South Korean CDMA Network Upgrades
Published on: 19th Jan 2004
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South Korea's SK Telecom has contracted Samsung Electronics to provide data core network equipment for its CDMA network. The carrier has deployed the Samsung Mobile Access Gateway 400 (SMAG 400 which is Starent Networks Corporation's ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway) as a Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN). The SMAG 400 (Starent ST16) has been deployed in SK Telecom's CDMA2000 1X and CDMA2000 1X EV DO network.
"SK Telecom is focused on providing our subscribers a superior communications experience," said Joo Sik Lee, Ph.D. Vice President, SK Telecom. "As a result, we require network solutions that provide tremendous service flexibility, high availability, and technical innovation. We tested many leading vendor solutions, Samsung's Starent-based platform excelled in all aspects against our very high standards."
The SMAG400 has been deployed in the Seoul metro area. The network is now live. This contract follows on the recent selection of Samsung/Starent to provide core data network equipment for SK Telecom's deployment of a new IMT-2000 W-CDMA network.
As part of its selection criteria, SK Telecom put the SMAG400 through its comprehensive product certification process. This process consisted of two phases. The first was a comprehensive lab test that included nine functional categories. These categories include: basic platform function, call processing, accounting, robust statistics, redundancy, capacity, call transaction (call set-up and tear down), throughput, and manageability (ease of use). The final results placed the SMAG 400 (Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway) as the highest scoring next generation PDSN tested with a near perfect score.
"Working with SK Telecom is very rewarding as they continue to push the technology envelope and deploy compelling services for their subscribers," said Ashraf Dahod, president and CEO of Starent Networks Corporation. "This win is key validation for our solution and the vision we have for next generation networks."
The Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway has rapidly become the preferred next generation solution for mobile operators with CDMA-based networks. Designed specifically for the mobile environment, the ST16 acts as the gateway between the wireless network and core IP network. The system offers enhanced mobility, multimedia service delivery, high capacity, superior accounting and billing, carrier-class reliability and a clear migration to an all-IP network. Furthermore, the ST16 is unique in its ability to provision data, voice and integrated voice and data, moving the mobile network to a truly next generation architecture."