[clug] broadband ISPs in Canberra

Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au Antti.Roppola at brs.gov.au
Mon Sep 27 05:41:19 GMT 2004

It's all rather like postage used to be in the UK before Rowland
Hill's postal reforms were adopted. Hopefully, on day people will
comment on how quaint and archaic the arbitrary subdivision of bits
for billing was.



-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Pollock [mailto:andrew-clug at andrew.net.au]
Sent: Sunday, 26 September 2004 9:35 PM
To: Steven Hanley
Cc: Linux List
Subject: Re: [clug] broadband ISPs in Canberra

On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 05:56:29PM +1000, Steven Hanley wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 25, 2004 at 02:38:45PM +1000, Kim Holburn wrote:
> > I have heard it said that 60% or more of the equipment in a telephone 
> > exchange is for billing.  If you can handle all that and more in 
> > software it cuts the cost considerably.  Now if you took away telephone 
> > traffic charges how much more simple does that make the system?
> That 60% thing would not really surprise me. Alex Satrapa or Martijn van
> Oosterhout can probably back me up on this. Looking at the way traditional
> phone companies do their billing (Telstra, AAPT, Optus, etc) it is amazing
> how inflexible it is and how much human intervention is required on top of
> the complexity in their billing systems in the software that handles calls.
> Moving things in to software as Kim suggests does indeed allow one to cut
> costs tremendously, using generic computers and well written software to
> habndle huge amounts of data extracted from some simpler hardware just makes
> sense I imagine.

Billing is a bitch. No matter what it is. If only flat rate took off, it'd
make life easier for everybody...

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