Expanding its international presence PROTEI completed its voice platform delivery and deployment for BSS transformation project being implemented by Peter-Service for Kuzey Kıbrıs Turkcell (Northern Cyprus).
GGSN/PDN-GW supports GTP v1 and v2 protocol handling and takes part in PDP context management procedures including authentication and authorization, IP pool management and address mapping, QoS and PDP context enforcement.
As a part of this project PROTEI delivered several platforms. CAMEL Gateway (SCP) is used for real-time charging of voice calls and may be easily expanded to deploy a variety of services on the top. Diameter real-time mediation enables on-line charging of various VAS services supporting wide range of DIAMETER dialects towards service platforms and unified protocol towards OCS. Diameter mediation enabled on-line charging of services delivered by several platforms such as SMSC, MMSC, IVR, RBT and Pay4Me. PROTEI USSDC has been launched to optimize a variety of self-care services delivery.
Complementing its MVNO/MVNE portfolio PROTEI presents GGSN/PDN-GW. This node is the heart of Packed Core of mobile operator, responsible for interworking between the mobile network and external IP-networks. This network node involved in all key procedures related to the data traffic processing such as mobility management, session management and transport for Internet Protocol packet services in GSM, UMTS and LTE networks.
GGSN/PDN-GW supports GTP v1 and v2 protocol handling and takes part in PDP context management procedures including authentication and authorization, IP pool management and address mapping, QoS and PDP context enforcement.
System may be delivered as pre-integrated bundle with field-proven PROTEI DPI/PCEF solution gives an ability to build cost efficient and fully functional packet traffic handling node for MVNOs/MVNEs.
Reliable integration between systems from two vendors becomes a critical factor for successful implementation of software solutions and operators’ business in the global telecom market.
Canada-based PortaOne, Inc. and PROTEI, an infrastructure vendor from Russia, have successfully tested software compatibility of the PortaOne billing platform with two products developed by PROTEI - SCP (CAMEL Gateway) and DPI. As a result of the tests, the companies entered into a partnership agreement and are now offering their joint solutions to international markets.
ortaOne is a leading developer of softswitch and billing software solutions for modern telecoms. Among PortaOne’s flagship platforms is PortaBilling, a multi-functional convergent system that provides billing, provisioning, and customer management for all types of prepaid, postpaid, wholesale and retail telecom services.
PROTEI, in turn, is known for its unique product line for mobile operators. CAMEL Gateway is one of the most successful and repeatedly installed PROTEI products. It provides easy implementation of any IN and VAS services for subscribers in home and visited networks.
DPI-platform is another successful PROTEI solution. PROTEI-DPI is a traffic management platform with deep packet inspection capabilities allowing it to efficiently manage utilization of network resources and provide new value generating services. The platform performs policy enforcement on a per-subscriber basis according to the parameters of subscriber's plan and type of traffic. Using DPI-platform in combination with PortaBilling is a preferred way to deliver the most flexible billing of data services in mobile networks.
"Our goal is to develop the most efficient solutions for telecom carriers. The productive partnership is always useful. Joint testing has clearly shown the economic and technical efficiency of PROTEI and PortaOne solutions integration. Now we are ready for creating complete solutions and entering new markets. We appreciate the highly professional skills of our new partner and are ready for joint projects," - said Vladimir Freinkman, PROTEI VP Marketing and Business Development.
"It is extremely important for us at PortaOne to ensure that upon installation, any system that includes PortaBilling is fully operational. Telecoms should be able to rely on their suppliers for reliable platform deployments that deliver services immediately. These successful test results, combined with the efficient teamwork of PortaOne and PROTEI, means that our joint customers all over the world can get a fully working solution at once," - said Roman Khalenkov, PortaOne Sales and Marketing Director.
Expanding its international presence PROTEI completed its voice platform delivery and deployment for a BSS transformation project being implemented by Redknee for DIGITEL in Venezuela. Redknee, a provider of real-time monetization and subscriber management solutions and services, managed the project at Digitel Venezuela as the System Integrator.
PROTEI IVR was chosen because of the flexibility of the proposed solution, SIP connectivity, simplified integration with the network core, as well as supporting a user-friendly graphical service creation environment and minimizing time-to-market for services launched from the platform. PROTEI IVR supports features such as call back and calling cards at Digitel Venezuela. Redknee performs the charging for both services, as they seamlessly integrate into the Redknee real-time monetization and subscriber management platform installed at Digitel.
In the future, as necessary, the Operator's specialists can do all necessary modifications expanding the list of services, modifying service logic and introducing new voice services based on the same platform.
Venezuela becomes 24th country in the world and 3rd country in Latin America where PROTEI products and solutions had been successfully launched.
PROTEI has proved demands for its MVNO-targeted solutions by implementing new project. The bundle had been delivered to new full MVNO in Moscow named SIM Telecom (brand SIM-SIM).
As part of turn-key project PROTEI carried out delivery, deployment and integration with host operator all key MVNO network nodes such as STP, home location register (HLR + AUC), gateway mobile switching center (GMSC), including media gateways (MGW), SMS-center, data traffic control node (DPI) and a number of VAS-platforms. Thus, the network of SIM-telecom has been fully built using products and solutions of the St. Petersburg developer.
A distinctive detail of this project is charging and billing infrastructure based on PROTEI charging solutions. The platform includes two network elements. The first one is CAMEL-gateway (SCP) already well-proven by many deployments including MegaFon. Second module is comprehensive real-time charging and billing system PROTEI OCS. PROTEI OCS includes all modules that are required for MVNO business such as charging module (supporting a variety of prepaid bundles, on-line charging, discounted rates ans so on), SIM-cards’ management module (inventory), payment gateway, unified provisioning gateway for managing MVNO network elements during service activation/deactivation procedures. The platform is integrated with several payment systems that will ensure comfort and flexibility for MVNO subscribers when recharging their accounts.
