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Carrier Cost Savings Analyser

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030738D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Aug-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Aug-25
Document File: 3 page(s) / 20K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a process designed to calculate potential or actual cost savings achievable through use of an alternative carrier for telephone calls. Due to the complexity of modern telecommunications networks, there are many types of telephone call and hundreds of potential worldwide destinations. Due to the time required and the probability of human error, this makes it impractical to calculate cost savings manually since there are potentially thousands of individual source/destination/call type combinations. This disclosure describes a method for automating this task.

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Carrier Cost Savings Analyser

Disclosure JP820031033 - Carrier Cost Savings Analyser.

Author: John Crawford. Date: 27th July 2004.

Introduction

Disclosed is a process designed to calculate potential or actual cost savings achievable through use of an alternative carrier for telephone calls. The process may be utilized by large or small organizations, or by individuals.

Most carriers charge for calls on a per minute basis. The carrier will normally provide a schedule of rates to various destinations. In order to track cost savings accurately, it is necessary to analyse the current traffic which is routed over the existing or incumbent carrier and to determine what this traffic would have cost if it had been carried using an alternative schedule of rates. If the alternative rates are generally higher than the incumbent carrier rates, this will indicate how much the organization is currently saving. If the alternative rates are generally lower than the incumbent carrier rates, this will indicate how much the organization could save by migrating to the alternate carrier.

Due to the complexity of modern telecommunications networks, there are many types of telephone call and hundreds of potential worldwide destinations. For example on-net, IVPN, off-net, IDD and international mobile calls may be routed to over 200 countries worldwide. Due to the time required and the probability of human error, this makes it impractical to calculate cost savings manually since there are potentially thousands of individual source/destination/call type combinations. This disclosure describes a method for automating this task.

Process Description

1. Receive a carrier usage report in predefined format.

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                  ON - NET I V P N OFF Destination Calls Minutes Rate Cost Calls Minutes Rate Cost Calls Min Australia 48

1275.18

0.00 0.00 9


76.10


0.10000


7.84 4

Canada 3

0.26190


0.00 0.00 1


0.10


0.07500


0.03 562

1

China 1

0.70


0.00 0.00 4


9.2


0.00000


0.10 2

Germany 4

0.26190


0.00


0.00 5


11.5


0.17200


2.11 56

Hong Kong 18

436.75

0.00


0.00 7


16.1


0.00000


0.18 3

India 18

290.32

0.00


0.00 12


27.6


0.57400


16.15 4

Indonesia 29

243.03

0.00


0.00 4


9.2


0.53200


5.00 65

Japan 19

163.00

0.00


0.00 31

1247.10

0.14100

176.64 5

Korea 2

19.32


0.00


0.00 12


27.6


0.16700


4.92 6

Malaysia 20

250.00

0.00


0.00 1


2.3


0.34900


0.83 7

Netherlands 4

0.35080


0.00


0.00 1


2.3


0.21200


0.51 35

New Zealand 1

0.38260


0.00


0.00 134

308.2

0.17900


58.60 8

Philippines 37

321.27

0.00


0.00 43


98.9


0.39700


40.37 12

Singapore 30

325.00

0.00


0.00 1


2.3


0.15200


0.38 8

Taiwan 2

16.62


0.00


0.00 43


98.9


0.15000


15.94 68

Thailand 6

13.8


0.00


0.00 1


2.3


0.40200


0.95 34

United Kingdom 7

16.1


0.00


0.00 13


29.9


0.13600


4.40 8

United States 2


15.07 9

TOTALS 251 3378.54 0.00 345 2242.80 350.01 896 20

6.2


0.00


0.00 23

273.20

0.05300

The first step involves requesting that the carrier provide a usage report in a predefined format that can be read and analysed by the application described in step 2. An example of such a...