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November 2014

Combridge selects Squire Technologies to help with transition to NGN network

Squire Technologies, the signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today announced that Combridge, a leading independent provider of telecommunications services in Romania, has deployed its Media Gateway Controller (SVI_MGC) solution to provide network optimisation and enhanced routing possibilities. This allows Combridge to expand their service expertise towards the B2B market sector,with the clear aim to reach SME within the B2B segment with competitive, Deutsche Telekom quality type of voice and IT&C services and solutions.

Squire Technologies helped Combridge migrate its existing, distributed network of more than 20 interconnection points to a centralised media gateway controller solution. Local access gateways were leveraged for media connectivity while the signalling was backhauled to a central site for processing. The interconnection points had previously been separately managed via legacy network gateways distributed around the country.

When the previous vendor declared them ‘end of life’, Combridge took advantage of the opportunity to rationalise its network infrastructure and position for a new generation of services. The consolidation will generate significant savings by bringing all interconnection points into a single location.

“Squire Technologies’ expertise helped us replace our existing platforms, which could not support the VoIP capabilities we require as we move to an NGN infrastructure. Our vision required us to support migration to SIP and Squire Technologies’ SVI_MGC allowed us to do that while preserving our legacy SS7 interconnection points”, said Saitos Cristian of Combridge.

In addition to the SVI_MGC, Combridge also needed to support integration with the national number portability database to ensure correct routing of ported and non-ported calls. An integrated SQL database was provided with the SVI_MGC. This stores all national ported numbers and queries the national register to ensure that it is regularly updated.

“Our ability to implement number portability in a scalable and secure manner that met the specific requirements of the Romanian network regulator was critical,” noted Richard Warren, InternationalSales Manager of Squire Technologies. “Our customers benefit from the additional capabilities we provide on top of our core NGN solutions. Number portability is just one of a number of solutions that we can implement and adapt to meet the needs of different customers and local environments.”

Combridge is continuing its network migration plans with an increased rollout of SIP connectivity to end users and businesses. To support this and to enable transcoding, Combridge also deployed Squire Technologies’ Session Border Controller solution, the SVI_SBC. This provides a secure entry point into the VoIP network, protecting customers and enabling secure provision of SIP trunking services.

“Investing for the future is critical. With Squire Technologies, we feel we have a partner that can provide us with the focus and attention we need to support our network evolution. We needed a partner that would solve today’s problems while giving us the confidence that they could address those of the future,” added Saitos Cristian.

July 2014

Viva calls on Squire Technologies’ Signalling Gateway solution for number portability service, delivering sustained, outstanding customer performance for more than six years

Squire Technologies, the signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today announced that Viva, a leading mobile operator in the Dominican Republic and a subsidiary of Trilogy International Partners LLC, has deployed its Signalling Gateway solution, the SVI_SG to support number portability for SMS services with integrated signalling conversion.

As a leading mobile network operator, Viva has to support interconnection with other networks and enable number portability for its subscribers across its range of services. The SVI_SG solution performs translation between the MAP and IS41 signalling used in GSM and CDMA based networks respectively. This functionality means that messages can be successfully routed from any destination to any required end-point and that number portability can be fully implemented.

“The Squire Technologies’ solution was first deployed in 2008. Since then, our network has grown and our traffic capacity has expanded. The solution has grown with us, delivering the complex functionality we need while providing outstanding performance,” commented Jose Hernandez, Core Operations Manager at Viva. “It’s right at the heart of our network – and the performance levels enable us to provide the exceptional service that our customers expect.”

“Number portability is a critical function of any mobile network. It must be implemented with a completely robust solution in order to ensure both regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. We’re proud that our platform has given flawless, sustained performance for six years and we are continuing to invest in its evolution,” said Zacchary Couldrick, Sales Manager at Squire Technologies. “Any mobile network operator looking to consolidate its network assets while securing a clear migration path to an NGN core should consider the benefits of working with our team.”

July 2014

While another major vendor end-of-lifes their SS7 signalling products, operators can confidently invest for the future, securing long-term ROI with Squire Technologies’ SS7 Signalling products

Why would you buy EoL or unsupported SS7 products for your network signalling requirements? With a number of vendors, such as Sonus / Performance Technologies, declaring End of Life (EoL) notices for their signalling products, including the legacy SEGWay solution, Simon Dinnage, Business Development Director at Squire Technologies asks how network operators can protect their SS7 investments.

“When you invest in a signalling solution, it is reasonable to suppose it will have a long-term life expectancy, be fully supported and deliver attractive ROI. Despite this, some vendors are deleting key product lines, creating uncertainty and enhanced risk for operators,” he comments. “SS7 continues to be a key requirement – while NGN migration continues to accelerate, there are always occasions when an operator needs SS7, either for new interconnections or to leverage existing solutions. Operators need to know that they can invest in appropriate SS7 solutions to meet their needs without the fear of buying unsupported products.”

