Syniverse partners Alfa Telecom to enable LTE roaming in Lebanon

Natalie Bannerman
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Alfa Telecom has selected Syniverse for its LTE roaming and real-time monitoring services in Lebanon

Syniverse has signed a multi-year deal with Lebanon-based operator Alfa to provide it with LTE roaming and real-time monitoring services.

Under the new deal, these new services will support Alfa in providing an enhanced 4G LTE experience for roaming subscribers and those visiting Lebanon.

Marwan Hayek, chairman and CEO of Alfa, said: "4G LTE service has moved from a next-generation technology to a mobile-service standard, and our customers are expecting 4G LTE speed and capacity anywhere they go. LTE roaming is the normal evolution to cater to our customers’ needs with data roaming traffic over our 3G+ network, which increased by 221 percent in 2016 compared to a year earlier.”

LTE roaming requires the deployment of an IPX network, and Diameter, which is the industry-standard signalling protocol for messages from mobile devices, as well as the management of proper routing and delivery of Diameter signalling messages. Syniverse is providing Alfa use of its IPX with Diameter Signaling Service as part of its platform. 

Syniverse’s IPX is a solution for LTE roaming with a carrier-grade connection to the company’s all-IP network which connects over 1,000 operators, including over 280 direct connections.

Its LTE service, combined with real-time network monitoring enables operators to solve subscribers’ problems and tailor their individual experiences within a flexible, cloud-based framework.

“Alfa is once again taking the lead and is the first operator in Lebanon to provide LTE roaming to our users offering them, in collaboration with Syniverse, a smooth and consistent 4G service wherever they travel. We will start providing the service to Alfa’s top roaming destinations and gradually expand our footprint to offer the most comprehensive LTE roaming coverage,” added Hayek. 

Syniverse’s deal with Alfa follows on from a series of recent LTE accomplishments around the world, including Cable & Wireless in the Seychelles, Warid Telecom in Pakistan, Ooredoo in Oman, Telin in Indonesia, LG Uplus in South Korea and Saudi Telecom Company in Saudi Arabia.

Commenting on the agreement, Nour Al Atassi, regional vice president and managing director, Middle East and Africa at Syniverse, said: “With LTE connections projected to exceed 3.6 billion by 2020 and with 40 percent of global connections forecast to run on LTE networks by 2020, its mission-critical that mobile operators gain global reach with their LTE networks. As a pioneer in LTE roaming and provider of a completely private, global network through a secure, cloud-based platform, we’ll use our expertise to ensure that Alfa launches 4G roaming service to provide the highest level of LTE service to its customers.”