A Rating Bureau Service for Next Generation IP Services

Ryan, Conor and Brazil, Jonathon and de Leastar, Eamonn and Cloney, James (2002) A Rating Bureau Service for Next Generation IP Services. In: 2nd Information Technology and Telecommunications Conference, Waterford, Ireland.

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Abstract

The marked increase of IP-based services has resulted in the need for a more flexible rating process than the present 'flat-rate' accounting approach. This paper presents the design and development of a Rating Bureau Service for the IP telecommunications environment. It illustrates the architecture, information model, technologies, and standards used in development of the system, as well as expounding upon some of the key implementation goals. In the proposed rating environment, flexibility is achieved by decoupling the charging algorithm and the core rating system. Hence, algorithms can be changed independently of the core system, avoiding the need to recode and recompile. Algorithms can be swapped in and out of the system during rating, allowing a potentially limitless range of services to be rated by equal numbers of tailored algorithms. All algorithms in the system are spreadsheet-based. This approach moves the modelling and construction of algorithms from the programming domain into the business design arena. Anyone with a working knowledge of spreadsheets can effortlessly construct/update these arbitrarily complex charging algorithms. This paper focuses on the development of a fixed line call charging algorithm that may be employed by a large telecommunications company.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Waterford, Ireland
Uncontrolled Keywords: Accounting
Departments or Groups: Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
Divisions: *NONE OF THESE*
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2007 11:24
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25
URI: http://repository.wit.ie/id/eprint/655

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