Charging mechanisms for mobile services

In order to get revenue from the use of mobile services, mobile operators need to have suitable charging mechanisms in place. Traditional CDR output from core network elements and IN or CAMEL based charging does not solve all the needs. This white paper describes a solution for how mobile operators can implement new mechanisms in their networks for charging of mobile services. A general idea is that a mobile service should be charged based on the value of the service, often referred to as the content of the service. The charging solutions for mobile services to date have not been flexible enough and as a consequence, very few mobile data services have been offered. Most of these services have been carried on SMS using the existing SMS charging model. In order to charge for mobile data services, there is a need for charging mechanisms in the GPRS/3G network to identify and differentiate between the services.

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