i-BGP :: Case / Merging billing systems
Implement a comprehensive billing service throughout a telecommunications network that uses multiple switch types.
- Company A recently completed a series of mergers and acquisitions. It resulted in the ownership of a telecommunications
network that includes switches from various manufacturers. However, Company A wishes to supply to its customers
the same level of service regardless through which switch the call was routed.
- The problem is that the implementation of a service on the switch and the format of the EDR that describes the service
depend on the switch type and its software release.
- Company A’s billing system can read a limited number of EDR file formats, and the piece of software that reads them is
coded within the application. Therefore, they need to go through a new development cycle in order to support the new
- The development team has limited resources and the required time to support all the switch types and versions can be
extremely long. Also, the co-ordination for gathering the necessary information can be a frustrating task, which
increases the chances of seeing the project fail, or may present many problems once put in production. Furthermore,
Company A would then depend on a small number of developers to manage critical data.
iBGP manages file format models with great ease. It allows a large community of users to efficiently exchange a knowledge
base related to EDR file formats. It could even allow Company A to request that its switch suppliers provide them the file
formats in an exchangeable iBGP modeling format.
iBGP makes it easy to create a file model as it has a standard and user-friendly interface. It also makes it easy to
understand an existing file model because of its straightforward approach. Additionally, it makes it possible to re-use
file models that have already been created.
An event mediation device helps distribute knowledge throughout the company and provides a safe environment for developing
conversion and filtering processes on EDR files. It improves the company’s reactivity and adaptability to new market
The company can safely build a strategy that relies on a unique EDR file format for the billing system and at the same time
support a wide range of file formats belonging to different types of switches.