Easy Conformance To Chapter III Roaming Regulation For Euro MNOs Thanks To A Versatile Roaming Wholesale Network Platform
Feb 21, 2013 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) --
Paris and Dortmund - Information and communications provider Materna ( www.materna.com) and tier-one mobile virtual network enabler Sisteer ( www.sisteer.com) today jointly announce that they have entered into a pioneering agreement that provides European mobile network operators with a cost-efficient turnkey solution that will enable them to be fully compliant on-time with the next set of mandatory European regulations on EU Roaming.
This solution is based on field proven technologies especially on both real time protocol and provisioning techniques already used by Sisteer on its different live MVNE platforms.
By June 2014, European MNOs are required to offer two standardized wholesale roaming access services to Alternative Roaming Providers (ARPs): Single IMSI and Local Break Out services. An Alternative Roaming Provider will be a new type of player similar to an MVNO that specializes in offering roaming services to mobile users so that they do not have the hassle of changing their SIM and mobile numbers when travelling abroad. Thanks to Single IMSI service, a European resident travelling inside Europe may sign up with a tour operator for a four week flat package of roaming services. Local Break Out service will allow European customers to subscribe directly to a local mobile operator data only package similar to hotel wifi plans.
The new EU regulations will impose further price pressure and competition on current mobile roaming services and cap mobile internet services. This poses a deep challenge for European MNOs, especially for the ones with little or no prior experience in connecting MVNOs to their networks.
The unique Materna/Sisteer offer solves these problems. It combines the vast know-how, technology and experience of Sisteer in providing turnkey business-enabling solutions between MNOs and MVNOs, and Maternas strong workforce and unrivalled expertise in the development and roll-out of telecom solutions.
This groundbreaking, highly-scalable wholesale roaming platform and related network achitecture services from two of Europes leading IT and network facilitators enables agile MNOs to comply with upcoming European roaming regulations with a very low CAPEX cost, says Alain Bureau, Sisteers CEO.
By using our solution, MNOs have the opportunity to meet the highly constrained EU requirement at very low investment cost, and internalise all or part of the solution in the case that Single IMSI business takes off. "Maternas extensive knowledge in telecom R&D combined with its broad experience as a systems integrator enables it to roll out this unique, industry-standard compliance solution with Sisteer to network operators. We are delighted to enter this cooperation with Sisteer, and join our forces to help European network operators implement a timely and competitive solution that is already fully compliant with the new roaming regulations, adds Helmut an de Meulen, CEO of Materna.
Sisteer is tier one Mobile Virtual Network Enabler (MVNE) and the established leader in Europe. The company provides MVNOs with a comprehensive and cost effective set of mobile services, enabling them to market a competitive mobile phone offering. Thanks to its telco expertise and solid partnerships with mobile network operators and software providers, Sisteer operates a platform that MVNOs can rely upon to deliver an outstanding customer experience. Sisteer is based in France and has subsidiaries in Brazil, Morocco and Hong Kong. Its network service currently hosts the end users of 30 MVNOs.
About Materna Information & Communications
Materna is a leading information and communication technology software company. The company employs around 1,300 people worldwide and in 2011 achieved a turnover of around EUR 155 million. The company and its subsidiaries are represented all over Germany as well as Europe and it has its head office in Dortmund. Materna is successfully positioned as a technology supplier for MVNOs and MVNEs, and is an internationally recognised provider of fixed-line and M2M communication services. The company's ability to solve complex problems for its customers makes it an attractive partner for network operators, and service providers. In addition. Materna has a high level of expertise in the areas of IT-Management, Internet and Intranet solutions as well as specialised applications for public administrations.
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