Rate plan or tariff

Rate plan or tariff  is one of the basic but very important term and entity on telecom field. This is also every day term. You can hear your family, you are speaking a lo toff, what you think, is it not cheap, are you on best rate plan?

So, there are 2 kinds of rate plans, prepaid and postpaid.

Prepaid are usually simplified and postpaid can have very huge structure.

For example, one simple prepaid rate plan,

All days in Week, 1 minute to all national networks is 0.1 Eur, rounding is 15/1.

This mean, that if you make call for 45 seconds to some person in national traffic, no international no roaming, you will need to pay next value:

45= 15 + 30*1

Rating charged price = 0.1/60*15 + 0.1/60*30

If the rounding is 60/1, for 45 seconds you will need to pay 0.1 Eur.

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IPTV standards

One of the very popular new platform in mobile telecommunications is IPTV.

This is totally new product but form perspective of network view this is just a GPRS packets.

Here are some of standards for Open IPTV. IPTV is acronym for Internet Protocol Television with the following features:

  • Choice TV package,
  • Interactive TV guide
  • Automatic program
  • Recording content
  • Parental control program and Video On Demand
So, we are pretty sure, that IPTV is very perspective television!


Telecommunication service

Telecommunication service with simple words is a group of independent functions, which are an integral part of one or more business processes and composition of quantitative and qualitative parameters of technical and information resources, and communications facilities.

Subscriber, user or customer  sees all of these components as a unified unit and used in accordance with their subscription to the expected value. God example of telco services are, voice, sms, msm.  Service provider services to develop sales in the Product Master or Product Catalog. The same service can be turned into different products, packet differently, with different specific rates and charges, and so on.

There are different variants of services, but some of them are divided here:

The service is facing the user (customer-facing service) According to TMF, is one of the services that the consumer (consumer) services (the user (customer) first noticed, as opposed to “service faces to the network” (network-facing service).

It has further significance in relation to the different systems, because operatorovih automate various aspects of operational processes (Operations Processes).

Also very important is compatibility between billing systems, main switch and all network elements. For example it is very hard to start with share tariffs on Single e View or with ADSL on BSCS or with MMS on Sergel billing.

Software tools for telecom support

If  you are for example telecom rating specialist for Single View or for Geneva or BSCS,  you will need some software tools for easy and flexible acting. Here we will discuss about basic tools.

1. First of all, all process in telecom are usually on UNIX/LINUX, so you will need putty. About usualy UNIX command we will speak letter.

2. Oracle is standard database for telecom field. So, Oracle client installation, TNSNAMES settings, and TOAD will be second tool which you need.

3. For ftp upload you will need Total Commander, File Zilla or WinSPC program.

4. Now, it id time for code  editor. Commercial product is ULTRA edit, and free of charge maybe better editor is  PSPad.  Both are excellent, so depends of your habit. We will like to know, if there are some other similar gadgets, so you can suggest this in field comments.

5.  If you are working remote, than you will need some VPN client like Cisko Cystem.


Configuration rate plans at BSCS

Configuration rate plans and all packages in hierarchy at BSCS billing system will be provided in this lesson,

Firs short schedule, after that we will explain in details.

Creation of zone destinations.
Creation of time packages.
Creation of zone packages.
Configuration of usage packages.
Creation of service packages.
Configuration of rating interval packages.

Creation and configuration of rate plan will all attendant parameters, one time charges, recurring charges, call set up fees, depending fees, free units, cost control free units and lot of more.

It will be described in details.