For mobile operators, providing LTE (News - Alert) roaming is a complex challenge. It requires testing, resolving and ensuring the quality of roaming processes such as Diameter signaling, clearing and settlement – and customer experience protection between one LTE network and another LTE network.
Besides that, ensuring that fallback from an LTE network to a 2G or 3G network is addressed properly is another critical issue.
To help operators overcome this challenge, Syniverse (News - Alert) – which makes mobile work for more than 900 mobile operators, cable and Internet providers, as well as enterprises in over 160 countries – has done a series of successful long term evolution (LTE) roaming trials that enable mobile operators to seamlessly transition to LTE networks.
Thomas Wehmeier, principal analyst and global head of Telco Strategy at Informa (News - Alert), said in a statement, “LTE promises a tremendous increase in transmission speed and improvement in quality for mobile data services. Yet LTE roaming remains a major challenge that needs to be resolved to realize the potential of LTE technology. Comprehensive testing is critical to delivering on end-user expectations.”
“Syniverse is the first to offer a single-solution testing and interconnection environment to ensure a seamless, comprehensive trial process,” said Jeff Gordon (News - Alert), president and CEO, Syniverse. “With our breadth of LTE-ready services, providers can integrate the testing of all of their services through a single source, instead of managing separate processes for areas like messaging, customer care, and clearing and settlement. Plus, our 25 years of mobile roaming experience give us insight into the potential unknowns that come with interoperability and interworking between new technologies.”
Powered by its LTE solution portfolio, Syniverse’s testing environment gives operators access to full LTE interoperability and interworking required for 4G voice and data roaming. Syniverse IPX Network is the key component of the LTE solution portfolio, which provides a carrier-grade, five-nines connection to Syniverse through a global network, fully enabled to deliver the quality and class of service required for LTE.
Through this single connection, which currently connects nearly 100 mobile service providers worldwide, customers gain immediate access to Syniverse’s full suite of 4G solutions, including Diameter and Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) signaling, clearing and settlement, customer-experience protection, and advanced video and messaging support.
Progress and results witnessed by Syniverse indicate the growing demand for trials as momentum for LTE rollouts increases. Data services are being tested in first phase of the trial, and more advanced services such as LTE voice, video and messaging will be tested in subsequent phases.
Edited by Braden Becker