Industry-leading solutions selected by WiMAX service providers; set the
bar for WiMAX service control innovation
BARCELONA, Spain, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - Bridgewater Systems (TSX:BWC) today
announced it has been selected by seven WiMAX service providers to provide a
range of service control solutions, underscoring the company's leadership in
delivering carrier-grade solutions that help service providers accelerate and
derisk WiMAX deployments, differentiate services, and merchandize their
broadband infrastructure investment.
To date, Bridgewater has been selected by seven WiMAX service providers
around the world, including two Tier 1 North American service providers, and
is actively involved in more than 12 WiMAX trials.
The Bridgewater Systems(TM) service control solutions leverage a dynamic
view of each subscriber and their present "context" - the network they are on,
the device they are using, the quality of service of the network, as well as
their subscriber profile showing their subscription level, historical usage
patterns and other parameters. This provides operators with the tools they
need to support key WiMAX applications such as over the air provisioning,
lawful intercept, and subscriber service control across networks.
These solutions include broad support for fixed and mobile WiMAX,
including support for WiMAX Forum(R) standards to ensure interoperability. As
a principal member of the WiMAX Forum driving standards development around AAA
and policy, Bridgewater is well positioned to bring these insights to
customers to ensure fast deployments.
The Bridgewater(R) WiMAX solutions are access network and equipment
vendor agnostic, enabling service providers to easily deploy and provide
concurrent support of mixed network environments:
Network Access Control - AAA Service Controller is a carrier-grade
authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) solution for fixed and
mobile WiMAX deployments, fully compliant with the WiMAX Forum's NWG Stage 3
Release 1.0.0 specification, and supporting a broad range of functions
including EAP authentication methods and mobile IP and key derivation required
for mobile WiMAX.
Subscriber service control - With a common subscriber policy repository
serving all access networks, service providers can create a unified view of
subscribers, accelerate time to market for new services, and realize
operational efficiencies by eliminating the need to reprovision subscribers as
new access technologies such as WiMAX are introduced.
Over-the-air provisioning support - As subscribers come online with a new
WiMAX device, Bridgewater leverages unique dynamic information about the
subscriber - device type, location, subscription level - to enable device
provisioning over their air that reduces service turnup costs and enables
immediate subscriber access to WiMAX services. This solution also enables
firmware over the air (FOTA), allowing service providers to easily manage
ongoing and frequent updates to new WiMAX device firmware, and improve
subscriber satisfaction by making the most current device innovations
available to them seamlessly.
Lawful Intercept - WiMAX networks create challenges for traditional
lawful intercept solutions in that encryption exists to hide the identity of
the subscriber or user. Bridgewater derives and maintains accurate subscriber
context information -- such as IP address, pseudo identity and location in
real time -- and maps this information to a subscriber profile, enabling a
lawful intercept to occur over WiMAX networks.
Concurrent Support for Fixed and Mobile WiMAX - Bridgewater WiMAX
solutions enable service providers to provide a seamless transition from fixed
to mobile WiMAX minimizing disruption to existing subscriber management
Prepaid and Postpaid Accounting Mediation - Bridgewater solutions
captures, formats, and processes subscriber usage data across multiple access
technologies to support prepaid and postpaid charging applications.
"Bridgewater has emerged as the leading provider of WiMAX service control
- a critical capability for delivering a rich subscriber experience that
drives competitive differentiation and profitability," said Farshid Mohammadi,
vice president of product line management for Bridgewater Systems. "The
significant traction we're enjoying with WiMAX service providers demonstrates
Bridgewater's leadership in unique service control solutions. Our ability to
enable innovative light-touch provisioning of users and devices is an
important milestone and a key enabler for new open network business models and
In addition to Bridgewater's extensive and proven interoperability with a
broad range of OSS/BSS, network and application platform vendors, Bridgewater
is building a rich WiMAX interoperability ecosystem with device management
platform vendors, network and RAN equipment vendors. This interoperability
enables service providers to build best of breed WiMAX networks based on their
choice of equipment and software providers, providing a future proof solution.
Bridgewater has established channel partnerships for the company's WiMAX
- Motorola, Inc. will incorporate and distribute the Bridgewater
Systems AAA Service Controller as a key component in Motorola's WiMAX
- Alvarion will offer Bridgewater's proven AAA Service Controller as
part of its all-IP 4Motion(TM) WiMAX solution.
- Nortel is integrating the Bridgewater Systems market-leading AAA
Service Controller as part of their comprehensive mobile WiMAX
Meet with Bridgewater Systems at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona -
Stand 1G59 Hall 1.
About Bridgewater Systems
Bridgewater Systems develops subscriber-centric service control
solutions, including access control and policy management software for fixed,
mobile and converged networks. Using Bridgewater solutions, global service
providers can offer personalized services and experiences to their subscribers
by maintaining a real time policy that controls how subscribers interact with
networks, services, and their devices. Vendor-neutral and access network
agnostic, Bridgewater's carrier-class solutions help global service providers
launch new services faster, target them more accurately, and maximize profits
by creating a decision point that brings dynamic subscriber context to
controlling and merchandizing the subscriber interaction with IP-based
services. More than 90 leading service providers around the globe including
Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Bell Mobility and SmarTone-Vodafone trust
Bridgewater's technology to help them deliver world-class services.
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