Reducing credit re-authorization cost in UMTS online charging system

Sok Ian Sou*, Yi-Bing Lin, Jeu Yih Jeng

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During an online charging General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) session, a number of mid-session events, such as changes of Quality of Service (QoS), could dynamically affect the rating of the in-progress service. When such events occur, the GPRS support node needs to re-authorize the granted credit units with the Online Charging System (OCS). This paper proposes a threshold-based scheme that utilizes a threshold parameter δ to reduce the signaling traffic for the credit re-authorization procedure. By selecting an appropriate S value, the signaling overhead in the OCS can be significantly reduced while the inaccuracy of the credit information insignificantly increases. The mobile operator can choose appropriate parameter values in the threshold-based scheme based on our study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4626336
Pages (from-to)3629-3635
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2008


  • Credit reservation
  • Online charging system (OCS)
  • Streaming services
  • UMTS

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