SOURCE: Stoke, Inc.

Stoke, Inc.

January 27, 2010 06:00 ET

Stoke Launches Game-Changing Solution That Saves Operators Tens of Millions of Dollars and Improves the Mobile Broadband Data User Experience

Stoke Mobile Data Offload Delivers Much-Needed Relief to Mobile Operators Coping With Data Traffic Deluge

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2010) - Mobile broadband gateway developer Stoke (www.stoke.com) today launched Stoke Mobile Data Offload (SMDO), a solution designed to help 3G network operators address their immediate economic, capacity, and subscriber satisfaction challenges delivering mobile broadband data. SMDO addresses operators' real business problems by helping them deliver a quality Internet experience for users, while dramatically reducing infrastructure costs, and extending the life of their 3G Data Networks and investments.

Flat rate data plans, proliferating social media applications, and iPhones, 3G-enabled laptops, and netbooks are dramatically changing the characteristics of data traffic on today's 3G mobile networks. For example, 80% to more than 90% of this data traffic is headed for the Internet instead of operators' own applications. Operator networks were designed to deliver data to a 10-lines-of-text feature phone display -- a far cry from applications such as delivering HD video content on laptops that we see today. The network strain is manifest in the radio network, the traffic backhaul network, and the core network.

"Operators must improve subscriber satisfaction or risk losing their 3G user base long before they transition to LTE," said Stéphane Téral, Principal Analyst at Infonetics. "The crucial factor for operators today is finding lower cost deployment models to increase network capacity. Innovative offload capabilities such as Stoke's have the potential to increase data throughput capacity in the mobile core and improve the mobile broadband Internet experience now, which gives carriers some breathing space to plan for their upgrade to LTE/4G."

A Simple, Innovative Approach

SMDO changes the economic landscape of 3G data delivery, in the process delivering many of the technical objectives of LTE, including reduced system latency, lower cost, and improved service delivery. SMDO selectively diverts traffic streams off of the legacy mobile network -- bypassing the data core infrastructure -- routing it directly to the Internet. SMDO performs this function without impacting untargeted traffic flows, without interfering with subscriber mobility, and without requiring any configuration changes to the mobile network elements. The result is a dramatic reduction in traffic loads for three costly network elements -- the SGSN, GGSN and service grooming servers. SMDO offers savings of tens of millions of dollars of reduced network core capacity expansion and operational costs. When compared to alternative strategies, SMDO has been shown to reduce CAPEX by 42% and OPEX by 90%.

The SMDO solution leverages the carrier-proven session intelligence and throughput capacity of the Stoke Session Exchange (SSX) mobile broadband gateway. Each SMDO Gateway can offload up to 8 Gbps of Internet traffic. Situated between the RAN and data core, the MDO Gateway can connect to multiple RNCs and multiple SGSNs -- without requiring any configuration changes to these mobile network elements. The MDO Gateway is transparent to all traffic except operator specified traffic, mobile devices, or sessions.

"The combination of the inherent rigidity in 3G network architecture standards and the massive uptake of smartphones and netbooks is the chief culprit in today's mobile data overload," said Vikash Varma. "The rigid, hierarchical structure of the infrastructure has left operators ill-prepared for the volume of data, and unable to escape from the economic disadvantages of flat rate data plans. Stoke Mobile Data Offload is standards-based, but breaks through current preconceptions about the infrastructure, offering a relief valve through which the increasing volumes of mobile data can be seamlessly channeled."

Available Portable 'Offload' Lab

Given the highly publicized instances of data overload, interest in SMDO among network operators -- fixed line and mobile -- is very substantial. To assist in the evaluation process, Stoke has created a Portable Offload Lab. This has already been used to demonstrate SMDO capabilities to three operators in Western Europe, and the Portable Offload Lab will be shipped to 11 additional operators in Europe, Asia, and the United States during calendar Q1 of this year. Stoke MDO will be available for trials in carrier networks in April of 2010.

An animated video presentation outlining Stoke MDO solution and its benefits is available at www.stoke.com/video/mobile_data_offload.html.

About Stoke, Inc.

Stoke develops carrier-class mobile broadband gateways specifically engineered to enable mobile and converged network operators to maximize the economic returns of their 3G mobile networks and transition smoothly to LTE. For more information, visit www.stoke.com.

Contact Information

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    Mary McEvoy Carroll for Stoke, Inc.
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