Today’s flat rate pricing for mobile broadband is easy for consumers to understand and will encourage usage. However, operators are afraid that the applications will kill their networks by driving up costs and reducing overall quality, according to Randy Fuller, Camiant’s vice president of business development.
It is conceivable, according to Fuller, that users will use so much bandwidth that it will drive up all of the other associated costs such as radio resources and backhaul. Also, a few bandwidth hogs can negatively affect the overall quality of network performance for all users. Fuller said that is why operators are increasingly turning to policy controls to contain costs and maintain network quality.
Camiant’s policy control server lets operators dynamically allocate their resources to maximize throughput within the limits of their existing networks.
“Camiant provides wireless operators with vital real-time intelligence and management of their network resources, helping create an infrastructure designed to capitalize on new revenue opportunities,” Fuller said, in a statement.
The company has been actively working with U.S. operators, but recently also signed on a new European GSM operator as a customer of its policy control platform. The company declined to reveal the operator or the value of the contract.