ZTE Multi-dimensional Billing Matrix Helps the Business Mode Innovation of Network Slicing


ZTE shared its deep understanding of the 5G connectivity for serving the digital society, systematically analyzed the key elements of network slicing management, and innovatively proposed to build a multi-dimensional billing matrix. The “Lego” factors are assembled to customize the billing model under different business modes, giving full play to the commodity characteristics of network slicing, creating a diversified slicing business mode and enhancing the connection value.

The profit base of 5G is to provide end-to-end connectivity that “changes society”, while the traditional traffic management mode has been unable to realize the value of connectivity, and the evolution to slice management is the general trend. Whether the slice business mode is established is the key to the success of future slice operations.

For the typical four major business models (B2C/B2B/B2B2B/B2B2C), ZTE makes in-depth analysis of the core elements such as product form, target group, customer value and revenue model, and proposes a series of operational solutions based on actual application scenarios, such as resource leasing, SLA packages, business customization, exposing capabilities, differentiated services, and cooperative sharing.

He Wei, a network slice operation architect from ZTE, said that in order to refine the operational network slicing, give full play to its commercial value, and meet the requirements of flexible and diverse business models, ZTE Innovatively proposes to build a multi-dimensional, multi-factor slice charging matrix. The matrix provides a differentiated pricing strategy by subdividing billing factors in terms of resource usage/quality, slice measurable SLA, slice grading SLA, and service quality. Relying on the multi-dimensional billing matrix, operators can, according to different business SLA requirements, extract the billing factors in multiple dimensions flexibly, combine them, and customize the slicing billing model on demand to individualize slice marketing.

At the same time, ZTE provides slice malls and handheld malls for vertical industries and end users. Users can select different SLA slices/services, slicing capability APIs and user packages according to their needs, and can flexibly make subscription through the one-stop visual interface, thus bringing the ultimate user experience. 

He Wei said that the industry needs vary widely. ZTE should explore the application characteristics of the industry in depth, and make full use of the commercialized features such as slicing customizable, slicing deliverable, slicing measurable and slicing billable, and build a diversified business model. The multi-dimensional charging matrix and the LEGO charging factor solution proposed by ZTE can help operators flexibly customize the differentiated slice charging model, adapt to the business mode in different scenarios, and effectively realize the monetization of slices.

As the world's leading provider of communication solutions, ZTE is committed to the applications and innovation of the 5G network slicing business mode, and continues to improve the supporting the verification of products, solutions and commercialization capabilities. With the advent of the 5G era, ZTE will cooperate with operators and industry users to continuously improve the maturity of slice commercialization, expand innovative business models, and build a sustainable high-value digital ecosystem.