LTE Configuration

Checklist

Enable the NetAccess Service Type on the Configuration Server

Configure Diameter (Gy) Settings on the Configuration Server

Create Destination

Create a Destination Group Set

Define a Destination Group

Create the LTE Service

Create a Node

Create a Vendor Tariff

Enter Rates for the Vendor Tariff

Create a Vendor

Define a Connection

Create a Customer Tariff

Enter Rates

Create an Internet Access Policy

Create a Volume Discount Plan

Define an Internet Quota

Create a Subscription

Create a Product

Enter SIM Cards into the SIM Card Inventory

Create a Customer

Create an Account

Enable the Sokoban Event Handler Module

Configure Hotlining (Optional)

Adjust the LTE Node Settings

Adjust the Internet Access Policy

Enable Hotlining within the Product

 

LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the new standard for building wireless networks. PortaBilling® serves as the B/OSS system for LTE services, i.e. it manages customer data (including unified balance), service configuration details, product / rate tables, etc.

 

This chapter demonstrates how to configure the LTE service on the PortaBilling® side. We assume that prepaid users receive 5 GB of mobile Internet for a $10 monthly fee. Once the 5 GB is used up, the service becomes unavailable. If the 5 GB quota has not been completely used up during the month, the unused portion is added to the following month’s quota. Additionally, this chapter explains how to configure PortaBilling® so that it applies different speed limitations for peak and off-peak periods for users – 2 Mb / sec and 4 Mb / sec, respectively.

 

Checklist

Print the following page and use it during system setup to check off the operations as you complete them 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.

 

 

Operation                                          

 

Done

Enable the NetAccess service type on the Configuration server

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Configure the Diameter (Gy) on the Configuration server

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Create the symbolic destination NETACCESS

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Create a destination group set. Create a destination group within it. Include the NETACCESS destination

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Create the LTE service

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Add your gateway as a node on the web

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Create vendor tariff A, which describes your data transfer costs

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Insert a zero rate in tariff A for the “|” (pipe) destination

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Create a vendor

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Create a connection with the Internet Access service type for this vendor by using tariff A

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Create customer tariff B

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Insert a rate in tariff B for the symbolic NETACCESS destination

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Create an Internet access policy with the required name

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Create a volume discount plan for the Internet service

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Define the quota within the volume discount plan

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Create a subscription

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Create a product

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Create a rating entry: generic node plus Any code access code plus tariff B

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Assign the volume discount plan and the subscription to the product

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Add SIM cards to SIM card inventory

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Create a customer

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Create an account for this customer. Define the account ID in the required format. Assign the created product. Assign the SIM card

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Configure the Sokoban event handler module

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Configure hotlining (optional)

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Enable the NetAccess Service Type on the Configuration Server

1.     On the Configuration server web interface, go to the Configurations tab.

2.     Clone the current configuration.

 

Enable the Intrenet access service

 

3.     In the Configuration Tree, click on the BillingEngine node.

4.     In the Groups panel, select the ServiceTypes group.

5.     Under the NetAccess_Enabled option, select Yes.

Configure Diameter (Gy) Settings on the Configuration Server

These settings are necessary to allow the PortaBilling server and your gateway (router, modem) to exchange packages via the Diameter protocol.

 

1.      Go to the Configurations tab on the Configuration server.

2.      Clone the existing configuration.

3.     Select the Diameter group on BillingEngine and configure the following options:

 

Configure the diameter protocol settings

 

·       Enabled – This enables billing through the Diameter protocol. Select Yes.

·       Origin_Host – Specify the PortaBilling® host.

·       Origin_Realm – Specify the PortaBilling® realm.

 

Leave the default values for other fields.

 

4.      Click the Save button and then the Verify button.

5.      Verify the new configuration and click the Check / Apply button

 

Create Destination

This step is only required if you have not defined the necessary destination previously. If not, you will need to create a symbolic NETACCESS destination.

