Interop Technologies (Fort Myers, FL) announced a partnership with Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) to provide a cloud-based LTE OTA platform to United States-based mobile network operators. The solution enables operators to perform remote provisioning and configuration of LTE and dual-mode CDMA/LTE devices over the air.
Operators rely on OTA device programming for new account activation, handset upgrades, Preferred Roaming List (PRL) updates, and other critical updates to the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC), the removable smart card found on both LTE and dual-mode CDMA/LTE devices. OTA solutions enhance customer retention by delivering convenience for end users, who avoid time-consuming trips to wireless stores for updates to their devices.
The Interop Technologies-G&D partnership solves a problem that operators currently face when offering popular CDMA/LTE devices prior to launching their LTE networks. With the LTE OTA solution, operators can activate dual-mode handsets on the CDMA network today and subsequently activate LTE features over the air following LTE network deployment. This eliminates the need for subscribers to return to the operator’s retail location to update LTE settings.
The Interop LTE OTA platform also improves upon traditional OTA functions, including push- and pull-based tasks, utilizing the IP channel to achieve optimal performance. In addition, the LTE OTA platform offers operators the ability to introduce new use cases such as near field communication (NFC) services and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.
Because subscribers will continue to use earlier-generation devices for the foreseeable future, operators will require both CDMA IS-683 and LTE OTA platforms to support the full range of device types. The Interop cloud-based platform minimizes the complexity and investment required by operators to introduce an LTE OTA solution. Interop also enables operators to utilize the same web-based interface for both the Interop IS-683 and LTE OTA provisioning platforms, minimizing the need to retrain customer service personnel.