As operators build out the LTE portions of their networks, they need seamless connections to PSTN SS7/TDM transports. Currently, the IP portion of networks is small, and many Signaling System No. 7 (SS7) technologies are managed as individual components. This makes inter-technology handovers difficult and complicates unification of disparate platforms at the signaling level.
To successfully consolidate networks for economies of scale and to improve performance for end users, end-to-end signaling across 2G, 3G and 4G networks is needed. And rather than engage in costly fork-lift upgrades to achieve this, service providers need the ability to purchase capacity and connectivity on an “as-needed” basis.
An “intelligent evolution” toward LTE requires a convergence of key Signaling System 7 assets into a single platform; then, from one location, operators can manage critical functions, such as signal transfer point (STP), signaling gateway (SGW), number portability (NP), equipment identity registry (EIR), routing, and security.
This white paper demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing SS7 assets, as important a facet of Oracle’s Communications Global Business Unit as Diameter and SIP.