IN service convergence – removing silos to gain efficiency and a platform for innovation.
Converging a core IN service footprint is a key step in delivering efficiencies and for enabling the launch of new applications. It demands expertise, as well as a proven service framework. With yet another network architecture on the horizon, is it time to consolidate your legacy IN platforms into a new, future-proof and more flexible environment?
Most operators depend on Intelligent Network (IN) services for the enablement of key capabilities, such as geographic and non-geographic routing, which generate significant revenue. IN is also key to a number of mandatory services, such as emergency E112 / E911 calling. While there’s nothing new about IN, it continues to play a critical role in core networks – and will do so for many years to come.
However, many of the platforms responsible for these services are approaching end-of-life, leaving operators with little choice but to replace them. In doing so, there’s an opportunity to consolidate legacy siloes and to create a single, converged infrastructure for IN services. This is particularly important, given the diverse mix of access networks that many operators have to support – across fixed, as well as multiple generations of mobile technology.
We’re helping several Tier 1 operators converge their legacy IN services into a single converged framework. These are complex projects, which require replication of existing services and then migration to a new production environment. In each case, there are multiple services, so the benefits of moving to a new, consolidated platform are clear. It removes unnecessary server capacity, eliminates redundant hardware and resource duplication, and reduces operational overhead.
To achieve this, we worked on building the service with our advanced Service Creation Environment (IN SCE), EasyDesigner. This allows us to replicate existing capabilities with granular precision, via intuitive workflows – but rapidly, so time to market objectives can be secured. At the same time, we deploy our core service engine via integration with the available interfaces – legacy SS7, SIP or Diameter. We can then instantly deliver the service to a live environment “on the fly”, while enable further configuration to meet any required adaptations.
But, this is just the first step. A further key benefit of consolidation is that it allows operators to think about innovation. If your staff have been busy simply managing an extensive suite of disconnected siloes, then consolidation delivers time-saving efficiencies that can be converted to space for them to come up with new ideas. So, it’s essential that the replacement platform provides the ability to enable service extension.
Again, EasyDesigner does just that and, typically, our customers add new service tweaks either directly using the SCE interface, or via our professional services team. This provides a foundation for new service innovation – and the integration of key IN capabilities with other services. However, there’s a further consideration.
With consumer and business connections also likely to become available over new 5G networks, it’s essential to ensure that all service capabilities can be accessed by all users. Replacing legacy solutions is a key first step to realising a converged architecture for the future, in readiness for service delivery over new 5G interfaces and connections.
Achieving this from a legacy base would be hard, costly and time consuming. Consolidating the IN estate into a single, flexible platform environment provides a key necessary step for the introduction of new networks and service extension.
We’ve handled major IN migration and consolidation projects in Tier 1 operators all over the world. We have a core service framework that accelerates deployment, while providing the flexibility to support future innovation, backed by the reliability critical services demand. So, if you are challenged by a diverse IN service footprint, with legacy platforms and multiple silos, and the imminent prospect of introducing a whole new set of connections, why not talk to our team?