Wednesday, August 2, 2006

Vodafone Italy Selects Lucent for HomeZone Local + Mobile Service

Vodafone Italy has deployed a Lucent intelligent network solution for a "Vodafone Casa" service that allows subscribers to use their mobile phones both as home phones and as a mobile device, enabling subscribers to pay the same lower tariffs for mobile calls as for calls originated when at home.

The "Vodafone Casa" service, which replaces fixed telephone service, uses Lucent's "SurePay" Real Time Rating and Charging Suite, which enables the carrier to determine where a call is originated. A subscriber can define their HomeZone area and benefit from a different tariff when originating calls from their home area. Subscribers benefit from a single number, single service for all of their communication needs -- whether at home or on the go.

Lucent's SurePay suite is a converged pre-paid and post-paid billing solution that provides support for a wide variety of voice, data, content charging and e-commerce services. The system also features real-time rating and call-control capabilities -- including call screenings and announcements of account status. It also supports data and content charging via Diameter, the on- line charging interface specified by 3GPP standardization body for the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) service delivery architecture.

Lucent's services organization conducted the network integration for this project, providing the deployment and network migration services to help Vodafone Italy introduce the new capabilities on its multi-vendor network and launch the commercial offer.



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