Ericsson's Service-Aware Policy Controller (SAPC) allow increasing revenue through personalized services while optimizing the utilization of network resources.
The Ericsson Service-Aware Policy Controller (SAPC) product is conceived based on 3GPP Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF). SAPC is responsible for the policy control and charging rules that define the services and applications supported in mobile, fixed and converged telecom networks. SAPC is key to secure the network behaviour when users access data services, such as, authorizing the services, assigning the QoS of the data-session and the Charging that shall be applied; and performs a business critical role for monetization and differentiation of operator’s mobile and converged broadband commercial packages.
The Ericsson SAPC product is an important component of Ericsson’s solutions for Broadband Networks as Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Mobile Telephony Evolution with VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling, and BSS to name some.
Being compliant with 3GPP standards, the SAPC is fully inter-operable with other network elements, including Packet Gateways (PGW, GGSN), stand-alone packet inspection nodes (DPI), Application Function (AF), User Data Repositories (UDR) and Charging Systems (CS) units.
In addition to the standard capabilities, Ericsson SAPC includes a number of added-value features to increase network efficiency and shorten TTM.
With the SAPC you support, for example, the following use cases:
Ericsson SAPC supports also the revenue generation:
Personalized service offering
User Experience (UX)
Centralized policy management functions help reduce CAPEX and OPEX. With the SAPC you are able to set policies on a per-user or per-user-group basis, giving them the flexibility to customize service access rules to match changing market requirements.
The SAPC is designed to work as a Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) in IMS networks and in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network architecture according to SAE.
Ericsson's policy management market leadership has been recognized by leading industry analyst Current Analysis in their most recent evaluation of the Policy Management market.
As their report says: “The Ericsson Service-Aware Policy Controller (SAPC) is a leader among compared policy control solutions. Ericsson’s SAPC includes extensive wireless access network and backhaul integration in addition to the company’s own online charging system (OCS)/offline charging system (OFCS), policy control enforcement function (PCEF)/deep packet inspection (DPI) and subscriber data management (SDM) products. These capabilities provide the SAPC with an unparalleled IP network reach supported with strong 3GPP interface compliance and wide, although unnamed, third-party interoperability credentials. Ericsson continues to optimize its policy assets to provide high availability and carrier-grade end-to-end support for VoLTE services and NFV/cloud adoption. Over 200 customer engagements validate Ericsson’s technology, providing the company with deep experience and ongoing exposure to the evolving requirements of the policy control market.”
A copy of the aforementioned report can be acquired directly with Current Analysis.
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