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Sunday, December 1, 2019

BICS doubles footprint in Japan for 2020 Tokyo Games

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Games, BICS announced a major upgrade and expansion of its backbone in Japan, increasing capacity tenfold to support the expected growing demand for roaming and IP-based services.

The expansion includes the deployment of a second point-of-presence (PoP) in Tokyo, which connects to the local internet exchange points for BICS’ IP-based services. This will ensure reduced latency, improving end-to-end quality while directly connecting local customers to BICS’ global network infrastructure.

BICS has also extended its existing network infrastructure in the region with a new route from Hong Kong to Japan, and from Japan to LA, resulting in a tenfold increase in connectivity and significantly reducing latency.

“Japan is one of several territories in Asia which is leading the deployment of 5G and growing its Internet of Things ecosystem. This development requires reliable, high-quality and low-latency connectivity, and services which can support large increase in the cellular traffic and number of devices,” commented Malcolm Chan, MD, Asia Pacific, BICS. “Expanding our backbone in the region was therefore an important step to meet future demands, especially in light of the number of visitors expected to travel to Japan next year for the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

BICS: Global 4G LTE roaming traffic up 95% in 2018

BICS, a leading international voice interconnection carrier, reported that 4G/LTE roaming traffic across its global network grew by over 95% in 2018 – almost double that of 2017.

BICS’ IPX platform, which includes LTE signalling, allows service providers to exchange IP traffic bilaterally to any IPX destination, through a single interconnection which manages service quality. Operators are able to establish roaming and inter-working agreements with other over 610 members on the network.

“4G/LTE roaming has opened up a plethora of opportunities for individual subscribers and businesses alike,” said Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobility Solutions, BICS. “However, when demand and reliance increase, so too must supporting infrastructure and service availability. European subscribers have enjoyed being able to ‘Roam Like at Home’ and now seek high quality, affordable roaming services, wherever they travel. This is forcing operators in other regions outside of the EU to match the European offering by coming together to offer more cost-effective packages to subscribers, while optimising traffic flow at the back-end.”

Since 2014, BICS’ 4G/LTE roaming footprint has grown by 316%, from 44 countries to 183. In the last five years, there has also been a 771% growth in the number of operators using BICS’ roaming solutions. While the total number of operators using 4G/LTE globally has grown from 70 in 2014 to 610 in 2018, the number using BICS’ LTE solution has now reached 200, giving the company a 30% market share.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Predictions 2017: The Age of Collaboration and Interoperability

by Daniel Kurgan,
CEO, BICS

2016 proved to be a remarkable year for the telecoms industry. In its crudest form, mobile was previously synonymous with the core voice services provided by operators. And while voice remains one of the biggest revenue streams for MNOs, the digital revolution has sparked a new age for communication. New, branded digital experiences – messaging apps, chat bots and even the Internet of Things – have pervaded mobile devices globally, as consumers expect instant connectivity and seamless services, wherever they are in the world.

As operators and internet service providers make great headway in giving subscribers the ultimate user experience with faster, more qualitative and cost-effective voice and data services,  2017 – despite its imminent challenges – could prove to be a turning point for the industry as a whole, with new revenue opportunities and partnerships to be reaped for those who have readied themselves to take advantage.

The abolition of EU roaming charges will force significant change in the industry

June 2017 will mark a huge juncture in mobile history as EU regulators abolish roaming charges, allowing subscribers to use their mobile phones abroad as they would at home.
The abolition of roaming charges in Europe for consumers will have a knock on effect for wholesalers, who will be under increasing pressure to reduce their own fees. However, roaming traffic is expected to grow significantly as more subscribers will be inclined to switch on data roaming as they travel. This surge in usage of mobile voice and data services abroad should offset the impact of the changes in legislation.

The wholesale telecoms sector will experience a period of upheaval as the new measures come into place. However, the blow could be softened by the decision made by EU ministers in December 2016 to cap wholesale rates. Essentially, this will give mobile operators and wholesale carriers time to adjust. Either way, mobile operators will need to adapt if they want to reap the rewards of the industry’s digital transformation.

The Internet of Things will spark new services and revenue streams

In 2017, we will witness more convergence across the telecoms space as service providers develop cross-platform propositions to support content services, and also look to diversify in order to target vertical markets.

The IoT will be a key driver of this transformation, as an increasing number of industries become reliant on mobile to provide the connectivity and infrastructure needed to support IoT implementations. IoT has become integral to the growth of smart homes, smart factories, automated production lines and the emergence of driverless cars.

We have already seen several deployments of global IoT solutions, but in 2017 these are likely to gain traction as more and more equipment manufacturers and enterprises look to embed global connectivity into their devices. Wholesalers will play a key role in bringing disparate players from other markets together, helping to drive collaboration that will support innovation in telecoms.

Increased M&A activity will prompt collaboration to take advantage of industry opportunities

Wholesalers are set to play a crucial role in the development and transformation of the telecoms industry in 2017, acting as a facilitator of new partnerships across the sector.

In 2016, we saw a number of high-profile M&As as major operators looked to enhance their digital propositions to offer content and media services. This was evident in the U.S. with the Verizon- Yahoo M&A and the recent move by AT&T to acquire Time Warner. On the consolidation front, the UK incumbent BT acquired EE, the country’s largest mobile operator.

In 2017, we’ll see similar activity again, but on a micro-level, as mobile operators and pure-play telecoms businesses look to partner with digital service providers, cloud communications companies and even fintech companies to embed mobile and rich communications services into their core proposition. In order for these players to capitalise on the opportunities before them, they will need to look at partnering with wholesalers, retail service providers and vendors to help make the connections, share assets and intelligence in order to develop and roll out new services and to new markets in order to differentiate.

