Bics reports significant growth in LTE roaming traffic

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Global wholesale carrier Bics has reported double-digit month-on-month growth of LTE roaming traffic over its IP packet exchange (IPX) network.

The carrier said it saw a 25 percent growth in roaming traffic in 2014’s summer holiday season, which continued every month into Q1 of this year.

Bics also experienced a 45 percent growth in capacity usage on its GPRS Roaming Exchange (GRX) network in 2014, the carrier claimed, while IPX transport traffic increased by 400 percent.

Mikael Schachne, VP Mobile Data Business at Bics, said: “LTE roaming continues to go from strength to strength and now boasts an extensive footprint covering over 100 countries and over 235 operators supported by the full value IPX can offer.

“During the European holiday season last year, LTE roaming usage growth peaked at over 25% growth every month, and this has continued, unabated, into 2015. This demonstrates consumers’ strong demand for the high speed data roaming services that needs to be met by operators in order to remain competitive in their domestic markets.”

Bics’ IPX platform allows service providers to exchange IP traffic with any IPX destination through a single interconnection.

In January, the company suggested operators adopt new IP-based infrastructure in place of current SS7 networks, in order to let them engage in roaming sessions with worldwide carriers without the need for multiple agreements.

Last month, BT and Hutchinson Global Communications revealed plans to interconnect their IPX networks.