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

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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

Moving from SS7 & Radius to Diameter

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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?