 

1.      In the Rating section of Admin-Index, choose Destination.

2.      Select Custom from the Number Format list.

3.      Click on the add Add button.

 

Create the NETACCESS destination

 

4.      Fill in the required information. In the Description column, enter useful information about the service being provided (e.g. “Internet”), since this is what your clients will see on their xDR History pages.

5.      Click Update.

Create a Destination Group Set

For this scenario, you will need to create a quota by using the volume discount plan. Creation of a volume discount plan requires a destination groups set.  A destination groups set contains destination groups. A destination group contain prefixes (e.g. 1206) and / or special destinations (e.g. NETACCESS). For the current case, we need to provide access to the Internet, therefore to create a destination group with the special NETACCESS destination. To do this, proceed with the following steps:

 

1.      In the http://www.portaone.com/resources/documentation/MR53/General_Configuration_Tools/Creating_a_Service_with_Discount_Plans/image006.jpg Rating section of the PortaBilling® main page, choose Destination Group Sets.

2.      On the Destination Group Sets page, click http://www.portaone.com/resources/documentation/MR53/General_Configuration_Tools/Creating_a_Service_with_Discount_Plans/image008.png Add.

3.      Fill in the required information:

 

 Create a destination group set

 

Check a destination group set

 

·       Name– Type in the name of the new destination group set.

·       Type Select Regular DG set.

 

4.      Click the Update button to save this destination group set.

Define a Destination Group

Now you need to create the actual destination group.

 

1.      On the Destination Group Sets page, click on the destination group set name (Internet Access in our case) to open the Destination Groups page.

2.      Click http://www.portaone.com/resources/documentation/MR53/General_Configuration_Tools/Creating_a_Service_with_Discount_Plans/image008.png Add to add a new destination group.

3.      Type in the destination group name and a short description.

4.      Click the Update button to save this destination group.

 

Add a destination group

 

Now you need to add the NETACCESS prefix to the just created destination group.

 

1.      To do this, click on the destination group’s name.

 

Edit the destination group

 

2.     Click http://www.portaone.com/resources/documentation/MR53/General_Configuration_Tools/Creating_a_Service_with_Discount_Plans/image008.png Add to add the prefix.

 

Add a prefix

 

3.      Type in Netaccess in the search field. The system finds and displays this prefix.

4.      Select its check box.

5.      Click save Save.

 

Secect the prefix

Create the LTE Service

Services provide a way to define how charges are calculated (e.g. whether customers are charged based on the time they stay online or by the amount of data transferred) and how these are then presented on the invoices.

 

Create the LTE service. It will enable you to provision Internet service for your end users.

 

Create the LTE service

 

Configure the LTE service

 

1.      In the Billing section of Admin-Index, choose Services.

2.      Click on the add Add button.

3.      Fill in the required information:

·       Name – A short descriptive name for this service that will be used in select menus and shown on the customer self-care pages. Type LTE into this field.


NOTE: LTE  is the required name for the LTE service. Please do not change it.

 

·       Service Type – Select Internet Access.

·       Rating Base – Select upload+download (kilobytes). 

·       Base Unit – Select kilobyte.

·       Billing Unit – Select megabyte. This will be shown on statistics pages and on invoices.

·       Billing: Base Ratio1024.

 

4.      Click save Save.

Create a Node

This step is only required if you have not previously configured your gateway in PortaBilling®. In that case enter your gateway as a node. PortaBilling® requires key information about your network equipment, such as IP address, Node ID, etc.

 

1.      In the Networking section of the Admin-Index page, choose Nodes.

2.      In the Node Management window, click the add Add icon.

3.      Fill in the Add Node form:

·       Node Name – A short descriptive name for this node (e.g. LTE Node).

·       Manufacturer – Select PortaOne.

·       Type – Select Generic.

·       Node ID – Specify the node ID; it must include the origin host defined on the customer’s gateway (in our example node.huawei.com).

·       NAS-IP-Address – The IP address of your gateway.

·       Client Protocol – Select Diameter from the list.

·       Realm – Specify the gateway’s realm.  It is used to identify the node in Diameter messages.