PROTEI has proved demands for its MVNO-targeted solutions by implementing new project. New project have been successfully implemented in Mexico where PROTEI deployed its HLR/HSS as a part of the turn-key MVNE project with one of world leading OSS/BSS supplier Redknee. Four new MNVOs are now built basing on this MVNE providing wide range of services including 4G data with affordable prices to their subscribers and encouraging market competition. Convenient licensing, decent functionality and competitive price were key factors impacting Redknee’s choice.
Redknee's real-time billing, charging, policy and customer care offerings provide the agility and scalability to drive a unique user experience and increase profitability. Choosing PROTEI HLR/HSS RedKnee confirms the high level and competitiveness of PROTEI solutions.
In January 2016 PROTEI has successfully completed a project for Russian NGN-operator under "UES Telecom” brand. The project was carried out modernization of the network using PROTEI equipment. "UES Telecom" is responsible for providing Russian energy system companies with contemporary telecom services. The operator held a tender for the NGN-equipment supply in order to unify different network segments under single control point. PROTEI has offered a unique and cost-effective project that fully met operators' needs.
SoftSwitch class 4 imSwitch4 for 10 000 subscribers and SIP-trunk gateways total capacity of 128 E1 was launched in Moscow by PROTEI specialists. Now all calls in the network are managed by modern softswitch that provides intelligent routing and traffic distribution from regional network segments. In addition, PROTEI engineers were carried out all installation tasks and integration with existing equipment. More than 30 regional and federal network operators were united into a full-functional NGN-network with a single intelligent control center. This greatly simplified the call distribution problems, allowed to receive relevant monitoring information, improved quality of services and increased reliability of the network.
PROTEI and "UES Telekom" are fully satisfied by results of the cooperation. Companies are planning to continue NGN-projects in future.
PROTEI solutions for building Full MVNO are in demand in the telecommunications market. PROTEI solutions for MVNO core had been successfully launched as a part of MVNO kernel transformation project implemented by MTT.
Within this turn-key project PROTEI has delivered, installed and performed all necessary integrations of two key core network elements - the home location register (HLR + AUC), and Gateway Mobile Switching Center (GMSC), including media gateways MGW.
MVNO / MVNE project being implemented by MTT is intended to build an infrastructure of federal virtual operator for the implementation of several commercial projects, targeted at different categories of users. The project is implemented under AIVA MOBILE brand (http://aiva-mobile.com), and now includes great offers for calls between the Russian Federation and Tajikistan, the Russian Federation and Finland, including, for example, some proposals that are unique for Russian operators like free incoming calls to the Russian and Finnish number for Russian roamers registered in Finland.
Implementation of technically challenging project taking into account relatively small subscriber base demanded solutions with the full functionality, but commercially viable. MTT chosen PROTEI products for that.
PROTEI Home Location Register is a cost-effective, high performance and scalable solution to suit both - new and existing mobile operators or mobile virtual network operators (MVNO). PROTEI HLR has scalable architecture and flexible throughput licensing enables an operator to select a solution that not only mirrors the revenue stream of today, but can be used to meet operator tomorrow's needs. System has all the necessary functionality in accordance with the 3GPP requirements, allows the network to start promptly. Flexible licensing scheme enables operators to deploy a solution efficiently with the various profiles of the subscriber base (for example, having a lot of subscribers with low activity).
The gateway switch network cellular mobile PROTEI-GMSC designed for use in GSM / UMTS networks and provides voice processing and signaling traffic operator's subscribers. PROTEY- GMSC based on softswitch-based fourth class against imSwitch4, allowing for flexible routing of signaling and voice traffic, performance, compliance with SORM and compatibility with equipment from different vendors. Implementation PROTEI-GMSC enables rapid and commercially effective network deployment of virtual or traditional mobile operator (MVNO or MNO) with providing a wide range of additional features that are required in the transit level, including a flexible balancing traffic redundancy, QoS, ensuring routing and support MNP.
PROTEI and MTT had some co-operation before (MTT maintains SRF and SMSC from PROTEI) but implementation of HLR and GMSC brought cooperation between the companies to a qualitatively new level.
Comores Telecom is a universal operator that provides telecommunication services using 3G, EVDO, ADSL and Wi-Fi standards. A large number of services and types of traffic in the network is severely complicated billing processes, so the operator is required contemporary and flexible system for on-line traffic analisis and billing.
The most technically challenging and interesting aspect of the project was the organization of DPI-platform operation simultaneously in all network segments. PROTEI DPI is a traffic management platform with deep packet inspection capabilities allowing to effectively manage utilization of network resources and billing policy for each type of traffic individually, depending on a number of parameters. PROTEI Policy Controller is a n intellectual node regulating policy and charging parameters for mobile Internet subscribers in real time mode. The installation of these platforms has allowed Comores Telecom effectively solve all problems with different types of traffic online charging for completely different parts of the network.
PROTEI has created a unique solution exactly suitable to the specific requirements of the operator thanks to the system settings flexibility and easy scaling of PROTEI equipment. Companies are planning to develop their cooperation in roaming and VAS-services directions.
Long-term cooperation with "TT Mobile" (trademark "MegaFon-Tajikistan") and PROTEI reached a new level. Nowadays all traffic in the network of the leading Tajjkistan operator are fully managed by PROTEI DPI-platform. Successful launch of the system has provided a great optimization of network resources and given an opportunity to offer new additional services for subscribers of "MegaFon-Tajikistan".
