Major European Operator Goes Live with Bridgewater PCRF

Goes live in 10 weeks enabling compliance with new EU data roaming regulations and empowering subscribers to personalize and manage mobile data usage

OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW/ - Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC), the mobile personalization company, today announced that a European property of a major global mobile operator group has selected the Bridgewater(R) Policy Controller (PCRF) to meet new EU mobile data roaming legislation that comes into effect today.

News

    
    -   The European operator has selected the market leading Bridgewater
        Policy Controller for its HSPA network to prevent mobile bill shock,
        comply with EU data roaming regulations, and enable new services
        including:

        -  Setting limits and notifications while roaming. Volume-based
           metering is 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.

        -  Flexible quota management based on subscriber type - for example
           EU, non-EU and domestic subscribers.

        -  Applying Smart Caps(TM) to ensure fair usage. Smart Caps 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.

    -   EU Commission data roaming legislation requires operators to
        implement systems that allow customers to determine in advance how
        much they want to spend before their service is 'cutoff' when
        roaming. The default monthly limit is (euro)50.

    -   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.

    -   Bridgewater went from selection to live deployment with the customer
        in just 10 weeks, reflecting the strong out-of-the-box functionality
        and open, standards-based interfaces that enable rapid time-to-
        market.
    

Quotes

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems

"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. This competitive PCRF selection by a major European HSPA operator demonstrates the compelling value we can unleash for our customers."

Peter Mottishaw, Senior Analyst, Analysis Mason

"While many operators have complied with European legislation by adjusting back-end billing systems, this set-up is not designed to offer a real-time transparent view of data usage. Operators need to offer more flexibility such as enabling customers to set personal limits and differentiating between consumer and business users, who have distinct requirements."

Tags / Keywords

Bridgewater Systems, Smart Caps, Bill Shock, EU Mobile Data Roaming, Policy Controller, myPolicy, PCRF, HSPA, Fair Usage

Links

http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Prevent-Mobile-Bill-Shock.aspx

http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Assets/Downloads/Whitepapers/Preventing_Mobile_Bill_Shock.pdf

http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Policy-Controller.aspx

http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/policy/

http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/880&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

About Bridgewater Systems

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, enables service providers to efficiently manage and profit from mobile data services, content and commerce. The company's market leading mobile personalization portfolio provides a real-time, unified view of subscribers including entitlements, devices, networks, billing profiles, preferences and context. Anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM), the portfolio of carrier-grade and standards-based products includes the Bridgewater(R) Service Controller (AAA), the Bridgewater(R) Policy Controller (PCRF) and the Bridgewater(R) Home Subscriber Server (HSS). More than 140 leading service providers including America Movil, Bell Canada, Clearwire, Cox, Hutchison Telecom, Iusacell, Scartel, SmarTone-Vodafone, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Tatung, Telmex, Telstra, and Verizon Wireless use Bridgewater's solutions to rapidly deliver innovative mobile services to over 150 million subscribers. For more information, visit us at www.bridgewatersystems.com.

Bridgewater, Bridgewater Systems, the Bridgewater Systems logo, WideSpan, Smart Caps, myPolicy, and Subscriber Data Broker are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bridgewater Systems Corporation. All other company, product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

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For further information: For further information: Ed Barker, Bridgewater Systems, edward.barker@bridgewatersystems.com, +44 (0) 7939 492 656; Joanne Steinberg, Bridgewater Systems, joanne.steinberg@bridgewatersystems.com, (613) 884-8831

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