California-based ViaSat has announced it has been contracted to supply its Edge Access Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) system to Grupo TVSA of Argentina, enabling the cable TV and broadband provider to offer triple-play services. The vendor’s softswitch communication system delivers end-to-end, enhanced satellite VoIP networking for broadband, enterprise managed services, wholesale services, peering and hosted applications. ViaSat is also integrating SIMA, a back office application for administration, provisioning and billing from Argentine company IPVision, into the Grupo TVSA network. The combination will enable Grupo TVSA to launch services in cooperation with three national cable subsidiaries: Teledifusora (Rosario City), Megavision Santiago (Santiago del Estero City) and Decoteve (Salta City). The project involves deploying telephony services on more than 15,000 lines, including SS7 protocols for interconnecting with incumbents in the region.
‘Because our network infrastructure stretches across a vast territory, we need IP-based provisioning and billing that is scalable and cost-effective,’ commented Alfredo Argiz, general director of Grupo TVSA, adding: ‘After a thorough evaluation of leading softswitch systems, we selected ViaSat because they are providing the combination of a leading softswitch with an integrated back office system, as well as local support and expertise. Now we can offer carrier-class telephony to our broadband users.’