Category Archives: Policy

How can smaller tier service providers compete in today’s fast paced market?

One thing is clear in today’s communications market – the competition is heating up and service providers are doing everything in their power to attract new subscribers, keep their existing customers happy and make it known they are a market leader. Take a look at Sprint and AT&T – both are offing very attractive deals to new subscribers who switch from other carriers. While this is a very aggressive marketing strategy for larger operators to take, it can’t work for everyone. What can Tier-2 and 3 service providers do to compete in a very saturated and competitive market? Key to […]  More >>

Is my PCRF doing what I need?

Last month our team spent a few days in Berlin at the Policy Control convention, networking with customers and conference attendees while explaining some of the finer points of Amdocs offering. It was clear at the event that people viewed policy control as a proven, integral component in any service providers network that enables new HD services, monetizes data plans, and provides truly differentiated data experiences for customers. But what they had trouble understanding was how they could ensure the policies they put in place are having the desired positive effects they intended. Over the course of the conference, several […]  More >>

Dedicated VNF Management – Why it’s Performance-critical for PCRF

Recently at the NFV World Congress in San Jose, there was a noticeable shift in conversations about implementing management and orchestration (MANO) as service providers tackle the gritty issues involved in operationalizing NFV. In particular, VNF management (VNFM) was a hot topic for many, with discussions centered around how to manage the wide range of VNFs once projects move from the lab and into production. There are two basic philosophies for VNFM under the MANO architecture. One model utilizes generic VNF managers that are completely agnostic to the VNFs they oversee, which offers complete flexibility to manage any VNF. The […]  More >>

Why Amdocs is a Stratecast Pick for “10 to Watch in 2015”

Frost & Sullivan recently released its annual Stratecast “Global Operations & Monetization 10 to Watch in 2015,” which highlights the companies helping service providers navigate an industry in flux. This year’s report is an interesting read for a number of reasons, and not just because Amdocs made the top 10 for our approach to policy control and integrated charging – specifically in support of advanced Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. Two things in particular stand out in the report. The first is that policy control is an increasingly strategic capability for service providers to manage service quality and data plan […]  More >>

Virtualized Policy Control: Fine-tuning data plans for enterprise customers

Fast delivery of data services has long been a challenge for service providers. When you look at enterprise services, it can take months to turn up new data plans, and there’s little differentiation over the typical services offered to consumers. Yet enterprises are highly diversified and facing unique pressures. The global workforce is flipping the on-premises model to “mobile first” with the demand for always-on access. Matching data plans to the productivity profiles of departments and employees – while at the same time containing costs and usage – is difficult to address with traditional delivery models. So while speed is […]  More >>

Policy analytics: Closing the loop on network policies and subscriber impact

As with all best-laid plans, intentions don’t always match the outcomes of our actions. While that applies to many things in life – and yes, I’m talking about those New Year’s resolutions that have already fallen off the rails – it’s also true of the network policies that shape the everyday experience for our customers. Policy rules are typically based on business objectives, taking into account what planners understand about their networks and past behavior from subscribers. But once a data plan is launched, how do service providers know whether the policy rules that have been set into motion are […]  More >>

Turning quality into currency

As LTE services such as HD streaming video and voice over LTE (VoLTE) go mainstream, demand for the crystal-clear HD experience is changing the definition of service quality. Providing guaranteed quality of service (QoS) to manage jitter, speed and delay is only part of it. Maintaining a consistently high level of performance even under heavy loads and delivering five or even six nines availability are increasingly critical to monetizing service quality in the new LTE landscape.  More >>

Policy control in the fast lane

To get the most out of LTE, you need a strategic policy controller that allows you to maximize revenue and offer new services.   More >>

3 Myths About VoLTE

VoLTE is making its way into the news with increased frequency. This year, AT&T has launched a VoLTE service, and many other service providers are in the process of launching, planning trials and proff of concepts. Ann Hatchell debunks three common myths about VoLTE, as she gets ready for her VoLTE webinar later this week.   More >>

Policy Leads the NFV Transformation

The journey to NFV and SDN is a transformational one, one that will happen over time, with co-existence of existing and new generation network approaches. It looks like planning and execution are well underway, as service providers have already plotted where they plan to start this transformational journey. Amdocs recently sponsored a private Heavy Reading survey of operators that revealed service providers have already identified key target technologies that they plan to virtualize first, ahead of others. This research surveyed 75 operators globally, talking to representatives from network operations, planning, technical and corporate strategy. Here are some of the findings: […]  More >>