Rating and Billing Validation

Rating and Billing Validation

Ensure accurate rating and billing to maximize monthly recurring revenue

Eliminate tariff and billing errors by monitoring products and service bundles

RAID Rating and Billing Validation (RBV) provides an automated auditing mechanism that simplifies the complex tasks around rating and charging in a multi-partner and multi-price service provider environment.
 
For communication service providers (CSPs) that want to quickly release, promote and discount services based upon a customer’s unique preferences, while simultaneously encouraging the use of additional revenue-generating applications, RAID RBV delivers auditing controls that prevent revenue leakage and enhance the customer experience.
Eliminate tariff and billing errors by monitoring products and service bundles

A scalable and robust solution for billing and rating validation

Converged billing with real-time rating and charging enables CSPs to create innovative, customer-centric propositions, providing differentiation in a competitive market.
 
Mobileum's RBV can effectively respond to the CSP’s billing accuracy needs, whether they are simple (e.g. one-time fee, recurring flat fee), or complex (e.g. using promotions, discounts, adjustments, or credits) and independent of the customer type (prepaid, postpaid, or hybrid).
A scalable and robust solution for billing and rating validation

Top 6 Charging Pitfalls: Why Carriers Need Rating and Billing Validation

Temporary Marketing Promotions
When applying a temporary marketing promotion customers expect that it becomes effective immediately. Applying or cancelling marketing promotions in a timely manner can lead to a bad customer experience or revenue leakage.
Missing Service Invoicing
Customers are often charged for services they do not own, like long distance lines. Conversely, this error also occurs when services provisioned are not listed in the customer invoice.
Discrepancies in Rating vs Billing Data
These discrepancies can occur with newly installed services that don’t receive the quoted rate or discounts, and contract renewals that include lower rates that were never applied to monthly invoices.
Failure in Applying Discounts
Custom contracts and product bundles create multiple rating schemes, which has a high likelihood of leading to errors in billing. Sometimes service rating is inaccurately attributed to base plans rather than to the correct promotional bundle.
Delays in Upgrading Pricing Policies
Service upgrades or downgrades and new item added or removed from product bundles that are continually wrongly billed from customer’s agreed upon prices can lead to a dis-satisfied customer and potential for revenue leakage.
Inaccurate Technology Migrations
During mergers and acquisitions or technology upgrades, one of the biggest challenges that CSPs face is data inconsistencies during the migration of customer and service data on the OSS and BSS.

Full traceability of the billing process

Rating & Billing Validation (RBV) monitors the billing process by validating billing data against historical and statistical data, or against other preferred data sources, to assure invoice accuracy.
 
Built-in aggregated validations guarantee high performance in the analysis of invoices, while detailed validations allow drill down into the source of the problem. With Rating and Billing Validation, CSPs are able to control revenue leakage due to billing and invoicing problems, and efficiently track and correct the underlying errors.
Full traceability of the billing process

See how Mobileum can help protect & grow your business

Over 750 Telecom companies, in more than 150 countries, are scaling their business with Mobileum solutions.

Prebuilt audit controls for revenue assurance

Mobileum Revenue Assurance modules include a set of prebuilt business validations that help analysts to address issues right out-of-the-box. Due to its intuitive graphical modelling interface, RAID’s business validation features enable operators to explicitly define, analyze, execute, audit and maintain a wide variety of rules that map directly to a business’s underlying business logic.
 
Multiple built-in checkpoints can ensure that all issues identified are reported and tracked, providing an all-inclusive view of the risk management process, enabling service providers to rapidly evolve the prevention of revenue leakage on a continuous basis.

How Oi Brazil is Leveraging our software For Revenue Assurance

Oi offers fixed and mobile, broadband, pay TV, data transmission and internet provider services, in addition to other corporate and wholesale services, including transport network and international backbone services.
Oi also offers more than two million public Wi-Fi hotspots in several places, e.g., airports and shopping malls. Since November 2008, Oi has been providing Pay TV services. The service is available in virtually all of Brazil, except in the state of São Paulo, through satellite (DTH) and fiber optic technologies (FTTH - IPTV), which is available in some cities in the states of RJ and MG.

2018 Stratecast, Revenue Assurance Market Leadership Award

The findings, as published in this report, show that WeDo Technologies (now Mobileum) leads in market share for the global CSP financial assurance market.

Increase Your Revenue Assurance Maturity by Deploying our Software

Provisioning Assurance
Audit order management and provisioning processes along the OSS and the network to deliver the exceptional service desired by customers, while eliminating revenue leakages and poor customer experience.
Usage Assurance
End-to-end approach for monitoring and controlling revenue leakage in telecom environments due to the misalignment of Charging Data Records.
Prepaid Balance Validation
No matter the subscription type, network, device or service, Prepaid Balance Validation (PBV) affords the utmost flexibility in auditing customer account balances.

