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A Generic Framework for the Management of Charging, Billing and Accounting Process in Heterogeneous Networks

A Generic Framework for the Management of Charging, Billing and Accounting Process in Heterogeneous Networks
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Author(s): Maria Koutsopoulou (University of Athens, Greece), Alexandros Kaloxylos (University of Athens, Greece), Athanassia Alonistioti (University of Athens, Greece) and Lazaros Merakos (University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch178
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

The introduction of the IP in the mobile networks and furthermore the convergence of heterogeneous networks (e.g. UMTS, EDGE, WLAN) brings additional requirements and complexity for managing flexible service provision and charging in heterogeneous environments. To cope with such complexity the introduction of an integrated framework for at least charging process is required. In that context, this paper discusses the involved business players and the imposed requirements and describes a generic framework for all management aspects related to charging, billing and accounting in heterogeneous environments.

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