Company Advances Roaming Across 2.5G, 3G, and WLANs

By Matthew Peretz

January 22, 2002

Creates network architecture to successfully monetize and build on forthcoming continuous data connectivity services.

Megisto Systems advanced the cause of seamless roaming across network infrastructures by announcing today its Mobile Subscriber Service (MSS) architecture for always-on 2.5G, 3G, and WLAN connections.

MSS, according to Megisto, enables carriers and mobile operators to increase revenues on a per user basis by creating new services and effectively billing end-users for them. The company describes it as a subscriber- and service-aware core network infrastructure that provides key service interfaces required to deliver personalized mobile services to the enterprise and consumer markets. These interfaces can then present state information to external service and application platforms offering advanced services. The product effectively anchors the mobile subscriber - having knowledge of the subscriber's identity, activity and usage.

Megisto stated that the product will enable new mobile enterprise applications such as mobile sales force automation, inventory tracking, and remote power control and monitoring. On the consumer side, the company said the product will enable carriers to offer high-value services like automatic news updates, investment alerts, peer-to-peer gaming, and remote home monitoring. Using the product, Megisto hopes that carriers will be able to support billing services based on customer preferences, including prepaid billing, billing for WLAN access, and subsidized billing.

The MSS architecture is intended to take advantage of continuous data connectivity services, like 2.5G and WLANs - and monetize the connectivity by tracking consumption, delivering services and seamless integration with back-end billing and management systems.

Roaming across network infrastructures, what Megisto calls Universal Mobility, is another revenue generating outcome of using the MSS architecture. Roaming across WLANS, and back and forth from 2.5G and 3G networks, is seen as an important step in facilitating the type of transparent, seamless connectivity users will come to expect from next-generation networks.

"We believe WLAN service is a key enabler for and a complement to 2.5G and 3G services," said Carol Politi, Megisto co-founder and vice president of marketing. "Combining wireless LAN access with 2.5G and 3G networks provides a strategic advantage to mobile operators, enabling them to deliver a profitable value-added service and at the same time decrease their network build-out costs in critical high-density areas."

"Integrated WLAN access solutions, only possible from wireless operators, will stimulate mobile data usage while providing an additional revenue stream, expected to be worth $6 billion in 2006," said Christine Loredo of Strategis Group. "Hot spots are a great way to boost capacity and bandwidth at a relatively low cost and they can enhance the 2.5G network experience for mobile users."

Matthew Peretz is Managing Editor of 802.11-Planet.com



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