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Policy Management for Mobile Broadband: Policy and Charging Rules Function, QoS Assurance, and New Revenue Opportunities

With the incredibly rapid increase of mobile data usage, bandwidth management has become one of the biggest issues for mobile broadband operators today. Policy solutions can help to manage network congestion and save CAPEX on network expansion. Policy management can also help to create new revenue-generating opportunities. The PCRF (Policy and Charging Rules Function) is the key to implementing policy in a mobile broadband network. Although PCRFs have already been deployed for simple uses, particularly in North America and Western Europe, ABI Research sees significant growth in the PCRF business worldwide as operators try to manage their bandwidth problems and introduce more creative charging for data usage. The PCRF market will grow from approximately US $350 million in 2010 to almost US $1.6 billion by 2016. There are currently 40 to 50 PCRF vendors and this study analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of each vendor. The study also provides a detailed background on the evolution of policy solutions and concludes with recommendations for network operators as well as equipment vendors.

Table of Contents

  • Top Line Forecast
  • 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1
    • 1.1. Mobile Data Growth
    • 1.2. Policy Solutions for Bandwidth Management
    • 1.3. Creating New Revenue Opportunities with Policy
    • 1.4. The Policy Market
  • 2. TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW
    • 2.1. What is Policy?
    • 2.2. Quality of Service
    • 2.3. IETF
    • 2.4. Wireless Data
    • 2.5. 3GPP
    • 2.6. 3GPP QoS
    • 2.7. 3GPP Policy and Charging Control
    • 2.8. 3GPP PCRF
    • 2.9. 3GPP PCEF
    • 2.10. Basic Call Flows
    • 2.11. 3GPP PCC for Other Access Types
    • 2.12. 3GPP2 Policy Control
    • 2.13. WiMAX PCC
    • 2.14. ETSI TISPAN RACS
  • 3. PCRF VENDORS
    • 3.1. 724 Solutions Software
    • 3.2. Alcatel-Lucent
    • 3.3. Alepo
    • 3.4. Amdocs
    • 3.5. Aptilo Networks
    • 3.6. Aradial Technologies
    • 3.7. BandWD
    • 3.8. Birdstep Technology
    • 3.9. Bridgewater Systems
    • 3.10. BroadHop
    • 3.11. Callis Technologies
    • 3.12. Camiant
    • 3.13. Cisco Systems
    • 3.14. ComAbility
    • 3.15. Comptel Corporation
    • 3.16. Comverse
    • 3.17. DigitalRoute
    • 3.18. Elitecore Technologies
    • 3.19. Ericsson
    • 3.20. Flash Networks
    • 3.21. FTS
    • 3.22. Fujitsu
    • 3.23. Hewlett-Packard
    • 3.24. Hitachi
    • 3.25. Huawei Technologies
    • 3.26. Intracom Telecom
    • 3.27. Inventum Technologies
    • 3.28. Juniper Networks
    • 3.29. Kabira
    • 3.30. LG-Ericsson
    • 3.31. LogiSense
    • 3.32. Mobixell Networks
    • 3.33. NEC
    • 3.34. NetSocket
    • 3.35. Nokia Siemens Networks
    • 3.36. Openet
    • 3.37. Operax
    • 3.38. Orga Systems
    • 3.39. Redknee
    • 3.40. Samsung
    • 3.41. Sandvine
    • 3.42. Sitronics
    • 3.43. Smart Grid Billing
    • 3.44. Tango Telecom
    • 3.45. Tecore Networks
    • 3.46. Tekelec
    • 3.47. Telcordia Technologies
    • 3.48. TIBCO Software
    • 3.49. Torres Networks
    • 3.50. Volubill
    • 3.51. ZTE Corporation
    • 3.52. Test Equipment
  • 4. POLICY ENFORCEMENT VENDORS
    • 4.1. Alcatel-Lucent
    • 4.2. Allot Communications
    • 4.3. Arbor Networks
    • 4.4. Bivio Networks
    • 4.5. Blue Coat
    • 4.6. Cisco Systems
    • 4.7. Continuous Computing
    • 4.8. Ellacoya Networks
    • 4.9. Ericsson
    • 4.10. Genband
    • 4.11. Huawei Technologies
    • 4.12. ipoque
    • 4.13. Juniper Networks
    • 4.14. Mobixell Networks
    • 4.15. Nokia Siemens Networks
    • 4.16. Openwave Systems
    • 4.17. Procera Networks
    • 4.18. Qosmos
    • 4.19. Sandvine
    • 4.20. Tellabs
    • 4.21. Vantrix Corporation
    • 4.22. Volubill
  • 5. DIAMETER ROUTER VENDORS
    • 5.1. Acme Packet
    • 5.2. IntelliNet Technologies
    • 5.3. Tekelec
    • 5.4. Traffix Systems
  • 6. BUSINESS ISSUES
    • 6.1. Does a "Scissor Effect" Really Exist?
    • 6.2. All You Can Eat
    • 6.3. Global Markets
    • 6.4. Mechanisms of Policy Control
    • 6.5. Use Cases
    • 6.6. Performance Issues
    • 6.7. Scalability
    • 6.8. Inter-Operability Testing
    • 6.9. PCRF/PCEF Implementations
    • 6.10. Vendor Matrix
  • 7. MARKET FORECASTS
    • 7.1. Methodology
    • 7.2. Policy Cost
    • 7.3. Subscribers and Technologies
    • 7.4. Mobile Policy Forecasts
    • 7.5. PCEF Forecasts
  • 8. RECOMMENDATIONS 77
    • 8.1. PCRF Recommendations for Operators
    • 8.2. PCEF Recommendations for Operators
    • 8.3. Diameter Recommendations for Operators
    • 8.4. Recommendations for Vendors
    • 8.5. Recommendations for Investors
  • 9. COMPANY DIRECTORY 79
  • 10. ACRONYMS
    • 10.1. Scope of Study
    • 10.2. Sources and Methodology
    • 10.3. Notes

Charts

  1. Mobile Policy Market, Worldwide, Forecast: 2010 to 2016
  2. Mobile Network Data Traffic by Region
  3. Global Mobile Subscriber Database by Technology
  4. Mobile Policy Market
  5. Mobile Policy Market
  6. Mobile Policy Market
  7. Mobile DPI Market
  8. Mobile Gateway Market

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  • Publish Date 2Q 2011
  • Research Type Research Report Report
  • Code RR-PMB-11
  • Pages 95
  • Tables 10
  • Charts 15
  • Figures 38
  • File Formats Excel PDF Powerpoint

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