Sandvine Publishes Best Practices for Preventing Fraud and Revenue Leakage When Implementing Zero-Rated Data Plans

Participating in CRTC hearing on "differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans"

WATERLOO, ON, Oct. 31, 2016 /CNW/ - Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today published two new whitepapers that explore the revenue assurance and fraud prevention challenges faced by communications service providers (CSPs) looking to implement zero-rated data plans.

Differentiated Internet offerings are rapidly emerging globally and many of these new services use zero-rating (unlimited usage of certain applications or content bundled into fixed price data plans) to achieve the innovation. While many service plans that incorporate zero-rating have been deployed in emerging markets, increasingly Sandvine has observed this application zero-rating spreading to more developed markets.

To support this growing trend within the industry, in May of this year, Sandvine published a whitepaper discussing the best practices for operators interested in implementing zero-rated and sponsored data plans, as they relate to Network Neutrality concerns. The two new Sandvine whitepapers published today build upon those initial best practices to discuss the challenges of fraud and revenue leakage that can sometimes occur when implementing subscriber services that feature zero-rating.

In addition to the two new whitepapers, Sandvine is the only network solution provider that has been invited to share their insight on the topic of zero-rating at the Canadian Telecom Regulator (CRTC)'s "Examination of differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans" hearings that are taking place in Ottawa this week. Sandvine is presenting on Monday, October 31.

"Sandvine believes that differentiated subscriber services that feature zero-rating provide more choice for subscribers, and are becoming an important basis of competition between service providers," said Don Bowman, Chief Technology Officer, Sandvine. "Sandvine is proud to be able to share our experience in implementing zero-rating plans with both the CRTC and the industry as a whole."

For CSPs interested in learning more about overcoming the fraud and revenue leakage challenges that can be encountered when implementing zero-rated data plans, Sandvine is hosting a webinar on December 13, 2016 entitled "Best Practices for Application Zero-Rating". The webinar will discuss how CSPs can leverage Sandvine's experience and technology to implement zero-rated offerings that both grows revenue and minimize revenue leakage. Those interested in attending can register at sandvine.com/webinars.

Canadian CSPs can also learn more on this topic by visiting Sandvine at the Canadian ISP Summit from November 7-9 in Toronto, Ontario.

ABOUT SANDVINE

Sandvine's network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine's purpose built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.

Sandvine's network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.

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For further information: INVESTOR CONTACT: Rick Wadsworth, Sandvine, +1 519 880 2400 ext. 3503, rwadsworth@sandvine.com; MEDIA CONTACT: Dan Deeth, Sandvine, +1 519 880 2232, ddeeth@sandvine.com

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