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  • R AN SHARING MONE TIZ ATION | 1

    Mobile network operators can’t afford to go it

    alone—at least when it comes to their future network

    investment. 5G will require large numbers of base

    stations and small cells to deliver better connectivity,

    which could increase operators’ network investments

    by up to 60 percent if they try to proceed alone,

    according to McKinsey.

    In recent years, operators have started working with

    their competitors to reduce the total cost of ownership

    through active sharing of their network infrastructure.

    Active sharing goes beyond the sharing of passive

    equipment (e.g., masts) to sharing of network elements

    (e.g., spectrum, processing resources). This will be

    especially important for 5G, as sharing network

    equipment will deliver broader, more cost-effective

    coverage.

    One of the most commonly shared assets is the radio

    access network (RAN), and for good reason—active

    radio elements can account for up to 60 percent of

    initial network investment. The addition of more 5G

    base stations could increase the proportion of network

    costs attributed to the RAN.

    RAN Sharing allows operators to connect their

    customers’ devices using the same RAN equipment,

    while keeping core networks separate. To minimize the

    cost of 5G network deployment while expanding their

    coverage cost-effectively, operators will need to share

    RAN to better manage the cost.

    According to McKinsey, network sharing techniques

    like RAN sharing have been able to reduce TCO by up

    to 30 percent—and also present a massive revenue

    opportunity for operators willing to share

    their networks.

    R AN SHARING MONE TIZ ATION

    The CSG RAN Sharing Monetization solution helps

    mobile operators maximize the return on their network

    investments, and earn incremental revenue by

    automating the revenue management and assurance

    process. CSG RAN Sharing Monetization is an end-to-

    end solution, from the collection of EDRs through the

    integration with an ERP.

    The solution works in either direction, whether you

    are the operator leasing the RAN network, or utilizing

    a partner’s RAN network. By automating the RAN

    sharing process with other partners, operators can:

    Save on capex and opex required for RAN

    equipment

    Earn revenue from existing network

    investments

    R AN SHARING MONE TIZ ATION Monetize your network infrastructure investments

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    Accelerate deployment of 5G to meet

    regulatory targets and market demands

    Increase mobile network coverage

    HOW IT WORKS

    CSG RAN Sharing Monetization mediates, settles and

    reconciles usage data to ensure operators receive

    what they are owed for usage of their RAN. The

    solution processes EDR for partner billing and enables

    the operator to corroborate EDR feeds against RAN

    counter data and manage any disputes that arise.

    Here’s how it works:

    The CSG RAN Sharing Monetization solution

    collects and mediates EDRs received from the

    partner who is sharing the network

    To avoid relying entirely on usage data

    provided by the partner, the solution also

    collects usage from the operator’s own

    RAN counters

    If there are disputes, RAN counters are used

    for reconciliation and to support revenue

    assurance

    If there are no disputes, the mediated EDR files

    are rated and invoices are generated for the

    partner operator

    SOLUTION COMPONENTS

    The CSG RAN Sharing Monetization Solution

    integrates four components to help operators manage

    their RAN sharing agreements. The solution can

    support different sharing models such as MVNOs,

    National Roaming, multiple operator RAN (MORAN),

    and Multiple Operator Core Network (MOCN).

    CSG Billing Mediation supports a multitude of usage

    records, like RAN counters, and helps operators

    protect revenue on their networks. The component

    provides the following functionality:

    Collection of multiple streams of usage data

    from the partner network (e.g. voice, VoLTE,

    data, SMS, MMS and USSD usage)

    Check for duplicate records

    Aggregation of usage events from the partner

    network

    Formatting events for billing

    Collection of usage events from the operator’s

    RAN to be used for revenue assurance

    CSG National Settlement offers volume-based

    and enhanced rating features and country-specific

    reference data loaders. The component provides the

    following functionality:

    Management of the partnership agreement

    Definition of the products required by the RAN

    sharing agreement

    Rating of aggregated events and calculation of

    related charges

    Generation of feed of rated events to support

    dispute reconciliation management

    CSG Dispute and Reconciliation Management

    provides tools to handle the comparison, proposal

    and dispute process. The component provides the

    following functionality:

    Reconciliation of aggregated RAN usage with

    usage records collected from the partner’s

    network. The reconciliation is done for specif ic

    time intervals to highlight gaps representing

    missing traff ic

    Definition of revenue assurance rules, so that

    differences above configurable thresholds will

    automatically raise a dispute case

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  • R AN SHARING MONE TIZ ATION | 3

    R A N C O U N T E R - A G G R E G A T E D D A T A P A R T N E R ’ S N E T W O R K - E D R D A T A

    B I L L I N G D A T A ( U S A G E + R E V E N U E )

    C S G B I L L I N G M E D I A T I O N

    E V E N T: C O R R E L A T I O N ,

    D U P L I C A T E D E T E C T I O N ,

    A G G R E G A T I O N , F O R M A T T I N G

    Tracking of disputes from inception to

    resolution

    “Usage matching” to support a dispute

    allowing the detailed comparison of CDRs

    from the partner and usage events from the

    operator’s RAN

    Automatic distribution of reconciliation and

    dispute reports to business users via email

    Updating the status of the dispute when it is

    settled with the partner

    Disputed summaries with usage gaps sent to

    billing for the collection of lost revenue

    CSG Financial Management is a module of CSG

    National Settlement providing the following

    functionality:

    Generation of f inancial journal and integration

    with the operator’s ERP

    Generation of complex invoices

    Financial reports

    With CSG RAN Sharing Monetization, operators can

    earn more revenue from existing network assets like

    RAN and reduce capex and opex. Maximize your

    network investments today with CSG RAN Sharing

    Monetization.

    ABOUT CSG

    CSG simplif ies the complexity of business

    transformation in the digital age for the most

    respected communications, media and entertainment

    service providers worldwide. With over 35 years of

    experience, CSG delivers revenue management,

    customer experience and digital monetization

    solutions for every stage of the customer lifecycle.

    The company is the trusted partner driving digital

    transformation for leading global brands, including

    Arrow, AT&T, Bharti Airtel, Charter Communications,

    Comcast, DISH, Eastlink, iFlix, MTN, TalkTalk,

    Telefonica, Telstra and Verizon.

    At CSG, we have one vision: f lexible, seamless,

    limitless communications, information and content

    services for everyone. For more information, visit our

    website at csgi.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter

    and Facebook.

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    I N V O I C E S

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