The new DPI-platform functionality such as signature-based and statistical-based detection of application layer protocols, dynamic bandwidth management and on-line monitoring of consumption was complemented by other functionality of our system — PROTEI Policy Controller (3GPP PCRF). In addition to the traditional functions of traffic management PROTEI specialists have integrated a content caching system, which provided additional logic to form exclusive service packages for subscribers.
Currently, the new system operates stable in the network and serves real traffic. As a result, TT-Mobile received a flexible tool for traffic prioritization, detailed statistics gathering and new tariff plans creation.
PROTEI have completed deployment of several powerful solutions in the network of independent Russian mobile operator working under MOTIV brand. This regional operator is one of market leaders in several regions in Russia including such megalopolis as Yekaterinburg.
The bundle consists of PROTEI SCP, Roaming Steering Platform, and SMS Firewall. With this new bundle MOTIV gets better control over roaming service delivery, range of important statistical information as well as improved customer experience leading to better loyalty. SCP gives an ability to deploy convergent billing services and a variety of other VAS “on the top”. SMS Firewall is reliably protecting the network from various SMS fraud and spam threats.
Complementing its MVNO product PROTEI introduces its new product, PROTEI HLR/HSS. The platform intended to suite needs of MVNOs and small/medium sized operators. It`s functionality completely corresponds all relevant 3GPP standards and cover requirements of any MVNO and MVNE. The system includes HLR and HSS functional modules that give a unique opportunity to build MVNO or MVNE delivering both GSM/UMTS and LTE services.
One of key functional elements of PROTEI HLR/HSS is PROTEI Multi-IMSI module that either can be deployed as a standalone solution or efficiently complement HLR/HSS functionality. Multi-IMSI roaming is extremely important for MVNO/MVNE as this platform gives them an ability to increase roaming coverage and related services’ portfolio dramatically. Wide range of supported signaling protocols and dialects enables easy system integration into heterogeneous network environment.
PROTEI MENA branch (Silat Solutions) completed Steering platform deployment in Batelco (Bahrain). Operator has got feature-rich system answering demands of highly competitive roaming market.
Steering of Roaming service is implemented in strict accordance to GSMA IR-73 regulation. Range of steering criteria supported by the platform gave an ability to adopt the platform to Operator’s business requirements. Steering rules may be applied basing on such parameters as number of unique IMSI in the particular network, subscriber’s CoS etc. Also installed platform allows solving wide range of tasks such as managing roamers profiles, add/delete some supplementary services, modify MAP and CAMEL phases.
Since 2009 PROTEI solutions had been deployed in 9 countries across MENA region confirming high level of PROTEI products and expertise.
PROTEI has successfully completed DPI-platform installation for MegaCom, the leading telecom operator in Kyrgyzstan. The platform was launched for optimizing usage of network resources and broadening range of VAS-services for MegaCom subscribers.
Installation of DPI-platform allowed the operator to realize new stage of its technological development plan. The supplier was chosen because of successful results of an eight-year cooperation between PROTEI and MegaCom.
Key features of PROTEI DPI-platform are: easy integration with different types of networks (mobile or fixed including LTE), flexible policy management and high performance due to unique algorithms of hardware data flow processing.
Nowadays, PROTEI DPI-platform is working in common mode and serving all commercial traffic. So the operator has received a new effective tool for network resources distribution, and PROTEI significantly has expanded its experience in implementation and maintenance of Deep Packet Inspection solutions in the existing network.
PROTEI and “Uzbektelecom” has presented Unified Call Сenter in Tashkent for 500 agent desktops. Nowadays the system integrates 13 regional call-centers previously installed in 13 major towns of Uzbekistan. The Unified Call Center operates under single hardware and software platform PROTEI and provides full range of telecommunication services to subscribers all over the republic territory.
IP based system architecture, high reliability and large experience in call-centers building guarantees the highest level of QoS to each subscriber regardless its location. Scalability of PROTEI Call Center allowed the system to grow from small contact center installed in 2009 to territory-distributed Unified Call Center in 2014.
The system provides contemporary communication, information or outsourcing services. Moreover the Unified Call Center has become a high-powered tool for collecting and analyzing statistical data for government agencies. Later on the system can be upgrade and used as a base for emergency call center (112).
PROTEI has completed deployment of several powerful solutions in the network of Kyrgyzstan mobile market leader MegaCom. Roaming bundle consists of PROTEI Roaming Steering Platform, Welcome SMS platform, Border Roaming Gateway, Roaming Assistant, Seamless Callback and the platform for signaling connectivity optimization and traffic processing. With this new bundle MegaCom gets better control over roaming service delivery, range of important statistical information as well as improved customer experience leading to better loyalty.
VAS bundle includes several revenue generating services such as Comfortable Jump (information about new number for subscriber migrating from one operator to another one in non-MNP enabled countries) and Call Collect services (call for B-party expenses). MegaCom and PROTEI cooperation is successfully continued since 2005.
RBT is one of the most popular VAS during last 5 years. Its penetration is still visibly growing and generating stable income for Operators. “BeST” has chosen PROTEI RBT to extend functionality of existing platform and produce functional competitive service.
In additional of traditional features ( tones depending from Caller ID and time schedule, Music Box, service management elements like IVR, USSD, WEB) there are a lot of advanced options, for example: “Tone like my friend has” (Copy RBT service), “Present tone to friends”, Corporate RBT, different tone prices per purchase channel, Hang-up SMS and Anti RBT.
The solution allows quickly extend Operator`s service promotional tools, forming new marketing proposals like: “the second melody as a gift”, “get bonus points for inviting a friend”, “free trial period”, “forth melody as a gift”, “first month of subscription is free”.
Convenient and attractive web-interface is available for subscribers now. To best meet operators` needs, PROTEI adjusted RBT system according to required web-interface design.
