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Startup Guidelines Help WiMAX Carriers Cut Roaming Deals
|26 января 2009|
A new Global Roaming Program launched by the WiMAX Forum that allows carriers and vendors to garner the information required to establish WiMAX roaming services is live.
The WIMAX Forum Global Roaming program includes several documents for WiMAX Forum member companies that provide roaming services, including technical specifications, a test plan, a roaming contract template and a guide to follow when implementing roaming.
“Member companies have yet another tool to facilitate the advancement of their WiMAX technology innovations and make 4G a seamless experience for customers,” says John Dubois, global roaming director at the WiMAX Forum. “We are already beginning to see how WiMAX technology will drastically improve the next-generation of broadband applications and services, and this roaming readiness program is another example of how the WiMAX ecosystem is working to extend the availability of services to subscribers.”
The Roaming Program documents were developed by WiMAX Forum members with input from more than 20 WiMAX carriers and the support of several roaming exchange, clearing and settlement providers that include Accuris Networks, Aicent, Comfone, I-Pass, MACH-Cibernet, QuiConnect, Syniverse and Verisign.
The WIMAX Forum Global Roaming Program includes:
A “how-to” manual to help carriers understand and launch WiMAX roaming services;
Roaming specifications that include a breakdown of the technical specifications for operators and help to define how operators exchange information to track usage, create invoices and perform financial settlements;
A contract template carriers can use when entering into roaming agreements; and
A pre-launch roaming test plan carriers can follow in testing roaming services with other carriers when establishing roaming services.
With more than 407 WiMAX deployments in 133 countries, the group says the availability of these critical roaming tools at such an early stage provides extra value to service providers.
According to Ali Tabassi, senior vice president/Global Ecosystem and Standards at Clearwire, “The Roaming Program provides operators with a much needed set of common specifications and processes to follow in establishing roaming services.” Adds Sang Ho Ough, deputy director of KT Mobile’s WiMAX business-unit planning department in South Korea, “KT plans to establish roaming services in 2009 using the specifications and processes provided by the WiMAX Roaming Program.”