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.
LTE roaming requires a brand new series of commercial agreements and technical interconnections, supporting an all-new IP signalling infrastructure which is built on IPX to replace the SS7 signalling network. Using an IPX platform, service providers can exchange any IP traffic (voice, video, messaging and data) bilaterally with any IPX destination, through one single interconnection where quality is managed end-to-end.
By using BICS’ IPX platform, customers can today access LTE roaming services with over 70 operators, spanning 44 countries.
Last year, BICS has put a lot of efforts in developing LTE roaming internationally over IPX, enabling the first LTE roaming call between Europe and Asia through Swiss provider Swisscom and SK Telecom of South Korea in June. In September, the first roaming relation between Europe, Asia and North America took place using BICS’ IPX platform on the networks of Canadian operator Rogers, Swisscom and SK Telecom. A month later, IPX enabled the first LTE roaming call from Africa to Europe between Angolan operator Unitel and Belgian MNO Proximus. It clearly indicates BICS’ dedication to reducing the complexity of implementing LTE worldwide.
The confirmation of BICS’ role as a leading provider of LTE roaming solutions came in November 2013, when BICS received the ‘Best LTE Roaming Product’ award at the LTE North America Awards in Dallas. 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.