·       POD Server – Select this check box to enable interaction with this server. The system will send a special command to this server if an account runs out of balance, exceeds its data transfer limit, or expires. The POD server will then terminate the Internet session(s) opened by this account.

 

Add a node

 

4.      Click save_close Save & Close.

 

_Hint_GlassesTIP: PortaBilling® is integrated with the Huawei UGW9811 gateway. Therefore, select Huawei from the Manufacturer and UGW9811 from the Type lists if you deployed your LTE network with this gateway.  

Create a Vendor Tariff

To create the required tariff, follow the following steps:

 

Create a vendor tariff

 

1.      In the Rating section of Admin-Index, choose Tariffs.

2.      On the Tariff Management page, choose add Add.

3.      Fill in the Add Tariff form:

·       Name – A short name for the tariff object (e.g. Vendor LTE tariff); this is the name you will see in select menus.

·       Currency – Indicates the currency in which the vendor charges you.

NOTE: The currency for the tariff may be chosen only once and cannot be changed later.

·       Applied To – Choose Vendor in the Applied To select menu.

·       Service – Select the LTE service.

 

4.      Click save Save.

Enter Rates for the Vendor Tariff

Rates are per-destination prices. Please refer to the Call Billing Parameters section of the PortaBilling® Administrator Guide for more information on billing parameters.

 

1.      While on the Edit Tariff page, click on the  Rates icon in the toolbar.

2.      In the Edit Rates page, click  Add.

3.      Fill in the required information:

·       Rate Codes – Type in the |’ (pipe) destination.

·       Rounding – Next billing unit in base units (in this example, kilobytes). Type in 1.

·       Unit Price – Price for first interval per billing unit (in this example, per megabyte). The vendor tariff needs to contain a price rate of 0.

 

Enter rates for the vendor tariff

 

4.      Click the save Save button in the toolbar, or the save_add icon on the left-hand side of the row.

Create a Vendor

This step is only required if you have not entered vendor information to the system before.

1.      In the Participants section of the Admin interface, choose Vendors.

2.      On the Vendor Management page, click add Add.

3.      Fill in the Add Vendor form. Since this symbolic vendor is created so that the system functions properly, only, there is no need to fill in all of the fields on the available three tabs. You need only type in a vendor name. Leave the base currency.

4.      Click the save Save button in the toolbar.

 

Add a vendor

Define a Connection

1.      In the vendor toolbar click the connections_toolbar Connections button.

2.      Click add Add to add a new connection.

3.      Fill in the connection information:

 

Define a connection

 

·       Description – Type in a short description for this connection (in this example LTE).

·       Service Type – Select Internet Access.

·       Node – Select the LTE Node which you previously added as a node.

·       Tariff – Select the vendor tariff you created earlier.

·       Capacity – In the Capacity field of the Connection Load tab specify the maximum number of sessions you anticipate handling on this gateway in the near future. This parameter is only used for correctly scaling the load graph for the connection.

 

4.      Click save Save.

Create a Customer Tariff

In the given scenario, users are charged via subscription. Therefore, we create this tariff as supplementary object to create a product later on.

To create the tariff required, follow the next steps:

 

Create a customer tariff

 

1.      In the Rating section of Admin-Index, choose Tariffs.

2.      On the Tariff Management page, choose add Add.

3.      Fill in the New Tariff form:

·       Name – Type in a short name for the tariff object; this is the name you will see in the select menus.

·       Currency – Select the currency in which you charge your customers.

·       Applied To – Choose Customer.

·       Service – Select LTE.

 

4.      Click save Save.

Enter Rates

1.      On the Tariff Management page you will see a list of available tariffs. Click the  Rates icon before the name of the tariff (in this example, Customer LTE tariff).

2.      In the Edit Rates page, click  Add.

3.      Fill in the required information:

·       Rate Code – Type in the NETACCESS destination directly, or select it by clicking the Rate Code link (in the column header).

·       Rounding – Next billing unit in base units (in this example, kilobytes). Specify 1 here.

