Eliminate Signaling Control Sprawl with Converged Networking

Eliminate Signaling Control Sprawl with Converged Networking

The telecommunications industry has suffered with sprawling, overlapping, cumbersome signaling control platforms for many years. How we got here is simple, yet the result is as tangled: as technologies, such as 3G/4G, mobile data, VoIP, etc. became market essential, technical committees convened to set standards for signaling control, routing, and subscriber data. Initial hardware has been developed, tested, and standardized, including interconnection with previous platforms. This tried-and-true control platform development began with SS7, then down through IMS, LTE, to most recently, VoLTE. Each signaling control domain solves specific transport problems, yet each has much in common as well. The problem with signaling control today is not the innovation of new functions so much as how those functions are implemented: through complex hardware-dependent, single-silo applications in the core networks.