Tier-1 operator TIM Brasil has extended its deal with Tekelec to manage and monetize mobile data traffic for the carrier.
Tekelec says its Policy Server, a policy and charging rules function (PCRF), and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) product will help TIM Brasil offer new prepaid and postpaid plans for wireless users. TIM Brasil's marketing and network teams are expected to be able to create new tiers and promotions designed to grow market share and revenue, and to better control network usage to lower capex and opex.
TIM Brasil initially chose Tekelec's PCRF early last year, when it was the Camiant Multimedia Policy Engine. Tekelec acquired Camiant in May 2010. Earlier this year, the company augmented the Policy Server and SDM scalability and flexibility by migrating them onto its XG middleware platform, designed to support Tier-1 operator requirements for 3G, IMS and LTE networks.
"The growth of mobile data and mobile broadband services is key to our innovation and subscriber growth," said Rogerio Pahoor, core network manager at TIM Brasil. "Tekelec's Policy Server and SDM support our vision of more tailored plans that give customers personalized pricing and services while allowing us to cost-efficiently grow our network. Tekelec provides the unique combination of scalability, flexibility and reliability required to capitalize on the growth of mobile data traffic and devices."
A recent study shows mobile broadband connections in Brazil have nearly doubled from May 2010 to July 2011 (almost 30 million). Modems account for 6.9 million connections and 3G access comprises the remaining 22.8 million connections.
Tekelec has 52 policy customers in 39 countries.