As I wrote previously, software-defined networks are a key part of network intelligence in that they separate the control plane from the data plane so that underlying network infrastructure is abstracted from applications. This helps communications service providers (CSPs) pull from their network traffic the subscriber-, service- and application-level awareness they need to improve CX or QoE. A critical enabler of that “awareness” is policy, which manages the paths between different points and assembles a precise picture of the user, the class of service, QoS parameters and network resources available at any given moment.
As CSPs are pushed to meet more stringent SLAs amid more volatile, and harder-to-predict demands across new services, sophisticated policy will unlock new doors in the enterprise space. Take for example network-as-a-service (NaaS) solutions that will spawn differentiated and personalized offerings that customize connectivity services to specific users, applications and devices. The ability to “right size” connectivity to specific use cases would mean greater 5G network monetization opportunities, and robust policy will be essential to managing the many network resources and services that comprise increasingly heterogeneous and dynamic environments.
Additionally, policy will play a bigger role in the evolution toward LTE, and in building secure and elastic LTE/IMS networks. As a result of policy’s growing importance, the Oracle Communications Policy Management solution has been enhanced to add a cloud-native policy control function (PCF) that extends the functionality of the PCRF as part of a 5G core network.
To learn more, read the press release about how early-NaaS adopter KT Corp. is using Oracle Communications 5G Policy Control Function in the deployment of its 5G networks, and see our video about our 5G Next-Gen Core.