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PCC Rules from Usage Engine is a Policy and Charging Control solution for 3GPP and non-3GPP environments.

The uptake of mobile data services is not compensating voice revenue in the developed markets, which makes it increasingly important to make data services more profitable for the service providers. Effective policy control is the key for service providers that are looking to manage the explosive growth in data traffic in a profitable way. Ensuring reasonable usage and allocating bandwidth based on a combination of subscriber and service criteria is essential when constantly updated offerings reflecting new services and technologies are required.

PCC Rules is an extension of the Usage Engine Platform and delivers the capability to manage and retrieve policy rules based on 3GPP and non-3GPP definitions. The PCC Rules package will act as a rule repository, with which external systems can interact over different protocols, where the business logic will drive the selection of policy rules to be enforced by the appropriate network elements. The business logic is implemented as a workflow in Usage Engine using the APL functions that are described in this document.

The PCC Rules package comes pre-packaged with a 3GPP Gx Policy Rule Schema, according to [Gx Ref].

Prerequisites

The reader of this document should be familiar with:

  • The HTTP protocol

Terms and Acronyms

This section contains glossaries for all terms and acronyms used throughout the PCC and Usage Engine documentation.

Term/AcronymDefinition

PCC

Policy and Charging Control

PCRF

Policy and Charging Rules Function

3GPP

3rd Generation Partnership Project
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