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February 11, 2008

Aculab's SIGTRAN Successfully Integrated with Comsys' SpeechFrame

By Stefania Viscusi, Assignment Desk Editor

Aculab (News - Alert), a provider of enabling technology for solution providers and VoIP developers, has announced that their new SIGTRAN product for the VAS carrier market has been successfully integrated with SpeechFrame from Comsys.
The new SS7 SIGTRAN M3UA product from Aculab provides customers with support for today's constantly changing service provider opportunities and helps VAS platform developers by offering "extended protocol interoperability and IP-based signaling transport for SS7 messages." With this, VAS developers are able to meet the changing needs of SS7 networks and deliver solutions for various network configurations from traditional TDM to SIP and IMS.
With this, Comsys is able to provide customers with increased VAS penetration and particularly Comsys' European operator client whose platform is based on their SpeechFrame product, is able to make use of Aculab's technology for peer-to-peer connectivity and gateway operations.
“Aculab’s CompactPCI (News - Alert) Prosody X boards offer outstanding performance in a small form factor, while the combination of TDM and SIP capabilities on the same board ensures the possibility of seamless service migration in the near future,” said Eildert van Dijken, Senior Account Manager for Comsys.
“Aculab’s implementation of SIGTRAN M3UA has been developed to enable both peer-to-peer connectivity and gateway operations, which is a must-have. M3UA peer-to-peer support means we have been able to fully comply with our carrier customer’s requirements. Leading edge enabling technology from Aculab has certainly helped us in winning this new project."

Comsys' SpeechFrame product brings together an intuitive portal for VAS development and editing and includes hundreds of scalable VAS applications like messaging; prepaid calling; roaming; and CRBT. 

“Because migration toward an all-IP world is going to happen soon, the platform we provide has to be able to present both TDM and IMS-based connections. Essentially, the premium, shared cost and Freephone services have to function without interruption as they migrate towards VoIP,”  also said van Dijken

According to a news release, Aculab’s SS7 signaling products use "dual MTP3/M3UA and distributed ISUP/TCAP architectures to support essential redundancy, automatic failover, load sharing and signaling offload."
Commenting on the SIGTRAN development, Ian Colville (News - Alert), Product Manager at Aculab said, “Developers must be able to interoperate with different network topologies. The driver for Aculab’s SIGTRAN M3UA software was to provide our customers further options for pursuing service provider business with their existing call and non-call related SS7 applications.” 

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