Configuring a Reseller for Postpaid Services

Re-Branding Services via a Reseller

Checklist

Initial Configuration of PortaSwitch®

Create Tariffs for Charging the Reseller

Enter Rates for Incoming Calls Applied to the Reseller

Create a Customer Class

Create a Reseller

Create Tariffs for Reseller’s Use

Create a Product for the Reseller

Configure DID provisioning for the Reseller

Reseller Actions

Login to Self-Care Interface

Modify the Tariff for Outgoing Calls

Enter Rates

Modify the Tariff for Incoming Calls

Test Rate Configuration (Optional)

Modify Product

Create a Customer

Create Accounts

Re-Branding Services via a Reseller

This section demonstrates how to configure a reseller who will be providing services under his own name. The postpaid residential VoIP service is used as an example, but the procedure is basically the same for configuring any other service (e.g. PINless dial or business IP Centrex), the only difference being which nodes are used in the product’s rating list. Please consult the handbook for a given service regarding its specific configuration details.

 

The procedure is very similar to the general set-up described in the Basic Residential VoIP Services section. Only a few additional comments are necessary:

·       Resellers are not allowed to create new tariffs or products. In addition to security considerations, this is because rating list to a product must be configured in order to create it properly. The person doing this must be well-acquainted with your VoIP network structure (gateways, access lines, etc).

 

Your reseller will not have this knowledge; in fact you will probably not even want to share such information with him. Therefore, your admin staff will create an initial framework of tariffs and products for him, and configure the products’ rating list. If the reseller wants to sell a product under a different name later, he can simply clone the existing product.

·       The correct sequence of actions is as follows:

1.     Create the tariff you will use to charge the resellers (Applied to: Reseller type).

2.     Create a reseller, assigning this tariff to him.

3.     Create tariffs and products for his subscribers, making sure that you mark them as Managed by that reseller.

·       Unless assigned the “Advanced Reseller” access level, resellers are not able to view their own rates on the web interface, so that you are in control when informing them of rate changes. For example, at the beginning of the month you may choose to enter a rate change effective the first day of the following month; however, you can notify the customer of this only one week in advance.

·       To allow resellers create accounts regarded as a phone line having a unique phone number (DID), your admin must also perform the configuration of the DID provisioning for reseller.

 

Please use the checklist on the following page to ensure that you have performed all the required operations in the correct sequence.

Checklist

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

Operations to be performed by the administrator

 

Operation

 

Done

Rating configuration

 

Create a tariff (referred to later as tariff A), which will contain the outgoing wholesale rates you apply to your reseller; make sure this tariff is designated as Applied To: Reseller

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Insert rates in tariff A for the destinations to which you will allow your reseller to send calls

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Create a tariff (referred to later as tariff B), which will contain the rates you charge your resellers for incoming calls (calls delivered to an IP phone of one of their subscribers); make sure this tariff is designated as Applied To: Reseller

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Insert incoming call rates in tariff B for the destinations covering the phone numbers your reseller will allocate to his customers

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Create a customer class to be applied to your resellers

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Create a reseller and apply tariff A to him on the Additional Info tab

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Specify a username and password for the reseller to access the self-care interface

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Create a tariff (referred to later as tariff C), which will be applied to outgoing calls of your reseller’s subscribers; make sure this tariff is marked as “Managed by” the reseller

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Create a tariff (referred to later as tariff D), which will be applied to incoming calls to your reseller’s subscribers; make sure this tariff is marked as “Managed by” the reseller

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Create a product to be used by your reseller; make sure this product is marked as “Managed by” the reseller

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Create one rating entry for this product, using the PortaSIP® node and an empty access code. This entry will use tariff C to charge the end user and tariff A to charge the reseller.

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Create another rating entry for this product, using the PortaSIP® node and the access code INCOMING. This entry will use tariff D to charge the end user and tariff B to charge the reseller.

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Configure the DID provisioning for reseller

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Operations to be performed by the reseller

Account provisioning

 

Go to the customer self-care web page and log in using the credentials provided

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Insert rates in tariff C for destinations to which you will allow your subscribers to send calls

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Insert rates in tariff D for incoming calls to your subscribers’ IP phones

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Create a customer who will be using the service

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Create accounts (phone lines) under this customer

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Testing

 

Try to make a test call

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Initial Configuration of PortaSwitch®

If you have just installed the PortaSwitch® software or dedicated a new billing environment to configure the services described in this handbook, make sure to first perform the initial configuration of PortaSwitch®. To do this, use the PortaSwitch Initial Configuration handbook.

