9780444502759

Charging Communication Networks

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    9780444502759

  • ISBN10:

    0444502750

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1999-06-03
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
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Summary

This book proposes that usage-based charging schemes are essential to generate the incentives necessary for efficient operation of multiservice networks. The rapid development of network technology is enabling sophisticated new services and applications which demand new charging models. The same technology provides the means to operate the right charging schemes.Some of the work done in the European collaborative project CA$hMAN (Charging and Accounting Schemes in Multiservice ATM Networks). This project combined performance and economic models of network resource usage and cutomer utility to construct simple but effective charging schemes which were implemented and trialled in an advanced management platform.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Introduction xi
Charging in communication networks
1(22)
Multiservice networks
1(4)
Internet
5(7)
ATM
12(4)
Requirements for charging schemes
16(3)
The CA$hMAN Project
19(4)
The abc scheme
23(14)
Introduction
23(1)
Models for charging schemes
24(2)
A general mechanism for usage-sensitive charging
26(3)
A numerical example
29(3)
Charging policies
32(2)
Implementation and user issues
34(3)
Design and Implementation Concepts
37(34)
Overview
37(2)
Business model
39(3)
Accounting management service
42(6)
Service provision and charging - the common framework
48(7)
Interfaces and information flow
55(5)
User and network intelligent agents
60(5)
Performance considerations
65(6)
The CA$hMAN charging and accounting system
71(38)
Overview
71(2)
Motivation and objectives of the system
73(3)
Service provision and accounting management
76(3)
Architectural framework
79(9)
The CA$hMAN charging unit
88(7)
Integration and deployment of the system
95(3)
User interface design
98(3)
Operational scenario
101(4)
Conclusion
105(4)
Agents
109(40)
A user agent for ABR connections
110(15)
Experiments with the ABR agent
125(8)
Automated tariff renegotiation
133(4)
Automated traffic contract renegotiation
137(12)
Open issues
149(18)
Service-level charging
150(2)
Interconnect charging
152(5)
Relative prices of services
157(3)
Standards activities
160(1)
IP charging
161(6)
A Pricing for guaranteed services 167(26)
A.1 Overview
167(1)
A.2 Effective bandwidth
168(7)
A.3 A simple charging mechanism
175(2)
A.4 Charges that are linear in general measurements
177(6)
A.5 Accuracy and fairness
183(5)
A.6 Charging and acceptance control
188(5)
B Pricing for elastic services 193(18)
B.1 Overview
193(2)
B.2 Proportionally fair pricing
195(6)
B.3 Dynamic pricing for ABR services
201(5)
B.4 Sharing effective usage
206(5)
C CA$hMAN participants 211(2)
Glossary 213(4)
Bibliography 217(9)
Index 226

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