“Free Basic 4G Services” provides Guyanese subscribers free access to essential websites
Waterloo, ON; June 8 , 2016 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced that it is enabling an initiative by the Government of Guyana and GTT to provide Guyanese subscribers with access to essential websites at no cost.
With GTT’s “Free Basic 4G Services”, GTT are providing mobile subscribers with free 4G access to more than 20 essential news, health, education, and government websites. The free service is available on every data capable phone, without the need for subscribers to have an active data plan on their account.
GTT has been a Sandvine customer since May 2015, and their utilization of Sandvine’s Network Policy Control platform ensures that new websites and services can quickly and easily be added to ensure the free services continue to meet the evolving needs of subscribers in Guyana. Sandvine’s solution automatically detects the zero-rated services and offers end to end policy control and enforcement, so no custom work is required.
In addition to the “Free Basic 4G Services”, GTT will also be using Sandvine to enable rollover data as well as zero-rating all Facebook and WhatsApp traffic on their daily, weekly, and monthly data plans. Data usage from Facebook and WhatsApp will not count against a subscriber’s data quota, and should a subscriber deplete their purchased data quota, GTT will allow subscribers to continue to use unlimited amounts of WhatsApp and Facebook until the expiration date of the data plan they purchased. Alternatively, should a subscriber have remaining data quota on their plan when it expires, GTT’s rollover data feature allows subscribers to carry forward their unused data to the next data plan they purchase.
“Sandvine has made it easy for us to rapidly enable innovative, free and commercial subscriber services that will help us meet our goal of fostering a better quality of life for all Guyanese”, said Gert Post, Chief Commercial Officer of GTT.
“Sandvine is proud to be working with GTT to help bring the empowerment of the Internet to those who may not otherwise have a means to gain access,” said Dave Caputo, CEO Sandvine.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine’s purpose built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.
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