November 21, 2008
Starhome Upgrades Service Broker Solution for IMS
By Greg Galitzine, Group Editorial Director
), a provider of roaming services and converged solutions for mobile network operators, has released an improved version of its Service Broker Solution.
Starhome’s Service Broker technology is designed to support IMS and SCIM functionality, which will help mobile operators integrate their future and existing IMS and Intelligent Network applications to provide multiple services to their customer base.
SCIM, which was introduced in 3GPP standard TS 23.002, is an IMS component that enables orchestration of service delivery from multiple application platforms for a single session or call. It includes support for standard filter criteria processing, IMS policy management and on-line/off-line IMS charging functions. IM-SSF is the IMS component that enables SIP to IN interworking.
Starhome’s next generation service broker has already been deployed as part of the company’s Mobile2IP service.
The new technology also interoperates with IP Centrex and SIP-Based VoIP services.
The next-generation service broker supports multiple protocol variants including ETSI INAP, Siemens, Nokia (News
), Ericsson and 3GPP CAMEL, and the company claims that the solution can be integrated with any type of network.
According to Amir Bar-El, vice president of research and development and products for Starhome, “As operators increasingly adopt IMS applications while continuing to maintain their IN legacy systems, we believe our Service Broker, with its user-friendly and innovative service creation environment, will become essential for minimizing network complexity and maximizing network efficiency.”
The company’s portfolio also includes inter-network convergent solutions for fixed, IP and wireless networks, in addition to a wide variety of international roaming services. Starhome assures that it solutions have proven to generate revenue quickly, reduce network expenses and give users the freedom to roam between networks, technologies and devices.
Greg Galitzine is editorial director for TMC’s (News - Alert) IP Communications suite of products, including TMCnet.com. To read more of Greg’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Greg Galitzine