Network services broker system and method

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1 IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII US 20030105864A1 (19) United States (12) Patent Application Publication (10) Pub. No.: US 2003/0105864 A1 Mulligan et al. (43) Pub. Date: Jun. 5, 2003 (54) NETWORK SERVICES BROKER SYSTEM Publication Classi?cation AND METHOD (51) Int. Cl.7 ....................... .. G06F 15/16; G06F 15/173 (76) Inventors: Michael Mulligan, Tampere (Fl); Petri (52) US. Cl. ............................................................ .. 709/225 Nykanen, Nokia (Fl); Jouni Toijala, Espoo (Fl) (57) ABSTRACT Correspondence Address: Steven R' Funk A system and method for providing network applications Crawford PLLC access to service functionality available via one or more Suite 390 1270 Northland Drive networks or network terminals is provided. The method St. Paul, MN 55120 (US) includes providing at least one network service broker logically between one or more network infrastructures and a (21) Appl. No.: 10/043,936 service provision infrastructure operating on top of the network infrastructures. A loosely-coupled interface of the (22) Filed: Jan. 11, 2002 network service broker is exposed to the service provision Related US. Application Data infrastructure. Access by the network applications to value added services within the network infrastructures is facili (63) Continuation-impart of application No' 09/996,406, tated via the loosely-coupled network service broker inter ?led on Nov. 20, 2001. face. 100 106 / 104 END-TO-END COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVISION TERMINALS INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS 112 INTERFACE TO ACCESS ADDED VALUE NETWORK SERVICE BROKER 108 102 NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURES (TECHNOLOGIES; SOLUTIONS BY MULTIPLE VENDORS)

2 Patent Application Publication Jun. 5, 2003 Sheet 1 0f 18 US 2003/0105864 A1 100 106 104 EN D-TO-END COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVISION TERMINALS INFRASTRUCTURE SOLUTIONS 112 \\ INTERFACE TO ACCESS \ ADDED VALUE NETWORK SERVICE BROKER 108 102 NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURES (TECHNOLOGIES; SOLUTIONS BY MULTIPLE VENDORS) FIG. 1

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4 Patent Application Publication Jun. 5, 2003 Sheet 3 0f 18 US 2003/0105864 A1 300 NETWORK SERVICE BROKERS 316 CLIENT PROVISIONING NOTIFICATION CHARGING! CONTENT PAYMENT DELIVERY LOCATION PROFILE REGISTER CONTENT ORDERING FIG. 3

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15 Patent Application Publication Jun. 5, 2003 Sheet 14 0f 18 US 2003/0105864 A1 1400 XML XML XML XML XML XML 402 SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA [ SOAP | 1404 I HTTP(S) J F . . . FIG. 14 1500 / EXECUTION ENVIRONMENT j _______________ ELM ______________________ 4/?' ' N SERVICE [1 APPLICATION \ U U z I Q II II I? II WI JI I XML XML XML XML XML XML 1502 SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA SCHEMA ] sOAP I 1506 I HTTP(S) J i . 0 . 4.] FIG. .75

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20 US 2003/0105864 A1 Jun. 5, 2003 NETWORK SERVICES BROKER SYSTEM AND ?le transfer. Existing and future services are, and will METHOD continue to be, provided by network service operators who make services and applications available to mobile device CROSS REFERENCE TO RELATED users via the network. APPLICATIONS [0006] These services/applications hosted by network [0001] This is a continuation-in-part of application Ser. servers often require certain information to enable a user to No. 09/996,406, entitled Web Services Push Gateway, properly utiliZe the application. For example, the user may ?led on Nov. 20, 2001, which is assigned to the assignee of need to be authoriZed to use the application, and/or the user the instant application, the contents of which are incorpo may need to be charged for use of the application. Further, rated herein by reference. the application may need to know the whereabouts of the terminal user, particularly in the case of a wireless terminal FIELD OF THE INVENTION that can roam from location to location. These and other added value functions are often performed by other ser [0002] The present invention relates generally to network vices available on the collaboration of networks. communications systems, and more particularly, to a system and method for facilitating access to service functionality [0007] However, creating service provision infrastructure available on landline and/or wireless networks. solutions that are capable of accessing the added value available in the network infrastructure has inherent chal BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION lenges. Accessing functionality of the wireless (or wired) networks is cumbersome due to a multitude of standards, [0003] The modern communications era has brought about a tremendous expansion of wireline and wireless networks. technologies, and vendor-speci?c functionality in the net work elements. With convergence, the environment is Computer networks, television networks, and telephony further complicated. The service provision infrastructure networks are experiencing an unprecedented technological expansion, fueled by consumer demand. Wireless and (SPI) might not be specially created, for example, for cellular networks, but rather it may be a solution in the web mobile networking technologies have addressed related con domain. In such cases, considerable investment has to be sumer demands, while providing more ?exibility and imme made in the SP1 solution to ensure that it can interface with diacy of information transfer. the various networks to access the added value from the [0004] Current and future networking technologies con networks. This presents a problem where the vendor of the tinue to facilitate ease of information transfer and conve SP1 solution (i.e., application server) needs to take into nience to users. The proliferation of local, regional, and account differences in the network systems, and differences global networks such as the Internet has availed a sea of in solutions from multiple network element vendors. information to society. These networking technologies have expanded to increasingly include wireless and mobile tech [0008] Accordingly, there is a need in the network com nologies. Through these networks, information can be munications industry to simplify access to functionality available from the networks, whether ?xed or wireless downloaded to desktop systems, wireless systems, mobile systems, etc. For example, information available via the networks, including mobile networks, wireless LANs, etc. Internet can now be downloaded onto mobile wireless units, The present invention solves these and other shortcomings such as cellular telephones, personal digital assistants of the prior art, and offers numerous advantages over prior art systems and methodologies. (PDAs), laptop computers, etc. One such technology facili tating the transfer of Internet content to and from wireless devices is the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), which SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION integrates the Internet and other networks with wireless [0009] The present invention is directed to a system and network platforms. Generally, WAP is a set of protocols that method for facilitating access to service functionality avail accounts for characteristics and functionality of both Inter able on landline and/or wireless networks. net standards and standards for wireless services. It is independent of wireless network standards, and is designed [0010] In accordance with one embodiment of the inven as an open standard. WAP bridges the gap between the tion, a network system is provided for facilitating access to wireline Internet paradigm and the wireless domain, to allow functionality available on one or more networks. The net wireless device users to enjoy the bene?ts of the Internet work system includes one or more terminals operable in a across both platforms. network, and a network infrastructure comprising one or more network systems. Network applications operate within [0005] Second generation wireless service, often referred a service provision infrastructure for use by the terminals. At to as 2G wireless service, is a current wireless service based least one network service broker is provided, which includes on circuit-switched technology. 2G systems, such as Global a loosely-coupled interface exposed to the service provision System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Personal infrastructure, for brokering added-value network services Communications Services (PCS), use digital radio technol from the terminals and/or network systems to the service ogy for improved quality and a broader range of services provision infrastructure. over ?rst generation mobile technologies. 3G, or third generation, refers to a set of digital technologies that prom [0011] In more particular embodiments, the loosely ises improvements in capacity, speed and ef?ciency by coupled interface is a standardiZed interface, such as an deploying new packet-based transmission methodologies Extensible Markup Language (XML) interface, or more between terminals and the network. Users of 3G devices and particularly a Web Services interface. The network service networks will have access to multimedia services such as broker may be network-coupled brokers, terminal-coupled video-on-demand, video conferencing, fast web access and brokers, or a hybrid. The network service brokers may take

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