Sandvine’s PCRF Experiencing Global Success Driven by Industry Upgrade Cycle
WATERLOO, ON, April 28, 2016 - Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced that Sandvine’s universal Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) continues to gain momentum, having been recently selected by operators around the globe, including in Asia-Pacific, EMEA, Latin America, and North America. The most recent deployment is at Paratus Telecom in Namibia, who selected Sandvine in February this year to enable a diverse set of subscriber services on their newly launched LTE network.
Sandvine’s Service Delivery Engine (SDE) provides communications service providers (CSPs) with the industry’s only universal PCRF – a policy controller that supports the 3GPP (mobile) and PCMM (cable) standards as well as other interfaces such as RADIUS CoA and REST – in order to facilitate deployment in any mobile, fixed or converged network. This deployment flexibility allows operators to enable innovative subscriber services such as shared data, data rollover, sponsored data and consistent policy control in any network or across multiple networks simultaneously, using a single PCRF provided by Sandvine.
Paratus Telecom, recently deployed Sandvine’s PCRF to enable pre-paid and post-paid service plans for their newly launched LTE network in Namibia. One innovative postpaid plan powered by Sandvine at launch is the “Flix” package which targets subscribers in Namibia who are movie buffs. For a low monthly fee, the “Flix” plan provides subscribers with 5GB of data to use on any application they see fit, and 100GB of data to use exclusively on Netflix, allowing them to binge-watch hours of their favorite movies and television shows.
“The tight integration between Sandvine’s traffic classification, PCRF and PCEF solution allows us to rapidly enable and update the service plans our subscribers are looking for,” said Schalk Erasmus, Chief Operating Officer, Paratus Telecom.
In addition to innovative data services, Sandvine’s PCRF can also enable a number of VoLTE-specific use cases, including guaranteed quality of service (QoS) for voice calls. When Sandvine’s PCRF is deployed as part of a complete Sandvine network policy control solution in a network with VoLTE, the additional intelligence gained enables a number of additional use cases for operators, including measurement of Quality of Experience (QoE) for both VoLTE and over-the-top (OTT) services.
“The market is currently going through a PCRF upgrade cycle which has resulted in Sandvine receiving multiple PCRF orders in each of our previous four quarters,” said Tom Donnelly, COO, Sales and Global Services. “These PCRF orders have been diverse in nature with them being distributed across all of our major sales regions, from both new and existing customers, and with and without Sandvine’s Policy Traffic Switch fulfilling the role of PCEF.”
For CSPs interested in launching innovative subscriber services like Paratus Telecom, Sandvine is hosting a webinar on May 25, 2016 on the topic of “Zero-rating and Sponsored Data under Net Neutrality”. The webinar will discuss how CSPs can leverage Sandvine’s experience and technology to deliver innovative subscriber services within local definitions of network neutrality, to seize market share and grow revenue. Those interested in attending can register at sandvine.com/webinars.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine’s purpose built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.
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