Megisto launches mobile subscriber manager

Megisto Systems lastThursday unveiled a subscriber management device for the core of mobile wireless networks.

Called Mobile Services Delivery System, the product enables operators to scale IP service delivery as the number of subscribers on the mobile wireless network increases. The system allows operators to deploy, bill and personalize mobile IP data services for their subscribers, Megisto says.

Service trials of the MSDS begin in June, the company says.

The MSDS is comprised of Megisto's MS950 platform, Mobile Services Operating System and Megisto Services Manager. The MS950 is a progammable modular hardware that the company claims is capable of delivering customized services for up to 1 million subscribers.

The operating system oversees service and security customization, and billing. It maintains subscriber state to ensure service availability, Megisto says.

Services Manager enables operators to define service policies for individual and subscriber groups. It includes APIs - XML, CORBA and RADIUS - for integration with existing operator service creation environments.

The MSDS provides wire-speed Gigabit Ethernet throughput and processes 4 million packet/sec, Megisto claims.

In one of the trials, the operator will test the delivery of personalized services, including policy-based traffic steering to deliver content processing, personalized portal provisioning, content filtering, and security services across 2.5G, 3G and wireless LAN access networks. The operator will also test real-time charging options for data services, including toll-free and subsidized billing, premium number charging, and separation of corporate and personal charges associated with the same account, Megisto says.

The second trial will MSDS's delivery of secure enterprise services. Megisto claims that MSDS can accomplish this without a standalone VPN gateway and client software for each subscriber terminal.

Megisto was founded in May 2000 and is based in Germantown, MD. It employs 90 people and has raised $67 million to date. Competitors include L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co., Nokia Corp., Lucent Technologies Inc., Nortel Networks Corp. and start-ups Tahoe Networks Inc. and Watercove Networks Inc. Megisto says it could also partner with its larger, more established competitors.

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