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Policy as a Service is Coming – But it needs to be End-to-End

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One of the key themes addressed at the recent SDP Global Summit held in Rome last week was the potential for operators to offer APIs that enable control of network policy. Such APIs can be for internal use – to enhance service offers – or could be offered to a range of third parties.

A consensus emerged around the idea that network ‘policy as a service’ represents a unique asset that can be leveraged by operators. Since they own, operate and manage networks, they are in a unique position to control Quality of Services for applications and users.

A variety of business opportunities have been proposed – from using policy APIs to secure service level agreements for customers with demanding applications (think enterprise here) to offering the same APIs through secure gateways to OTT application providers without network assets of their own and which may wish to enhance service delivery for their applications.

But there is something missing from this discussion. While it’s necessary to expose APIs from policy server and to create an infrastructure to leverage what remain as unique assets, it’s not sufficient. What is needed is the ability to go beyond the physical boundary of the network and to take into account the experience and demands of the user, as well as local resources that are available.

That’s why operators intending to expose policy as a service capabilities – whether to internal users or to third parties – need to consider deploying Policy on the Device solutions. PoD solutions can provide real-time information regarding application demands and the QoS that is available. They can interact with policy control points to ensure that applications that require particular QoS levels are prioritised on demand. What’s more, they can also provide a means to selectively switch between different access networks in a mobile environment, depending on the best available connection option for the specific service or application requested.

Policy as a service makes a lot of sense. It leverages a core operator capability and competence but it is incomplete without taking into account the specific experience of users and their devices. In order to deliver policy as a service, it is essential to incorporate PoD capabilities. Why not talk to GoS Networks to find out how to deliver true end-to-end policy control and enable successful launch and effectiveness of policy as a service offers?

Policy on the Device is now “Essential” Says Yankee Group

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Policy on the Device (PoD) is now essential according to industry analysts Yankee Group. Mobile Network Operators have been able to understand what their subscribers are doing for a long time. But what they cannot do is to extend their reach into the RAN so that they can implement policies that act at the level of the device in order to enhance user experience. As Yankee puts it “they can look, but the couldn’t touch”.

As we have long argued, the only way to solve this problem – for the benefit of users and MNOs – is actually to go further and extend policy control not only to the RAN, but beyond, all the way to mobile and smart devices. By deploying PEP solutions on devices, the real experience of users can be taken into account. It seems the industry is starting to agree and the benefits of making devices PEPs are becoming clearer. So much so that there is now an identifiable, quantifiable market in PoD solutions – in which we play a leading role.

Yankee identifies WiFi offload as a key initial driver for the deployment of PoD solutions, largely because users are independently opting to connect to WiFi rather than cellular networks when in a fixed location – which in turn is slowing the much-feared growth in mobile data. Active PoD solutions can make the customer experience in selecting between access networks simpler, seamless and automatic.

But while WiFi offload may be driving early-stage deployments, we know there are many other use cases that are contributing to uptake of PoD solutions. These include reducing the impact of chatty applications, extending battery life, ensuring QoS guarantees and others that are addressed by the GoS Networks solution. In fact, that’s a critical point: to be efficient and effective, any PoD solution should not be limited to a single use case, but rather available as a platform to support a range of use cases that can be extended as and when required.

That’s why GoS Networks is at the forefront of this emerging technology domain. Why not talk to us and find out how we can help MNOs make the most of PoD and support an expanding range of use cases to suit changing network and user requirements?