US-based iBasis has signed an international mobile infrastructure deal with the Viettel Group to support 3G and 4G roaming. iBasis is a KPN subsidiary and Viettel is a global commercial network owned by the Vietnam Ministry of Defence.
Through the agreement Viettel and its multiple entities across Asia, Africa and the US will benefit from the extensive iBasis LTE signalling footprint of more than 530 mobile networks in 179 countries.
“iBasis and Viettel share the same objectives of providing faster expansion of the LTE footprint,” said Phong Doan Dai, director of the Viettel International Business Centre. “iBasis has demonstrated dedicated commitment and operational expertise with a fast implementation of services, while addressing new technical or operational challenges that may arise. Our collaboration provides significant global growth.”
Through its IPX interconnectivity, iBasis provides multiple services including GRX, covering both 2G/3G and LTE data roaming, as well as the iBasis LTE Signalling Exchange (LSX) service for Diameter signalling. Viettel will also be able to monitor LTE Diameter traffic and check the performance of its 3G and 4G data roaming services, leveraging the iBasis advanced analytics platform InVision.
“In Viettel we are serving a highly recognised brand, which now reaches over 90m users across ten countries,” said Feddo Hazewindus, CEO of iBasis. “We are committed to working closely with Viettel to respond to the increased and accelerated subscriber demand for LTE and a broader range of mobile services.”
The Viettel mobile and wholesale data services footprint is supported by 100,000 mobile base stations and 365,000 km of fibre optical cable.