Stable traffic growth indicates that installation of PROTEI RBT positive impacts service consumption.
PROTEI and "IPMatika" announced that interoperability tests between Yealink SIP-phones and PROTEI softswitches has successfully passed. PROTEI certifies the list of Yealink SIP Phones for working with imSwitch.5 for realization of basic and additional IP-services.
Founded in 2001, Yealink, a leading provider of VoIP Phone and IP communication solutions, has been focusing on VoIP products characterized by reliable quality, easy deployment and affordable price for over a decade. "The success of the interoperability tests between Yealink and PROTEI will definitely provide our customers with more choice when it comes to accessing the most advanced telecom products and solutions on the market", said Stone Lu, Vice President of Yealink.
Companies paid close attention to integration features and co-woking between PROTEI softswitch imSwitch.5 and Yealink SIP Phones. Extensive tests confirmed fully correct co-working of the equipment and the companies foremed a unique comprehensive solution for building/upgrading NGN network. Our complex solution guarantees full interaction at all levels from user to carrier and high quality of telecommunication services.
PROTEI has certified its well-known product for MNO and MVNO - Gateway Mobile Switching Center (GMSC). PROTEI-GMSC is designed for servicing voice calls of MVNO-subscribers and provides all transit switching functions in mobile network.
Using PROTEI-GMSC guarantees quick and efficient network deployment for traditional and virtual mobile operators. The system supports a wide range of additional features required at transit level, including flexible traffic balance, backups, QoS and support of MNP. Optionally, the system may include transit node PROTEI STP for SS7 traffic processing.
The system functionality is based on Softswitch class 4 and provides flexible signaling and voice traffic routing, high performance and full compatibility with equipment of different vendors.
The new product has already shown its reliability and functionality serving real traffic flow. And PROTEI again broaden its range of certified products for MVNO and NGN operators.
PROTEI has launched a NGN training stand for the ESMT (L'Ecole Supérieure Multinationale des Télécommunications) students. The ESMT is the leading representative of the ITU in Africa. It was founded by 7 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal), students from 18 African countries study there.
For NGN-classroom the ESMT was looking for the producer which equipment was well-known at regional market and used the latest convergent technologies. For the first time PROTEI equipment was installed in Senegal in 2005 for the local content-provider Tabou Communication and it demonstrated its high reliability and functionality. PROTEI NGN solutions perfectly meet all these requirement
As a result of international negotiation the ESMT NGN-classroom was fully equipped by PROTEI systems. Russian specialists have installed 5 Class Softswitch, trunking gateway and access equipment. So now ESMT students are able to study NGN features, types of NGN-equipment, interaction between all elements of the network and signaling systems (SS7, SIP, SIP-T, MEGACO). Moreover, SIP-T and MEGACO previously studied only in theory, but with the help of PROTEI equipment they have become available for the practical trainings.
The training stand installation for the ESMT became a good extension of PROTEI educational policy and a new step in relations with African telecom specialists.
PROTEI international team from PROTEI HQ and PROTEI MENA branch, Silat Solutions has deployed advanced Personal Ring Back Tone (PRBT) for Jordan's fastest growing mobile telecom operator «Umniah».
This project helps Umniah modernize, improve and monetize existing PRBT service. Easy and invisible migration from previous solution to new platform was made for more than 140 000 subscribers with saving all their personal settings. The key project advantage is a range of options and marketing tools, which have been made especially for the customer, considering Jordan market access.
For example, «Hang up SMS» helps to know which song has other subscribers, “Anti RBT” allows to set your own melody for all outbond calls. In addition to this, songs, ordered via Web-portal can be rating by subscriber by pressing «like” button. As for marketing tools, PRBT has some interesting ones to manage advertising campaigns: “second song as a gift”, bonus points for inviting friends to use RBT service, “Auto dialer” for SMS-sending with PBT advertising and etc. The price for the song can be differentiated according the way of order (SMS, Web-portal, USSD). For example, if the price of Web-portal will be smaller, the subscriber is stimulated to use internet connection.
One of new interesting services - Video RBT is coming soon. This is opportunity to use RBT for Video calls. With more than 4 years in MEA region, our team has a strong presence there and has been working to provide advanced technologies to help Operators grow and succeed.
PROTEI has chosen Qosmos’ ixEngine Network Intelligence technology to embed Layer 7 DPI capabilities into PROTEI DPI platform. As a result, PROTEI has been able to bring solutions for fixed and mobile telecom customers to market faster, allowing them to see a quicker time to revenue.
PROTEI is one of Russia´s leading providers of telecoms solutions and our product line includes a packet processing offering. PROTEI DPI product is a traffic management platform with deep packet inspection capabilities that allows customers to effectively manage the utilization of network resources and provide new value generating services, including dynamic policy enforcement, traffic charging and value-added traffic manipulation.
Qosmos ixEngine is the de facto industry-standard software engine for Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and L7 application intelligence in telecoms, cloud and SDN architectures. Qosmos ixEngine identifies and extracts information traveling over networks in real time, providing a true picture of the traffic by identifying protocols, types of application, and extracting additional information in the form of metadata. Integrated into PROTEI’s platform, Qosmos’ technology has enabled to inject best-in-class metadata and protocol recognition into solutions, boosting innovation with a cost-effective approach, and allowing to keep ahead of the rivals in this highly competitive market. The modularity of Qosmos ixEngine has also enabled to develop solutions that could be tailored to fit our telecom operator customers’ business requirements.
“We realized that developing and maintaining application-level traffic parsing capability internally necessitated a considerable investment in internal R&D resources, which have detracted from our focus on our core business,” said Vladimir Freinkman, VP Marketing and Business Development at PROTEI. “More importantly, the complexity of the connections and the speed of change within the network infrastructure itself required us to seek out a specialist vendor. By using proven Qosmos ixEngine software, our development teams can stay focused on bringing new solutions to market much faster than ever before – in fact, in as little as 6 months!”
