Service consumers are increasingly becoming aware of QoS and service subscriptions. Service providers (SPs) are also recognizing the opportunity to generate revenue by bundling services in packages and providing them to customers. Standardization bodies have begun to address requirements of charging and usage accounting management as SPs are increasingly relying on them. Federated accounting management concept stems from these developments. It specifically supports the requirement of SPs to co-operate in a federated manner and share the revenue. It also supports the requirements of charging and billing being subcontracted to a third-party. This paper proposes that standard-based interfaces and shared information model, and a well-accepted development methodology are keys to enabling co-operation between SPs. It presents a requirement analysis and a federated accounting management system architecture, which are based on the recommendations laid down by TMForum, IPDR, OMG and IETF organisations. The architecture supports mediation, rating, charges aggregation, settlement, and online billing.
|Title of host publication||Proc. 5th IFIP/IEEE Int’l Conf. on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services (MMNS 2002)|
|Editors||Kevin C. Almeroth, Masum Hasan|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Electronic)||3540442715, 9783540442714|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Event||5th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services, MMNS 2002 - Santa Barbara, United States|
Duration: 06 Oct 2002 → 09 Oct 2002
|Name||Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|
|Conference||5th IFIP/IEEE International Conference on Management of Multimedia Networks and Services, MMNS 2002|
|Period||06/10/2002 → 09/10/2002|
- Business-to-business service provisioning, billing business and operations processes, automation, building block, contract,
- composite services, accounting information model, usage-based charging, differential tariffs, NGOSS, federated accounting
- management, SLA and QoS provisioning, XML, IP-based services.