Packet inspection/traffic management

Allot Wins Highlight Mobile Traction

Two new customer wins by deep packet inspection (DPI) vendor Allot Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALLT) highlight continued momentum in the fast-emerging wireless segment of the business.

Allot announced yesterday that two Tier 1 wireless carriers -- one in Europe and one in Asia/Pacific -- chose its packet processing solutions to improve service to end users in the face of increasing mobile data use. (See Allot Gets Wireless Wins.)

Allot CEO Rami Hadar says the increasing interest from wireless providers is coming as the links between base stations and mobile users are starting to become congested.

"Wireless operators are starting to experience the same congestion issues as fixed operators," Hadar says. But while fixed-line congestion most often occurs at network peering points, congestion in wireless networks frequently happens over the air and closer to the customer, he says.

To that end, he points to Allot's ability to monitor activity on a per-subscriber basis as a key factor in the company's two wireless wins. "The subscriber management platform is critical," Hadar says.

The wireless segment is becoming an increasingly important market for DPI vendors, as mobile data use has accelerated with the availability of data-centric handsets and more robust broadband services on wireless networks.

Allot competitor Sandvine Inc. issued a similar press release just a few weeks ago, announcing wins with its own set of unnamed wireless service providers. (See Sandvine Nabs Wireless Wins and Sandvine Swings to a Profit.)

"The growth is phenomenal. The bandwidth per subscriber is still low compared to the fixed market, but it's still a very big market for DPI, and growing very rapidly," Hadar says. "There's a huge potential for market share and for growth."

Growth in the wireless market is expected to continue, with mobile DPI spend outpacing that in wireline networks by 2011, according a report issued by Light Reading Insider. (See DPI Market Set for Mobile Ramp and The Greening of DPI.)

— Ryan Lawler, Reporter, Light Reading

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