Transition and Convergence

Accelerate cost-effective service delivery across heterogeneous networks

The telecoms landscape comprises a multitude of networks of different types and generations, and more are emerging as LTE roll-out continues and Wi-Fi access and WebRTC come into consideration.

A goal for communication service providers it to provide subscribers with an experience that remains the same regardless of which type of network they are on: the service portfolio should be constant (so called service-parity); their contacts should be as equally reachable; and the service behaviour should be consistent. The experience should be access independent.

Each different network type has been implemented with services delivery controlled from its own service-layer, with few standards defined for service-layer interworking between them.

Isolated service-layer siloes in each network are a source of expense and delay for operators, and fail to offer consistent service experience to subscribers :

  • The expense of re-constructing existing services in the new network, and the consequent delay in achieving the baseline service-parity required by its customers.
  • The cost of resolving service-layer interworking issues, and on-going cost of optimising that solution as best-practice learning is acquired.

OpenCloud provides flexible platforms to support access to independent service delivery, and  rapidly build carrier-class bridges to span across the different types of networks.

The SS7 Legacy and the All-IP Future

Migration of consumer and enterprise customers to new All-IP technologies will take some time. Despite the maturing technology, SS7 networks and IN service-layers will continue to play vital roles and will continue to deliver substantial revenues for many years to come. The cost of maintaining and enhancing those mature networks is a challenge.

Driven by a wider field of competitors comprising Internet brands as well as network operators, the pace and direction of evolution in the All-IP service-layer will exceed what has gone before. The challenge for operators is how to sustain continual differentiation.