ADTRAN and Accuris Networks Partner to Extend Cellular Service Continuity to the Wireless LAN

  ADTRAN and Accuris Networks Partner to Extend Cellular Service Continuity to
  the Wireless LAN

Leveraging Network Virtualization and Operating from the Cloud, ADTRAN’s vWLAN
and Accuris Networks’ AccuROAM Redefine Network Architecture for Offloading 3G
                                   Traffic

Business Wire

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & DUBLIN -- February 6, 2013

ADTRAN®, Inc., (NASDAQ:ADTN), a leading provider of cloud connectivity,
enterprise communications and virtual mobility solutions, today announced a
partnership with Accuris Networks, a leading provider of Wi-Fi offload and
roaming inter-working solutions, to deliver a secure, flexible and scalable
network virtualization architecture for cloud-based mobile offload and
roaming. Accuris has joined ADTRAN’s Total Solution Alliance Program,
partnering with ADTRAN to provide highly reliable, performance-enhanced
network solutions that enable converged services with superior quality and
availability.

Mobile offload solutions are enabling mobile operators to satisfy the growing
demand for mobile data. The proliferation of smartphones and tablets has
created congestion on 3G/4G/LTE mobile networks. Fortunately, these devices
can also support a data session on Wi-Fi networks which opens the possibility
of easing the burden on cellular networks. However, most Wi-Fi networks are
not designed to meet the challenge of offload. Wi-Fi networks are commonly
designed around independent access points that cannot support access
point-to-access point mobility or they are built around hardware-based
controllers that create backhaul challenges. In addition, user authentication
is designed for nomadic public access using a laptop computer and not for a
mobile user with a smartphone.

ADTRAN’s unique approach, based on the Bluesocket virtual Wireless LAN
solution (vWLAN), allows for the data session to be distributed and managed
locally in the access point. The control plane is both centralized and
virtualized so that it can reside anywhere in the cloud. With user control and
session authentication taking place remotely, the need for data session
backhaul is eliminated. This gives mobile network operators the maximum degree
of freedom to design an optimal offload network. ADTRAN’s cloud-based mobile
offload solution saves operators the expense and engineering challenges of
coping with backhaul. At the same time, vWLAN supports access point-to-access
point mobility, access point-based security policies, and user differentiation
necessary to support offload.

By partnering with Accuris Networks, ADTRAN marries the benefits of vWLAN with
the carrier-grade capabilities of Accuris Networks’ AccuROAM solution for
authentication, billing, settlement, and policy enforcement. The carrier-grade
solution enables macro network features and service interworking to be
extended to subscribers connected via a wi-fi network while ensuring
subscribers receive the same user experience as they would on the cellular
network. Operators gain a detailed view of all wi-fi connected subscriber
activity along with the ability to control and manage those subscribers in
real time.

“This collaborative effort addresses the need for a flexible, cloud-enabled
networking environment with the scaling capabilities to satisfy massive
increases in mobile data – a critical business issue facing all mobile
operators around the globe,” said Aidan Dillon, CTO for Accuris Networks.

“We are very pleased to partner with Accuris Networks to deliver next
generation mobile offload and roaming solutions,” stated Mads Lillelund,
general manager for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Group. “Leveraging
virtualization to remove the traditional limitations of today’s existing
network architectures holds the promise of highly scalable, cloud-enabled
networks that will further advance mobile communications worldwide.”

About Accuris Networks

Accuris Networks is a leading provider of roaming interworking, device
management and convergence solutions. The AccuROAM platform is designed to
provide mobile communications operators with a Wi-Fi offload and Wi-Fi roaming
solution, which includes smartphone client software, access server/gateway
technology and billing integration designed to provide a seamless and secure
user experience for data, voice and messaging services. For more information,
visit Accuris Networks at www.accuris-networks.com.

About ADTRAN

ADTRAN, Inc. is a leading global provider of networking and communications
equipment. ADTRAN’s products enable voice, data, video and Internet
communications across a variety of network infrastructures. ADTRAN solutions
are currently in use by service providers, private enterprises, government
organizations, and millions of individual users worldwide. For more
information, please visit www.adtran.com.

Contact:

Connect2 Communications for ADTRAN, Inc.
Ashley Baster, 919-435-9112
ashley@connect2comm.com
 
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