ATLANTA—NTT DoCoMo selected Syniverse’s DataNet anti-fraud solution to protect its network from roaming fraud. Syniverse DataNet, which won the Best Roaming Product by the GSM Association (GSMA) at Mobile World Congress 2008, will let the Japanese operator minimize its roaming fraud as well as conform to GSMA’s Near Real Time Roaming Data Exchange (NRTRDE) standards.
The NRTRDE standards were established as the next generation of fraud prevention and the GSMA is requiring its membership to adopt it by October 2008. NRTRDE follows the current and now-outmoded High Usage Record (HUR) system used by operators. Adoption of NRTRDE as the new standard is expected to reduce the incidence of roaming fraud by up to 90%.
According to Tony Holcombe, Syniverse president and CEO, NRTRDE is GSMA’s “velvet hammer” which helps solve costly fraud issues in roaming environments. By improving the speed of reporting, operators can stop fraud before they amount to large dollar losses.
DataNet provides roaming fraud protection by ensuring that roaming data records used to spot fraudulent behavior are exchanged between home and visited operator partners as rapidly as possible. Syniverse developed DataNet to exceed NRTRDE’s standards, giving operators immediate access to the information they need to combat roaming fraud and reduce data record exchange times from 36 to 4 hours or less.
“NTT DoCoMo’s decision is further proof that operators are taking the threat of fraud seriously and are protecting themselves ahead of the GSMA’s deadline,” said Raymond Cheung, executive vice president and CEO for Syniverse AP. “We believe that Syniverse DataNet is the best way for NTT DoCoMo to protect itself, its roaming partners and its more than 53 million subscribers.”
Syniverse currently has more than 65 contracts worldwide for DataNet.