Squire Technologies, the signalling specialists to the telecoms industry continues to affirm its commitment to continuous evolution and support of SS7 technologies. Whether in the form of a signalling gateway to enable interconnection or whether in the shape of specialist interworking capabilities, SS7 remains of fundamental importance.

“As a vendor, we understand how important new protocols such as Diameter are – but we also know that SS7 solves many problems. Operators need the confidence to obtain specialist, expert advice as well as proven solutions to help them meet signalling challenges and there’s no doubt that SS7 is not going away as quickly as has been predicted,” he added. Squire Technologies has long experience in the replacement of defunct solutions. It has been actively replacing Cisco PGW solutions for more than 18 months in live networks.

This expertise in helping operators meet the challenge of replacing deployed solutions ensures smooth, painless network migration. It ensures that operators can eliminate risk and plan more effectively for the future, with full support and warranty for deployed solutions.

“Any operator concerned about the future of its SS7 solutions should consider talking to us,” said Mr Dinnage. “Our impartial advice, based on expertise proven in more than 100 countries, will help plan network migration strategies to ensure the most cost-effective and secure investment path.”

Squire Technologies’ strategy is built on the gradual evolution of its core product line, alongside the introduction of new solutions. This means that new features can be requested by customers and rapidly implemented to suit changing circumstances. Legacy vendors can rarely match this unrivalled flexibility, while EoL notifications mean that future enhancements are uncertain.

Squire Technologies removes the uncertainty surrounding investments and provides a stable partnership for future growth. Squire Technologies is committed to the evolution and investment in SS7 solutions to help operators. In addition to offering a complete range of SS7 capabilities, Squire Technologies adds support for protocols that are key requirements for NGN investment – SIP, SIP-I and Diameter, ensuring compatibility with the networks of today and tomorrow – and guaranteeing investment protection.

June 2014

CMC Networks Reduced Costs by Consolidating Network Core and Delivering Number Portability Solution with Squire Technologies' Integrated SBC Solution.

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today announced that CMC Networks, a leading independent telecoms operator in South Africa has deployed its SVI SBC solution in order to consolidate its network infrastructure and reduce costs.

The SVI SBC replaces six existing session border controller platforms, reducing the amount of rack space required in CMC's datacentres and lowering operational costs. The new platform provides a single, centralised resource for the management of services and a robust solution that can scale for future growth. The solution delivers additional capacity at a lower cost, reducing the investments required to meet further capacity expansion.

"We selected the Squire Technologies' solution because it enabled us to overhaul our core network and reduce costs, while meeting the high throughput we need for our valued customers," said Jonathan Herbst, Senior VoIP Engineer of CMC Networks. "Our datacentres need to be efficient and fully optimised to meet customer requirements, so by reducing our own resource consumption, we can lower our own costs while freeing capacity for customer requirements."

In addition to providing centralised session control capabilities, the SVI SBC also provided support for mobile and local number portability (MNP and LNP) services in South Africa, meeting regulatory requirements and ensuring that CMC's customers can benefit from the range of porting options available.

The SVI SBC solution enables portability services to be implemented from a local database, reducing transit costs and delivering more efficient processing. The MNP / LNP capability was enabled through integration of an optional module from Squire Technologies' range of intelligent service modules.

"The fact that our solution offers the flexibility to manage high volumes of traffic while integrating with local services such as MNP and LNP means that customers can benefit from the most efficient network architecture," commented Zacchary Couldrick, Sales Manager for Squire Technologies. "We invest heavily in adapting our solutions to meet individual customer requirements, ensuring that they benefit from proven core technology but with the additional capabilities they need for their unique situation."

CMC Networks has a broad footprint across Africa and beyond, with more than 100 managed point-of-presence sites globally. CMC's commitment to network evolution and enhancement will see it replicate the SVI SBC solution in other territories to deliver further network efficiencies and cost reduction.

The Squire Technologies SVI SBC solution allows Service Providers, such as CMC Networks, to manage the interconnection of large numbers of different VoIP end points. It manages signalling and media policies and provides a unified interface to the core network. Supporting full protocol interworking, robust SIP trunking and comprehensive call routing control, it is a secure, reliable and highly scalable solution for VoIP networks. It can easily be extended with the addition of optional modules from the Squire Technologies' range.

April 2014

Leading Indian triple play provider Sify Technologies Corporation chooses Squire Technologies' SVI MGC to replace Cisco PGW and enhance voice services to customers in more than 200 metro areas.

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today announced that Sify Technologies Corporation, the leading provider of triple play residential and business broadband services in India, has chosen its SVI MGC solution to replace a legacy Cisco PGW softswitch and to provide interconnection and routing between NGN IP and PSTN networks.

