Sandvine Helps Regional Wireless Operators Provide Differentiated Services
Network Policy Control solutions for networks of all shapes and sizes
Waterloo, ON; January 24, 2012 –Sandvine, (TSX:SVC; AIM:SAND) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions, today announced it has successfully deployed its Network Policy Control solutions in three North American wireless networks, BendBroadband, FRC/The Blue Zone and Main Street Broadband. All three operators became Sandvine customers in fiscal 2011 and provide fixed-wireless service using a variety of access technologies including WiMAX, satellite, 3G and 4G.
New service provider entrants are acutely aware of the need to differentiate their offerings from incumbents in order to gain market share, and therefore take full advantage of the benefits of Network Policy Control. These regional service providers have deployed Sandvine’s Fairshare Traffic Management product to help provide quality service. This product helps manage inherent competition for limited network resources so that the best possible quality of experience is preserved for the maximum number of subscribers for the maximum amount of time.
"Sandvine was a strategic addition to our wireless network," said Eric Anderson, BendBroadband's director of wireless engineering. "The combination of the Sandvine deployment with BendBroadband's new 4G LTE network means our home Internet customers will continue to enjoy the same reliable service."
"We are excited to work with Sandvine again and deploy their equipment throughout the USA and MENA regions," said Mohamed Raji, Senior VP at FRC/The Blue Zone Group. "Sandvine's Traffic Management offering is the best-of-breed solution for optimal bandwidth usage per subscriber and will give FRC/The Blue Zone the ability to differentiate itself in this highly competitive marketplace."
Sandvine has also supplied Main Street Broadband with Network Analytics as a comprehensive business intelligence tool to measure network performance and to help gain insight into network trends and subscriber usage with executive-style dashboards.
“Main Street utilizes Sandvine technology to proactively manage network traffic, ensure fair use amongst its customers and limit the impact of abusive practices,” said Bud Zirkle, COO, Main Street Broadband.
“It is important to us to maintain strong relationships with our customers and advise them on the latest tools available to manage their Internet resources,” said Tom Donnelly, COO, Sales and Global Services, Sandvine. “Video streaming, multimedia messaging and the explosion of video-oriented apps and services, have all had a profound effect on networks. Our network analytics tools provide the visibility needed to help our customers migrate to LTE while maintaining the quality of these applications.”
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Based in Bend, Oregon, BendBroadband was founded in 1955. A leader in the cable and broadband sectors, the company offers an extensive range of broadband, cable and telephone services for commercial and residential customers. Its facilities include more than a thousand miles of fiber and coax infrastructure along with metropolitan optical Ethernet, T-1/PRI and hosted PBX services. BendBroadband offers multiple phone and high- speed Internet options with speeds up to 60 Mbps. BendBroadband operates one of the fastest wireless broadband networks in the nation, along with outdoor Wi-Fi. The company was among the first to be 100% digital and offers Video on Demand, digital video recorders, HDTV (over 100 HD channels) and a choice of interactive program guides. BendBroadband focuses its corporate contributions and sponsorship efforts on youth and the arts. In the community, BendBroadband provides extensive local sports, civic programming and local features created and produced by COTV, channel 11.
ABOUT FRC GROUP
FRC/The Blue Zone Group is a leading provider and deployer of WiMAX broadband wireless solutions around the globe, working with its partners and customers to deploy the most efficient and scalable IP, MPLS and Ethernet infrastructures. It prides itself in delivering to operators and service providers the most cost-effective and efficient network environments to foster long-term customer satisfaction and loyalty. For more information, please visit: www.frccorp.com.
ABOUT MAIN STREET BROADBAND
Main Street Broadband, LLC is a privately held wireless broadband service provider headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Together with its subsidiary, Broadband South LLC, Main Street is committed to bringing affordable high speed Internet access and digital phone service to the un-served and underserved markets in the southeast US. Main Street Broadband utilizes the latest in wireless broadband technology for both residential and business services to develop additional economic opportunities in communities and advance the quality of life for its residents. Main Street Broadband is aligned with its strategic partner Xiocom Wireless, Inc (www.xiocom.com), a global provider of integrated wireless broadband solutions. To learn more about Main Street Broadband, visit www.mainstreetbb.com
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions focus on protecting and improving the quality of experience on the Internet. Our award-winning network policy control equipment and software helps fixed and mobile operators better understand network traffic, manage network congestion, create new services and revenues, mitigate traffic that is malicious or undesirable to subscribers, deliver QoS-prioritized multimedia services and increase subscriber satisfaction. With over 200 service provider customers in over 85 countries, serving hundreds of millions of broadband and mobile data subscribers, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.sandvine.com.
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