O2 UK is to extend the use of NetCracker technology to a smart meter project and its Charge-to-Mobile initiative.

The UK operator was selected as one of two preferred communications service providers for the UK government’s smart meter deployment in August 2013.

The initiative, described as the largest of its kind anywhere in the world, aims for smart meters to be rolled out as standard by 2020 across the country.

To date, 1.7 million domestic smart meters have been deployed according to data from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

O2 will use NetCracker’s solutions to provide rating, billing and mediation capabilities, including what the vendor called “aggressive and innovative” pricing options for end customers.

The operator will also the vendor’s tech for its Charge-to-Mobile initiative, which enables customers to conduct transactions with third parties and have those charges directly added to their monthly phone bill.

Specifically, NetCracker said its microservices-based rating and billing capabilities would allow O2 to introduce new business and revenue models, enable revenue-sharing strategies and deploy IoT-based offerings.

Brendan O’Rourke, CIO at O2 UK, described the two projects as “massive and innovative” and that they were being implemented in “tight timelines”.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

[Read more: O2 to launch smart home product in the UK this year]

It is the second deal that NetCracker has announced this year.

Last week, Slovak Telekom signed up the vendor to provide billing services for its mobile customers.

Sylvain Seignour, Vice President of Global Sales at NetCracker, said: “We are happy to help O2 in the UK take on its groundbreaking endeavors to become more agile and bring innovative services to its customers.”

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