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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

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Summary:

Demand for SS7 capabilities remains strong and is often a crucial element of both current and NGN networks. Despite this, many vendors, including most recently Sonus / Performance Technologies,  have released EoL notices for their SS7 solutions. Squire Technologies provides a simple replacement solution, offering both investment protection and a clear roadmap for operators, making it the clear choice for the provision of SS7 expertise and capabilities.

Dorchester, UK, 10th July 2014

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.

Squire Technologies offers a complete range of robust, scalable and flexible SS7 signalling solutions that, combined with any-to-any interworking capabilities enable operators to resolve complex challenges and achieve interconnection with peers. They offer long-term ROI, reducing investment risk.

“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.

Mr Dinnage is available for comment and interview.

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 Technologies enables telecommunications companies to access SS7, VoIP and LTE / IMS networks, as well as providing signalling transfer points and protocol converters to further extend network reach.

PR Contacts:

Simon Dinnage
Business Development Director
+44 (0) 1305 757314
marketing@squire-technologies.com

Confronting End-of-Life for Softswitches

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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?