Accounting and Billing of Wireless Internet Services in the Third Generation Networks
The development of the wireless Internet market and its structure is driven by differing industry fundamentals and the revenue derived from content and content-related services is expected to increase significantly for all actors within the wireless industry. Providing flexible and scalable accounting and billing systems will be essential for success when offering wireless services to end customers. The wireless service providers have difficulties in billing their customers due to their inability to associate customer transactions with network usage, correlate data from multiple sources and flexibly support the emerging billing models. In this paper an accounting and billing model for the two wire-less services is presented. The evaluation of the services proved that the number of roles and partners in the wireless services is huge and that solutions like ac-counting agents and billing mediation servers are needed for tracking customer transactions and directing the accounting and billing between the partners.
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