SUR deployed to support SaskTel's LTE initiative and future network growth
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - November 12, 2014 - Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, today announced that SaskTel, Canada's leading full-service communications provider, has successfully deployed the company's Smart User Repository (SUR) on its network in order to unify and simplify management of its subscriber data.
The Saskatchewan-based operator selected the SUR from a range of suppliers because it needed a robust solution to manage increasing network traffic while minimizing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of its network as SaskTel has seen increased user demand after the launch of its LTE network last year. Openwave Mobility's SUR appealed to SaskTel because it is NFV-enabled, making it a future-proof solution that is flexible, cost-effective, feature rich and proven. The SUR has been deployed in over 100 operator networks worldwide including the world's largest deployment of a user data repository. Customer satisfaction and meeting customer demand was top-of-mind for SaskTel when choosing SUR, and with this solution, the operator is leading the way to ensuring customer experience and increasing capacity for subscribers.
SUR gives operators high speed and low latency access to subscriber data consolidated into a central repository that can be accessed by any external application. No other industry solution can match the performance of SUR, which offers over 100,000 read, notification and 50,000 write operations per second with the smallest hardware footprint in the industry. SUR is also highly scalable - it has been tested for up to 500 million subscribers for millisecond latency - and has continuously operated with "5-9's" (99.999 percent) efficiency over many years at customer locations. With its proven ability to scale quickly and to meet customer demand for enhanced wireless services, SUR was the obvious choice to support SaskTel's current LTE initiative and expected future network growth.
"The growth in our network and increased subscriber demand meant that we needed a more robust solution to manage subscriber data," said Daryl Godfrey, Chief Technology Officer of SaskTel. "We were impressed with the Smart User Repository's fast and flawless deployment and the immediate results it has delivered in terms of operational efficiencies."
"The Smart User Repository's incredible performance, reliability and flexibility while supporting full 3GPP UDR standards allows our customers to have a common UDR for multiple applications, thereby avoiding application-specific subscriber data stores," said Indranil Chatterjee, VP of Product, Sales and Marketing, Openwave Mobility. "SUR is the most widely deployed solution of its kind including for one of the world's largest Tier 1 customers where it supports more than four billion transactions per day from more than 30 applications such as MMSC, SMSC and PCRF."
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About Openwave Mobility
Openwave Mobility enables operators to manage and monetize mobile data using the industry's most scalable, Layer7 SDN/NFV platform. The company operates within the policy control and charging (PCC) space and delivers Policy Engagement with solutions that include Video Optimization to eliminate data congestion, and Mobile Data Charging and Analytics to increase ARPU through personalized data plans. These solutions are supplemented by Subscriber Data Management, providing a single consolidated store for policy and subscriber data, and Mobile Analytics, providing subscriber segmentation and Business Intelligence.
Openwave Mobility delivers over 40 billion transactions daily and over half a billion subscribers worldwide use data services powered by its solutions. The company's global customer base consists of over 40 of the largest communication service providers including AT&T, Du, KDDI, Rogers, Sprint, Telus, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telstra, Virgin Mobile & Vodafone. Openwave Mobility is owned by Marlin Equity Partners, a leading investment firm with over a billion dollars of capital under management that has publicly committed to building the company through expanded investment in R&D. The company has built a robust portfolio of Intellectual Property, which is growing month by month.
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Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (SaskTel) is the leading full service communications provider in Saskatchewan, with $1.2 billion in annual revenue and over 1.4 million customer connections including over 607,000 wireless accesses, 492,000 wireline network accesses, 250,000 internet accesses and 100,000 maxTV subscribers. SaskTel offers a wide range of communications products and services including competitive voice, data, internet, entertainment, security monitoring, messaging, cellular, wireless data and directory services. In addition, SaskTel International offers software solutions and project consulting in countries around the world. SaskTel and its wholly-owned subsidiaries have a workforce of approximately 4,000 full-time equivalent employees (FTEs). Visit SaskTel at www.sasktel.com.
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