Austin, TX, December 14, 2011 — Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today the introduction of the Alepo Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) to its suite of Evolved Packet Core (EPC) control plane network solutions, as well as its interoperability success at the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Test Event.
Alepo’s Diameter Signaling Controller is an intelligent signaling framework that works to streamline and secure all Diameter signaling communication within and across Evolved Packet Core (EPC) networks.
Built in accordance to industry standards, including 3GPP, GSMA and IETF, the Alepo Diameter Signaling Controller can function fully as an IETF Diameter Agent, as 3GPP Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) to streamline communication between network nodes and enhance network performance, or as a GSMA Diameter Edge Agent (DEA) to facilitate 3G / 4G roaming and interconnect scenarios.
At the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Interoperability Event, Alepo successfully tested its Diameter Signaling Controller and PCRF in multiple local and roaming interoperability test scenarios. Alepo’s Diameter Signaling Controller implemented standard Gx, Rx, S9, and S6a reference points, and was instrumental to the successful completion of data roaming and IMS interaction made over LTE networks between the two test sites in Germany and China.
“As core network environments become increasingly complex and diverse, operators are quickly recognizing the value of the Diameter Signaling Controller as a fundamental component required to realize next generation goals and ensure uninhibited network growth,” said Jonathan Garini, Vice President of Products at Alepo, adding, “Alepo is proud to be the first vendor to offer a field-tested and proven-interoperable Diameter Signaling Controller alongside our PCRF, OCS, AAA, HSS and ANDSF as a comprehensive Evolved Packet Core network.”
Alepo sponsored and participated in the 2011 MultiService Forum Voice over LTE Interoperability Event. The event was held at the Vodafone Test and Innovation Centre in Dusseldorf, Germany and the China Mobile Research Institute Laboratory in Beijing, China. It was backed by the GSMA as part of its work on VoLTE. The complete white paper results can be found at www.msforum.org/interoperability.
About the MSF
The MultiService Forum (MSF) is a global association of service providers, system suppliers and test equipment vendors committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice Next Generation Networks. Founded in 1998, the MSF is an open-membership organization comprised of the world’s leading telecommunications companies. The MSF’s activities include developing Implementation Agreements, promoting worldwide compatibility and interoperability of network elements, and encouraging input to appropriate national and international standards bodies.
About VoLTE IOT Event 2011
The MSF hosted the VoLTE IOT 2011 Event in the Vodafone Centre for Test and Innovation in Dusseldorf and the China Mobile Research Institute Lab in Beijing in September 2011. The event was backed by the GSMA following the launch of its global VoLTE initiative in 2010, which is supported by more than 40 leading organizations in the mobile space. The event built on the major success of the previous Global MSF LTE Interoperability Event that took place during March 2010 and reflected the industry’s drive to continue to deliver major carrier driven events that benefit all its members in their quest to keep pace with an ever faster moving industry. The MSF VoLTE Interoperability test event focused on validating core network interfaces to ensure multi-vendor deployment strategies for LTE technology and validated the MSF physical scenarios developed to incorporate 3GPP LTE/EPC technology and the GSMA’s technical recommendations, focusing on Voice over LTE, with the support of China Mobile and Vodafone.
Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a subsidiary of MSTelcom, plans to launch a 4G wireless broadband network using Alepo’s 16e AAA Server for comprehensive session, policy and subscriber management.
December 7, 2011, Austin, TX — Alepo, a leading provider of control plane & business management solutions for next generation services, announced today that Angola Communications Systems (ACS), a Business Unit of MSTelcom, has selected Alepo’s 16e AAA Server to support 4G wireless broadband services in Angola.
Alepo’s 16e AAA server performs comprehensive quota-based session management and centralized subscriber identity management across multiple next generation services and devices. It will also enable ACS to create and deliver multiple, granular Quality of Service (QoS) profiles for the operator’s various customer segments, including corporate, municipal and residential subscribers.
“We needed a proven and reliable solution to be able to deliver a wide range of mobile broadband services to our growing customer base,” said Carlos Carvalho Chief Technology Officer of ACS. “With its robust and advanced features, Alepo’s 16e AAA Server has exceeded our expectations.”
In addition to standard AAA functions, Alepo’s 16e AAA Server also provides unique features such as self-healing from system failures, centralized key management, identity correlation, IP Address Management (both dynamic and static), session caching, and session hierarchies. Alepo’s 16e AAA Server is also vendor neutral, allowing ACS to build a network made of best-of-breed networks, lowering cost of ownership at network inception and throughout the life of the network.
“ACS shows a great commitment to the advancement of mobile broadband in rural and urban Africa,” said Jonathan Garini, Vice President of Products of Alepo. “We look forward to a continual partnership with ACS to support the latest in 4G technology and beyond.”
About Angola Communication Systems (ACS)
With its headquarters and operations center located in the city of Luanda, ACS is a provider of systems for private networks, dedicated circuits for data transmission and internet solutions via satellite technology (VSAT) systems and via wireless (broadband). Through very close relationships and agreements with operators at national and international levels, ACS is able to provide links to any part of Angola. ACS invests much of its resources to update technology and equipment to ensure that it continues to provide its services with the best possible quality. This is also achieved by the dedicated staff and includes a selection of highly experienced engineers and technicians.
Leading telecoms operator, Digicel, successfully deployed Alepo’s carrier-grade OMA DM Server and completed its first firmware over the air (FOTA) update of devices on its 4G Broadband network.
December 1, 2011, Austin, TX — Alepo announced today that Digicel, the best value mobile operator across the Caribbean, Central America and Pacific, has implemented Alepo’s OMA DM Server for comprehensive device management on its 4G Broadband networks in both Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. The carrier-grade system has already proven successful, allowing Digicel to remotely manage customer devices on its nationwide network.
Built on Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) DM 1.2 and collaborative WiMAX Forum standards, Alepo’s OMA DM Server eases and automates end-to-end mobile device management by enabling Over-the-Air (OTA) firmware updates, provisioning, monitoring, security, and more.
“We are constantly looking to ensure that the service we deliver to our valued customers is second to none,” stated James McElvanna, Director of 4G Broadband for Digicel Jamaica. “Alepo’s proven OMA DM Server has been integral in that as it has allowed Digicel to efficiently manage our customers’ devices.”
Alepo OMA DM Server automates firmware updates for hands-off delivery of new services, security updates and critical fixes to bugs that may interfere with network operations. From the administrative interface, system operators can easily add new firmware, schedule update campaigns, point to external download locations and view update status. The system includes failure reporting and retry management.
“As mobile devices and technologies evolve, firmware updates and configuration changes are becoming ever more common, and service providers must plan accordingly to avoid potential network or device impingements,” said Jonathan Garini, Vice President of Products at Alepo, adding, “Alepo’s OMA DM Server achieves a highly efficient, hands-off solution by delivering firmware updates over the air.”
About Digicel Group
After ten years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11.5 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean Cup. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programs.
In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.
Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.
Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.