432 Chapter 10: Prepaid Services
Architecture for Internally Managed Prepaid Services
The architecture for a network designed to manage prepaid services from within its own
infrastructure can vary depending on the relative locations of the voice gateways. Figure 10-
2 illustrates an architectural model in which the FTP/TFTP servers are local to the gateways
and the RADIUS server is centralized. Both FTP/TFTP and RADIUS servers can be
centralized or geographically dispersed, depending on the nature of the packet telephony
network involved.
Figure 10-2 Internally managed prepaid services network topology.
The billing and accounting components of prepaid services consist of VoIP gateways, TCL
IVR scripts, audio files, a TFTP server, and an integrated third-party, RADIUS-based
billing system.
Hardware and Software Requirements
This section covers the following:
Network devices
System platform requirements
Cisco IOS software and VCWare requirements
Memory
RADIUS server NTP server
IP network
TFTP/FTP TFTP/FTP
GatewayGateway
End-users End-users
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Network Devices
Given the network topology shown in Figure 10-2, you need the following devices to
support internally managed prepaid services:
Gateways—The debit card application operates on Cisco VoIP H.323 gateways,
including the Cisco AS5300 universal access servers and the Cisco 2600 series, 3620,
and 3640 routers.
RADIUS server—A standard RADIUS server performs the back-end billing process.
This server must be enabled to parse and understand VSAs and must be able to
respond with the required VSAs, RADIUS codes, and RADIUS return codes. For
smaller-scale deployments, the RADIUS and TFTP servers can be on the same device.
TFTP/FTP server—This server stores the audio files and TCL script files necessary
to operate the debit card application. The TCL IVR scripts and audio files prompt the
user for information such as account number or destination number, and return values
such as time or money remaining on the card. Approximately 175 audio files exist.
NTP server—This server has a stratum-1 or stratum-2 clock. All of the devices in the
network must synchronize their clocks to the NTP server to ensure accurate and
consistent accounting records.
System Platform Requirements
The IVR and debit card applications are supported on the following Cisco platforms:
Cisco AS5300 universal access servers
Cisco 3620, 3640, 3660 routers
Cisco 2600 series routers
Cisco IOS Software and VCWare Requirements
To support prepaid services, the Cisco devices in your network must have the following
versions of Cisco IOS software and VCWare installed:
Cisco IOS Release 12.1 or higher
VCWare Version 4.10
NOTE Various versions of VCWare and DSPWare are required to complement different versions
of Cisco IOS software. For complete information, please consult the compatibility matrix
at http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/access/acs_serv/5300/iosrn/ioscm/
vcwrmtrx.htm.

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