TCS Expands Location-Based Services in the Middle East – Satellite Today

[Via Satellite 01-07-2016] TeleCommunication Systems (TCS) has added two of the largest mobile network operators in the Middle East to its customer portfolio. With more than 22 million mobile subscribers combined, the two mobile network operators are using TCS’ Location-Based Services (LBS) solutions to meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile Internet in the region. The combined value of the two contracts is approximately $3 million.

Both operators are deploying TCS’ Xypoint Gateway Mobile Location Center (GMLC), Xypoint Serving Mobile Location Center (SMLC), and Standalone SMLC for their 2G, 3G and 4G networks. They are using the LBS platforms for value-added services such as mobile advertising, workforce management, and safety and security.

With one of the two mobile operators, TCS has also deployed its Location Gateway product with Middleware functions, as well as its Operations Support System (OSS).

With the second mobile operator, TCS has partnered to deploy a Passive Location Based Services system, and Enhanced Cell ID (eCID), A-GPS, and Observed Time Difference of Arrival (OTDOA) position engines.

GSMA Intelligence, the research division of the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA), predicts in its 2014 report that Middle East and North Africa will become the fastest growing market in the world for mobile data traffic with an anticipated 70 percent compound annual growth rate from 2013 to 2018.

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