Create Tariffs for Charging the Reseller

As mentioned in the checklist, you will need two separate tariffs: one applied to outgoing calls (including forwarded calls) and one applied to incoming calls. These tariffs will be used to charge the reseller, so they should contain your selling rates for the reseller.

 

1.     On the navigation menu to the left, select Service catalog and click Tariffs.

 

Open the Tariffs panel.

 

Create a tariff

 

2.     On the Create tariff panel, fill in the tariff details:

o   Name – Type a short name for the tariff object; this is the name you will see in the select menus, (for example, Reseller).

o   Currency – This indicates the currency in which you charge your resellers.

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

o   Service – Select Voice Calls here.

o   Applied to – Select Reseller here.

 

3.     Click Save.

Add rates to the tariff

Rates are per-destination prices. Please refer to the Real-Time Charging chapter in the PortaBilling Administrator Guide for more details on billing parameters.

Managing rates online

 

Add rates

 

1.     On the reseller’s tariff panel, click Rates.

2.     On the Add rate panel, fill in the rate details.

o   Destination – Select a destination prefix from the list or type it in directly (e.g. 47 for Norway).

NOTE: You should create an entry for certain phone prefixes in the Destination register before creating a rate for them in the tariff.

o   Interval first – First billing unit in seconds.

o   Interval next – Next billing unit in seconds.

o   Price first – Per-minute price for first interval.

o   Price next – Per-minute price for next interval.

o   Off-peak interval first – First billing unit in seconds for off-peak time.

o   Off-peak interval next – Next billing unit in seconds for off-peak time.

o   Off-peak price first – Per-minute price for first interval of off-peak time.

o   Off-peak price next – Per-minute price for next interval of off-peak time.

NOTE: Off-peak fields appear only if this tariff has already been assigned an off-peak period in the General info panel.

o   Effective from – If you want this rate to take effect sometime in the future, you can either type in a date manually, or use the calendar (click the DD-MM-YYYY link).

NOTE: When using the calendar, you can specify that the date you are entering is in a different time zone than your current one. PortaBilling® will then automatically adjust the time.

o    Rate formula – Click the  Wizard icon to launch the wizard for creating a custom rating formula.

o   Payback Rate, Hidden, Forbidden or Discontinued – These flags are optional.

 

3.     Click the Save.

4.     Repeat these steps if you need to enter more rates.

Managing rates offline

You also can upload rates from a .csv or .xls file – please consult the Rate Import section.

Enter Rates for Incoming Calls Applied to the Reseller

timesaver The process of entering incoming call rates is similar to the one described above. If you do not actually charge the reseller for incoming calls (in most cases, there is no cost associated with them), or charge him the same rate for numbers in various countries, you can simply use the wildcard destination (|) to enter a single rate in the tariff.

 

Create a Customer Class

Customer class provides the ability to define a business model as well as a group of other parameters in a centralized way, then apply those parameters to many resellers and their customers at once. (If you have already created a customer class that you can use for postpaid resellers, skip this step and go to the next one.)

 

timesaver If the invoicing and collection parameters for resellers are not relevant at this moment, skip this step and use the Default customer class for your resellers.

 

1.     On the navigation menu, select Sales, then select Customer classes.

2.     On the Create a customer class panel, fill in the customer class details:

·       Name – Provide a short name for this customer class.

·       Business model – Select which services this reseller will be providing. Select Residential VoIP.

·       Currency – Specify the currency in which you want to set the collection threshold. When specified, this customer class can only be assigned to resellers and their customers with the same currency. Once the currency selection is saved, it cannot be changed.

3.     Click Save.

 

Create a customer class for a reseller

 

4.     On your customer class panel, click Finances, then click General info.

5.     On the General info panel, fill in general information about the customer class:

·       The billing period is closed – Select Automatically.

·       Configurethe Statistics parameters:

o   Generate invoices – Leave this option enabled to generate invoices for resellers who belong to this customer class.

o   Send statistics via email – Define how you will provide statistics to your customers.

