By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
BICS, recognised in the wholesale communications market as a top global voice carrier and the leading provider of mobile data services, has reports that its data roaming traffic is tripling year-on-year across its global network.
According to official release available to Biztechafrica, driven by LTE roaming, the industry has witnessed a huge data roaming adoption rates over the past two years with subscribers eager to access high quality, next-generation services abroad.
Explaining the reasons for behind such explosion in roaming, BICS attributed it to the availability of data and mobile broadband services now offered across all regions, with mobile operators making use of business intelligence and analytics to offer personalised roaming experiences, subscribers are encouraged to avoid roaming silently and are using more data roaming than ever before.
The VP Mobile Data Business for BICS, Mikael Schachne said BICS continues to register impressive growth rates of the data roaming traffic on it global network, and the growth trajectory is set to continue as more subscribers are encouraged to use the full range of communications services while abroad.
“There is no doubt that the availability of LTE roaming services and reliance on mobile data has been key to this trend, further boosted by operators offering more competitive and personalised bundles”, he added.
He further intimated that in order to manage this demand, BICS supports mobile operators with state-of-the-art transport, signalling and analytics infrastructure which, together with its unique and patented roaming hubbing solution, offers a seamless environment for establishing and managing a global roaming footprint in a quick and efficient way.
With an extensive global reach of 770 mobile networks, BICS now provides roaming hubbing solutions to 170 customers worldwide, enabling around 1 billion global mobile subscribers to benefit from a seamless roaming experience for the complete range of voice, messaging and data services. BICS enables service providers to easily establish and expand their international roaming coverage while introducing value added services to stimulate overseas usage and replicate the home service experience abroad.
BICS’ roaming hubbing solution is the first fully globally integrated LTE platform supporting both single and multi-IMSI technologies, minimising operators’ efforts, costs and deployment times through one single interconnection and end-to-end quality management. BICS’ roaming suite of services is based on its market leading IPX platform that enables mobile operators to exchange IP traffic bilaterally with any IPX destination, to provide next-generation data roaming services to subscribers. Earlier this year BICS has announced its LTE roaming leadership, now with a reach of 367 mobile operators in 132 countries.