Struggle to speed up innovation
MVNOs, MVNEs and smaller operators are at a disadvantage compared to larger operators. They are even more dependent upon their network vendors to roll out new services and to resolve integration issues. This undermines one of their key advantages: their ability to deliver tailored and innovative services quickly. The flexibility to innovate at the speed of the ecosystem is increasingly important in the MVNO world.
Nearly all operators admit they struggle to speed up time-to-market for new services. In particular smaller operators are highly dependent on the availability and willingness of infrastructure vendors.
Breaking the vendor lock-in
BroadForward’s BFX provides the means to independently enable use cases across vendors’ systems and (proprietary) technology. The BFX Interface Gateway is the Next Generation Diameter Signaling Controller providing a single solution for any-to-any protocol interworking and routing for Diameter, RADIUS, SS7 and IT protocols. Using the GUI based service orchestration environment of BFX, users can set up advanced use cases without any need for scripting or vendor involvement. Success in LTE will depend upon faster service differentiation. BFX offers smaller operators both flexibility and affordable adaptability of services, independent of vendors and technology.
BFX encourages MVNOs, MVNEs and smaller operators to take control of their signaling network. With BFX, operators can independently and immediately take action to enable services and tackle signaling challenges found in multi-vendor environments, across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi/Fixed and IT. BFX hands operators the in-house capability to avoid lengthy engagements with product vendors and system integrators. BFX is the only Diameter Signaling Controller that provides the ability to own and control the signaling network, add network functions without changing existing systems, and independently resolve signaling issues across multi-vendor environments. BFX allows MVNOs, MVNEs and (smaller) operators to be the fastest innovator in their markets, and at the same time structural reduce integration and hardware costs.
MVNOs, MVNEs and operators can leverage the benefits offered by BFX to increase their power in the competitive market:
- Less dependency on vendors and system integrators: flexibility to manage complex broadband use cases independently;
- Faster time-to-market for broadband propositions: BFX enables integration in days instead of weeks or months;
- Productized integration: out-of-the box support for Diameter routing and mediation, Fixed-Mobile convergence, 3G-LTE data roaming, Wi-Fi offload integration, Number Portability, M2M/IoT etc.;
- Easy to use: configuration of BFX is fully based on a graphical user interface, no need for scripting or vendor involvement;
- Reduced systems integration cost for broadband systems: using BFX is often cheaper than a single change request on core platforms;
- Extended economic lifetime of systems: BFX adds required connectivity functionality instead of system upgrades or replacements;
- Hardware independent: BFX is software based, supports use of standard off-the-shelf hardware, virtualization and cloud deployment.