Giga Stream Launches UNS

Giga Stream announces its Universal Navigation Switch, integrating 3G, WLAN, and high-performance IP packet transmission, at ITU Telecom World 2003

October 10, 2003

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SAARBRÜCKEN, Germany -- At Telecom World 2003 in Geneva, 12th - 18th October, GIGA STREAM is announcing its Universal Navigation Switch (UNS) platform and is setting the pace in the design of voice, data and video service nodes for next-generationwireless networks that will be the life-blood of 3G and WLAN / WiFi serviceofferings. The UNS facilitates a smooth migration from the current TDM, ATMtransport towards all-IP internetworking.

The Mobile operators spent a great deal of money on 3G licenses and are nowfinding it increasingly difficult to create applications that will satisfytheir customers let alone make a profit. They built-up mobileinfrastructure – in order to comply with regulatory requirements - thatresulted in a complex set of network equipment. This has become difficult tomanage and to maintain during operation and the introduction of new servicesand applications is, in consequence, a very expensive and time-consumingtask.

The UNS network switch will dramatically reduce the complexity andintegration effort for mobile operators. It will increase the adoption rateof new applications thus satisfying end-user demand. It will alsocentralize operational functions and add value with the integration of thevarious networks and topologies into a single platform. This will ensurefull, seamless interworking of all wireless and Internet technologies.

“Such an integration task won’t happen overnight”, says Thomas Maul,Founder and CEO of GIGA STREAM: “For this reason we have chosen a 4 phaseplan. The initial phase, implemented in most GSM networks today, took careof the introduction of data into voice centric mobile networks. With theofficial presentation of the UNS platform at the Telecoms 2003 Show inGeneva, GIGA STREAM sets the pace with the integration of the variouswireless access technologies and the optimization of the mobile corenetwork. This is the right time to introduce our UNS. Mobile operatorsclearly understand the value of our integration capabilities.”

How the UNS works:

Switching functionality is divided into two elements: a control planecomprising the routing algorithms and call control, and an intelligenttransport plane that establishes and maintains the voice and data paths.GIGA STREAM’s exclusive content sensitive traffic management (CSTM) providesfull application-aware visibility into network traffic, facilitating newhigh value business and consumer applications including customized services,SLAs, location based services, alternative billing methods and seamlessroaming between Radio Access Networks and WLANs.

The UNS platform is designed with IPv6 and MPLS in mind. The topologymodules provide connectivity to Gigabit Ethernet, ATM and E1 with supportfor SS7 signalling. The solution is designed for today’s 3GPP standards(rel 99, v4) based on ATM in the RAN (radio access Network) and corenetwork, but can be easily upgraded to an all-IP core.

The Operator Benefits:

Because the integration and functionality is on a single platform, dramaticcost savings can be achieved – up to 70% in capital expenditure and up to50% in operating expenses, as compared with multi-component switchingproducts. Single-platform integration also greatly simplifies capacityplanning, security and network management. And service delivery may bedirect or via Virtual Operators so that carriers may sell-on their excesscapacity.

Accelerated time-to-market and enhanced competitiveness are additionalbenefits thanks to advanced features such as seamless interworking,intelligent routing, and support for innovative billing modelsindividualized by subscriber, service type and usage. And the UNS switchesare scalable up to the highest speeds - and capacities so operators canstart small and expand as needed.

The Ultimate Mobile Objective:

“Having seen the convergence of voice, data and video in the wired world, 3Gand WLAN are now bringing broadband technology into the wireless world. TheUNS switch will be the enabler to facilitate a controlled migration,” saysThomas Maul, founder and CEO of GIGA STREAM.

“At a time when the mobile operators were hoping to recoup the costs oftheir 3G licenses, they are in fact seeing their margins eroded and arehaving to fight with a near saturated market. Their future prosperity isdependent on being able to offer new services which are in turn dependent onefficient broadband connectivity in the last mile.

“WLAN hotspots provide an effective but highly localized solution - you’dneed a new antenna every 15 meters to allow the user to roam, whereas 3Gcovers several square miles per antenna. By providing a seamlessintegration between them, the UNS will enable the WLAN to complement 3G,with the user able to move back and forth between the two, once havingestablished a session in either,” Thomas Maul concluded.

GIGA STREAM is on Stand 5056 in Hall 5 at the ITU TelecomWorld 2003 Show in the Palexpo Centre Geneva 12th – 18th October 3003 see:

Giga Stream UMTS Technologies GmbH

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