Patent Number: 6,298,234

Title: System and method for providing access to the internet via a radio telecommunications network

Abstract: A system and method of providing Internet access to a roaming mobile subscriber located in a visited service area served by a serving MSC of a radio telecommunications network. The radio telecommunications network includes a home service node which comprises a Home Location Register (HLR) and a Service Control Point (SCP). The home service node stores a subscriber service category associated with the mobile subscriber for identifying an Internet Service Provider preferred by the mobile subscriber. An ISP database associated with the identified ISP is coupled to the home service node. When the roaming mobile subscriber initiates an Internet access service while located in the visited service area, the serving MSC sends a message to the home service node in response thereto. Preferably, the message includes a service trigger for the mobile subscriber, a plurality of digits generated pursuant to initiating the Internet access service, and a location information portion relating to the mobile subscriber's location and the location of the serving MSC. A switch identity may also be provided therewith. Based on the contents of the message, the home service node determines the identity of the preferred ISP and interrogates the ISP database to determine a routing number for an ISP server location that is most proximately local with respect to the location of the mobile subscriber or the serving MSC. When the routing number is returned to to the serving MSC, it establishes a trunk connection to the ISP server location for providing Internet acces.

Inventors: Brunner; Robert F. (Montreal, CA)

Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson (publ)

International Classification: H04Q 7/22 (20060101); H04Q 7/32 (20060101); H04Q 007/20 ()

Expiration Date: 10/02/2018