Oracle is not the only company to see the value of integrating policy control and deep packet inspection into its offerings.
Cisco purchased Denver policy control company BroadHop earlier this year.
St. Louis software developer Amdocs Ltd. purchased policy control and network management company Bridgewater Systems Corp. for C$211 million ($207 million), or C$139 million net of cash, in 2011.
And there's a global field of companies providing similar services. Ireland-based Openet Telecom Ltd. has backing from Balderton Capital, Saic Venture Capital Corp. and Cross Atlantic Capital Partners. Tech consultancy Infonetics Research named it the top vendor in its niche."Openet is the reigning policy management software revenue market share leader for the 3rd year in a row, followed closely by recently-acquired Tekelec," Infonetics analyst Shira Levine wrote in a Tuesday report. Huawei and Amdocs were third and fourth, respectively. Infonetics expects the global market for policy control services to reach $2.4 billion by 2017. Alongside that growth, however, Levine wrote that the opportunities for niche players in the market will likely shrink. Examples of these niche market players in the private sphere include: London's Volubill Inc. provides policy management services. It has 80 global customers and has funding from Argo Global Capital, Deutsche Venture Capital, Seventure Partners, Sofinnova Ventures, Sofinnova Partners and XAnge Private Equity. Torres Networks Ltd., with offices in San Ramon, Calif., Ireland and India, develops policy control for wireless networks, Wi-Fi and cable systems. Munich communications technology developer Rohde & Schwarz purchased German policy and deep packet inspection company ipoque GmbH in 2011. Mobixell Networks, which develops technology to speed Web video and has a policy control product, has signed up new management as part of a "strategic plan" for the next stage in its development. CEO Klod Ghez, who was named to the post in December 2012, previously ran Sheer Networks Inc., which Cisco acquired in 2005, and also worked at Amdocs. The new head of Mobixell's Americas unit Gad Tobaly, who was appointed in February, was the CEO of InfoVista SA when it sold to Thoma Bravo LLC.
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