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.
Austin, TX, October 27, 2011 — Alepo and Latin American service provider IBW announced today the successful commercial launch of multiple 4G networks in Central America using Alepo’s LTE-ready 4G Online Charging System. With it, IBW is able to offer prepaid data and voice services over WiMAX today and LTE in the future.
The investment in 4G technology represents a major step forward in the region and reinforces IBW’s position as a market leader. By deploying a convergent charging and billing system that supports WiMAX and LTE, IBW can readily launch new services over LTE as they become available without replacing the existing core network, resulting in lower CapEx and faster time to market.
“In such a transitional period for emerging 4G technologies, it was crucial to implement a solution that can readily adapt to changes in technology, market conditions and regulations,” said Paul Ives Choiseul, IBW CTO. “The flexibility of Alepo’s Online Charging System reassures us of our investment, even as technologies evolve and our subscriber base grows.”
IBW will utilize Alepo’s flexible platform to offer a wide range of convergent 4G services to corporate and residential customers across Central America and has recently launched its consumer brand, Japi (http://www.soyjapi.com) in Costa Rica and El Salvador, with Guatemala to follow soon.
Alepo’s 3GPP-compliant Online Charging System (OCS) is a convergent charging & billing system that handles the real-time rating, charging and balance management of all IP-based services. Part of Alepo’s comprehensive Service Enabler platform, it incorporates business management applications such as revenue assurance and voucher management to create an end-to-end, carrier-grade solution. The flexible, future-ready solution can support multiple radio access technologies (RANs), facilitating the addition of LTE to IBW’s existing WiMAX network or a complete migration to LTE in the future.
“With simultaneous deployments in multiple markets, IBW has proven to be an ambitious and forward-thinking market player,” said Jonathan Garini, Alepo Vice President of Products. “Alepo was able to meet IBW’s aggressive timetable and deliver a market-ready core solution that offers an immediate and continuous ROI.”
IBW, an emerging service provider across Central America, is positioning itself to provide high-quality commercial and residential services, including voice, data and video, over a licensed 802.16e WiMAX network. Today, the company has a presence in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador and operates its 4G consumer services under the “Japi” brand.
Latin American service provider, IBW recently selected Alepo to implement an online charging system with the flexibility to support multiple 4G technologies, including WiMAX and LTE, on a single charging & billing platform.
February 11, 2011, Barcelona, Spain – Alepo announced today its partnership with Latin American service provider, IBW, to provide an LTE-ready Online Charging System (OCS) for the rollout of WiMAX networks across Central America, enabling IBW to later extend or transition to LTE and other 4G technologies while maintaining a single, convergent billing & charging platform.
Deployment of Alepo’s Online Charging System will ensure that IBW remains at the forefront of 4G technologies while protecting its investment in the core network.
“In the developing Latin American markets, it was crucial to implement a solution that can readily adapt to changes in technology, market conditions and regulations,” stated Paul Ives Choiseul, IBW CTO. “The flexibility of Alepo’s OCS reassures us of our investment, even as technologies evolve and our subscriber base grows.”
Alepo’s 3GPP-compliant OCS handles the rating, charging, and balance management of all services in real time and communicates with policy controls to ensure zero leakage of revenue. With an integrated offline charging system and billing domain, the innovative solution dismantles the traditional vertical architecture, allowing for fully convergent prepaid / postpaid business plans.
In addition, the LTE-ready system supports advanced authentication functions, mobility management, roaming, and handover, allowing for interworking between access technologies, both 3GPP and non-3GPP.
“Until recently, WiMAX and LTE had been thought of as dueling technologies, racing to become the standard for 4G,” stated John Kim, Alepo Vice President of Sales. “However, the convergence of access technologies is a very real scenario and is likely to gain momentum as service providers look to future-proof their investments in core network systems.”
Whether IBW ultimately decides to transition from WiMAX to LTE or to support both technologies simultaneously, the Alepo OCS will remain intact, which will allow the service provider to act swiftly on market conditions without additional costs, risks or delay on the part of the charging system.
“We look forward to our partnership with IBW to provide innovative and robust solutions that will enable the organization to grow its customer base and evolve into new technologies while protecting its investment,” stated Kim.
IBW, an emerging service provider across Central America, is positioning itself to provide high-quality commercial and residential services, including voice, data and video, over a licensed 802.16e WiMAX network. Today, the company has a presence in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
Alepo is a leading provider of IT and network infrastructure software solutions for communications service providers worldwide. Alepo works closely with market leaders including Vodafone, MTN, France Telecom, and Digicel, empowering them to compete aggressively and realize data opportunities across technologies and generations. Alepo is proud to support innovative market leaders as they evolve in the telecommunications marketplace.
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Alepo introduces a 3GPP-compliant PCRF to support dynamic policy management and network optimization for LTE and IMS networks.
February 18, 2010, Austin, TX — Alepo today announced the introduction of its 3GPP Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF). The PCRF supports dynamic policy management and network optimization for LTE and IMS networks. As the role of LTE and IMS grows, a 3GPP-compliant PCRF will become central to 4G networks.
The amount of bandwidth used per person is increasing much more quickly than the expansion of broadband itself, stretching current networks to capacity. It is therefore increasingly important that providers find ways to maximize network efficiency. A PCRF is able to automatically do this by lowering the bandwidth of users who are slowing down the network during peak times due to overuse. Additionally, offering quality of service (QoS) based plans allows for more efficient network management while simultaneously increasing revenue per customer and customer satisfaction.
“Alepo’s 3GPP PCRF is a central network element for LTE and IMS networks,” stated John Kim, Director of Telecommunications at Alepo. “Dynamic and on-demand policy change will not only help network integrity, but will increase customer service by offering a wider breadth of services and a highly responsive network at all times,” he concluded.
Alepo’s 3GPP PCRF supports the creation of QoS-based services by offering bandwidth-based plans and network efficiency is achieved via automatic downgrading of overactive users and tearing down sessions when maxiumum bandwidth is reached. Additionally, the Alepo 3GPP PCRF supports alerts, which can inform customers when they are reaching their bandwidth cap or a certain balance, avoiding bill shock and increasing customer satisfaction.
Alepo is a leading provider of enabling IT and network infrastructure software solutions for communications service providers worldwide. Alepo works closely with market leaders including Vodafone, MTN, France Telecom, and Digicel, empowering them to compete aggressively and realize data opportunities across technologies and generations. Alepo is proud to support innovative market leaders as they evolve in the telecommunications marketplace.
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