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October 4, 2009

Turkcell deploys combined offering from Cisco, Openet

To provide flexible charging system for GPRS mobile data network

By CBR Staff Writer

Communications and technology company Turkcell has deployed a combined offering from Cisco and Openet to provide a flexible charging system for its general packet radio service (GPRS) mobile data network.

The companies said that the joint offering enables real-time packet inspection, rating and billing of individual customers’ mobile data usage. It helps the operator deliver and charge for pre- and post-paid data and next-generation services and enables Turkcell to provide subscribers with several billing options.

The Openet’s FusionWorks Convergent Charging system deployed at Turkcell is combined with the Cisco technologies including, Enhanced Gateway GPRS Support Node (eGGSN), Cisco Service Control Engine, and Cisco Access Register.

According to companies, the eGGSN product provides advanced processing of IP flows for content-aware billing, filtering, management and analysis in a fault-tolerant package. It is expected to help Turkcell deliver personalised mobile data services to its customers.

As a complementary technology with the Service Control Engine, Cisco provides content inspection capabilities that enables Turkcell to control network traffic and monetise subscriber use.

Reportedly, the joint offering was deployed to handle data on Turkcell’s 2G network and was selected for its ability to scale exponentially as 3G data use grows and delivery speeds rise as high as 1,500 transactions per second.

Ilker Kuruoz, chief technology officer at Turkcell, said: For Turkcell’s 3G launch, we needed a data-charging solution implemented by vendors who were able to bring their international experience in that space to the dynamic Turkish market. The solution developed by Cisco and Openet is a big benefit for Turkcell. It not only provides for today’s needs, but also supports flexible future scenarios. Following the 3G launch, we are pleased to observe the reliability and flexibility of the solution.

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