South African telco Vodacom has implemented the MediationZone platform from DigitalRoute, a provider of mediation solutions across the globe, to transform the data collection and management component of Vodacom’s BSS infrastructure.
Vodacom selected MediationZone to replace a legacy solution that the service provider has been using for over a decade. Vodacom turned to replacement alternatives as the legacy product headed towards its processing capacity and the cost of the hardware upgrades, in the region of 100 million SA Rand, necessary to extend this were prohibitive.
MediationZone helps service providers reduce operating costs. They can benefit from increased self sufficiency and be in a position to enable new service offerings with shorter time to market, the company said. The mediation platform has been deployed at more than 300 locations around the globe.
The platform met Vodacom’s key functional requirements. The transformation was staged over approximately a 14 month period with the first phase going live in as little as eight months.
At its conclusion, Vodacom was feeding some 42 million Packet Data Network gateway events and up to 60 million CDRs a day into MediationZone, sourced from 25 data streams pulled from elements across its entire network.
According to Vodacom manager – Mediation Applications Support Ferouzah van der Schyff, “the magnitude of the MZ Solution transformation project was significant, not only in terms of on-boarding or migration of all data streams from the legacy Mediation Applications to MZ, but also in terms of the decoding and business processing rules that had accumulated over a decade.”