There's a new name in signaling on the Long Term Evolution (LTE) scene and it's Diametriq.
The company, launched on Thursday, was born from the signaling technology assets of IntelliNet Technologies Inc., which was founded in 1992.
IntelliNet previously specialized in mobile data offload as well as SS7 protocol stacks and Diameter signaling technology. But in October last year, the company sold its data offload business, including product assets and employees, to Ruckus Wireless Inc.
Diametriq CEO Anjan Ghosal, who also founded IntelliNet, explained to Light Reading Mobile that the company thought its offload business would be "better off with a bigger guy." He added that Ruckus had already integrated IntelliNet's platform into a product it unveiled in February this year. (See Ruckus Packs Wi-Fi & LTE Into Small Cells.)
Now, Diametriq will be entirely focused on next-generation control signaling products based on the Diameter protocol, the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) element defined by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) on HSPA+, LTE and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) networks. The protocol touches just about every part of a mobile operator's network from the core to the backend billing systems.
The company's core product, the Diameter Routing Engine application platform, detects and manages traffic congestion and provides certain security features, as well as managing roaming and internetworking.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, Diametriq employs 25 people and has a software development center in Bangalore, India.
Why this matters
The launch of Diametriq with its revitalized Diameter products shows that the next-generation signaling market is heating up. As more data-hungry LTE devices, such as Apple's new iPad, come onto the market, operators need to be able to manage the resulting control signaling traffic that could potentially flood their mobile broadband networks.
The new Diametriq also emerges as a challenger to existing Diameter players Tekelec Inc. and F5 Networks Inc., which acquired signaling specialist Traffix Systems in February.
â€” Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile