After the first roaming call was made in 1991 and the first SMS was sent in December 1992, mobile roaming has become an indispensable service for millions of travelers each year. The term ‘roaming' was adopted by the GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), and defines roaming as the ability for roamers to use their mobile phones to make and receive calls and send and receive SMS (short message service) when roaming outside the geographical coverage area of their home network.
From the first 1G analog cellular, to 4G broadband fourth generation (beyond 3G), mobile roaming solutions have had to continually progress to keep up with dynamic changes to guarantee network efficiency. Starhome's innovative mobile roaming solutions have been omnipresent in the roaming industry for over 10 years.
Mobile Roaming Solutions
Starhome's pioneering footprint in developing roaming solutions can be traced back to the first VHE (Virtual Home Environment) which allows roamers seamless access to their VAS (Value Added Services) while roaming abroad. The VHE includes intelligent solutions such as the Starhome® Home Short Code® solution with CLI (Calling Line Identification) delivery and the Starhome® Intelligent Call Assistant® (ICA) which analyzes and corrects roaming dialing mistakes.
The Starhome® Next Generation Intelligent Preferred Network™ solution is the first revenue-based Steering of Roaming (SoR) solution - it offers mobile operators a way to steer traffic to their preferred network and assists them in meeting their roaming revenues and IOT discount agreements.
The Starhome® Gateway Location Register™ (GLR) solution upgrades mobile networks with intelligent roaming capabilities to monitor, manage, optimize and maintain a high quality of service for inbound roaming traffic. Starhome's Gateway Location Register solution also provides a comprehensive and flexible set of tools that allow operators to control their inbound roaming traffic and reduce signaling costs. Starhome's GLR also follows the 3GPP recommendations for Gateway Location Register.
From 1st July, 2010, new EU regulations state that operators will no longer be able to charge for voicemail forwarding to subscribers roaming within the EU. These two unnecessary calls are known as tromboning and occur when two international calls that occur when a mobile terminated call, are forwarded back home while a subscriber is roaming.
The Starhome® Optimal Voicemail Deposit™ solution addresses all critical issues laid out in the new EU regulation. Starhome will receive a Patent from the European Patent Office for its Optimal Voicemail Deposit on 3rd March, 2010.