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Oracle Introduces Small-Footprint Communications Policy Management System

October 08, 2015

Oracle has announced its new Communications Policy Management solution for communications service providers (CSPs) wanting to offer more personalized services.

“Oracle Communications has long offered proven policy and charging capabilities to the largest CSPs around the world, putting them in control of how they generate revenue and create an optimal customer experience,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Communications. “Now, we have combined this experience with our expertise in virtualization to offer these same sophisticated capabilities to CSPs of all sizes and with varying policy management needs.”

With Oracle Communications Policy Management, carriers can implement more detailed policies for the devices accessing their networks. They can reserve certain access methods for certain tiers, and do things like metering connections.

A mobile carrier could track data usage and charge overage while offering special packages where things like music downloads wouldn’t count against a user’s data usage.

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What distinguishes Oracle’s solution from other policy management solutions is that Oracle’s works with commercial off-the-shelf servers instead of specialized equipment. The system is virtualized, which means it can offer sophisticated functionality in a smaller space. It only uses two rack-mount systems taking a total of four inches in height.

Oracle Communications Policy Management ties into a growing desire for carriers to virtualize their infrastructure to save money and customize their offerings at the same time.

“A more diverse set of companies—including both traditional and nontraditional CSPs, from cable operators to enterprise content and service providers—are launching digital communications offerings,” Ron Westfall, research director, of the service enablement ecosystem at Current Analysis, said. “This reality means that scalable, elastic policy and charging capable of handling complex and fluid situations is essential for driving innovation in the industry. Virtualization is one of the key ways to increase and intelligently manage the availability of such functionalities.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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