Huawei Joins GSMA PathFinder Partner Programme

By Gsma, PRNE
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

LONDON, June 23, 2011 -

successfully completes ENUM interoperability testing

The GSMA today announced that Huawei, a leading telecom
solutions provider, has achieved certification for its wireless and
fixed-line carrier solutions as part of the GSMA PathFinder
Industry Partner Programme. PathFinder, operated by Neustar, Inc.,
is a GSMA-managed service providing an interoperable, industry-wide
solution that enables the routing of global IP service interconnect
traffic based on ENUM technology and lowers the barrier to entry
for service providers as they deploy current and future IP

Huawei has demonstrated compatibility with the GSMA
interoperable carrier ENUM standard which means that Huawei can
query and understand results from other carrier ENUM
implementations. With mobile networks moving to an ‘all-IP’ network
implementation with the deployment of LTE and IMS, the ability to
route calls and sessions based on telephone numbers in the IP
domain is critical, and ENUM provides a standardised means to do

“PathFinder provides an immediate and flexible solution that
simplifies the rollout of innovative IP-based services, enabling
operators to reach more devices on more next-generation networks
more rapidly,” said Adrian Dodd, Senior Director, PathFinder at the
GSMA. “Working with companies such as Huawei, PathFinder is
harnessing the power of IP-based applications across networks to
enhance the array of services behind the universal telephone

“Huawei is proud to be a part of this initiative as we believe
that simple, standardized and globally interoperable IP
interconnection is a key precondition for the telecommunications
community to evolve the service offering and develop end user
service value,” said Huang Jin, Vice President of Core Network
Product Line at Huawei.

With 19 commercial LTE networks and 200 additional planned
deployments, LTE is set to experience rapid growth over the next
few years, rising from 4.2 million connections in 24 countries by
the end of this year, to almost 300 million connections in 55
countries by 2015(1). As operators deploy new services, such as
Voice over LTE, over LTE networks, the role of PathFinder will
become even more critical in ensuring the reliable delivery of
voice and multimedia traffic utilising phone numbers and IP-based

“IP is becoming the new voice of communications. As IP-based
communications, such as LTE become more and more available,
businesses need services like PathFinder to make IP a truly global
ubiquitous communication language,” said Steve Edwards, senior vice
president, Carrier Services at Neustar.

Notes to Editors:

“Private” or “Carrier” ENUM is an enabler used by operators to
associate the phone numbers of subscribers with the IP addressing
information of the subscriber’s IP-based services. This information
is populated by the operator on behalf of the subscriber and is not
made available to third parties except for the purposes of routing.
The system enables IP-based calls and messages, addressed to a
subscriber’s phone number, to be delivered.

“Public” ENUM is a separate open Internet-based number
translation directory where consumers can publish their addressing

About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators
worldwide. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800
of the world’s mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies
in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software
companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and
entertainment organisations. The GSMA also produces
industry-leading events such as the Mobile World Congress and
Mobile Asia Congress.  

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