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iBasis and Sparkle to Peer for LTE Roaming and Signaling
|By Business Wire
|January 21, 2014 06:00 AM EST
iBasis, a KPN company, and TI Sparkle, Telecom Italia Group’s
international operator, today announced an LTE Roaming peering agreement
that will ensure interoperability between LTE networks and a consistent
user experience for roaming LTE subscribers.
The LTE roaming peering between iBasis and TI Sparkle is an extension of
an existing IPX inter-provider interconnect agreement the two companies
implemented in 2012 which enables live traffic including signaling,
voice and data roaming, as well as end-to-end QoS.
The new agreement further develops the global IPX ecosystem, which
continues to grow as an increasing number of interconnected operators
add value to their propositions with new IPX- enabled solutions such as
“Providing seamless LTE roaming to mobile service providers through our
Diameter Signaling is very important for TI Sparkle as it fulfills our
promise of developing solutions that provide and facilitate
interoperability among operators. We are pleased to expand our
partnership with iBasis and enhance our existing multiservice IPX
connection to make LTE roaming an easier proposition for operators and
their end consumers,” states Elisabetta Ripa, TI Sparkle Chief Executive
“As mobile operators complete their LTE roll-outs in their national
networks, they are beginning to recognize the complex challenges of
meeting customer expectations for a consistent LTE experience anywhere,
any time. Our LTE Signaling eXchange service solves the technical
challenges, and peering agreements like this one with Telecom Italia
Sparkle are vitally important to deliver the global footprint required
to make LTE roaming a reality,” said Willem Offerhaus, iBasis CEO.
About Telecom Italia Sparkle Diameter Signaling solution
LTE™ Diameter Signaling roaming solution is TI Sparkle latest addition
to its IPX+ multi-service portfolio with the aim to simplify global
roaming complexity. Built on the company’s leading global IP network,
the LTE™ Diameter Signaling roaming solution provides scale and
reliability for mission-critical operations and enables MNOs to fast
track their roll-out of LTE™ roaming in a cost-effective and scalable
manner, while creating differentiation in a highly competitive
marketplace. Sparkle Diameter Signaling solution currently supports a
comprehensive global reach of more than 80 networks in 40 countries,
through interconnections with both customers and selected peering
About Telecom Italia Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. (TI Sparkle) is the wholly-owned Telecom
Italia Group (NYSE:TI) subsidiary with the mission to develop and
consolidate the international services business. As a leading global
carrier, TI Sparkle offers a full range of voice, mobile data, Internet
protocol (IP) and bandwidth solutions to fixed and mobile operators,
Internet service providers (ISPs), Media and Content providers and to
Find out more about Telecom Italia Sparkle at www.tisparkle.com
About the iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange
The iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange (LSX) service provides a single point
of access to iBasis’ live 4G (LTE) signaling network with Diameter
Routing Agents in key locations around the world and complemented with
2G and 3G MAP Signaling interworking services to non-LTE networks.
Through direct connections to many mobile operators’ LTE networks and
its open peering policy, iBasis delivers a global LTE Roaming footprint
that reaches approximately 60 LTE networks. In addition, iBasis offers a
trial environment for testing LTE interworking and roaming scenarios.
A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading international voice
carrier and a provider of data services and solutions for mobile
operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice
termination services and data services, including messaging, signaling
and roaming, for many of the world’s largest fixed and mobile operators,
as well as voice-over-broadband service providers. iBasis customers
include KPN and its mobile operators and more than 1,000 other
providers, including Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom,
Skype, TDC, Telecom Italia Sparkle, and Telefonica. The company has
recently launched lteroaming.info,
a blog site providing insights about LTE roaming, VoLTE, IPX and related
topics. Find out more about iBasis at www.ibasis.com.
iBasis and KPN are registered marks. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.
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