Operators around the world are increasingly moving towards converging their services, triggering new mergers and acquisitions, bringing with it the concern around competition. But this trend also brings the possibility of more operators with multiple access networks who provide triple and quad play services. These new services will mean more traffic congestion and require the operators' marketing teams to come up with innovative charging and congestion management policies.
Procera's PacketLogic Platform is just the right solution to address these issues faced by operators. Some of our existing customers have already integrated their PCRF solutions for policy enforcement to the PacketLogic Platform. Others are using an OCS integration for billing enforcement. Yet, there are others who have older systems or in-house systems not supporting Gx or Gy interfaces and do not have the budget to spend on new systems. Having a charging solution where you can offer new and attractive tariffs with intelligent quota enforcement should not cost an arm and a leg!
Procera recently deployed some solutions where PacketLogic was integrated to in-house billing/policy systems using PacketLogic Subscriber Manager's (PSM) high transaction, easy to integrate JSON RPC interface. Integration was simple for the in-house developers since JSON is easy to learn and simple to master. It provides transaction rates exceeding 200,000 TPS even on the simplest hardware or virtual systems. Other customers integrated to older billing/policy systems using the alternative SOAP interface on PSM, getting the same functionality at lower transaction rates. Regardless of the interfaces used, the achievements were significant.
An operator with fixed and mobile customers can easily build family plans with shared quotas between DSL, mobile broadband and smartphone accounts. PSM will count usage for each separate account as well as keeping "group" quota for the aggregated family plan. It can apply congestion management policies based on these quotas such as volume based shaping on group or individual account or both in parallel. It is possible to have multiple tiers of volume based shaping such as daily limits and monthly limits or just peak period limits. It is also possible to have multiple limits in each tier (e.g. subscriber gets shaped at first limit, shaping gets heavier at second limit, subscriber gets certain applications blocked at third limit and gets blocked and redirected to a landing page at fourth limit). PacketLogic’s technology also allows having separate quotas for various applications or application groups such as VoIP, gaming, etc.
PSM can accommodate many types of tariffs thanks to the flexibility it offers for configuring packages. Prepaid users can have top up facilities where quota is added at top up and can have expiry dates if needed. Postpaid users can have a cap for each month that can be changed for the specific month by buying a top up. The remaining credit each month can be carried over to the next month for post-paid tariffs and carryover can be limited as well. It is also possible to have add-ons with additional quotas with separate rules such as usage at specific times of day, week or year. Happy hour and free rating policies are possible for any application or content.
To cut a long story short, you can be innovative with your offering without breaking the bank and your marketing team will have a field day when they find out what you can do with your new PacketLogic deployment! Why don't you contact our sales team to find out more?
Topics: Expert Insights