It is critically important to choose an approach that allows for flexibility but yet stays predictable and transparent from an operator’s perspective, now and in the future. BroadForward’s Broadband Policy Gateway BFX provides system integrators with a specialized software toolkit for advanced integration of mobile broadband, policy control, charging or IT systems. BFX gives system integrators the ability to immediately assess, configure and test interfaces, which means a much improved visibility on the challenges ahead.
BFX brings higher predictability on timelines and thus leads to reduced costs and project dependencies. But most importantly, the use of BFX gives the additional confidence that the operator needs, to make a positive decision for the project on offer.
System Integrators working in the telecommunications area will have a large interest in winning projects in the mobile broadband area. Mobile broadband is a key investment area and one of the major drivers for the global telecom operator revenue growth. Parallel to this growth, new networks and technologies are rolled out (3G, LTE and IMS). With so much at stake on a live network, operators will apply strict selection criteria on specialist system integrators. It is crucial for contenders to showcase not only subject matter expertise, but also predictability on timelines as well as transparency in costs and risks.
Operators are well aware how complex and time consuming these projects will be, as they cover products of many different vendors across multiple network technologies, and multiple departments. In a competitive situation like this, the BFX Broadband Policy Gateway will provide a considerable contribution in helping to realistically detail the necessary milestones in complex integration projects.
BFX supports system integrators to reduce project dependencies to a minimum. Inherently BFX offers connectivity configuration and flexibility straight out of the box. It comes with a rich catalogue of protocols and features, including the ability to trace interface integrity for testing and execution purposes. While the operator constantly upgrades products and requires changes to its network, BFX allows the system integrator to change, adapt or maintain connections as a (managed) service, in many cases even with just remote login.
BFX offers many ways to differentiate and be more competitive. With better control over complex integration projects, the improved predictability will have an immediate positive impact on project manageability and margins.