 

·       Configure the Customer status changes parameters:

o   Suspend on insufficient funds for subscriptions – Specify whether PortaBilling® should check whether the reseller has sufficient funds for their subscription charges.

o   Permanently terminate customers after provisional termination - Enable this option to permanently terminate resellers and define the amount of days for termination delay.

 

Define general information

 

6.     On your customer class panel, click Finances, click Invoicing, then click Regular invoices.

 

Define invoicing

 

7.     On the Regular invoices panel, specify the invoicing parameters for the customer class:

·       Use regular invoices – Enable this parameter to generate regular invoices for customers who belong to this customer class.

·       Invoice Template – Select the appropriate template which will be used to create a .pdf file with the invoice for your customers (e.g. Retail customer invoice template).

·       Generate invoice pdf – Leave the default option At the end of billing period selected.

·       Send invoices via email – Select Automatically to automatically send an invoice to a customer at the end of a billing period.

·       Configure Payment terms, Payment collection and Action upon non-payment parameters for customers. Please consult the PortaBilling® help for a description of parameters available here.

 

8.     On the Taxation panel, select the taxation method and specify the taxation parameters.

9.     Click Save.

 

For now, you may leave the rest of configuration parameters with their default values. If you change them later, these changes will automatically affect all resellers that are already assigned to this customer class.

Create a Reseller

The reseller entity you are about to create will define your relationship with a business partner who is reselling your services under his own name and allow them further independent service management (e.g. creating their own customers and accounts).

 

1.     On the navigation menu, select Sales, then Sales agents and click Resellers.

2.     On the Create reseller panel, fill in the reseller details:

o   Name – A short name for this reseller; this will be used on the web interface.

o   Customer class – Customer class allows you to define a a group of parameters. By choosing a specific class here the reseller and their customers will automatically inherit all of the class properties (grace period, invoice template, payment collection etc.). Select the customer class you have just created.

o   Currency – The currency in which this reseller will be billed.

o   Billing period – Choose a billing period for the reseller. A billing period defines the frequency of invoicing for this reseller.

o   The default tariff for voice calls – This is the tariff that will be applied by default to calls placed by the reseller’s subscribers. Select tariff A here.

o   Credit limit – Assign a credit limit for the reseller.

 

Create a reseller

 

3.     Click Save.

Personal info

Define the reseller’s personal information (such as name, email address, and etc.).

1.     On your reseller’s panel, click Company info, then click General info.

2.     On the General info panel, fill in the reseller’s personal information and an email address for the receipt of accounting information. After the billing period is over, a list of xDRs and other statistics will be sent to this address.

Web self-care

Define credentials and preferred settings (such as language, time zone, date input and output formats) for this reseller’s self-care interface.

3.     While on the General info panel, click Web self-care.

4.     On the Web self-care panel, define credentials for the reseller self-care interface (such as login, password, time zone, etc.) and other preferred settings. The time zone you define for the reseller defines their billing period and when the reseller will see their xDRs, For example, if you choose America / Vancouver here and the billing period is Monthly, the billing period will start on the first day of the month at midnight (12 a.m.) New York time.

 

Configure accees to self-care portal

Balance and credits

5.     On your customer’s panel, click Finances, click General info, then click Balance and credits.

6.     On the Balance and credits panel, define the Credit limit warning threshold parameter. The reseller will be notified by email when his balance is dangerously close to the credit limit and service will soon be blocked. The threshold can be specified:

·       As a percentage (e.g. 90%). The warning will be sent when the customer’s balance exceeds that percentage of his credit limit. So, if the credit limit is USD 1000.00 and the threshold is 90%, a warning will be sent as soon as the balance exceeds USD 900.00. This is only applicable when the customer has a positive credit limit.

·       As an absolute value. The warning will be sent as soon as the balance goes above the specified value.

7.     Click Save.

Create Tariffs for Reseller’s Use

The reseller will use these tariffs to charge their subcustomers. Since the rates for outgoing and incoming calls are different, you will need two tariffs. The reseller will perform the actual tariff configuration on the self-care interface. You just need to provide him with a framework by pre-allocating tariffs.

 

Create a customer tariff for reseller

 

1.     On the navigation menu to the left, select Service catalog and click Tariffs.

2.     On theCreate tariff panel, fill in the tariff details:

o   Name – Type a short name for the tariff object; this is the name you will see in the select menus, (for example, ABC Shuttle – Outgoing Calls.)

o   Currency – This indicates the currency in which the reseller charges their customers.

