Digicel is replacing its end-of-life IP Transfer Point (ITP) systems in use at 26 of its markets in the Caribbean and Central America with BroadForward’s Signalling Transfer Point (STP).
Work is also ongoing to replace legacy Diameter routers with the BroadForward Diameter Signalling Controller (DSC). BroadForward's STP runs on its converged signalling solution; it enables Digicel to replace standalone SS7 and Diameter based network functions and is ready to support future network deployments with HTTP/2.
According to analyst Omdia, 4G remains the dominant wireless cellular technology in Latin America and the Caribbean with 484.6 million connections and 21% annual growth. Having started operations as a mobile operator in Jamaica in 2001, today Digicel delivers mobile communications, business solutions, media and entertainment and digital services to consumers and business customers to 32 markets across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific.
Ivan Sierra Group Head of Roaming, Messaging & IoT Business Operations at Digicel, said: "Technology is ever-changing and the BroadForward STP and DRA are designed to operate in multi-technology environments, enabling us to adapt configurations quickly, while making sure we have acquired a future proof solution which is ready to support current and future network deployments."
BroadForward CEO Taco Schoute added: "We are one of the few signalling software vendors that are capable of successfully replacing 2G, 3G and 4G routers from almost any brand, with a solution that already offers support for future generations of networks as well. Our converged signalling solution enables Digicel to combine different network functions on the same single-engine platform with other BroadForward network functions, including STP, DRA, SS7 and Diameter Firewall, as well as next generation functions such as SCP and SEPP."