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Policy Management Will Prove to Be a Key Strategic Capability for CSP Virtualized Operating Models

Published: 19 August 2016

ID: G00314057

Analyst(s): Amresh Nandan , Neil Osmond

Summary

Policy management used by CSPs to control network quality and charging is now becoming a pivotal capability for process re-engineering, service orchestration and automation. CSP technology leaders must ensure it addresses a software controlled/network function virtualization enabled operating model.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The advent of virtualization and subsequent automation of fulfilment and assurance functions increases the importance of policy management for CSPs, and failure in realizing it can adversely impact new business and operating models
  • Traditional policy management solutions in CSPs have been limited to controlling network access quality and charging (PCRF), and are therefore not well suited to the demands of digital, virtualized network operating models
  • Recent vendor and industry led initiatives to augment policy management to orchestration and automation don't yet go far enough to span the needs across business, services and resource layers, meaning that CSPs are left open to reduced efficiency

Appendix

  • Representative Examples of Policies in the Framework

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