The Explosion of Data and Signaling
A recent report from the GSMA at Mobile World Congress indicated that mobile data revenue will exceed voice revenue in the United States and United Kingdom by 2014, and has already done so in Argentina. This trend is expected to happen worldwide by 2017.
As service providers move to LTE-based networks to accommodate this explosion in data traffic, the role of Diameter and SIP signaling will continue to grow in importance. These two signaling protocols are key to driving revenue from subscribers and connected devices since they are essential for providing voice, video, and data services, as well as driving new business opportunities, such as machine-to-machine, big data, mobile services, federated service delivery, and new billing plans.
Both SIP and Diameter address common IP signaling challenges, including security, overload control and traffic management, protocol mediation and interworking, and routing. Acme Packet has been investing in both areas since session border controllers and Diameter signaling controllers share the same goal – to make IP signaling reliable and secure and to assure the delivery of services subscribers are demanding.
The complete solution also calls for multiprotocol monitoring and management. That is exactly why we brought the Palladion solution into the Acme Packet family last year: to provide a comprehensive subscriber-aware Diameter and SIP monitoring solution for customers. This allows service providers to track subscribers – ranging from network attachment, authentication, mobility, bearer control, and multimedia communications services. These tools improve visibility of the network, expedite troubleshooting, and enhance network planning and design. Our recent announcement of the Palladion Control Plane Monitor, which allows service providers to manage, monitor, and troubleshoot Diameter transactions, is just one proof-point of our commitment in this area.
So what’s key for mobile service providers moving into this brave, new all-IP world? We are leveraging our last 12 years in architecting IP-based networks, solving multivendor and service delivery challenges for SIP, and extending that to Diameter as well. We are investing in scalable platforms to meet the demands of hundreds of millions of subscribers and devices.
Biography: Patrick brings over 24 years of communications engineering experience to his role as chief technology officer. Prior to founding Acme Packet, Patrick served as the vice president of engineering for Priority Call Management (PCM) from its inception in 1989 through its acquisition by the LHS Group a decade later. At PCM, Patrick developed and supported the company's network telecommunications products and grew the engineering team from two to 75 members.
Prior to PCM, he was employed at Boston Technology. Patrick has developed intellectual property portfolios for PCM, LHS PCM, and Acme Packet. He has accumulated 49 patents of which 30 have been issued and 19 are pending. Patrick holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Boston University.
Scaling Diameter in LTE and IMS
As mobile broadband growth continues apace and LTE and IMS networks are deployed as replacements for legacy technologies, Diameter signaling is becoming more important and prevalent. Click the link to learn how to effectively scale Diameter in LTE and IMS.