What is a Telecom Customer Service Record? And why you need to know.

What is a telecom customer service record?

If you are like most people you have never heard of or seen a telecom Customer Service Record (CSR).

A telecom CSR however, governs everything that goes into your actual bill. It’s the behind-the-scenes litany of computer-generated numbers and letters that outlines where your telecom lines are going, what rates they are on, and how your charges are determined.

The paper (or electronic) invoice you receive from your telecom provider tells you very very little information about what it is exactly that you are paying for.

You can only get access to the customer service records of your account by requesting them directly from the vendor. These CSRs can be thousands of pages long, depending upon your organization’s complexity.

Why a telecom CSR matters to you

Without getting access to and correctly interpreting the Customer Service Record, you will not be able to determine if the charges you are paying each month are accurate and efficient.

Here is a screenshot of a small section of a telecom CSR.

As you can see, it’s written in industry jargon and reads like a foreign language.

Understanding and piecing all of this data together is crucial to determining where efficiencies can be gained and where any errors/overcharges be identified and refunded.

Summary

As you can see, interpreting a telecom CSR is a bit like reading hieroglyphics. If you don’t have this expertise on staff (in our experience even large IT departments do not understand these) then you need a telecom cost-reduction audit to know if the money you spend in this area is accurate and cost efficient.

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