For the purposes of the present document, the terms and definitions given in TR 21.905
, TS 32.240
and the following apply:
structure residing in the OCS for holding dynamic subscription data with monetary equivalence. Accounts may have balances/counters of currency or a unit type. An account can have one or more users associated with it. Examples of account type could include individual, family, corporate, etc. As opposed to bank accounts, transaction history is not necessarily kept in the OCS account data structure.
represents the current numerical value from which service delivery decisions can be determined.
activity utilizing telecommunications network resources and related services for:
user to user communication (e.g. a single call, a data communication session or a short message); or
user to network communication (e.g. service profile administration); or
inter-network communication (e.g. transferring calls, signalling, or short messages); or
mobility (e.g. roaming or inter-system handover); and
that the network operator may want to charge for.
As a minimum, a chargeable event characterises the resource / service usage and indicates the identity of the involved end user(s).
a function within the telecommunications network and the associated OCS/BD components whereby information related to a chargeable event is collected, formatted, transferred and evaluated in order to make it possible to determine usage for which the charged party may be billed (offline charging) or the subscribers account balance may be debited (online charging).
aggregation of units of service usage or monetary units, which may be in relation to subscriber contractual terms (e.g. number of used SMS per day or number of free minutes per month). These form the basis for any type of loyalty program like discounts or bonus.
part of a communication network that provides services using a certain technology
charging mechanism where charging information does not affect, in real-time, the service rendered
charging mechanism where charging information can affect, in real-time, the service rendered and therefore a direct interaction of the charging mechanism with session/service control is required
a subscriber is an entity (associated with one or more users) that is engaged in a subscription with a service provider. The subscriber is allowed to subscribe and unsubscribe services, to register a user or a list of users authorised to enjoy these services, and also to set the limits relative to the use that associated users make of these services.
a subscription describes the commercial relationship between the subscriber and the service provider.
set of parameters defining the network utilization charges for the use of a particular bearer / session / service.
For the purposes of the present document, the following symbols apply:
Offline Charging Reference Point towards the operator's post-processing system
Reference point for CDR transfer between a CDF and the CGF
Online Charging Reference Point towards the ABMF
Online Charging Reference Point towards the RF
Online Charging Reference Point towards the online charging functions (EBCF, SBCF)
Online Charging Reference Point towards an external account recharging server
Reference point for policy enforcement between OCF and the PCRF
For the purposes of the present document, the following abbreviations apply:
Access Point Name
Advice of Charge
Customised Applications for Mobile network Enhanced Logic
CAMEL Application Part
Credit Control Answer
Credit Control Request
Charging Data Function
Charging Data Record
Charging Gateway Function
Call Session Control Function
Event Based Charging Function
Event Charging with Unit Reservation
Evolved Packet System
Evolved Universal Terrestrial Radio Access Network
Flow Based Charging
Gateway Mobile Location Center
General Packet Radio Service
HyperText Transfer Protocol
Immediate Event Charging
IP Multimedia core network Subsystem
International Mobile Subscriber Identity
IMS Service Control
Integrated Services Digital Network
Mobile Application Part
Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service
Multimedia Messaging Service
Mobile Services Switching Centre
Mobile Station ISDN number
Mobile Virtual Network Operator
Online Charging Function
Online Charging System
Policy and Charging Control
Policy and Charging Enforcement Function
Policy and Charging Rules Function
Push-to-talk over Cellular
Quality of Service
Session Based Charging Function
Serving GPRS Support Node
Session Initiation Protocol
Short Message Service
Traffic Detection Function
Uniform Resource Locator
Voice Call Service