Tag: Diameter

GMS select Squire Technologies for Next Generation Signalling Solution

Swiss based Global Message Services (GMS) has selected Squire Technologies network signalling solution to deliver next generation DIAMETER support.

“The key to this decision was a clear product road map that will allow us to migrate our SS7 platform to a next generation solution whilst knowing we have an integrated DIAMETER solution for tomorrow“
GMS Operations & Maintenance Manager, Bohdan Hretchenko.

 

“GMS runs a high end signalling network that offers value through their ability to innovate. Our leading edge products and decades of signalling expertise will provide GMS with the network leverage they need for the future. We look forward to working and partnering with GMS.”
Squire Technologies Global Sales Manager, Mike Peck.

 

 

 

 

About GMS
GMS is a global messaging company with over 12 years of expertise in the industry and extensive knowledge of the messaging, traffic monetization, and customized software solutions. GMS offers a wide range of services for both mobile operators and enterprises. Our network encompasses about 900 mobile operators in 200 countries, over 240 connected directly.

About Squire Technologies Ltd
Squire Technologies are a UK based company specialising in signalling product solutions for the IMS, LTE, VoIP & Legacy Networks. Operating since 2001 it provides both the technology and the associated commissioning and support services. Squire Technologies has a global customer base with deployments in 90+ countries consisting of Fixed and Mobile operators, MVNO’s, Equipment Vendors, Integrators and Solution Providers.

 

Integrating an OCS Platform to Facilitate 4G to 3G Roaming

Diameter Signalling

With DIAMETER signalling becoming the key interface for next generation networks and increasingly being driven by the growth of LTE, IoT, autonomous vehicles and VoLTE, it is crucial that operators are able to seamlessly communicate with subscribers as they traverse between legacy networks and IMS.

As a mobile operator deploys a state-of-the-art online charging system (OCS) in their 4G network, the platform needs to overcome inter-op challenges with subscribers as they roam into 3G networks.

An OCS platform typically supports a range of interface technologies – XML, HTML, JSON, DIAMETER etc. The charging functions in 3G networks are handled over the legacy SS7 CAMEL protocol. Furthermore in some 3G networks pre-pay subscribers are dynamically credit checked by the network over  Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD), a legacy protocol commonly used for billing, location based services, mobile money and menu based information services.

To deliver end-to-end  3G <-> 4G Roaming you need to provide both CAMEL to DIAMETER and DIAMETER to USSD functionality.

 

THE SOLUTION
In order to manage the flexibility of DIAMETER and the forecasted volumes of signalling data the industry has developed a set of standard DIAMETER based network products. Included in this product set is the  Inter-Working Function (IWF)  which provides 3GPP specified DIAMETER to  SS7 CAMEL, MAP and RADIUS interworking and is obviously the primary product interface to the OCS.

 

 

At Squire Technologies our SVI_IWF product is tightly integrated with our Telephony Application Server (SVI_TAS) which provides a set of flexible API’s to allow for the rapid deployment of new interfaces, in this instance used to provide USSD to DIAMETER. The operator then went one step further and delivered a separate USSD application. They decided the interface to the OCS would optimally be performed over HTTP. It was a straightforward task to manipulate the HTTP API on the SVI_TAS to deliver this extended functionality.

 

The IWF is deployed and embedded in a pair of DIAMETER Routing Agent’s (DRA’s) that provide resiliency through redundancy, load sharing and balancing via sophisticated on-board routing.

Full support for session binding insures correct online credit control is being performed when multiple simultaneous services are being billed for a single subscriber.

 

 

This solution provides both flexibility and scalability for the operator. As network demand increases new instances of the OCS platform can be launched and configured to point its DIAMETER interface at the pair of DRA’s which will automatically route messages to and from the appropriate OCS. This model allows for ease of deployment in a cloud based NFV network allowing OCS resources to be easily deployed or removed as network demand dictates.

 

 

Agile Interworking: Protecting Investments by Connecting Legacy Services to IMS and LTE Networks

Download the solution paper now!

SS7 has long been established as the primary signalling protocol used in today’s fixed and mobile networks. As such, operators are asking the question: how can we connect our services to an IMS-based or Diameter-enabled network from legacy infrastructure?

The solution comes from the deployment of specialist, custom solutions that solve individual problems and collectively provide a platform for incremental future network evolution. The Squire Technologies 3GPP compliant SVI_IWF (Interworking Function) enables legacy solutions to be extended to LTE and IMS networks, with flexible deployment options, customised interworking intelligence, and providing the foundation for a step-by-step approach.

What you’ll learn from the solution paper:

  • How to safeguard your portfolio of revenue-generating legacy services
  • The importance of the Diameter IWF
  • How Squire Technologies goes beyond standards to solve custom challenges

Click here to download the IWF solution paper.

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?

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