·       Unit Price – Price for interval per billing unit (in this example, per megabyte). Enter $0.001.

NOTE: The price must be higher than 0. This ensures that a session is disconnected once the Internet quota has been used up.

4.      Click the save Save button in the toolbar, or the save_add Save icon on the left side of the row.

 

Enter rates for the customer tariff

Create an Internet Access Policy

Data access policies are typically configured in PCRF (Policy Control and Charging Rules Function) within LTE networks. These policies define such settings as bandwidth, QOS, etc.

 

According to the current scenario, you need to provide Internet service with a 2 Mb / sec speed for peak times and a 4 Mb / sec speed for off-peak times. To do this, create a policy in PCRF, e.g. Golden, and define the necessary values. To apply the Golden policy to a PortaBilling® user, create an Internet access policy with the same name as the policy given in PCRF. Once the new account is created in PortaBilling® and this Internet access policy is assigned to it, Sokoban provisions data to PCRF (including the Internet access policy). Once the user connects to the network, access to the Internet is provided according to the Golden policy.

 

To create an Internet access policy in PortaBilling®, follow these steps:

 

1.      In the Networking section of the admin interface, choose Internet Services.

2.      On the Internet Access Policies page, choose https://demo.portaone.com:442/images/icons/add.gif Add.

 

Create an Internet Access Policy

 

3.      Fill in the Internet access policy information:

 

Configure the Internet Access Policy

 

·       Name – Define a name that matches the speed policy on the network side (e.g. Golden).

·       Managed by – Choose Administrator Only here.

·       DescriptionA short description for this Internet access policy.

·       Access Types – Type any values into the table’s fields; the billing engine will ignore them and instead use the speed defined on the network side.

 

4.      On the Additional Info tab adjust your service provisioning based on the specifics of your gateway.

 

5.      Click save Save.

Create a Volume Discount Plan

Quota is assigned via a volume discount plan. To do this, proceed with the following steps:

 

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

2.      On the Discount Plan Management page, click https://demo.portaone.com:442/images/icons/add.gif Add.

 

Create a volume discount plan

 

Confidure the volume discount plan

 

3.      Fill in the Add Discount Plan form:

·       Plan Name – Type a short descriptive name for this volume discount plan.

·       Currency – Choose in which currency pricing information is defined; a volume discount plan can only apply to accounts and customers with the same currency.

NOTE: The currency for the volume discount plan may be chosen only once (at creation) and cannot be changed later.

·       Managed By – Choose Administrator only here.

·       Destination Group Set – The destination group set which will be used to select the definitions of individual destination groups. Choose the destination group set you created in the previous steps.

·       Destination Group Lookup Type – Select Same Destination as Rate here.

·       Charged Amount Rounding – Specify to what number after the decimal point the charged amount should be rounded off. An X (to the left) means that the digit(s) in this position will be unchanged, while a 0 (to the right) means that this position will be rounded off.

·       Description – Type an extended description for this volume discount plan.

 

Please consult the Volume Discount Plans section in the PortaBilling® Help a description of the parameters available here.

 

4.      Click save Save.

Define an Internet Quota

1.      The Discounts, Quotas and Service Wallets tab appears.

2.      Click https://demo.portaone.com:442/images/icons/add.gif Add to add a new quota.

3.      Enter the initial information about this quota:

 

Define an Internet quota

 

·       General Info:

o   Service – Select LTE here.

o   Destination Group – Select Internet Access.

o   Type – Choose Volume, megabyte to provide a quota based on Internet traffic usage.

·       Type – Select Quota.

·       Details:

o   Reset Threshold Counters – This defines how often the quota is reset. Select Monthly here.

o   Off-Peak periods – Select Do not separate Off-Peak Periods.

 

_Hint_GlassesTIP: To configure quota schemes for off-peak periods, refer to the Creating a Service with Multiple Off-Peak Periods handbook.

 

o   Spending Quota – Type the actual value of the quota and select Usage is Blocked when Quota exhausted. With this option selected, once the quota is exhausted, the subscriber no longer has access to LTE service.

