OpenCloud selected by Vodafone Netherlands to support launch of LTE Services
Cambridge, UK – 9 April 2013 – Telecoms software innovator OpenCloud today announced that Vodafone Netherlands has chosen its open-standards based Rhino products to support the forthcoming launch of Vodafone’s LTE services.
OpenCloud’s support of the deployment of LTE services follows an agreement that was signed in December 2012. OpenCloud will supply Vodafone with its Rhino SIS service-broker/SCIM and Rhino Sentinel to help converge services between legacy GSM and LTE domains in order to ensure continuity of service for all Vodafone’s subscribers regardless of handset capabilities and LTE coverage. The Netherlands spectrum auction ended in December 2012 and it is anticipated that the successful bidders will quickly roll-out LTE service.
“Fast-paced evolution to LTE and LTE voice services requires an intelligent balance of quick-win and long-term strategy” observes Jeff Gordon, CEO of OpenCloud, “The standards and best-practices for delivering telco grade voice services on LTE are still to be established. Rhino enables Vodafone to span between legacy and LTE networks to create a powerful, flexible solution that facilitates early launch of LTE services. Importantly, Rhino also enables agile, cost-effective evolution as new best-practices and standards emerge.”
“OpenCloud is helping us to launch LTE services to our subscribers” says Roger Curfs, IT project lead LTE at Vodafone Netherlands, “but time-to-market must be achieved without degradation in the user-experience for voice services. We selected OpenCloud Rhino to deliver proven carrier-grade solutions to enable this.” He continues, saying “Longer-term strategy is important too, and in that regard the open-nature of OpenCloud’s products gives us the freedom to evolve and enhance services ourselves. OpenCloud offers the future-proof flexibility required to enable Vodafone to create and migrate differentiated services that fit our business and consumer customer’s needs.”
OpenCloud Rhino facilitates the rapid and cost effective development and extension of differentiated telecom services for existing legacy and IP networks. Traditional telecoms equipment is closed and proprietary, so only the equipment manufacturer can change the function it performs, making innovation and operator-defined differentiation impractically expensive and slow. OpenCloud’s mission is to enable telecoms operators to break free from those restrictions. OpenCloud’s products are open so that the network operator and their chosen third party developers can enhance the telecom services delivered, and they can create entirely new services as required for their market.
About Vodafone Libertel B.V.
Vodafone Netherlands is the second largest telecom operator in the Netherlands, based on revenue and profitability, with approximately 5.3 million customers as of 30 September 2012. Vodafone’s headquarters are located in Amsterdam and Maastricht and with offices in Eindhoven, Veenendaal and Capelle aan den IJssel. Vodafone Netherlands is part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 407 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as at 30 September 2012. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
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Tel: +31 4355 5222 and ask for Richard Mes, Corporate Affairs & Strategy.
About OpenCloud (www.opencloud.com)
OpenCloud delivers open, standards-based network transformation solutions to the telecommunications industry. OpenCloud Next Generation Service Layer products enable the agile delivery of classic and telco2.0 telecommunication services at a dramatically lower price-point across next generation IP and legacy networks. OpenCloud provides Rhino, a JAIN SLEE-based Telecom Application Server, together with a portfolio of hundreds of telecom applications, a Telecom Service Broker, and a real-time charging session control point for data, voice and messaging services. OpenCloud Service Layer products use commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware and software to deliver service layer agility to networks at a radically lower price-point than traditional solutions from network equipment providers. OpenCloud is headquartered in Cambridge, UK with R&D, Engineering and Support in New Zealand and Spain and branch offices in the Singapore and Jakarta.
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