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

o   Service – Select Voice Calls here.

o   Applied to – Select Customer here.

o   Managed by – Select the name of the reseller you have created here.

 

3.     Click Save.

4.     Repeat steps 1–3 until you have entered all of the tariffs your reseller needs (e.g. ABC Shuttle – Incoming Calls, the tariff that will be applied to incoming calls).

Add rates to the tariff

Optionally, you can add rates to this tariff. The procedure is the same as described in the Add rates to the tariff subsection of the Create a Tariff for Charging the Reseller section of this handbook.

Create a Product for the Reseller

1.     On the navigation menu, select Service catalog and click Products.

2.     On the Create product panel, fill in the product details:

o   Name – Type an internal product name that will be shown on the web interface.

o   Name visible to end users – Type a name of the product that will be shown to end users on their self-care interfaces.

o   Product type – Select Main product here.

o   Currency – Choose a currency the product will be priced in. Only tariffs which have the same currency will be permitted in the rating list

o   Account role – Select Phone line since this product is intended for making calls.

o   Managed by – Select your reseller from the list.

 

Create a product for reseller's use

 

3.     Click Save.

Included Services

Define which service types are included in the product. A service type is a description of the physical service provided to end users.

 

To add a service type:

1.     On your product’s panel, click Services.

2.     On the Services panel, click Add a service.

3.     In the Select services to add dialog box, select Voice calls and click Add.

 

Add services

 

The reseller will not have access to information about your network, and therefore cannot view rating list information. You define it for resellers as follows:

Create Rating Entry for Outgoing Calls

This entry defines the tariff to be used when a customer of the reseller places an outgoing call.

 

1.     On the product’s panel, click Charges, then click Usage charges.

2.     On the Usage charges panel, click Add.

3.     Fill in the required information:

o   Service – Select Voice Calls.

o   Node – Select the PortaSIP® node.

o   Access code – Leave this field empty for the basic SIP service. This entry will then be applied by default, and thus will cover the situation when a user dials a number from his phone or forwards a call using the follow-me feature. (If you want to distinguish between these two scenarios, you may use the access codes OUTGOING and FOLLOWME respectively.)

o   Tariff – Select the tariff that will be applied to end users (residential VoIP customers of your reseller) for outgoing calls, referred to here as tariff C (e.g. ABC Shuttle – Outgoing Calls.)

o   Reseller tariff – select the tariff that will be used to charge the reseller when an account with this product makes a phone call. You can leave the DEFAULT TARIFF. This will be the same tariff as you have assigned it as a default one when creating a reseller (e.g. Reseller).

o   Overdraft protection – To configure overdraft protection for this product, consult the Configure Overdraft Protection Section within the Product section in the Overdraft Protection Configuration handbook.

 

4.      Click Save.

 

Add usage charges for outgoing calls

 

Create Rating Entry for Incoming Calls

This entry defines the tariff to be used when a customer of the reseller receives an incoming call.

 

1.     On the Usage charges panel, click Add.

2.     Fill in the required information:

o   Service – Select Voice Calls.

o   Node – Select the PortaSIP® node.

o   Access code – Type in INCOMING; this entry will then be used for calls going to end user’s IP phones.

o   Tariff – Select the tariff that will be applied to end users (residential VoIP customers of your reseller) when they receive a phone a call, referred to here as tariff D (e.g. ABC Shuttle – Incoming Calls.)

o   Reseller tariff – select the tariff that will be used to charge the reseller when an account with this product receives a phone call, referred to here as tariff B (e.g. Reseller Incoming). Otherwise, the system will apply the resellers’ default tariff. This is probably undesirable, since that tariff contains rates for outgoing calls.

o   Overdraft protection – To configure overdraft protection for this product, consult the Configure Overdraft Protection Section within the Product section in the Overdraft Protection Configuration handbook.

 

 

For more information about the available product features, please refer to the System Concepts section of the PortaBilling Administrator Guide.

Configure DID provisioning for the Reseller

In the case of Residential VoIP service, an account is regarded as a phone line having a unique phone number (DID). This phone number serves as an account ID within PortaBilling® and is provided by your termination partners. To allow resellers create accounts for their customers, perform the configuration of the DID provisioning for the reseller according to the instructions provided in the DID Provisioning for Reseller (DID Inventory) handbook.

