Starent Zapps Into Europe

Wireless router startup Starent Networks Corp. has scored its first European carrier win, supplying PDSN (Packet Date Serving Node) infrastructure kit to Romanian CDMA 450 service provider Zapp Mobile.

The small but high-profile deal sees Starent deploy its ST16 Intelligent Mobile Gateway, a packet core network device that adds sophisticated service creation, billing, and IP traffic management capabilities to this strategic point in the network.

Zapp is one of Europe’s first carriers to launch high-speed CDMA 1x EV-DO (Evolution, Data Only) services in the 450MHz spectrum frequency. Deployed in frequency bands previously hosting analog Nordic Mobile Telephony (NMT) cellular systems, CDMA 450 belongs to the CDMA 2000 family of technologies. Most previous CDMA 450 launches have involved the slower 1x RTT standard (see CDMA 450 Seeps Into Europe).

“They deployed our platform in June for tests and it turned commercial around late September, early October last year,” says Starent’s General Manager, EMEA, Eric LeCalvez. “Zapp has around 300,000 subscribers now. It’s the biggest 450 network in the world.”

Financial details were not disclosed.

Today’s announcement marks Starent’s first success in the European market following eight previously touted deals in Asia and the U.S. (See Starent Wins at Verizon PR, Starent Confirms Virgin Deal, Starent's Startup Double-Up, China Unicom Picks Starent, Starent Wins Vivo Deal, Rural Cellular Picks Starent, Starent Wins at US Cellular, and Starent Networks KDDI.)

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

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