Press Release

XConnect, a provider of world-class numbering intelligence solutions, and Odine Solutions, a leading Systems Integrator, have partnered to reduce disputes and stop losses from Origin Based Rating (OBR). The partnership combines XConnect’s Global Number Range data with Odine’s Orion Advanced end to end voice management solution, to pre-validate A and B numbers and save on costs in surcharges, helping to maximise a carrier’s margins.

OBR takes the origination and termination of a call into account when billing. Based on the country of the call’s origin, the terminating network may apply a surcharge to the mobile termination rates (MTRs). Unanticipated surcharges are common and can be 10x the cost, with some even reaching 35x the standard termination rate.

“OBR has the potential to impact the business of any carrier that terminates international voice traffic. With OBR gradually increasing across continents, we’re finding customers are unwilling to take the risk on terminating to certain routes – losing revenue thanks to fear of surcharges,” said Eli Katz, CEO and Founder at XConnect. “Together with Odine Solutions, we enable carriers to minimise the risk of OBR to their margins and ensure their business is ready to adapt without making significant changes to existing systems. Mitigating OBR is critical for carriers of all sizes, so it’s time to take action now.”

XConnect and Odine customers can use global numbering plan data to build a technology roadmap to fulfil switching, accounting and fraud management needs as OBR and differentiated rates become the global norm. The solution enables carriers to capture higher margins, accurately price services, create new business, reduce resources spent on disputes and route traffic with confidence.

“Working with XConnect’s Global Number Range service we are adding an extra layer of protection for our customers via our Orion end to end management solution. As well as helping to increase profitability we will highlight potential fraud risks and disputes for operators. Working with XConnect has enabled us to provide more value for our customers and with continued growth of OBR, carriers that implement OBR management solutions will benefit from enhanced levels of visibility when routing traffic.” said Nick Cowley, Global Sales Director at Odine Solutions.