Showing posts with label Roaming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roaming. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Emirates Data Clearing House Launches Mobile-WiFi Roaming Hub

Emirates Data Clearing House ( EDCH ), the region's largest mobile services Data Clearing House provider, has launched the region's first WRiX-capable (Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange) Wi-Fi Hub for International Wi-Fi roaming and domestic mobile data offload services.

The EDCH Wi-Fi Hub, which is based on Accuris Networks' AccuROAM Platform, addresses key issues faced by service providers in delivering Wi-Fi roaming services, such as the time-intensive process of identifying Wi-Fi providers, negotiation of terms, and implementation of Wi-Fi services.

Accuris Networks said its solution provides a GSM-architecture-based Wi-Fi service with seamless SIM-based authentication and support for largest range of user equipment.

"EDCH is the regional leader in providing innovative cloud-based solutions for more than 50 carriers. This partnership is strategic to Accuris Networks towards delivering regional Wi-Fi service using our globally proven solution architecture and carrier-grade service characteristics", said Jeff Brown, CEO of Accuris Networks. "In using the AccuROAM Platform, EDCH extends our growing number of service providers taking advantage of a worldwide operator-based Wi-Fi roaming network."

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Carriers Verify International VoLTE Roaming

NTT DOCOMO, KT and Verizon Wireless have successfully verified the feasibility of international voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) roaming between different regions of the world.

The carriers have completed a series of tests using S8 Home Routed (S8HR) architecture, a technology based on the existing LTE data roaming platform, which allows speedy commercialization of VoLTE for high-definition voice and video roaming services with full end-to-end carrier-grade voice and video quality.

DOCOMO said it is now prepared to offer its customers the same VoLTE experiences they have in Japan when traveling to other countries.

In the trials, DOCOMO and KT achieved the world's first high-definition voice and video call with full end-to-end quality of service. Also, DOCOMO and Verizon achieved the world's first transoceanic high-definition VoLTE roaming calls. DOCOMO has existing commercial 3G and 4G roaming relations with Verizon Wireless and KT.

The calls were made on an IP eXchange (IPX) and network equipment to replicate commercial networks. With only two months of preparation, which also proved the technology's feasibility of speedy commercialization, the quality of VoLTE roaming calls using S8HR architecture over both short and long distances was proven to be better than that of existing 3G voice roaming services.

DOCOMO will continue to collaborate with these and other companies in the GSMA to drive the industry's ongoing discussion of international VoLTE roaming architecture, and to develop related operational guidelines aiming at the accelerated global deployment as part of the GSMA's Network 2020 Programme. DOCOMO will continue to carry out related R&D as it prepares to commercialize international VoLTE roaming services by the end of 2015.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english/info/media_center/pr/2015/pdf/20150226_attachment01.pdf

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."

http://www.bics.com

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Boingo Launch Passpoint Wi-Fi Roaming

Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Boingo Wireless have activated the industry's first reciprocal Passpoint roaming agreement, enabling their customers to seamlessly connect to secure WiFi networks at thousands of locations, including 25 of the highest traffic airports in the U.S.

Boingo subscribers can access thousands of Time Warner Cable’s Passpoint-enabled hotspots in cities including New York, Austin and Kansas City, with Passpoint roaming access launching in additional cities including Los Angeles and Charlotte in early 2015. Boingo customers already have access to TWC’s more than 60,000 hotspots in major cities across the U.S., per the roaming partnership launched earlier this year.

TWC residential Internet customers with Standard Service and above and all TWC Business Services Internet customers can now seamlessly roam on to Boingo’s “Passpoint Secure” WiFi networks at 25 of the highest traffic airports in the U.S., including Chicago’s O’Hare International (ORD), Los Angeles International (LAX), Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), and New York’s John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA) and Newark Liberty International (EWR) airports.

The Passpoint roaming functionality allows customers with Passpoint-certified devices and account credentials to experience seamless, secure connections between the two networks with no action needed on their part, simplifying the roaming connectivity experience during holiday travel and day-to-day mobile device use. TWC and Boingo’s Passpoint-enabled hotspots feature powerful WPA2 enterprise-grade encryption technology, providing enhanced security on the go.

