As with all new technology you cannot simply deploy it in a vacuum disregarding what’s gone before in the way of legacy technology. How do operators navigate the mix of networks to successfully provide roaming services to their subscribers, whilst cost effectively taking advantage of lucrative roaming revenues from inbound roamers?
For those deploying 4G networks, or existing 3G networks looking to offer 4G roaming agreements, they need to sort out 3G < > 4G roaming interoperability, otherwise…
At the heart of the problem is that 2G/3G networks are built upon legacy SS7 protocol technology, whereas 4G LTE networks are developed around the Diameter protocol.
What is required is a bridge between these technologies, one that will seamlessly allow the sharing of policy, charging and authentication information.
Integrating an OCS platform to facilitate 4G < > roaming
Having begun work to deploy an IWF with a 4G operator in Europe, whose network is built by one of the big vendors and makes use of a state-of-the-art OCS (Online Charging System) from a specialist vendor, (incidentally the OCS doesn’t support Camel it only supports Diameter), it became apparent that supporting prepaid subscribers was not straight forward. It transpired that in the 3G network credit checks were sent to handsets over USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data).
Our IWF product is tightly integrated with our Telephony Application Server (SVI-TAS) that provides a set of flexible API’s to allow for the rapid deployment of new interfaces, in this instance used to provide a USSD to DIAMETER Gateway. The affinity between our DSC and TAS provides a huge degree of flexibility to clients, enabling them to rapidly test and deploy new services and ensure full interoperability between vendors and network devices, resulting in a future proof solution.
The operator then went one step further and delivered a separate USSD application, deciding the interface to the OCS would optimally be performed over HTTP. Read the full case study here and learn more find out about the redundancy, load sharing, routing, session binding and NFV compatibility of the solution >>>
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