While the term “policy” has a rather general feel about it, in a modern carrier network “policy control” has far more of a feet-on-the-ground role. As a fitting parallel, meeting companies and clients at Mobile World Congress is a personal exercise in policy control. From the meeting arranging frenzy we’re now in right through to the exhausting finale on-site in Barcelona, questions arise such as: Who do I want to see? Who wants to see me? How are they to be prioritized? How many can I manage in a day? Which do I commit to (“guaranteed QoS”)? What others do I try to do (“best efforts”)? Crucially, what do I do on-site when a high-priority company suddenly changes its arrangements and demands more “bandwidth” unexpectedly?
You get the picture. That’s what policy control is about.
So, what can we expect to see in policy control at this year’s show? Here are some things to look out for: Continue reading “Mobile World Congress 2014: What Operators Should Look For – Policy Control”