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Carrier IP Convergence: Emerging Opportunities for Softswitches

  • ID: 6761
  • July 2001
  • 293 pages
  • Pioneer Consulting
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The prevalence of IP, broadband Internet access, deregulation and increasing competition are driving the convergence of separate voice and data networks. Convergence switches and softswitches enable carriers to realize the powerful advantages of a packet-based infrastructure without forsaking huge investments in installed equipment. These benefits include: more flexible network design, faster time-to-market with new services, more efficient use of network resources and faster integration of new third-party applications.

In theory, service providers seeking to deliver both voice and data services can do so more economically with a single, converged IP-based network. In this report, Pioneer examines the global market opportunity for carrier-grade convergence solutions and the revenue-generating services associated with this equipment. As we examine the market opportunity, we also reveal the challenges and realities of deploying softswitches. Carrier IP Convergence: Emerging Opportunities for Softswitches will answer some critical questions every carrier and convergence solution vendor should examine, such as:

- Who is deploying softswitches and why?

- When and READ MORE >

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<DL><BR><DT><B>Chapter 1: Executive Summary</B> <BR><DD>1.1 Prevalence of IP <BR><DD>1.2 Internet Penetration and the Broadband Gold Rush <BR><DD>1.3 Emergence of Next-Gen Telcos <BR><DD>1.4 Evolution of Carrier Technologies <BR><DD>1.5 Convergence Switches and Softswitches <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 2: Overview of Study</B> <BR><DD>1.1 Definition <BR><DD>1.2 Scope <BR><DD>1.3 Objective <BR><DD>1.4 Methodology <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 3: Market Overview</B> <BR><DD>3.1 Traditional Carrier Network Infrastructure <BR><DD>3.1.1 CLASS 5 End Office <BR><DD>3.1.2 CLASS 4 Central Office <BR><DD>3.1.2.1 “Tandem” Circuit Switches <BR><DD>3.1.2.2 Digital Cross Connects <BR><DD>3.1.2.3 Packet Switches <BR><DD>3.1.2.4 Add/Drop MUXes <BR><DD>3.1.3 Remote Access <BR><DD>3.1.4 AIN <BR><DD>3.1.5 The Role of IP <BR><DD>3.2 Converged IP Infrastructure <BR><DD>3.2.1 Gateways <BR><DD>3.2.1.1 VoIP Gateways <BR><DD>3.2.1.2 Media Gateways <BR><DD>3.2.1.3 Signalling Gateways <BR><DD>3.2.2 Gatekeepers <BR><DD>3.2.3 Media Gateway Controllers <BR><DD>3.2.4 Softswitches <BR><DD>3.2.5 Convergence Switches <BR><DD>3.2.6 Integrated Network Management: Future-Proofing the Network <BR><DD>3.3 Market Drivers