Policy Control with DigitalRoute’s MediationZone®

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DigitalRoute, the leading provider of embedded and standalone mediation and data integration software, today announced that one of its partners has deployed a MediationZone based Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) solution at one of the world’s largest communication service providers.

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.


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