Policy Control Function(PCF)

The 5G PCF performs the same function as the PCRF in 4G networks.

• Provides policy rules for control plane functions. This includes network slicing, roaming and mobility management.
• Accesses subscription information for policy decisions taken by the UDR.
• Supports the new 5G QoS policy and charging control functions.
Policy Control Function(PCF)
Key Benefits
Converged EPC PCRF and 5GC PCF core network function
Perfect compatibility with third-party core network elements
Deployed on X86 COTS server, NFV platform and Cloud 
Enabled for centralized or distributed data centers
 
IPLOOK's  5GC  PCF
IPLOOK 5GC PCF is a direct evolution of the IPLOOK EPC PCRF on the existing CPS Cloud Native Docker container based platform. The new PCF will have support for all the existing features of the legacy 3G/4G CPS PCRF in addition to new 5G QoS policy and charging control functions and the related 5G signaling interfaces defined for the 5G PCF by the 3GPP standards (eg. N7, N15, N5, Rx, ..).
Through various configuration options, operators will have the flexibility to enable or disable various features, protocols, or interfaces. The PCF evolution is planned in an incremental manner keeping legacy CPS PCRF functionality intact, and enabling hybrid 4G/5G PCRF/PCF solution where necessary for customer operations.
Features 
 
Comply to  3GPP R15/R16 Standards
Interface Function
»  N7 Interface
»  N5 Interface
»  N15 Interface
»  Nrsf Interface
»  Nbsf Interface
»  Web Server
»  Northbound Interface (RESTful API)
Network Function Management
»  NF Register
»  NF Deregister
»  NF Subscription
Operation and Maintenance
»   KPI Management
»  Fault Management
»  Log Management
»  Configuration Management
»  License Management
»  User group management
»  The business management
»  SPR network element configuration management
»  PCF network element configuration management
 
Basic Service Function
»  Overload control function
»  Dynamic policy control based on usage
»  Dynamic policy control based on time period
»  Dynamic policy control based on service area
»  Dynamic policy control based on terminal type
»  Dynamic policy control based on Shared usage
»  Dynamic policy control based on contract information
»  Dynamic policy control based on APN
»  Default hosted QoS control
»  Proprietary hosting management support
»  VoLTE basic business support (voice, video)
»  VoLTE supplementary business support (CFW, CW, CH, etc.)
»  PCF redundant backup design
»  Conversion of Rx messages to N5 messages
»  Support capabilities open and MEC
»  PCF roaming
»  PCF Multi-rules
»  PCF Predefined rules 
»  PCF support URSP
Open Northbound interface and graphical web based management interface
»  RESTful
»  API
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