FORT MYERS, Fla. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions for advanced messaging, over-the-air (OTA) handset management, and connectivity gateways, today announced a partnership with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D), a leading provider of mobile security solutions, to provide a cloud-based LTE OTA platform to United States-based mobile network operators. The solution enables operators to perform remote provisioning and configuration of LTE and dual-mode CDMA/LTE devices over the air.
Operators rely on OTA device programming for new account activation, handset upgrades, Preferred Roaming List (PRL) updates, and other critical updates to the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), the removable smart card found on both LTE and dual-mode CDMA/LTE devices. OTA solutions enhance customer retention by delivering convenience for end users, who avoid time-consuming trips to wireless stores for updates to their devices.
The Interop Technologies-G&D partnership solves a problem that operators currently face when offering popular CDMA/LTE devices prior to launching their LTE networks. With the LTE OTA solution, operators can activate dual-mode handsets on the CDMA network today and subsequently activate LTE features over the air following LTE network deployment. This eliminates the need for subscribers to return to the operator’s retail location to update LTE settings.
The Interop LTE OTA platform also improves upon traditional OTA functions, including push- and pull-based tasks, utilizing the IP channel to achieve optimal performance. In addition, the LTE OTA platform offers operators the ability to introduce new use cases such as near field communication (NFC) services and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.
Because subscribers will continue to use earlier-generation devices for the foreseeable future, operators will require both CDMA IS-683 and LTE OTA platforms to support the full range of device types. The Interop cloud-based platform minimizes the complexity and investment required by operators to introduce an LTE OTA solution. Interop also enables operators to utilize the same web-based interface for both the Interop IS-683 and LTE OTA provisioning platforms, minimizing the need to retrain customer service personnel.
“Our solution enables operators to sell the latest 3G/LTE devices today, prior to launching their LTE networks,” said Damian Sazama, Vice President of Corporate and Product Marketing, Interop Technologies. “This lets operators remain competitive by providing subscribers with the latest, most in-demand dual-mode handsets.”
“Our partnership with Interop Technologies gives operators access to the most powerful LTE OTA solution available today,” said Scott Marquardt, President of the U.S. Operations of Giesecke & Devrient. “Our cloud-based solution minimizes the need for additional capital expenditures for operators already making substantial investments in their LTE networks.”
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About Interop Technologies
Interop Technologies (www.interoptechnologies.com) is a leading provider of advanced messaging, over-the-air handset management, and connectivity gateway solutions for mobile network operators worldwide. With a range of flexible deployment options including cloud, private cloud, and turnkey, Interop enables operators of all sizes to launch new communication services quickly. Interop designs, develops, and supports all solutions in house, providing modular, scalable architecture that makes migration to next-generation technology simple. Interop Technologies maintains its corporate headquarters and a network operations center (NOC) in Fort Myers, FL, with a fully redundant NOC and offices in Dallas, TX.
About Giesecke & Devrient
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is a leading international technology provider headquartered in Munich, Germany. Founded in 1852, the Group has a workforce of over 11,200 employees and generated sales of approximately EUR 1.8 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. 58 subsidiaries and joint ventures in 32 countries ensure customer proximity worldwide.
G&D develops, produces, and distributes products and solutions in the payment, secure communication, and identity management sectors. G&D is a technology leader in these markets and holds a strong competitive position. The Group's customer base mainly comprises central and commercial banks, mobile network operators, business enterprises, governments, and public authorities. For more information, please visit: www.gi-de.com