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1  Scopep. 9

The present document is part of a series of Technical Specifications (TSs) specifying charging functionality and charging management in Packet Switched networks (GSM/UMTS, EPS). The 3GPP core network charging architecture and principles are specified in TS 32.240, which provides an umbrella for other charging management documents that specify:
  • the content of the CDRs per domain / subsystem / service (offline charging);
  • the content of real-time charging messages per domain / subsystem /service (online charging);
  • the functionality of online and offline charging for those domains / subsystems / services;
  • the interfaces that are used in the charging framework to transfer the charging information (i.e. CDRs or charging events).
The complete document structure for the charging TSs is defined in TS 32.240.
The present document specifies the offline and online charging description for the Packet Switched (PS) domain based on the functional stage 2 description in TS 23.060, TS 23.401 and TS 23.402.
The offline and online charging description for the PS domain encompasses also fixed broadband access in the convergent scenario deployment (i.e. both the fixed broadband access network and Evolved Packet Core (EPC) owned by a single operator) based on the functional stage 2 description in the corresponding Annex of TS 23.203.
This charging description includes the offline and online charging architecture and scenarios specific to the PS domain, as well as the mapping of the common 3GPP charging architecture specified in TS 32.240 onto the PS domain.
It further specifies the structure and content of the CDRs for offline charging, and the charging events for online charging. The present document is related to other 3GPP charging TSs as follows:
  • The common 3GPP charging architecture is specified in TS 32.240;
  • The parameters, abstract syntax and encoding rules for the CDRs are specified in TS 32.298;
  • A transaction based mechanism for the transfer of CDRs within the network is specified in TS 32.295;
  • The file based mechanism used to transfer the CDRs from the network to the operator's Billing Domain (e.g. the billing system or a mediation device) is specified in TS 32.297;
  • The 3GPP Diameter application that is used for PS domain offline and online charging is specified in TS 32.299.
Note that a CAMEL based prepaid function and protocol is also specified for the PS domain (TS 23.078 and TS 29.078). CAMEL entities and functions are outside the scope of the present document.
All terms, definitions and abbreviations used in the present document, which are common across 3GPP TSs, are defined in TR 21.905. Those that are common across charging management in PS domains, services or subsystems are provided in the umbrella document TS 32.240 and are copied into clause 3 of the present document for ease of reading. Finally, those items that are specific to the present document are defined exclusively in the present document.
Furthermore, requirements that govern the charging work are specified in TS 22.115.

2  Referencesp. 9

The following documents contain provisions which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of the present document.
References are either specific (identified by date of publication, edition number, version number, etc.) or non specific.
For a specific reference, subsequent revisions do not apply.
  • For a non-specific reference, the latest version applies. In the case of a reference to a 3GPP document (including a GSM document), a non-specific reference implicitly refers to the latest version of that document in the same Release as the present document.
TS 32.240: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Charging architecture and principles".
[2] - [9]  Void.
TS 32.250: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Circuit Switched (CS) domain charging".
[11] - [19]  Void.
TS 32.260: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) charging".
[21] - [29]  Void.
TS 32.270: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) charging".
TS 32.271: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Location Services (LCS) charging".
TS 32.273: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (MBMS) charging"
TS 32.274: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Short Message Service (SMS) charging".
[35] - [49]  Void.
TS 32.299: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Diameter charging application".
TS 32.298: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Charging Data Record (CDR) encoding rules description".
TS 32.297: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Charging Data Records (CDR) file format and transfer".
TS 32.296: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Online Charging System (OCS) applications and interfaces".
TS 32.295: "Telecommunication management; Charging management; Charging Data Record (CDR) transfer".
[55] - [99]  Void.
TR 21.905: "Vocabulary for 3GPP Specifications".
TS 22.115: "Service aspects; Charging and billing".
TS 22.011: "Service accessibility".
TS 23.003: "Numbering, Addressing and Identification".
[104] - [199]  Void.
TS 22.060: "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS); Service description; Stage 1".
TS 23.060: "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS); Service description; Stage 2".
TS 29.078: "Customized Applications for Mobile network Enhanced Logic (CAMEL); Phase X;CAMEL Application Part (CAP) specification".
TS 29.060: "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS); GPRS Tunnelling Protocol (GTP) across the Gn and Gp interface".
[204]  Void.
TS 29.061: "Interworking between the Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) supporting packet based services and Packet Data Networks (PDN)".
TS 23.078: "Customized Applications for Mobile network Enhanced Logic (CAMEL); Phase 4; Stage 2".
TS 23.246: "Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS); Architecture and functional description".
TS 23.401: "General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) enhancements for Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network (E-UTRAN) acces".
TS 23.402: "Architecture enhancements for non-3GPP accesses".
TS 29.274: "3GPP Evolved Packet System (EPS); Evolved General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Tunnelling Protocol for Control plane (GTPv2-C); Stage 3".
TS 29.275: "Proxy Mobile IPv6 (PMIPv6) based Mobility and Tunnelling protocols; Stage 3".
TS 23.261: "IP flow mobility and seamless Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) offload; Stage 2".
TS 23.272: "Circuit Switched (CS) fallback in Evolved Packet System (EPS); Stage 2".
[214]  Void.
TS 23.203: "Policy and charging control architecture".
TS 29.212: "Policy and Charging Control (PCC); Reference points".
TS 29.281: "General Packet Radio System (GPRS) Tunnelling Protocol User Plane (GTPv1-U)".
[218] - [241]  Void.
TS 23.161: "Network-based IP flow mobility and Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) offload; Stage 2".
[243] - [399]  Void.
[400]  Void.
[401]  Void.
RFC 4006  (2005): "Diameter Credit-Control Application".
[403] - [599]  Void.
Broadband Forum TR-146: "Internet Protocol (IP) Sessions".
Broadband Forum TR-134: "Broadband Policy Control Framework (BPCF)".

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