Syniverse has announced a series of successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) roaming trials that enable mobile operators to manage the complexities of transitioning to LTE networks as seamlessly as possible.
Using IPX, Diameter Signaling Service, Real-Time Intelligence and data clearing, comprehensive, end-to-end LTE roaming and interconnect testing is complete or underway with seven Tier 1 mobile service providers around the globe to accelerate their efforts to transition to LTE, Syniverse said.
“LTE promises a tremendous increase in transmission speed and improvement in quality for mobile data services," said Thomas Wehmeier, principal analyst and global head of telco strategy, Informa. “Yet LTE roaming remains a major challenge that needs to be resolved to realize the potential of LTE technology. Comprehensive testing is critical to delivering on end-user expectations."
Enabling ubiquitous and reliable LTE roaming is a complex challenge that requires testing, resolving and ensuring the quality of roaming processes such as Diameter signaling, clearing and settlement, and customer-experience protection between one LTE network and another LTE network. Another critical issue is ensuring that fallback from an LTE network to a 2G or 3G network is addressed properly.
Syniverse’s testing environment is powered by its LTE solution portfolio, which the company says gives operators access to full LTE interoperability and interworking required for 4G voice and data roaming.
Based on its progress and results around the world, Syniverse says it is seeing demand grow for trials as momentum for LTE rollouts builds. In the first phase, data services are being tested, and more advanced services such as LTE voice, video and messaging will be tested in subsequent phases.