Etisalat, the largest telecom operator in the Middle East and North
Africa, today announced an LTE roaming peering agreement with iBasis, a
KPN company and leading international carrier and provider of data
services and solutions for mobile operators.
Etisalat SmartHub IPX will peer with the iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange
(LSX) for LTE roaming and signaling. The new LTE roaming peering
agreement builds on the companies' pre-existing IPX connections for GRPS
roaming eXchange (GRX) and data services. The agreement will ensure
Etisalat's roaming customers enjoy seamless and high quality LTE
The first and only IPX hub in the Middle East, SmartHub IPX enables
4G/3G roaming service, voice service, messaging service, data exchange
and IPX transport between Mobile Network Operator (MNOs), Fixed Network
Operator (FNOs), Application Service Provider (ASP) and Over-the-top
content players through a single connection.
The iBasis LSX and multi-service IPX provide a comprehensive solution to
the complexities of international roaming across 3G and 4G (LTE)
networks through a single interconnect and ensure interworking between
existing Signaling System 7 (SS7) networks and Diameter-based LTE
networks. The telecom protocol SS7 is used in an advanced intelligent
network for various telephony services and helps offload data traffic
congestion onto a wireless or wireline digital broadband network.
Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President, Carrier & Wholesale Services,
Etisalat said: "With the growing importance and adoption of LTE, we want
to ensure that our roaming customers enjoy the consistent, high quality
LTE experience they expect from Etisalat. The peering agreement with
iBasis LSX will set high benchmarks in providing our LTE end user's
best-in-class roaming connectivity worldwide and access to a global
footprint of LTE operator networks."
Willem Offerhaus, CEO of iBasis said: "As LTE adoption spreads rapidly
around the world, the challenges of international LTE Roaming are
becoming increasingly important. We are very pleased to peer with an
innovative operator like Etisalat UAE to ensure a consistent
high-quality experience for LT subscribers."
About iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange
The iBasis LTE Signaling eXchange (LSX) service provides a single point
of access to the international 4G Diameter signaling network,
complemented with 2G and 3G MAP Signaling interworking services to
non-LTE networks. The LSX ensures that a connected operator's LTE
customers receive best-in-class connectivity worldwide and access to a
global footprint of LTE operator networks. iBasis operates a live 4G
(LTE) signaling network with Diameter Routing Agents in key locations
around the world. Through direct connections to many mobile operators'
LTE networks and its open peering policy, iBasis delivers a global LTE
Roaming footprint that reaches more than 60 LTE networks. iBasis also
offers a trial environment for testing LTE interworking and roaming
scenarios and a complete portfolio of products over its multi-service
IPX platform including HD Voice, GRX, SMS and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).
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.
About Etisalat SmartHub
Etisalat UAE Smarthub is the largest capacity, content, internet,
messaging and data hub in the Middle East. Smarthub provides regional
access for global service providers and global access to the region.
Smarthub includes the Middle East's first IPX and includes the region's
largest portfolio of internet content. Smarthub IX (Internet Exchange)
will extend the reach of Smarthub content. Connectivity to Smarthub is
provided through a robust and diverse infrastructure of both regional
and intercontinental cable systems combined with world class hosting
facilities in the Smarthub datacenter managed by Etisalat's Carrier&
Etisalat is the largest telecommunications operator in the Middle East
and North Africa region catering to consumers, businesses, international
telecommunication companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile
operators. Servicing more than 144 million customers in 15 countries in
Middle East, Asia and Africa, Etisalat has achieved more than 20% growth
in subscriber base in 2012 across its land line, mobile, and Internet
services. Etisalat is now the highest overall rated telecommunications
company in the GCC and the 4th highest rated telecommunications company
in the world. It has been rated AA- by Standard & Poor, A+ by Fitch, and
Aa3 by Moody's. Etisalat UAE has pioneered the launch of the region's
first commercial 4G service on its nation-wide LTE network. In September
2012, Etisalat UAE successfully completed the highest 4G LTE speed test
in the world, reaching speeds of 300Mbps. The corporation offers a
variety of hi-tech complimentary services to the telecommunications
industry including managerial and technical training, SIMcard
manufacturing, e-payment solutions, clearing house services, peering,
voice and data transit, and submarine and land cable services.
iBasis, KPN and Etisalat are registered marks. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.
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