SOURCE: LGC Wireless

June 11, 2007 05:00 ET

Telecom Cook Islands Upgrades Wireless Coverage With LGC Wireless GSM Mobile Softswitch

New GSM Mobile Softswitch Brings IP-Based Wireless Switching With Integrated Services, Including SMS, Voice Mail, GPRS and Prepaid Calling

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - LGC Wireless, the leader in specialized wireless coverage and capacity solutions, today announced that Telecom Cook Islands Ltd. will deploy LGC's new GSM Softswitch. By upgrading its core wireless network to more efficient, IP-based technology, Telecom Cook Islands will reduce costs while enabling new, value-added services such as integrated SMS, voice mail, GPRS and prepaid calling.

Designed specifically for fast and cost-effective deployment in smaller networks, LGC's GSM Softswitch brings the latest IP-based wireless switching technology to remote areas. LGC Wireless' GSM Softswitch and core network display a unique compact and scalable architecture including integrated home/visitor location register (HLR/VLR) functions, value-added services (VAS) such as an authentication center (AuC) for roaming, IN prepaid, SMS and voice mail.

"Wireless is a popular means of communications for Cook Islands residents, so we need to ensure that our core network has the capacity, efficiency, and features to serve their needs," said Stuart Davies, CEO at Telecom Cook Islands. "LGC Wireless and its products have played a key role in our success as a provider, and this GSM Softswitch will give us a new level of reliability, efficiency and performance."

The Cook Islands are located in the middle of the South Pacific, and the Telecom Cook Islands network uses satellite links to connect with the rest of the world. With the new IP Softswitch in its GSM network, the carrier will be able to offer a higher capacity cellular service with better performance.

"We are proud to have been chosen by our longtime customer TCI for their network expansion by offering a combination of advanced, cost-effective services and future proof technology," said Ian Sugarbroad, president and CEO of LGC Wireless. "The GSM Softswitch is the first in a series of innovative products we'll be rolling out from our new Network Systems business unit," added Sugarbroad. "Going forward, we believe we will have great synergies by being able to offer both the most advanced indoor cellular distribution systems and the most advanced compact wireless network systems."

About Telecom Cook Islands

Telecom Cook Islands Ltd. (TCI) is the sole provider of telecommunications in the Cook Islands. TCI is a private company owned by Telecom New Zealand (TNZ) Ltd. (60%) and the Cook Islands Government (40%). In operation since July 1991, TCI provides local, national and international telecommunications as well as Internet access on all populated islands. Telecom Cook Islands Ltd. is committed to providing its customers with the best value for their telecommunication services. For more information, please visit www.telecom.co.ck.

About LGC Wireless

With more than 10,000 systems shipped worldwide to more than 100 countries, LGC Wireless is the leader in specialized wireless coverage and capacity solutions for carriers and enterprises. LGC is expanding the reach of wireless, providing solutions to operators and enterprises from in-building coverage to the most rural and remote locations such as Islands and cruise ships. LGC's products -- Distributed Antenna Systems and compact GSM and CDMA networks -- offer low cost installation, rapid deployment, end-to-end monitoring and management, and easy integration of emerging wireless technologies. LGC Wireless is based in San Jose, California USA and is privately held. For more information, please visit www.lgcwireless.com.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Michael Schoolnik
    Story Communications
    (415) 674-3816
    Email Contact

    Gilad Peleg
    Vice President of Marketing
    LGC Wireless Network Systems
    (650) 766-3333
    Email Contact