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Comverse Policy-Aware Congestion Control Solution Puts Mobile Internet Users in the Fast Lane

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

WAKEFIELD, Mass., April 18, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comverse, a global leader in mobile Internet, today announced that it has enhanced its Mobile Internet Hub product with the Comverse Policy-Aware Congestion Control solution.

Soaring in popularity, mobile access to the Web is eclipsing PC access in key markets around the globe — with unprecedented levels of mobile Web usage straining network capabilities and degrading quality of service. Comverse's Congestion Control Solution rises to the challenge, alleviating congestion to help ensure an excellent Internet experience for mobile users while helping operators avoid unnecessary costly network upgrade investments.

Comverse's Congestion Control solution strengthens the operator's ability to maintain a high-quality user experience by detecting degradation in the subscriber's quality of experience and implementing optimal policies dynamically based on a broad range of network conditions and subscriber characteristics. DPI, Video Optimization, QoS modifications and WiFi-Offload are key tools in proactively applying a range of congestion control actions.

"Mobile operators are bracing for phenomenal mobile data traffic growth in the coming years," said Clare McCarthy, Principal Analyst at Ovum. "To address advanced use cases like congestion management, it is critical for operators to adopt a proactive approach that integrates detection, policy and enforcement. An effective congestion management solution with DPI and video optimization capabilities puts operators in a position to alleviate the load on network capacity while delivering an excellent user experience."

Linking smart detection and dynamic policy decisions with effective congestion control actions enables enforcement of congestion policies based on multiple parameters: congestion severity level, traffic/device type, time of day, subscriber data plan, etc. Real-time measurements and smart traffic heuristics facilitate identification of congested cells and heavy users; optimal congestion control policy is then efficiently enforced with pinpoint accuracy where needed — utilizing DPI, video optimization and QoS modification capabilities.

For example, gaming activities may be prioritized in congested cells using DPI, while progressive download video streaming may be optimized; "gold" users may be assigned with higher quality of service due to lower bit rate adaptation levels. 

"Part of the Mobile Internet Hub Policy Management/Policy Enforcement framework, the Comverse Policy-Aware Congestion Control solution can make a world of difference to both consumers and operators," said Lionel Chmilewsky, Senior Vice President, Head of Customer Facing Group at Comverse. "Users enjoy an excellent data experience regardless of network type and status; operators meet user preferences and needs, boost network efficiency and reduce costs and churn as they prepare for the increasingly huge role that the mobile Internet will be playing in their future success."

Get more information on the Comverse MIH offering: Mobile Internet Hub.

About Comverse

Comverse is the world's leading provider of software and systems enabling converged billing and active customer management, mobile Internet, and value-added services. Comverse's extensive customer base spans more than 125 countries and covers over 450 communication service providers serving more than two billion subscribers. The company's innovative product portfolio enables communication service providers to unleash the value of the network for their customers by making their networks smarter. Comverse's solutions support flexible deployment models, including in-network, hosted and managed services. Comverse is a subsidiary of Comverse Technology, Inc. (Pink Sheets:CMVT).  For more information, visit .

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