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Provider Rate Cards

Management Provider Rate Cards

Provider Rate Cards determine routing and billing for calls being placed by customers. Before configuring Provider Rate Cards, we suggest you review Rate Card Overview then Rate Card Setup in the ConnexCS Video Guide.

Provider Rate Card Functions

  • Bulk Edit: Select one or more Provider Cards and click Bulk Edit to modify multiple cards for settings such as Force Presentation, Dialing, Direction, and Billing Precision.

  • Delete: To delete a Provider rate card, select its name from the list and then click the trash bin icon.

Before deleting a Provider Rate Card

Before deleting a Provider Rate Card, we need to delete the Active Revision.

Overview

  • Name: Click the name of the provider to see individual rate card and management options. (If a Rate Card name shows a yellow warning or red alert, these will indicate details about the card. It may be stale or have some sort of error.)

  • Direction: Cards are either Termination (calling out to PSTN) or Origination (DID numbers receiving calls from PSTN). Termination is the most common card type used by ConnexCS customers.

  • Company: Refers to the Provider, or Carrier, that the card is configured to use.

  • Currency: The currency for the provider's region (typically USD, EUR, or GBP).

  • ?: Lists dependent Child (or Customer) Rate Cards, which is impacted by any changes made to the parent card. Click on the Child Card to view the configuration.

  • ID: A system identifier that acts as a placeholder and prevents confusion between similarly named items.

  • Rule Count: The number of rows in the Rate Card.

Create Provider Rate Cards

Once created, new Provider Rate Cards are completed by either adding rows manually or uploading an existing file.

  1. Click .
  2. Complete required fields. (For details, see Configure Provider Rate Card below.)
  3. Click Save.
  4. From here, you may add the Provider Rate Card manually or perform a Bulk Upload.

Option 1: Manual add To manually add Rate Card rows, select Create Draft and then add/modify/delete required rows.

Option 2: Bulk Upload The preferred method for adding a Rate Card is to import/upload it:

  1. Click Bulk Upload, then Upload.
  2. Select the file, typically sent by the Provider in CSV format (if not provided as CSV, must be converted before proceeding).
  3. Right-click on the first row of data and select "Set Start Row".
  4. Right-click and map the columns. It's important to map all fields based on the Rate Card columns. For example:
    • Col 1 - Prefix
    • Col 2 - Name
    • Col 3 - Cost
  5. Select Upload to Sever and confirm upload.
  6. Select whether to make this active immediately

Manually generated cards

When users create Provider Rate Card CSV files manually in Excel (rather than generating them from a rate card management system) errors such as empty rows or duplicate prefixes may be introduced which could cause the file upload to error.

Configure Provider Rate Card

Once the Provider Rate Card is created, click on the Rate Card name to access additional configuration.

Main tab

Bulk Upload: Upload the Provider Rate Card using a CSV file, typically provided by the carrier.

Email: Enter an email address where the CSV file will be sent.

Audit Log: Review any changes made to the card settings.

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  • Revision: List all versions of changes on the card.
  • Create Draft: Create a blank revision to manually add all prefixes and rows. This will only contain rows added manually, none of the previous revision is retained.
  • Edit Revision: Make inline edits to the current revision. Upon Save, you can select to make this new revision Active. This will keep previous revision plus and changes that were made.
  • Delete Revision: Select a revision to delete.
  • Download: Download a CSV file of the Rate Card.

Prefix and Billing Columns

Prefix: The part of the dialed number which will match to trigger use of the card.

Name: Optional name for the card.

Cost (or Indeterminate): Refers to international calls, Toll Free (800, 888, etc) numbers, or anything else that isn't classified as Inter or Intra.

Intra (US Only): Refers to IntraState dialing (calls between numbers in the same state) and the cost of a call from this prefix to a number in the same state.

Inter (US Only): Refers to InterState dialing (calls between numbers in different states) and the cost of a call from this prefix to a number in a different state.

Billing: Call is billed based on the MCD (Minimum Call Duration) and Pulse, represented as x/x. Each call using this Rate Card is rounded up to MCD, then in increments of Pulse. Call durations is rounded up based on these settings, then that new duration is what is billed.

Billing Example

In our example, MCD is set to 30 and Pulse is set to 6. The Billing column shows 30/6. Calls are billed as follows:

Call Duration MCD? Pulse Billed Duration
1 sec round up to 30 n/a 30 sec
20 sec round up to 30 n/a 30 sec
30 sec round up to 30 n/a 30 sec
31 sec met 6 36 sec
35 sec met 6 36 sec
36 sec met 6 36 sec
37 sec met 6 42 sec

Rate Connect: One-time (per call) charge for connecting the call, triggered upon SIP 200OK and ACK.

Status: Indicates a call that has been blocked.

Dependent Cards: Customer cards that use the selected Rate Card. Changes to the Provider Rate Card is applied to each dependent card.

Revisions tab

The Revision tab displays up to 8 most recent changes made to a rate card. The two most recent revisions is available as Active or Inactive, the rest is in Archive state.

To change Revision status:

  • Click Archive next to the Revision to send it to the Archive. This may take a few minutes.
  • Click Inactive to make that version Active. This may take a few minutes.
  • Use the "Date Live" function by the Revision to set a future date to make the revision Active.

Properties tab

Basic

  • Name (Private): The name of the card, this will only be seen within the ConnexCS Control Panel (not visible to end-customers).
  • Carrier: Select the carrier associated with this card.
  • Currency: The card is billed with this currency.

