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Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC

Media Gateway Controller The NGN Softswitch Solution for PSTN Evolution

Next generation network (NGN) is the network architecture of the future, to which most service providers will evolve. An approach based on evolutionary products will ensure a smooth evolution with legacy voice networks and operations support systems (OSSs) rather than a complete replacement of the existing PSTN infrastructure in the short term. The Alcatel 1000 S12 Media Gateway Controller (MGC) is ideally designed to meet this requirement. Employing this product together with the revolutionary Alcatel 7510 Media Gateway (MG), service providers can handle both TDM and voice over packet (VoP) trafc in an NGN architecture.

THE PROMISE OF NGN


The NGN is about to redene the telecommunications landscape. Recent advances in NGN technologies, the growing acceptance of NGN standards and the widespread appearance of NGN components are hastening the move toward NGN. For todays service providers, the maturation of NGN could not have come at a better time. In a tough market, they are looking for innovative and cost-effective ways to increase their business performance. They acknowledge the need to support new and advanced services, but they must also reduce operational expenditures (OPEX) and capital expenditures (CAPEX). The two-fold demand of revenue retention and revenue generation has become critical to delivering business success. To ensure this happens, most service providers are insisting that any migration to NGN be evolutionary, permitting them to maintain lucrative revenue from voice services while introducing new multimedia services. A key component of Alcatels NGN portfolio is the Alcatel 1000 S12 Media Gateway Controller (MGC), acting as an NGN softswitch. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, together with the Alcatel 7510 and Alcatel 7515 MGs, the Alcatel 1540 Litespan Multiservice Access Gateway and the Alcatel 7300 ASAM-V, have been designed specically to address the migration strategy of established service providers (ESPs) with Alcatel 1000 S12 networks while also meeting the NGN marketentry challenges of Greeneld or competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). The Alcatel NGN portfolio has been designed with all these requirements in mind. The portfolio supports the gradual implementation of NGN solutions while continuing to enable protable telephone services as well as new multimedia services for both xed and mobile users. Alcatels NGN building blocks include softswitch solutions, access and trunking gateways, and data networking and management solutions.

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THE EVOLUTIONARY IMPERATIVE


The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC maintains the required levels of quality and service, opens up new opportunities, and safeguards both current revenue streams and feature continuity.

Although data trafc continues to grow quickly in many markets, voice services are still the major source of revenue for service providers. In the current economic climate, service providers, quite rightly, are unwilling to replace existing TDM lines before maximizing these assets. TDM lines still offer high-quality telephone services and many value-added services. The PSTN-to-NGN evolution must maintain customer relationships and keep customers satised. The operator must also remain the customers primary focal point for existing and new services, acting as a service broker. The evolution must also offer a network infrastructure that supports any type of service while minimizing OPEX and CAPEX.

At the same time, the evolution should also preserve existing investments in network infrastructure. There is no single strategy to migrate toward NGN. That is why, in todays economic climate, service providers want to be able to start with NGN in only those areas where an economic advantage can best be realized. For Alcatel 1000 S12-based networks, which serve more than 218 million users worldwide, Alcatel has developed a cost-effective, evolutionary approach for PSTN-to-NGN migration. A key element in this NGN strategy is the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, either as a stand-alone node or as an extension to the Alcatel 1000 S12 Switch. With the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, service

Figure 1 - Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC: The Evolution

IN Services Class 4 Backbone

TGW Megaco Telephone Services Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC

NGN MM Services

TDM Access RSU, V5

AGW Megaco

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providers can continue to provide voice services in the same way as they do today because voice services exist in the PSTN part of their networks (see Figure 1). And an Alcatel 5020 Softswitch Platform can be added, to complement the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, if the service provider decides to introduce new multimedia services

or new devices, such as session initiation protocol (SIP) phones. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC is good news all around: service providers can leverage their existing assets while preparing the way for new revenue-generating services.

