Telecommunications Cost Management by William A. Yarberry Jr.

By William A. Yarberry Jr.

Such a lot telecom books specialise in both conventional telecom billing audits or natural expertise, with the associated fee saving principles buried deep within the textual content. Busy decision-makers want the specifics quick, with no need to struggle through information that don't impact the economics of a venture. Telecommunications rate administration takes fee saving ideas and brings them to the leading edge the place managers and choice makers can quick use them for actual international fee discounts or potency earnings. conventional invoice auditing texts supply techniques yet merely in the context of the present structure - for instance, they may spotlight suggestions for lowering circuit switched leased traces yet overlook the professionals and cons of leased strains as opposed to possible choices. Telecommunications fee administration presents a blueprint for fee relief throughout all significant applied sciences - from body relay to IP telephony to agreement techniques. The textual content provides the main proof up entrance, with pattern calculations for broadband, neighborhood entry, gear, and repair possible choices. It offers situations displaying the consequences of alternative architectural thoughts for either voice and knowledge communications. meant for the busy decision-maker, this reference removes the necessity to go through pointless information and publications the reader on to the associated fee saving options.

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The audit steps below are broken into usage categories because the analysis varies by services used. Findings Analysis Findings are usually grouped into long-distance and local categories. The following subsections outline some of the more important factors affecting telecom costs. Long Distance: Voice Using the contractual terms previously identified, any existing call accounting/ management reports, and the detail data obtained from the carrier(s), perform the following exception testing: Ⅲ Divide the cost of the call by the number of minutes to obtain a cost per minute.

To start, determine what time frame to analyze; a three-month period is usually more accurate than a single month because telecom expenses incurred will not necessarily be on that same month’s invoice. Many providers bill fixed amounts in advance, current usage for the period, and then post usage discounts applied on the next bill through itemized adjustments. Using spreadsheets or a simple database, organize the data by telecom provider. Next, look at the financial accounting system reports from the general ledger and subsidiary systems such as accounts payable.

To present the material in a logical, step-by-step sequence, the process has been somewhat simplified. As mentioned, Appendix H lists the detailed steps AU1101Ch03Frame Page 38 Friday, July 19, 2002 5:13 PM 38 Telecommunications Cost Management that a field auditor needs to follow to identify and document findings at the detail level. Beyond that, each organization will have specific concerns that should be included in a detail review. 1 The time required to perform a telecom review varies by size, media of records (paper versus CD-ROM), knowledge of the reviewers, geographic distribution, and general availability of organizational information.

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