Friday, September 14, 2012

T-Mobile USA Picks Tekelec for LTE Buildout

Tekelec will supply its Diameter Signaling Router (DSR) for the buildout of T-Mobile USA's LTE network, which will launch in 2013.  Tekelec's platform is a central control point to route policy, charging and subscriber messages.  Financial terms were not disclosed. 
Tekelec said its DSR will help T-Mobile to:
  • Cost-effectively scale the LTE network. A centralized Diameter network eliminates the need to update all network elements when adding new equipment or when adding new roaming interconnections, thus controlling costs as the LTE network and interconnections grows.
  • Intelligently route Diameter messages and avoid signaling storms. The DSR transmits signaling messages based on real-time network conditions. For example, the system avoids sending messages to congested equipment by spreading the signaling volume across multiple network elements such as charging systems, policy servers and subscriber databases. This eliminates ‘signaling storms’ which can cause congestion and service disruptions.
“T-Mobile’s innovation and modernization of our 4G network encompasses the entire infrastructure – from the core out to 37,000 cell sites, providing subscribers with a fast and dependable 4G experience,” said Abdul Saad, senior vice president of Network Technology, T-Mobile USA. “Tekelec’s Diameter Signaling Router provides us with the network architecture and scalability we require in order to deliver innovative mobile data services that meet the needs of our customers today and in the future.”
“T-Mobile is stepping on the LTE accelerator to launch new services next year,” said Doug Suriano, CTO of Tekelec. “By implementing a new LTE Diameter Network from the start, T-Mobile will be able to scale and rapidly add LTE subscribers, devices, applications and service tiers.”