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13 Setting Up GSM Wireless Pricing

This chapter describes how to create a GSM price list. It describes how Pipeline Manager and Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) pricing components work together, and describes the GSM Manager sample price list.

About Creating GSM Products

How you define products depends mostly on how you plan to offer GSM services, supplementary services, and ERAs, all of which are defined in products by using provisioning tags. For more information, see "About Provisioning Tags for Telco Services".

In addition, you should consider that you manage supplementary services by changing product status. For example, to inactivate call forwarding you inactivate the product it was purchased with. However, if other supplementary services or service-level ERAs are bundled in the same product, all services and ERAs purchased with that product are also inactivated.

Specifying Usage Rate Plan Names

When selecting a BRM rate plan, the pipeline rating module chooses a rate plan based on the account's product, service, and the type of event. If there is more than one rate plan available, the rating module chooses the first one it finds that matches the criteria. Therefore, you should do one of the following:

  • Define only one usage product per service.

  • Use the same rate plan name in all usage products for the same service.

  • Create rate plans for multiple products for the same types of customers. For example, the sample price list includes only four rate plans, one for each type of plan.

For more information, see "About Pipeline Rating" in BRM Configuring Pipeline Rating and Discounting.

About Resources

In BRM, use resources as you normally do for creating rate plans. See "About Resources" in BRM Setting Up Pricing and Rating.

For pipeline usage rate plans, the resource is not used by real-time rating. However, you need to specify the correct resource to allow BRM to update the account balance.

In Pipeline Manager, you need to configure the same resource by configuring the FCT_BillingRecord module in the registry.

About RUMs

You define RUMs for usage rates in the pipeline pricing model.

By default, the GSM usage RUMs are Message, Size, Uplink, and Downlink. These RUMs are used for real-time rating. For batch rating using Rated Event Loader and delayed events, the only RUM used is Occurrence.

For cycle, purchase, and cancel rates, use the Occurrence RUM, as you normally would.

About Impact Categories

You do not need to synchronize impact categories between pipeline rating and real-time rating. You define impact categories in the Pipeline Manager database; real-time rate plans do not need them when you use pipeline rating.

About the Event Map

To rate usage events, you can specify which events are rated for each service. See "About Specifying the Events to Rate in a Product" in BRM Setting Up Pricing and Rating. The event used for rating GSM services is /event/delayed/session/gsm. This is the event that is loaded into the BRM database by RE Loader.

About the Sample GSM Pricing Configuration

You can use the sample GSM pricing for two purposes:

  • To learn about how GSM rating and pricing works.

  • As a starting place for you pricing.

The sample GSM pricing is defined in two components:

  • The BRM price list includes the plans that you use for creating accounts, and the deals and products that customers purchase and own. You open the BRM sample GSM price list in Pricing Center. There are two versions of the sample price list:

    • GSMSamplePricePlan.xml

    • GSMSamplePricePlan.ipl

  • The Pipeline Manager pricing model defines the rate plans, zone maps, and impact categories that are used for rating usage events.

About the Sample GSM G/L IDs

The default pin_glid file includes the following sample general ledger IDs in Table 13-1.

Table 13-1 Sample File G/L IDs

G/L ID Description

1420

National airtime telephony

1421

International airtime telephony

1430

National airtime SMS

1431

International airtime SMS

1441

International airtime other GSM

1450

National usage for GPRS

1451

International usage for GPRS

1460

National usage for other services

1461

International usage for other services

1500

Euro incoming roaming GSM

1501

Euro outgoing roaming GSM

1503

International incoming roaming GSM

1504

International outgoing roaming GSM

1510

National value added services

1511

International value added services


For more information, see "About Collecting General Ledger Data" in BRM Collecting General Ledger Data.

About the Sample GSM Price List

The sample GSM price list includes the following plans and deals:

All of these plans and deals (except for the Settlement plan) share the following attributes:

Note:

See the Settlement plan for settlement-specific details.
  • The currency resource is the euro (currency code 978).

  • The event that is rated by usage events is /event/delayed/session/telco/gsm.

  • Usage rate plans are defined, including rate plans. These usage rate plans are not used for rating. The rate plans that are used for rating are defined in the pipeline rate plans.

To make the price list easier to understand, there are no discounts, there are no tax codes, and all products are always valid. In addition, all deals include only one product.

Corporate Plus Data Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM data service (/service/telco/gsm/data) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 20 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM data service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Corporate Plus Data Add-on deal

  • Corporate Plus Data Add-on product

The service for the Corporate Plus Data Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/data.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 20 euro.

  • The CorpPlus usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Data Corporate Plus provisioning tag. This provisioning tag includes only the GSM data bearer service, specifically, the duplex asynchronous 9600bps PAD access.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     B46

Corporate Plus Fax Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM fax service (/service/telco/gsm/fax) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 10 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM fax service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Corporate Plus Fax Add-on deal

  • Corporate Plus Fax Add-on product

Corporate Plus Fax Add-On Product

The service for the Corporate Plus Fax Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/fax.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 10 euro.

