Videotron is going through Syniverse Technologies to provide advanced features for its new mobile 3G service.
Videotron has its own spectrum, purchased last year, whereas the typical MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) makes use of spectrum held by a third party that also owns and operates its own network.
A handful of North American cable operators own spectrum, and vendors with 3G mobile experience are lining up to help those MSOs use it. Although Syniverse has supplied hundreds of companies, this is its first announced cable account, the company said.
For messaging, Videotron’s new 3G network will employ Syniverse’s SMS-IG and MMS-IG solutions to enable Videotron’s mobile subscribers to send text and multimedia messages to users on other networks (Videotron recently cut a roaming deal with Rogers).
From a roaming and fraud prevention perspective, Data Clearing House for GSM and Financial Clearing House for GSM will facilitate the financial settlement of Videotron’s roaming traffic, while Syniverse DataNet will protect its subscribers from roaming fraud. Finally, the operator will use Syniverse’s IPX Network Transport solution to enable access to a full suite of mobile data services via a single ubiquitous network, while supporting emerging 3G Plus solutions and ensuring high service quality.
Alfred de Cárdenas, executive vice president and general manager of North America for Syniverse, said, “Not only do we support traditional mobile operators, but we also are able to provide industry-leading solutions to new entrants to the mobile space, including cable operators and Internet, VoIP and applications service providers.”