“Passpoint technology provides significant value to our customers. Our Passpoint roaming integration with Boingo will keep our users connected to this advanced technology during their travels, helping us provide maximum wireless security to our TWC Internet consumers when they’re surfing the Internet out of home,” said Rob Cerbone, VP of Wireless Product Management for Time Warner Cable.

“The launch of reciprocal Passpoint roaming in the U.S. marks a significant milestone for the wireless industry, but more importantly it makes the best possible WiFi connectivity experience available to even more customers in key locations throughout the U.S.,” said Dr. Derek Peterson, Boingo Wireless Chief Technology Officer. “Our partnership with TWC gives our customers truly widespread access to simple, seamless and secure WiFi in key markets nationwide.”

https://passpoint.boingo.com

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AT&T Develops Wi-Fi Hub Powered by Accuris, BSG

AT&T is working with Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless on a new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub that enables other wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers.

The AT&T Wi-Fi Hub, which is expected to launch later this year, addresses common issues that operators face in delivering Wi-Fi roaming services, such as the time-intensive process of identifying Wi-Fi providers, negotiation of terms and implementation of Wi-Fi services.

The AT&T Wi-Fi Hub is being developed using Accuris Networks’ AccuROAM platform, which uses SIM-based account credentials to enable smartphone and tablet users to automatically connect to Wi-Fi hotspots when roaming internationally.  The solution provides a secure authentication framework without the need to enter cumbersome usernames and passwords. It also fully supports Hotspot 2.0 and WBA’s Wireless Roaming Intermediary eXchange (WRIX) specifications.  AccuROAM enables any Wi-Fi to work as a full extension of GSM or CDMA networks for billing, policy and authentication.

AT&T’s Wi-Fi Hub will utilize the advanced reporting and settlement infrastructure capabilities of BSG Wireless, specifically interconnection for the operators, data clearing and financial settlement services.

“Our collaboration with Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless means that we’ll be able to launch our hub quickly and deliver a wholesale Wi-Fi solution that is seamless and secure,” said JR Wilson, Vice President, Partnerships & Alliances, AT&T Mobility.  “For the end user, all they will need to do is download an app from their Wi-Fi provider to access Wi-Fi roaming.

"The AT&T Wi-Fi Hub is an operator-focused hub," said Jeff Brown, CEO of Accuris Networks. "AT&T has spent the time and made the investments to solve the key issues that have challenged many operators who have wanted to offer Wi-Fi roaming. Operators can become part of a Wi-Fi roaming ecosystem on which they can quickly build services and products. Using the hub benefits operators as well as their customers, since it offers Wi-Fi roaming that is secure, simple and easy to use."

http://about.att.com/story/att_accuris_networks_and_bsg_wireless_announce_att_wifi_hub.html

http://www.accuris-networks.com/

In September, Accuris Networks, a start-up based in Dublin, Ireland with offices in the U.S., Malaysia, Brazil and Japan, completed a $15 million equity funding round for its platform for connecting current and emerging mobile broadband networks such as GSM, CDMA, LTE and Wi-Fi.  The company also announced the appointment of Jeff Brown as CEO.

The Accuris AccuROAM platform, which includes smartphone client software, access server/gateway technology and billing integration support, helps service providers interconnect various network technologies and domains for a better subscriber roaming experience.  The platform can be used for Wi-Fi Offload and Wi-Fi Roaming, including Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Texting. This enables carriers to include Wi-Fi as a full service-capability alongside 3G/4G Mobile, fixed broadband, etc.

The newly named CEO Jeff Brown previously was president and CEO of mobile technology company Kineto Wireless. He held similar positions at RadioFrame Networks and was earlier the CEO of Data Critical, a wireless healthcare company.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Accuris Raises $15 Million for Roaming and Interworking Connectivity

Accuris Networks, a start-up based in Dublin, Ireland with offices in the U.S., Malaysia, Brazil and Japan, completed a $15 million equity funding round for its platform for connecting current and emerging mobile broadband networks such as GSM, CDMA, LTE and Wi-Fi.  The company also announced the appointment of Jeff Brown as CEO.

