Bell Atlantic Awards Milestone Certification to 2nd Century's Network Which Utilizes PathMinder Softswitch from TeraBridge.Business/Technology Editors
ARLINGTON, Va., and GURNEE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 31, 2000
2nd Century Softswitch Architecture Named SS7 ISUP (ISDN User Part) See SS7. Compatible
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You can assist by [ editing it] now. , today announced that 2nd Century received Signaling System 7 (SS7) ISDN User Part The ISDN User Part or ISUP is part of the Signaling System #7 which is used to set up telephone calls in Public Switched Telephone Networks. It is specified by the ITU-T as part of the Q.76x series, ANSI (T1.113-YEAR) and Telcordia former Bellcore GR-246 series. (ISUP) certification from Bell Atlantic. This certification enables 2nd Century to deliver its package of fully integrated communications services to small- and medium-sized businesses in several cities in Bell Atlantic's territory and continue the momentum for its nationwide rollout.
At the core of 2nd Century's packet network is a Broadband Central Office(TM) application suite running on the PathMinder softswitch. The softswitch is interworking (standard) interworking - Systems or components, possibly from different origins, working together to perform some task. Interworking depends crucially on standards to define the interfaces between the components. with the Siemens/Newbridge MainStreetXpress(TM) 36170 multiservice switching platform. PathMinder's call control and signaling management capabilities merge traditional narrowband call control signaling with evolving voice and data connection protocols (such as SS7, Q.2931, and ISDN ISDN
in full Integrated Services Digital Network
Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media. ) to deliver and manage integrated communications over a single, next generation broadband network. PathMinder provides these converged signaling services while also delivering traditional telephony features and services, which enables the softswitch to replace the Class 5 switch found in first-generation, circuit-based networks. PathMinder provides signaling interworking between an SS7 network and a packet-based network to set up calls and send necessary provisioning and connection commands to various, narrowband network elements.
SS7 ISUP certification involves testing SS7 messages to ensure proper call handling between carriers. Specifically, the tests focused on basic bearer services including call set up, routing and tear down messages. These services are fundamental to a carrier's ability to deliver facilities-based voice services. To obtain the certification, 2nd Century passed extensive tests in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. The company will continue testing as it expands its network to other cities including New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. . In the past few months, 2nd Century was certified for SS7 MTP (1) (Message Transfer Part) See SS7.
(2) (Media Transfer Protocol) A Microsoft enhancement to the picture transfer protocol (PTP), starting with Windows Media Player 10 in Windows XP. levels one, two and three--verifying its network compatibility for physical, link and network signaling requirements. The SS7 ISUP certification verifies compatibility of the upper layer of the protocol stack The set of protocols used in a communications network. A protocol stack is a prescribed hierarchy of software layers, starting from the application layer at the top (the source of the data being sent) to the data link layer at the bottom (transmitting the bits on the wire). used for call control.
"This milestone accomplishment is key to our strategy of interconnecting with carriers throughout the country," said Ken Stadler, 2nd Century's director of platform development. "The teams from Bell Atlantic and TeraBridge went the extra mile to work with us on this testing. Their cooperation and technical expertise contributed to our successful certification."
Customers in the Bell Atlantic areas where 2nd Century is certified will now benefit from 2nd Century's comprehensive communications solution of integrated voice applications, high-speed Internet See broadband. access, software applications and remote desktop management capabilities. This solution provides the essential tools for businesses to compete in today's internetworked economy and relieves them of the burden of managing and maintaining their voice and data infrastructures.
"This certification shows that 2nd Century's next generation network implementation can seamlessly interoperate with traditional networks such as Bell Atlantic," said Sanida Divanovic, TeraBridge's director of product requirements / product marketing.
In August 1999, 2nd Century became the first carrier to complete a call between a packet-based network and the legacy SS7 network. This industry milestone paved the road for 2nd Century to launch the nation's first packet network in November 1999. The company is also noted for being the first service provider to support local number portability "LNP" redirects here. For the airport in Virginia with that IATA code, see Lonesome Pine Airport. For the compound InP, see Indium phosphide.
Local number portability, (LNP) for fixed lines, and full mobile number portability (LNP (Local Number Portability) The capability of keeping the same local telephone number when switching carriers. See NP and WLNP. ) and 911 interconnection over a packet-based network.
About 2nd Century Communications
Headquartered in Arlington, Va., 2nd Century is a privately-held, emerging communications company Communications Company is a communications unit of the United States Marine Corps. They are part of Combat Logistics Regiment 37 , 3rd Marine Logistics Group (3MLG) and III Marine Expeditionary Force (III MEF). The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. representing the intersection of networking and applications by providing small and medium businesses a complete package of business tools including high-speed Internet, desktop management solutions, self-healing software, and voice applications. As an open network application service provider with a presence in 21 cities nationwide, the company's network combines the flexibility of an Internet architecture with the reliability of a traditional voice network. 2nd Century provides a complete end-to-end solution (jargon) end-to-end solution - (E2ES) A term that suggests that the supplier of an application program or system will provide all the hardware and/or software components and resouces to meet the customer's requirement and no other supplier need be involved.
Compare: turn-key solution. that begins with broadband access and reaches all the way to the desktop with applications and proactive management support. 2nd Century was recently awarded "Most Innovative CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) An organization offering local telephone service that is not one of the traditional telephone companies. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 allowed competition to the incumbent telcos (ILECs), enabling new companies (CLECs) ," by Network Magazine, and named one of "10 Companies to Watch," by Network World. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.2ndcentury.com.
About TeraBridge Technologies
Privately held and located just outside of Chicago in Gurnee, Illinois, TeraBridge Technologies Corp. develops the PathMinder(TM) softswitch solution suite to provide cost-effective intelligent networking solutions for the telecommunications carrier, switching and private line service markets. Through direct selling and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and distribution agreements with Siemens ICN ICN International Council of Nurses. , PathMinder is positioned to redefine the economics of how communications are exchanged and to become the industry standard for call control services management. For more information, call TeraBridge at 1-847-782-2000 or visit our website at www.terabridge.com.
PathMinder(TM) is an open system software suite that provides a graceful migration path from narrowband circuit switching to next generation, on-demand packet switching and broadband networks. The software accelerates voice and data service convergence over an integrated and flexible broadband network architecture while protecting service provider investment in legacy narrowband circuit switches--a solution marketed to become the industry standard for call control services management. PathMinder is compatible with multiple switches or access devices and provides interfaces to most industry standard protocols.
PathMinder and Broadband Central Office are trademarks of TeraBridge Technologies Corporation.