As 5G implementations around the globe continue to grow, operators gain a better understanding and comfort level with the potential 5G brings to the market. Operators need to identify costs savings and reallocate resources – such as spectrum from legacy networks like 2G and 3G – to fund necessary investments to update infrastructure and services for 5G These initiatives also include making decisions around retiring their legacy networks.
The challenge in retiring the RAN and network revolves around roaming inbound and outbound from operators who do not yet support VoLTE roaming. So, if a network operator decides to retire their 2G/3G RAN, they are immediately creating connectivity issues for roamers that are traveling into their network from home operators that do not support VoLTE roaming. And if they want to retire their legacy network, they are also creating disruptions for their own subscribers that want to roam out of their network and into other mobile networks that do not support VoLTE roaming.
What operators need is a solution that will allow them to seamlessly offer roaming support to both inbound and outbound roamers. Syniverse offers this solution through our Evolved Mobility product suite.
Evolved Mobility gives operators the ability to transition to new technologies, like 5G, but still maintain support for all roamers. This, as I mentioned, happens seamlessly, so the subscriber is unaware of any change and continues to receive the high-quality services they have been accustomed to. In addition, the operator continues to maintain the inbound roaming revenues they would have lost without 3G-to-VoLTE support after they made the move to shut down their legacy networks.
Happy roamers equal happy customers which eventually turns into continued subscriber loyalty and increased revenues.
In the linked tech talk video, I quickly explain how Evolved Mobility eliminates the substantial disruption that can occur when operators decide to shut down their 2G and 3G networks.
As Product Owner- Senior Director, Brian Beach oversees the Evolved Mobility product portfolio for VoLTE to 3G roaming as used by tier 1 US operators today. This addresses their 3G sunset concerns and provides a gentle pathway to true VoLTE roaming. Brian has a long breadth of experience in IMS services that reside on Syniverse’s IPX (Internetwork Packet Exchange) network, including VoLTE (Voice over LTE), VoWiFi, Video over LTE and RCS (Rich Communications Services). He joined Syniverse as a member of the Research and Development team in 2005, when he began working with IMS and next-generation messaging, leading the technical aspects of the Fixed Mobile Convergence Alliance (FMCA) global presence and IMS trials. Mr. Beach later moved into the Product Management department where he spearheaded the company’s IMS Exchange product – a session aware P2P Hub for RCS and VoLTE interconnect. Over the last several years he has been focusing on roaming solutions to help operators address the oncoming legacy sunsets that will create a significant roaming gap between VoLTE and non-VoLTE operators. Mr. Beach holds a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Tennessee.