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Interview with Ceri Tinine, expert in the MVNO industry

On 22nd January 2014, BICS was awarded "Best Midsized and Under Service Provider Brand, Sales Reps and Network Performance", at the 2014 ATLANTIC-ACM Awards for Global Wholesale Service Provider Excellence at PTC ‘14 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Each year, strategy research consultancy ATLANTIC-ACM delivers its ATLANTIC-ACM Awards, which were this year based on more than 1,500 individual ratings of global telecom service providers – by their wholesale customers – for the 2014 edition of ATLANTIC-ACM's Global Wholesale Service Provider Report Card.

WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) was launched nearly 3 years ago and is today one of the hottest topics in the telecom industry.  More than 1 Billion devices - mainly PCs – support WebRTC (being browser enabled) and this figure is expected to climb up to 4 Billion by the end of 2016, including smartphone, tablets and other device classes. BICS spoke with Dean Bubley, founder of Disruptive Analysis and recognised expert on the WebRTC industry about the impact of this new technology on the telecom industry.

The success of WebRTC

As a global player, BICS considers it its duty to do business in an ethical way while supporting social projects. Therefore, BICS decided to support one of the initiatives of the Safaricom Foundation. This foundation supports projects that provide sustainable solutions to the most pressing social challenges in Kenya.

The demand for LTE roaming is rapidly increasing as operators continue to launch next generation data networks. Almost 250 operators have already launched 4G, covering 92 countries, and end users now expect to be able to access high speed data wherever they are in the world.

Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has signed an agreement to use BICS' Pan European Network (PEN) 2.0 to connect major European cities.

It is a general fact that any regulator in developed countries is supposed to act to find the right compromise between the stakeholders and a balanced set of norms for the general interest of our society.

This compromise is rarely easy to reach. On its side, The European Commission has been struggling over the past years to find this balance for the Telecom industry.

Recently BICS was awarded the “Best LTE Roaming” product during the LTE North America conference in Dallas, TX. In addition to the awards ceremony, the conference in Dallas gathered  a record 1300 people to discuss everything related to LTE. Topics included the following: VoLTE (voice over LTE), devices, roaming, spectrum management, Hetnets and network optimization, public safety and monetization. Not to mention, how to manage the pending Mobile Data explosion. However, it must be said, the key focus and interest from the operators was VoLTE, Small Cells and how to manage spectrum.

On 21st November 2013, during the LTE North America Awards in Dallas, BICS has received the “Best LTE Roaming Product” Award for our LTE Roaming suite of Services.

This award recognizes the “Best LTE Roaming Product” that contributes to both making LTE more attractive for operators while at the same time contributing to the success of commercial LTE deployment. Other contestants for the award were: Aicent, F5 Networks, iBasis and Syniverse.

BICS is happy to announce that it has acquired Aervox on 1 October 2013.

Aervox is a Madrid-based software development company, specialized in the area of Roaming and Messaging. BICS and Aervox have been extensively collaborating for the last three years. Both BICS’ Roaming Hub and Instant Roaming platforms are today powered by Aervox.

BICS is convinced that this acquisition will further stimulate our ambitions to develop new services, new features and new inter-operability solutions for our mobile data business.