Sunday, July 31, 2011

[Update 44: ALU- Flash Networks] PCRF - DPI Compatibility Matrix

This time "with a twist" as the PCEF device, from Flash Networks, is not a device focused on traditional DPI/traffic shaping, but mainly on video optimization (see "Flash Networks Shows Bandwidth and Energy Consumption Savings" - here) and content filtering.

Flash Networks announced that ".. it has successfully completed interoperability testing of its Harmony Mobile Internet Services Gateway with the Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller (DSC), [covered here] a 3GPP policy charging and rules function (PCRF) platform"

As Alcatel-Lucent has a number of video optimization products and partnerships (here, here and here) , I guess this is a result of a specific project - a joint customer asking for integration of the two technologies.

"By enforcing policies from the Alcatel-Lucent 5780 DSC, Flash Networks’ Harmony Gateway enables:
  • Mobile data and video optimization based on subscriber profiles, service plans, and cell congestion
  • Policy-based and configurable content control for safe network browsing, according to user profile and time of day
  • End-to-end quality of experience management, actionable analytics, and monetization opportunities"
See "Flash Networks Announces Interoperability with the Alcatel-Lucent 5780 Dynamic Services Controller" - here.

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