7 TMN management service components

12.053GPPSubscriber Related Call and Event DataTS

7.1 Tariff and charging administration

The following TMN Management Service Components (TMN-MSCs) are relevant for mobile applications:

– Tariff Administration (real-time tariffing i.e. advice of charge);

– Data Collection Management (detailed billing, statistics etc.).

These components are illustrated in figure 3 (see also CCITT M.3400 for comparison).

7.1.1 Tariff administration

This service component is concerned with the administration of tariff information in the network elements (NEFs). This information is required by the MSC for the on-line transmission of tariff information to the mobile station in order to support the Advice of Charge (AoC) service as described in GSM 02.86 [13] and GSM 02.24 [12].

The tariff to be applied to a particular service may depend on a number of factors including:

– the service itself;

– the origin and destination of the connection (charging zone);

– the date of the year, day of the week and the time of day;

– the type of resource being used e.g. full/ half rate radio traffic channel;

– the mode of operation of the basic service employed (transparent/ non-transparent);

– the call/ connection type e.g. MOC/ MTC;

– additional network-specific criteria.

The tariff administration service component provides the OS with the management functions required to administer both the tariffs themselves and the parameters required for the application of those tariffs.

7.1.2 Data collection

This service component is concerned with the collection of data from the NEs. It includes the specification of the data to be collected as well as the mechanisms required for the transfer of that data to the OS.

7.1.2.1 Data generation control

The generation, intermediate storage and transmission of call and event data consume considerable amounts of network and TMN resources. This service component permits the OS to configure and optimise both the generation of records within the NEs and the contents of those records according to the needs of the network operator.

7.1.2.2 Data transfer control

The call and event records produced by the NEF of the appropriate NEs shall be transmitted to, or collected by, the appropriate OSF for subsequent (off-line) processing.

This service component provides mechanisms for the transfer of call and event records, both individually (real-time event reporting) and in bulk (file transfer), between the NEFs and OSFs.

Figure 3: Management Service Components

7.2 Management of mobile equipment

The present document is concerned solely with the management of the EIR data collection process. This service component permits the OS to enable and disable the generation of observed IMEI tickets within the NEs. It also controls the transfer of the IMEI tickets from the NEs to the OS.