BURLINGTON, MA, USA – 03/04/2014 – 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 Etisalats roaming customers enjoy seamless and high quality LTE experience.
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 users 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 LTE 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 operators 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 worlds 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.