NAMS Firefly® Revenue Assurance

Revenue Assurance may mean something different from one company to the next depending on the type of Telecom Company or network configuration. One common need for all companies is to increase revenue by stopping access avoidance. Also, companies often require visibility and applications to help them identify with whom it makes sense to negotiate an interconnection agreement. Regardless of your particular needs, CMSI will have a solution for you. The following eleven applications relate to revenue assurance in one form or another.

SS7 to AMA Correlation

This application correlates SS7 CDR’s to AMA call records. The purpose of this application is to ferret out possible switch translation problems and phantom traffic. The NAMS Firefly® probe collects the SS7 ISUP messages and creates the SS7 ISR’s. Switch generated call records can be collected by NAMS Firefly® or can be sent to the system by existing collection systems that are already in place. The SS7 ISR’s are then automatically correlated to the call records. After correlation, various reports can be generated, including correlation percentage reports and detail reports showing SS7 ISR’s and call records that could not be correlated. This application requires NAMS Firefly® SS7 ISR’s or other vendor’s compatible SS7 record.

EMI to Call Record Correlation

Access Tandem trunk groups. Most IOC’s have an Access Tandem trunk group. Calls sent from the RBOC to the IOC on the Access Tandem trunk group are then terminated by the IOC on their local network and are settled (or billed) at a pre-defined rate. The RBOC submits EMI records to the NECA Pool for settlement of these calls. The EMI records are generated by the RBOC’s system and are based on the AMA generated by the RBOC’s Access Tandem switch. The IOC has no way to validate the accuracy of the access charges. Using our EMI to SS7 correlation software as well as other NAMS Firefly® revenue assurance applications, the IOC can identify terminating usage that may not be included by the RBOC. Once identified, this usage can be back-billed through NECA, and what was lost revenue is recovered by the IOC. This application requires NAMS Firefly® SS7 ISR’s or other vendor’s compatible SS7 record.

Phantom Tracker

Phantom traffic is telephone traffic that terminates at local exchange carrier switches lacking information needed for billing (i.e. does not have information that identifies the originating carrier from which it came.) It is estimated that 20 percent of terminating traffic cannot be billed for this reason. This is costing IOC’s and CLEC’s thousands of dollars each month in lost access revenue.

Stripping or eliminating information in call detail records or SS7 IAM messages allow phone companies to avoid paying access charges. These manipulated records and messages enable offending companies to route long-distance traffic over IOC / CLEC trunks that are dedicated to carry only local phone calls. Manipulation of the AMA / CDR / SS7 IAM messages also allows InterMTA wireless traffic to be terminated on mixed-use tandem trunk groups since that traffic cannot be readily identified as wireless. Transiting carriers can also create billing problems by stripping pertinent origination data from the SS7 message thereby, altering AMA / CDR.

CMSI’s new Phantom Tracker software includes EAS, IntraLATA Toll, Common Toll, and feature group Phantom Usage reporting and detects call laundering on many different types of trunk groups. The software will help identify long distance traffic that has been terminated over trunks designated only for local traffic such as EAS groups. It also breaks calls down by LATA / MTA jurisdiction so that Common Toll and IntraLATA toll groups can be monitored.

BTC - Bypass Traffic Controller

The NAMS Firefly® BTC is a very useful and effective tool for controlling Phantom Traffic or Bypass Traffic. It provides the capability to reroute certain telephone calls based on call criteria. The primary purpose of this application is to reroute traffic whose origination information has been altered or removed to bypass normal access charges. Another application is to reroute calls sent over EAS groups that did not originate within the agreed upon local calling area, thereby preventing access charge avoidance. The SS7 probe is configured as a network element and triggers are set up in the application that specify which calls to reroute. The triggered calls can be rerouted to a record announcement or any other number the user specifies. The triggers and rerouted numbers are easily set up within the application and can be applied on a trunk group basis. The BTC call rerouting can be set up as active, where it reroutes the calls that trigger, or as disabled, where it will not reroute the calls that trigger, or as passive where it will not reroute the calls that trigger but will log them as calls that would have rerouted had it been active.

Tandem Transit Usage Statements

The Tandem Transit Usage application produces billing statements to wireless companies with whom an interconnection agreement has been arranged. Jurisdiction is typically categorized as interstate, intrastate, and reciprocal compensation although the user can define additional categories as well. The wireless carrier’s trunk group is assigned static jurisdiction percentages and rates specified in the interconnection agreement. NAMS Firefly® offers several applications that will quickly identify the wireless companies with enough traffic to justify negotiating an interconnection agreement such as Call Record Search, Company Type Usage, and NetPlan.

