Title: An integrated charging, accounting and billing management platform for the support of innovative business models in mobile networks

Authors: Maria Koutsopoulou, Alexandros Kaloxylos, Athanassia Alonistioti, Lazaros Merakos, Panos Philippopoulos

Addresses: Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Communication Networks Laboratory, University of Athens, 157 84 Athens, Greece. ' Department of Telecommunications Science and Technology, University of Peloponnesus, 22 100 Tripoli, Greece. ' Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Communication Networks Laboratory, University of Athens, 157 84 Athens, Greece. ' Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, Communication Networks Laboratory, University of Athens, 157 84 Athens, Greece. ' Department of Funded Programmes, TEMAGON S.A., 32, Kifissias Ave., ATRINA Center Bld B', Maroussi, 151 25 Athens, Greece

Abstract: In the near future, it is expected that mobile operators will offer their subscribers a plethora of services as well as the ability to access value-added services offered by independent providers. However, until this goal is reached, there are several technical issues related to dynamic service provision and charging that have to be tackled. In order to examine in detail all the attributes of the aforementioned issues, we present the involved players and the prospective business models for flexible service provisioning. Furthermore, we outline the key concepts of such mechanisms and respective interdependencies between business entities, network/communication domains and the charging functionality. We also present the latest efforts undertaken by standardisation bodies to address these issues and the mechanisms that are planned to be deployed. Finally, we introduce a generic integrated architecture for charging, accounting and billing enabling flexible service provision in an open marketplace.

Keywords: charging; accounting; billing; business model; mobile networks; mobile communications; standards.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMC.2004.005864

International Journal of Mobile Communications, 2004 Vol.2 No.4, pp.418 - 434

Published online: 23 Dec 2004 *

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