XConnect and Orca Wave Help Voice Carriers Stop OBR Losses

XConnect, a provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions and Orca Wave, a leading OSS/BSS solution provider for international and domestic carriers, work together and enable carriers to stop losses from Origin Based Rating (OBR). The solution combines XConnect’s Global Numbering Plan and Number Portability data, as well as Orca Wave’s Bluewater solution so that customers can optimize traffic for OBR without the need to make significant changes to any existing OSS, BSS or routing platforms.

OBR, also known as Origin Based Charging for voice termination, takes into account both the origination and termination of a call when billing. The terminating network will apply a surcharge to the mobile termination rates (MTRs) based on the country of the call’s origin. Unanticipated surcharges can be 10x cost with some as high as 35x the standard termination rate.

“OBR is a growing challenge for carriers in the voice market. As OBR is implemented in more countries, carriers need a solution that quickly enables them to take control of their traffic and give them predictable margins. Together with Orca Wave, we enable carriers to stop losses from OBR before it can harm their businesses without the need to make significant changes to existing systems,” said Eli Katz, CEO and Founder at XConnect. “Over the next 3-4 months, carriers will see losses from OBR grow, as it is rolled out across networks. The time to take action to control OBR is now.”

Orca Wave and XConnect customers are able to stop OBR losses and:

  • Capture higher margins
  • Accurately price services
  • Never turn away new business
  • Reduce resources spent on disputes
  • Route traffic with confidence

“We are continually looking at new ways to add value for our customers and help them to increase profitability. XConnect’s Global Number Intelligence solutions can have an immediate impact on a carrier’s margins and ensure the sustainability of their voice business,” said John Rivenburgh, founder at Orca Wave. “OBR will only grow over time and carriers that implement solutions now are going to gain a unique competitive advantage.”

XConnect’s Global Numbering Intelligence provides a simple and data-driven approach to stopping future OBR losses before they can impact a carrier’s businesses. Its approach supports the activation of global number intelligence, the implementation of advanced business rules for routing as well as profit protection, while adding value on top of existing OSS/BSS systems.


About XConnect

XConnect consolidates, maintains and delivers trusted telephone number intelligence to world leading telecommunication service providers. XConnect processes information from hundreds of different global datasets and ensures that customers solve routing, validation and fraud challenges in real time.

XConnect’s Information Services are used for voice and messaging routing, fraud protection and to identify and validate insights. They also support the deployment and evolution of next-generation communications, such as VoLTE and RCS. XConnect’s Number Information Services are accessed through its global distributed hybrid cloud platform using simple, secure, scaleable real-time protocols and APIs.

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About Orca Wave

Orca Wave’s BlueWater Software provides real time, intelligent solutions, architected to accelerate any world class information provider to global leader, as measured by quality, profit and revenue. Bluewater is the voice engine for a number of the leading Global Tier One Carriers and innovative new market entrants including wholesale, wireless, application and VoIP providers.

Our team’s goal is to make our customers successful in their business with a variety of competitive software tools and services. Orca Wave’s innovative solutions are created to provide our clients with flexible choices and no barriers, that will easily integrate to a multitude of future enhancements.

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