“Understanding the complexity of network traffic and how to best leverage it in your solutions can be a daunting task for many solution providers,” said Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO of Qosmos. “We are proud to have delivered such business-defining benefits to PROTEI, to reinforce their position against the competition, and to contribute to their continued delivery of best in class technology to customers.”
PROTEI engineers gained invaluable experience working with colleagues at Qosmos, and both companies look forward to continued cooperation in the field of traffic management solutions.
In another successful project in the Middle East, PROTEI Ltd. has completed delivery of service platforms for the Palestinian operator Wataniya Mobile. The new equipment has enabled the operator to significantly modernise its VAS platforms over the course of the past year and to launch an array of new and promising mobile services for its subscribers.
The project was made possible by the efforts of Silat Solutions, PROTEI's branch in the Middle East. Watanaya Mobile began operations in Palestine in 2009 and has grown to become the second largest mobile operator in the region. The company is fully committed to become the leader in terms of quality and variety of telecommunications services for business and private clients. Deploying new solutions from PROTEI Ltd. was a major event in the company's history. PROTEI provided its Missed Call Notification system, SMS Centre, Dynamic Voice Mail, Comfortable Jump server, Bulk SMS/MMS server, Call Back and the XVLR system for location-based targeted messaging.
The PROTEI SMS centre now handles a significant share of the operator's SMS traffic. The main tool for providing mobile marketing services is the Bulk SMS/MMS system, in conjunction with the XLVR platform, which enables targeting of subscribers in specified areas. In addition to the traditional missed call notification system, the Comfortable Jump service makes it easier to change numbers, notifying callers that the subscriber's number has changed. After hearing an automated voice message, the caller receives an SMS with the subscriber's new number. The subscriber also receives an SMS notification that a call was made to his old number.
With the CallBack server, roaming subscribers can order a callback via SMS or USSD query. A n interesting feature of the service deployed in Palestine was the 'unconditional' callback option, which, once activated, enables all calls to be connected via callback.
All the PROTEI platforms are fully integrated into the operator's existing infrastructure. The successful completion of the project has significantly strengthened PROTEI's presence on the Middle East telecommunications market.
PROTEI Ltd. has completed a major NGN network construction project in the Republic of Kazakhstan for local operator NURSAT. On completion of installation and setup in September 2012, NURSAT subscribers gained access to the full range of NGN services with high quality of service.
NURSAT is a fast-developing company that is especially committed to network modernisation and deployment of the latest technologies. To this end, a tender was run in March 2012 for the purchase of equipment on which to build an NGN network. The solution tendered by PROTEI was selected as the best fit for the operator's requirements. Ronex Security Company also participated in the project in partnership with PROTEI.
Among the equipment installed in the NURSAT network are an imSwitch5 softswitch in Almaty and m.Gate.ITG VoIP gateways in seventeen cities across Kazakhstan. A key technical feature of the system is the provision of SORM functionality with a single point of access. The imSwitch5 softswitch has a built-in SORM system which provides remote access to different network segments and allows subjects to be placed under surveillance in all regions. This was the first time such a centralised SORM setup has been deployed in the NURSAT network in Kazakhstan, and it has already proven its economical advantages for the operator.
Around 5000 subscribers connected to the PROTEI-based NGN network are now using traditional telephony services along with a wide range of next-generation VAS. Both NURSAT and PROTEI have hailed their cooperation as a success. NURSAT will continue to use PROTEI equipment for subsequent increases in number pool and additions to the range of IN services offered, as the quality and reliability of PROTEI systems have been proven not only by countless installations, but also by the corresponding certificates issued by the Kazakhstan authorities.
PROTEI Ltd. has carried out network modernisation for Kazakhstan alternative operator JSC Arna (trading as Ducat). In May 2012, PROTEI NGN equipment was successfully deployed in Almaty and four other cities in the republic. The hardware package, which included the imSwitch5 softswitch and mGate.ITG trunk gateways, enabled the operator to launch a complete range of modern telecommunications services.
Ever since it began trading in 1993, the target market of JSC Arna has been the business sector, where connection quality and a wide range of additional services are a professional requirement. As a result, the company has always been especially meticulous when selecting hardware. PROTEI solutions are well-known in Kazakhstan, where they have earned a reputation as high-quality, future-proof systems. This factor was instrumental in Arna's decision to work with PROTEI.
In addition to quality, reliability and support for a large number of intelligent services, the requirements stipulated by JSC Arna demanded scalability and flexible adaptation to specific client requirements, as well as prerequisites pertaining to quality and cost of support.
The solution tendered by PROTEI Ltd. was the only proposal that met all of the operator's technical and economical requirements in full. The central hub of the system deployed in Ducat is the imSwitch5 softswitch, installed in Almaty. It provides more than 30 services, including Unified Communication (Voice, Video, IM, Presence). The number of services can be increased with the use of external intelligent network platforms.
A unique feature of the softswitch is the integrated SORM system of PROTEI's own manufacture, which provides lawful intercept capabilities in accordance with government legislation.
Currently 5000 subscribers are connected to imSwitch5 services, with plans to increase this number to 10,000. mGate.ITG trunk gateways were installed in four cities around the country to provide all of Ducat's subscribers with access to NGN services. Subscribers in TDM networks can now access all the new services.
The Ducat network modernisation project was rolled out exclusively using PROTEI equipment. The operator migrated its network to IP technology, which has enabled a major increase in the range and quality of services availabe to subscribers and brought about a considerable reduction in network operating costs. The success of the project laid the foundation for further cooperation between JSC Arna and PROTEI Ltd. The operator now plans to use PROTEI equipment to expand its number pool.
