Tag: Signal Transfer Point

Simfony select Squire Technologies signalling solutions for their IoT platform

Simfony offers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution that enables immediate IoT infrastructure to communication providers such as MNOs, MVNOs, satellite providers and application developers, allowing them to benefit from the exponential growth in the IoT market.

“At the Network Layer of our platform we need to manage the signalling transport that delivers IoT between our virtual mobile core, multiple operator interconnects and our clients. It is critical for us to choose a partner whose expertise can not only bridge 2G, 3G and 4G networks but whose products offer high availability, scalability and flexibility out-of-the-box.”
– Stefan Anghel, CTO, Simfony.

Simfony are deploying Squire Technologies’ Diameter Signalling Controller (SVI-DSC) and Signal Transfer Point (SVI-STP) to manage 2G, 3G and 4G signalling traffic. They will be deployed into Simfony’s cloud environment to ensure speed of deployment, scalability and elasticity for both service providers and carriers using the platform.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us. Simfony are at the leading edge of cloud-based IoT infrastructure delivery and have an innovative product offering. We look forward to working with them to deploy our own innovative signalling products and being the signalling piece of their puzzle, and continued success!” 
– Sanjeev Verma, CEO, Squire Technologies.

About Simfony
Founded with the mission to enable the next generation of IoT applications, Simfony’s products help communication service providers benefit from a new and fast growing market created by an increasingly connected life. Simfony provide a multi-tier, managed, mobile core network focused on M2M use cases, together with powerful OSS/BSS management features and innovative data analytics capabilities.

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 160+ countries consisting of Fixed and Mobile operators, MVNO’s, Equipment Vendors, Integrators and Solution Providers.

Roaming In The South Pacific

Vodafone French Polynesia deploy Squire Technologies’ STP to solve roaming interconnect challenges.

Vodafone French Polynesia was launched in the beautiful South Pacific islands on the 17th June 2013. As part of the deployment, the Polynesian network was understandably looking to deliver international roaming, but hit an interconnect problem with one of their onward carriers. As with all network rollout problems there were a number of potential solutions. Naturally, Vodafone FP were looking to fix this problem as quickly as possible, but they also wanted a product solution with the functionality to be extended in the future, as and when their service evolved.

“It was refreshing to work with a team that were able to rapidly assimilate our requirements and advise on a deployment program that solved our immediate and longer term requirements.”
Paul Desvignes
Mobile Core Network Engineer, Vodafone French Polynesia

As speed was of the essence Squire Technologies were able to deliver a virtualised solution while Vodafone FP supplied the tin. Working remotely, Squire Technologies commissioning teams installed and configured the gateway product alongside Vodafone FP network engineers. In early 2014, as planned at the outset, Vodafone FP decided to purchase an upgrade license that transformed their gateway product into a fully-fledged Signal Transfer Point (STP). This provided Vodafone FP a future-proof solution that they still use today to deliver their international roaming service.

Of course time does not stand still and network technologies continue to evolve at a furious pace with the rollout of next generation LTE, VoLTE and VoIP in particular. Squire Technologies products have evolved alongside these changes whilst keeping the same commitment to problem solving and delivery.

“We are proud to be working alongside this innovative carrier discussing and proposing next generation Diameter, 4G Roaming and VoIP solutions. We wish Vodafone French Polynesia every success for the future.”
Sanjeev Verma
CEO, Squire Technologies Ltd

Digicel Group Deploy Squire Technologies Next Gen STP

Digicel Group have chosen Squire Technologies SVI_STP (Signal Transfer Point) product for rollout across multiple sites in their Caribbean, Central American and Asia Pacific networks.

prashant singh blogIn 2014 Cisco announced an end-of-life on their STP product and so Digicel product management started looking for a fully supported replacement product.

“What impressed us with the Squire Technologies STP product was not only could it replace our existing infrastructure but it will allow us to support Next Generation and 4G / IMS based signalling going forward.” Prashant Singh, Global Head of Core Services, Digicel Group.

“We are delighted to be working with the Digicel Group,” said Simon Dinnage, Squire’s Business Development Director. “Digicel stressed throughout the selection process the need for a committed vendor partner that would work closely with them. As well as our technology we bring our signalling and networking commissioning simon dinnage blogexpertise to bear on any requirements our clients may have. We look forward to working with Digicel to deliver their services today and in tomorrow’s fast evolving signalling networks.”

The SVI_STP provides full support for SS7, NGN and IMS / 4G signalling networks. A fully featured product with global deployments it allows service providers to rapidly deploy, rationalise and deliver new services into their network.

About Digicel Group
From their launch in Jamaica 2001, Digicel has expanded rapidly and now span 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific, with 14 million subscribers and 5 billion invested across its markets.

About Squire Technologies Ltd
Squire Technologies are a UK based company specialising in signalling product solutions in SS7, VoIP and IMS / 4G. Operating since 2001 we provide both the technology and the associated commissioning and support services. Squire Technologies has a global customer base with deployments in over 90 countries consisting of fixxed and mobile operators, MVNOs, equipment vendors, integrators and solution providers.

5 Ways Network Architects Have Overcome Signalling Interconnect Challenges.

Todays network architect has an unenviable set of targets. Manage the constantly evolving rollout of new technology, support existing infrastructure and customers while driving down complexity and costs and of course not forgetting the seamless rollout of new services.

To help solve todays demanding interconnect challenges and achieve these goals the network manager needs flexible tools at their disposal. Squire Technologies Service Creation Toolkit, delivered alongside their carrier grade STP product, is just one such tool.

Take a look at 5 case studies illustrating how our clients have solved a variety of challenges whilst achieving real cost savings, network simplification and rollout of new services.

Case Studies:

Case Study 1: MNP Mobile Number PortabilitySCT_casestudy_whitepaper_blog
“having found themselves in the position whereby their IN platform used for MNP was reaching end-of-life…”

Case Study 2: Firewall / Fraud Protection
“using our service creation toolkit the customer is monitoring incoming subscriber registration requests on a GSM network, probing the subscriber via MAP signalling to identify location and depending on the response…”

Case Study 3: Lawful Intercept
“are able to use the toolkit to test and probe the network to see if they can enable intercept… Once a successful method has been found…”

Case Study 4: DIPS & Lookups
“for an 0800 call a lookup is first done on the internal SQL database, if there is no record then the external IN based lookup is performed and the result is stored…”

Case Study 5: Message Modification
“the solution is to check the messages to see if the presentation indicator is disabled and if it is modify the message…”

 

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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