Policy-driven online charging: The key to monetizing mobile data?
Published: November 2012
Policy control in combination with online charging is at the heart of next-generation mobile data services and, although the possibilities are well understood, there are still substantial challenges to be met. The enabling technologies are now well-developed, however, implementation and standards issues need to be resolved before all of the revenue-generating opportunities can be fully exploited.
Peter Dykes, Senior Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media
Informa Telecoms & Media’s new report on policy-driven online charging focuses on technical issues surrounding the integration of policy control and online charging systems.
Support systems underpinning the development of mobile broadband services are currently in a transitory stage. Operator focus is switching from purely defensive traffic management in the network and customer-facing quota management, to the monetization of the exponentially-increasing demand for mobile broadband access. It is universally accepted that the latter will most likely be achieved by developing a wide range of strategies which include sophisticated applications, services, pricing and resource control.
At the heart of this development is the integration of policy control with online charging. The combination of the two offers the ability to control and assign network resources in response to a wide range of parameters. This is turn means a far greater proliferation of chargeable events, services and opportunities for the exploitation of network resources than has ever been possible.
This report takes stock of the current state of the supporting technologies and the issues and challenges of implementation and looks at the likely course of future developments. It focuses on technical issues surrounding the integration of policy control and online charging systems (OCS), the development of new services and the strategies being adopted by vendors to meet the evolving needs of operators looking to exploit these new opportunities for revenue generation.
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