MegaFon, one of Russia’s biggest telecommunications firms, has signed a roaming agreement with Transaction Network Services’ (TNS) LTE Roaming Hub (Hub). From small rural operators in the US to the largest multi-national carriers, TNS has over 500 operator partners in the country and addresses the full needs of wireless and wireline operators locally and globally.
This strategic relationship, which also includes access to Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) members who are participating in CCA’s Data Services Hub, will help MegaFon improve its subscriber roaming experience in the US and gain new inbound roaming revenues.
The LTE Roaming Hub will provide MegaFon with extensive US coverage via access to the networks of dozens of other participating carriers, the majority of which are now LTE. As an international Hub partner, MegaFon will also offer inbound roaming support to the Hub’s subscriber base travelling to Russia.
As an alternative to direct roaming relationships, the TNS powered solution will allow MegaFon to improve its subscribers roaming experience by offering a larger seamless footprint with greater LTE coverage.
Hub BreakOut (HBO), which is one of the features of the TNS LTE Roaming Hub, allows subscribers to obtain internet data at Regional Internet Hubs. As a result these requests do not have to be routed back to MegaFon’s home network ensuring quicker delivery of data and a better customer experience while they are away from the home network. Additionally, as a Hub member/partner, HBO allows an accelerated VoLTE roaming solution that is in compliance with regional and local regulatory requirements.