Figure 2 - Evolution to NGN

SIP Megaco (H.248) 1300 CMC Network Management

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SIP Server WWW Server

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1000 S12 7510 TGW 1000 S12 MGC 5020 IPT

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SERVICE PROVIDER BENEFITS


The deployment of the NGN softswitch solution in Alcatel 1000 S12 networks offers service providers the following benets.

Enables NGN Entry with Class 4 Network Migration


The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC offers NGN entry via Class 4 network migration, a competitive alternative that transports voice trafc through IP data networks. Alcatel 1000 S12 exchanges in the transit network, extended with the MGC softswitch function, control new trunking gateways that operate in TDM-to-TDM mode (also called TDM hairpinning) or in TDM-topacket mode (VoP) via standard protocols.

Leverages Existing PSTN Assets


With the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, service providers can continue to capitalize on protable voice services while quickly implementing new multimedia services in an NGN architecture (see Figure 2).

Provides Seamless Migration


Service providers get full PSTN interworking with NGN networks, enabling them to handle both TDM and VoP trafc. Equally important, external systems connected to the existing Alcatel 1000 S12 network, such as network management, billing collection, trafc management and intelligent network service control point (IN-SCP) systems, are not impacted. Finally, call control is extended to NGN gateways right from the start.

Ensures a Complete Management Solution


The Alcatel 1300 Convergent Network Management Center (CMC) features integrated network management that provides streamlined provisioning across Alcatels full NGN portfolio.

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Delivers a Complete and Competitive Class 5 Softswitch Solution


The softswitch capabilities of the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC provide control of both telephone users with conventional access, via centralized (Alcatel 7510 MG) or decentralized (Alcatel 7515 MG) access gateways, and users with NGN access, via Alcatel 1540 Litespan or Alcatel 7300 Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM) access gateways. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGCs SIP-based interaction with other IP/ H.323 gateway controllers, such as the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch, guarantees interconnectivity to new NGN subscribers with SIP or H.323 terminals. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC also opens the way to provide advanced services from a SIP server to its subscribers.

Lowers CAPEX
The control of NGN users via the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC requires no additional CAPEX for Class 5 call control extensions. Furthermore, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC enables the migration while saving the substantial investment made in the access part of the network. User equipment and even the copper connections of existing switches need not be changed.

Reduces OPEX
The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC decreases OPEX because no modications are required to existing OSSs and all procedures for customer care remain the same. Even lower OPEX is possible by reducing network control points for conventional TDM and NGN access via network consolidation.

Features and management functions already in operation can be re-used immediately for NGN.

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TOMORROW TODAY
In saturated markets, service providers will eventually start NGN deployments, smoothly migrating their networks to NGN. For those service providers with an Alcatel 1000 S12 installed base, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC is the right solution, allowing them to evolve at the speed they want, in the most cost-efcient way, with the same quality of service and feature continuity. And, thanks to its high capacity and the evolutionary concept of using centralized access gateways to connect existing access nodes, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC enables service providers to further consolidate and optimize their networks, thereby reducing operational costs. For new entrants who want to deploy NGN with no Alcatel 1000 S12 installed base, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC is also the right solution. With it, they can offer the same features and services as ESPs. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC can also control a variety of media gateways, such as the Alcatel 7510 MG, the Alcatel 7515 MG, the Alcatel 1540 Litespan and the Alcatel 7300 ASAM. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC turns the Alcatel 1000 S12 into a softswitch that operates in both the PSTN and the NGN. Service providers get the best of both worlds: carrier grade state-of-the-art technology that meets current telephony needs while being fully NGN-ready.