Sify, which delivers broadband, voice and media services to more than 200 cities and metro areas across India, was faced with the challenge of replacing its legacy PGW 2200 Media Gateway Controller solution that had been declared "end of life" (EoL) by Cisco. In order to provide seamless service continuity to its customers, Sify needed to deploy a proven solution that offered future-proof capabilities to meet service expansion demands and replace the EoL solution.

"Voice remains a hugely important part of our innovative triple play bundles," commented Birendra Singh, Head- Voice Technology Operations at Sify. "We see outstanding growth in both domestic and international traffic, so needed a solution that would both meet current and future needs. Squire Technologies was able to replace our existing Cisco solution and provide us with the interconnection we need to service our customers."

The SVI MGC solution that has been deployed currently supports more than 10,000 concurrent calls in a fully redundant architecture, providing the quality of service and call continuity needed to support Sify's growing customer base.

Importantly, the SVI MGC was able to seamlessly connect with the deployed base of third party media gateways, with the result that Sify protected its existing investments while positioning its network for future growth and expansion. In addition, the SVI MGC is compatible with other third party media gateways. This means that Sify can deploy additional transcoding capacity with gateways from Squire Technologies or other vendors.

"One of the key benefits of the SVI MGC is the ability to connect to and control a wide range of third party media gateway solutions," said Zacchary Couldrick, Regional Sales Manager at Squire Technologies. "This delivers outstanding investment protection as existing assets can be maintained. This flexibility delivers outstanding cost benefits and ensures efficient capital management."

The SVI MGC Media Gateway Controller enables clients to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 PSTN based telephone networks allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services. It provides a secure and proven option for the replacement of legacy solutions while extending the life of deployed Media Gateway products.

February 2014

As Cisco's PGW and ITP reach end of life, operators can confidently invest for the future with Squire Technologies' SS7 Signalling products

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today reaffirmed its commitment to continue investment and support of its successful range of SS7 Signalling products including the SVI Media Gateway Controller (MGC), SVI Signalling Gateway (SG) and SVI STP solutions.

Many operators that have invested in third party hardware and software to power their VoIP and NGN networks are becoming increasingly challenged by end of life (EoL) announcements from industry vendors, most notably Cisco.

This threatens investments and poses a challenge to operations. Squire Technologies, a leading independent vendor of VoIP, SS7 and NGN solutions provides a solution, as it is committed to maintaining investment and support of its SS7 Signalling range, which is deployed in more than 100 countries around the world.

"In today's economic climate, it's essential that operators obtain the best return from their investments. If their primary platforms are discontinued, this presents a significant threat to their network and financial planning," commented Simon Dinnage, Business Development Director of Squire Technologies. "We offer a ready-made solution in the form of our SVI MGC , SG and STP products. These can be deployed with third party platforms, ensuring service continuity and that operators can invest confidently in their networks."

Seen as the perfect replacement for the Cisco PGW and ITP, the SVI SS7 Signalling range enables clients to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 PSTN, NGN IP and IMS networks, allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services while extending the life of legacy Media Gateway solutions from a range of 3rd Party providers.

"Our commitment to continue to invest in our solutions and extend their capabilities means that our customers obtain a future-proof solution that can evolve with their needs," added Mr Dinnage. "We offer a roadmap for the future that enables operators to reuse assets and plan their network and product strategies, based on solutions that are here to stay."

Squire Technologies' strategy is built on the gradual evolution of its core product line, alongside the introduction of new solutions. This means that new features can be requested by customers and rapidly implemented to suit changing circumstances. Legacy vendors can rarely match this unrivalled flexibility, while EoL notifications mean that future enhancements are uncertain. Squire Technologies removes the uncertainty surrounding investments and provides a stable partnership for future growth.

February 2014

Missouri Telecom deploys Squire Technologies' SVI MGC solution after a successful trial run to test interoperability, ensuring a no-risk investment

Local US operator Missouri Telecom deploys Squire Technologies' SVI MGC (Media Gateway Controller) solution after successful completion of an initial trial. The low-risk approach ensured that Missouri maximised their Return-On-Investment and leveraged their existing Cisco AS5400 Universal Gateway to provide carrier-grade capabilities, such as CNAM, LNP and 800 services, to their customers.

"We needed a solution that could take us forward while being completely compatible with the rest of our infrastructure," said Kevin Wormington, VP, Operations, of Missouri Telecom. "The option to trial the product before payment allowed us to reduce our risk to zero and ensures our Return-On-Investment. The SVI MGC from Squire Technologies offered us the resilience, feature set and proven interoperability that we wanted and which had been lacking. As a local service provider, we need to offer a flexible range of services to our customers and we now have a foundation that will enable us to do so."

"It's a win-win for the customer," said Simon Dinnage, Squire Tech's Business Development Director. "We are able to load this software-only product onto a client's server or virtual environment and have them trial it in their network - we've been doing this for our clients for 10 years."

