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.

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enquiries@squire-technologies.com