PROTEI Ltd. has completed a major project in Iraq, with the deployment of the PROTEI GLR (Gateway Location Register) platform for local mobile operator Asiacell (Qtel) in the city of Sulaymaniyah.
Asicell, the first and largest mobile network operator in Iraq, has been in the country since 1999 and today has a subscriber base of nine million. That number is constantly growing, but so too is competition on the Iraqi mobile services market, especially in the high-value roaming services sector.
The operator required a state of the art system that would enable it to increase the number of roaming subscribers in the network while reducing signalling traffic. The GLR platform from PROTEI proved to be exactly the system the Iraqi operator needed. This deployment was made by PROTEI international team from PROTEI HQ and PROTEI MENA branch, Silat Solutions.
The PROTEI GLR (Gateway Location Register) roaming platform acts as a link between the VLR and/or SGSN and HLR. It is designed to optimise signalling traffic processing in roaming.
The GLR system saves inbound roamers' profile information on initial registration and subsequently provides this information in response to any query from the VLR. This significantly reduces the need to query HPLMN elements and greatly reduces risks that could lead to the loss of a client.
The system deployed in Iraq enables the operator to increase the number of roaming subscribers in the network by improving the registration procedure. At the same time it reduces signalling traffic expenditure by reducing the number of signalling units transmitted on roaming channels.
A similar roaming platform was previously installed in the Jordanian mobile network Umniah, where it has proven its reliability and low cost of ownership under real operating conditions.
The successful project in Iraq for Asiacell is another step in PROTEI's overseas business development. Our engineers gained invaluable experience working with our colleagues at Asiacell, and both companies look forward to continued cooperation in the field of roaming solutions and service platforms.
PROTEI specialists have successfully deployed SMS Center, USSD Center, CAMEL Gateway and Calling Card System for JSC "Vainakh Telecom" in the Chechen Republic (Russia).
JSC "Vainakh Telecom" has been working in the North Caucasus since 2009. The company actively expand and upgrade the network, along with providing customers with the most advanced telecommunication services. The number of subscribers and range of services are growing, that`s why the operator have to choose a reliable supplier of equipment for the network modernization. A high reputation of PROTEI system in Russia led to make a choice in favor of the petersburg developer.
PROTEI SMSC is a carrier-class high-performance SMS center that includes traditional and innovative SMS features. Horizontal scaling architecture allows to achieve high reliability and to adjust SMSC performance as network grows. Using PROTEI SMSC allows to raise the operator income due to new SMS services implementation.
USSD Center gave subscribers a convenient way to manage their profile and provided access to the whole range of information and entertaining services.
The most important part of the project was a joint solution of the companies "Peter-Service" (billing part) and PROTEI (CAMEL Gateway), which allowed to put into practice the convergent billing concept. The system, launched in the Chechen Republic, allows charging incoming and outgoing calls, SMS-messages and GPRS-sessions for 100% of subscribers in real-time mode both in home network and while roaming.
Voucher Management System allows efficient administration, activation management and control of voucher usage. The subscribers can now activate funds via SMS or USSD in addition to traditional way to make payments in service offices of the operator.
Performance, reliability and speed of new systems installation have confirmed the correctness of the operator choice, for example, SMSC PROTEI was installed in just 3 working days. The project completed in the North Caucasus, has once again demonstrated the relevance of PROTEI solutions in Russia. Companies were satisfied with the results of cooperation and planed to expand it.
GSM/UMTS worldwide success coupled with steadily increasing rates of international travel for business and leisure, this means a significant increase in the number of roaming users needing to be supported. This will lead to an increase of the signalling traffic on "short -haul" and "long-haul" international links. These high volumes of signalling traffic require new approaches to be processed reliably end efficiently.
PROTEI presents new platform complementing its powerful roaming portfolio and suiting current demands of mobile operators. PROTEI GLR (Gateway Location Register) is a node between the VLR and/or SGSN and the HLR, which may be used to optimise the location updating and the handling of subscriber profile data across network boundaries. When a subscriber is roaming the GLR plays the role of the HLR towards the VLR and SGSN in the visited network and the role of the VLR and SGSN towards the HLR in the home network. The subscriber information is downloaded from HLR to GLR at the first location update procedure under the GLR. Using the information, GLR handles Update Location message from VLR as if it is the HLR of the subscriber at second and further location updating procedures. GLR enables the procedure invisible from the home network so that this hierarchical location management can reduce the inter-network signalling for the location management. The GLR keeps the information until receiving Cancel Location message from HLR.
PROTEI Gateway Location Register that is developed in strict accordance with ETSI 3GPP standards gives the Operator unique possibility to optimize its roaming connectivity and signaling traffic. GLR captures all information about inbound roamer’s profile during initial registration and provides this information upon any request from VLR dramatically decreasing the necessity to interrogate with HPLMN elements. Such approach visibly decrease many risks that may finally lead to loosing the roamer.
Main advantages for GLR deployment are:
- Decreasing the volume of signaling traffic between Operator and SCCP-provider
- Secure roamers in Operator’s network (less chances to lose the roamer during interrogation with home network or in case of short-terms failures /minor coverage problems)
- Full compliance with applicable ETSI standards (ETSI TS 23.119) and GSMA regulation
- High efficiency for complex or segmented networks
Сall Back technology provides a convenient and efficient alternative to the traditional scheme of providing mobile telecommunications services to roaming subscribers or to subscribers with outbound call barred. Using this system, instead of direct calling desired number subscriber sends an SMS or USSD request containing this number to the system’s service number. This request is processed by the Call Back server, which makes two outgoing calls – one to the caller and one to the number requested. Call Back Service is more profitable for the operator than the traditional connection. Thus, more flexible tariff rates could be provided for roamers allowing them to enjoy a more active communication while abroad.
