Bridgewater Continues LTE Momentum with Five Trials Confirmed for 2010

EPC 500 'control-plane-in-a-box' system provided to LTE partners and five major operators in Asia Pacific and North and South America

BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 15 /CNW/ - Mobile World Congress Hall 1 Stand 1F47 - Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC), the mobile personalization company, today announced that the Bridgewater(R) EPC 500, a trial-ready 'control-plane-in-a-box' system for the LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC), is gaining significant market traction with partners and five major operators globally.

    
    News

    -   Building upon its multimillion dollar LTE win at MetroPCS
        (http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/2009-News-Releases.aspx?newsid
        =371), Bridgewater is providing its new EPC 500 system for
        LTE trials with five Tier 1 mobile operators in Asia Pacific and
        North and South America.

    -   The company has successfully completed extensive interoperability
        testing with LTE components provided by its 4G partner and
        interoperability ecosystem including: the Mobility Management Entity,
        and Serving and Packet Data Network Gateways.

    -   Bridgewater is continuing to expand its partner and interoperability
        ecosystem to accelerate the industry's evolution to LTE. The company
        is participating in the MultiService Forum LTE Interoperability event
        in Germany in March which is supported by China Mobile, Vodafone
        (LSE: VOD), and Verizon (NYSE:   VZ). The event will validate Home
        Subscriber Server (HSS) and Policy Control (PCRF) interfaces for
        multi-vendor deployment strategies and interworking with non-3GPP
        networks.

    -   The Bridgewater EPC 500 is an integrated LTE system that provides
        subscriber and device data management, policy control, and
        interworking functions for the Evolved Packet Core. Specifically
        designed to support trials and small to medium scale deployments, it
        features the Bridgewater(R) Home Subscriber Server and Policy
        Controller, anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM). It
        is pre-integrated on a hardware platform and fully compliant with
        3GPP Release 8 standards.

    -   It enables mobile operators to:

        -  Implement smart subscriber, service, and policy controls to manage
           the complexities of exponential mobile data traffic growth, and
           millions of subscribers, devices, and applications;

        -  Rapidly and cost-effectively launch LTE trials and early
           deployments up to 100,000 subscribers in days using a fully
           integrated and tested EPC system to support functions such as
           subscriber and service modeling, roaming, and quality of service
           management; and

        -  Easily migrate to large scale commercial deployments. The EPC 500
           can also support migration to separate HSS and PCRF platforms in
           order to meet large scale commercial deployment requirements.

    Quotes

    Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading
    

"The ability to support a diverse mix of delay sensitive, rich media services alongside best effort Internet access is critical for operators seeking to attain attractive, blended, margins on all-IP LTE networks. 3GPP-defined policy tools are emerging as central to this capability because of the role they play in enabling operators to balance traffic growth with demands for service quality across different sets of applications and customer segments."

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems

"Bridgewater's strategy of focusing on the LTE control plane including the Home Subscriber Server, Policy Controller and interworking functions positions us well for 4G deployments and trials in 2010 and beyond. Our early success with the EPC 500 integrated 'control-plane-in-a-box' system coupled with our deep expertise in large scale deployments across all mobile access technologies is giving us a significant competitive advantage in the market."

Visit Bridgewater Systems and see the LTE Machine-to-Machine, Data Offload, and Smart Policy Control Demonstrations at Mobile World Congress, Hall 1 - Stand 1F47, February 15-18, 2010, Barcelona, Spain. Join Bridgewater's Russ Freen, Chief Technology Officer, at the 'Network Breaking Point' session to discuss solutions for managing mobile data growth on February 17th at 2:00 PM.

Tags / Keywords

Bridgewater Systems, LTE, EPC 500, MultiService Forum, Home Subscriber Server, HSS, Policy Controller, PCRF, AAA, 3GPP, Evolved Packet Core

    
    Links

    http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/LTE.aspx

    http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/EPC-500.aspx

    http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Assets/Downloads/Whitepapers/Bridgewate
    r_LTE_TakeControl_Sept09.pdf

    http://www.msforum.org/

    http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Home-Subscriber-Server.aspx

    http://www.bridgewatersystems.com/Policy-Controller.aspx
    

About Bridgewater Systems

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, enables service providers to efficiently manage and profit from mobile data services, content and commerce. The company's market leading mobile personalization suite provides a real-time, unified view of subscribers including entitlements, devices, networks, billing profiles, preferences and context. Anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM), the portfolio of carrier-grade and standards-based products includes the Bridgewater(R) Service Controller (AAA), the Bridgewater(R) Policy Controller (PCRF) and the Bridgewater(R) Home Subscriber Server (HSS). More than 140 leading service providers including America Movil, Bell Canada, Clearwire, Cox, Hutchison Telecom, Iusacell, Scartel, SmarTone-Vodafone, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Tatung, Telmex, Telstra, and Verizon Wireless use Bridgewater's solutions to rapidly deliver innovative mobile services to over 150 million subscribers. For more information, visit us at www.bridgewatersystems.com.

Bridgewater, Bridgewater Systems, the Bridgewater Systems logo, WideSpan, Smart Caps, myPolicy, and Subscriber Data Broker are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bridgewater Systems Corporation. All other company, product names and any registered and unregistered trademarks mentioned are used for identification purposes only and remain the exclusive property of their respective owners.

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For further information: For further information: Joanne Steinberg, Bridgewater Systems, joanne.steinberg@bridgewatersystems.com, (613) 884-8831; Ed Barker, Bridgewater Systems, edward.barker@bridgewatersystems.com, +44 (0) 7939 492 656

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