Bridgewater Sets Industry-First Performance Benchmarks for 3G and 4G Control Plane

By Bridgewater Systems, PRNE
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Independent Testing Demonstrates PCRF and HSS Performance as Part of End-to-end Mobile Packet Core

OTTAWA, September 15, 2010 - Bridgewater Systems (TSX: BWC), the mobile personalization company, today
announced that it has set high performance benchmarks for the mobile control
plane for 3G and 4G networks as part of the mobile packet core testing
( conducted by the
European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC). For more details, read Heavy
Reading's new whitepaper "Control Plane Scalability and Performance
Requirements for 3G and LTE Networks." (


    - The 3G and 4G mobile packet core tests validated the high performance
      and scalability of Bridgewater's control plane solution - the
      Bridgewater(R) Home Subscriber Server (HSS) ( and
      Policy Controller (PCRF)
      ( - and the
      Cisco ASR 5000 (
      under conditions which are representative of a large, data-centric Tier
      1 service provider network with one million active subscribers and high
      mobile data transaction rates.

    - For the 3G network, the Bridgewater PCRF supported the test of Cisco's
      GGSN. The test simulated one million users accessing the network at the
      same time at a sustained rate of 18,000 packet data protocol (PDP)
      activations per second. This equates to one million users activating
      data sessions in less than a minute.

    - For the 4G LTE network, the Bridgewater HSS supported the test of
      Cisco's mobility management entity (MME) and the Bridgewater PCRF
      supported the test of the Cisco packet data network (PDN) gateway. The
      test simulated one million LTE devices coming onto the network within a
      short time. Once the devices were authenticated by the HSS, the PDN
      gateway requested attachment policies from the PCRF to activate both a
      dedicated bearer for a real-time VoIP or video data session as well as
      a default bearer for data services. The Bridgewater HSS and PCRF
      successfully supported sustained rates of 5,000 attachments per second.

    - The 3G and 4G test scenarios were undertaken on the same Bridgewater
      PCRF hardware and software platform, demonstrating support for the
      evolution from 3G to 4G including full compliance with 3GPP Release 7
      and 8 standards.

    - Bridgewater, a Cisco Preferred Solution Developer (,
      was the sole third party PCRF solution provider supporting the EANTC
      test of Cisco's mobile packet core. The Bridgewater HSS and PCRF are
      now available on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (


Carsten Rossenhövel, Managing Director, EANTC AG

"The EANTC tests are the first publicly available, comprehensive
performance tests of Cisco's mobile packet core supported by Bridgewater's
control plane solutions, carried out by an independent testing organization.
A high performance control plane is critical in meeting future operator
requirements for mobile data networks."

Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading

"Smartphone use cases, end-user applications, and the way devices
interact with the network, are evolving rapidly. This makes the control-plane
performance of mobile packet core equipment critical to operators as they
manage this transition and design their networks to meet future

David Sharpley, Senior Vice President, Bridgewater Systems

"In collaboration with Cisco, Bridgewater has set the industry
performance benchmark for the 3G and 4G control plane. These independently
validated results for the Bridgewater Home Subscriber Server and Policy
Controller reflect our continued commitment to exceeding the carrier-grade
performance and scalability requirements of our customers as they deploy next
generation mobile networks."

Tags / Keywords

Bridgewater Systems, Cisco, LTE, Home Subscriber Server, HSS, Policy
Controller, PCRF, Evolved Packet Core, ASR 5000, Heavy Reading


About Bridgewater Systems

Bridgewater Systems, the mobile personalization company, enables service
providers to efficiently manage and profit from mobile data services, content
and commerce. The company's market leading mobile personalization portfolio
provides a real-time, unified view of subscribers including entitlements,
devices, networks, billing profiles, preferences and context. Anchored by
Bridgewater's Subscriber Data Broker(TM), the portfolio of carrier-grade and
standards-based products includes the Bridgewater(R) Service Controller
(AAA), the Bridgewater(R) Policy Controller (PCRF) and the Bridgewater(R)
Home Subscriber Server (HSS). More than 150 leading service providers
including America Movil, Bell Canada, Clearwire, Cox, Hutchison Telecom,
Iusacell, Scartel, SmarTone-Vodafone, Sprint, Tata Teleservices, Tatung,
Telmex, Telstra, and Verizon Wireless use Bridgewater's solutions to rapidly
deliver innovative mobile services to over 150 million subscribers. For more
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    For further information:

    Joanne Steinberg
    Bridgewater Systems

    Ed Barker
    Bridgewater Systems

    Tony Tan
    Siren-Communication - Asia Pacific

For further information: Joanne Steinberg, Bridgewater Systems, joanne.steinberg at, +1-613-884-8831; Ed Barker, Bridgewater Systems, edward.barker at, +44(0)7939-492-656; Tony Tan, Siren-Communication - Asia Pacific, tony at, +65-9048-6981

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