Overview of Mobile Solutions
Mobile network operators are confronting several technology challenges:
- Migration from Signaling System 7 (SS7) to Diameter Signaling
- Deployment of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)
- IP Exchange (IPX) Interconnect
- Cloud and Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
Each of these alone is a substantial change, but together they require the support of an experienced vendor to navigate.
This is happening in parallel with the 2G/3G to 4G/LTE /VoLTE transition. Key to migration success will be the ability to seamlessly and efficiently interwork these two signaling protocols while handling very high traffic volumes . This can be accomplished by a highly scalable, cost-effective solution that integrates an SS7 Signaling Transfer Point (STP) and a Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC). This will protect a service providers’ capital investment in SS7, ease the transition to next-generation networks, secure the interworking between networks and reduce the operational impact of deploying Diameter signaling.
VoLTE and IMS are the next steps of 4G/LTE deployment. This transition has already begun and will continue to ramp up quickly. As this happens, it will dramatically increase Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Diameter traffic in the mobile carrier’s network, which means mobile carriers need to be concerned with security and scalability to handle this traffic at the edge and core of their network. Sonus portfolio of Session Border Controllers (SBC), Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSC) and policy management (PSX) are key to routing messages more efficiently, preventing network overloads, providing network and application security, and interworking different variations of protocols between network elements and devices.
IPX is a technical and business model standard defined by the GSMA that mobile carriers will use to transit LTE Data, VoLTE, LTE signaling, roaming and other services outside of their own networks. Mobile carriers could have unilateral or bilateral IPX arrangements with other network operators, but that quickly becomes an inefficient way to manage interconnect. Thus IPX network providers create value by providing multi-lateral, global connectivity. Sonus portfolio of Session Border Controllers (SBC), Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSC) and policy management (PSX) are key to routing messages more efficiently, preventing network overloads, providing network and application security, and interworking different variations of protocols between network elements and devices.
Mobile services is a high-volume transactional business and application-driven demand continues to propel unabated growth in mobile signaling, pushing mobile network infrastructure capacity to its limits. The Sonus SBC, DSC, and PSX portfolios support multiple cloud deployments models (private, hybrid, public) and NFV, so service providers can deploy more quickly, more securely and more efficiently. This enables rapid service delivery/expansion and robust disaster recovery at less cost.