Config

  • Name (Public): (Optional) Lets you to display an alias or pseudonym for the carrier.
  • Tech Prefix: Appended to outbound calls, this should be unique per carrier so it can allow route manipulation.
  • Force Presentation: Find how many rows to display for rates:
Option Example Usage # of Rows in table
Single Rate 0.0007 Usually a UK Landline 1
IntER/IntRA 1 (NPANXX) Refers to Interstate and Intrastate calling for USA dialing 2
IntER/IntRA/Indeterminate 1 (NPANXX) Indeterminate indicates that call is between a USA number and another country 3
  • Dialing: Select whether to bill based on the carrier of the Dialed Number or using an LRN Database (US only). The LRN (Local Routing Number) identifies the switch for a number and is used to determine billing for a call. When a number is ported from one provider to another, the billing may change based on the new carrier. An LRN dip will correct any pricing discrepancies between the original and new carriers. This helps to reduce billing costs. If the customer wants to do single rates they may not want to do the LRN dip.

ConnexCS LRN Database

ConnexCS maintains an inhouse LRN database. This ensures a quick response time and the rates are update daily. There are no charges associated with using this service, so customers have unlimited dips into the database.

  • ASR+: Filter known failed non-existent/working numbers. See ASR Plus Details for additional information.

Advanced

  • Direction: Configure the card as Termination (calling out to PSTN) or Origination (DID numbers receiving calls from PSTN). Termination is most common.
  • Billing Precision - Round billing on a card to the specified decimal point (typically set to 4).
  • Rounding Method: Specify how to handle the n+1 digit (ex: if your card is billed to 4 decimal places, this cares about the 5th digit). For our example: 0.12345 (rounded to 4 decimal places):

    Method Explanation
    Up Rounded up regardless of n+1 digit (0.1235)
    Down Rounded down regardless of n+1 digit (0.1234)
    Half-Up Values 5–9 are rounded up (0.1235)
    Half-Down Values 0–5 are rounded down (0.1234)
  • Duration Rounding: The same rounding options but for the call duration.

  • Public Options: Choose what can be done with the card information: viewed via HTML (on a web page), download CSV (a spreadsheet), and whether to list the rate card in the customer portal (customer can view cards not currently on their account and select them for use). (Note: API Querying is no longer available.)
  • CLI Restrict: Enable Call Line Identification (CLI) restriction(s) using regular expressions to set valid number formats. See CLI for additional details.
  • PAID Restrict: Enable Pre-Asserted-Identity (PAID) restriction(s) using regular expressions to set valid number formats. See Filter PAID by Number or Pattern for additional details.
  • SMS URL: not in use
  • Default RTP: If set, and the customer adds the route themselves, then this will be used. Otherwise, this is an unused setting.
  • Capped Rate: Block calls above the set price.
  • Force RTP:

    Option Explanation
    Disabled Selects the least expensive path between your customer and provider.
    Direct RTP (No Proxy) Bypass ConnexCS, so media flows directly between the customer and carrier.
    Closest (To ConnexCS) Server Media will use the server geographically closest to ConnexCS
    Closest (Elastic) Server This will allow traffic to traverse new servers which may be deployed. Would only cause issues if the customer runs a firewall, in which case the servers are not authorized.
  • Block Destination Type: Block calls one or more types of destination (ex: Mobile, Paging, or Satellite) using SIP Message `403 Destination Blocked'.

  • Block Connect Cost: Disable/enable the per call connection cost across the carrier.
  • P-Time: Packetization time, or P-Time, refers to the length of an SDP packet, based on the media time in milliseconds.
    • Default- Use whatever is set in the end-devices firmware (don't change what's sent)
    • 20–20 ms
    • 30–30 ms
  • Delayed Bye: see Delayed Bye below
  • Flow Speed (CPS): Set the number of Calls Per Second allowed on this card.
  • Delayed Bye MCD: see Delayed Bye below
  • Channels: Set the number of concurrent active calls allowed on the card.
  • Delayed Bye Customer Charge: see Delayed Bye below

Delayed Bye

Delayed Bye allows a call to be extended by delaying the release of the call. This is helpful in situations where a contract with a carrier specifies a minimum duration call but you have customers who routinely do very short duration calls.

Use with caution

You should only use this feature along with full disclosure to both the customer as they are billed for additional duration. Failing to notify the customer of this is considered Late Disconnection FAS (False Answer Supervision), ConnexCS doesn't endorse fraudulent activities. This feature bends the rules, if you don't use realistic figures or understand how this is working you will get unexpected results, use with caution.

Consider the following when using Delayed Bye.

  • Only works for termination calls.
  • Only BYE messages from Downstream will be delayed.
  • When a message is delayed, a 200OK will be sent Downstream instantly informing that the call has been ended.
  • We only allow extending a call a maximum of 30 seconds.
  • If a Downstream BYE message is delayed and an Upstream BYE interupts:
    • We will instantly inform the upstream carrier that the call has been ended.
    • The charge recorded in the carrier CDR will be the actual call duration + Delay. It won't take into consideration the incoming Upstream BYE.
Fields
  • Delayed Bye: Sets how many seconds the call will be extended by.
  • Delayed Bye MCD: Sets a minimum duration to calculate a delta. For example, if you set the Delayed BYE MCD to 10 seconds and the call last 8 seconds the call will be extended by 2 seconds.
  • Delayed Bye Customer Charge: Determines if the customer should be charged for the extended call.

Incorrect Billing

Any attempt at artificially adjusting packets may cause billing problems. There are limitations within the protocol, the real world, and our implementation. You must understand what you are doing before using this feature.

Notes

Private Notes aren't visible to the end Customer. Not typically used on Provider Rate Cards.