(PRWEB) July 9, 2010
The Policy and Charging Rules Function is specified by the 3GPP standards and enables operators to control and manage the network and charge for services in a customer-centric manner. The market for PCRF is hitting a high point due the explosive growth of mobile internet usage in combination with very disparate bandwidth requirements for different services and user segments.
The service providers’ flat-rate tariff plans in combination with the wealth of new mobile data applications are some of the reasons for the current growth in usage. As capacity requirement s rapidly increases while pressure on profitability remains; service providers are looking to policy control solutions in order to monetize the usage growth and capitalize on their investment in network infrastructure. Among a wide set of business applications, a policy control solution enables the service providers to create tiered service offerings based on volume and bandwidth.
DigitalRoute’s online mediation platform is perfectly suited for a PCRF deployment for several reasons:
- Technical synergies between the Online Charging System (OCS) and PCRF functions in the 3GPP standards
- Support for interfaces based on 3GPP’s Diameter standard
- Real-time transaction management
- Requirements for the same uptime and availability as the network
- Flexibility through configuration
“Profitability and Quality of Service is the main driver for policy control,” said Jan Karlsson, CEO at DigitalRoute. “MediationZone’s PCRF capabilities opens up a whole new range of possibilities that vertical integration platforms cannot provide,” he adds.