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

Summary:

CMC Networks consolidates network core and reduces operating costs with Squire Technologies’ SBC solution. The SVI SBC provides a single platform to interconnect both SIP and H.323 endpoints and was enhanced with MNP / LNP capabilities to support the needs of corporate and wholesale customers.

Dorchester, UK, 5th June 2014

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.

Please contact Squire Technologies for more details.

About Squire Technologies:

Squire Technologies is a leading global provider of NGN, TDM and IP telecommunications products and solutions with world-class installation and support services. Squire enables telecommunications companies who have previously been restricted to legacy SS7 and ISDN platforms to access VoIP and IMS networks, as well as providing signalling transfer points and protocol converters to further extend their customers’ network reach.

PR Contacts:

Simon Dinnage

+44 (0)1305 757314

marketing@squire-technologies.com

About CMC Networks:

Founded in 1988, CMC Networks operates the largest Pan African SDH, Ethernet and MPLS network. The network footprint extends into the Middle East and Asian regions, and was built from the ground up by our experts.

CMC is recognised as a global leader in the provision of customised solutions. We are proven as a strategic partner for our customers and as a provider of state of the art carrier, enterprise and technology solutions. CMC ensures continuous evolution and innovation to deliver maximum cost and productivity benefits.

PR Contacts:

Jonathan Herbst
+27 115 178400
jonathan.herbst@cmcnetworks.net

ITW – Wholesale Rebound and the Continuing Need for SS7

At ITW last week in Chicago, there was a real buzz around the topic of wholesale. Wholesale is often overlooked in comparison to other, trendier topics, but there’s no doubt it’s a fundamental part of the industry. Operators and service providers need to collect and receive traffic from different destinations and, to do so, they need relationships with carriers who can transit minutes around the world.

There’s a lot of arbitrage and negotiation, of course, and the industry tends to be overlooked, particularly as price sensitivity can reduce margins. However, at ITW, we saw a tremendous degree of activity, confirming that wholesale is actually in good shape with not just an active pulse, but something of an upsurge.

Wholesale prices can go up, bucking the downward trend!

The reason for this is that, in some countries, regulatory pressure has actually increased prices, bucking the trend of downward pressure. This creates opportunities and many deals were struck. Alongside this positive surge, we were also taken with the countless conversations we had in which the importance of SS7 to future operations became clear.

SS7 interconnect remains essential as a stable interconnection solution and to increase ROI

While many regard SS7 as the legacy, in reality, most carriers we spoke to are committed to maintaining their SS7 interconnects and also extending their base to support connectivity with more providers. Why?

Well, the answer is clear. It’s all about stability and return on investment. First, most national operators are maintaining SS7 as an interconnection protocol for the simple reason that it works. It’s stable, reliable and well understood. Second, the deployed base has already been paid for – so naturally, national operators and carriers want to leverage existing assets in order to boost profitability.

While SIP is an option for some, there are still uncertainties regarding investment in SIP as a national interconnection solution: for many SS7 remains the preferred choice. This means that carriers need to maintain and extend SS7 interconnection points with national operators while at the same time delivering traffic internationally across VoIP routes – so they need reliable platforms with proven SS7 capabilities but which can also deliver traffic across VoIP interconnection points.

Carriers need cost effective, proven SS7 solutions, delivered through innovative software-only solutions with dramatic cost savings over legacy platforms

But they also need to conserve costs and ease deployment. That’s why they need software-based solutions that enable both SS7 and SIP interconnection, with a host of national approvals and a simple, cost-effective deployment model.

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.

Get in touch to learn more about our solutions for end-of-life signalling products.

Moving from SS7 & Radius to Diameter

Diameter is coming, but probably not as quickly as analysts would have you believe. But even if you are not considering Diameter directly, migration in peer networks may have an impact on your network. It’s time to consider how to protect your network and ensure service continuity while partner networks migrate to EPC and LTE.

Today’s telecommunications infrastructure includes a diverse mix of protocols. Most of our customers are aware of the complexity of interconnecting an array of networks and elements and our role in helping them to achieve a co-ordinated, resilient network. Two common protocols play a hugely significant role in networking today – SS7 and Radius.

SS7, of course, is used for the co-ordination of both user session data (voice, video and so on) as well as interaction with key network elements, such as online charging systems, Intelligent Network entities (such as Service Switching Points and Specialised Resource Functions), while Radius is primarily used for AAA procedures (Authentication, Authorisation and Accounting). This means that an SS7 enabled softswitch might need to use SS7 CAMEL to connect to an online charging server for prepaid subscribers, while at the same time checking a user profile database using Radius.

