Monday, August 12, 2013

[Vendor Review]: Redknee Policy Management Strategy

I spoke recently with Dr Christian Gayda [pictured], Director of Policy Management Solutions, Redknee Solutions to learn more about Redknee's policy management product line (the PCS-5000 product which was acquired from NSN on December 2012 - here; see also the updated DPI-PCRF table).
I learned that Redknee is still working closely with Nokia Solutions and Networks (acronym: NSN!) on policy deployments by MNOs. They have now more than 65 deployments, and according to a recent Infonetics report, Redknee has 4.5% of the PCRF market.
Source: Infonetics Research 
Source: Redknee Solutions 

Dr Gayda sees the future of policy management in integration with charging (they both need to work together) and application based tiered services - 30% of operators are going in this direction, he says. VoLTE support is also an important direction - with 2 deployments for Redknee so far (see announcement below).

As far as integration with DPI is concerned - in most cases Redknee are in their comfort zone - integrating with NSN products (Flexi_NG - see "NSN Adds Intelligence and Optimization to the Flexi NG" - here) - but they also have few joint deployments with AllotSandvine and Cisco

In related news, Redknee announced that a "Tier 1 APAC operator is launching Redknee’s latest release of its Policy Management solution.. Redknee’s Policy Management solution will support the APAC operator’s launch of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services with innovative data plans and offerings and delivering an advanced customer experience ..  Deploying the latest release of Redknee’s Policy Charging and Rating Function solution (PCRF), PCS-5000, the operator will benefit from the significant enhancements in operational flexibility, superior performance and support of multi-service network environments and services, such as VoLTE".

See "Tier 1 APAC Operator Deploys Redknee’s Policy Management Solution for VoLTE" - here.

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