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Vendor shakeup expected in policy management market as operators seek more flexible solutions


Boston, MASSACHUSETTS (January 27, 2015) — Technology market research firm Infonetics Research, now part of IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), today released excerpts from its Policy Management Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey.

Infonetics’ study provides insights into the investment drivers, strategies and integration efforts of operators deploying policy management solutions, as well as their thoughts on leading policy vendors.

“The next generation of policy management solutions has evolved to address the challenges associated with increased broadband consumption and a wider range of end-user devices. This shift has translated into significant changes in the policy management vendor landscape as suppliers look to refine and reposition their offerings,” said Shira Levine, directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence at Infonetics.

“There are new buyers for policy management within the operators and new requirements that policy solutions must address, and this has created challenges for many suppliers playing in the market—a trend that we expect to continue in the coming years,” continued Levine.


  • When asked to identify the top policy management vendors, survey respondents put Huawei at the top of the list; Ericsson came in 2nd, and Openet and Oracle tied for 3rd
  • Topping respondents’ criteria for choosing a policy management solution are reliability and performance scalability
  • While only 13 percent of respondents are currently running policy management software as a virtual network function (VNF), 57 percent plan to do so by the end of 2016
  • A surprisingly high 32 percent of operators surveyed plan to deploy policy via a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform by the end of 2016


For its 24-page annual policy management survey, Infonetics interviewed 23 service providers in Asia Pacific, Latin America, North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa that have deployed policy management solutions or plan to by the end of 2015. The study provides insights into policy business drivers, use cases, integration efforts, solution criteria, and suppliers. Vendors mentioned include Alcatel-Lucent, Amdocs, Cisco, Comverse, Ericsson, Huawei, Openet, Oracle, Redknee and others. To purchase the report, contact Infonetics:


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  • Greater China, SE Asia, India: 大中华区 Jeffrey Song +86 21-3919-8505
  • Japan: 日本 Takashi Kimura, TAK Analytics +81 3-6408-5566

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"While only 13 percent of respondents are currently running policy management software as a virtual network function (VNF), 57 percent plan to do so by the end of 2016."

Shira Levine, Directing Analyst


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