 

·       Additional Info:

o   Prorate thresholds for first usage period – Select this check box to prorate the quota threshold according to the number of days remaining in the first usage period after the volume discount plan has been assigned.

o   Rollover unused minutes to the next usage period – Select this check box. If at the end of the month there are unused megabytes, they will be rolled over to the next month.

o   Notify Customer / End User when … megabyte(s) are left in the peak period – Select this check box and define the warning threshold value; the customer will be notified about the amount of the unused traffic.

o   Notify Customer / End User when quota is exhausted – Select this check box to notify the customer when the quota threshold is crossed. If no email is specified for the subscriber, notification will be sent to the customer whom the subscriber belongs to.

o   Split xDRs – When a session spans several rating periods (e.g. covers both peak and off-peak periods) it is divided into portions and two xDRs (for each period) can be created. Our scenario does not include this condition, so leave this check box unselected.

 

4.      Click the Save button.

Create a Subscription

According to the current business scenario, end users are charged a defined monthly amount of money via subscription. Therefore, you need to create a new subscription plan.

 

1.      In the Rating section of the Main Menu page, click Subscription Plans.

2.      On the Subscription Plan Management page, click the add Add icon.

 

Create a subscription plan

 

3.      Fill in the fields at the top of the Add Subscription Plan page:

·       Subscription Plan Name – Name of the subscription plan which is to be used on the admin interface.

·       Subscription Plan Name visible to End User – Provide the name of the subscription plan that your customers will see on their self-care interfaces and invoices.

·       Currency – Select the currency in which you charge your customers.

·       Managed By – Select Administrator Only.

 

4.      On the General Info tab, provide the following information:

 

Configure the general settings

 

·       Subscription Charges Applied – Select In advance, to apply subscription charges to the account / customer balance during the first days of the billing period.

·       Period in Advance – Specifies for how many periods advance charges should be made. Type in 1.

·       Subscription Is Activated – Defines when the subscription will be considered active (and charges will begin to apply): either simply from the date it is entered into the system, or you may postpone it until the date when the customer actually uses the account for the first time. Select Upon the account’s first usage.

·       Activation Fee – The value charged for every new subscription upon startup. Leave this field empty to waive the activation fee.

·       Minimum Subscription Period – Time (in months) during which the customer must keep the subscription plan active in order to avoid penalties. Leave this field empty to create a subscription plan that can be closed at any time.

·       Waive the charges for the days when no service was provided – Leave this check box unselected.

·       Can be applied more than once – Leave this check box unselected.

·       Round Charged Amount – Leave the default value.

·       Description – Type a description for this subscription plan.

 

 

5.      On the Periodic Fee tab, provide the following information:

·       Periodic Fee – The default fee value that will be applied to your customers.

·       Show rates for … billing periods – A billing period the periodic fee value will be defined for. Select monthly.

 

Configure the periodic fee

 

6.      Click save Save or _IF_SaveAndClose Save & Close.

Create a Product

Accounts for specific products will be issued for accessing your Internet services.

 

1.      In the Rating section of the Admin-Index page, choose Products.

2.      On the Product management page, click the add Add icon.

3.      Fill in the “New product” form:

·       Product Name – Type in a short name for the product; this is the name you will see in the select menus.

·       Product Name Visible to End User – Specify a name for this product that your customers will see on their self-care interfaces.

·       Account Role – Select MSISDN to associate this product with mobile subscribers.

·       Currency – Select the currency in which you will charge your customers; only tariffs with the same currency will be permitted in the rating list.

·       Product Type – Choose Main Product here.

Included Services tab

Define the LTE service on this tab.

 

Create a product

 

·       Service type – Select the LTE check box.

·       Click Next.

NOTE: When Next is clicked, the product and all of the changes performed during product configuration are saved.

Service Configuration tab

·       Enable Access Policy functionality.

·       Select the previously created Internet access policy Golden.