PROTEI has been chosen by VIP OPERATOR as a Callback solution provider. PROTEI Call Back Server has been integrated with existing IT and telecommunication infrastructure of the customer. System software had been specially configured and adjusted to simplify integration and minimize changes to be done on Operator’s network elements and to enable flexible call charging. Special feature had been implemented to support Mobile number portability (MNP) service that must be provided by Macedonia operators according to National laws. Within framework of the project PROTEI also deployed USSD Center that may be used not only for the Call back service but as a base for many other USSD services also.
Thus, VIP OPERATOR has received efficient solution that allows to increase revenue through more flexible tariff rates for subscribers in roaming. Installation of PROTEI Call Back Server in Macedonia has again demonstrated flexibility of PROTEI solutions making possible fast and easy adaptation of any platform to the special demands of operator in any country.
PROTEI and MegaFon - Moscow have developed and implemented System for location-based bulk SMS notifications. The system allows to send SMS to all subscribers located in particular coverage area (e.g. specific cells, group of cells, areas etc).
Unique platform collects notification about handovers received from MSC/VLR using special interface and accumulates all updates in the database. Thus, at any time the platform has all information about actual location of all Operator’s subscribers and inbound roamers registered in Operator’s network. Based on this information the system is able to make appropriate queries and perform SMS notification of subscribers registered in predetermined area.
Implemented project successfully continues cooperation between MegaFon, PROTEI and EMERCOM Russia because using the platform subscribers can be promptly informed about emergency situations. SMS have already been sent to alert about forest fires, terrorist attacks and other incidents.
Megafon is going to use the system not only for governmental needs. System’s features opens up new opportunities in mobile advertising, like geographically targeted advertising messages filtered by subscriber base.
“Solution development was initiated by MegaFon to realize both public and commercial projects. The platform is often used by EMERCOM to alert public about forest fires and other emergencies. Trade and service enterprises such as restaurants can also use system capabilities to inform customers about discounts and promotions when subscribers are detected near company location. Thus, the system can significantly improve the targeting and effectiveness of mobile advertising,” the first deputy director of MegaFon - Moscow Igor Akulinin noticed.
"MegaFon has successfully implemented PROTEI solution dramatically extending the functionality and efficiency of advertising messages. Besides, the platform has become an important element in cooperation of the operator with the state authorities in prevention and protection from emergency situations,” said PROTEI Vice-President Vladimir Freinkman.
On the 26th of April 2011 collaboration between Moscow City Telephone Network (MGTS) and PROTEI has led to signing of the contract for digitalization of Moscow city telephone network. MGTS is one of the biggest city telephone networks in Russia and in Europe. Currently MGTS serves 4.4 Mln fixed line subscribers and has 253 exchanges in Moscow and Moscow region (nearest suburban areas). According to agreement between companies, 152 Moscow analogue telephone exchanges will be upgraded by PROTEI’s mediators to connect them directly to IMS kernel MGTS builds up.
Mediator is innovative equipment developed specially for that allows smooth migration to IMS of subscribers connected to old analogue exchange to new network with keeping their old numbers and re-using of some existing equipment, cables and distribution frames. Use of mediators makes migration process much more effective and profitable.
Before taking this strategic decision MGTS has already successfully tested PROTEI’s mediators on one of the exchanges in Moscow. General director of MGTS Mr. Sergey Ivanov noticed that it was positive experience and effective decision to solve the problem of Moscow city telephone network digitalization.
On the 28th of April 2011 conference “Cosmos and communications” was held in Moscow chaired by Minister of Communications and Mass Media Mr. Igor Schegolev. During the conference Sergey Ivanov gave a report on plans for upgrade using mediators. As Igor Schegolev said PROTEI’s solution was the great break in domestically produced equipment and that experience would be both helpful for native and foreign companies.
The application allows subscribers to replace standard tone with a personalized sound file. A subscriber can assign different ring back tones to different callers or group of callers, even dependent upon the date, weekday and/or time. A song purchased over a portal, a corporate advertisement, a joke end etc. can be chosen as a ring back tone.
Full Mobile Marketing support has been provided to suit both new and existing mobile operators & content providers.
This deployment was made in collaboration with our MENA branch Silat Solutions. Service link on MTN portal: http://www.mtn.sd/en/service/for-you/services/rbt.html
PROTEI specialists had successfully deployed SMS Center and Welcome SMS System for Jordan mobile operator UMNIAH.
SMS-traffic is growing fast and mobile operator need flexible solution to adapt system to new requirements for functionality and capacity accordingly. PROTEI SMS-center was deployed for Umniah to process service messages from content-providers and to make SMS distribution. It was integrated with prepaid-platform Huawei for real-time SMS tarification.
Basing on SMS Welcome two services had been launched in addition to ordinary functions: Safe arrival; and SMS with information about roaming tariffs:
-Using Safe arrival; a subscriber can create a list of persons which will be automatically notificated about his/her appearance in Roaming Network. This is convenient way to send an information about successful landing to relatives and friends.
Some subscribers don`t use their mobile phone in roaming to avoid paying uncontrolled sum of money. SMS with information about roaming tariffs provide the clients with all the necessary information to control their expenses. This service returns lost revenue for mobile operators.
-Regarding to PROTEI equipment Yousef Bustami, Core Network-VAS Engineer, say that: This solutions are one of the most efficient and powerful products I have deal with, PROTEI SMSC handle huge Network traffic without any outages The relation between our two companies is built on a very high degree of professionalism, PROTEI has a great support team who helps us on spot and within minimal time.The relation between our two companies is built on a very high degree of professionalism, PROTEI has a great support team who helps us on spot and within minimal time.
