Sandvine’s Intelligent Broadband Forum Brings Japanese Internet Providers Together
Waterloo, ON; April 9, 2014 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today hosted the Intelligent Broadband Forum at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo, bringing together Japanese communications service providers (CSPs) to share perspectives on global Internet usage trends and discuss the evolution of the broadband data industry. The forum included a keynote presentation by Dennis Mendiola, Founder of Chikka, a technology firm in the Philippines acquired by Smart Communications Inc., who outlined the strategies his company has implemented to rationalize the mobile data business given the rise of OTT players, and a worldwide race to reach the unconnected.
“Sandvine has enjoyed great success in the Japanese market, and we are excited to work with both current and prospective customers in order to improve the quality of experience and variety of service tiers available to Japanese Internet subscribers,” said Tom Donnelly, co-founder and COO, Sales and Global Services. “I am fortunate to have the opportunity to spend several months in the region to discuss the needs of leading service providers firsthand.”
Among the topics discussed at the Intelligent Broadband Forum were findings from Sandvine’s most recent Global Internet Phenomena Report which revealed that networks in the Asia-Pacific region are some of the most unique in the world. CSPs are in a position to offer innovative prepaid or postpaid service plans that cater to the Internet applications that Japanese consumers value the most.
- Subscribers on Japanese fixed networks consume less than one-third the bandwidth of those in North America. That gap will quickly close when an over-the-top (OTT) video provider, such as Netflix, launches in Japan
- Subscribers worldwide have an insatiable appetite for live sports on-demand and the 2014 World Cup will place significant demand on both fixed and mobile networks
- Average monthly mobile usage in emerged LTE Asian networks, similar to those in Japan, now exceeds 1 gigabyte. This is more than triple the 338 megabyte monthly average in Europe
- Over-the-top messaging applications, such as Line and WhatsApp, continue to enjoy widespread adoption while eating into SMS revenue. For example, on a tier-1 Asian mobile network, subscribers sent an average of 7 WhatsApp messages per day
Sandvine’s solutions are currently providing nine CSPs in Japan with actionable business intelligence and policy solutions for deploying new services and improving subscribers’ Internet quality of experience.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks to enable services that can increase revenue and reduce network costs. Powered by Sandvine’s Policy Engine and SandScript policy language, Sandvine’s networking equipment performs end-to-end policy control functions including traffic classification, and policy decision and enforcement across the data, control and business planes. Sandvine’s products provide actionable business insight, the ability to deploy new subscriber services and tools to optimize traffic while enhancing subscriber Internet quality of experience.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 250 networks in over 90 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide, www.sandvine.com.
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