Softswitch: Using Next Generation Network Services with Existing Infrastructure
December 02, 2011
By David Sims
, TMCnet Contributing Editor
If you’re a rural telecom service provider you want to grow revenue and reduce operational costs. One way to do this is by investing in Next Generation Network services, while using existing infrastructure.
According to officials of REDCOM (News - Alert), service providers who want to deliver NGN services need “a next-generation Carrier-Grade softswitch that uses and preserves all the functionality and investment in legacy assets.”
While offering safe passage to leap-forward VoIP technology. It’s a tall order, but one good option would be the REDCOM’s HDX Carrier-Class 4/5 softswitch with TRANSip, since this product offers fully integrated VoIP and TDM in an all-inclusive central office platform. Because hey, wholesale replacement of network assets is completely unrealistic.
The HDX helps you maximize your existing assets instead of ripping them all out. ts TDM interfaces preserve your customers’ legacy equipment -- modem, fax, and Point of Sale terminals, whatever -- while it lets you transition to VoIP on your own schedule.
Basically it’s pitched as a low-cost entry-level product that enables rural telcos to start out slow with a phased approach to IP when it makes sense for their business, and not as a wholesale replacement.
With the HDX you can start with as few as 100 IP subscribers. As REDCOM officials say, operating as both a softswitch and a gateway, the HDX delivers up to 3,000 registered SIP subscribers per shelf.
And you want to be concerned about future proofing. REDCOM’s HDX is a Carrier-Class 4/5 softswitch that allows service providers to future proof their networks to interoperate today, respecting the past and anticipating the future with a wide range of protocols and interfaces, including IPv6.
REDCOM’s HDX is also noted for letting service providers deploy flexible networks that can, according to REDCOM officials, “adapt to increasing end-user demands and competitive industry dynamics at a lower operating cost.”
HDX is an ideal “cap and grow” drop-in replacement of existing switching equipment that facilitates easy migration to VoIP at the most opportune time, while having extensive capabilities that allow rural service providers to retain legacy equipment.David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Stefanie Mosca