Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller enable high-speedLTE broadband services
OTTAWA, Nov. 18 - Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC), the mobile personalization company, today announced that Agri-Valley Communications, the first operator to roll out LTE services in rural Michigan, has selected the Bridgewater® EPC 500 system for its network rollout.
o Agri-Valley selected the Bridgewater EPC 500 system which provides subscriber and device data management, policy control, and interworking functions for the LTE Evolved Packet Core. It includes the Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller (PCRF) both anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM). The EPC 500 is fully compliant with LTE specifications and features extensive, multi-vendor interoperability.
o It enables Agri-Valley to:
o Rapidly and cost-effectively launch LTE broadband services to under-served areas using a fully integrated and tested EPC system to support functions such as subscriber and service modeling, roaming, and quality of service management;
o Reduce costs through over-the-air provisioning of subscribers, devices, and on-demand service models; and
o Deliver innovative, personalized services to attract and retain subscribers including nomadic and casual usage services.
o The service provider plans to roll out LTE in all of its 40 counties in the northern part of Michigan's Lower Peninsula within the next three to five years.
Ed Eichler, President and CEO, Agri-Valley Communications
"As a rural operator, our goal is to rapidly bring advanced LTE broadband services to under-served areas. We selected the Bridgewater EPC 500 because it is the industry's most complete integrated LTE control plane solution and it allows us to rapidly deliver nomadic broadband data services to our subscribers."
David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems
"Agri-Valley is a first-mover in delivering high speed LTE broadband services to rural areas. Bridgewater's early success with the EPC 500, an integrated Home Subscriber Server and Policy Controller system, coupled with our deep control plane expertise is giving us significant momentum in the 4G market."
About Agri-Valley Communications, Inc.
Agri-Valley Communications, Inc., a multi-faceted communications company based in Pigeon, Michigan, is the parent company to Agri-Valley Broadband, Inc., a LTE 4G wireless broadband provider; Pigeon Telephone Company, an Independent Telephone Exchange Carrier (ILEC); Thumb Cellular, a cellular telephone and 3G internet service provider to Michigan's Thumb area; and Agri-Valley Services, Inc. (AVCI.net), a broadband internet service provider to Michigan's Thumb, Twining and Alba/Lakes of the North areas. Agri-Valley has served rural Michigan since the early 1900's, providing urban services to rural communities. www.avbi.net
About Bridgewater Systems
Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, enables service providers to efficiently manage and profit from mobile data services, content and commerce. The company's market leading mobile personalization portfolio provides a real-time, unified view of subscribers including entitlements, devices, networks, billing profiles, preferences and context. Anchored by Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM), the portfolio of carrier-grade and standards-based products includes the Bridgewater® Service Controller (AAA), the Bridgewater® Policy Controller (PCRF) and the Bridgewater® Home Subscriber Server (HSS). More than 150 leading service providers including America Movil, Bell Canada, Clearwire, Cox, Hutchison Telecom, Iusacell, Scartel, SmarTone-Vodafone, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Tatung, Telmex, Telstra, and Verizon Wireless use Bridgewater's solutions to rapidly deliver innovative mobile services to over 150 million subscribers. For more information, visit us at www.bridgewatersystems.com.
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