The connection between the two networks can be hosted on BICS’s IPX network for faster and more efficient implementation and management
BICS, an international connectivity and 5G enabler, has established the first ever 5G (SA) intercontinental roaming connection between two direct networks in Europe and Asia.
The connection is the first of its kind to be made in a non-laboratory environment, and demonstrated roaming between the 5G SA network of the Belgian mobile operator Proximus, the Middle East Telecom Digital Network and the 5G SA network of stc Kuwait.
“The roaming test marks a huge watershed moment for Proximus in our rollout of 5G,” said Gert Standart, chief technology officer of Proximus, BICS’s parent company. “Our goal is to deliver next-generation experiences to our customers.
“5G roaming plays a key role in delivering on this promise. We are excited to reach this milestone with our partnership with stc and BICS, and now look forward to rolling out 5G standalone opportunities for the benefit of our customers and businesses alike.
Mohamed Nassif, CEO of stc Solutions, added: “While this breakthrough is significant for the industry as a whole, it is also great news for stc customers. This new roaming connection with BICS and Proximus means that it is now the first to offer 5G roaming service covering the widest coverage area worldwide.
“It will provide stc customers with exceptional connectivity with high data speeds and provide them with the same 4G and 5G data plans without any additional costs when they are abroad.”
Paving the way for 5G
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Mikaël Schachne, Vice President of Telco Market at BICS, commented: “So far, operators around the world only offer non-standalone (NSA) 5G roaming that routes traffic over the 4G/LTE core network. This is the first time that In which anyone makes a successful direct cross-border connection using 5G Standalone.
“By creating 5G SA for roaming, we have broken barriers to the use of this technology for international communications. This is an important step for the industry, and accelerates the benefits of 5G to potential consumers and businesses around the world.”