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18 February 2013
Tata Communications has launched its global LTE roaming services, following an 18-month trial.
Targeting MNOs, the service is
designed to eradicate some of the challenges and complexities
of global LTE roaming by offering
a single interconnect point and facilitating protocol
interworking across multiple mobile operators.
Researchers at Tata are said to have spent 18 months with
vendors to testing and resolving all potential issues resulting
from the transition from 2G/3G to 4G, as well as gaining an
understanding of the operational enhancements required to run
the framework effectively.
"Demand for 4G services is set to explode within the next two
years, with some providers announcing price plans which are
comparable to 3G," said Jeffrey Bak, vice president of product
management - mobility services at Tata
"This drives efficiencies, allowing MNOs to focus on their core
competencies and maximise the revenue opportunities around
next-generation networks," he added.
The launch appears in line with Tata’s commitment
to supporting MNOs, and follows
the expansion of its managed services portfolio earlier this