Bridgewater Selected for EU Data Roaming Compliance

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, has revealed that a European property of a major global mobile operator group has selected the Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF) to meet new EU mobile data roaming legislation that came into effect yesterday.
The operator has selected the Bridgewater Policy Controller for its HSPA network to prevent mobile bill shock, comply with EU data roaming regulations, and enable new services. These will includes the setting of limits and notifications while roaming. Volume-based metering will be used to track data usage, set limits, and trigger
notifications. When a usage threshold is reached, subscribers are notified by SMS or email and redirected to a payment portal, where they can opt for a temporary bandwidth boost, a service extension, or other options.
The Bridgewater solution also allows for flexible quota management, based on subscriber type – for example EU, non-EU and domestic subscribers. Operators can also apply Smart Caps to ensure fair usage. These are precise controls that adjust bandwidth levels, based on real-time factors, such as the subscriber's bandwidth usage during a mobile data session, roaming status, and level of network congestion.
The EU Commission data roaming legislation that came into force yesterday requires operators to implement systems that allow customers to determine in advance how much they want to spend before their service is cut off when roaming. The default monthly limit is 50 (45).
The Bridgewater Policy Controller (PCRF) is an LTE-ready, 3GPP Release 7, 8 and 9-compliant product that applies real-time network, application and subscriber policies to manage mobile data growth and deliver personalized services. It is fully interoperable with multi-vendor mobile core solutions such as the GGSN (Gateway GPRS Support Node).
Bridgewater went from selection to live deployment with the customer in just 10 weeks, which the company says reflects the solutions strong out-of-the-box functionality and open, standards-based interfaces
“Bridgewater's innovative policy and bill shock solutions ensure compliance with EU data roaming regulations, give subscribers greater control over their mobile data usage, and provide operators with a platform for future service innovation, says David Sharpley, Senior Vice President at Bridgewater Systems. This competitive PCRF selection by a major European HSPA operator demonstrates the compelling value we can unleash for our customers.”