Policy management is moving to front-and-center stage as service providers manage the mobile broadband traffic boom unleashed by the popularity of data-enabled smart devices and applications. Most early policy deployments have focused on congestion control and fair data usage as a way to optimize network resources. However, mounting network costs and revenue objectives are driving the adoption of a broader set of policy use cases. These use cases are focused on personalization and adding value to cloud, over-the-top (OTT), and machine-to-machine (M2M) services, as well as a more sophisticated approach to managing network resources.
Given the strategic and complex role policy is taking in the network, service providers need to factor in several critical criteria when selecting a policy server. Delivering increasingly innovative services and managing network resources requires a robust policy infrastructure that:
• Interoperates with a broad array of policy enforcement points and charging systems that support standardized and non-standardized interfaces;
• Enables a broad array of use cases to monetize and manage mobile data growth across multiple access networks using a real-time subscriber profile repository (SPR);
• Provides easy-to-use policy creation and analytics tools to rapidly create, deploy, analyze, and evolve services and adapt to subscriber behavior;
• Has proven scalability and reliability to meet the demands of escalating data and signaling traffic, new service models, and increasing device and application data usage in the world’s largest networks ; and,
• Is part of a new Diameter-based, signaling architecture.
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