Exprivia | Italtel today launched one of the world’s first blockchain-based number portability solutions – an updated version of its i-RPS product, a centralized routing, and policy engine, which enables consumers to seamlessly switch mobile network providers to take advantage of the best offers while keeping their phone number.
A new large Italian ICT group which develops innovative solutions and services, Exprivia | Italtel has evolved the NFV-ready, blockchain-enabled i-RPS to address the current number portability process which includes a global database that needs to be synchronized with country-specific records, involving semi-manual implementation. This can cause errors such as data mismatches and processing delays.
“At Exprivia | Italtel, we are committed to providing our customers with solutions that meet their needs to enable them to deliver value-added services to their customers and at Mobile World Congress 2019, we will showcase significant examples of how we fulfill this goal,” said Domenico Favuzzi, CEO and President of Exprivia.
Exprivia | Italtel’s solution automates synchronization and allows operators to view the full country-specific number portability database. The blockchain technology acts in a real-time distributed way, maintaining records with a simplified process which reduces the cost and time of switchovers.
“Today’s tech-savvy subscribers are continuously looking to change their mobile network provider to ensure they are receiving the best deal and incentives while meeting their individual data demands,” said Stefano Pileri, CEO at Italtel. “Current number portability systems have not kept up with this trend and the current semi-manual, country-specific process to change providers while keeping the same number is slow and cumbersome. Our innovative i-RPS product changes this, using Blockchain technology to simplify operations, avoid errors and delays, and reduce costs.”
i-RPS has already been deployed by several communications service providers in EMEA and LATAM. i-RPS has achieved the configuration of up to 1 billion portability entries, the generation of up to 500 million of CDR/TDR each day and traffic management of several thousand sessions per second. Furthermore, the operator will see a fast return on investment, breaking even in around one year.
In addition to providing a seamless switching process, i-RPS can also deliver an end-to-end service including the use of digital identity for a complete and ready-to-deploy experience.