  • The CorpPlus usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Fax Corporate Plus provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports only the GSM fax bearer service, specifically, Automatic Facsimile Group 3.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T62

Corporate Plus GSM Plan

This plan includes the following charges:

  • 200 euro per month for SMS and telephony services.

  • Usage rate plans for SMS and telephony. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

The services included are:

  • /service/telco/gsm/sms

  • /service/telco/gsm/telephony

The supplementary services are:

  • Caller ID

  • Call waiting

  • Call blocking (BAICR and BIOC)

  • Unconditional call forwarding

  • Voice mail

  • Auto roam

This plan includes two deals, one for the telephony service and one for the SMS service. Each deal includes only one product.

  • The Corporate Plus SMS deal includes the Corporate Plus SMS product.

  • Corporate Plus Telephony deal includes the Corporate Plus Telephony product.

Corporate Plus SMS Product

The service for the Corporate Plus SMS product is /service/telco/gsm/sms.

This product includes the following:

  • The CorpPlus usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The SMS Corporate Plus provisioning tag. The provisioning tag supports:

    • The SMS bearer service.

    • Supplementary services to allow for inter-carrier access.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T20

    • Features: BAOC, BICRO

Corporate Plus Telephony Package Product

The service for the Corporate Plus Telephony Package is /service/telco/gsm/telephony.

This product includes the following:

  • A cycle forward rate plan that charges 200 euro per month.

  • The CorpPlus usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Voice Corporate Plus provisioning tag. The provisioning tag supports:

    • The T11 telephony service.

    • Supplementary services for caller ID, call waiting, call blocking (BAICR and BIOC), unconditional call forwarding, voice mail, and auto roam.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T11

    • Features: CLIP, CW, BAICR, BOIC, CFU, VMBOX, ROAM

Standard Data Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM data service (/service/telco/gsm/data) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 100,000 free bytes (100 free Kilobytes) per month.

    Important:

    To match the resources defined in Pipeline Manager, this resource must be configured as bytes, not Kilobytes.
  • 20 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM data service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Standard Data Add-on deal

  • Standard Data Add-on product

The service for the Standard Data Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/data.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 20 euro

  • The Standard usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Data Standard Add-on provisioning tag. This provisioning tag includes only the GSM data bearer service, specifically, the duplex asynchronous 9600bps PAD access.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     B46

Standard Fax Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM fax service (/service/telco/gsm/fax) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 10 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM fax service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Standard Fax Add-on deal

  • Standard Fax Add-on product

Standard Fax Add-On Product

The service for the Corporate Plus Fax Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/fax.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 10 euro.

  • The Standard usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Fax Standard Add-on provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports only the GSM fax bearer service, specifically, Automatic Facsimile Group 3.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T62

Standard GSM Plan

This plan includes the following charges and credits:

  • 50 euro per month for telephony and SMS access.

  • 3600 free seconds (60 free minutes) per month.

    Important:

    To match the resources defined in Pipeline Manager, this resource must be configured as seconds, not minutes.
  • Usage rate plans for GSM telephony and SMS. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

There are no folds to handle unused seconds or bytes because Pipeline Manager calculates the rollover amounts.

The services are:

  • /service/telco/gsm/sms

  • /service/telco/gsm/telephony

The supplementary services are:

  • Caller ID

  • Call waiting

  • Voice mail

This plan also includes the friends and family ERA.

This plan includes two deals, each of which includes one product:

  • The Standard SMS deal includes the Standard SMS product.

  • The Standard GSM Telephony deal includes the Standard GSM Telephony product.

Standard SMS Product

The service for the Standard SMS product is /service/telco/gsm/sms.

This product includes the following:

  • The Standard rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The SMS Standard provisioning tag. The provisioning tag supports:

    • The T20 SMS bearer service.

    • Supplementary services that support inter-carrier access.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T20

    • Features: BAOC, BICRO

Standard GSM Telephony Product

The service for the Standard GSM Telephony product is /service/telco/gsm/telephony.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward rate plan that supports a 50 euro per month subscription charge.

  • The Standard usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Voice Standard provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports the following:

    • The T11 telephony bearer service.

    • Supplementary services: caller ID, call waiting, voice mail.

    • The friends and family service-level ERA.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T11

    • Features: CLIP, CW, VMBOX

    • Extended rating attribute: FRIENDS_FAMILY, provisioning not required

Teen Data Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM data service (/service/telco/gsm/data) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 20 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM data service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal which includes one product.

  • Teen Data Add-on deal

  • Teen Data Add-on product

The service for the Teen Data Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/data.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 20 euro.

  • The Teen usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Data Teen Add-on provisioning tag. This provisioning tag includes only the GSM data bearer service, specifically, the duplex asynchronous 9600bps PAD access.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     B46

Teen Fax Add-On Plan

Use this plan to add the GSM fax service (/service/telco/gsm/fax) to an existing account. The fees defined by this plan are:

  • 10 euro per month subscription fee.

