A Real-Time Charging Platform for Converged Multimedia Services
Network operators can achieve rapid service proliferation by exposing their networks to external content and service providers. The authors would create interfaces that would allow these service and content providers to offer their applications and services to users. Composing and bundling of these services will essentially create new services for the user and achieve rapid deployment of enhanced services. The concept of offering a wide range of services that are coordinated in such a way that they deliver a unique experience has sparked interest and much research on Service Delivery Platforms (SDPs). Issues relating to settlement of service usage charges in this distributed environment need to be carefully considered.