Reseller Actions

At this point you have finished with the administrator part of the work. You just need to send the reseller his login credentials for the PortaBilling® self-care interface, while the rest of the tasks described below will be performed by the reseller himself. They are listed here for your convenience only; normally the reseller will use the instructions in the self-care guide.

Login to Self-Care Interface

Open the customer self-care page in a browser (by default https://<your-porta-billing-slave-server-name>:8442) and type in the username / password which was provided to you.

NOTE: Sometimes administrators try pressing the Logout button on the admin interface and then logging in using the reseller’s username and password. This will not work, since you are still in the admin realm, to which your reseller does not have access. You must login from the customer’s self-care interface.

Modify the Tariff for Outgoing Calls

The reseller can adjust various parameters of a tariff (e.g. off-peak period or rounding).

 

Modify the tariff for outgoing calls

 

Edit the tariff

 

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

2.     On the Tariff Management page, click on the name of the existing tariff.

3.     If necessary, modify the tariff parameters:

o   Default Off-Peak Period – If you do not differentiate between peak and off-peak rates, just choose Not defined; otherwise, select one of the previously defined off-peak periods.

o   Round Charged Amount – Instead of calculating xDRs with a 5-decimal-place precision, round up xDR amount values (e.g. XXXXX.XX000 means rounding to cents, so that 1.16730 becomes 1.17).

o   Default Formula – The default rating formula which will be applied to every new rate created in the tariff. If you leave this empty, “old-style” rating will be used.

o   Short Description – A short tariff description. This will be shown in the rate lookup on the admin interface and the self-care pages for your accounts and customers. For example, for a tariff named Cust-ABC-Easy Call-1800, the short description will provide better information for your reseller ABC, who will be using this tariff, such as: “EasyCall – via a toll-free number”.

o   Description – An extended tariff description.

4.     Click save Save.

5.     Repeat steps 1–4 until you have adjusted all of the tariffs.

Enter Rates

The interface for rate management by the reseller is identical to the one, provided to the administrator and described earlier in this chapter. 

Modify the Tariff for Incoming Calls

This is similar to the process of adjusting outgoing rates, as described above.

Test Rate Configuration (Optional)

1.     While in the Edit Tariff window, click on the test_call_rating Test button to go to the Test Call Rating screen.

 

Specify testing parameters

 

2.     Type in the phone number for which you would like to test the rating, as well as the estimated call duration, then click on the Test button.

 

 

3.     You will now see the estimated amount charged for this call, as well as a detailed explanation of the rating process.

4.     Press the close Close button to return to the Edit Tariff window.

Modify Product

If necessary, you may modify certain product parameters, e.g. maintenance fee amounts and scheduling.

 

Modify the product

 

Edit the product

 

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

2.     On the Product Management page, click on the name of the product in the list.

3.     Change values in the Edit Product form:

Main Form (top)

o   Product Name Visible to End User – Specify the name of the product that your customers will see on their self-care interface.

Additional Info tab

o   Overdraft Protection - Select the way overdraft protection will be applied to accounts using this product.

o   Breakage – A leftover balance which is considered “useless” (for statistical purposes). Accounts with a balance below breakage will count as depleted. This does not affect account authentication or authorization, so the account can still make calls if there is enough money left to cover at least the first interval.

o   Info URL – If you have an external server with a description of product features, enter the URL here (e.g. http://www.myproduct.com). Your customers will be able to go there from their self-care pages.

o   Description Visible to End User – Provide a description to be shown to end users on their self-care interfaces.

o   Description – Your description of the intended use of this product.

 

4.     Click save_close Save & Close.

Create a Customer

A customer is an owner of accounts (phone lines). The customer’s contact information is used to distribute account usage information, call statistics, invoices, and so on.

 

Create a customer

 

Add customer information

 

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

2.     On the Customer Management page, choose  Add.

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

Main form (top)

o   Customer ID – Short name for the customer object; this will be used on the web interface.

o   Customer Class – By default, your customer class will be applied. This means that all invoicing and payment collection parameters that are defined will be applicable to this customer.

o   Balance Control - Specify the way the customer will pay for the service: Postpaid – after consuming the services; Prepaid – prior to consuming the services. Choose Postpaid in this field.

o   Currency – The currency in which this customer will be billed.

o   Permanent Credit Limit – Assign a credit limit for the customer.

