Patent Number: 6,307,924

Title: Method of charging for services, network node, and gateway node

Abstract: The invention relates to a method of charging for services in a communications system consisting of two or more communications networks (KN1, KN2, KN3) of different network operators, and to network nodes (N3 to N5) and gateway nodes (GN1 to GN4) for such a communications network. For a connection whose establishment was initiated by a subscriber (A) of a first communications network (KN1) of the communications system, one or more services are provided by network nodes (N3 to N5) of a second communications network (KN2; KN3). Each of the network nodes (N3 to N5) of the second communications network (KN2) which provide services for the connection determines a charge (Waaa to Wccc) assigned to the service. Charges (Waaa to Wccc) to be made in the first communications network (KN1) are signaled by network nodes (N3 to N5) of the second communications network to a first gateway node (GN2) of the second communications network which is assigned to the connection in the direction of the first communications network (KN1). The first gateway node (GN2) signals the charges signaled to it (Weee) onward to the first communications network (KN1).

Inventors: Rosenberg; Marc (Renningen, DE)

Assignee: Alcatel

International Classification: H04M 15/00 (20060101); H04L 12/14 (20060101); H04M 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018