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NetNumber Emphasizes Need for Network Simplification, Virtualization

June 11, 2014

NetNumber is at GENBAND Perspectives14 in Orlando this week telling its story. The company is a GENBAND partner, says NetNumber Chief Marketing Officer Kim Gibbons, who explains that the companies are doing joint sales calls to some carriers who are looking to move from legacy to next-generation IP-based networks.

“We think GENBAND Perspectives14 is a great event for conversations about carrier challenges, and Verizon’s presentation today was very much on topic,” said Gibbons, who spoke to RealTimeCommunications on Tuesday.

NetNumber sells the TITAN signaling control platform, which the company is positioning as a way to simplify the network core and help service providers embrace the new network functions virtualization model. TITAN, which was first deployed as an ENUM solution more than a decade ago, now supports a wide variety of signaling control applications and protocols from a single platform. While competitors in the market place sell separate solutions to address DIAMETER, ENUM, ISUP, RADIUS, SIP, SS7, and TCAP protocols and signaling for data, messaging, and voice services, TITAN can support all of the above as needed via add-on applications, according to NetNumber. In the process, it decreases the amount of signaling that takes place by two to three times because TITAN acts as a central signaling resource for network elements so the NEs don’t have to be part of a more complex web of signaling.

To complement TITAN, NetNumber offers a service bureau through which service providers can access such industry information as number port data, calling name data, toll free assignment data, and the like. The back-end process for service providers to access such information from the different sources that keep it is complex, so aggregating access to all of it makes life easier for service providers, according to the company.

Between 200 and 300 organizations use TITAN today, including Vodafone, which last year tapped NetNumber to provide the platform for use in its NFV-based next generation core. And the carrier recently turned up the solution for Vodafone Germany. Now, Gibbons says, NetNumber is expanding into Middle East, Asia, and then Latin America. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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