Dialogic Blog

Why Media Gateways Anymore?

by Jim Machi

Nov 7, 2017 9:12:00 AM

This past summer, I wrote a few blogs relating to older technologies such as PSTN, SS7, Fax, etc.  At Dialogic, part of what we do is live in the world of bridging these older technologies to today.  The older technologies live on longer than any of us might imagine, and we have customers who still buy these technologies for various reasons – all revolving around the networks still being used, no matter how much we hear about LTE. And thus, there is business for them and thus, us to be had.

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Topics: Fax, Modem, TDM, Signaling

The Importance of SS7 to SIP Interoperability

by Jim Machi

Oct 24, 2017 9:03:00 AM

SIP endpoints such as softphones / headsets used for IP based enterprise VoIP calls,  for WiFi calls, and for calls from third party communication apps such as WhatsApp, Viber etc. are becoming the norm. And with continued integration on the phone side (see Apple CallKit), these will continue to proliferate.

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Topics: Signaling

SIP Trunking Options for Mixed Networks

by Jim Machi

Sep 19, 2017 9:44:47 AM

Back in June, I wrote a blog about using Gateways for SIP trunking if there are PSTN lines inside the enterprise.  And this makes sense for sure given 40% of enterprises are still PSTN on their internal networks.

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Topics: Signaling

MVNO’s Need Their Own Infrastructure To Differentiate

by Jim Machi

Aug 8, 2017 10:11:50 AM

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) are increasingly investing in their own infrastructure. Why?  Because running on someone else’s mobile network and trying to differentiate via marketing / branding isn’t good enough anymore.  So MVNO’s are putting in some of their own infrastructure to use with the host network to create functional differentiation in addition to the marketing differentiation. 019 Telzar in Israel has recently done this, and it resulted in a 50% increase in its customer base in 5 months. Mobile Virtual Network Enablers (MVNEs) have also emerged to supply the infrastructure differentiation to the MVNO’s, so the MVNO itself doesn’t have to invest in the infrastructure.

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi, IPX, Signaling

What Should the Next Generation SBC Be Able to Handle?

by Jim Machi

Jul 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s strange to be writing about a next generation SBC, given that it seems only yesterday that SBCs came to the fore.  But alas, SBCs have been around for over 15 years now. The original SBC functions that were there to support peering for IP – IP networks, such as connectivity in the form of IPv4-IPv6 interworking, NAT traversal, and SIP protocol translations and security in the form of DoS support, toll fraud, signaling encryption, and packet protection are still very much important, but the SBC has been asked to do more these days.  So if you have an SBC from the “old days” it’s likely not pulling its weight.

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Topics: WebRTC, Signaling

SIP Trunks and Whaaaat???…Gateways…but not SBCs?

by Jim Machi

Jun 20, 2017 9:03:00 AM

Back in March, I wrote a blog about the PSTN sunset. But in reality legacy technologies are still in use.  I know this since we still sell them. Certainly, IP is growing and SIP Trunking is growing, but for most companies this means a gradual transition, not a full scale wipeout of existing technology.

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Topics: Fax, Modem, TDM, Signaling

Enhancing Avaya Solutions with Advanced Dialogic Technology

by James Rafferty

Jun 14, 2017 2:58:15 PM

Dialogic is a Technology Partner in the Avaya DevConnect program—an initiative to develop, market, and sell innovative third-party products that interoperate with Avaya technology and extend the value of a company’s investment in its network. In recent years, Dialogic has tested numerous products with various Avaya subsystems such as the Avaya Aura platform, which provides a foundation for several of Avaya’s customer engagement solutions.  Products which have been tested and certified as Avaya Compliant in recent years include the IMG 2020 Integrated Media Gateway, the PowerVille™ Load Balancer and the Controlswitch™ System

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Topics: WebRTC, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, Signaling

The True Future-Ready Session Border Controller

by Jonathan Knop

May 18, 2017 10:52:20 AM

Service providers of all types are experiencing significant challenges causing them to re-evaluate existing business models and look for more innovative ways to transform themselves both technically and commercially. 

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Topics: VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, IPX, Signaling

Is It Over for SMS?

by Jim Machi

May 2, 2017 10:13:58 AM

According to some research from the GSMA, all is not lost with the SMS battle against the IP messaging services. With WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WeChat at about 1 billion monthly active users, it would seem that it’s just a matter of time before SMS becomes extinct.  However, according to this report, “SMS retains its lead in markets that were early adopters of unlimited SMS bundles,” which makes sense.  Start using it and you get used to it, especially if there are no extra charges.

What does this mean for service providers? 

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Topics: WebRTC, Fax, Modem, TDM, VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, Signaling

Can a Class 4 Softswitch run in the Cloud?

by Jim Machi

Apr 25, 2017 10:16:49 AM

Can a Class 4 softswitch really run in the cloud?  This was a question I got at Mobile World Congress from a prospect because he was questioning whether a core telecom infrastructure node can actually run in the Cloud / AWS. The answer is yes, for sure - the networks have improved so much, and AWS has been running many mission critical, latency critical apps outside of telecom that a switch can certainly run in AWS. In fact, we have made the Dialogic NGN Softswitch and IMS MGCF (Dialogic ControlSwitch System) run on AWS and have already sold it and deployed it with customers.

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Topics: VoLTE/VoWifi & IMS, IPX, Signaling