Sandvine has released the 4.0 version of its Usage Management product, which includes upgrades to help both fixed and mobile service providers create, manage and implement new product offerings.

A key differentiator in the 4.0 release is that operators now have a real-time, advice-of-usage interface at any threshold. Additionally, the new release allows operators to create a virtually unlimited number of service plan offerings by enabling them to differentiate the service plans using combinations of application, location, device awareness, access technology, and volume or time metrics.

Sandvine’s access-agnostic solutions are also capable of interfacing with multiple concurrent data sources, including Internet Protocol Detail Record (IPDR) data sources within cable architectures, augmenting the usage data with rich application and subscriber aware conditions at the Sandvine Policy Traffic Switch (PTS). Enforcement of specified usage policies, which may include zero-rating for certain traffic, is achieved at the PTS, or optional signalling down to the access device, via technologies such as PacketCable Multi-Media (PCMM).

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