BICS launches 5G roaming service between Swisscom and SK Telecom

17 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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BICS has established a live 5G data roaming service between Swiss operator Swisscom and South Korean carrier SK Telecom.

Touted as the world's first, the new interconnection is a significant step on the road to establishing 5G roaming around the world.

Launching 15 July, the 5G roaming service delivers high-speed, low latency 5G data connectivity between two continents, with operators using BICS’ 5G global IPX network.

“With over 50% of global data traffic exchanged over our global IPX network, BICS offers an unrivalled roaming coverage and quality to communication service providers around the world. Today’s successful implementation of a trans-continental 5G data roaming relation further endorses our position at the forefront of global mobility for people, applications and things,” said Mikaël Schachne, CMO and VP of mobility & IoT business, BICS.

The announcement follows a surge in demand for data roaming, which increased by 95% in 2018 according to data from BICS. As subscriber demand for seamless international connectivity continues to grow, 5G roaming is set to become an key part of operators’ offerings, enabling users to access data-rich services and high-speed data roaming around the world.

Earlier this week, BICS published the latest figures from its FroudGuard platform. According to the findings the UK is the number one country for telecoms traffic fraud due to criminals exploiting weaknesses in the UK's phone numbering system to generate huge profits.

“The UK is a long-suffering target of telecoms fraud, both in terms of its phone numbers being used to collect fraudulent traffic and its subscribers being targeted. Fortunately, tools are available to make its detection and prevention easier for mobile operators, allowing parties to work together against the fraudsters to protect bottom lines,”  Katia Gonzalez, head of fraud prevention, BICS.