Monday, November 16, 2009

Starent Adds Policy and Charging Control for 3G and 4G

Starent Networks announced an end-to-end 3GPP Policy and Charging Control (PCC) solution to address mobile operators' need to manage network traffic and introduce new revenue generating services.

The Starent PCC solution consists of Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF), Subscriber Profile Repository (SPR), Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF) and On-Line and Off-Line Charging (OCS/OFCS). Starent integrates these elements in the mobile gateway function. Key services of the PCC solution include automated use notifications to prevent bill shock and reduce subscriber churn, tiered services to improve customer satisfaction, parental control, roaming management, traffic optimization, location-based differential charging and on-net preferential charging.

The complete solution consists of Starent and ecosystem partner technologies, enabling operators to improve subscriber experiences through effective resource management. It can be deployed in 3G networks and can be used in LTE/EPC networks through a software upgrade.

"Mobile operators are increasingly challenged by the explosion of data traffic, to keep costs down and monetize their networks," said Ashraf Dahod, president and chief executive officer of Starent Networks. "By offering a tightly-coupled and cost-effective PCC solution, Starent is providing operators with the real-time management of their network resources to contain costs and provide the personalized services they need now."

Starent noted that its PCC solution has been deployed in multiple tier-one operator networks.

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