Support for complex discount types

RBV “rule-based” re-rating engine and ML capabilities supports a variety of discount type auditing – from simple discounts on a single product to complex discounts on multiple offers, promotions, bundles, or ‘joined accounts’. Mobileum's RBV enables robust features, such as:
  • Flat discounts (fixed cash amount deduction)
  • Percentage discounts
  • Volume discounts (based on the quantity of product/service, number of calls or minutes)
  • Revenue discounts (based on the invoiced amount for product/service or calls)
  • Tiered discounts (volume and revenue discounts applied separately for each volume tier)
  • Applied discounts to selected products, usage, or entire order
  • Loyalty rewards (discounts based on customer credit rating and/or length of customer relationship)

Mobileum Risk Management Software Portfolio

Discover why Mobileum is the most trusted software vendor by Telecom companies all over the globe to manage their Revenue Assurance activities.

Re-rating across tariff trees, including bundle hierarchies

The diversity of product and service bundles, tariff plans and migration options increase the possibility of in-correct billing configurations. These offers are usually configured in convergent billing systems where multiple access technologies and billing methods are implemented.

Due to the complexity of these billing systems, and the variety of customer offers available, there is significant risk to the integrity of the rating process. Separate the rating from the billing system to deliver special offers, promotions and bundles to subscribers without suffering the service degradation that traditionally comes with complex charging scenarios.
Top-up credits from a variety of payment mechanisms can result in errors

Supercharge billing validation with Machine Learning

Using several elements of machine learning throughout the Rating and Billing Validation (RBV) process, we are able to identify line items that have the highest likelihood of needing attention from revenue assurance managers.

The system compares submitted line items to a set of rules that are based on the subscriber-specific service agreement. The resulting findings of these comparisons include issues such as non-billable activities and abnormal consumption patterns, as well as rate and activity mis-matches.
Focused on prioritized machine learning items, the system then ranks these line items by their likelihood of service agreement non-compliance and presents this information to analysts for more in-depth invoice review.
Supercharge billing validation with Machine Learning

Big Data Analytics Platform for Risk Management

RAID for revenue assurance is powered by Mobileum's Active Intelligence Big Data Analytics platform.

With a range of prebuilt auditing and monitoring packages, built for Revenue Assurance, Fraud Management, and Business Assurance, Mobileum's Active Intelligence platform delivers a full-service solution from data collection all the way through to risk detection and traceability of case resolution.
Prepaid OTT content bundling

Streaming analytics for IoT Rating and Billing Validation

The IoT industry faces specific challenges when it comes to IoT charging as related to the demand for rapid on boarding of new business models, multi-sided partnerships, integration of new devices and the ability to base charging on any service characteristics. At the same time, all the information presented to customers, partners and internal stakeholders must be relevant, accurate and up to date. Data processing in the IoT industry poses unique challenges that make event streaming processing the most reliable solution.

To address this complex event processing challenge, rating and billing validation that runs on the RAID streaming analytics platform can now enable millions of CDRs per second to be collected and processed in parallel.
Streaming analytics for IoT Rating and Billing Validation

Bundles, Packages, Plans - and Promotions

Innovative and profitable ways to address the market depend on discount and promotional tactics to achieve business goals, like achieving customer acquisition and revenue targets. Maintaining billing accuracy while delivering bundles and managing hundreds of promotions can get complicated unless you have a revenue assurance solution designed for it.

Mobileum's RBV delivers the auditing mechanisms that enables accurate billing for thousands of products - from simple offerings to complicated bundles - while applying pricing at any level: plan, group of customers, partners, or particular customer.
Bundles, Packages, Plans - and Promotions

Proactive Rating and Billing Validation for revenue assurance purposes

As part of our Rating and Billing Validation, Mobileum delivers an easy-to-use proactive validation process that checks if rated records are correctly calculated according to your rate plans and bundles. Matching tolerances and filters can be defined to control which events should be validated and rating calculations are done on each usage event independently.

With proactive rating and billing assurance solution, you will be able to perform advanced rating and billing validations and prevent revenue leakage due to rating process errors and efficiently track and correct the underlying errors. It is delivered as a managed service and can run on premises as well as on cloud.

Choose How You Want Your RA Deployed

Adopt our RAID risk management platform and choose the deployment option that best fits your business needs, budget, and resources.

If your company still doesn’t have a full public cloud policy due to security and compliance issues, Mobileum provides an alternative in private and hybrid cloud models to deploy the platform with its pre-built risk management modules or apps.