  • A usage rate plan for the GSM fax service. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Teen Fax Add-on deal

  • Teen Fax Add-on product

Standard Fax Add-On Product

The service for the Corporate Plus Fax Add-on product is /service/telco/gsm/fax.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward fee of 10 euro.

  • The Teen usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Fax Teen Add-on provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports only the GSM fax bearer service, specifically, Automatic Facsimile Group 3.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T62

Teen GSM Plan

This plan includes the following charges:

  • 50 euro per month for telephony and SMS access.

  • Usage rate plans for GSM telephony and SMS. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

The services are:

  • /service/telco/gsm/sms

  • /service/telco/gsm/telephony

The supplementary services are:

  • Caller ID

  • Call waiting

  • Voice mail

This plan includes two deals, each of which includes one product:

  • The SMS Teen deal includes the Teen SMS product.

  • The Teen Telephony deal includes the Teen Telephony product.

Teen SMS Product

The service for the Teen SMS product is /service/telco/gsm/sms.

This product includes the following:

  • The Teen rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The SMS Teen provisioning tag. The provisioning tag supports the T20 SMS bearer service.

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T20

Teen Telephony Product

The service for the Teen Telephony product is /service/telco/gsm/telephony.

This product includes the following:

  • A monthly cycle forward rate plan that supports a 2 euro per month subscription charge.

  • The Teen usage rate plan. The amount charged is defined by the pipeline rate plan.

  • The Voice Teen provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports the following:

    • The T11 telephony bearer service.

    • Supplementary services: caller ID, call waiting, voice mail.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Service extension: PIN_FLD_BEARER_SERVICE     T11

    • Features: CLIP, CW, VMBOX

Corporate Plus Telephony Add-On Deal

Use this deal to add conference calling and the friends and family promotion to an account that already owns /service/telco/gsm/telephony.

This deal includes the Corporate Plus Telephony Add-on product. This product includes:

  • A 2 euro per month subscription fee.

  • The Voice Add On Teen: Promotions and SS provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports the following:

    • Call Barring (BAICR and BIOC).

    • Call Forwarding Unconditional.

    • Auto Roam.

    • The Home Cell service ERA for the telephony service.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Features: BAICR, BOIC, CFU, ROAM

    • Extended rating attribute: HOME_CELL, provisioning required

Standard Telephony Add-On Deal

Use this deal to add the following to an account that already owns /service/telco/gsm/telephony:

  • Call blocking

  • Unconditional call forwarding

  • Roaming

  • Home Cell promotion

This deal includes the Corporate Plus Telephony Add-on product. This product includes:

  • A 5 euro per month subscription fee.

  • The Voice Add On Standard: Promotions and SS provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports the following:

    • Call blocking (BAICR and BIOC).

    • Call forwarding unconditional.

    • Auto roam.

    • The Home Cell service ERA for the telephony service.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Features: BAICR, BOIC, CFU, ROAM

    • Extended rating attribute: HOME_CELL, provisioning required

Teen SMS Add-On Deal

Use this deal to add call blocking to an account that already owns /service/telco/gsm/sms:

This deal includes the Teen SMS Add-on product. This product includes:

  • A 5 euro per month subscription fee.

  • The SMS Teen Add On: Promotions and SS provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports call blocking (BAICR and BIOC).

    The provisioning tag contains this entry:

    Features: BAOC, BICRO

Teen Telephony Add-On Deal

Use this deal to add the following to an account that already owns /service/telco/gsm/telephony:

  • Call blocking (BAICR and BIOC).

  • Call forwarding unconditional.

  • Auto roam.

  • The Home Cell service ERA for the telephony service.

This deal includes the Teen Telephony Add-on product. This product includes:

  • 5 euro per month subscription fee.

  • The Voice Add On Teen: Promotions and SS provisioning tag. This provisioning tag supports the following:

    • Call blocking (BAICR and BIOC).

    • Call forwarding unconditional.

    • Auto roam.

    • The Home Cell service ERA for the telephony service.

    The provisioning tag contains these entries:

    • Features: BAICR, BOIC, CFU, ROAM

    • Extended rating attribute: HOME_CELL, provisioning required

Settlement Plan

Use this plan to add the settlement service (/service/settlement) to an account.

The settlement service is required when you create accounts for network operators to collect settlements for roaming fees. The network operators are service providers with which you make roaming agreements.

This plan has the following attributes:

  • The currency resource is US Dollars (currency code 840).

  • There are no ratable usage events for this plan. Use the settlement plan for collecting wireless roaming settlements from roaming partners, not for rating wireless usage.

  • There are no fees defined by this plan.

  • The defined rate plan is not used for rating. You define a pipeline rate plan for each roaming partner (network operator) when you set up roaming in Pipeline Manager. For more information, see "About Rating Roaming Events" in BRM Configuring Roaming in Pipeline Manager.

This plan includes one deal, which includes one product.

  • Settlement deal

  • Settlement product

Settlement Deal

Use this deal to add settlement support to an account that owns the settlement service (/service/settlement).

Settlement Product

The service for the Settlement product is /service/settlement.

This product allows settlement amounts to be applied to roaming partner accounts.