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It was a great honour to receive the Best LTE Roaming Product award at the LTE Asia Awards last night, in recognition of BICS’ abilities to provide the highest quality roaming service to customers within Asia and beyond. The judges at the Singapore ceremony praised the full BICS portfolio on LTE Roaming including the advanced Big Data Analytics platform Smart Webvision.

Operators in all regions are actively deploying IMS core networks to speed up their roll-out of next generation communication services and future-proof their network infrastructure, providing plenty of exciting opportunities for market differentiation. 

IMS offers the backbone infrastructure to provision enhanced communication services - VoLTE and Rich Communication Services (RCS), enabling operators to effectively compete with OTT players.

Last week’s announcement that BICS, together with its partners, has achieved the world’s first successful international VoLTE call marks an important step in the journey to stimulate international operator revenues in this era of increased regulation.

Knowledge is power, and by gaining a complete view of network roaming activity at any given time, a new world of opportunities can be created to increase the number of subscribers using services and maximise the revenue gained from each customer.

The European summer holiday season sees an annual rise in roaming traffic from holiday-makers venturing abroad, armed with their mobile devices. Much of this traffic now travels over our market leading IPX platform and is increasingly focussed on rich data services.

The announcement confirming the abolition of roaming termination fees within the European Union comes as no surprise, but should not necessarily be seen as a wholly negative move for the industry. Instead, this is an opportunity for collaboration and innovation to drive usage and revenues within roaming.

The Middle East is fast becoming one of the industry’s most dynamic markets, with its twelve countries all looking to be at the forefront of telecommunication innovation.

Ambitious operators in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE have all launched 4G and are making rapid progress towards delivering 5G to their 195 Million affluent, tech-savvy subscribers (GSMA The Mobile Economy: Arab States 2014).

Earlier this month, BICS had the honour of hosting the flagship GSMA Fraud and Security Group (FASG) meeting, in tandem with the GSMA Asia Pacific Fraud Forum, for the very first time.

As one of the most successful and well-attended events in the industry, it’s one that is also close to our hearts. This year’s FASG meeting was no exception. Taking place from the 2-4 June on Sentosa Island, Singapore, more than 100 participants from 75 different companies gathered to hear the latest news, challenges and developments on Fraud and Security in the sector.

Established as an industry leading exhibition and forum event, ITW is a very important event in the BICS calendar and one we have been proud to wholeheartedly support since its conception.

This prestigious event, firmly focused on the business of wholesale telecommunication, has never failed in providing a valuable forum that, by facilitating the exchange of ideas, has pushed forward new innovations in the sector.

Over recent years, one of the most notable changes at the Chicago-based event is the increasing attention non-voice technologies have received.

MVNO World Congress has been and gone for another year.

The event, this year held in France, gathered executives from around the globe, all interested in recent developments and innovations from the vibrant mobile virtual network operator sector. For wholesale carriers such as BICS, MVNO World Congress provides the perfect opportunity to not only maintain close relationships with existing customers, but also meet and greet new clients.

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