iBasis, a KPN company, announced today the findings from a survey on
mobile operators' attitudes about LTE Roaming. Part of the Telecoms
Intelligence Annual Industry Survey, the LTE Roaming-specific results
are published in a new white paper, "LTE Roaming: Services, Structures
and Charging Models", which is available on-line from a new information
exchange portal lteroaming.info.
Conducted and co-authored by Telecoms.com Intelligence, the survey
reveals how mobile operators expect LTE Roaming pricing and structure to
evolve, the justifications for a premium for select advanced services,
and how operators may differentiate themselves. The survey also ranked
the comparative importance of many factors in the LTE roaming mix, with
Service Continuity and Guaranteed QoS topping the list while Price was
"Continuity and Quality of Service are natural concerns with any
migration to new technology, which is why the multiservice IPX aspect of
LTE Roaming is so important," said Chris Lennartz, Director or Product
Management for Mobile Services at iBasis. "LTE Roaming traffic is
starting with data roaming, but soon more delay- and error-sensitive
services such as VoLTE, RCS, Video and M2M will follow. IPX is designed
to provide multi-service continuity in the transition to all-IP. It
assigns differentiated classes of service quality to specific services
over one integrated pipe, using virtual links that can be managed
With 268 LTE networks in commercial service in 100 countries by February
5th this year, according to data from theGlobal Mobile
Suppliers Association, LTE data networks are becoming well established.
As a result, consumers in multiple countries are becoming accustomed to
the higher bandwidth and quality experience of LTE and will demand that
same experience when they roam.
"LTE Roaming is central to mobile operator business models, and it is
becoming increasingly clear that end users want and need access to the
same services while overseas that they depend upon while at home," said
Mike Hibberd, Telecoms.com Editorial Director. "The survey results show
opportunities for operators to deliver more sophisticated and appealing
services for roaming users, while guaranteeing service continuity and
QoS along with improved visibility of spend and flexibility of charging
The survey also explored how various charging models, including price
premiums, can be applied to LTE Roaming, and how mobile operators
currently view various issues such as home routing and local breakout.
The Telecoms Intelligence survey report can be downloaded from lteroaming.info,
a new information exchange portal initiated by iBasis to serve the LTE
Roaming community by providing updates, encouraging conversation about
the complexities of international roaming across 3G and 4G (LTE)
networks, and exploring challenges and solutions and supporting a better
understanding of the transition to all IP-networks.
A wholly-owned KPN company, iBasis is a leading international voice
carrier and a provider of data services and solutions for mobile
operators. The company offers a comprehensive portfolio of voice
termination services and data services, including messaging, signaling
and roaming, for many of the world's largest fixed and mobile operators,
as well as "over-the-top" and voice-over-broadband service providers.
iBasis customers include KPN and its mobile operators, KPN Mobile,
E-Plus, and KPN Belgium, and more than 1,000 other providers, including
Verizon, Vodafone, China Mobile, China Unicom, Skype, TDC, Telecom
Italia, and Telefonica. The company has recently launched lteroaming.info,
a blog site providing insights about LTE roaming, VoLTE, IPX and related
topics. Find out more about iBasis at www.ibasis.com.
iBasis and KPN are registered marks. All other trademarks are the
property of their respective owners.
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