By Arjan Lasschuit, Director of Product Marketing
Next to increasing bandwidth of mobile internet connections using LTE, operators should not miss out on the opportunity to jumpstart their text messaging traffic for their LTE and IMS subscribers.
As we all know, text messaging will continue to play an important role in the way subscribers will want to communicate. LTE/4G subscribers will assume that they can interchange text messages with 3G and 2G subscribers, despite the technology differences. Also many services and 4G applications will continue to depend on text messaging as an enabler to trigger communication.
Opening up the messaging exchange capability of the LTE subscribers to the large 2G/3G subscriber base will help increase the operator’s text messaging volumes of LTE subscribers. In order to do this, an IP-Short Message (IP-SM) Gateway is a critical and mandatory building block needed for LTE network deployments. It will soon become clearer that this messaging bridge will be the cornerstone of next-gen messaging because of its seamless interoperability with 2G/3G text messaging. This can also be one of the cards up the sleeve of operators to continue to defend the ownership of the messaging domain against the over the top players.
Tekelec’s IP-SM Gateway, which combines Tekelec’s SIP, SS7 and messaging expertise can be deployed and integrated in several configurations and is able to scale up to a complete Next Generation Messaging solution that works with Tekelec’s Next Generation Subscriber Data Management solution.
The benefits include:
- Increased messaging volume by bridging the 4G network domain with the 3G/2G network domain;
- Protection of investment by re-using the 2G messaging infrastructure;
- Grow as you earn deployment due to modular deployment and virtually unlimited scalability.
For more information, please see this product brief.
Arjan is director of product marketing at Tekelec for mobile messaging. He is based in Amsterdam.