Methods, systems and computer readable media for distributing policy rules to the mobile edge

  • US 10,477,385 B2
  • Filed: 07/22/2013
  • Issued: 11/12/2019
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/20/2012
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for distributing policy rules from a core data content network to user equipment in a mobile network, the method comprising:

  • obtaining, by a mobile offload gateway (MOG) located in a core data content network, at least one mobile policy rule associated with a mobile subscriber, wherein the mobile subscriber is associated with a user equipment (UE) located outside of the core data content network, wherein obtaining the at least one mobile policy rule includes sending a query to a policy and charging rules function (PCRF) node to request the at least one mobile policy rule and receiving the at least one mobile policy rule from the PCRF node;

    transmitting, from the MOG, an instruction message to the UE that instructs the UE to initiate a connection with the MOG;

    receiving, at the MOG, a connection request from the UE in response to the received instruction message;

    transmitting, from the MOG, a synchronization message containing the at least one mobile policy rule to the UE after the connection is established, wherein the at least one mobile policy rule transmitted by the MOG includes a policy rule that throttles or ceases the UE'"'"'s signaling to an access network that is separate from the core data content network; and

    configuring the UE to function in accordance with the at least one mobile policy rule, wherein the at least one mobile policy rule includes a time-based restriction policy rule that prevents the UE from communicating signaling messages to a designated website via the access network during a specified time period.

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