Zero-rated service plans can now be implemented in under a week
Waterloo, ON; July 21 , 2016 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced that it has enabled seven turnkey deployments of Facebook’s Free Basics platform for Digicel in the Caribbean and Latin America region, with more coming soon. The Free Basics platform, featuring zero-rating of key content, is being enabled in less than a week.
Free Basics by Facebook is a platform developed by Facebook that provides subscribers with improved access to useful websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, and BabyCenter. All included services are available for free to Digicel subscribers without data charges, and focus on providing subscribers access to valuable news, employment, health, and education resources.
Digicel’s Free Basics deployment is enabled through the utilization of a standard API with Sandvine’s network policy control platform. The use of this API radically simplifies and accelerates the enablement of the Free Basics platform for operators and provides Digicel with a turnkey solution to not only enable the Free Basics platform in new markets, but to also regularly update the list of free services available under the plan.
Digicel has already launched Free Basics in Panama, Suriname, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and Papua New Guinea, and plans to use Sandvine to enable the Free Basics platform in other Caribbean, Latin America and South Pacific markets in the coming months. Each new property is expected to take less than a week to fully enable.
“The flexibility and ease-of-deployment of Sandvine’s platform, combined with their wealth of experience in integrating with online charging systems has created a turnkey solution for any operator looking to provide Free Basics to their subscribers,” said John Delves, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Digicel.
“Sandvine is proud to be working alongside Digicel to help bring the Free Basics platform, and the life-changing power 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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