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Executive Summary

Stratecast has taken a deep dive into the changing communications marketplace, and evaluated the role of billing and policy management within the communications service provider (CSP) business support system (BSS) operations. Stratecast views billing and policy management as inextricably linked; and, as such, launched a major study of over global suppliers that offer a variety of billing, policy management, or combined solutions. The results of this work include a report concentrated on policy management, and a multi-part report series focused on the end-to-end billing marketplace, as detailed below:

- Global CSP Policy Management Strategy Definition and Solution Supplier Market Analysis examines how the policy rules and policy enforcement functions are presently realized in connection with convergent rating & charging. This report provides a market share analysis for the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) and Policy and Charging Enforcement Function (PCEF) segments. It also delivers a five-year market forecast for each. The report identifies a number of solution suppliers that address these business functions, in addition to providing company-level profiles for a selection of them. It was published in March 2013 as Stratecast report OSSCS 14-03, Global CSP Policy Management Strategy Definition and Solution Supplier Market Analysis.

- Global CSP Billing Part 1: Billing Market Business Requirements Survey Analysis. Global CSP Billing Part 1 examines the market forces that are driving change within the global billing market, and provides a close look at the billing solution requirements that must be addressed by the supplier community as the CSP market continues to evolve.

It was published as two documents:
o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 1a: Market Drivers, Changing Strategies, and New Business Models looks into the forces that are redefining the current CSP landscape, and explains how new business models are essential for engaging in new monetization strategies needed to offset declining revenues in traditional voice, text, and data access services. It was published as OSSCS 14-05, Global CSP Billing Part 1a – 2013 Edition: Market Drivers, Changing Strategies and New Business Models, July 2013.

o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 1b: Business Requirements Market Survey Analysis provides a perspective on the billing solution requirements that must be addressed to meet current CSP business needs and to flexibly meet new customer service options. It delivers a view of the Stratecast survey findings concerning business and technology billing solution requirements deemed important by the global CSP community. It was published as OSSCS 14-06, Global CSP Billing Part 1b – 2013 Edition: Business Requirements Market Survey Analysis, July 2013.

- Global CSP Billing Part 2: Global CSP End-to-End Billing Market. Global CSP Billing Part 2 examines the business strategies for billing; what is contained within the overall CSP billing marketplace; and identifies more than suppliers that address various aspects of the end-to-end billing supplier market.

It was published as two documents:
o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 2a: Global Business Drivers, Market Trends, and New Solution Strategies describes the changes in today’s CSP marketplace that require a keener focus on the customer experience. The report places the significance of billing systems upgrades in a broader picture, to reflect on the needs of not just the CSP billing marketplace, but accommodation of the requirements from changing business models that engage with other industries. It was published as OSSCS 14-07, Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 2a: Global Business Drivers, Market Trends, and New Solution Strategies, August 2013.

o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 2b: Global Billing Market Share Analysis, Forecast and Supplier Identification offers a five-year market forecast of the overall billing market, identifies the overall billing industry leaders, and highlights billing solution leaders by revenue within the following regions: North America (NA); Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, and South America (LATAM); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC). It was published as OSSCS 14-08, Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 2b: Global Billing Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Supplier Identification, August, 2013.

- Global CSP Billing Part 3: Billing Mediation. Global CSP Billing Part 3 examines the billing mediation sector—the first of four major billing sub-sectors that address the monetization needs of the global CSP marketplace. It was published as two documents:
o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 3a: Billing Mediation Business Drivers and Market Trends analyzes the key business drivers that are shaping the global billing mediation market and looks at the trends within that market. It was published as OSSCS 14-12, Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 3a: Billing Mediation Business Drivers and Market Trends, November 2013.
o Global CSP Billing 2013 Edition Part 3b: Billing Mediation Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment delivers an assessment and market profiles for approximately suppliers, provides a market share analysis based on recent financial information, and establishes a five-year forecast for the billing mediation market. It was published as OSSCS 14-13, Global CSP Billing 2013

Edition Part 3b: Billing Mediation Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment, December 2013.
- Global CSP Billing Part 4: Rating & Charging and Other Core Billing. Global CSP Billing Part 4 examines the rating & charging and other core billing sector—the second of four major billing sub-sectors that address the monetization needs of the global CSP marketplace.

It was published as two documents:
o Global CSP Billing Part 4a: Rating & Charging and Other Core Billing Business Drivers and Market Trends examines the business drivers and market trends unfolding in the global rating & charging and other core billing functions (payments, accounts receivable, and collections) marketplace. It was published as OSSCS 15-04, Global CSP Billing Part 4a: Rating & Charging and Other Core Billing Business Drivers and Market Trends, March 2014.

o Global CSP Billing Part 4b: Rating & Charging and Other Core Billing Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment includes a market share analysis, five-year market forecast, and assessment profiles for the more than suppliers Stratecast identified as offering solutions within this billing sector. The analysis includes a breakout of market share and forecast information for rating & charging and for other core billing, in addition to the combined sector totals. It was published as OSSCS 15-05, Global CSP Billing Part 4b: Rating & Charging and Other Core Billing Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment, March 2014.