The Accuris AccuROAM platform, which includes smartphone client software, access server/gateway technology and billing integration support, helps service providers interconnect various network technologies and domains for a better subscriber roaming experience.  The platform can be used for Wi-Fi Offload and Wi-Fi Roaming, including Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Texting. This enables carriers to include Wi-Fi as a full service-capability alongside 3G/4G Mobile, fixed broadband, etc.

The newly named CEO Jeff Brown previously was president and CEO of mobile technology company Kineto Wireless. He held similar positions at RadioFrame Networks and was earlier the CEO of Data Critical, a wireless healthcare company.

Key new investors in this privately held company are the Ulster Bank Diageo Venture Fund and the China Ireland Growth Technology Fund.

"Our established industry customer base, our significant pipeline and our industry-leading technology were all factors that attracted this investment. We intend to use this funding to invest in future product development in our AccuROAM™ platform, to maintain our lead in connecting networks and build more solutions such as carrier-grade Wi-Fi offload and roaming as we scale our business globally. While we already have customers worldwide and support from existing investors such as Atlantic Bridge Capital, we particularly want to expand in China, Japan and other Asian markets. We also intend to consolidate and amplify our successes in EMEA, particularly in the Middle East and Western Europe," stated Accuris Networks Chairman Larry Quinn.

http://www.accuris-networks.com


  • Accuris Networks was founded in 2003 by Aidan Dillon, who is now the company's CTO. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sprint Extends LTE Network with Rural Roaming Deals

Sprint announced roaming deals with 12 rural and regional network carriers that significantly extend the coverage of its LTE service.

Along with Sprint’s previously announced amended agreement with nTelos to extend their Strategic Network Alliance through 2022, the Rural Roaming Preferred Program - which was developed in conjunction with CCA - now extends coverage to 23 states, over 352,000 thousand square miles and a population of over 34 million people.

The new roaming partners are:

  • SouthernLINC Wireless, covering 127,000 square miles and 18 million people in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida
  • nTelos, covering 66,000 square miles and 6.1 million people in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Kentucky (previously announced)
  • C Spire Wireless, covering over 61,700 square miles and approximately 5.5 million people in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee
  • Nex-Tech Wireless, covering 35,000 square miles and 286,000 people in Kansas and Colorado
  • Flat Wireless, covering over 29,000 square miles and 2.1 million people in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona
  • SI Wireless dba MobileNation, covering 10,000 square miles and 830,000 people in Tennessee and Kentucky
  • Inland Cellular, covering 9,000 square miles and 297,000 people in Idaho and Washington
  • Illinois Valley Cellular, covering 5,500 square miles and 250,000 people in Illinois
  • Carolina West Wireless, covering 3,100 square miles and 585,500 people in North Carolina
  • James Valley Telecommunications, covering 4,000 square miles and 45,000 people in South Dakota
  • VTel Wireless, covering 791 square miles and 60,450 people in Vermont
  • Phoenix Wireless, covering 800 square miles and 17,000 people in Maine

“These agreements demonstrate Sprint’s commitment to provide better coverage, a faster network and a wider selection of lower-cost wireless devices to all customers, regardless of where they live,” said Michael C. Schwartz, Sprint senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development. “Through unique and flexible deals with carriers like C Spire and nTelos we are providing an enhanced 4G LTE experience for Sprint customers and increasing wireless choice and competition across rural America.”

Along with Sprint’s previously announced amended agreement with nTelos to extend their Strategic Network Alliance through 2022, the Rural Roaming Preferred Program - which was developed in conjunction with CCA - now extends coverage to 23 states, over 352,000 thousand square miles and a population of over 34 million people.

http://www.sprint.com

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NTT Docomo Launches International LTE Roaming

NTT Docomo is launching an outbound LTE roaming service for its subscribers traveling in eight countries and regions, including the mainland USA and Hawaii, Hong Kong, France, Canada, Malaysia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Existing flat-rate data roaming plans will be applied to the service.

https://www.nttdocomo.co.jp

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DOCOMO Offers LTE Roaming for KT

NTT DOCOMO will offer LTE roaming to subscribers of Korean mobile operator KT Corporation when they travel in Japan.  DOCOMO said it plans to partner with other overseas mobile operators to offer LTE international roaming services, including for DOCOMO users traveling outside of Japan.

http://www.ntt.co.jp

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