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Caribbean Operator Launches Converged GSM & CDMA Network

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Tecore Networks has announced that the Turks and Caicos Islands based telco, Islandcom Telecommunications has deployed a platform which supports both GSM and CDMA from a single converged platform. The network will enable Islandcom to serve both the local residents as well as the global tourist population that frequents the islands. Tecore supplied a converged core platform, the GSM and CDMA radio access network, a customer care and billing system, and professional services.

The iCore Network Center delivers an industry first: a software-defined core network supporting MSC, VLR, HLR, SMSC, and prepaid operations across GSM and CDMA. The common set of object code implements both technology families from a single converged platform. The patented architecture applies the appropriate external technology method based on the subscriber type, while operating internally through common application processing. The end result is a core network which support operations with the most prevalent RF technologies, as well as allows simultaneous connectivity to GSM and CDMA roaming partners to support both inbound and outbound roaming.

Typical applications include cruise ships or resorts where subscribers use multiple technologies from their home networks. In Islandcom's case, the disparate and remote terrain of multiple islands presented additional challenges in network topology and backhaul. From the use of the all-IP RAN to the converged core supporting both prepaid and postpaid users, to billing and customer care, the flexibility of Tecore's solution was ideal to cover Islandcom's target subscribers.

"Islandcom is the only mobile telecommunications provider focused on the rapidly growing market in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Islandcom's launch will bring exciting new products and services as well as much needed competition to TCI's residents and international visitors," said Chris Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Islandcom. "The market here is unique, and requires a local focus as well as world-class technology and services to ensure it is properly served. Tecore's suite of integrated products and professional services will be a crucial element of our success."

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