Banglalink deploys sGate SMS firewall from Infobip

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Infobip has announced the adoption of its sGate SMS firewall by telecom network operator Banglalink.

The mobile communications platform provider will now offer its firewall services to Bangalink, a service provider in Bangladesh, to increase control and visibility of SMS traffic.

The addition of the service claims to enable the network to offer secure and profitable messaging ecosystem.

sGate will act as a checkpoint to the network, monitoring and filtering SMS, USSD, and HLR of the network to detect abnormal traffic flow or suspicious activity.

sGate will also limit irregularities and manage threats by blocking or close monitoring of data via automated tracking of SMS source behavior, content, and format.
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The system will also monitor and control both domestic and international inbound SMS traffic across the network of Banglalink.

Infobip claims to offer full network visibility to Banglalink, which is a subsidiary of Netherlands based VimpelCom, by adding to its network efficiency.

The service will make this possible by offering extensive network congestion information to ease addressing of issues related to the unbilled A2P SMS traffic.

sGate also claims to result in a controlled ecosystem to ensure traffic conforms to the restrictions of the network through which the operator can benefit from new revenue and lower costs of SMS service.

Infobip has already gone through a full review of the operator network, alongside working with local partner Wintel for integration and networking resulting in the roll-out of the platform.

For the same, Infobip has created a dedicated Bangladesh-based support team allowing use of the sGate SMS firewall by operators in the area resulting in both to minimize SMS fraud and drive new revenue opportunities.

“By using sGate we will not only allow Banglalink to significantly reduce SMS threats on its network, but provide insight into SMS traffic which will in turn allow the network to become more streamlined and profitable,” said Silvio Kutic, founder and CEO of Infobip.

Banglalink has 9,700 sites across the country, of which 4,600 sites are 3G-enabled, with plans to increase 3G-enabled sites to 6,000 by next June, as per Aas reports.

The carrier also witnessed an increased revenue of Tk1,220 crore, driven by a 60 percent increase in data revenue and a 3 percent increase in voice revenue compared with the first quarter of 2015.

Banglalink currently is the second largest mobile telecom operator in Bangladesh with over 31.6 million subscribers. Telenor-promoted Grameenphone is the number of telecom operator in Bangladesh.

Note: The revenue chart is prepared by the Daily Star

Vina Krishnan
editor@telecomlead.com