Balance of Traffic

This report calculates usage by trunk group and carrier for wireline to wireless and wireless to wireline calls. This usage is also broken down by inter-MTA and intra-MTA. The purpose of this report is to help the telephone company determine with which wireless carriers there is sufficient usage to justify negotiating an interconnection agreement.

CABS Validation & Carrier Bill Validation

Carrier Access Billing and Switched Carrier Billing are critical segments of the IOC’s or CLEC’s business. The NAMS Firefly® CABS Validation application provides usage reporting that assists network accounting payables/receivables personnel in verifying usage billed by or to other carriers. The CABsMate® application allows the user to accumulate Tandem and End Office usage by trunk group for originating / terminating, interstate / intrastate, and toll free usage. Real-time queries can be made or batch reports that duplicate the carrier bill billing cycle can be configured to run automatically. The Switched Carrier Bill Validation application allows the user to set up mock carrier bills that run on the same cycle as the actual bills. The usage is broken down by trunk group, state, LATA, and tandem CLLI code.

Company Type Usage

This application generates usage reports by company type and can be sorted by OCN and/or trunk group.

CIC Usage

CMSI designed this package to aid the IOC in recovering unreported terminating minutes from the RBOC’s and wireless companies. Using the CIC Usage reporting application combined with the AMA/CDR Search and Reporting function of the Mediation Package, the IOC is able to identify usage by Carrier Identification Code.

Toll Fraud Detection

Identifies fraudulent use of the toll network such as gray traffic. The Toll Fraud module protects the telephone company from costly fraudulent use of the toll network. It applies thresholds of usage and number of calls for both hourly and daily time periods. Domestic, international and hot spot threshold sets can be defined for each ANI. When any of the thresholds are exceeded, the system alerts the user so that toll calling from the offending number can be disabled. The Fraud Detection/Prevention module is also designed to accommodate large scale networks with multiple switches and millions of ANI’s. The interface for setting thresholds is easy, fast, and intuitive, and the alarm delivery is reliable and flexible.

Gray Traffic

Identifies irregular traffic that originates from a media gateway. Gray traffic occurs on wireline and wireless networks and there are several forms of gray traffic. In general, gray traffic can be defined as international traffic that previously terminated on toll trunks but currently terminates as local through spoofing/manipulation of the calling number so that call origin or jurisdiction cannot easily be determined. This can also be done on the wireless network with SIM media gateways using illegal SIMS. NAMS Firefly® can pattern the calls, identify these calls and even block or reroute these calls once identified.

Network Engineering

The NAMS Firefly® Traffic & Engineering application automatically collects the trunk and line measurement statistical information generated by the switch and then allows the user to generate useful reports that help manage the network. The facility engineering reports help insure that the trunk-side network is efficient, and the forward trending will help insure that it stays that way. The report scheduler saves time by automatically delivering the reports to your email.

  • Traffic Engineering Reports - Gives both detailed and summary reports based on trunk and line data
  • Traffic Charts - Gives graphical charts for easier summary comparison of traffic data
  • Traffic Forecasting - Allows the customer to glance back on previous data to determine how to provision trunks in the future to streamline network
The NAMS Firefly® NetPlan application is a multifunctional dynamic reports generator that allows network planners to compose their own reports. Each call record within NAMS® contains the associated LERG information to enhance report generation. With an easy and intuitive user interface, NetPlan allows the user to compose reports based on custom selectable criteria and fashion the output report with user selectable field and format information. Rather than the traditional canned reports that most systems offer, NetPlan provides report flexibility that only a true "report generator" can. Reports can be run on-the-fly or can be designed, saved and scheduled to report on pre-defined periods and ran at user selectable times with email delivery of the reports.

LERG (Local Exchange Route Guide) - NAMS Firefly® incorporates much information contained in the Local Exchange Route Guide. All fields in each of the 15 LERG tables can be queried individually or in combination with other fields. Culling through mounds of data to identify particular information about a call, an office, a carrier or routing information is no longer necessary. With a point and click graphical interface, searching and reporting is easy and fast. A composite table allows the user to input an NPA-NXX and view pertinent information associated with that NPA-NNX such as Homing Tandem, End Office, Feature Offerings, LATA, etc. The composite table is a NAMS® exclusive and combines elements from several LERG tables. This reduces time spent table-hopping while trying to assimilate information that may be contained in multiple tables. Queries can be performed on any field in the composite table and the results viewed on a screen display or sent to a printer.