About the Author

Daniel Kurgan, Chief Executive Officer, BICS Daniel Kurgan was appointed CEO of BICS SA/NV on March 2nd 2007 after being COO from July 1st 2006 onwards. He started his career as Contracts Manager at SABCA (biggest Belgian aerospace company, subsidiary of French Group Dassault), where he negotiated and managed major industrial sales, subcontracting and purchase contracts with customers like Boeing, Airbus, Aerospatiale (EADS), Asian governments, and suppliers like GEC Marconi and Litton.

Daniel joined Belgacom’s Carrier Division at the start of the carrier's commercial operations in January 1997, where he held several positions including International Account Manager, Head of International Relations & Sales, Sales Director (domestic and international wholesale) and VP International Wholesale, in charge of Sales & Marketing, Buying & LCR, and Customer Service and Network. In 2005 Daniel was VP Commercial of BICS, and contributed to the spin-off of Belgacom’s international carrier business.

Daniel graduated from the Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

BICS Cites Rapid Rise in LTE Roaming

There has been a rapid increase in the number of operators deploying LTE roaming during the last year, with services now available in 75 countries, according to BICS, which provides wholesale carrier services.

Operators using BICS' IP exchange (IPX) platform can offer customers access to LTE roaming sessions with over 150 operators, through either direct connections or peering agreements.

Following pioneering launches in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa during 2013, last year saw widespread adoption in countries across the globe, including: Russia, South Africa, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Poland and Rwanda. Carriers launching the service are able to offer their customers, and visitors roaming onto their network, access to the highest quality data services - driving revenues and increasing the quality of experience for end users.

"The growth in the number of networks offering LTE roaming services last year was astounding," said Mikaël Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business, BICS. "We can now expect carriers to begin utilising the whole spectrum of services enabled by IPX, including deploying next generation voice services and value added packages for subscribers, to further enhance services for their own customers and incoming roamers."

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Blueprint: Collaboration to Drive Telecoms Market in 2015

2015 looks set to be another fascinating one for the telecoms sector as we begin to see the next stage of evolution in services and business models. Following the rapid adoption of LTE, we are likely to see an increasing number of operators further developing their offering and introducing VoLTE, LTE roaming and other advanced 4G services.

OTTs and MVNOs are also looking to expand their portfolios and customer reach by breaking out of their silos and moving into more mainstream telecoms services. The current market evolution has created a scenario where, in order to deliver the optimum customer experience and maximise revenue, the sector as a whole needs to break out of their individual mind-sets and adopt a more collaborative approach.

For instance, in order to deliver quality of experience and reach their goal of breaking out of their silo-based models and widen the range of services they provide, OTT players must engage with both operators and infrastructure providers to take advantage of their footprint and network services.

Mobile operators too must collaborate in order to provide a range of interoperable services normally associated with OTT providers, including file transfer and VoIP services. Many operators have already recognised the value in offering enhanced messaging services, usually the realm of the Internet players, with RCS adoption. There are encouraging signs widescale adoption is not far away. Recently, BICS conducted a survey of industry executives on their attitudes and plans for RCS adoption and found that two thirds of operators were looking to go live by the end of 2015.

In Europe, further adjustments to roaming charges and other regulations are expected, which will further open up the telecoms market. This will give way to a number of new niche MVNOs founded on innovative roaming-only premises. For carriers, these regulatory developments will offer opportunities to improve roaming monetisation through the launch of enhanced roaming services such as tailored packages for specific customer types. This will further stimulate usage as consumers receive a higher-quality user experience relevant to their needs.

Commercial LTE services are now available in over 100 countries according to GSA figures announced in October, and many suppliers have extended this commitment to offering customers the highest data speeds wherever they are in the world by introducing LTE roaming agreements. In 2015, we can expect this trend to continue and the widespread use of further enhanced services, including HD Voice and VoLTE.

The enhanced user experience brought about by next generation new voice services will invigorate the voice market, enabling operators to better monetise voice.

With market consolidation continuing and so many dynamic factors in play those who succeed will need to have a compelling offer across the range of services including voice, messaging, GRX and signalling. Operators will also look to their infrastructure providers to offer far more than just the transport network, seeking intelligent services that facilitate monetisation, innovative packages and efficiencies.

To satisfy demanding end-users innovation is key. The best way to achieve this is for all the players in the mobile ecosystem to work collaboratively to create benefits for all parties and ultimately the end customer.

About the Author

Daniel Kurgan is CEO of BICS SA/NV. He joined Belgacom’s Carrier Division at the start of the carrier's commercial operations in January 1997, where he held several positions including International Account Manager, Head of International Relations & Sales, Sales Director (domestic and international wholesale) and VP International Wholesale, in charge of Sales & Marketing, Buying & LCR, and Customer Service and Network. In 2005 Daniel was VP Commercial of BICS, and contributed to the spin-off of Belgacom’s international carrier business.

Daniel graduated from the Solvay Business School of the University of Brussels.

About BICS

BICS delivers best-in-class international wholesale solutions to any communication service provider worldwide. Through its Mosaic portfolio, a comprehensive, flexible and innovative suite of solutions designed to be used individually, or collectively, BICS meets the existing and future requirements of the global telecoms industry. BICS is headquartered in Brussels with regional offices in Bern, Dubai, Madrid, New York and Singapore.

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