SK OKs Samsung, Starent PDSN

Samsung's and Starent Networks' PDSN system achieves rigorous certification at SK Telecom

June 9, 2003

3 Min Read

TEWKSBURY, Mass. -- SK Telecom of Korea awarded its network certification to Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. with the Samsung Mobile Access Gateway 400 (SMAG 400 which is the Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway). The certification process evaluates product performance, service capabilities and carrier-grade robustness in a thorough lab environment and in live network tests.

Obtaining the certification was applauded by Dr. Myung Sung Lee, vice president, Network R&D Center/Mobile Lab.TF of SK Telecom. “The SK Telecom certification process is a comprehensive examination of products that includes several important performance criteria to ensure that network elements offer the highest quality experience possible for our subscribers,” said Dr. Lee. “Samsung’s high capacity Packet Data Serving Node (PDSN) system, the SMAG 400, performed exceptionally well and scored very high on all our criteria.”

SK Telecom is considered a global leader in next generation mobile communication service deployment, with over 15 million subscribers. The carrier was the first in the world to deploy CDMA cellular phone service as well as the first CDMA2000 1X network based largely on Samsung’s CDMA2000 system. Additionally, SK Telecom offers Video Phone, VOD (Video On Demand), and AOD (Audio On Demand) with the world-first CDMA2000 1X EV-DO network.

The tests were conducted in SK Telecom’s certification lab in Bundang, South Korea. SK Telecom has invested significant resources and dedicated staff to this world-class testing facility. The lab features powerful simulation capabilities as well as the latest networking and radio access equipment to provide an environment that can stress the limits of mobile networking technology.

Starent Networks and its partner, Samsung Electronics, collaborated to ensure the success of the certification test. “We are very pleased to receive SK Telecom’s network certification while cooperating with Starent Networks. We believe this to be the first significant step in successfully obtaining core network system business with SK Telecom. Furthermore, Samsung is making its best effort to provide top-notch core network system products to SK Telecom”, said Pil-Young Kim, vice president of the Telecommunication Systems Division of Samsung Electronics.

The testing consisted of two phases. The first was a comprehensive lab test that included nine functional categories. These categories include: basic platform function, call processing, accounting, statistics, redundancy, capacity, call transaction (call set-up and tear down), throughput, and manageability (ease of use). The final results placed the SMAG 400 (Starent ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway) as the highest scoring next generation PDSN tested with a near perfect score.

The second phase of testing consisted of live deployment within SK Telecom’s network. The multi-day test required the SMAG 400 platform to process tens of thousands of actual subscriber calls. The traffic included simple IP, Mobile IP, Wireless Access Protocol (WAP) and Video Phone - across both CDMA2000 1X and 1X EV-DO radio networks. Again, the SMAG 400 received scores at the highest levels of the testing criteria.

“We are excited to receive SKT certification which is regarded as an industry benchmark,” said Ashraf Dahod, president and CEO of Starent Networks. “Furthermore, it demonstrates the technical excellence and robustness of our ST16 platform.”

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Starent Networks Corp.

SK Telecom

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