Archive for February, 2014

Missouri Telecom deploys Squire Technologies’ SVI MGC solution after a successful trial run to test interoperability, ensuring a no-risk investment

Local US operator Missouri Telecom deploys Squire Technologies’ SVI MGC (Media Gateway Controller) solution after successful completion of an initial trial. The low-risk approach ensured that Missouri maximised their Return-On-Investment and leveraged their existing Cisco AS5400 Universal Gateway to provide carrier-grade capabilities, such as CNAM, LNP and 800 services, to their customers.

“We needed a solution that could take us forward while being completely compatible with the rest of our infrastructure,” said Kevin Wormington, VP, Operations, of Missouri Telecom. “The option to trial the product before payment allowed us to reduce our risk to zero and ensures our Return-On-Investment. The SVI MGC from Squire Technologies offered us the resilience, feature set and proven interoperability that we wanted and which had been lacking. As a local service provider, we need to offer a flexible range of services to our customers and we now have a foundation that will enable us to do so.”

“It’s a win-win for the customer,” said Simon Dinnage, Squire Tech’s Business Development Director. “We are able to load this software-only product onto a client’s server or virtual environment and have them trial it in their network – we’ve been doing this for our clients for 10 years.”

Previously, Missouri had encountered issues with the lack of functionality their existing solution offered, which limited the range of services that could be offered to its customers. After approaching Squire Technologies, the US operator opted to deploy the signalling specialist’s SVI MGC solution, enabling Missouri to offer a number of robust, carrier-grade features – such as Caller ID Name (CNAM), Local Number Portability (LNP) and 800 services – to its customers.

Furthermore, because the SVI MGC is fully interoperable within a mixed network environment, Missouri was also able to deploy it with equipment from other vendors. The flexibility and proven interoperability of the SVI_MGC enables operators to support multi-vendor environments and choose best of breed solutions for their needs.

Squire Technologies is supporting Missouri during a phased migration that will result in a complete replacement of the existing solution while providing a fully redundant architecture for the future.

“We were delighted to have been chosen by Missouri Telecom,” commented Zacchary Couldrick, Sales Consultant at Squire Technologies. “The SVI MGC is a proven solution with deployments in over 50 countries and will certainly help Missouri Telecom’s business growth and extends our installed base in North America.”

The SVI MGC Media Gateway Controller enables clients to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 PSTN based telephone networks allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services while extending the life of legacy Media Gateway solutions.

The CAMEL’s hump. Or why part of a CAMEL is sometimes all you need…

Many operators take advantage of advanced SS7 signalling protocols such as CAMEL to deliver rich, enhanced services. CAMEL is an essential requirement in both legacy and NGN IMS networks to enable a range of charging, mobility and other services. There are a number of versions of CAMEL signalling, but they all have in common the fact that they specify operations, the combination of which results in the activation and delivery of a particular service.

However, CAMEL – and IN signalling solutions generally – have typically been costly, there has been a limited range of suppliers, and barriers to market entry for other vendors have been high. What’s more, the complexity of CAMEL solutions has been such that more functionality is delivered than is really required: in other words, operators have been forced to buy more than they really need in order to solve their challenges.

In reality, while there are many forms of CAMEL services, many of these are fundamentally simple, requiring only a limited number of operators – in many cases, as few as two. This means that operators are compelled to over-invest in solutions.

Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Squire Technologies has developed the capability to implement selected operations from CAMEL, IN and MAP protocols in its products for delivery over IP, IMS and legacy networks. In turn, this means that operators can simply leverage those features they need, rather than be forced to buy additional and costly solutions.

This provides a clear path for operators to enhance their networks and support advanced integration with CAMEL servers both in their own and in others networks. At Squire Technologies, we can add these capabilities to our solutions as and when required, providing a future-proof means to offer a richer range of services.

That’s why you don’t necessarily need a whole CAMEL to deliver the kind of functionality that you need. Sometimes, just the hump will do. Why not get in touch with us to find out more?

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