Method for generating a real time billing information in a packet switching based network and network element

  • US 9,584,330 B2
  • Filed: 10/31/2007
  • Issued: 02/28/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/31/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for generating a real time billing information in a packet switching based network, wherein a call is set up between a user of said packet switching based network and a user of a circuit switching based network, and wherein a billing server is informed of at least a billing rate and an interval of billing, the method comprising the steps of:

  • generating, via a network element, a first message with a first token that indicates the billing rate upon receipt of a first charge message that contains said billing rate from said circuit switching based network and based on said first charge message, wherein the billing server is informed of said billing rate;

    once said call has been set up, generating, via the network element, a second message with a second token that indicates the interval of billing upon receipt of a subsequent charge message that contains said interval of billing and based on said subsequent charge message, wherein the billing server is informed of said interval of billing; and

    generating continuously, via said billing server, the real time billing information after receipt of the billing rate and the interval of billing.

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