SOURCE: Infonetics Research

May 20, 2008 09:12 ET

Infonetics Research: Policy server market taking off, quickly transitioning to must-have status

CAMPBELL, CA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - In a new report, communications market research firm Infonetics Research contends that policy servers -- software platforms that help service providers determine which customers and applications should get bandwidth priority and when -- are rapidly becoming required equipment for advanced fixed and mobile networks.

The report, Policy Servers Worldwide Market Size and Forecasts, says the number of worldwide fixed-line and mobile policy server licenses will grow at a brisk 90% compound annual growth rate in the 5 years from 2007 to 2011, and revenue is forecast to grow about seven-fold.

"Initially, policy servers were seen as complementary products, but because of their ability to enable fair use policies on a per-subscriber basis, they are quickly transitioning to must-have status across all networks. With applications like P2P, VoIP, broadband video, and IPTV becoming increasingly popular, fixed service providers and cable MSOs need to more intelligently control data usage, and mobile operators need to control access to third-party applications as well as control rating and charging for mobile data usage while roaming. Policy servers allow for this kind of control," said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for IPTV and next gen OSS and BSS at Infonetics Research.

North American cable MSOs, such as Comcast, Cox, and Time Warner, have been deploying policy servers to help manage bandwidth usage among their broadband subscribers and to begin managing edge resources as part of their switched digital video upgrades, the report states. In Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa), fixed-line telcos deploying IPTV over their DSL networks have been using policy servers in conjunction with middleware to manage subscriber authorization functions for access to VOD (video on demand) content.

Other highlights from the report:

--  Alcatel-Lucent, Bridgewater, Camiant, Ericsson, and Juniper are the
    major policy server players in the market today
--  Policy-specific RFPs are being issued on an increasing basis among
    major operators, especially among operators deploying WiMAX networks
--  By 2011, the number of mobile policy server licenses will more than
    triple fixed-line policy server licenses
--  40% of 2007 policy server revenue was from North America, 31% from
    APAC, 28% from EMEA, and 2% from CALA

Infonetics' report provides worldwide and regional market size and forecasts through 2011 for fixed-line and mobile policy server software licenses and manufacturer revenue.

For report highlights, log in to Infonetics' online portal from (see Subscriber, Policy, and Server Management area). For sales, contact Larry Howard, vice president, at or +1 (408) 583-3335.

Infonetics Research ( is an international communications market research firm. Tracking emerging markets since 1990, Infonetics covers a broad range of service provider, product manufacturer, and enterprise and SMB markets, including network security, enterprise voice, unified communications, broadband networks, IPTV, IP video, mobile TV, optical networks, metro Ethernet, carrier routing and switching, wireless, FMC, VoIP, IMS, policy management, subscriber management, service management, carrier capex and opex, and more. Services include quarterly market share and forecasting, end-user survey research, service provider survey research, service provider capex analysis, and custom research and consulting.

Contact Information

  • Press Contact:
    Jeff Heynen
    Directing Analyst, IPTV and Next Gen OSS/BSS
    Infonetics Research
    +1 408.583.3359
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