Posts Tagged ‘SS7 signalling’

Squire Technologies Partners with Globalstar on Next Generation Gateway Upgrades

Dorchester, UK, September 8, 2015

Squire Technologies Limited announced today it has signed an agreement with Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT). Squire Technologies will deploy a range of products and services that will enable Globalstar to implement a core IP network at Globalstar’s satellite gateway ground stations. The convergent solutions provided by Squire Technologies will enable Globalstar to utilize Level3’s fully meshed MPLS network and improve connectivity to the public-switched telephone network (PSTN) across various geographical locations.

The agreement represents the final significant ground network infrastructure component for Globalstar’s next-generation of advanced IP-based satellite voice and data services.
“We are extremely pleased to embark on this new relationship with Squire,” said Tim Calamari, Director of IT and Network Planning for Globalstar. Mr. Calamari added, “They proved to be a one-stop shop able to meet all our requirements for signalling and media convergence, by offering us integrated gateway products and replacing our signal transfer points.”
“Squire is proud to be deploying our NGN core network solutions to deliver next-generation advanced services to Globalstar’s customers,” said Simon Dinnage, Business Development Director, Squire Technologies. “Our expertise in the area of converged networks will enable Globalstar to simplify the delivery of VoIP services and reduce opex by utilizing MPLS across all locations as they migrate to an all IP-network.”

About Squire Technologies Ltd.
Squire Technologies is a UK based company specializing in signalling product solutions in the SS7, VoIP and IMS markets. Operating since 2001 Squire Technologies provides either black box products and the associated install and support services, or a total end-to-end solution under its Next Generation Service. Squire Technologies has a global customer base with deployments in 90+ countries consisting of Fixed and Mobile operators, MVNO’s, ITSP’s, Wholesale Carriers, Equipment Vendors, Integrators and Solution Providers.

About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, leveraging the world’s newest satellite network. Customers around the world in industries like government, emergency management, marine, logging, oil & gas and outdoor recreation rely on Globalstar to conduct business smarter and faster, maintain peace of mind and access emergency personnel. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. The Company’s products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, the innovative Sat-Fi satellite hotspot, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems, tracking devices and flexible service packages. For more information, visit www.globalstar.com.

SS7 to Diameter – A new challenge for operators

Interconnection specialists Squire Technologies launch new SS7 to Diameter interworking function solution, helping solve interconnection challenges between legacy and NGN platforms.

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Interworking between different networks and systems is a constant thorn in the side for operators. Even if everyone adopts the same protocol, there can be differences in implementation. To enable these systems to communicate and exchange information and to support efficient service delivery, protocol conversion and interworking must take place.

SSEvery network and operator infrastructure is different. Vendors may implement standards in different ways – such differences may be perfectly permissible and different operators may choose to follow different versions of standards. Heterogeneity is the norm, despite the enthusiastic adoption of standards around the world.

The advent of LTE is adding to this problem as it uses an entirely different set of core standards for the control of signalling and subscriber services. Instead of the long-established SS7 signalling that is used in 3G, 2G and fixed networks, LTE uses Diameter signalling to perform the same functions. That’s great, but it means that such networks must be capable of interoperability with networks that support legacy SS7 signalling.

This problem is known and has been addressed through the development of an interworking specification between SS7 MAP and Diameter (3GPP TS 29.305). This provides a template for ensuring compatibility between common SS7 interfaces and their Diameter equivalents, as well as accounting for specific differences in the data conveyed.

We have a long history in implementing and deploying interworking solutions, helping operators to overcome network incompatibilities and to ensure subscribers can access different services in different circumstances – for example, when roaming into new networks or when dropping out of zones covered by one technology (e.g. LTE) into a legacy domain (e.g. 3G).

That’s why we have launched the SVI_IWF, a fully compliant 3GPP SS7 to Diameter interworking function. It’s a high-performance implementation that can be deployed as a standalone device or as an extension to an existing Squire Technologies’ solution.

If you are confronted by interworking challenges, we can offer a solution – ensuring that your subscribers obtain seamless service and that you address new and emerging needs. Our expertise means that operators that need to interconnect Diameter-compatible solutions with legacy platforms can do so confidently and with the knowledge that we can also cope with the unique circumstances of each case. Our SVI_IWF is a turnkey solution but we can also rapidly customise it to adapt to different demands.

At Squire Technologies, we know the value of standards – but we also understand the demands of a heterogeneous world. This means we can ensure we deliver proven solutions that are tailored to your specific situation. If you need help in interworking SS7 to Diameter, why not get in touch to see what we can offer?

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