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Policy Charges Into 4G World

CHICAGO -- 4G World -- It's not all about the network at this year's 4G World show as the policy management software needed to help operators drive revenues from their next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) or WiMax networks shared some of the spotlight with new product and customer announcements.

Policy control systems are part of an operator's Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) arsenal. The systems enable operators to set parameters on network usage so that they can offer tiered or personalized mobile data services. With policy control, operators have another tool to help them monetize their infrastructure investments. (See The SPIT Manifesto, Data Surge Fuels Policy Control Boom, and Policy Control Key to Personalized Services .)

Here are the the policy management highlights from the show so far:

  • Bridgewater Systems Corp. (Toronto: BWC) announced that its policy controller and home subscriber server are now live in MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS)'s LTE network -- the first commercial LTE network in the US. Bridgewater's control plane manages mobile data traffic, subscribers, devices, and applications and can personalize services. (See MetroPCS Polices LTE With Bridgewater.)

    The vendor also revealed that US regional operator Cellcom Inc. is its newest customer for the EPC 500 system, which provides subscriber and device data management, policy control, and interworking with the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). Cellcom plans to use the system in its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based femtocell deployment as well as for its future LTE rollout.(See Cellcom, MetroPCS Pick Bridgewater.)

  • Aptilo Networks AB launched a new policy-control platform that supports Policy Charging and Rules Function (PCRF) in LTE networks. The addition of LTE support means that the vendor can now support policy control in WiMax and WiFi, as well as LTE networks. And service providers that are using the service management and policy control system for WiMax will be able to upgrade the product when, or if, they decide to migrate to LTE. (See Aptilo Adds LTE Policy Control.)

  • Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) also upped its policy game with the new Next Generation Network Protection, which does policy control and enforcement. The company claims the system will let service providers apply customer usage preferences consistently while also securing the communications from malware, spam, and misuse. (See Symantec Unveils Carrier Policy Control Tool.)

    For more policy management news, check out Light Reading's Policy Management Briefing Center at http://www.lightreading.com/policy-management.

    — Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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