Monday, October 18, 2010

PCRF Wins: Bridgewater Selected by MetroPCS

Bridgewater Systems announced today that "MetroPCS Communications Inc. has launched the Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server (HSS) and Policy Controller (PCRF) to deliver 4G LTE services", "the First Commercial 4G LTE Deployment in North America".

See "MetroPCS Goes Live with Bridgewater for 4G LTE" - here.

Note that MetroPCS says (here): "As the pioneer of the unlimited, no-annual-contract, flat-rate wireless services space, MetroPCS is once again leading the industry as the only no-annual-contract operator to offer 4G LTE services ..Consumers will be able to experience 4G LTE services by selecting one of two service plans – $55 or $60 – designed for value-conscious consumers. In addition to offering talk, text and a faster 4G Web experience initially on an unlimited basis".

So it is not clear what type of policies will be managed, or services offered, using the new PCRF facility. The quote does not help either: ".. 4G LTE offers us the opportunity to maintain our low-cost leadership while providing a foundation for delivering new, value-added services that our customers can enjoy today and well into the future. Bridgewater delivered the high performance, independent control plane functionality that we needed in our multi-vendor 4G LTE network .." said Ed Chao, Senior Vice President, MetroPCS

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