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Acts as a full NGN softswitch, controlling access and trunking media gateways via the Megaco/H.248

protocol and communicating with other softswitches in the network


Controls media gateways that operate in TDM-to-TDM or in TDM-to-packet (VoP) networks Provides a low-risk entry solution for NGN deployments, complementing the traditional TDM network Provides the same feature set for existing and new users

Integrates fully into the existing network infrastructure

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COST-EFFECTIVE, SEAMLESS MIGRATION


Whether or not service providers have an Alcatel 1000 S12 base, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC permits a seamless migration to NGN with a wide range of benets. Some operators may want to take advantage of a growing market that is TDM-oriented but ready to move toward NGN. Others may be looking to offer NGN services in markets that have stopped investing in traditional TDM. And still others may be entering the NGN market and needing to reach feature parity with established PSTN service providers quickly. Whatever the case, the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC solution can be a critical component in any smooth migration strategy to NGN.
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Controls VoP access and trunking gateways using standard

protocols (Megaco/H.248) between the media gateway (MG) and its controller (MGC), and performs the following functions: controls the call state related to the connection control for media channels in the access gateway and trunking gateway transports signaling information from analog terminal equipment between the access gateway and the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC
Transports signaling information between the gateways

and the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC using SIGTRAN protocols


Uses standard protocols (SIP-T) to exchange signaling

information between Alcatel 1000 S12 MGCs and other softswitches, providing full ISUP transparency
Provides ISUP-SIP interworking to interconnect to SIP

based control instances, e.g., the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch


Provides media resource functions, e.g., announcement

server and conference bridges, by re-using the resources integrated in the Alcatel 1000 S12 switches
Guarantees the provision of mandatory PSTN features for

NGN deployments, such as lawful interception, by using the same extend mechanism as for the media resource functions
Allows connection to external servers, which provide

advanced or business services via the SIP protocol

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CLASS 4 NETWORK MIGRATION


The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC assures a controlled evolution from a PSTN to an NGN. The evolutionary steps can be used to build complete network migration scenarios in line with the service providers network infrastructure and business priorities.

State-of-the-Art, Cost-Effective Class 4 Migration


The Alcatel S12 1000 MGC is critical in enabling a cost-effective and smooth Class 4 network migration toward NGN. This scenario applies particularly to operators who want to migrate their backbone networks, beginning with network consolidation in the Class 4 sphere, and for operators who want to enter the long-distance domain.

Starting Point for the Alcatel 1000 S12 Installed Base


The most common PSTN/ISDN networks contain local exchanges (LEXs) and transit exchanges (TEXs). As shown in Figure 3, most telephone subscribers and Internet dial-up users are connected to local switches either directly or via concentrators or access nodes. The Alcatel 1000 S12 switches, together with the intelligent network (IN), provide the telephone services and applications. The narrowband access server (NAS) transporters the dial-up data trafc to the data network. The xDSL subscribers are connected to a digital subscriber line access multiplexer (DSLAM). Voice trafc is split and forwarded to the PSTN/ISDN network while data trafc is delivered to the data network via a broadband access server (BAS).

Figure 3 - Typical Starting Point for Network Migration

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For ESPs with an Alcatel 1000 S12 transit network, Class 4 migration from a circuit-switched to a packet-switched voice network occurs in incremental steps, over time, and can be a simple and cost-effective process. The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC controls trunking gateways operating in TDM-toTDM mode (also called TDM hairpinning is a direct connection between TDM channels without voice to packet conversation) or in TDMto-packet mode (VoP) via standard protocols. The Alcatel 7510 MG offers dedicated, high capacity switching fabrics for circuit as well as packet connections, allowing each connection to be treated in the most efcient manner. For long distance connections, the service provider can use the data network. However, thanks to the design of the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, the network services can be kept in the PSTN network, where they are provided.

For a smooth migration the service provider need only apply this graduated approach rst as an overlay to the PSTN transit network, as shown in Figure 4, before implementing a full migration of the backbone network.

