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Method of Providing Rate Information for Multiple Networks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114223D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cruz, J: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Described is a software implementation to enable communication carriers the ability to supply rate information in multiple networks. An algorithm is implemented in computer software to enable a network provider to supply rate information to an end user quickly and without unnecessary intervention.

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Method of Providing Rate Information for Multiple Networks

      Described is a software implementation to enable communication
carriers the ability to supply rate information in multiple networks.
An algorithm is implemented in computer software to enable a network
provider to supply rate information to an end user quickly and
without unnecessary intervention.

      In prior art, network usage fees were published in a rate
table, or provided to end users over the telephone.  The concept
described herein enables the information carriers to assist the user
in determining the most cost effective method of exchange and at the
same time provide the carriers with the opportunities available for
answering rate queries.

      Typically, network users must determine which network to
connect to prior to exchanging information.  Each network has a usage
charge and as a result the user must understand the rates of each
during transmission and/or receiving the information.  In addition,
the rates of each network will vary depending on the user's location.
For example, the usage of mobile networking requires the ability to
exchange information by the most cost effective method regardless of
location.

      In order for users to make an intelligent decision regarding
which network facility to utilize, the network provider must supply
rate information for a particular network.  In addition, the provider
must provide information concerning other networks that are ava...