In the wake of his recent news on joining the Google Cloud Partner Advantage ProgramSandvine announced four key enhancements to its Application intelligence and network (ANI) wallet.

Paving the way for innovation and monetization in 4G, 5G NR, and standalone 5G are Sandvine cloud-native deployments, game QoE rating and classification, 5G policy integration, and a new NWDAF use case;

Cloud-native deployment for ActiveLogic Hyperscale Data Plane – With CNCF-compliant Kubernetes-orchestrated containers and open-source components, the availability of ActiveLogic as a cloud-native function (CNF) accelerates application deployments and changes high impact. CNF helps engineers automate delivery and quickly fix faulty builds using DevOps best practices.

Game QoE by Type (Cloud, Download, Online/Interactive) – Improve visibility into end-user experience by detecting and measuring user actions and behavioral characteristics of individual games. Sandvine’s industry-leading traffic analytics and classification enable real-time QoE “scoring” of performance KPIs calculated per user, per application, per location and per device. These QoE scores indicate lag, time skipping, slow loading, download failures, and video buffering. Additionally, Sandvine’s signature library is made up of over 20% gaming signatures. Closely monitoring gaming traffic, including 4K-quality gaming traffic, helps planners manage congestion and track the pace of changes in gaming application algorithms, codecs and protocols.

5G Integration with Policy Control Function (PCF) – To help operators easily create and seamlessly deploy policies in 4G and 5G networks, Sandvine has built an interface between its solution and customer PCFs to take support use cases for network optimization and revenue generation. This new interface enables 5G operators to implement an application detection function (ADC) in 5G SA networks for more innovative application-based policies and more precise control of network resources. By combining ANI with PCF, operators can better govern subscriber services (data allocation, type of radio access, subscriber services) to create more service options and better QoE for subscribers .New Use Case for “Observed Service Experience” – A new analytics service brings sophisticated QoE scoring capabilities to Sandvine’s enriched NWDAF.

This new service is included in 5G Service Intelligence Engine and delivers the performance required for more complex 5G network slices. Acting as a single or additional source of metrics and KPIs, the ANI becomes a trusted application function (AF) for policy and billing, per 3GPP’s definition of a “predictive analytics platform centralized network for 5G core networks”. The use case provides the NWDAF with an average opinion score (MOS) that reflects the QoE of the application per user equipment, per UE group, or per network slice. NWDAF then converts MOS metrics on service experience into insights and predictions that help operators ensure network and service performance, in addition to which they can generate additional revenue based on QoS.s.

Lyndon Cantor, CEO, Sandvine
By the first half of 2022, our entire portfolio will be available as cloud-native functions, ensuring Sandvine customers get the most out of their 5G cloud deployments in terms of rapid service creation, high performance and flexibility to quickly build applications and services – even in complex, multi-vendor environments. The horizontal scale and efficiency of cloud native will help them reduce innovation costs, as well as generate new revenue streams around network performance and application QoE.