Figure 4 - NGN Entry Class 4 Network Migration

Megaco (H.248) TGW IN Data Network Class 4

WWW Server

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Data Network

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MAJOR BENEFITS
Leverages the installed base and extends it toward NGN Safeguards existing investments via smooth switch evolution Minimizes risk by leaving the original PSTN untouched Delivers network operation feature continuity, including IN functionality, billing and network management Assures control of NGN trunking gateways via Megaco/H.248

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CLASS 5 & ACCESS MIGRATION


In the evolution of circuit-switched networks, Class 5 migration scenarios range from a capand-grow scenario, which introduces VoP to accommodate network growth while maintaining the installed PSTN base, to a replacement scenario, which features complete replacement of a legacy TDM switch by an NGN softswitch and a VoP media gateway. To accommodate these different scenarios, the network equipment needs to meet a broad range of capacity and scalability requirements. The access evolution strategy for PSTN networks re-uses the valuable access equipment in existing networks that are reliable and revenue generating. Only the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, acting as an NGN softswitch and re-using the existing intelligence, can support the huge installed access infrastructure in both a TDM and packet environment (see Figure 5). Access evolution enables transparent delivery for remote subscriber unit (RSU) and V5.2 protocols, with no impact on existing RSU and V5.2 nodes.
Figure 5 - Access Network Evolution

To achieve this, a competitive and cost-effective solution is the combination of an Alcatel 7510 MG, acting as a centralized access gateway, and the existing access nodes. The network can also be complemented by integrated access gateways such as the Alcatel 1540 Litespan or the Alcatel 7300 ASAM. The service provider can choose to keep the TDM connection between the centralized access gateway (Alcatel 7510 C-AGW) and the RSU or V5.2 node. Or, the migration from TDM to packet can start at the RSU or V5.2 nodes using the decentralized access gateway (Alcatel 7515 MG) and the packet network up to the access node location. The network upgrade with IP capability can occur in steps, according to a service providers planning and priorities. This building-block approach enables a migration scenario that starts with network consolidation on a TDM or packet base and can evolve to an NGN serving narrowband and DSL lines, while users are guaranteed full service and feature continuity (see Figure 6).

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The Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC is used for full interworking with a SIP-based network conguration. End-to-end voice communication can be carried out between a native IP subscriber (using a SIPbased terminal) and a PSTN subscriber (using a standard telephone set). Signaling information is shared between a multimedia softswitch, such as the Alcatel 5020 Softswitch, and the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC via the SIP protocol.

In this conguration (see Figure 6), the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC continues to handle PSTN subscribers connected either directly or through an IP network, while the multimedia softswitch handles SIP-based subscribers. The interconnection between TDM and IP networks is performed via a Megaco/H.248 trunking gateway controlled by the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC.

Figure 6 - Advanced NGN Network

SIP Megaco (H.248) 1300 CMC Network Management

Data

SIP Server

WWW Server

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1000 S12 MGC

5020 IPT

H.323

DSLAM 7515 I-AGW Litespan (AGW) ASAM-V (AGW)

DSLAM

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SIP Phone NGN-Line User NGN-Line User BB PC NGN-Line User NGN-Line User

PSTN Feature Set

IPT & MM Feature Set

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MANAGE YOUR SUCCESS


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Integrated network management for all network elements Integrated alarm list Network map with alarm status of all network elements Access control for network elements and functions Centralized provisioning, e.g. trunk management for softswitches and gateways Complete element management of the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC Integrated desktop with access to element management of Alcatel 7510 trunking gateways, Alcatel 1540 Litespan access gateways, and Alcatel 5020 Softswitch

The Alcatel 1300 CMC ensures integrated network management that provides streamlined provisioning across Alcatels full NGN portfolio, thereby reducing OPEX. The Alcatel 1300 CMC addresses the complete operations and maintenance needs of Alcatel softswitches, gateways and Alcatel 1000 S12 switches. It is key to efcient management of NGN, and hence to exploiting the NGNs capability to deliver new services. In particular, the Alcatel 1300 CMC provides co-operative management functions such as trunk management for consistent provisioning of the Alcatel 1000 S12 MGC, management of trunking gateways (the Alcatel 7505/7510/7515) and access gateways (Alcatel 1540 Litespan), and management of the Alcatel 5070 Signaling Server Global (SSG). Alarms from all of these products are displayed on one single network window. Open interface support guarantees that the Alcael 1300 CMC can interface with existing OSSs.

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