However, as networks migrate towards LTE, the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IMS, many of these functions will be replaced by a new, common protocol: Diameter. The same softswitch may instead need to be able to communicate with Diameter to deliver the same functions.

Diameter is a protocol of growing importance. It provides AAA capabilities as well as satisfying requirements for location and mobility in 3G, LTE, and IMS networks. It has become the most prominent signalling protocol in NGN networks and is expected to replace both SS7 signalling and Radius, which delivers much of this functionality today, just as SIP is increasingly becoming the predominant session control protocol.

Diameter provides a number of advantages over Radius – in particular, in terms of improving network reliability and resilience – which is clearly of fundamental importance if it is truly to replace SS7 connections. In a further post, we shall explore some of the differences, but the fact that concerns us for now is that much of today’s equipment will need to either migrate towards Diameter or else support interconnection with the new protocol.

There have been a number of forecasts regarding the proliferation of Diameter-enabled devices. While it’s clear that Diameter deployments are accelerating, primarily because of LTE network penetration, the general replacement of Radius and SS7 signalling is a massive task and will take many years. After all, it’s more than a decade since analysts forecast the death knell of SS7 and it’s still going strong.

Instead, what we expect is that network operators that are not migrating to IMS or LTE will increasingly need to interconnect with Diameter-enabled devices in other networks. We also expect that many solutions that are today enabled by SS7 and Radius will be declared end-of-life by their vendors. This means that operators that expect to see a more graceful transition to Diameter may be forced to consider network enhancements earlier than anticipated.

Squire Technologies is preparing to meet this challenge. We are investing in solutions that will prolong the life of existing solutions while helping transition to the next generation of networks. It will be essential to support Diameter / SS7 interworking, which will mean that existing SS7-enabled solution can connect to new solutions that support Diameter as they are brought online.

Our expertise will enable us to support operators through this transition and ensure service continuity, even when existing vendors pull the plug on their systems. The migration from Radius and SS7 to Diameter is going to take years. Even if Diameter isn’t in your current thoughts, it is in the thoughts of your peers. It may be that implementing it in your network is several years away – but you need to consider how migration plans from other operators may affect you.

If, for example, you connect to an HLR in another operator’s network, the chances are that this will migrate towards an HSS supporting Diameter within the next couple of years. When this happens, what options will be open to you? That’s what we are here to help with. We can help ensure that you can continue to connect to services and devices, even when they transition to new protocols beyond your control.

If you are concerned about how general migration to Diameter might affect you, why not give us a call to see how we can help?

Confronting End-of-Life for Softswitches

How to protect your investments and maintain SS7 and VoIP interconnections

What do you do if a key vendor announces ‘End of Life’ (EoL) for a critical part of your network infrastructure? It’s a common problem and operators have to plan for such eventualities. Even so, it can be problematic, particularly if the original vendor doesn’t have a replacement or upgrade plan.

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

For example, Cisco has announced EoL and End of Support programmes for its PGW and ITP products, raising concerns for future operations and investment protection in live networks and leaving operators wondering how they will maintain their valuable interconnection points with VoIP, SS7 PSTN, NGN IP and IMS networks. What should operators do to help them navigate such challenges and avoid service disruptions or unnecessary additional investments?

Squire Technologies, signalling specialists to the telecoms industry, provides a range of future-proof options to help operators overcome such issues. We have reaffirmed our commitment to continue investment and support of our successful range of SS7 Signalling products, which includes the SVI Media Gateway Controller (MGC), SVI Signalling Gateway (SG) and SVI STP solutions.

With deployments in more than 100 countries around the world, Squire Technologies provides the answer to EoL challenges, delivering robust VoIP and SS7 interconnection and enabling a ready-made solution for operators that need to replace legacy products. But it’s not just platforms that are reaching the end of their lives that are threatened – other network elements that are controlled by EoL products as the Cisco PGW are also threatened.

We’ve taken care of this too, as our SVI MGC, SG and STP products can be deployed with third party platforms, ensuring service continuity and that operators can invest confidently in their networks. This means there is no need to replace other solutions that are in place, ensuring that investment is directed where it’s needed and no unnecessary expenses are incurred.

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 strategy is built on the gradual evolution of our 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.

If you are concerned about EoL programmes for critical network elements such as softswitches, signalling gateways and media gateway controllers, why not get in touch to see how we can help protect your network and provide a solution that helps future growth?

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