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Seamless global LTE roaming now a reality

Tata Communications announced details of its 18-month intensive trial to deliver one of the industry's first complete LTE Roaming Services to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) on 18 February.

In a statement, the telecom company said the service is available now and it is designed to eliminate the interconnection and interworking complexities of global LTE roaming.

Tata Communications researchers spent 18 months conducting extensive trials with vendors to understand the complexities of 4G roaming, and the challenges involved in making it work across different vendor Diameter Agent implementations.

According to the telco, the experience gained from the trial resulted in a managed service that simplifies global roaming complexity, offering a single interconnect point and facilitating protocol interworking across multiple mobile operators.

The telco said its LTE Roaming Service enables MNOs to fast track their rollout of LTE roaming in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

"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, Product Management - Mobility Services, at Tata Communications. "To support this, our LTE Roaming Service is already in place to reduce the complexity and risks for MNOs as they move to 4G. This drives efficiencies, allowing MNOs to focus on their core competencies and maximise the revenue opportunities around next-generation networks."

Tata Communications said it will be discussing key developments in the mobile broadband space at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona during 25- 28 February 2013.

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