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Cable Technology Feature Article

February 12, 2010

Sandvine Intros New Version of Usage Management

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Sandvine, a provider of broadband network solutions for cable, DSL, FTTx, fixed wireless and mobile operators, has introduced the new version of its Usage Management product.
Usage Management is a software solution that enables fixed-line network operators to implement consumption-based billing models, real-time subscriber communications and multiple service plan tiers. Last year in October, the company introduced Usage Management 2.5.
With the company’s Usage Management, fixed and mobile broadband operators are able to offer consumers “meaningful” information on data usage and the choice of selecting the right data plan for them, according to Tom Donnelly, executive vice president for marketing and sales at Sandvine (News - Alert).
“The combination of meaningful usage information, and choice from a range of data service plans, is a win-win for consumers and operators,” he added.
Usage Management Release 3.0 comes with new features that target the mobile and fixed-mobile-convergence markets. It’s also equipped with the capability to enable innovative pre-paid and post-paid plans, to meet the flexible charging needs of the growing number of mobile data subscribers.
The newest version provides detailed visibility into subscriber consumption, allowing service providers to define targeted service plans while providing transparent advice of usage to end-subscribers, said company officials.
Additional capabilities include flexible real-time policy control based on differentiated service plan quality-of-service levels and seamless deployment in mobile and fixed-mobile-convergence networks.
Also, the new of Usage Management offers 3GPP standards-compliance with online charging and policy enforcement interfaces; interoperability with partners’ network elements for policy decision and charging; and integration within legacy and also 3G networks; and seamless migration to future 4G networks.
Earlier this month, Japanese telecom company NTT (News - Alert) Communications Corporation selected Sandvine’s Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) for a nationwide deployment on its high speed network.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri