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Value-Added Services for Next Generation Networks

1st Edition

By Thierry Van de Velde

Auerbach Publications

176 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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In the NGN world, no truer words are spoken than "the future is now." And the competition in the information networking arena will only intensify in the next 5-10 years. Choosing the correct NGN-VAS strategy now will set your company apart. Value Added Services for Next Generation Networks examines the quest for the real added value in modern communication systems. The author covers more than just the technology itself, but also examines how it is being used and how it could be used to gain a strategic advantage.

The book starts with a SOTW analysis for PSTN/GSM operators and new entrants and the threats they will undoubtedly face. The author examines the fundamentals of genuine communication services and the service providers' starting position, then takes you on a tour through the landscape of NGN standards, contrasting the 3GPP IMS architecture with that of IETF, UMA, and OMA. He discusses practical ways to build an NGN SDP and the essential business aspects involved in this enterprise. The book highlights how, technically, the NGN can be interconnected, or glued, to the existing GSM/PSTN infrastructure, justifying the choice of protocols and network architecture. It also describes general concepts, architectural requirements, and technologies in modern VAS platform and new VAS for the NGN in terms of network implementation, end user experience, business scope, and cost/revenue projections.

But is NGN just a game of investments in equipment, of CAPEX and OPEX savings? Is the so-called triple play just a matter of marketing, partnerships, and mergers? How will the market play out? Where will the NGN and VAS ultimately go? And more importantly, what is your NGN-VAS strategy? By addressing these questions and more, this book prepares you for success in the emerging telecommunications environment.

Table of Contents

BASIC FORCES

Symbolic Devices

Communication and Storage

Communication and Computing

Means and Appropriateness

Contextual and Interactive Portions

Device, Connectivity, and Service

Cellular, Mobile, and Wireless

Presence and Availability

Immediate and Deferred Communications

On-Demand, Triggered, and Periodic

Contact Lists and Tribes

Location

A SWOT ANALYSIS FOR COMMUNICATION SERVICE PROVIDERS

Strengths

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

Conclusion

REVIEW OF THE STANDARDIZATION WORK FOR NEXT GENERATION

Definition of a Next Generation Network

IETE

3GPP

3GPP2

TISPAN

ITU-T

IEEE

OMA

Summary

ENGINEERING THE NGH

Advertising and Discovery

The Quest for Throughput and Quality

Distribution

Outbound Communications

Inbound Communications

NGN Peering

Session Border Control

ASP Interconnections

Conclusion

CHARGING AND RARING REQUIREMENTS FOR NEW COMMUNICATION MEANS

Product Catalog

Account=User+Wallet

Charging

Rating

Metering

Reverse Charging

Advice of Charge

Redirection

Billing

Payment

Promotions

Openness

Conclusion

THE TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A MODERN VAS PLATFORM

Towards a Layered Platform Architecture

Load Balancing

Redundancy

Database Replication

Memory Synchronization

High Availability

Scalability

Resource Allocation

Service Selection

Watchdog

Overload Protection

Software Distribution

Software Versioning

Software Release Cycle

Backwards Compatibility

Version Activation

Licensing

Openness

Modularity

Data Model

Storage Strategy

Back-Up and Recovery

Remote Access

Hosting

Reporting

TMN FCAPS

Migration Tools

Documentation

Support

A NEW GENERATION OF VALUE-ADDED SERVICES

Media Pilot

Personal Contact Pages

Multichannel Media

Combinatory Services

Contact List Overlay

Voice on Web

FUTURE DIGITAL LIFE

References

Acronyms

Index

About the Series

Informa Telecoms & Media

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COM043000
COMPUTERS / Networking / General
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC041000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications
TEC061000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications