BICS Partners with Tektronix Communications to Monitor the Quality of Their Interconnect Networks

A Leading Worldwide Supplier of Interconnect Services Relies on the GeoProbe System to Ensure a Smooth Transition to Next Generation Network Technology

Jun 15, 2010, 16:15 ET from Tektronix Communications

RICHARDSON, Texas, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Tektronix Communications, a leading worldwide provider of communications test and Network Intelligence solutions, announced that one of the world's largest interconnect service providers of global voice and data services, Belgium-based BICS, has selected the company's GeoProbe system to monitor and maintain service quality as BICS upgrades their network to better handle the increase in interconnect traffic and next-generation IP/multimedia services.

With increasing competition in the international carrier market, growing international traffic, and new data services on the rise, BICS undertook the task of upgrading some of their legacy equipment at key sites – but not at the expense or risk of sacrificing the high quality of service that BICS customers have come to expect. By comparing baseline quality measurements to real-time KPI's, BICS is able to monitor and proactively react to any changes to the end-to-end quality of service.

"As one of the largest worldwide interconnect service providers, BICS handles billions of minutes of critical voice and multimedia traffic every year," said Pierre Andre Rulmont, chief technology officer, BICS. "We need to prepare our systems for future traffic growth. We have relied on Tektronix Communications' GeoProbe solutions to provide us with the critical insight and real-time information we need to proactively manage our advanced interconnect networks and provide the highest level of quality that our customers have come to expect. This was particularly true in the major infrastructure transition that we have made where Tektronix Communications' tools and support were essential."

"With minutes of use exceeding 25 billion, the GeoProbe monitoring system was able to ensure a smooth transition during this process through the real-time and historical monitoring and trending of interconnect traffic and quality," said Mark Driedger, vice president, Network Management, Tektronix Communications. "By closely collaborating to meet BICS' challenges, we were able to ensure a smooth transition as they future-proof their system by providing support for their legacy systems and new platforms to meet the higher demands of growing traffic."

About BICS

BICS delivers best in class global solutions for voice, messaging, roaming, connectivity and mobile financial services to hundreds of telecommunication providers around the world. With offices in Brussels, Bern, Monaco, Dubai, Singapore and New York, BICS continuously strives to provide customers with the highest levels of quality, reliability and interoperability that enable them to maximise end-user value. The Company's innovative approach is visible through its place in the market and its technology advances. BICS is a joint venture of Belgacom, Swisscom and MTN, and has rolled out transformative Next Generation Networks (NGN). This combined with the Company's continued focus on Value Added Services for Mobile Operators and its growth strategy, has enabled BICS to reach a world-leading position in both the international voice and mobile data markets. For more information, please visit:

About Tektronix' Unified Assurance Portfolio

Tektronix' industry-leading Unified Assurance (UA) network management suite provides integrated, end-to-end performance monitoring solutions for customer, service and network assurance. UA supports a full range of monitoring capabilities across next generation mobile and IP networks, including active test solutions that provide active troubleshooting, provisioning and automated service quality monitoring. The Tektronix solutions quickly identify, localize and quantify service and network issues, giving customers an integrated, and end-to-end next generation network.

The GeoProbe product provides network engineers with the information needed to solve network and service problems across technologies, applications and element vendors. With GeoProbe products, network operations personnel can proactively monitor, manage, diagnose, and troubleshoot the overall health of mobile, fixed, and multi-service networks. In addition, GeoProbe empowers engineering and planning departments to improve network capacity growth and traffic management decision-making. More information can be found at:

About Tektronix Communications

Tektronix Communications provides network operators and equipment manufacturers around the world an unparalleled suite of network diagnostics and management solutions for fixed, mobile, IP and converged multi-service networks. This comprehensive set of solutions support a range of architectures and applications such as LTE, fixed mobile convergence, IMS, broadband wireless access, WiMAX, VoIP and triple play, including IPTV. Tektronix Communications is headquartered in Richardson, Texas. Learn more about the company's test, measurement and network monitoring solutions by visiting

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