Previously, Missouri had encountered issues with the lack of functionality their existing solution offered, which limited the range of services that could be offered to its customers. After approaching Squire Technologies, the US operator opted to deploy the signalling specialist's SVI MGC solution, enabling Missouri to offer a number of robust, carrier-grade features - such as Caller ID Name (CNAM), Local Number Portability (LNP) and 800 services - to its customers.

Furthermore, because the SVI MGC is fully interoperable within a mixed network environment, Missouri was also able to deploy it with equipment from other vendors. The flexibility and proven interoperability of the SVI_MGC enables operators to support multi-vendor environments and choose best of breed solutions for their needs.

Squire Technologies is supporting Missouri during a phased migration that will result in a complete replacement of the existing solution while providing a fully redundant architecture for the future.

"We were delighted to have been chosen by Missouri Telecom," commented Zacchary Couldrick, Sales Consultant at Squire Technologies. "The SVI MGC is a proven solution with deployments in over 50 countries and will certainly help Missouri Telecom's business growth and extends our installed base in North America."

The SVI MGC Media Gateway Controller enables clients to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 PSTN based telephone networks allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services while extending the life of legacy Media Gateway solutions.

January 2014

"It works just like a Swiss watch" - Leading Albanian VoIP operator Neofone delivers seamless performance and LNP services to customers with Squire Technologies' Media Gateway Controller

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today shared the experience of its long time customer Neofone, a leading provider of voice and Internet services in Albania with its secure, robust SVI Media Gateway Controller (MGC) solution. Neofone deployed the SVI MGC to obtain a future-proof solution to its networking requirements. The SVI MGC provided a complete replacement for an existing Packet Gateway solution.

Neofone, which offers a range of transit, calling card and other VoIP services, enjoys an outstanding reputation for quality. "Originally deployed in 2010, the solution from Squire Technologies works like a Swiss Watch," said Emil Andoni, CEO of Neofone. "Reliability is critical to us and our business is built on the service quality we offer. Thanks to Squire Technologies, we have been able to grow our brand and reputation, offering high quality services to all of our customers over a sustained period."

"At Squire Technologies, we take great pride in how our systems perform in the long-term. We know we deliver superior reliability - and the latest news from Neofone provides a ringing endorsement," commented Richard Warren, Sales Manager at Squire Technologies.

Because Neofone had an existing deployed base of media gateways, it was important to reuse as much of this infrastructure as possible. The SVI MGC is fully interoperable with both these and other network elements, with the result that Neofone could preserve its investments while adding superior performance, significantly reducing network CAPEX requirements.

In addition, the SVI MGC also offered much-needed enhanced functionality, including connectivity to a Local Number Portability (LNP) platform provided by a local operator, enabling Neofone to offer LNP services to its customers.

"We like to leverage the best of International standards and solutions," added Emil Andoni. "With Squire Technologies, we have a partner that has given us Internationally renowned technical excellence, but also the stability and performance we need for our business - and the capabilities to help us offer new features and cater for our evolving requirements."

Seen as the perfect replacement for the Cisco PGW, the SVI MGC Media Gateway Controller enables clients to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 PSTN based telephone networks allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services while extending the life of legacy Media Gateway solutions from a range of 3rd Party providers.

January 2014

Squire Technologies contributes to sustainable network development programmes and showcases powerful signalling solutions at CANTO AGM and Expo 2014

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, today announced that it will be participating in the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO) Annual General Meeting and Expo, taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Squire Technologies will be contributing its expertise, drawn from hundreds of deployments around the world, to the conference's primary theme "Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Broadband Infrastructure Development".

The conference brings together more than 80 percent of the operators in the region to plan for the future of the organisation and regional initiatives that will drive sustainable investment in Caribbean network infrastructure, a key contributor to economic development.

Squire Technologies will also be exhibiting at the CANTO Expo, which runs in parallel with the AGM. Squire Technologies will showcase its powerful Media Gateway Controller, Media and Signalling Gateways, STPs, Session Border Controllers, Messaging platforms and more.

Building on a well-established track record of success, Squire Technologies will bring its solutions that have already been deployed in leading regional operators' networks, and in over 100 countries, to a broader audience, servicing the needs of customers in the Caribbean and contributing to regional economic development efforts. "Squire Technologies has experience of deploying solutions around the world and solving signalling and networking challenges for operators," said Zacc Couldrick, Regional Sales Manager at Squire Technologies. "We want to bring this expertise to the Caribbean, building on our local success and contributing to network evolution and NGN migration in the region."

Delegates at the conference will have the opportunity to learn why Squire Technologies' solutions are trusted by operators such as Clarocom, Trilogy, Karib Cable, TeleBarbados, Bahamas WIMAX, and Belize Telemedia.