Policy management goes global with Tekelec
This week the U.S. operator Verizon Wireless launched its eagerly anticipated LTE network. With an initial rollout to 38 U.S. cities, Verizon plans to extend the service nationwide by 2013. The deployment will allow subscribers to access high-speed mobile broadband and data services using an LTE dongle, with more devices expected to follow in 2011.
Verizon has enlisted the support of a number of technology partners to ensure a reliable user experience. This includes mobile data management company Tekelec, which is providing the policy management function for the new LTE-based network. The Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) is a relatively new technique that allows operators to dynamically control bandwidth, charging, data consumption and other variables that cover a subscriber’s entire data session for one, or more, particular applications.
Tekelec’s PCRF has been selected by 44 service providers across GSM, CDMA, fixed, cable and LTE networks in 26 countries. Tekelec’s influence in the market was reflected by the recent announcement of two multi-national deals – including Telefónica – that will see its PCRF deployed across eight countries in Central and South America. Tekelec’s reach also extends to Europe where its policy management solution has been deployed in France, Germany, and the U.K.
Tekelec now counts 22 mobile operators around the globe as policy customers, including Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, supporting more than 250 million subscribers. Tekelec’s reach will extend even further following the launch of Verizon Wireless’ LTE network.
I can arrange for you to discuss the uptake in demand for policy management solutions from mobile (and fixed line) operators with Susie Kim Riley the chief marketing officer at Tekelec. She will be able to discuss how policy management:
· Enables operators to actively manage subscribers on a tiered services basis
· Integrates with other network functions (e.g. policy enforcement and charging) to act as the brains of the network
· Enables operators to introduce tiered billing, traffic throttling and bandwidth control