 

Configure the services

Usage Charges tab

The rating list has two functions: it defines permitted access points (nodes and access numbers) and it specifies which tariff is used to bill for each of these points. To specify them, click Add and fill in the required information:

 

Configure the usage charges

 

·       In the Node list select the LTE Node.

·       Leave the Access Code field empty.

·       Choose LTE from the Service list.

·       In theTariff list select Customer LTE tariff. Note that this tariff is only required to proceed with the product creation. The real charge for the service usage will be applied via subscription.

·       Click Update.

Volume Discount tab

Bundle the required quota with the product. To do this, select previously created Quota for LTE volume discount plan from the Default Discount Plan list.

 

Select the volume discount plan

Recurring Charges tab

Bundle the required subscription with the product to charge your customers for the LTE service. To do this, select previously created LTE subscription from the Subscription list. You will see brief information about this subscription below.

 

Select the subscription plan

 

4.      Click Done.

Enter SIM Cards into the SIM Card Inventory

Refer to the Enter SIM Cards into the SIM Card Inventory section of the MVNO Service Provisioning handbook to find out how to add SIM cards into the SIM card inventory.

Create a Customer

A customer is an owner of accounts. Customer contact information is used for distributing account usage information, Internet access statistics, invoices, etc. You usually need to create one customer per each retail prepaid LTE user.

 

Create a customer

 

1.      In the Participants section of the Admin-Index page, choose Customers.

2.      On the Customer Management page, choose the add Add button.

3.      Fill in the Add Customer form. Please note that there are several tabs with more information available on the page. The most important fields are:

Main form (top)

·       Customer ID – Specify a short name for the customer; this will be used on the web interface.

·       Balance Control – Choose Prepaid in this field.

·       Currency – Select the currency in which this customer will be billed.

·       Available FundsThe amount of funds available for the customer to spend on services.

Address Info tab

·       Email – An email address for the distribution of accounting information. After the billing period ends, a list of xDRs and other statistics are sent to this address.

·       Bcc – An email address for sending a copy of each outgoing email; this may be used for debugging and archiving purposes.

Web Self-Care tab

·       Time Zone – The time zone for the customer self-care interface.

·       Web Interface Language – Language used on the customer self-care web interface.

Life Cycle tab

·       Billing Time Zone – Time zone in which customer’s billing period will be closed and invoices will be generated.

·       Billing Period – Frequency of invoice generation. For more details about different billing periods available, see the PortaBilling Administrator Guide.

·       Last Day of the Period – Read-only field available during customer creation only; shows the last date of the customer’s first billing period.

·       Invoiced on – Read-only field available during customer creation only; shows the date when customer’s invoice is generated.

 

4.      Click the save Save button in the toolbar.

Create an Account

You need to create an account for each device that has a unique SIM card.

 

1.      Go to the Customers page.

2.      Next to the customer name, click on the  (the one in the Accounts column) to go to the account management page.

3.      Click on  Add.

4.      Fill in the Add Account form:

·       Account Role – The intended usage of this account. Select MSISDN.

·       Main Product – Select the LTE Product here.

·       Account ID – The ID which will be used to authorize Internet access. You can type in the user’s phone number manually or provision it from the DID inventory 

·       IMSI – Select one of the available SIM cards from the SIM Card Inventory dialog box.

 We recommend that you use an Account ID in the number@msisdn format to identify a user by their mobile number in the E164 format; number stands for your end user’s mobile number.

Account Info tab

 Create an account

 

·       Type – Select Credit.

·       Balance ControlLeave the Subordinate option here.

·       Service Password – The account ID and this password will be used to authenticate Internet users. Make sure you choose a password that is difficult to guess or hack. Alternatively, use the Auto button next to the Service Password field to generate a secure password.

·       Email – Enter the account owner’s email address here. If he ever forgets his password for the web self-care pages, he will be able to reset it and a new password will be sent to this email address.

Additional Info tab

To provision a SIM card, go to the Additional Info tab. Click on the SIM Card link and select the desired SIM card from the inventory.