for IP Convergence <BR><DD>3.3.1 Broadband Gold Rush <BR><DD>3.3.1.1 Cable <BR><DD>3.3.1.2 DSL <BR><DD>3.3.1.3 Wireless <BR><DD>3.3.2 Bell Heads vs. Net Heads <BR><DD>3.3.3 New Carrier Applications and Services <BR><DD>3.3.3.1 Internet Call Diversion & PRI Offload <BR><DD>3.3.3.2 IP-VPNs <BR><DD>3.3.3.3 Extended Business Services <BR><DD>3.3.3.4 Next-Generation Services <BR><DD>3.3.3.4.1 Internet Call Waiting <BR><DD>3.3.3.4.2 Multimedia Conferencing <BR><DD>3.3.3.4.3 Collaboration <BR><DD>3.3.3.4.4 Unified Messaging <BR><DD>3.3.4 Favorable Market Conditions <BR><DD>3.3.4.1 Penetration of IP <BR><DD>3.3.4.1.1 PCs <BR><DD>3.3.4.1.2 Demand for Broadband Access <BR><DD>3.3.4.2 Deregulation and Competition <BR><DD>3.3.4.2.1 Europe <BR><DD>3.3.4.2.2 Asia <BR><DD>3.3.4.2.3 North America <BR><DD>3.3.4.3 Technology Advances <BR><DD>3.3.4.3.1 Network Backbone Technologies <BR><DD>3.3.4.3.2 DWDM Reducing the Cost of Bulk Bandwidth <BR><DD>3.3.4.3.3 Widespread Use of Echo Cancellers <BR><DD>3.3.4.3.4 Speech Compression <BR><DD>3.3.5 Carrier Benefits <BR><DD>3.3.5.1 Phase I: Rate Arbitrage <BR><DD>3.3.5.2 Phase 2: Efficient Network Expansion <BR><DD>3.3.5.3 Phase 3: Leveraging the growth curve and innovation of the Internet <BR><DD>3.4 Technology Challenges <BR><DD>3.4.1 Network Performance <BR><DD>3.4.1.1 Delay <BR><DD>3.4.1.2 Packet Loss <BR><DD>3.4.1.3 Congestion <BR><DD>3.4.1.4 Prioritization <BR><DD>3.4.2 Reliability & IP <BR><DD>3.4.3 Lifeline (E-911 Services) <BR><DD>3.4.4 Interworking with the PSTN <BR><DD>3.4.4.1 SS7/ISUP Capabilities <BR><DD>3.4.4.2 Vendor-to-Vendor Gateway Interoperability <BR><DD>3.4.4.3 Vendor Gateway-to-PSTN Interoperability <BR><DD>3.4.4.4 OAM&P Capabilities <BR><DD>3.4.4.5 Numbering Plans <BR><DD>3.4.4.6 Local and 800 Number Portability <BR><DD>3.5 Regulatory Concerns <BR><DD>3.5.1 ITU <BR><DD>3.5.2 IETF <BR><DD>3.5.3 Access Fees and International Accounting <BR><DD>3.6 Industry Associations <BR><DD>3.6.1 Softswitch Consortium <BR><DD>3.6.2 Open VoB <BR><DD>3.6.3 ATM Forum <BR><DD>3.6.4 Frame Relay Forum <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 4: Enabling IP Convergence Technologies</B> <BR><DD>4.1 Voice Over IP <BR><DD>4.1.1 Internet Protocols <BR><DD>4.1.1.1 IP <BR><DD>4.1.1.2 UDP <BR><DD>4.1.1.3 TCP <BR><DD>4.1.1.4 RTP <BR><DD>4.1.1.5 RTCP <BR><DD>4.1.2 Protocols for VoIP Call Control <BR><DD>4.1.2.1 H.323 <BR><DD>4.1.2.2 SIP <BR><DD>4.1.2.3 MEGACO <BR><DD>4.1.3 PSTN and VoIP Interworking <BR><DD>4.2 Quality of Service <BR><DD>4.2.1 MPLS <BR><DD>4.2.2 IntServ <BR><DD>4.2.3 DiffServ <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 5: Equipment Supplier Market</B> <BR><DD>5.1 Equipment Requirements <BR><DD>5.1.1 Call Control and Signalling <BR><DD>5.1.1.1 ISDN <BR><DD>5.1.1.2 POTS <BR><DD>5.1.1.3 H.225/245 <BR><DD>5.1.2 Traditional PSTN Interfaces <BR><DD>5.1.2.1 SS7 <BR><DD>5.1.2.2 Analog <BR><DD>5.1.2.3 T1/E1 <BR><DD>5.1.2.4 ISDN <BR><DD>5.1.3 Voice Processing <BR><DD>5.1.3.1 Compression <BR><DD>5.1.3.2 Echo Cancellation <BR><DD>5.1.3.3 Silence Suppression <BR><DD>5.1.3.4 Playout Algorithms <BR><DD>5.1.3.5 Variable Delay Buffers <BR><DD>5.1.4 Data Communications Interfaces for IP Transport <BR><DD>5.1.4.1 Ethernet <BR><DD>5.1.4.2 ATM <BR><DD>5.1.4.3 Frame Relay <BR><DD>5.1.4.4 PPP <BR><DD>5.1.5 PSTN Interfaces <BR><DD>5.1.6 Delay Control <BR><DD>5.1.7 Speech Coding <BR><DD>5.2 Equipment Vendors <BR><DD>5.2.1 3Com <BR><DD>5.2.2 Alcatel <BR><DD>5.2.3 Broadsoft <BR><DD>5.2.4 Cisco <BR><DD>5.2.5 Convergent Networks <BR><DD>5.2.6 Empowertel <BR><DD>5.2.7 Ericsson <BR><DD>5.2.8 ipVerse <BR><DD>5.2.9 Lucent <BR><DD>5.2.10 Marconi <BR><DD>5.2.11 NetSpeak <BR><DD>5.2.12 NeTrue <BR><DD>5.2.13 Nortel Networks <BR><DD>5.2.14 Nuera <BR><DD>5.2.15 Oresis <BR><DD>5.2.16 RADVision <BR><DD>5.2.17 Santera <BR><DD>5.2.18 Sonus Networks <BR><DD>5.2.19 Tachion <BR><DD>5.2.20 Taqua Systems <BR><DD>5.2.21 Telcordia <BR><DD>5.2.22 Telica <BR><DD>5.2.23 Tellabs <BR><DD>5.2.24 Terabridge <BR><DD>5.2.25 Unisphere <BR><DD>5.2.26 Westwave <BR><DD>5.2.27 Zhone <BR><DD>5.3 Software Vendors <BR><DD>5.3.1 Elemedia <BR><DD>5.3.2 Linkon <BR><DD>5.3.3 TI (Telogy) <BR><DD>5.3.4 StarVox <BR><DD>5.4 Network Management and Integration Services Vendors <BR><DD>5.4.1 Astracon <BR><DD>5.4.2 CoManage <BR><DD>5.4.3 Peak XV <BR><DD>5.4.4 Syndesis <BR><DD>5.4.5 Vicorp <BR><DD>5.5 Web/Voice Portal Vendors <BR><DD>5.5.1 AccessLine Communications <BR><DD>5.5.2 Talking Nets <BR><DD>5.5.3 Telera <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 6: Service Providers</B> <BR><DD>6.1 Competitive Access Providers <BR><DD>6.1.1 XO Communications <BR><DD>6.1.2 PointOne Telecommunications <BR><DD>6.2 IXCs <BR><DD>6.2.1 Global Crossing <BR><DD>6.2.2 Qwest <BR><DD>6.2.3 Sprint <BR><DD>6.2.4 Williams <BR><DD>6.3 CLECs <BR><DD>6.3.1 2nd Century <BR><DD>6.3.2 Intermedia Communications <BR><DD>6.4 ITSPs <BR><DD>6.4.1 Deltathree <BR><DD>6.4.2 Global Dial <BR><DD>6.4.3 GlocalNet <BR><DD>6.4.4 IBasis <BR><DD>6.4.5 InterLine <BR><DD>6.4.6 ITXC <BR><DD>6.4.7 Level 3 <BR><DD>6.4.8 Net2Phone <BR><DD>6.4.9 Telia Light <BR><DD>6.4.10 USA Global Link <BR><DD><BR><BR><DT><B>Chapter 7: Demand Forecasts</B> <BR><DD>7.1 Softswitch Demand Forecasts <BR><DD>7.2 Convergence Switch Demand Forecasts <BR><DD>7.3 Media Gateway Demand Forecasts <BR><DD>7.4 VoIP Gateway Demand Forecasts <BR><DD>7.5 Signaling Server Demand Forecasts </DD></DL>

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