Syniverse: Making International LTE Roaming Work in North America

Filed in LTE, Roaming by on December 16, 2013 0 Comments

As LTE deployments grow to deliver the speeds and mobile experiences now expected by end users, the need for roaming is quickly becoming a market imperative. Syniverse has played a leading role in LTE enablement via our IPX and LTE roaming solution, facilitating both trials and commercial launches.

Most recently, we are proud to have successfully enabled the launch of international LTE roaming between two Tier 1 operators in the United States and Canada. The launch is the first to deliver cross-border LTE roaming capabilities in North America, allowing each operator’s subscribers to access the level of broadband speeds afforded by LTE when traveling in the other’s coverage area.

By working with Syniverse, the operators were able to test and validate the end-to-end LTE roaming process, from signaling and network authentication to real-time experience management to clearing and settlement.

Ahead of commercial LTE roaming launch, thorough planning based on Syniverse’s wealth of LTE expertise empowered each operator to witness, adapt and overcome various challenges presented by LTE, including associated protocols and new interfaces. Valuable first-deployment experience was gained in this controlled environment and proved to be instrumental to ensuring deployment of seamless, high-quality commercial LTE service in both their home and visited networks.

Syniverse experts have been working with industry groups and mobile service providers to prepare the ecosystem for the transition to LTE since 2010, and it’s gratifying to see the years of innovation, hard work and planning come to fruition. As LTE roaming gains momentum and implementations continue around the world, what advancements are you most looking forward to and what are the key challenges you think are most important to address?

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David Murashige is a former General Manager of Enterprise Solutions at Syniverse.

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