 

5.      Click save_close Save and you will see a confirmation announcement that a new account has been created.

Enable the Sokoban Event Handler Module

Sokoban is the event handler framework for provisioning service configuration and for account management operations done in PortaBilling® to the mobile carrier’s core. It consists of events that are processed by handlers – special Perl modules. The events processing results are sent to the carrier’s core.

 

At this moment, PortaOne® can provision data to the following equipment:

·       Huawei (LTE handler)

·       Greenisis (EPC handler)

·       ZXUN by ZTE (ZTEEPC handler).

 

 To integrate your PortaBilling® system with other equipment, the handlers can be individually developed for you. For assistance, please contact our support team by submitting a request to support@portaone.com and provide the necessary documentation.

 

To enable the Sokoban event handler daemon on the Configuration server, complete the following steps:

 

1.      Go to the Configurations tab on the Configuration server.

2.      Clone the existing configuration.

3.     Select the Sokoban group on Admin and enable Sokoban:

·       Enabled – Select Yes.

 

Enable the sokoban

 

4.      Click the Save button and then the Verify button.

5.      Verify the new configuration and click the Check / Apply button.

 

 

Enabling the Sokoban handlers and activation their events require a high level of technical knowledge. Please contact the PortaOne® support team who will provide you with further assistance.

Configure Hotlining (Optional)

Hotlining is a convenient way to redirect end users who subscribe to the LTE service to a defined website. There they can quickly find information about how to subscribe or prolong their Internet service if either their traffic quota or balance are insufficient to use the Internet. A hotlining link can be configured using an individual Internet access policy.

 

To configure hotline redirection, follow these steps.

Adjust the LTE Node Settings

 Note that this chapter demonstrates the node adjustment for the Huawei gateway. A different gateway would require changes in the values provided below. Please contact the PortaOne® support team for more details.

 

1.      In the Networking section of the Admin-Index page, choose Nodes.

2.      In the Node Management window, select the LTE node.

3.      Add the following information:

·       Authentication Translation Rule – To ensure the accurate processing of re-authorization requests and their automatic transfer to the node, specify the origin host and origin realm from the Configuration server. Then specify your gateway’s origin realm. To do this, type in the following information without spaces or paragraphs:

 

s/disconnect/diameter/;

s/srv.Host/billing.my-company.com/; 

s/srv.Realm/my-company.com/;

s/Realm/huawei.com/;

 

where:

o   billing.my-company.com is the value from the Origin_Host field on the Configuration server;

o   my-company.com is the value from the Origin_Realm field on the Configuration server;

o   huawei.com is the customer gateway’s realm.

 

Type in the relevant values and verify that the text does not include any spaces or paragraphs. It should resemble the example below:

 

s/disconnect/diameter/;s/srv.Host/billing.my-company.com/;s/srv.Realm/my-company.com/;s/Realm/huawei.com/;

 

 Adjust the LTE node settings

 

4.      Click save_close Save & Close.

Adjust the Internet Access Policy

1.      In the Networking section of the admin interface, choose Internet Services.

2.      On the Internet Access Policies page, select the previously created Internet access policy (in our example, Golden).

3.      On the Hotline tab define conditions on which your users will be redirected to the hotline portal:

·       When account out of funds – Select this option to redirect end users if their traffic quota or balance are insufficient for accessing the Internet.

·       When account suspended or blocked – Select this option to redirect end users whose accounts are blocked, suspended or expired.

·       Captive portal URL – Specify your hotline portal address.

 

Configure hotlining

 

4.      Click save Save.

Enable Hotlining within the Product

The Internet access policy can be assigned either via product or directly to the account. To assign the policy to the product, follow these steps:

1.      In the Rating section of the Admin-Index page, choose Products.

2.      On the Product management page, select the previously created product (in our example, LTE product).

3.      Go to the product’s Service Configuration tab.

4.      Enable Access Policy functionality.

5.      Select the previously created Internet access policyGolden.

 

Enable hotlining

 

6.      Click Save.