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What building for the public cloud actually means

A pure cloud, webscale BSS that leverages Open APIs? Yes.

At CLOUD CITY, a new BSS and charging company took the wraps of its technology stack and software, promising to leverage Open APIs and the public cloud to revolutionize telco charging.

So how is it going to deliver on that promise? Keith Dyer speaks to Sudhanshu Sinha, head of sales at Totogi.

KD: Sudhanshu, Totogi has developed what it calls a “webscale public cloud charging solution”, what is that?

Sudhanshu Sinha – not waiting for the future, but building for it.

SS: Totogi currently has two solutions for CSPs – Totogi Charging System and Totogi BSS.

Totogi Charging System harnesses the power of the public cloud to deliver real-time, webscale charging with unmatched performance, intelligent plan design with nearly instantaneous deployment and AI/ML-driven hyper-personalization at scale.

Totogi BSS is the world’s first pure cloud, webscale BSS that leverages TM Forum’s Open APIs (all of them by the end of 2021) to give carriers the agility and flexibility needed to drive more valuable subscriber engagement. With the public cloud, capacity and disaster recovery planning are eliminated as the system scales and fails over automatically.

The Totogi suite of products empower carriers to acquire new customers, boost NPS, reduce churn, and grow ARPU. Being built on the public cloud also means Totogi offers all the cost benefits of the hyperscalers and expects the systems to be 80% lower TCO as compared to private cloud and on-premise systems.

We envision a future in which all telcos have moved all software to the public cloud. But we’re not waiting for the future, we’re building for that future.

KD: When you hear that, then maybe the next question is a bit redundant. But how does Totogi’s approach differ from the way telcos have traditionally deployed and managed their charging systems?

SS: There is no other telco software vendor focused on building software purpose-built for the public cloud like Totogi. Furthermore, Totogi is offering usage-based pricing, starting with a free tier option for CSPs, which is another industry first. Offering a free tier in the public cloud world is very common and is a great way to offer new technology to customers as they grow.

We envision a future in which all telcos have moved all software to the public cloud. But we’re not waiting for the future, we’re building for that future. From the first line of code, Totogi products are 100% purpose-built for the public cloud – with all the technical innovation, performance, agility, scalability, security, reliability, and cost-savings benefits that come with it. We believe by doing so, we can completely redefine (and improve) how telcos engage with subscribers.

KD: You have some amazing benchmark statistics, a million transactions a second and 500 million subscribers. Can you tell me more about this benchmarking study and results?

SS: In a recent performance benchmark study, Totogi demonstrated an industry-leading, never-seen-before, one million TPS 5G network traffic benchmark on the public cloud.

The Totogi solution scaled subscribers from five million to 500 million, and transactions were scaled from 5,000 to 500,000 per second, with no impacts.

This use case also demonstrated a multi-region peak load of one million transactions per second to show how the platform scales globally without hitting any physical limits, unlike traditional on-premise, single data center systems. We’ve committed to doubling this epic performance every six months, until we can concurrently handle every subscriber on the planet.

KD: Other vendors do talk about integrating software for the public cloud. How is Totogi different?

Unlike traditional systems that have been migrated to the cloud, Totogi demonstrates that a single database instance can be used to support prepaid, postpaid, and sharing models, thus eliminating the restrictions that other vendors face when trying to scale their legacy systems in the cloud.

KD: Does utilization of a public cloud infrastructure at such a scale expose CSPs to a lot of operational cost? 

SS: Totogi is priced at a cost per transaction of $0.00005 ($50 per million transactions), which is 80% lower than traditional on-premise systems. This is all done while providing an accurate idempotent ACID-compliant processing model that includes synchronously replicating transactions across three data centers for the ultimate high availability solution.

KD: Totogi made its big introduction here at CLOUD CITY. How has the response been so far?

SS: The reaction has been fantastic! It’s been great to have such a big presence within CLOUD CITY by TelcoDR at MWC21 alongside other innovative vendors leveraging the public cloud. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to show MWC21 attendees our never-seen-before-in-telco features AND world record-breaking performance benchmark.