The demand for LTE roaming services exploded during 2013, and BICS, a provider of wholesale carrier services, adopted a rather proactive approach and ensured that its IP Exchange (IPX) platform was ready to meet this demand. It made LTE (News - Alert) more attractive for operators while simultaneously contributing to the success of commercial LTE deployment.
"Early adopters are already experiencing the benefits of offering a high quality internet roaming experience to subscribers, who now demand seamless 4G connectivity wherever they are in the world," noted Mikaël Schachne, vice president, mobile data business, BICS.
By developing LTE roaming internationally over IPX, BICS reduced the complexity of implementing LTE worldwide and today customers can access LTE roaming services with over 70 operators, spanning 44 countries.
LTE roaming needs the support of an all-new IP signaling infrastructure which is built on IPX to replace the SS7 signaling network and BICS’ IPX fits the bill. Using this platform, service providers can exchange any IP traffic (voice, video, messaging and data) bilaterally with any IPX destination, through one single interconnection with an end-to-end management of quality.
The popularity of the BICS IPX platform is partly because it removes the need to engage in separate agreements with the hundreds of operators who have deployed LTE around the world.
With more operators beginning to deploy their next generation networks, interest in LTE roaming services is expected to really pick up in 2014. In fact, subscribers all over the world now expect to be able to access high speed data all the time. In response to this demand, almost 250 operators have already launched 4G, covering 92 countries.
This augurs well for BICS’ all-new IPX, which received the “Best LTE Roaming Product” Award for our LTE Roaming suite of Services in November 2013. It has been at the forefront of many industry firsts.
In 2013, BICS was on an LTE roll when it first established the first LTE roaming call between Europe and Asia using its IPX platform, went on to put in place a roaming relation between Europe, Asia and North America in September and polished it off with roaming services between Africa and Europe. Various operators played an important role in helping BICS achieve its many firsts.
An optimistic Daniel Kurgan, CEO of BICS, was confident that the provider would further cement its position as a world leader in the international wholesale voice and data markets.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker