LTE Roaming Coming to a Network Near You!

By Tue From Hermansen,  Director, Mobile Data and Advanced Networks, MACH

According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association’s (GSA’s) “Evolution to LTE Report” (www.gsacom.com), published September 11, 2012, the industry reached 96 live LTE network deployments by September, and forecasts 152 live LTE network deployments by the end of 2012. Devices with LTE support are coming out in a steady stream now, with the Apple iPhone 5 being one of the more recent announcements. The establishment of the necessary building blocks for an international LTE-roaming service network is taking shape. And so, while device manufacturers, chipset manufacturers and mobile network operators work out the multi-spectrum, inter-operability challenges around the world, SK Korea and CSL Hong Kong in June announced the first international LTE roaming agreement on 1800 MHz. International LTE roaming is coming.

While a lot of attention has rightfully been given to the inter-operability issues between networks and devices, it is time for the industry to turn additional attention onto the subscribers’ cross border LTE-experience.

About MACH

MACH connects and monetizes the telecom world with cloud-based, managed communications services that monetize mobile data, simplify interoperability between networks, optimize wholesale processes and protect revenues. Combining its flair for successful innovation with its long heritage in data and financial clearing, settlement and hub based connectivity models, it provides its 650 operator customers with the real-time, value added services necessary to succeed in 3G and new 4G mobile ecosystems.
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