- Global CSP Billing Part 5: Policy Management (Rules Function). Global CSP Billing Part 5 examines the policy management domain—in particular, the policy rules function tied to or integrated with real-time rating & charging—the third of four major billing sub-sectors that address the monetization needs of the global CSP marketplace.

It is published as two documents:
o Global CSP Billing Part 5a: Policy Management (Rules Function) Global Business Drivers and Market Trends details the market trends and business drivers that shape the policy-enabled, real-time convergent billing marketplace. This report is published concurrently with Part 5b as OSSCS 15-06, Global CSP Billing Part 5a: Policy Management (Rules Function) Business Drivers and Market Trends, April 2014.
o This Report – Global CSP Billing Part 5b: Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment includes a market share analysis, a five-year market forecast, and assessment profiles for nearly suppliers Stratecast identified as offering solutions within this sector.

Table Of Contents

Global CSP Billing Part 5b: Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Analysis, Forecast, and Global Supplier Assessment
Executive Summary
Introduction
Policy Management (Rules Function) Global Market Forecast 13
Revenue Forecast Research Methodology 13
Policy Management (Rules Function) Five-Year Market Forecast and Analysis 14
Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Forecast Comparatives 17
Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Analysis 19
Market Share Analysis Methodology 19
Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Analysis 20
Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Comparatives 21
Policy Management (Rules Function) Supplier Analysis 23
Mergers and Acquisitions - Policy Management (Rules Function) 23
Global Demographics - Suppliers Covered in this Report 24
Profiles - Terminology 25
Policy Management 25
Other Terminology 26
Profiles - Leading Global Suppliers by Market Share (in alphabetical order) 26
Alcatel-Lucent 26
Amdocs 28
Comverse 30
Ericsson 32
Huawei 34
NetCracker 36
Openet 38
Oracle + Tekelec 40
Redknee + NSN 42
ZTEsoft 45
Profiles - Next Tier of Global Suppliers by Market Share (in alphabetical order) 47
AsiaInfo-Linkage 47
Cisco + BroadHop 49
Comptel 50
CSG International + Volubill 52
Elitecore Technologies 54
Hewlett-Packard 55
Orga Systems 57
Profiles - Other Global Suppliers (in alphabetical order) 59
Alepo 59
Aptilo Networks 59
Aradial Technologies 59
Aricent Group 60
BandWD 60
CBOSS 61
CENTRI Technology 61
Cerillion 62
Comarch Information Technology 62
DigitalRoute 63
Eskadenia Software 63
Flash Networks 64
FTS 64
globetom 65
GoS Networks 65
Infonova 66
Intracom Telecom 67
Magnaquest Technologies 67
Mahindra Comviva 68
MATRIXX Software 68
Mer Telemanagement Solutions 69
MetraTech 70
Mobilis Networks 71
nTels 71
Openwave Mobility 72
RidgeviewTel 73
RooX 73
Sandvine 73
SAP 74
SI-TECH 75
SITRONICS 75
SK CandC 76
SunTec Business Solutions 76
Tango Telecom 77
Tecnotree 77
Torres Networks 78
Transverse 78
UshaComm 78
Ventraq 79
XIUS 79
Zira 80
The Last Word 81

List of Figures

Figure 1: Suppliers Within the Policy Management (Rules Function) Market 12
Figure 2: Five-Year Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Forecast 2013-2017 14
Figure 3: Policy Management (Rules Function): Year 2013 versus Year 2017 15
Figure 4: Policy Management (Rules Function) Market Share Analysis by 2012 Revenue 20
Figure 5: Alcatel-Lucent Policy and Charging Solution 27
Figure 6: Amdocs Policy Controller Example Network Deployment (3GPP R8-R11) 29
Figure 7: Comverse Policy Suite 31
Figure 8: Ericsson Integrated Policy and Charging 33
Figure 9: Huawei Smart Policy and Charging Control Solution 35
Figure 10: NetCracker Policy Management 37
Figure 11: Openet Product Suite 39
Figure 12: Oracle Communications Convergent Charging and Policy Solution 41
Figure 13: Redknee End-to-End Billing and Customer Care: Functional Diagram 43
Figure 14: ZTEsoft ZSmart BSS/OSS Suite Functional Components 45
Figure 15: AsiaInfo-Linkage Veris Product Suite 48
Figure 16: Cisco Quantum Virtualized Platform Architecture 49
Figure 17: Comptel: Three Phases of Policy Control 52
Figure 18: CSG Integrated Charging and Policy 53
Figure 19: Elitecore NetVertex PCRF Use Cases 55
Figure 20: HP Subscriber, Network, and Application Policy Solution 56
Figure 21: Orga Systems' GOLD CCB with Embedded Policy and Charging Control 58

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