI login has been enabled to get the users authenticated from an external centralized user management server (LDAP).
A user can use his credentials created by his organization(in the organization's centralized LDAP server), to login to NCC GUI screens.
Password Management for PI Users
As part of this release, NCC now supports :
• Unlocking and changing password for PI users in SMS UI
• Disable password expiration for PI users in SMS UI
• Error display for PI users after password expiry
• Warning for PI users after crossing grace period
Monitoring using Prometheus and Grafana
As part of this release, you can now use the open source technologies such as Prometheus and Grafana for monitoring the NCC services. With this you can have a real-time operational view of the system to monitor and collect reports
Logging using Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana
With this release, you can now use open source technologies Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana for logging services in NCC.
As part of this release, NCC can be deployed using Oracle 19c database server and client.
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)|
|Charge Period Precision in GUI|
|Alternate Wallet Lookup for B-Party (Called Party)|
|Advanced Control Services (ACS)|
|Support for FCI- BillingChargingCharacteristics|
|Enhanced SLEE event size for Connect Messages|
|Support for CAPv1 Roaming|
|Support of locationInformationEPS parameter to access in Control Plan|
|New Error Exit for Number Normalization Feature Node|
|User Interface Enhancements|
|LDAP Authentication for SMS GUI Users|
|Password Management for PI Users|
|Monitoring using Prometheus and Grafana|
|Logging using Elasticsearch, Fluentd, and Kibana|