Operator policy-management solutions company BroadHop has released a whitepaper that offers a business case analysis and cost model for operators looking to shift to next-generation load management.
Called Scaling Up Policy: Balancing Cost & Functionality in the LTE Era, the study analyses cost implications in LTE deployments.
Conducted in conjunction with Heavy Reading, the research division of the Light Reading Communications Network, the report says cost of policy represents around 2 per cent of the overall cost of a LTE build over a five-year build period. BroadHop says that the high strategic value of policy means the return on investment (ROI) “is likely to be positive”.
“Traditionally, legacy policy management platforms have been expensive, slow to roll out new services and harder to adjust to real-time network needs,” says Bill Diotte, BroadHop CEO and president. “Today, as telecom operators struggle with revenue stagnation, the research presented here provides the business case and cost justification for deploying a Policy 2.0 solution. Only a modular, next generation platform can meet all of these ever-changing requirements.”
“In the first stage of dealing with the new challenges thrown up by the growth of mobile broadband and data, network operators have been focused on traffic and congestion management,” says Graham Finnie, Heavy Reading chief analyst. “In our extensive modelling, we determined that a next-generation policy platform is needed to scale to handle extremely high levels of demand and policy complexity, and meet the core need for a solution that can be deployed for the longer term, at a manageable cost.”
Scaling Up Policy: Balancing Cost & Functionality in the LTE Era is available to download in exchange for an email address from the BroadHop website.