Address Info tab

o   E-mail – E-mail address for distribution of accounting information. After the billing period is over, a list of xDRs and other statistics will be sent to this address.

o   BCC – Delivery to the specified email address of your account representative a copy of every outgoing email sent to the customer; this may be used for debug and archiving purposes.

Web Self-care tab

o   Time Zone – The time zone in which the customer will see his xDRs, and which will also define his billing period. For example, if you choose America / New_York here and the billing period is Monthly, the billing period will start on the first day of the month at midnight (12 am) New York time.

o   Web Interface Language – The language to be used on the customer’s self-care web interface.

Life Cycle tab

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

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

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

o   Invoiced on – Read-only field available only during customer creation; shows a date when customer’s invoice will be generated.

Additional Info tab

o   Send statistics via email – Summary only – Distribute a call summary only, and do not attach a details file; this might be useful in the case of a large amount of calls. Other options are full statistics (attach a complete list of xDRs) or do not send (this option prevents the delivery of event statistics to this customer via email).

 

4.     Click save_close Save & Close.

Create Accounts

1.     Open the Customer Management page (the page which contains a list of reseller’s customers). It should look like the screenshot below:

 

Create accounts

 

Add an account

 

Fill in account info

 

2.     Next to the customer name, click on the Account  or accounts icon (in the Accounts column), which will take you to the account management for that customer.

3.     Click on   Add.

4.     Fill in the Add account form:

o   Account Role – The defined usage for this account. Select Phone line.

o   Main Product – Choose the main product, which you would like your account to have.

o   Account ID – SIP ID, i.e. the phone number which will be used to login to the SIP server and receive incoming calls.

o   Blocked – You may create your account as blocked, although this is rarely done with SIP service accounts.

Account Info tab

o   Type – Account type; select credit for postpaid and debit for prepaid service.

o   Balance Control – Choose the way the balance of the account is controlled. Subordinate – the balance will directly depend on the customer; Individual Credit Limit – this account may have its own balance and credit limit (the customer credit limit still applies.)

o   Service Password – Together with the account ID, this password will be used to authenticate registrations and call attempts on the SIP server. It is very important to assign a secure (difficult to guess) password to prevent the account from being wrongfully entered and used to inject fraudulent calls to your network.

o   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. You can also just leave this field empty.

o   Batch – A batch is typically used to manage large quantities of one customer’s accounts, so it can be left empty for residential VoIP service – in other words, the account created will not be tied to any specific batch.

o   Customer Site – Select the customer site to be applied to this account. Leave None here.

Additional Info tab

o   CPE – When using the PortaSwitch® auto-provisioning feature, here you may enter the name of the particular phone which this account will be provisioned to. Leave this field empty for basic SIP service, and use manual provisioning instead.

o   CPE Port – The specific port (phone line) on the IP phone which this account should be provisioned to (e.g. Sipura-2002 supports two phone lines, so two separate accounts can be provisioned on the same device on different lines). Leave this field empty for basic SIP service, and use manual provisioning instead.

Life Cycle tab

o Activation Date – The date from which the account is usable.

o   Specific Date – Identifies the date that the account expires. Since we are setting up a postpaid service, which should function for a long time, leave this field blank.

o   ____days after First Use – Defines the number of days the account remains active after its first use or recharge. Since we are setting up a postpaid service, which should function for a long time, leave this field blank.

o   ____days after Last Use – Defines the number of days the account remains active after its last use or recharge. Since we are setting up a postpaid service, which should function for a long time, leave this field blank.

Web Self-care tab

o   Login – Account login to web self-care pages. Can be the same as account ID.

o   Password – Password for the web self-care pages.

o   Time Zone – When an account owner (SIP services subscriber) accesses web self-care pages to see a list of his calls, we can show the time in the time zone most appropriate for him.

o   Web Interface Language – The language to be used on the customer self-care web interface.

Service Configuration tab

Using this tab, you can activate / deactivate various features of the services provided to this account. Note that features are defined per service type (the physical service provided to the user such as Conferencing, Data Service, Voice Calls, Messaging etc.)

 

Please consult the PortaBilling Help for a description of parameters available here. For now you may leave these with their default values.

 

5.     After clicking save_close Save & Close, you will see a confirmation screen announcing that a new account has been created.

 

Repeat steps 3–5 if the customer has more than one phone line (extension).