Besides the fact, that mobile market of Jordan saturates, UMNIAH continue to lunch new services and adapt their network according grow of traffic, using PROTEI solutions.
Modern telecommunication technology gives the people opportunity to exchange information through different channels of communication: SMS, voice messaging, mail and social networks. Subscriber have to to control each channel separately that makes rapid exchange of messages difficult. To manage trends as they involve three companies join forces to introduce new innovating service Unified Messaging
Unified Messaging is multiprotocol solution with following properties:
-One interface for all accounts
-Any kind of contacts can be associated with one name in simple to manage list
-Messages are stored together regardless of format type
-It is easy to search, send and redirect messages using any transmission medium regardless of the format of the original message
-If there is no Internet connection, subscriber can receive all the information in SMS, MMS or voice/video mail
-Unified Messaging can be easy integrated with e-mail clients, including mobile e-mail clients
-The solution supports Contextual Advertising services
Krisitina Tikhonova, general director Nokia Siemens Networks:
Any local market has his own especial features and the most effective solution to meet customer demand is to collaborate with partners, who has an experience at this market. In addition, our partners have an opportunity to access cutting-edge technologies and to develop their business at both Russian and international market. This is one of the main basis of innovation economic of Russia.
PROTEI and Megafon-Moscow specialists had successfully deployed large-scale Wi-Fi project at the Moscow branch of OJSC "MegaFon". The platform for authentication and real-time charging of broadband wireless access services had been installed, customized and launched. The platform named WIX has a number of special features that allow providing and charging Wi-Fi access services across all Megafon branches throughout the Russian Federation. The solution can work with any number of access points and supports flexible charging algorithms, depending on various parameters such as username / password of a subscriber, access point, time of day etc.
To access to the Internet, a subscriber receives a login and a password via SMS, or by calling IVR. Using the obtained access parameters the subscriber is able to register in Wi-Fi network. Authorization is carried out through the WEB-portal, which design being displayed to the subscriber dynamically changes according to access point (hotspot), where the subscriber is authenticated. For example, it may be a corporate format of the WEB-portal of MegaFon ("Green Zone WiFi») or customized web page design of the portal displayed to the subscriber when he tries to register in 3rd party hot-spots. Access to the network can be paid or free, depending on the access point. As part of the project integration with Megafon network elements had been performed (SMSC, IVR), as well as adaptation of service logic of the platform according to the requirements of the Customer.
This project once again demonstrated an ability to build flexible and scalable systems that can successfully operate on the networks of the largest Operators. The list of supported authentication and charging algorithms can be easily adjusted according to the Operator’s needs (e.g. on-line charging from subscriber’s mobile account and payment by credit cards are also available). System can be easily adopted for broadband fixed access charging.
This project continues the eight-year successful cooperation of Megafon and Protei, traditionally offering the subscribers contemporary services and advanced solutions.
New service based on PROTEI platform has been launched by TT-mobile - one of leading Tajik mobile operators (MLT brand). New platform implements Comfortable Jump service intended to help subscriber who has changed his mobile number or even mobile Operator (had come to TT-mobile network) to inform friends and colleagues about his new number.
Comfortable jump system makes migration process more convenient and painless. Subscribers may change not only tariff plans but even mobile operators without doubt that his/her friends lost their contacts.
When someone tries to reach old number the system informs him that number of called subscriber had been changed. New number of called subscriber may be either sent to calling subscriber via SMS (if service supported by originate network) or played via IVR. To inform called subscriber about missed calls had been addressed to his old number Comfortable jump system provides SMS notification to the called party.
Comfortable jump is a very cost-effective for subscribers as they need to pay small subscriber fee for this service only and keep old subscription during “migration” period. All calls addressed to old number are free for callers. Notification will not be sent if old SIM-card has negative or zero balance. It is possible to assign up to 3 old numbers to one new number. Service is delivered by subscription, subscriber fee is charged from their mobile accounts.
TT-mobile is the first GSM-operator in Tajikistan. Traditionally TT-mobile pays attention to its service portfolio and offers to subscribers the most convenient and contemporary services. PROTEI and TT-mobile successful co-operation is continuing 8 years. During this period a lot of common project was successfully implemented, more than 10 platforms had been successfully launched including such key network elements as SCP and SMSC.
PROTEI Missed Call Notification System had been deployed by Jordan GSM operator Umniah. Basing on this system two services had been launched for Umniah’s subscribers. First one is traditional “Missed Call Notification” and second one is an expansion of this service named “Notification on Reachability”.
PROTEI Missed Call Notification System chosen by Umniah is one of well-known PROTEI products. During last several years more than 10 installations had been done. Several branches of Megafon in Russia, and number of operators in Central Asia are successfully maintaining this PROTEI solution. To adopt the solution for local market specific few important modifications of service delivery algorithm have been done. E.g. for subscribers who would like to use this service without paying any subscriber fee special algorithm was implemented.
Subscriber can choose special service option and system will send him messages that will not contain missed call numbers but only missed call notification. To retrieve information about callers who had tried to reach him the subscriber has to reply such message. System processes this reply and sends to the subscriber SMS containing list of numbers missed calls had been made from. These MT messages containing number lists are charged on-line. “By subscription” service delivery algorithm is traditional.
“Notification on Reachability” sub-service (notification of the caller about called party re-appearance in the network) becomes a new service available for all Umniah subscribers. Within the framework of this project implementation PROTEI specialists have performed integration of the Missed Call Notification system with Umniah Prepaid-platform for real-time SMS charging; and with Umniah IT-environment for service provisioning.
This project has successfully confirmed high level of PROTEI products and their readiness for different international markets.