Iridium Communications has implemented Openet’s Policy Manager platform to drive revenue through real-time controls on data consumption and time usage across the operator’s 66 low-Earth orbiting (LEO) cross-linked satellites.
In a statement, Openet said its solution allows Iridium to differentiate its users by class (e.g. prepaid vs. post-paid) or types of data (real time streaming vs. non-real time).
The BSS vendor said its technology also enables Iridium to intelligently control data consumption and time usage. Aligning with Iridium’s core network roadmap, the solution will expand to include other types of policy controls including time of day or geography.
Openet CEO Niall Norton said the deal is the company’s third deployment with a satellite operator which indicates the growing demand for policy controls outside of traditional telecoms networks.
“As demand for satellite services and connectivity grow in emerging areas such as enterprise services and IoT, policy management is required to help satellite operators drive revenue and differentiate against competition including cellular and terrestrial networks,” said Norton.