Kim Gibbons, Chief Marketing Officer, NetNumber

The telecom industry is in the midst of a tremendous transition as technology evolves from SS7/C7 to IP, from fixed to mobile to interconnect, and from 2G to 3G to 4G – and now looking to the future with 5G. While operators are focused on delivering LTE-based services with Diameter, SS7 networks are still providing services to approximately 3 billion subscribers worldwide. In fact, Signaling System 7 (SS7) networks and their services must be supported until the transition to next-generation networks is complete. And that could be another decade or more.

These legacy networks that service multiple technologies can be a physical mess, with each technology handled as a separate, stand-alone service via racks of servers and specialized equipment. The result is unnecessary complexity that can be a barrier to service agility and CAPEX reduction.

Some vendors are advocating operators take advantage of network functions virtualization (NFV) and virtualize each service. However, virtualization alone isn’t the answer because virtualization doesn’t necessarily reduce complexity.

NetNumber, and several industry analysts, recommend operators invest in a future-proof solution like a centralized signaling and routing control (CSRC) platform that both supports Diameter traffic and manages SS7/C7 traffic – bringing simplicity to mobile networks.

NetNumber provides a CSRC platform called TITAN. TITAN implements all signaling protocols and performs centralized routing and network database services on a common, software-based platform infrastructure. TITAN uses dynamic service chaining to internally handle signal forwarding between multiple network functions efficiently, thereby eliminating the signaling storms associated with mobile networks. TITAN also is designed for scalability and high availability using a master/edge architecture.

NetNumber is a member of Intel®Network Builders and is working with Intel to leverage the processing capabilities associated with Intel hardware and software for TITAN’s high performance. You can read more about TITAN, powered by Intel technology, in our new solution brief.

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