Telecom billing process


The billing process gathers all charges, prepaid, postpaid and hybrid, due for the current settlement period and creates a convergent invoice for end customers and business partners. The billing can be run flexibly, in regular mode, on-demand, immediate, and in simulation mode. It allows dynamic invoice layout including electronic formats.

Billing Key features are

  • Collect charges for a billing period
  • Definition of billing cycles
  • One-time and recurring charges
  • Billing promotions and discounts
  • Prorating of recurring charges
  • Generation of invoices, including promotion details
  • Prepaid statements
  • Multiple bills for a single contract and a single bill for multiple contracts
  • Configurable rounding strategy
  • Parallel billing processes
  • Other Credits & Charges
  • Configures and calculates taxes

Billing Modes are

1- Regular Billing

  • Based on Bill Cycle definition
  • Executed at predefined date and time
  • Impact in data base

2- On Demand Billing

  • Any time between two regular Bill Cycles
  • Generated for a single or group of Customers
  • Billed from the last billing date until the virtual start date

3- Immediate Billing

  • Started Immediately for Customers or Group of Customers
  • Covers the Last Billing Date up to the precise moment the immediate billing run was launched
  • The billing mode is performed till most recent received UDR.

Billing Purpose

1) Regular billing: The real billing where bills are    generated and all the changes reflected in the database.

2) Information billing:  bills are produced for information purposes only .no changes are reflected to the database.

3) Simulation billing: bills are generated in the simulation billing only for the testing purpose. Simulation billing is normally used when new rate plans, services or promotions have been introduced.

To execute the customer billing below information are required.

  • Definition of billing cycles and due date
  • Customer type details ( e.g Large, Retail, Enterprise accounts etc)
  • One-time and recurring charges
  • Billing promotions and discounts
  • Prorating of recurring charges
  • Bill type e.g. Multiple bills for a single contract and a single bill for multiple contracts
  • Configurable rounding strategy
  • Late fee inclusion/exclusion criteria.
  • Other credit charges and rate plan details
  • Existing customized billing scripts details
  • Other credit charges and rate plan details

 

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Messaging: SMS, MMS


Short Message Service (SMS) is a communication service component of the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between mobile phone devices.

Call scenario in which Aparty (sender) of a mobile operator (Home network) send SMS to Bparty(Receiver) at same network.

SMS traffic routing

At MSC:

1: MO SMS CDR will generate for Aparty(sender) .which includes Sender ,Receiver information (MSISDN),Time stamp, date and time.

2: MT SMS CDR will generate for B party (Receiver) end.