|[February 06, 2013]
ADTRAN and Accuris Networks Partner to Extend Cellular Service Continuity to the Wireless LAN
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & DUBLIN --(Business Wire)--
Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of cloud connectivity,
enterprise communications and virtual mobility solutions, today
announced a partnership with Accuris (News - Alert) Networks, a leading provider of
Wi-Fi offload and roaming inter-working solutions, to deliver a secure,
flexible and scalable network virtualization architecture for
cloud-based mobile offload and roaming. Accuris has joined ADTRAN's (News - Alert)
Total Solution Alliance Program, partnering with ADTRAN to provide
highly reliable, performance-enhanced network solutions that enable
converged services with superior quality and availability.
Mobile offload solutions are enabling mobile operators to satisfy the
growing demand for mobile data. The proliferation of smartphones and
tablets has created congestion on 3G/4G/LTE mobile networks.
Fortunately, these devices can also support a data session on Wi-Fi
networks which opens the possibility of easing the burden on cellular
networks. However, most Wi-Fi networks are not designed to meet the
challenge of offload. Wi-Fi networks are commonly designed around
independent access points that cannot support access point-to-access
point mobility or they are built around hardware-based controllers that
create backhaul challenges. In addition, user authentication is designed
for nomadic public access using a laptop computer and not for a mobile
user with a smartphone.
ADTRAN's unique approach, based on the Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN
solution (vWLAN), allows for the data session to be distribute and
managed locally in the access point. The control plane is both
centralized and virtualized so that it can reside anywhere in the cloud.
With user control and session authentication taking place remotely, the
need for data session backhaul is eliminated. This gives mobile network
operators the maximum degree of freedom to design an optimal offload
network. ADTRAN's cloud-based mobile offload solution saves operators
the expense and engineering challenges of coping with backhaul. At the
same time, vWLAN supports access point-to-access point mobility, access
point-based security policies, and user differentiation necessary to
By partnering with Accuris Networks (News - Alert), ADTRAN marries the benefits of
vWLAN with the carrier-grade capabilities of Accuris Networks' AccuROAM
solution for authentication, billing, settlement, and policy
enforcement. The carrier-grade solution enables macro network features
and service interworking to be extended to subscribers connected via a
wi-fi network while ensuring subscribers receive the same user
experience as they would on the cellular network. Operators gain a
detailed view of all wi-fi connected subscriber activity along with the
ability to control and manage those subscribers in real time.
"This collaborative effort addresses the need for a flexible,
cloud-enabled networking environment with the scaling capabilities to
satisfy massive increases in mobile data - a critical business issue
facing all mobile operators around the globe," said Aidan Dillon (News - Alert), CTO
for Accuris Networks.
"We are very pleased to partner with Accuris Networks to deliver next
generation mobile offload and roaming solutions," stated Mads Lillelund (News - Alert),
general manager for ADTRAN's Bluesocket Business Group. "Leveraging
virtualization to remove the traditional limitations of today's existing
network architectures holds the promise of highly scalable,
cloud-enabled networks that will further advance mobile communications
About Accuris Networks
Accuris Networks is a leading provider of roaming interworking, device
management and convergence solutions. The AccuROAM platform is designed
to provide mobile communications operators with a Wi-Fi offload and
Wi-Fi roaming solution, which includes smartphone client software,
access server/gateway technology and billing integration designed to
provide a seamless and secure user experience for data, voice and
messaging services. For more information, visit Accuris Networks at www.accuris-networks.com.
ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and
communications equipment. ADTRAN's products enable voice, data, video
and Internet communications across a variety of network infrastructures.
ADTRAN solutions are currently in use by service providers, private
enterprises, government organizations, and millions of individual users
worldwide. For more information, please visit www.adtran.com.
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