Alternative Roaming Providers (ARP)
From the 1st of July 2014, the new EU regulations III became active. The new regulations set by the European Commission, will allow retail mobile customers to purchase roaming services (such as voice, SMS and data) from an Alternative Roaming Provider (ARP) separate from their domestic service provider (DSP), without affecting either mobile number or device. The process of selecting an ARP and its services while abroad within EU is more commonly known as decoupling or separate sale of roaming services.
Decoupling using Single IMSI
With the Single IMSI solution the ARP will engage in agreements with each domestic operator providing domestic services, then the ARP will act as a reseller of these services to the roaming subscriber. This type of solution is applicable for all types of service providers such as mobile network operators, MVNOs or VSPs. From a subscriber standpoint, they will have a roaming agreement with the ARP regardless of the DSP and the DSP is required to activate services within one working day.
Decoupling using Local Breakout
The Local breakout model refers to local provisioning of data services only, where the services is provided directly on the visited network and traditional SMS and voice traffic is supplied by the home operator in traditional roaming manner. By using the 3GPP option for local breakouts, the VPMN will be able to act as ARP for internet access and other data services.
With these new regulatory changes, there is a higher demand on flexibility in billing systems. Support for more complex multi-partner business models for ARP and MVNO is necessary for both billing and financial settlement activities. CapSettle offer full support for the Domestic Service Provider (DSP) and Alternative Roaming Provider relationship. CapSettle, has always supported multi-partner agreements for billing and settlements between MNO, MVNO, VSP and/or complex revenue share scenarios. For us, this is nothing new and we have a lot of experience and examples of customers who are using our solution for this.