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Sun/Comptel provide phone operators with data retention solution to meet directive

Antony Savvas

Sun Microsystems and Comptel are jointly providing a Data Retention Solution to mobile and fixed telecom operators for data retention of voice call and internet traffic related data.

The Data Retention Solution, announced at this week’s 3GSM Congress in Barcelona, is designed to fully support the requirements of the European Union Data Retention Directive (EDRD), including phase two, which covers the retention of data from IP and data networks.

According to the directive, mobile and fixed operators in all 27 EU member countries should have a data retention product in place by 15 September this year.

EDRD, which the EU issued in March 2006, mandates the retention of voice call and internet traffic related data, which could be used in cases of serious crimes, including terrorism.

The directive includes the retention of data from mobile phones, internet and fixed telephony, internet access and e-mail.

According to the directive, data must be retained for a period of between six months and two years, but some member states have chosen to extend that period to up to five years.

Finland-based Comptel will be providing management software in the joint product, which also includes Sun hardware and software.

Jarmo Kuusivuori, managing director at Sun Microsystems Finland, said, "Sun has been one of Comptel's strategic partners for many years. We have successful joint references from small to large solutions covering over 20 million subscribers and one billion call data records per day.”

Comptel's software runs on Sun Fire servers, running the Solaris 10 OS. The stored data is compressed automatically using the Solaris ZFS file system, and Sun StorageTek storage systems take care of the physical storing of the data during the retention period.

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