Ericsson Joins GSMA PathFinder Service Initiative



    
    Service based on GSMA's Carrier ENUM technology builds momentum

    
    LONDON, April 1 /CNW/ -- The GSMA today announced that Ericsson, the
global market leader in next-generation IP communications infrastructure, has
achieved certification for its wireless and fixed carrier solutions as part of
the GSMA's PathFinder Service initiative. PathFinder, operated by NeuStar,
Inc., is a managed service providing an interoperable, industry-wide solution
that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect traffic. Ericsson
joins the GSMA PathFinder Industry Partner Programme, which is cultivating a
rapidly growing number of certified equipment vendors including Acme Packet,
GENBAND, NetNumber, NeuStar, Inc., NGM, Sonus Networks and Telarix and will be
at the forefront of the drive to accelerate the adoption of current and future
IP services.
    

    
    "We are delighted that Ericsson has joined the GSMA PathFinder Service
initiative and has achieved certification," said Alex Sinclair, Chief
Technology Officer at the GSMA. "By demonstrating interoperability with
PathFinder, Ericsson will be able to provide future-proofed and extensible
products, enabling its customers to seamlessly exchange traffic using the next
generation in global routing technology, which will allow them to offer richer
and richer communications products."
    

    
    The GSMA PathFinder Service is based on the GSMA's Carrier ENUM
technology and acts as a central directory where operators can share mobile
and fixed line addresses to allow the swift and cost-effective routing of
packet voice, instant messaging, multimedia services, email and video.
PathFinder streamlines and simplifies the delivery of IP-based services by
identifying the IP address that maps to the phone number for individual mobile
devices, fixed-line phones and IP devices.
    

    
    "Ericsson is proud to be a part of this initiative. Simple, standardised
and globally interoperable IP interconnection is a pre-requisite for the
telecommunications community to evolve the service offering and develop end
user service value. We see the GSMA PathFinder Service initiative as an
important enabler for widespread IP interconnect," said Magnus Furustam, Vice
President and Head of Product area Core & IMS at Ericsson.
    

    
    The GSMA PathFinder Service initiative completed its pilot testing with
several wireless operators in October 2008. The service is available to mobile
and fixed network operators, carriers, SMS/MMS aggregators and related service
providers. Several operators and carriers have signed up for the commercial
service, which was launched in November 2008. The PathFinder Industry Partner
Programme is designed to ensure next generation infrastructure vendors around
the globe have an industry vehicle to verify interoperability with ENUM-based
routing, lowering the barrier to entry for service providers as they deploy
current and future IP services.
    

    About the GSMA
    
    The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications
industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites more than 750 of the world's
mobile operators, as well as 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem,
including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet
companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on
innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all
with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry.
For more information please visit www.gsmworld.com.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Daniel Lowther of GSMA, +44 7747 636 687,
press@gsm.org Web Site: http://www.gsmworld.com

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