Infonetics: LTE deployments, VoLTE boosting policy management

Mobile deployments are driving growth in the policy management software market, which is expected to become a $2.5 billion market by 2018, according to Infonetics Research. Voice over LTE (VoLTE), in particular, "continues to be a major driver behind policy management growth as operators seek to ensure quality of service (QoS) for voice traffic," the firm said.

Policy management growth has slowed in developed markets because many major operators have made their vendor selections, often in conjunction with their LTE deployments, and ongoing spending is now related to license expansions and additional use cases, noted Shira Levine, the firm's directing analyst for service enablement and subscriber intelligence. However, she said momentum continues in emerging markets across Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, "where the competitive environment is often intense and growing smartphone adoption is driving mobile broadband consumption."

Infonetics said Huawei held the policy management revenue lead in 2013, followed closely by Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). For more, see this Infonetics release.