Creating a Service with Multiple Off-Peak Periods

 

Checklist

Enable Off-Peak Periods on the Configuration Server

Define Off-Peak Periods

Define Rates for Off-Peak Periods

Define Quotas for Off-Peak Periods

 

This chapter shows you how to use off-peak periods to create different rates for different times of the day or week, and also how to apply different discounts based on time period. For more information on off-peak periods, please refer to the Rating and Invoicing section of the PortaBilling Administrator Guide (the Rating Individual Calls chapter).

 

In the example that we use in this chapter, we assume that the goal is to set up a product that will provide calls to Germany with:

·       100 free weekend minutes.

·       200 free night minutes.

Checklist

Print the following page and use it to check off the operations you have completed while performing the system setup according to the instructions in this chapter. Please be sure to perform all of the operations in the order designated (all of the boxes should be checked), otherwise the service will not work.

 

_Hint_ExclamationMark The checklist below assumes that you have already configured the basic SIP service according to the instructions provided in Basic Residential VoIP Service section.

 

 

Operation

 

Done

Enable off-peak periods on the Configuration server

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Create first and second off-peak periods on the Tariff Management page

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Define different rates for the first and second off-peak periods

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Add off-peak quotas to the volume discount plan

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Enable Off-Peak Periods on the Configuration Server

_Hint_ExclamationMark You have to enable the second off-peak period feature by activating the MultiOffPeakPeriod option via the PortaSwitch® Configuration server web interface. It is located in the PortaSwitch -> Admin node -> Tariff group.

 

Enable off-peak periods

 

1.      Click the Save button and then the check_apply Verify button.

2.      Verify the new configuration and click the check_apply Check / Apply button.

Define Off-Peak Periods

Off-peak periods are defined per tariff as shown on the sequence of screenshots in this section. We will define two off-peak periods:

·       weekends (from the midnight of Saturday until the midnight of Monday) as the first off-peak period, and

·       night hours (from 9 pm until 8 am) as the second off-peak period.

 

1.      In the  Rating section of the PortaBilling® main page, choose Tariffs and click Off-Peak Periods. You need to create an off-peak period first, and then assign it to the necessary tariff.

2.      To add a new off-peak period to the system, click add Add.

 

Go to the Off-Peak Periods page

 

Add off-peak periods

 

3.      As we are setting weekends as the first off-peak period, click Skip on the first page of the wizard (defining hours). Then select Weekend in the Day of week box and click Next. Click Skip on the following two pages that define Day of month and Month. Select one of the three options depending on when you want the call to start and / or finish. Click Next.

 

Skip the time parameter

 

Select days of the week

 

Select days of month

 

Select monthes

 

Select the condition

 

4.      Now you need to define the second off-peak period (from 9 pm until 8 am during working days). Click the Add another period button.

 

Define the second off-peak period

 

5.      Select 21 and 00 in the From columns and 08 and 00 in the Until columns, then click Next. Click Skip on the following three pages. Select one of the three options depending on when you want the call to start and / or finish. Click Next.

 

Specify the time period

 

Specify days of the week

 

Specify days of the month

 

Specify monthes

 

Define conditions

 

6.      Click Finish to finish defining the off-peak periods.

 

Finish defining the off-peak periods

 

Check the parameters

 

7.      On the Tariff Management page, choose the tariff for which you want to set up the off-peak period created.

 

Set up off-peak period for the tariff

 

8.      Select the previously created off-peak period in the Default Off-Peak Period field of the General Info tab.

9.      Click save_close Save & Close.

Define Rates for Off-Peak Periods

_Hint_Glasses You can define different rates for the first and second off-peak periods on the Rates page. Insert prices for the first and second off-peak periods into the two pairs of adjacent fields (0.1 and 0.08 on the screenshot) located below the fields where you define per-minute prices for the first and next intervals:

 

Define rates for off-peak periods

 

PortaBilling® will then check whether the call fits into the first off-peak period; if it does, the price for the first off-peak period will be used. If the call does not fit into the first off-peak period, then the second off-peak period will be checked and that corresponding price will be used if the call fits into this period. Otherwise, peak rates are applied.

Define Quotas for Off-Peak Periods

Now we will add different quotas for the off-peak and second off-peak periods to the volume discount plan created previously.

1.      In the  Rating section of the PortaBilling® main page, select Volume Discount Plans.

2.      Click on the discount plan that you want to edit.

3.      Open the Discounts, Quotas and Service Wallets tab.

4.      Click the  icon for the destination group that you want to add off-peak quotas to.

NOTE: You can edit discount plans only when they are not in use (not assigned to any product, account or customer).

Select the volume discount plan

 

5.      Select the Separate two Off-Peak Periods option from the list if you define two off-peak periods like in our example.

6.      Define the values for the Peak and two Off-Peak Periods.

 

Define the values for the peak and two off-peak periods

 

7.      Click Save.

 

Save the discont plan

 

The changes have been saved.