Convergence Switching and the Next-Generation Carrier

As a result of the phenomenal growth of data traffic

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Unformatted text preview: he merger of packet switching technology with SS7 intelligence. As a result of the phenomenal growth of data traffic, technological and cost-performance Web ProForum Tutorials http://www.iec.org Copyright © The International Engineering Consortium 4/14 improvements in packet and cell switching have far outstripped any gains in TDM technology. For example, using the latest advances in silicon-based switching, an ATM–based tandem switch can be built for a small fraction of the cost per port of a traditional TDM–based switch. Moreover, an up-to-date cell switch consumes less power and occupies far less space than a TDM switch. As competitive carriers try to minimize start-up costs, a small footprint for equipment is essential. The cost of co-location space can be as high as $250,000 annually; if forced to use a traditional, extremely large circuit switch, a competitive carrier would have very high co-location fees in addition to the enormous capital outlay for the switch. Furthermore, because space in central office (CO) environments is becoming increasingly more difficult to obtain, equipment that has a small footprint yet that can scale to support large numbers of subscribers is quite important. Convergence switching solutions should include full-featured SS7 support and standard telephony interfaces and fully interoperate with the existing PSTN infrastructure to support all of the voice features to which users are accustomed. Solutions that are based on ATM can deliver toll-quality voice with constant bit rate (CBR), while distributed SS7 processing ensures that signaling scales as rapidly and economically as port count. A convergence switch that has an architecture with distributed signaling supports the consolidation of SS7 links from multiple convergence switches and therefore offers efficient and centralized operations and billing management. This, along with the use of ATM virtual circuits (rather than TDMs’ physical circuit provisioning), greatly improves service operation, management, and administration. In summary, a converged switching architecture removes the remaining barriers to the cost-effective convergence of voice and data by delivering the following: • telephony-grade reliability • toll-quality voice • full SS7 signaling integration • extreme scalability of both port count and SS7 signaling power • an open architecture for rapid, simplified service deployment A converged architecture can leverage existing invest...
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2011 for the course ECON 1102 taught by Professor Jahis during the Spring '09 term at University of Minnesota Crookston.

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